The Hindu, Wednesday, Dec 31, 2008

New campus: Vice-President Hamid Ansari with Punjab Governor S. F. Rodrigues (left) and Union Minister of State for Finance Pawan Kumar Bansal during the inauguration of a new campus of the Institute for Development and Communication in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

CHANDIGARH: Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Tuesday expressed concern that the nation’s social energies were being depleted through persisting conflict situations at various levels, with an adverse impact on the delivery system.

Mr. Ansari was addressing a gathering after inaugurating the new campus building of the region’s leading research organisation Institute for Development and Communication (IDC).

He also launched the inaugural series of lectures and discussions to mark the Institute’s 15th anniversary as well as dedicated the Prof. Randhir Singh library to the people.

Mr. Ansari expressed concern that lack of debate in the Indian system had actually contributed to complicating matters.

IDC director Pramod Kumar said that in an atmosphere which threatened to imprison the human spirit by seeking routine ordinariness and where maintenance of the status quo had become a preferred management preoccupation, the Institute continued to strive for critical appraisal of existing social processes for transformation of society.

Union Minister of State for Finance Pawan Kumar Bansal said the IDC had made a mark as an autonomous research institution despite many. Punjab Governor S.F. Rodrigues stressed the need to ensure that governance becomes more responsive.

The staff of IDC was divided into the following hierarchy:

Director (Research Unit)


Project coordinators

Research associates