Resource Persons

Prof. Reshmy Nair:

Dr. Reshmy Nair is Professor and Director, Centre for Management of Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation (CMLARR), at ASCI. She has graduated in Economics (Hons.) from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and holds M. Phil & Doctorate degrees in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, NewDelhi.

CMLARR has been leading the capacity building interventions for LARR specialist officers in the South Asian region. The Centre has entered into a MoU with National Research Centre for Resettlement, Hohai University, China, to support cooperation and create research network for effective management of social issues in infrastructure development. The two leading institutions in China and India are now offering International Programmes and Joint Certification Courses in Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation (LARR). Among the prominent international assignments successfully led by her include customised courses on LARR for Ministerial delegation from Government of Uganda, Egypt, Kenya etc; Curriculum Development Workshop for University of Nairobi; Support to World Bank in the Technical Assistance for Land Acquisition Policy and Institutional Reform in Egypt; Development of Step by Step Guidelines on Social Impact Assessment; SouthSouth learning event on R & R and Benefit Sharing; International training courses on LARR, advisory guidance to University of Peradeniya; Sri Lanka on LARR, Technical support for Training of Trainers in workshops organised by World Bank in the South Asian Region etc.

CMLARR, under her leadership is an empanelled expert institution for conducting social impact assessment studies. She has led national/international consultancy studies on social impact assessment and evaluation. CMLARR has been providing support to the Department of Land Resources, Government of India and various State Governments in the implementation of the new land acquisition Act. She conducted dedicated courses on the RFCTLARR Act 2013 in Karnataka (400 officers), Tamil Nadu (105 officers), Bihar (100 Officers), Odisha (55 Officers), Madhya Pradesh (55 Officers); Punjab and Sikkim (50-60) etc. Officers from more than 20 state governments have participated in the LARR Courses at ASCI. CMLARR has institutionalized partnership with Coal India Ltd the largest coal producer in the world. Dr Nair has conceptualised, designed and directed customised capacity building interventions on LARR for senior IAS Officers, World Bank & Asian Development Bank supported projects, government organizations and several public/private sector organisations. The annual announced programmes on LARR have been receiving unprecedented participation including senior officers from State governments and numerous public and private sector organisations. She has directed more than 13,000 mandays of training in LARR during the last few years. The Centre has developed comprehensive training modules on legislative framework of land acquisition (RFCTLARR Act, 2013), Social Impact Assessment and Resettlement Planning.

Dr Nair is Member, Inter Ministerial Committee on R & R; Member, National Committee for finalisation of National Land Policy; Member, Committee formed by Ministry of Coal to address LARR Issues in Coal Sector; National Social Expert, Two member Panel of Experts, Directorate of Energy, Government of Himachal Pradesh for providing advisory guidance to the Directorate on the social issues in hydro sector development; Advisor, GNLU_SJVN Fellowship on Hydropower Development; Member, Committee, Government of Telangana to support the Group of Ministers in the finalization of RFCTLARR rules. She was the Technical Editor of ASCI journal of Management- a peer review ISSN journal, of the Special Issues on LARR.

Dr. Ratika Thakur:

Dr. Ratika Thakur is a UGC-JRF fellow and completed her PhD in Anthropology from Panjab University, Chandigarh. She has four years of experience in managing multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder projects in Land Acquisition, Social Impact Assessment and Impact Evaluation. Prior to joining the Centre, she was working with Department of Anthropology, Panjab University, the Nodal Centre for SIA studies. During this tenure she carried out multiple SIA studies in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal.

She is a core resource person in the capacity building and consultancy projects of the Centre. She also oversees complex digital data collection operations in multi-sectoral surveys (carried out by field teams). Her teaching and research interest includes development Studies particularly focusing in Gender and Development, Gender Rights and policy analysis.