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Noble laureate Amrataya Sen to address Kashmir students

Faisul Yaseen

Srinagar, July 08, 2007:

Renowned Indian economist and Noble Prize laureate Prof. Amrataya Sen is expected to visit Indian administered Kashmir in October this year to deliver a lecture at the University of Kashmir (KU) in the summer capital Srinagar.

The Indian Economists Association has approached KU to organise the Indian Economists Association Conference this year, which is scheduled to be held from October 25 to October 28.

"The dates for the conference have already been decided and we are very much interested in organising it," KU vice chancellor Abdul Wahid Qureshi told Kashmir Newz expressing his desire to host the Conference.

If the conference gets a go ahead, KU would be host to some 2,000 top economists from all over India.

KU is expecting the Noble Prize winner for Economics Prof. Amrataya Sen to turn up during the conference. "If we get a go ahead to organise the conference, I expect Prof. Amrataya Sen would also visit the University," Qureshi said.

KU is also planning to arrange a lecture of Prof. Sen for the postgraduate Economics students of the University who are already excited about his visit.

"Listening to Prof. Sen, would be a dream come true for me," said Naseer Ahmad, a postgraduate student at KU's departemnt of Economics.

During the proposed Indian Economists Association Conference, KU also plans to have an exclusive session on Jammu and Kashmir economy.

The economy of the conflict-hit Jammu and Kashmir has been in tatters, more so due to the Indus Water Treaty signed by the nuclear warring nations India and Pakistan. The Treaty has rendered the state powerless with India and Pakistan using its water resources and the state not being able to store the water of its five rivers beyond a limit.

Prof. Sen is expected to deliver a lecture on how the state can get itself out of the quagmires of the economic morass.

The lecture is expected to be delivered at the recently constructed KU's Convocation Centre, which finally came up 26 years after the first Prime Minster of Jammu and Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah laid its foundation stone.

The 2,550 seat Convocation Centre which was constructed at a cost of Rs. 80 million is now the largest in north India.

The conference would be inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who has himself been the member of the Indian Economists Association for decades. Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University Prof. Batacharaya who is the chairman of the Association and the organisers at the national level have already sent an invitation to PM Manmohan Singh asking him to inaugurate the Conference at KU.

The University in collaboration with Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) and the Ohio State University, USA is also organising an international conference on the deadly disease cancer on July 22. Distinguished experts from China, Canada, France, United Kingdom and USA would deliver their lectures at the conference.

Besides, the University is also organising its annual convocation in November



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