Prof. Abdul Aziz had
all his education in the Mysore University and is a Gold Medalist. He
is currently Chair Professor, Religious Minorities Chair, National Law
School of India University, Bangalore. Earlier, he held the ICSSR
National Fellowship, NLSIU, Bangalore, and worked in Shriram Centre
for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, New Delhi, taught
Economics at Mysore University and headed the Economics Unit in the
Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore. Dr. Aziz
has been a UGC Visiting Professor at Madurai-Kamaraj University,
Madurai, Consultant with the Centre for Economic and Social Studies,
Hyderabad, Honorary Visiting Professor at ISEC, Bangalore and DM
Nanjundappa Chair Professor at the Center for Multi-Disciplinary
Aziz has successfully guided 15 doctoral students, directed several
research projects and organized national and international seminars,
workshops and training programs. It may be of interest to mention that
the Presidents, Vice-Presidents and members of the Zilla Panchayats of
Karnataka were trained under his leadership during 1995-96.
Aziz specializes in Labour Economics, Rural Development, and
Decentralized Governance and Planning. In these areas of his interest
he has published several research papers in Indian and foreign
professional journals, and authored 27 research-based books which
include half a dozen edited volumes and co-authored works.
Besides, he has been associating himself as an expert member of
academic and government bodies. He has served as a member of (i) the
Syndicate, Kannada University, Hampi, (ii) the Academic Council,
Gandhigram Rural Institute, Tamil Nadu, (iii) Board of Governors,
I.S.E.C., (iv) the Committee on Fee-structure in Professional Colleges
in Karnataka, (v) the Karnataka State Finance Commission, (vi) the
High Power Committee for Redressal of Regional Imbalances in
Karnataka, (vii) the Karnataka State Planning Board, (viii) the
Karnataka State Minorities Commission, (ix) the Committee for
Implementing the Recommendations of D. M. Nanjundappa Committee, (x)
the Karnataka Government Results Framework Documents Committees on
Education, and Planning and Finance, (xi) Working Group on
Strengthening District Planning Committee and (xii) Task Force on
Strengthening Panchayat Raj Institutions in Karnataka.
travelled abroad both in the East and the West delivering lectures and
presenting seminars. He has also worked as a Consultant to World Bank,
SIDA, HIVOS, DFID and to a Bangalore-based multi-national company
handling research projects and training programs based in India on
behalf of these organizations.
recently conferred the life time achievement award by Christ
University, Bangalore the Kempe Gowda Zonal Award by the Bangalore
City Corporation and the Karnataka Rajyothsava Award, 2015 by the
Government of Karnataka.
Aziz has to his credit writings in Kannada. He has edited a book on
Karnataka Arthikate under the auspicious of Kannada University, Hampi
where he served as a member of the Syndicate. He has contributed
several articles to Kannada Encyclopedia brought out by Mysore
University, Papers to a journal Prabuddha Karnataka, Mysore University
and to Kannada daily newspapers such as Prajavani, Vijaya Karnataka,
Vijaya Vani and the like. He is an articulate speaker and has been
delivering invited lectures in Kannada on economic and social issues.
It may be of interest to know that he trained the first batch of
Presidents, Vice-presidents and members of Zilla Panchayat using the
medium of Kannada.