William Axinn

William AxinnISR’s Survey Research Center (SRC) has a new partner in India—the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), India’s oldest and largest economic think tank. The partnership is a step towards strengthening ties between the University of Michigan (U-M) and Indian academic institutions and research centers. According to a Nov. 19 article in The Economic Times, the five-year Memorandum of Understanding will aid the two institutions in developing an infrastructure to support survey-based economic and other social science research in India. SRC Director William Axinn and U-M President Mary Sue Coleman signed the agreement with Shekhar Shah, director general of NCAER. “We are interested in the application of information technologies to social research in India,” Axinn said. “Collaborative research will be our top priority but the problems faced in data collection in India in terms of the sheer size of the population and the several linguistic barriers could be a perfect training ground for our students here.”