Institute for Social and Economic Change



K Srinivasan


Honorary Visiting Professors


Honorary Visiting Professor, Institute for Social and Economic Change

Prof. K. Srinivasan, has made valuable contributions in the country in the areas of Population Studies and Programmes for over four decades. He started his career as a Statistician at Institute for Rural Health and Family Welfare, Gandhigram. His pioneering works on birth intervals were published in Demography, Sankhya and Population Studies when he was working at Gandhigram, are still referred as path breaking contributions.

Dr. Srinivasan has a brilliant academic record with first class master’s degrees in mathematics, statistics and public health, and a doctorate degree in demography. His master’s degree in statistics is from Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta and master’s in public health is from Harvard University. He is the first doctorate in demography from an Indian University, Kerala University, Thiruvananthapuram. He has held senior academic positions in the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA and the Australian National University at Canberra. As a researcher he has 13 books and over 106 research papers published in national and international peer reviewed journals. Many of his books are being used in India and abroad as standard texts in teaching population studies.

He joined United Nations ESCAP at Bangkok and served as Population Officer in the Population Division for over five years from 1969 to 1975. In this capacity he has organized a number of short-term training courses on Fertility and Family Planning Evaluation and cross-national studies in a number of countries of the region. He returned to India in 1975 as Director, Population Center at Bangalore. He joined IIPS as its Director and Senior Professor in June 1978. He held this position till 1992. He expanded the academic and geographic scope of the Institute by making it a Deemed University and training a large number of students at the Institute from other countries of Asia with financial assistance from the UNFPA. The Institute has students trained from all over Asia including China. He was also instrumental in starting the National Family Health Survey (NFHS- 1) in the country during 1991-92. He has also served as Executive Director of Population Foundation of India in New Delhi during 1995 to 2002 (an organization founded by late JRD Tata), and in this position he has promoted and enhanced the role of non-governmental organizations and the corporate sector in family planning and reproductive and child health programmes.

He has also served the country through various national and international committees and associations. He was a Member of the National commission on Population with the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India as the Chairman. He was President of the Indian Association for the Study of Population (IASP) for the period 1998-2002 and was an active member of a number of commissions and committees set up by the Government of India. He was a Member of the National Statistical Commission set up by the Government of India in January 2000, which submitted its report in August 2001 to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, recommending revamping of the statistical system in the country. He was also a member of a number of committees on Population and Health set by the Planning Commission, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of the Government of India. He was a member of the Working Group on Population Policy set up by the Planning Commission in 1980 and played an active role in drafting the report. He chaired a committee set by the Ministry of Health and Family welfare in 1997 to review the Population Research Centers in the country and as a chairman of this committee helped to shape the course of Population Research Centers in the country. He was also a member of the Population Policy Formulation Committees set by the state governments of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh during 1998-2000.

He has been conferred Fellowship by the Indian Society for Medical Statistics in 1992. He was recipient of Ved Prakash Memorial award from the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi in 1995 for his life long contributions to population studies and programs.

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