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Waz this Institute of Policy Studies?

In Political governance on 14/10/2011 at 7:07 am

This institute has been on the news agenda of the constructive, nation-building local media what with its researched studies on the Internet as it affects S’poreans (not much it seems, local MSM still rules OK), the May general elections and the need to grow the population. Who is the Institute of Policy Studies and who are the people in icharge?

The Institute of Policy Studies was established in 1988 to promote a greater awareness of policy issues and good governance. Today, IPS is a think-tank within the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Until recently, it has always had a very low profile.

Core areas of research are “Arts, Culture, and Media; Demography and Family; Economics; Multiculturalism and Identities; Politics and Governance”.

For many years, Professor Tommy Koh has been associated with the IPS. He was director from 1990 to February 1997 and from December 2000 to July 2004. He then became its chairman and is now its special adviser. I’m told his involvement is now very minimal.

The person now running the place is one Janadas Devan, an associate editor of the ST. He became director on 1 July 2011, replacing Ong Keng Yong who was then also an ambassador-at-large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and who is now S’pore’s ambassador to Malaysia. Yes, Janadas Devan is the eldest son of disgraced former president, Devan Nair.

A personal note: Shortly before the news of IPS becoming part of the LKY School became public (in 2007, I think), I had lunch with some people who were involved in the IPS because of the “Prof”. One joke that was made, “How can a think-tank be independent in the LKY School, which in turn is part of NUS?”.

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