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    Bhoomi Poojan for the Hyderabad campus of TERI University

    Venue : Hyderabad
    Date : 3 July 2017


    The Bhoomi Poojan for the Hyderabad campus of TERI University was held on 3 July 2017 at the Gachibowli site in Hyderabad. The Bhoomi Poojan was done by the Vice Chancellor (Dr. Leena Srivastava) and Pro Vice Chancellor (Dr. Rajiv Seth). Gracing the occasion and to give her blessings, Mrs. Shanta Lal, the Vice Chancellor's mother, was also present.

    Activities of the Hyderabad campus will commence with short term training programmes and with co-guided Doctoral programmes in the academic year 2018, whilst the masters programmes will commence in the academic year 2019.

    Short-Term Training programme on Data Science Applications for Sustainability

    Venue : TERI University
    Date : 10-12 July 2017


    With the concept of a digital world taking precedence, our lives are being incessantly mapped and recorded in the digital realm. This, among other things, has led to availability of plethora of data that needs to be analysed in order to discover hidden patterns that are far from random. This is done through the field of Data Science. There are several definitions of data science available. Data science is considered to be an amalgamation of statistics, computer science, and application in various sectors. Large datasets of spatial and temporal information are assembled and manipulated in order to improve the understanding and management of complex systems. At its core, data science involves assemblage, management, and analysis of large spatio-temporal datasets for their translation into information that can eventually be used by decision makers for policymaking. Although data science is used in different domains, such as marketing, management, natural resource management, climate change studies, finances, development economics, among many others, an understanding of connection between the field of data science and sustainability is still limited.

    Both the field of sustainability and data science being fairly new fields, there are a limited amount of academic resources that have been written about synergy between the two topics. A few academicians and professionals, however, are already working in data science applications for sustainability. Keeping this in mind, there is a need to strengthen the knowledge base by conducting capacity-building training programmes. The application of data science on sustainability can be examined through the triple bottom line/pillars (environment, social, and economic) perspectives.

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    Economics Seminar Series-Seminar: "Three Decades of Multilateralism: Rise of Domestic Regulation as a Major Determinant of International Trade"

    Venue : L-103, TERI University
    Date : 17 August 2017


    For the purposes of achieving effective market access, this note traces the urgent need for the negotiators to shift their focus away from 'border'measures like the tariffs to 'behind-the-border'measures like the domestic regulations. The efforts by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) who seeks to increase the developing and LDCs participation in the international standards setting bodies, to enhance trade in food and feed (FAO & WTO, 2017).

    In this context, let us explore the realities of market access, this note will trace this issue in some detail.

    The WTO began with the task of disciplining two variables, identified as prominent barriers to international trade - the tariffs and the non-tariff measures (NTMs). The initial years of the WTO negotiation were spent in disciplining and liberalising tariff. These were achieved through country specific disciplines like the ceiling binding commitments and MFN applied tariffs. These efforts accelerated the process of lowering tariff barriers considerably at the same time the efforts to discipline NTMs were found wanting.
    Today there is a growing body of theoretical, empirical and policy analysis, including the WTO’s 2005 World Trade Report, which recognises the technical regulations, standards and procedures for determining conformity can have both positive and detrimental effects on competition and international trade. Further this standard becomes the basic requirement for success of exports of a country (WTO 2016). Both the developed and developing countries indicate these requirements are often leading to increased costs and therefore are of greater concern to exporters and governments when compared with other forms of non-tariff measures.

    The non-price based measures like regulations and technical standards in the form of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) and technical barriers to trade (TBT) are increasingly limiting market access and creating oligarchic industrial structures in the international trading regime. The domestic regulations and standards have recorded a rise and there is considerable literature to suggest this phenomenon.

    Leading the pack is the European Union with series of legislations regulating the use of chemicals and other substances. The EC regulations which were notified to the WTO, like supplier declaration of conformity (S-DoC); registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals (REACH); classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) and some of other notifications of 2016 restricting 588 endocrine disruptors substances and agrochemicals like Beta-Cypermethrin and Tricyclazole (WTO, 2017). Increasingly they are being challenged by the other WTO member countries for possible violation of Article 5 of SPS agreement.

    One such SPS barrier is the imposition of maximum residue limit (MRL) a mandatory SPS standard on food and feed products. These MRL standards are harmonised at the Codex alimentarius, an intergovernmental standardising body identified under the SPS Agreement.

    Some of the MRL standards on active substances (agrochemicals) notified by the members can be stringent in comparison to Codex but are permitted by Article 5 of SPS agreement such measures need to be backed by either scientific justifications or risk assessment dosseir. However, the presence of non-Codex MRL standard on agrochemicals are those for which Codex does not have harmonised international standard. As there is no comparable MRL standard by the Codex so these can be questionable measures under Article 5. To the best of my understanding, this aspect of MRL standards has never been highlighted and not discussed in the literature.

    As a researcher, I think there should be more clarity in the understanding of SPS-based MRL standards in its totality. This would be completely new phenomenon and would lead in supporting the cause of information asymmetry. This note attempts to highlight the importance of symmetry of information and the need for transparency in notifications. Further it suggests the need to put disciplines similar to that seen in case of tariff negotiations from 1995 onwards and similar efforts to be put in place for handling the barrier like the NTMs.


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