Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal
The Department of Commerce, BSSS organised a one day workshop entitled “A Journey of Progress: from Planning Commission to Niti Aayog” on 12th March 2018.
The resource person on this occasion was Prof. Dr. Kanhaiya Ahuja, from the School of Economics, DAVV Indore. Nearly 130 students of B.Com VI Semester (Economics specialisation) participated in this workshop.
During the inaugural session, the Head, Deptt. of Commerce, Dr. Binoy Arickal presented a bouquet to Dr. Kanhaiya Ahuja as a welcome gesture.
In his first session the speaker covered the following topics: Concept of Planning, Evolution of Planning in India, Five Year Plan – their objectives, major achievements and revenue generated by them.
Lastly he discussed about Planning Commission and major drawbacks of our planning process. During the post lunch session he gave information about Niti Aayog, reasons responsible for its establishment, its objectives, functions, and difference between Planning Commission and Niti Aayog.
According to Dr. Kanhiya Ahuja the major difference between Planning Commission and Niti Aayog is that commission has the power to allocate funds to ministries and state governments while Niti Aayog is a think tank without any power to deal in fund allocation, commission does’t have part time members but Aayog could have, state governments have limited role during planning process while now they have more say in formulation of plan.
During both the sessions students raised a variety of queries which were aptly answered by the resource person. This workshop was organised by Mrs. Anuradha Goswami (Course Coordinator -Economics) Deptt. of Commerce. According to her this workshop and areas covered by the expert speaker would be very useful for the students not only in their current academic pursuit but also in preparation for various competitive exams.
The workshop came to an end with presentation of memento by Ms. Timisha Raj Nimoria (Class Representative) of B.Com VI semester. The Workshop was a good turf for the students to delve into the planning process pursued by our country.