Panjab University (PU) vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover would send an invite to former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to deliver a lecture at the annual Professor Ajit Singh Memorial Lecture to be held in the memory of his student and economist Ajit Singh. The invitation will be sent after getting an approval from the Syndicate. The issue will be discussed in the Syndicate meeting on November 27.
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Ajit Singh graduated from PU in Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and economics in 1958 and was a student of Dr Manmohan Singh.
Ajit later became an eminent economist, who made fundamental contributions to the areas of modern business enterprise, de-industrialisation in advanced and emerging economies and globalisation of financial and product market.
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The winner of Glory of India award shared a close friendship with Singh.
Grover said: “I will send Dr Manmohan Singh an invite to be the first person to give the memorial lecture. His presence will be significant and most
appropriate because of the bond both the luminaries shared with each other.”
Ann Zammit, the wife of Ajit, has donated £ 5,000 to the PU’s department of economics as an endowment to finance the annual memorial lecture at the varsity.
Ajit was the first professional appointee to the Dr Manmohan Singh Chair at the department of economics and held the position until his death on June 23, 2015.
Ajit had also been a senior economic adviser to the governments of Mexico and Tanzania and also has been an adviser to almost all the UN developmental agencies, including the International Labour Organisation, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and the World Bank.
Ajit had published 17 books and monographs and more than 200 research papers in leading journals.
Welcoming the proposal, Grover said 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.