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Hooja Memorial Lectures

Dr Rakesh Hooja Memorial Lectures

Dr. Rakesh Hooja
(24th November, 1950 – 7th September, 2012)

Born in London on 24th November, 1950, Dr. Hooja spent his early childhood in London, Delhi, Shimla and Rajasthan. He did his Indian School Certificate (ISC) Examination from St. Xaviers Jaipur in 1966. Later, he obtained his B. A. honors and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. Dr. Hooja taught Political Science and Public Administration for a brief period before he joined the Indian Administration Service in 1974 and belonged to the Rajasthan Cadre. He joined as Director, IIPA on August 6, 2010. This follows 36 years in IAS having served in various capacities in the state of Rajasthan and government of India.

Dr. Hooja took voluntary retirement from Indian Administrative Service in 2010 on his appointment as Director, IIPA. Since then, as the Director, IIPA till 7th September, 2012, he was very supportive in all our endeavours. He was known for his integrity, uprightness and commitment to his duty. The contributions of Dr. Rakesh Hooja have been widely recognized by way of various awards including the President of India Silver Medal for Census 1981, State Govt. Cash Award and merit certificates for original writings for books on District Planning (1988) and on Management of Water for Agriculture (2007) and the recipient T. N. Chaturvedi Award 2009 for the best article in Indian Journal of Public Administration.

The Second Administrative Reforms Commission of India has acknowledged Hooja’s contributions (between 2006 and 2009) in the preparation of a number of its reports. Government of India’s IAS induction Training Syllabus Review Committee (Vaidyanathan Aiyar Committee) has acknowledged his contributions in its deliberations and preparation of its report (2005-2007). He played a major role in framing of State Government’s Rajasthan – State Training Policy 2008.

Dr. Hooja’s credentials testify his multi-faceted personality. A prolific writer, he authored several books, articles and has many book reviews to his credit. His writings had vertical depth and broad horizontal spectrum in integrating issues that ranged from measurement issues of a khasra in a village to participation in irrigation management, to functioning of Panchayats, to civil service training and forms of federal system in a globalizing world. He had in-depth knowledge of grassroot level problems which stood him in good stead in shaping and implementing programmes and policies at different stages. Dr. Hooja was conferred with Paul H. Appleby Award in October 2012 for his distinguished services to IIPA and the field of Public Administration.

Apart from the academic and professional life, Dr. Rakesh Hooja, as a person, was affable, amiable and accessible to his friends and colleagues. He was also known for his warmth and compassion. Dr. Rakesh Hooja may not be physically with us. But, his legacy will always inspire and sustain us.

Dr Rakesh Hooja’s – Writing & Publications

Brief About Dr. Rakesh Hooja Memorial Lectures

Dr. Rakesh Hooja Memorial Lecture is an annual feature of IIPA since 2015. The lecture is organized with the support of Mrs. Meenakshi Hooja in honor and memory of Dr. Rakesh Hooja who served as Director IIPA from August 06, 2010 to September 07, 2012.

Dr. Rakesh Hooja combined in himself the qualities of an able administrator and an equally outstanding academic. He had a passion and an exceptional aptitude for writing. His extensive writings on diverse subjects such as Governance, Public Administration, Water Resources, Panchayati Raj Development, Federalism etc. bring out his understanding of the subject from the grassroots to the national and international level.
The Fifth Dr. Rakesh Hooja Memorial Lecture on ‘Public Administration: Opportunities and Challenges in Emerging India’ will be delivered by Ms. Shailaja Chandra, Former Chief Secretary, GoNCT, Delhi on December 18, 2019.
The Fourth Dr. Rakesh Hooja Memorial lecture on ‘Issues Relating to 73rd Constitutional Amendment’ (November 20, 2018) was delivered by Smt. Sudha Pillai, Former Secretary Ministry of Panchayati Raj and Former Member Secretary, Planning Commission.
The Third Dr. Rakesh Hooja Memorial lecture on ‘Governance for Water Security in 21st Century: Framing of Institutional Choices’ (November 22, 2017) was delivered by Prof. Dinesh K. Marothia, Member (Non-official), State Planning Commission Chhattisgarh and President, of National Institute of Ecology.
The Second Dr. Rakesh Hooja Memorial lecture on ‘Bridging Gap Between Academia and Administration’ (December 07, 2016) was delivered by Dr. N. C. Saxena, IAS (Retd.), Former Secretary of Planning Commission and a doyen of academic administrative writing who has provided practical solution oriented writing about vexing administrative and developmental problems of our country.
The First Dr. Rakesh Hooja Memorial Lecture on ‘Challenges of Administration in the 21st Century’ (November 19, 2015) was delivered by Shri Ajit Seth, a distinguished administrator, Former Cabinet Secretary, Government of India and also a batch mate of Dr. Hooja.