Prof. Y K Alagh

Yoginder K. Alagh is Chancellor of the Central University of Gujarat and Professor Emeritus/Vice-Chair Sardar Patel Institute of Economic and Social Research in Ahmedabad. From 1996 to 1998, he was the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Planning and Programme Implementation, Science, Technology and Power, and until 2001, Member of the Rajya Sabha. He was Vice-Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Member Planning Commission, Chairman BICP and Secretary to the Government and Chairman APC. Dr. Alagh's professional experience is related to research, policy-making and administration of large research/policy formulation professional groups relating to macro policy and planning, industrial policies and reform, and agricultural planning and policy. He holds a doctorate in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia. He has taught at that University, IIM Calcutta and at Swarthmore College. He is extensively published in India and abroad and was Trustee Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Chairman IRMA and Independent Director of Tata Chemicals. He is currently Independent Director of Shree Cements, Somany Ceramics and Star Agri. He has been consultant/senior adviser to FAO, UNDP, ILO, World Bank, ADB and Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of UNESCO's Social Science Research Programme (MOST), Member Council of United Nations University, Senior Fellow, World Institute of Development Research (WIDER) and CIGI in Waterloo. He writes a column for the Express Group and the Business Line.