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Recent data projections (as leaked to the The Hindu) for the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) estimate that the city of Mumbai is likely to have more than 42,000 cases by the end of April and more than 650,000 cases by mid-May.   The...
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This Express article quotes Resident Senior Fellow Vivek Dehejia. Excerpts:   "Following a mammoth nine-hour meeting with board directors, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced it will work together with the government with a set of new fiscal strategies...    Vivek Dehejia, a...
This article in The Economist quotes Bimal Patel, president of CEPT University in Ahmedabad. Excerpts:   "It is hardly surprising that most Indian cities are so messy, says Bimal Patel, an architect and planner who is president of CEPT University in Ahmedabad. When Europea...
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  • 02 April, 2021
    Brave New World Podcast: Episode 9 Waiting for Doctor AI
    Artificial intelligence can transform healthcare — and the medical profession may be behind the curve. Regina Barzilay joins Vasant Dhar in episode 9 of Brave New World to talk about how doctors, programmers and lawyers need to find a meeting point to make the revolution happen.   ...
  • 22 March, 2021
    The Indian COVID-19 Alliance (TICA) | Communications Track
        Go to Project Page   Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been an excess of information and misinformation in what WHO called an “infodemic”. We have learned the hard way that information alone does not result in tangible behavior change even when the stakes fo...
  • 22 March, 2021
    The Indian COVID-19 Alliance (TICA) | Allocation Track
        Go to Project Page     Prioritising vaccines to people who need them the most is very important. There may be limits to vaccine supply due to manufacturing constraints as well as distribution constraints. It is important then to direct the distribution of vaccines towa...
  • 22 March, 2021
    The Indian COVID-19 Alliance (TICA) | Financing Track
        Go to Project Page     Financing the COVID-19 vaccination campaign The Indian COVID Alliance’s (TICA) Financing Track outlines the allocations of funds set aside by the Central Government to detail what percentage of the adult population in India can be successful...
  • 18 March, 2021
    Brave New World Podcast: Episode 8 How Social Media Threatens Society
    The internet has changed our lives, mostly for the better. But there is a flip side. Jonathan Haidt joins Vasant Dhar in episode 8 of Brave New World to describe how social media is a threat to democracy and public discourse — and to the mental health of a generation.    &n...
  • 12 March, 2021
    PARIMAL — an institutional platform for evidence-based research in policing
    The Madhya Pradesh Police (MPP) launched the Pracademic Action Research Initiative (with) Multidisciplinary Approach Lab (PARIMAL) in March 2021. The Lab is a collaborative initiative under MPP’s DG Research and Policy Cell, with IDFC Institute as a principal partner. ‘Pracademics’ can be refe...
  • 08 March, 2021
    The Indian COVID-19 Alliance (TICA) | Distribution Track
        Go to Project Page     India’s COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign - Distribution Preparedness   With a vaccine sector valued at ~Rs. 9500 Crore (USD 1.2 Billion) in 2020, India has been touted as the global leader in vaccine manufacturing and production. Its Univ...
  • 05 March, 2021
    Brave New World Podcast: Episode 7 The Nature of Intelligence
    Trying to build artificial intelligence can teach us so much about intelligence itself. AI pioneer Yann LeCun, a winner of the Turing Award, joins Vasant Dhar in episode 7 of Brave New World to discuss how the field of AI has evolved and where it is heading. Points of discussion:  How machines ...
  • 20 February, 2021
    Brave New World Podcast: Episode 6 The China Question
    How should the Biden administration treat China? The same way the Trump administration did, Peter Berkowitz tells Vasant Dhar in episode 6 of Brave New World. The USA, argues Berkowitz, must not lose sight of its core values as a great democracy.      Useful resources: ...
  • 17 February, 2021
    Budget 2021-22: A Boost to Affordable Housing, Urban Public Health, and Transportation
    This year’s budget witnessed some important shifts in affordable housing, urban sanitation and public health, and transportation.    Affordable Housing   The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on urban issues such as inadequate housing, poor waste management and sanitation, lack o...
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