As Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee left Delhi after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, he boarded an IndiGo flight for Kolkata. The Nobel Laureate will be felicitated by the Bengal government in Kolkata on Wednesday. As he boarded the flight, he was applauded by the flight crew and pilot for his achievement. The pilot then requested him to click pictures with the Team and gifted him a card. They said that it is a priviledge to serve him. Abhijit Banerjee thanked the pilot and said that he would do so before take-off.
The 58-year old Nobel Laureate founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-Pal) in 2003 along with wife Duflo, with the mission to reduce poverty by ensuring policy is informed by scientific evidence. According to the foundation, the members use research, policy outreach, and training to tackle poverty issues. J-PAL has also translated research into action, for the promotion of the culture of evidence-informed policymaking worldwide. The foundation's policy analysis and outreach have also helped governments, NGOs, etc to apply evidence from randomised evaluations to their work.
Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared a picture of the meeting with Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee and praised his achievements. PM Modi said that he had healthy and extensive interaction on various subjects, in Delhi. He expressed India's pride in Banerjee's accomplishments. He also wished him luck in his future endeavors.
Abhijit Banerjee, along with Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer on October 14 won Nobel Prize in Economics. They were awarded the honour for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty. The Indian-American economist had completed his education at the University of Calcutta, Jawarharlal Nehru University, and then acquired his Ph.D. in 1988 from Harvard University.