About the Book :
This compendium of fifteen essays addresses a wide range of issues pertaining to regional planning and development in India. Making a regional analysis of the levels of economic development and rates of economic growth in the country, it takes stock of the regional disparities in economic and social development as well as the growth of agriculture. Also, the book extends discussion on the regional differences in progress of regional development programmes, the geography of production of perishable foods, trends in industrial location, regional development policies, and decentralized and district planning under economic liberalization in the country.
About Author :
S.K. Aggarwal is at present Professor of Geography at Delhi University. He has studied Geography at the universities of Punjab (India), Akron and Kent State (USA). He has taught geography in the US and India and delivered lectures on Environmental Health and Mega Cities. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Bonn, and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Akron, Ohio. Among several research and teaching assignments within India and abroad, Professor Aggarwal has been honored to be a Full Member of the International Geographical Union (IGU), Commission on Health and Environment and IGU Task Force on Mega Cities. Recently, Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany has honored him to be on their panel of experts on selection and evaluation of Research Projects on Emerging Mega Cities in the developing countries.
Vishwambhar Nath spent his entire career as a development economist in India, the Middle East and Africa. Born in Lahore on July 14, 1923, Dr. Nath trained as a geographer and economist joined the Indian Planning Commission in 1950. He worked on the Census of India and led the Project Evaluation Organization (PEO) of the Planning Commission to evaluate the Community Development Programme. Later assignments in the Planning Commission included work in the Natural Resources and Urban Planning Divisions. In between in 1957, he joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and was the District Collector in Sawai Madhopur and Pali districts in Rajasthan. This volume is based on his work in Sawai Madhopur and later in The Punjab. From 1966 to 1984 Dr. Nath worked with the United Nations as a development economist in the Middle East and West Africa and worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Asian Development Studies Centre of Boston University, USA and at The Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. His academic interests include work in Economic Development. Regional Planning, Urbanization, Rural Development and Administration and Planning.