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International Conference
Emergence of India as an Economic Super Power:
Challenges and Opportunities
April 29 - 30, 2014 (Tuesday - Wednesday), Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Organized by

  • Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
  • Transnational Corporations Review, Ottawa United Learning Academy, Canada

The Conference

India, one of the most significant Asian economic giants of current times, has greatly increased its role in the global economy in the past two decades. It represents almost one-fifth of the world population. Its contributions to global GDP and international trade have been steadily increasing. The fast rising middle-class and the rapid growth of transnational corporations (TNCs) in the country have become an important source of the rapid expansion of the economy, by employment and income generation on one hand and stimulating demand for goods and services on the other. India’s economy is the 4th largest in the world, behind the US, China and Japan. According to Goldman Sachs, India is expected to continue to grow at a much faster pace than the advanced OECD economies, over the next 20 to 25 years. While ageing population and the resultant demand growth slowdown, large government and household debt levels and weak trend in productivity growth are all expected to constrain economic growth in Europe and North America; the relatively favourable demographics, accumulation of physical and human capital, increased innovation and economic specialization will increase opportunities for strong economic growth in India. As a result, India is expected to be the number two in the world economy, behind China, by 2030.

This conference aims at deliberating on the opportunities and challenges in India’s emergence as an economic super – power. It will provide an opportunity to academicians and corporates to debate and discuss, through research findings, the strategies to address these challenges; cultivate and sustain growth in the future through exploring undiscovered avenues that would propel India’s growth as an economic super power.

Conference Sub-Themes

  • Emerging dimensions in Economics and Finance
  • Sovereign Credit Ratings & Default Risk
  • Foreign investment and economic growth
  • Managing inbound foreign investments
  • Fiscal and monetary issues
  • Cross border mergers & acquisitions, foreign diversifications
  • Structural transformation in Indian markets
  • Innovative Financing Options
  • Forex Risk Management Avenues / Practices OR Risk Management for Corporate India
  • Changing trends in operations and logistics
  • Disaster resistant supply chains
  • Technology Convergence
  • Cyber Risk Management
  • Energy Management & Sustainable Cities
  • Disasters & Rebuilding / Catastrophe Management
  • Environmental & Sustainable Management Issues
  • Innovative practices in Marketing
  • New approaches in Human Resource Management
  • Intellectual Capital Management
  • Global Talent Management & Multicultural Issues
  • Knowledge Transfer Management in MNCs
  • Competitive strategies for economic growth
  • Entrepreneurship as an engine of growth in transition economies
  • Innovation and R& D: Engine for Economic Growth
  • Innovations: Legal & Regulatory framework
  • International Business: Regulatory and legal issues
  • Heritage, Cultural, Rural, Medical & Eco-Tourism as an economic growth stimulator
  • Alternate medicine, Ayurveda, Yoga, etc as new economic opportunities
  • Role of Indian Artefacts, Handicrafts, Mineral and Natural resources in Economy 

These sub – themes are indicative only. Contributions may focus on, but may not be limited to the above mentioned themes and may be developed on any specific area which falls within the broad gamut of the conference theme.

Call for Papers

The Conference invites original, unpublished research papers from corporates, academicians, researchers and students on the relevant themes. All papers should be submitted by email, in MS-Word format to mlsuconf@gmail.com and tncr.special@gmail.com. Papers will be reviewed by the TNCR editorial office. For the submission details on paper format, please follow the “Author Guidelines” on TNCR’s website: www.tnc-online.net/page/guidelines/index.php. Each paper should not exceed 10 pages (single spaced with 12pt Times New Roman font, including the abstract, body of the paper, references, tables and graphs). A short paragraph about the author(s) in about 150 words along with a recent passport size photo and a cover page showing the full name of author(s), affiliations and contact details such as postal address, phone and email address, should be included.

Publication Opportunities

Selected papers will be published by the Transnational Corporations Review (TNCR), in English, as a special volume, and will be requested for indexing. Excellent papers selected by the conference academic committee will be recommended for publication in regular issues of the journal.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: February 28, 2014
  • Notification of Paper Acceptance: March 31, 2014
  • Conference dates: April 29- 30, 2014  

Conference Fee

  • Foreign Delegates: US$ 200
  • Indian Corporate Delegates – Rs. 5000
  • Indian Academicians – Rs. 3000
  • Indian Research Scholars/Students – Rs. 1500

Note: Early bird registration (before January 31, 2014) will receive 20% discount. The registration fee covers conference kit, lunch & dinner, refreshments and local transportation. The conference fee does not include travel and accommodation expenses. The organizers may help in arranging accommodation for conference delegates on payment basis, in nearby hotels/ University Guest house/University Hostels, if confirmation is received by 31st March, 2014. In case of multiple authors, co-authors desirous of certification and/or participation are required to pay the full registration fee.

Registration fees can be paid by Demand Draft in favour of ‘The Comptroller, Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India’, payable at Udaipur. Delegates can also make payment through NEFT gateway. NEFT related details are as under:


Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur


ICICI Bank Ltd.


University Campus, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Account No.




Authors should mention the transaction ID via email once the payment is done through NEFT gateway.

Paper publication will cost an extra USD200. This is to cover the expenses for reviewing, editing, publishing and indexing selected paper(s) on the special issues of TNCR journal and/or conference proceedings. The paper is to be limited to 10 pages and there will be an extra charge of USD50 per extra page.

Transnational Corporations Review, Ottawa United Learning Academy, Canada

Established in 2008, TNCR is supported by the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment at Columbia University, at the US & Investment Analysis Center at UNCTAD. Its peer-reviewed periodical, ‘TNCR’, is edited by Ottawa United Learning Academy in Canada. It is indexed on ALJC, AMICUS, CrossRef, EBSCO, EconLit, RePEc, Scopus, SSRN and SSCI/SCI (under review). It is a modern journal dedicated to analysis of economic, policy and business issues related to transnational corporations, foreign direct investment, institutional innovation and international development. The journal emphasizes the growing involvement of China, India and other emerging economies in the global community. It is the only journal published in the West (Canada) that addresses these issues from modern economic, business and knowledge management perspectives.

Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Mohanlal Sukhadia University (erstwhile Udaipur University) is a State University established by an Act in the year 1962 to cater to the needs of higher education in Southern Rajasthan. The multi-faculty affiliating University presently consists of 4 constituent colleges, 33 departments and about 190 affiliated colleges in the districts of Udaipur, Banswara, Chittorgarh, Dungarpur, Pratapgarh, Rajsamand & Sirohi. The University is presently running 135 U.G., P.G., M.Phil., Ph.D., Diploma & Certificate courses with about 1.5 lakh enrolled students. The University celebrated its Golden Jubilee last year.

The University has successfully hosted the Vice Chancellors’ Conference of South Asian Countries on October 16-17, 2013. The two-day deliberations at the conference culminated with the signing of “Udaipur Declaration” for formulation of policies on higher education in SAARC countries. A forum was constituted for the purpose, with Prof. I V Trivedi, Vice Chancellor, Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur as its chairperson, to look into the opportunities for increased cooperation in higher education among the SAARC nations. It is a matter of great privilege and honour that Her Excellency Mrs. Margaret Alva, Governor of Rajasthan & Chancellor of Mohanlal Sukhadia University has agreed to be the Patron of this forum. The conference has been proposed to be a biennial event, with next conference to be held in Srilanka in 2015.


The University had also organized West Zone Vice Chancellors’ Conference in 2011.

The University has made significant contributions in the field of higher education in the tribal sub-plan area of Rajasthan. Ever since its inception, the University has strived to maintain excellence in teaching, research and community service. The University has laid great emphasis on creation of scientific temper, maintaining high ethical values and keeping pace with new vistas in the field of higher learning. Conscious about its social responsibilities, the university has played significant role in socio-economic development of backward, under-privileged and socially challenged people through its various extension activities, and has contributed significantly in the areas of women empowerment, gender equality and child development.

The University takes pride in having ICT enabled working in most of its functional units involved in teaching, learning, research, administration and governance. A very strong infrastructure for e-libraries has enhanced academic growth of the faculty and students.


Udaipur, the “City of Lakes” or “Venice of the East” is the most beautiful city in Southern Rajasthan in India. Situated in the lush green valley of Aravalli Hills, the city is associated with magnificent natural environs & royal architectural splendor. The city was strategically inhabited by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1568 as the capital of ‘Kingdom of Mewar’, in the lush, calm & serene valley of Aravallis. The city is known for the bravery and valour of its Rajput rulers. The historic battle of Haldighati between Maharana Pratap & Akbar is its unparalleled example. It is also famous for its exquisite palaces, temples and gardens, which make it a favourite tourist destination across the World.

The economy of Udaipur is traditionally based on tourism, handicrafts & artefacts, and mining. The wooden & stone handicraft items along with the miniature paintings, etc. are shining examples of the rich artistic tradition of Udaipur. The city is also known for its high quality & world’s best green marble, zinc, lead, wollastonite, & other rich mineral deposits. Udaipur has recently gained importance on the world tourism map as a favourite destination for celebrity weddings in all royal splendour & as a venue for national & international conferences.

The city is situated at an elevation of 598 metres from mean sea level. Udaipur is directly linked with major cities of the country like New Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Kota, Jhansi, Allahabad, etc through road, rail & air routes. It is situated at a distance of about 450 kms from Jaipur & 250 kms from Ahmedabad on National Highway 8 and about 900 kms from Allahabad on National Highway 76. It also has the distinction of being the only city in the country through which both the East-West & North-South Corridor of the Golden Quadrilateral Highway Project pass. The weather condition of the city in the month of April is pleasant with temperatures ranging between 25 - 40 °C.

Conference Chair

Prof. I V Trivedi, Vice Chancellor, Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Conference Secretariat

Prof. Jennifer Ma, Ottawa United Learning Academy, Secretariat General (Overseas)
Prof. Hugh Dang, Conference Coordinator (Overseas)
Prof. D S Chundawat, Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Conference Coordinator (India)

Advisory Board

Dr. Karl Sauvant, Columbia University, USA
Dr. Kul Bhatia, Western University, Canada
Dr. Joilson Dias, State University of Maringa, Brazil
Dr. Jiyong Chen, Wuhan University, China
Dr. Michael Hansen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Prof. A S Brar, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
Prof. Vinayshil Gautam, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Prof. B R Ananthan, Rani Channamma University, Belagavi
Prof. P N Mishra, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore
Prof. R L Godara, Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University, Patan
Prof. K V Bhanu Murthy, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi
Prof. P K Chaubey, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi
Prof. Nawal Kishore, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi
Prof. Badar Alam Iqbal, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh

Conference Websites & Contact Information

  • For news or updates about the conference, please visit the websites at www.mlsu.ac.in and/or www.tnc-online.org
  • For registration and information about the Conference, please contact: Mr. Hitesh Chelawat at mlsuconf@gmail.com
  • Papers may be submitted to: Mr. Hitesh Chelawat at mlsuconf@gmail.com and Professor Jennifer Ma at tncr.special@gmail.com
For downloading the Conference Brochure, please click here.MLSU Brochure1.pdf
For downloading the Conference Registration Form, please click here. MLSU Form.pdf
For downloading the Conference Brochure in Chinese, please click here.IN Flyer-cn.pdf


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