Institute for Social and Economic Change

Established in 1972 by Professor V K R V Rao, ISEC is an All-India Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and Training in the Social Sciences

VKRV Rao Memorial Lectures – isec

VKRV Rao Memorial Lectures

Prof. Vijayendra Kasturi

V K R V Rao Memorial Lecture - 18 India’s Economic Journey since Independence

by Dr. C. Rangarajan, Former Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister and Former Governor, RBI, Chairman, Madras school of Economics (7th September, 2022)

  • V K R V Rao Memorial Lecture – 17
    Finance, Gender and Entrepreneurship – India’s Informal Sector Firms
    by Prof. Kunal Sen, Dr.V.K.R.V. Rao Chair Professor, ISEC,
    Director of UNU-WIDER & Professor of Development Economics,
    Global Development Institute, University of Manchester
    (20th January 2021)

  • V K R V Rao Memorial Lecture – 16
    National Pension System, Consumption and Growth
    by Dr. D. Narayana, Former Director, Gulati Institute of
    Finance and Taxation, Thiruvananthapuram and Vice President,
    Indian Health Economics and Policy Association, Bengaluru
    (20th January 2020)

  • V K R V Rao Memorial Lecture – 15
    The Importance of Ethics in Life
    by by Prof. (Dr.) R. Venkata Rao, Vice Chancellor,
    National Law School of India University,Bengaluru
    (21st January 2019)

  • V K R V Rao Memorial Lecture – 13
    Changing Political Landscape of India and Contemporary Trends
    by Prof. (Dr.) G. Gopa Kumar, Vice-Chancellor,
    Central University, Kerala

    (20th January 2017)

  • V K R V Rao Memorial Lecture – 12
    Nationalism and Economic Development of India
    by Prof. Amit Bhaduri, Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru
    University, New Delhi
    (20th January 2016)

  • V K R V Rao Memorial Lecture – 11
    On Inclusive Growth: Theory and Indian Experience since Early 1990s
    by Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat Chairman, Indian Council of Social
    Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi

    (9th February, 2015)

  • V K R V Rao Memorial Lecture – 10
    The Importance of being Rurban: Tracking Modernity
     in Traditional Society

    by Professor Dipankar Gupta, Distinguished Professor of Sociology,
    Shiv Nadar University (Formerly at JNU),
    (22nd May 2014)

  • V K R V Rao Memorial Lecture – 9
    Corruption : When Preaching Piety is Not Enough
    Prof. Pranab BardhanProfessor of Graduate School, Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley
    (31st August, 2012)

  • V K R V Rao Memorial Lecture – 8
    Paradox of Rapid Growth and Persistent Poverty : A Tale of Two Countries
    by Prof. Deepak Nayyar, Professor in Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    (20th January, 2011)

  • V K R V Rao Memorial Lecture – 7
    The Concept of Civilization in the Nationalist Discourse : Mahatma Gandhi to
    Jawaharlal Nehru

    by Prof. Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, Chairman, ICHR, New Delhi
    (20th January, 2010)

  • V K R V Rao Memorial Lecture – 6
    India at the Crossroads: The Choices Before Us
    by Shri Nandan M.NilekaniCo-Chairman, INFOSYS
    (16th February, 2009).

  • V K R V Rao Memorial Lecture – 5
    The Present Significance of Caste
    by Prof. André Béteille, Chairman, ICSSR
    (20th January, 2008).

  • V K R V Rao Memorial Lecture – 4
    Economic and Social Change in India: The Emerging
    Role of Higher Education

    by Prof. Narendra Jadhav, Vice-Chancellor, the University of Pune
    (20th January, 2007)

  • V K R V Rao Memorial Lecture – 3
    Statistics: A Gateway of Knowledge
    by Prof. C.R. Rao, Eberly Family Chair in Statistics, Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University
    (20th January, 2006)

  • V K R V Rao Memorial Lecture – 2
    Verdicts on Nehru: The Rise and Fall of A Reputation
    by Prof. Ramachandra Guha, Historian and Biographer
    (20th January, 2005)

  • V K R V Rao Memorial Lecture – 1
    Prospects of Growth with Social Justice
    by Dr. K S Krishnaswamy, former Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India
    (20th January, 2004)


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