Institute for Social and Economic Change
Born at Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada
District, in 1936
Educated at native village Padubidri,
Mangalore, Chennai, Williams town (USA) and Calcutta
Earned three degrees: the first at
Chennai, Loyola College, an Honours Degree in Commerce at age 21; the
second, a Master's Degree in Development Economics from the Williams
College, Williamstown, Mass. USA at the age of 31 and the third A
doctor of Philosophy in Economics at Jadavpur University at the age of
45, on the subject of World Bank Assistance to Indian Agriculture.
Was Collector of Burdwan and Darjeeling
Districts in West Bengal State in the 1960's, responsible for their
Worked with the Government of West
Bengal and Govt. of India as Secretary to Governments for 20 years
mostly on Agricultural Development.
Was the Commonwealth Advisor to the
Govt. of Papua New Guinea on Aid Coordination for three years
(1977-80) and trained the national officers and wrote a manual on the
Wrote a book on Agricultural Development
in 1975 and several reports.
Headed the Technology Mission on
Oilseeds, in the Ministry of Agriculture with responsibility to
enhance the oilseed production growth rate from 2% to 5% annually, but
actually succeeded in enhancing it by about 10% between 1987 and 1990.
Was awarded the Norman Borlaug Gold
Medal for "Outstanding Services to Indian Agriculture". on the advice
a jury, headed by the noted Agricultural Scientist Dr. M S
Worked as Assistant Director General for
three years (1990-93) at the International Crops Research Institute
for Semi-Arid Tropics, Hyderabad, India and participated in the
Management Committee of the Institute as Member
Worked as Director of the Policy Think
Tank: the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore for five
years, 1993-98. It was at the time adjudged as one of the best four in
the country. by the Indian Ministry of Finance. Edited a 290 page
volume, highlighting the Socio-economic research carried out at the
Institute during the 25 years of its work.
Worked as Consultant to the World Bank
on two projects in India on Agricultural Research and Extension, on
two projects in Kenya on fertilizers and oilseeds, once in Ethiopia
for evaluating the implementation strategy of a $600 million dollar
socio-economic rehabilitation project. Also worked as Leader of a 17
member team in 1999 to prepare a $350 million farm development project
in Tanzania, with the world Bank financial support.
Worked as consultant to the commonwealth
Secretariat, London, in 1998-99 to evaluate the impact of its
assistance to nine Developing Member Countries in the South Pacific.
Chairman of the Board of Agricultural
Finance Corporation (1995-2001). It is the largest Agricultural
Consultancy Organisation in India
Member of the Board of IDBI Bank Ltd.,
Mumbai for 8 years ending 2004.
Currently (2008), Member of the Boards
of the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Public Affairs
Centre, Public Affairs Foundation and National Institute for Rural
Banking, all situated at Bangalore. Chairman of the Research Advisory
Council for two ICAR Institutes situated at Pusa, delhi, namely Indian
Agricultural Statistics Research Institute (IASRI) and National Centre
for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research. Also, member of the
Quinquinnial team of the aforesaid National Centre. Also member of a
Study Team appointed by the Union Ministry of Finance on Agricultural
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