ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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An Investigation into the Inter-District Disparity in West Bengal, 1991-2005

This paper calculates inter-district inequality among West Bengal's 17 districts and then highlights the disparity in physical and social infrastructure among them. The latter traces the ranking of districts over time. Though this does not conclusively prove what the main determining factors for the movement of inequality are, a rank correlation analysis of per capita incomes with their physical and social infrastructure ranks gives sufficient hints about the causal relations between the two.

Barriers to Trade in Higher Education Services in the Era of Globalisation

This paper highlights the issues surrounding trade in education services in India. Concentrating on the ease and difficulty of trade in education services through different modes in India, it shows that the process of trade in education services through World Trade Organisation modes 3 and 4 has just begun in India, whereas mode 2 is still the most prevalent mode of trade in education services. A field survey undertaken in this context also identifies some barriers to movement of foreign students to India.

Pattern of Industrial Growth in West Bengal during Last Two Decades-Some Policy Suggestions

during Last Two Decades Some Policy Suggestions Ajitava Raychaudhuri Biswajit Chatterjee In the last two decades, West Bengal had a slow rate of industrialisation but witnessed a relative growth of small and informal industries, This growth of small industries began largely as an ancillarisation operation of large and medium industries. However, the ancillarisation and the small and informal based industrialisation proved productive for industries which grew depending on government orders, but was counterproductive for expansion of consumer goods industries facing market competition and risk. This feature can be explained in terms of risk perception of producers which is conditional upon uncertainties attached to future net returns of investment. The responsibility for reversing this situation lies with the government its commitments as well as on the innovative management practices of entrepreneurs.
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