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Government think-tank National Institution for Transforming India (Niti) Aayog on Wednesday said it will team up with premier educational and policy research institutions across the country to pursue Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision for a New India by 2022.
"This is the first-ever initiative to bring a large number of institutions cutting across diverse domain themes to deliberate together on the way forward for the inclusive development of the country," NITI Aayog said in a statement.
The meeting was aimed at catalysing the development process, and enhancing institutional capacity development and a field-level interface with the community for New India 2022, it added.
The meeting witnessed the signing of memorandum of understandings (MoUs) between NITI Aayog and major think-tanks across the country to create a network 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 so as 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 statement said.
Co-chaired by Niti Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Amitabh Kant and Principal Adviser Ratan P Watal, the meeting was also attended by representatives of four state governments including Kerala, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
During the meeting, Kant made a presentation on the initiatives taken by Niti and how the participating institutions can collaborate for overall development of the country.
Watal emphasised the role that India's premier institutions can play in the country's development through a collaborative approach.