Honorary Visiting Professor,
Institute for Social and Economic Change
Dr. M.V. Nadkarni (Mangesh Venkatesh Nadkarni), born on February 23,
1939, an economist by training and profession, has deep interest in
other social sciences as well, as also in religion and philosophy.
His contribution to Economics has been mainly in the areas of
Agricultural Price Policy, Problems of Drought Prone Areas, Farmers'
Movements, Political Economy of Forest Use and Management, Economics
of Pollution Control, and Integrating Ethics into Economics.
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He was a Professor at the Institute for Social and Economic Change
(ISEC), Bangalore, from 1976 to 1999, and is presently an Honorary
Visiting Professor at the same Institute since 2002.
He was a Member of the Board of Governors of ISEC for 15 years from
1992 to 2006.
He was also the Chairman of the Centre for Multi-Disciplinary
Development Research, Dharwad (CMDR) from August 2007 to December
2009. He continues to be a Member of the Governing Council of CMDR.
He has served on the Governing Board of other eminent Social Science
Institutions as well - Madras Institute of Development Studies,
Chennai; Centre for Development Studies, Tiruvananthapuram, and
Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi.
He was Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Indian Journal of
Agricultural Economics for three years, 2005-07.
At ISEC, he started the Ecological Economics Unit in 1981 (renamed now
as the Centre for Ecological Economics and Natural Resources) at the
instance of Dr V K R V Rao, which is one of the earliest such centres
in the field in India. He also started at ISEC a biannual –
Journal of Social and Economic Development, the two issues of the
first volume of which, he worked for, came out in 1999. He is
presently a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee of the
Review of Development and Change, a bi-annual published by MIDS,
He served as the Vice Chancellor for a full term of three years from
1999 to 2002 at Gulbarga University, Gulbarga, Karnataka. He was
awarded National Fellowship of ICSSR (Indian Council of Social Science
Research), New Delhi, for two years – 2002 to 2004, in recognition of
his distinguished work in social sciences.
He did his Ph D in Economics at Karnatak University, Dharwad, under
the guidance of Dr D.M. Nanjundappa in 1968, where he also taught at
the Masters level in the Post Graduate Department of Economics.
Thereafter, he served at Marathwada University, Aurangabad, till 1976
before joining ISEC as a Professor.
Dr. Nadkarni was elected President at
the 55th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Agricultural
Economics in November, 1995, at the Institute of Rural Management
Anand (IRMA). His Presidential Address was on 'Forests, People and
Economics', published in the
Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Jan-June 1996.
He has visited several countries and given seminars and lectures there
– China, France, Germany, Nepal, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea,
Sweden, Thailand, USA and Uzbekistan.
Dr. Nadkarni has to his credit more than 20 books and major reports
and over 150 papers in academic journals and edited books in India and
abroad. His latest book - Ethics for Our Times: Essays in Gandhian
Perspective (2011, OUP), is going now into a second and enlarged
edition. His earlier book - Hinduism: A Gandhian Perspective
(first edn 2006; 2nd pb edn 2008; Hindi Tr. 2010 published by Ane
Books) has been received well by reviewers. It has been favourably
reviewed by eminent scholars like Prof T N Madan, Dr Ramdas Bhatkal
and M V Kamath. His new book - Handbook of Hinduism, is now
by Ane Books Pvt. Ltd.
His earlier books are on economics, for example: Agricultural
Prices and Development with Stability, 1973; Impact of Drought
on Rural Life (jointly with V V Borkar) 1975; Socialist
Agricultural Price Policy, 1979; Marketable Surplus and Market
Dependence in a Millet Region, 1980; Socio-Economic Conditions
in Droughtprone Areas, 1985; Farmers’ Movements in India,
1987; Political Economy of Forest Use and Management, 1989;
India – The Emerging Challenges: Essays in Honour of Prof. V K R V Rao
(jointly edited) 1991; Planning for Social and Economic
Development: Essays in Honour of Dr D M Nanjundappa (jointly
edited) 1992; Pollution Control in the South and North – A
Comparative Study of India and the Netherlands, (jointly) 1997;
Poverty, Environment and Development (jointly) 2001; Landmarks
in the Development of Social Sciences (edited) 2002.
Nine students have obtained Ph D under Dr Nadkarni’s supervision, most
of whom are in senior academic positions. Apart from them, he has
also informally guided research work of several other Ph D students
and young faculty.
He was married to Ganga Karnad in 1968, who passed away in 2003. Has
one daughter, Saraswati Naimpally, and two sons - Anirudh and Makarand.
Dr. M V Nadkarni
2nd Cross to West from ISEC
Nagarabhavi, Bangalore – 560 072