Integrated Development Plan for India: Goal Tools and Strategies

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  • Author :Shanti Swarup Gupta
  • Year of Publication :1992
  • ISBN: :9788170224112
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 274
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Public Administration

About the Book :

It appears, lately the western world is reconciling to three ideas. First, life is one. In the name of specialisation, to take a sectarian view is not correct. So, now inter-disciplinary researchers are increasingly becoming popular. Secondly, progress cannot sort from zero. It must be linked to the past. Culture cannot be suddenly asked to go. Thirdly, materialism alone is not a satisfactory answer to happiness. Dr. S.S. Gupta has incorporated all the three aspects in the present work, which predominantly belongs to the discipline of economics. While defining Goal, he has talked of an all round, integrated and balanced growth of life. He has called it Anand, i.e. permanent happiness. While dealing with Tools, he has tried to bank upon the traditional tools of family, family function and national festivals, mass media, etc. And while discussing Strategies, he has discussed along with economic strategy and supporting social and political strategies. His ideas of District States for maximum decentralisation of power and Samrasta for social rejuvenation are thought provoking. His suggestion to take up selected areas, instead of the whole country, for a planned integrated development and saturate it with resources in a period of time, say five years, and take it to the take off stage within this period and then leave it to its fate, deserves serious attention. This is a readable book, full of challenging ideas.

About Author :

S.S. Gupta (both 1-1-1929) currently Vice-Chancellor of the Agra University, is a D. Litt. In Economics. He worked as a Principal for 13 years and made bold experiments. He tried to give new direction to N.S.S., N.C.C, Proctorial Ministry of the College, College Library, College Buildings, Keeping of College Accounts, etc. He tried to place a Principal-Teacher, Principal Non-Teacher and principal-Students relationships on new foundations. He tried to develop in all a sense of belonging to and pride in the institution. It all gave excellent results and the college was given U.P. Merit Award twice. During his tenure of 13 years as Principal, almost 50 teachers earned Ph.D. degrees and almost 250 students were registered for their Ph.D. degrees in the Faculties of Arts, Science, Education and Law. But his tenure abruptly ended in discomfiture. The College Management could not relish his popularity. It encouraged teacher-politics and patted rowdy students. Principal Gupta was physically assaulted twice for not permitting copying in the examinations or allowing misappropriation or embezzlement of funds .Ultimately Dr. Gupta preferred to take pre-mature retirement, two years earlier than the due time of superannuation. Dr. Gupta has written several thought provoking books. Most of his research articles and Survey Reports have been published.