Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launches Star Rating Program for Industries to Reduce Pollution

Odisha is the first state in India to rate industries based on continuously monitored emissions data.

To clean up the air, the Odisha Government today launched a Star Rating system for industries. This first-of-its-kind transparency initiative in the state will categorize industries from 1-star to 5-stars, with 1-star being the least compliant and 5-stars being the most compliant to the pollution standards set by the regulator. Along with informing residents and industries, the program aims to strengthen the Odisha State Pollution Control Board’s (SPCB Odisha) regulatory efforts to reduce pollution.

How sanitation facilities in schools can improve educational outcomes

How sanitation facilities in schools can improve educational outcomes

The Indian government launched the School Sanitation and Hygiene Education program in 1999 to build latrines in schools. Analyzing data from nearly 140,000 schools in 2003—some of which received a latrine and some that did not—this article shows that latrine construction positively impacted educational outcomes like enrollment, dropout rates, and number of students who appeared for and passed exams.

Read more about TCD researcher Anjali Adukia’s work in schools.

TCD Announces New India Country Director


The Tata Centre for Development at the University of Chicago announces the joining of Leni Chaudhuri to serve as the Centre’s new Country Director. Chaudhuri’s appointment comes at a time when the TCD is expanding its portfolio of development economics research projects and partnerships with government and industry.

"Bringing with her an impressive track record of leading large-scale academic and development programs and securing vital partnership, we are thrilled to have Leni join the team and work to expand the TCD’s impact and reach across India,” says Michael Greenstone, the Director of the TCD and the Milton Friedman Professor in Economics, the College and the Harris School.

Chaudhuri has worked extensively with program strategy and academic grant management. Prior to joining the TCD, she was the Vice President of the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation where she worked for more than 9 years, translating the vision and mission of the foundation into impactful programs in health, education, livelihoods, governance, and civic issues. She brings many years of experience building strategic networks with academic institutions, governments, and philanthropic organizations.

“Networking between stakeholders and a synergistic role between academia, civil society and government is absolutely critical in bringing about long-lasting change. My aim is to harness the potential of TCD which brings forth the opportunity to link knowledge with action,” says new TCD Country Director, Leni Chaudhuri.