|In 1996 the Capital Foundation Society introduced an Annual Lecture Series with a view to increase publications and report research findings by experts on areas of contemporary importance. The Lecture series has been a great success. The First Annual Lecture was delivered by Prof Upendra Bakshi, Vice Chancellor of Delhi University on Judicial Activism Legal Education & Research in a Globalising India. Mr Justice Kuldip Singh sitting Judge of the Supreme Court of India [at present the Chairman of the Delimitation Commission of India] presided over the function.Second Lecture was a Special Lecture by United Nations Coordinator and Resident Representative in India Mr Hans C graf Sponeck on United Nations in India : Is There Value Added ?. Union Minister of Power Prof Y.K.Alagh presided over the function.Third Lecture was by Mr Justice P.B. Sawant Chairman of the Press Council of India on Media and the Constitution. Minister of External Affairs Mr Inder Kumar Gujral presided over the function.Fourth Lecture was by Prof N. R. Madhava Menon, Director of the National Law School, Bangalore on Crisis in Criminal Justice : Reform or Perish. Chief Justice of India Mr Justice J.S. Verma presided over the function and Chairman of the Law Commission of India Mr Justice K. J. Reddy was the Guest of Honour.
President of the Supreme Court Bar Association Mr K.K.Venugopal delivered the Fifth Annual Lecture on Contempt Jurisdiction : Exploring its Limits. Mr Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer Patron of the Society, presided over the function.
Sixth Annual Lecture was delivered by Dr Abhisheikh Manu Singhvi on Scourge of Custodial Torture and Deaths – Problems and Perspectives -. Chief Justice of India Dr A. S. Anand presided over the function and Union Law Minister Mr Arun Jaitley was the Chief Guest. Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission
Mr P.C. Hota delivered the next annual lecture on Civil Services Today. Former Chief Justice of Indian Supreme Court Mr Justice G. B. Patnaik presided and Dr Steven William Lawry the Acting Representative of the Ford Foundation in India was the Guest of Honour.
The Annual Lecture of 2003 was delivered by the former Prime Minister Mr I. K. Gujral on India and Its Eastern Neighbours. Mr P. C. Hota Chairman of U P S C presided over the function. This also marked the grand finale of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Ford Foundation in India and on this occasion Dr Steven Lawry Acting Representative of the Ford Foundation was the Guest of Honour.
Prof Vina Mazumdar Director of the Centre For Women Development Studies delivered the first Ford Foundation Golden Jubilee Lecture on Women Studies : An Instrument of Gender Equity, Educational Reforms, Women Power? An Analysis of the Role of Ford Foundation. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mrs Sheila Dikshit inaugurated the function and Dr Gowher Rizvi Representative of the Ford Foundation and Mrs Jayshree Panwar Mayor of Delhi were the Guests of Honour.
Lt General Surender Nath ( Retd. ) Former Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission delivered the next Special Lecture on Performance Appraisal, Promotion & Empanelment System in Civil Servcies. Hon’ble Lt. Governor of Delhi Mr Vijai Kapoor presided over the function.
Mr Somnath Chatterjee Hon’ble Speaker Lok Sabha delivered Capital Foundation Annual Lecture on Six Decades of Democracy : The Way Forward, Chief Justice Of India Mr K.G. Balakrishnan presided over the function Dr Steven L. Solnick was the Special Guest of Honour.