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Tough task taking states together Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Build close rapport with business leaders London, London Narayan An inexplicable neglect Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Pharma – overdose of copying Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Tribute – UCAL Selvan… More Shakti to resource mobilisation... Shanti and Sadhana through Music Cutting the nose to spite the face When online building permits work…. Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Why this malaise in medical education? Parliament in paralysis... Telangana in top gear… EEC at the National Media Centre Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad The rise and rise of KCP Robber barons everywhere China invests in India The Gulf aviation boom WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Shipping woes of Chennai companies How Air-India loses customs... 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A think tank for Chennai

THE INDIA International Centre, New Delhi, has a reputation as a  meeting point for prominent citizens from different walks of life to congregate and discuss current and emerging issues. Recognizing the need for a similar forum in Chennai, Lakshminarayanan of Cognizant, Gopal Srinivasan of TVS, M S Srinivasan, IAS (Retd) and several other prominent Chennai icons have promoted the Chennai International Centre (CIC).

CIC started with a bang, presenting Nandan Nilekani for its first lecture on 29 July.  Two talks have been scheduled for August: T M Krishna in conversation with Gopalakrishna Gandhi and Dr. Mukund Rajan of Tata Sons. The  Madras School of Economics, Kotturpuram provides the space for the CIC meetings.

Chennai is known for such intellectual discussions. Remember Lakshmipuram Young Men’s Association presenting scholars from different walks of life to address on topical issues? Chambers of Commerce, well endowed with resources, focus on servicing their members. The Rajaji Centre for Public Affairs, the Institute for Economic Education, the Triplicane Cultural Academy, etc. have been organizing such lectures as well but they suffer lack; of resources necessary to sustain these activities at a much higher level.

CIC, promoted by wealthy intellectuals, seems to have started on better auspices with handsome subscriptions and better prospects for raising resources. Srinivasan said 250 members have been enrolled and another 175 applications are under process. CIC  plans to construct its own building within two years.

CIC has the potential to evolve as a think tank to provide inputs to policymakers on better and more efficient governance. IE wishes CIC to take roots quickly.

 

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