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New Delhi : In pursuance of the Prime Minister’s call for a New India 2022, the first meeting of the National Steering Group and other knowledge partners was held at NITI Aayog on May 17, 2017, under the co-chairmanship of Amitabh Kant, CEO, and Ratan P Watal, Principal Adviser, NITI Aayog.
The meeting, according to a PIB release,  was aimed at bringing together 32 premier educational and policy research institutions to catalyse the development process, enhance institutional capacity development and a field level interface with the community for New India 2022. The meeting witnessed signing of MoUs between NITI Aayog and major think tanks across the country to create an ecosphere of evidence based policy research.
This network will enable efficient knowledge sharing and information exchange among all partners to fulfil their role in transformative policy reform to achieve a sustainable and more inclusive development in line with the National Development Agenda, Sustainable Development Goals as well as the 15 year vision, 7 year strategy and 3 year action plan. The meeting was also attended by representatives of four state governments : Kerala, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, made a presentation before the knowledge and research institutions on the initiatives taken by NITI and how the institutions can collaborate for overall development of the country. Ratan P Watal, Principal Adviser, NITI Aayog, emphasized on the role that India’s premier institutions can play in country’s development through a collaborative approach. This is the first ever initiative taken in the country to bring the large number of institutions cutting across diverse domain themes to deliberate together on the way forward for inclusive development of the country. As part of Samavesh initiative, a new link on NITI’s website was launched on the occasion, said the PIB release.

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