Current Public Administration Magazine (JUNE 2018)

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1. Information Technology Administration

::Is data science same as the statistics ?::

The growth of data has been exponential. According to an IBM report, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created per day. This has created a new class of professionals — data scientists. The question is, is data science another ‘hot’ job or a new form of science? In the Hollywood movie 21 , six students, brilliant with numbers, make money at the blackjack tables of Las Vegas casinos by using numbers, codes, and hand gestures. Can we call them data scientists?

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2. Administration of Union Territory


This is no longer about a political party. It is about the democratic rights of citizens The Aam Aadmi Party was born out of the historic 2011 anti-corruption movement that culminated with the party winning an unprecedented mandate of 67 out of 70 seats in the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections.

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3. Public Institutions and Practices

::Why Institutions Matter::

They matter because they sustain social practices without which human life is neither worthwhile nor indeed possible There is much talk these days about the decline in our institutions. Aren’t they failing to perform, being systematically undermined, even destroyed? On the one hand, people are heard lamenting that our courts are compromised, that our Parliament is dysfunctional, or that our higher education is in a mess.

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4. Citizenship

::A Bill that is Causing Worry::

The what and why of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill It has been made clear that the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, will not be tabled in Parliament in the monsoon session, and that the Joint Parliamentary Committee examining it will be holding wider consultations.

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5. Current Development

::The Tools For Counting::

It’s time to debate the modalities of the next Census, given the earlier confusion over caste data. As the 2011 Census approached, demands for inclusion of data on caste in Census reached a crescendo. P. Chidambaram, the Union Home Minister at the time, was opposed to collecting caste data and blocked it by claiming that it was logistically impossible for the Census, but caste information could be collected via the planned Below Poverty Line (BPL) Census, later renamed the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC). Hasty inclusion of the caste question in the SECC has resulted in largely unusable data. The government tasked former NITI Aayog chairman Arvind Panagariya to look into this, but the effort has stalled.

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