Independent think tank The Brookings Institution today announced opening its India centre for public policy research, with likes of billionaire Mukesh Ambani and Kris Gopalakrishnan of Infosys supporting the initiative.
"Brookings is making this move because of India's growing importance on the world stage as the world's largest democracy and a rising power with one of the fastest growing economies," it said in a press statement here.
Brookings India will serve as a platform for cutting-edge, policy-relevant research and analysis on the opportunities and challenges facing India and the world.
"The research priorities of Brookings India ¿ including domestic and global economics, foreign policy, energy policy and infrastructure policy ¿ will be aligned with India's policy agenda. Brookings India will seek to collaborate with existing Indian think tanks across the country," it said. Vikram Singh Mehta, who until recently was the chairman of the Shell Group of Companies in India, will be the Chairman of Brookings India.
Brookings said the India unit had been made possible by the generous support of the Brookings India Initiative Founders Circle.
The current members of the Founders Circle supporting the Initiative include Nita and Mukesh Ambani (Reliance Industries), Rahul Bajaj (Bajaj Auto), Kris Gopalakrishnan (Infosys), Onkar S Kanwar and Neeraj R S Kanwar (Apollo Tyres), Rajan Bharti Mittal and Rakesh Bharti Mittal (Bharti Enterprises) and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (Biocon).
The list also includes Shyam S Bhartia and Hari S Bhartia (Jubilant Bhartia Group), Gaurav Dalmia (Dalmia Group), Steven A Denning (General Atlantic), Baba Kalyani (Bharat Forge), Rana Kapoor (YES Bank), Shiv Vikram Khemka and Uday Khemka (SUN Group), Geetanjali and Vikram Kirloskar (Kirloskar Systems), Rajiv B Lall (IDFC), Sanjay Nayar, Ajay Piramal (Piramal Enterprises), Dattaraj V Salgaocar (V M Salgaocar Group) and Harsh Pati Singhania (JK Organisation).
"Given India's considerable strategic importance to the United States and the larger international community, how India deals with its challenges and opportunities is a matter of great interest across the world," Mehta said adding The Brookings Institution has ranked as the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tank in the world.
"Whether humanity thrives in the 21st century will depend in no small measure on India's success in meeting the needs of its people and in exerting regional and global leadership," said Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution.
"The model of independent policy-relevant research that Brookings has developed over nearly 100 years will contribute to an informed Indian citizenry and provide useful analysis and recommendations to Indian policymakers."