The Brookings Institution announced today (january 29. 2013) that it is opening Brookings India—a centre for public policy research based in New Delhi. Brookings is making this move because of India's growing importance on the world stage as the world's largest democracy and a rising power with one of the fastest growing economies.
Brookings India will serve as a platform for cutting-edge, policy-relevant research and analysis on the opportunities and challenges facing India and the world. Indians will play the primary role in directing, staffing and funding the centre. The research priorities of Brookings India—including domestic and global economics, foreign policy, energy policy and infrastructure policy—will be aligned with India's policy agenda. Brookings India will seek to collaborate with existing Indian think tanks across the country. Its work will be based on the Brookings motto of "Quality, Independence, Impact," promoting in India its brand of independent, in-depth research and engagement in the policy debate.
Vikram Singh Mehta (F79) will serve as Chairman of Brookings India. Mehta, until recently, was chairman of the Shell Group of Companies in India. After beginning his career with the Indian Administrative Service, he held positions with Philips Petroleum and Oil India Limited. “Given India’s considerable strategic importance to the United States and the larger international community, how India deals with its challenges and opportunities is a matter of great interest across the world,” said Mehta. “The Brookings Institution is the oldest independent think tank. For the fifth year in a row, it has just been ranked as the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tank in the world. Brookings India will utilize Brookings' time-tested methods as the world's leading think tank while providing an Indian perspective in the policy debate.”
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