To commemorate 25th year of Economic Reforms, Symbiosis School of Economics (SSE) has organised Prof Suresh Tendulkar Memorial Lecture series. In the second edition of the series the focus will be on- Regional Release of the Public Affairs Index (PAI) in Pune, measuring the quality of governance of Indian States. For the same the dignitaries present to address the gathering– Director of Public Affairs Centre – Mr R.Suresh and the author of the Index Dr C.K. Mathew (Former Chief Secretary of Rajasthan and currently senior fellow at PAC) will announce the ranking of various states in India especially Maharashtra based on parameters like Support to Human Development, Social Protection, Crime, Law and Order, Environment and Social Justice among others. The programme is scheduled for August 26, 2016 at 4:00 pm at the Vishwa Bhavan Auditorium, Symbiosis, Senapati Bapat Road. It will also be followed by deliberations on the same with experts from academia, government, bureaucrats and civil society.
Symbiosis School of Economics (SSE) has worked with PAC on earlier occasions also. Students of SSE who were interns or employees at PAC were actively involved in the preparation of the PAI report. SSE, in this collaboration with PAC hopes to bring to focus the state of governance of Maharashtra, The report not only ranks the states but also analyses where it has done well and where it has not. It is an opportunity for the government to congratulate itself for its achievements and reflect on areas where performance is to improve.
About PAI: The Public Affairs Index (PAI) is a product of the Public Affairs Centre (PAC), Bangalore, a think tank organization working in the field of governance and citizen engagement for over two decades now. PAC is best known for the seminal work carried out in the formulation of the Citizen Report Card, a powerful tool to provide public agencies with systematic feedback from users of public services.
The Public Affairs Index (PAI) is a recent product of PAC. It may be defined as an ambitious attempt to rank the states of the country, culturally, economically and socially diverse as they are, into a common, data driven framework so as to enable an interstate comparison. Based on a detailed examination of ten broad themes of governance, it analyses data available in the public domain, to arrive at scores and ranks for each of the states of the country. The aggregation and analysis of the 68 carefully selected indicators reveals the nature and quality of governance in the states of the country.
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