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India relations is a rapidly changing global, strategic and economic landscape. The center aims to connect local and national communities by providing a regular forum for dialogue among opinion leaders, academic, business, government and policy experts. This is being accomplished through workshops and public events that emphasize both scholarly research and interactive engagement.

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Reflections on an Academic's Global Journey: Book Talk with Pranab Bardhan
May 29, 2024 | Video
This inspiring event featured renowned Indian economist Pranab Bardhan as he delved into his remarkable personal and professional growth journey. Drawing from the ancient Sanskrit hymn "charaiveti," which means "keep moving" in search of self-realization, Bardhan's narrative takes us from his early days in a poor neighborhood in Kolkata, where he was home-schooled by his father, to his vigorous student life at Presidency College in Kolkata and Cambridge, England.

India's Economy in the Next Quarter Century: Opportunities and Challenges
May 9, 2024 | Video
India recently celebrated the 75th anniversary of its independence. Much has changed about India in the intervening years. India is now the world’s largest country by population, the fifth-largest economy globally and is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Yet fundamental challenges remain in India’s development path. Join the 21st Century India Center for an engaging event as we bring together world-class economists to delve into current research insights and discuss how future academic work can build on this knowledge to help make progress on the most pressing economic problems India will face in the next quarter century.

21CIC Seminar on Indian Economy by Shilpa Aggarwal (ISB)
March 13, 2024
Distortions introduced by price-controls may be underestimated if controls are captured for uses beyond fixing market failures. We study India’s minimum support prices (MSP) for food grains, and find that when a district with a larger area under cultivation for a crop is slated to go for elections, the central government announces a higher MSP for that crop. Since government procurement price is the same across states, this blunt instrument is used more when other policy instruments are unavailable, i.e., when the incumbent state government is unaligned with the center. Higher MSP directly reduces welfare via pass-through to consumer prices.

Past, Present, and Future of Environmental Policy in India
March 12, 2024
An interdisciplinary discussion between a historian and an economist took place for: The Past, Present, and Future of Environmental Policy in India. Presented by the South Asia Initiative @ UC San Diego.

Rajat Kochhar at 21CIC Seminar Series on the Indian Economy
Feb. 14, 2024
This seminar explores: what role do government policies which distort market competition play in impeding farmers’ climate change adaptation?

Yusuf Neggers on "Updating the State: Does Easier Access to Program Information Improve Bureaucrat Performance?"
Jan. 24, 2024
The authors discussed conducting an at-scale field experiment with two large Indian state governments, in which they varied bureaucrat access to a digital platform (“PayDash”) that lowers the costs of acquiring management-relevant information for India’s flagship rural workfare program.


Indian Climate Policy and the Future of Global Climate Collaboration
Oct. 11, 2023 | Video
Gain valuable insights into the pivotal role India plays in the global fight against climate change and how this harmonious collaboration is paving the way for a sustainable and brighter future.

A Conversation on Education Policy in India
April 18, 2023
Education benefits not just the individual, but society as a whole. We joined a discussion on the way forward for India’s education policy – particularly around the importance of a college degree – and how it is instrumental in fostering growth, reducing poverty and boosting shared prosperity globally.

A Roundtable Conversation on Contemporary India
March 15, 2023
We gathered for an informal discussion on topics ranging from political theory, intellectual history, constitutional law, productivity and competitiveness, Women’s health and equity in India and more.


Critical Issues in the U.S. H-1B Visa Program
June 22, 2022 | Video
The H-1B Visa Program is a temporary (nonimmigrant) visa category that allows employers to petition for highly educated foreign professionals to work in "specialty occupations" and current research shows that H-1B workers complement U.S. workers and expand job opportunities for all. In this panel, discussion centered on how foreign workers fill a critical need in the U.S. labor market, particularly in the science, technology, engineering and math fields – commonly referred to as STEM – and how with a low statutory limit of visa numbers available, demand for H-1B visa numbers has outstripped the supply in recent years.


U.S.-India Relations: An Ambassadorial Roundtable
Nov. 9, 2021 | Video

UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and School of Global Policy and Strategy Dean Caroline Freund invited you to join Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu, along with former Ambassadors Nirupama Rao, Tim Roemer and Richard Verma on Tuesday, Nov. 9 for a webinar discussion of the current U.S.-India relationship. This special engagement opportunity highlighted the important relationship between India and the U.S., and how it will be a significant driver of the prosperity, security, health and well-being of both countries and the world.

India relations is a rapidly changing global strategic and economic landscape. This event was hosted as part of efforts supporting the formation of the 21st Century India Center at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy, which will serve as a world-class hub for the study of modern India and U.S. It will spark innovative research, support the creation and transfer of knowledge, and convene timely policy conversations.


  • Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Ambassador of India to the United States
  • Nirupama Rao, Former Ambassador of India to the United States and Former Foreign Secretary of India
  • Tim Roemer, Former U.S. Member of Congress, 9/11 Commissioner and United States Ambassador to India
  • Richard Verma, Former United States Ambassador to India
  • Karthik Muralidharan (Moderator), Tata Chancellor’s Professor of Economics, UC San Diego