17th Annual Conference of the UttarPradesh -Uttarakhand Economics Association (UPUEA)
23 Apr 2022
The 17th Annual Conference of the Uttar Pradesh - Uttarakhand Economics Association (UPUEA), with Prof. P.K. Sinha as the Conference President, is scheduled on 22nd-23rd April 2022 at SSBS, Sharda University, Greater Noida, G. B. Nagar. The 17th Annual Conference of the UPUEA is being held at a time when India is celebrating its 75th year of independence and the country is poised for major transformations. India has established an enviable record in many areas, but at the same its growth and development performance has lagged behind several countries in east and south-east Asia. Further, income and employment growth had slowed down in the years leading up to the Covid-19 Crisis. Since 2020, the country and the world are being ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has not only affected the health and well-being of the population, but has also given a major shock to economic growth and employment. This has affected the poor and vulnerable sections most of all. While there was a major set-back to the economy in 2020-21, the economy began to recoup in 2021-22, despite the second Covid-19 wave and aggregate economic activity reached the pre-Covid level in the second quarter of the year. However, the third wave is again threatening the pace and pattern of recovery. This is, therefore, an opportune moment not only to reect on India's long-term trajectory of growth and development since independence, but also the immediate challenges posed by the pandemic, which also could have longer-term consequences. As pointed out above, these challenges are not the same for all sections of society. Current evidence shows that inequality has increased even as the poorer sections, the young, women workers, and the informal sector have been hugely impacted. Therefore, this Conference will be organized under an overarching theme viz India @75: An assessment of Development Challenges in the light of Covid-19. The papers at the Conference are further invited to use the lens of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to dwell on development challenges, responses, and alternative strategies and paradigms. In the light of the above, the following are the themes for the forthcoming conference.