5,000 UK Pound donated to PU Department of Economics as an endowment


Prof Ajit Singh.

Chandigarh, November 10, 2016: The wife of eminent economist and former Dr Manmohan Singh Chair Professor at Panjab University (PU) Prof Ajit Singh, Mrs.Ann Zammit has donated 5,000 UK Pound to the PU Department of Economics as an endowment.
The endowment would finance an annual Professor Ajit Singh Memorial Lecture at PU that would broadly reflect the philosophy and thought underpinning Prof Ajit's cademic and practical work. Prof Ajit was the Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge (UK) and the first Professorial appointment to the Dr.Manmohan Singh Chair at the Department of Economics in PU. Prof Ajit held the positions until his death on 23 June, 2015.
At PU, Dr. Singh published a number of research papers, which credited PU and the University of Cambridge (UK). Dr. Singh had five collaborations with PU faculty and research scholars. At the Department of Economics, PU, he was delivering public
lectures and interacting with the students. He was guiding one student namely Ms.Parneet Kaur for her Ph.D work.
Welcoming the proposal, PU Vice Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover informed that the proposal would add to the continuity of PU-UK collaborations. The proposal would be put up before PU Syndicate for consideration and approval, he added.
Professor Ajit Singh was one of the world's most renowned Indian-born economists, who made fundamental academic contributions in the areas of modern business enterprise, de-industrialisation in advanced and emerging economies and the
globalisation of financial and product markets.
Dr. Singh did his graduation from PU, Masters from Howard University and Ph.D from University of California, Berkeley. He has been a Senior Economic Adviser to the Governments of Mexico and Tanzania and has been adviser to almost all the UN
developmental agencies, including the International Labour Organization, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, and the World Bank.
Professor Singh received the Glory of India Award for ‘individual excellence, excellent performance and outstanding contribution for the progress of the nation and worldwide’ in November 2010. Professor Singh published 17 books and monographs, and more than 200 research papers in leading journals.

Thursday, November 10, 2016