The Narayanan Lectures are hosted by the Australian National University in honour of the former Indian President, DR K R Narayanan. The annual oration is delivered by a leading India thinker, and the list of distinguished speakers has included Dr Raja J. Chelliah, Professor Jagdish Bhagwati, Professor U. R. Rao and Mr P. Chidambaram. The Narayanan lectures are published annually by Australia South Asia Research Centre (ASARC).
1 June 2012
Title: The Indian Economy: Rising to global challenges
Lecturer: Dr Kaushik Basu, Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, Government of India
23 June 2011
Title: India and the Global Financial Crisis - What Have we Learnt?
Lecturer: Dr D. Subbarao, Governor of the Reserve Bank of India
29 November 2010
Title: India's Prospects in the Post-Crisis World
Lecturer: Mr M.S. Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of India
2 November 2009
Title: Rocket Science, Other Science: A Trajectory of Indian Science and Technology from the 20th to the 21st Century
Lecturer: Prof Roddam Narasimha, Chairman, Engineering Mechanics Unit Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, India
16 September 2008
Title: Why Environmentalism Needs Equity: Learning from the environmentalism of the poor to build our common future
Lecturer: Ms Sunita Narain, Director of the Centre for Science & Environment, Director of the Society for Environmental Communications and publisher of the fortnightly magazine Down to Earth
8 August 2007
Title: Coping with Climate Change: Is Development in India and the World Sustainable?
Lecturer: Dr Rajendra Pachauri, Director-General of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India.
20 July 2006
Title: India's Space Enterprise - A Case Study in Strategic Thinking and Planning
Lecturer: Dr K. Kasturirangan
27 September 2005
Title: Science and Shaping Our Agricultural Future
Lecturer: Professor M.S. Swaminathan
27 April 2004
Title: India: On the growth turnpike
Lecturer: Dr Vijay Kelkar, Adviser to the Minister of Finance Government of India
25 March 2003
Title: Political Economy and Governance Issues in Indian Economic Reform
Lecturer: Professor Pranab Bardhan, Department of Economics, University of California at Berkeley.
5 December 2002
Title: Democracy and Development: India 1947-2002
Lecturer: Lord Meghnad Desai, Professor of Economics at London School of Economics (LSE) and Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance, LSE.
16 August 2001
Title: Monetary Policy in a Developing country: The Case of India
Lecturer: Dr C. Rangarajan, Governor of Andhra Pradesh, India
2 October 1999
Title: Stronger Branches, Deeper Roots: The Democratisation of India's Economic Reforms
Lecturer: Mr P. Chidambaram, Former Finance Minister, Government of India.
28 July 1996
Title: India: Retrospect and Prospect
Lecturer: Professor Jagdish Bhagwati, Arthur Lehman Professor of Economics and Political Science, Columbia University, New York.
14 September 1995
Title: Space Technology for Sustainable Development in Asia
Lecturer: Professor U. R. Rao, member, Space Commission and Dr Vikram Sarabhai Distinguished Professor.
23 June 1994
Title: Reforming the Tax Base for Economic Development
Lecturer: Dr Raja J Chelliah, Minister of State and Fiscal Adviser to the Government of India.