WRITTEN BY: PARINITA GUPTA
(August 23, 2023) After earning a degree in electrical engineering at IIT Kanpur, Deepak Raj flew to the US to learn business. He spent many years on Wall Street; founded the Raj Associates, dealing with investments in real estate and public and private securities. What’s more interesting is his wide-ranging philanthropic service, encompassing a variety of issues that affect India and Indian- Americans.
Deepak took up the role of chairperson for both Pratham USA
and the Indian Philanthropy Alliance
. Alongside his wife Neera, he established the Deepak and Neera Raj Centre on Indian Economic Policies
at Columbia University. “The Indian economy is at a critical juncture and we hope that the center’s highly capable leadership will provide research and expertise to help India grow,” Deepak said.
Deepak Raj, founder of the Deepak and Neera Raj Centre on Indian Economic Policies at Columbia University.
The primary objective of the Deepak and Neera Raj Centre on Indian Economic Policies is to enhance economic well-being in India. They try to accomplish this goal through comprehensive research conducted by eminent scholars, the widespread distribution of this knowledge to practitioners, policymakers, students, and scholars globally, and the continual engagement in meaningful discussions on critical policy matters confronting India.
“We are deeply grateful to Deepak and Neera Raj for their generous support of SIPA’s efforts in this vitally important field of inquiry,” said SIPA Dean Merit E. Janow
, expressing his profound gratitude to Deepak and Neera Raj for their significant contribution to SIPA’s crucial endeavours.
Arun Jaitley addresses Columbia University’s Deepak & Neera Raj Center on Indian Economic Policies.
The Center’s scope will involve a comparative examination of India and the USA, focusing on policy-relevant areas like climate change and federalism. Through this, the Centre aims to provide scholarly reinforcement for both bilateral and multilateral initiatives.
“The Center’s research will also include comparative analysis of the experience of India and the United States in policy-relevant areas such as climate change and federalism, to provide scholarly support for multilateral and bilateral (US-India) initiatives,” informed the Global Indian
The Deepak and Neera Raj Center on Indian Economic Policies is strategically positioned to serve as a knowledge hub for fostering discussion and conducting policy-oriented research about the advancement of Indian economic policies. Through its backing of scholarly initiatives, the center will reinforce SIPA’s prominent role in this realm of study. Furthermore, it will enrich the curriculum and educational prospects for students by providing enhanced opportunities.
Published on 23, Aug 2023