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Professor and Head, Centre for Decentralisation and Development (CDD)

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Area of Specialisation

Rural Decentralisation; Rural Development and Public Economics

Academic Qualification
Ph.D. (Economics), Bangalore University (through Institute for Social and Economic Change), July 1998, Title of the Thesis "Federal Fiscal Transfers and State Fiscal Policy: A Study of Karnataka State"

MA (Economics), Bangalore University

Selected Publications

Books & Monographs

  • Decentralised Planning in Karnataka: Realities and Prospects (Monograph No. 19), Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, 2010.

  • Decentralised Governance and Planning: A Comparative Study in Three South Indian States, Macmillan, New Delhi, 2002, (with Abdul Aziz, N Sivanna, Madushree Sekhar and Charles Nelson).

  • Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes: Socio-economic Upliftment Programs, Ashish, New Delhi, 1994, (with Hemlata Rao).

Journal Articles

  1. Strengthening Panchayati Raj Institutions: The Experience of Karnataka, The Grassroots Governance Journal, July-December 2013.

  2. Are Checks and Balances in MGNREGS Effective, The Indian Journal of Social Work, Vol.73, No. 4, October 2012, (with D Rajasekhar and R Manjula)

  3. Role of Grama Sabha in the Implementation of MGNREGS: field Insights from Karnataka, The Grassroots Governance Journal, Vol. IX, No. 2, July-december 2011 (with D Rajasekhar and R Manjula).

  4. District Planning Committees and Grassroots Level Planning: Some Issues with Reference to Karnataka State The Grassroots Governance Journal, Nos 1 & 2, Vol. VII, June-December 2009

  5. Financial Empowerment of Local Governments in the Indian Context: A Myth or Fact? – A Macro Inquiry, Asian Studies Review (Kyungpook National University, South Korea), No.7, November 2009

  6. Decentralised Planning in India: Are the Panchayati Raj Institutions Really Empowered?, The Grasssroots Governance Journal, Vol. V, No. 2, December 2007, pp 330-344.

  7. `Fiscal Decentralisation: A Study of Karnataka State', The Icfai Journal of Public Administration, Vol. III, No. I, January 2007, pp 23-43.

  8. `Decentralisation: Status in Three South Indian States', Journal of Karnataka Studies, Vol. I, No. 2, May-October 2004, pp 32-57,

  9. `Financial Relations between State and Local Governments: A Study of Karnataka State', The Indian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. L, No. 3, July- September 2004, pp 32-57, (N Jayaramaiah).

  10. Decentralisation and Devolution Criteria: The Position in Karnataka’, IASSI Quarterly, Vol. 22, No. 2, October-December 2003.

  11. `Eleventh Finance Commission’s Recommendations and the Local Bodies: Impact Across the States’, Management in Government, Vol. XXXIV, No. 2, July-September 2002.

  12. `Report of the Karnataka State Finance Commission: Status and Implications’, The Indian Journal of Economics, Vol. LXXXII, No. 326, January 2002.

  13. ‘Governance, Planning and Development: The Case of PRIs in Karnataka’, Indian Journal of Regional Science, Vol. XXXIII, No. 2, 2001.

  14. `Working of Poverty Alleviation Programmes: Insights from the Field’, Manpower Journal, Vol. XXXVII, No. 1, April-June 2001.

  15. ‘State Level Public Sector Reforms - Status and Case Studies’, The Journal of Institute of Public Enterprise, Vol. 23, No.1 & 2, January - March, April - June, 2000.

Articles in Edited Volumes

  • Urban Governance and Planning: A Study of Selected Urban Local Governments in Karnataka, 2016, in Anil Kumar Vaddiraju, Satyanarayana Sangita and Kala Seetharam Sridhar (eds) Urban Governance in Karnataka and Bengaluru: Global Changes and Local Impacts, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, New Delhi.

  • Institutional Issues in Regional Development: The Case of HKADB in Karnataka, 2016, in Sharanappa Saidapur, Regional Disparities in Karnataka, Sumedha Prakashana, Kalaburagi, Karnataka.

  • Karnataka Budgetary allocation, Release and Expenditure with Special Reference to Social Groups in Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, (Ed), Budget for Inclusive Development: A Critical analysis of Recent Budgets of Karnataka’, National Law School of India University, Bangalore 2014 (Coauthor).

  • Rural Local Government Finance in South Indian States, in G Palanithurai, Decentralisation in South Indian States, Chennai, MJP Publishers, 2014.

  • Rural Local Governments: A Study of Fiscal Position in Kanataka, in G Palanithurai, Dynamics of New Panchayati Raj System in India (Vol.VII – Financial Status of Panchayats), New Delhi, Concept, 2010.

  • State Finance Commissions: Their Role and Impact on Local Government Finances – The Case of Karnataka, in M R Biju (Ed), Financial Management of Panchayati Raj System, New Delhi, Kanishka, 2008.

  • Karnataka’s Fiscal Situation: A Review, in R Sthanumoorthy and P Sivarajadhanavel (Eds), `Karnataka Economy : Performance, challenges and Opportunities’, Hyderabad, Icfai University Press, 2007

  • Decentralised Planning: Status in Karnataka, in G Palanithurai (ed.), Dynamics of New Panchayati Raj System in India, Concept, New Delhi, 2006.

  • Management of Irrigation Tanks under Decentralised Governance: The Karnataka Experience in Yatindra Singh Sisodia (ed.), Madhya Pradesh Institute of Social Science Research and Rawat, 2005.

News Paper Articles

  • Local bodies’ polls: Key issues absent, Deccan Herald, February 12, 2016, (with D Rajasekhar)

  • Combating Drought: Role of Local Governments, Deccan Herald (main article, edit page), Bangalore, 8-12-2001.

  • Central Sector Programmes and Centre-State Ties: Need for Pragmatism, Deccan Herald, (main article, edit page), Bangalore, 8-9-2001.

  • Tasks before the Task Force, Deccan Herald, 25-2-2001.

  • The Problem of Drought: Need for Integrated Approach, Deccan Herald, 9-6-2000.

  • Union Budget and Panchayats: The Missing Link, Deccan Herald, (main article, edit page), 13-3-1999.

  • Tax Efforts in Karnataka Budget : Populism must be eschewed, Deccan Herald, (main article, edit page), 20-4-1995.

  • Karnataka Finances : Need for Structural Change, The Hindu Business Line, 7-4-1995.

  • How Nehru Rozgar Yojana can Succeed, The Times of India, 4-11-1991.

Working Papers

  • State Intervention: A Gift or Threat to India’s Sugarcane Sector? ISEC Working Paper No. 385, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, 2017 (with Abnave Vikas B)

  • Fiscal Empowerment of Panchayats in India: Real or Rhetoric?, ISEC Working Paper No. 229, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, 2009.

  • Finances of Panchayats in Karnataka: A Policy Paper, ISEC Working Paper No 143, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, 2004.

  • Panchayat Jamabandhi in Karnataka: A Case of Transparency and Accountability in Good Governance, ISEC Working Paper No. 142, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, 2004, (with N Sivanna).

  • Working of Gram Sabhas in Andhra Pradesh: Problems and Prospects, ISEC Working Paper No.113, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, 2002.

Recent Research Projects Completed
  • Institutions, Governance and Development: A Study of Selected Grama Panchayats in Karnataka, December 2016, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore (with D Rajasekhar and R Manjula)

  • District Human Development Report – Ramanagara, Zilla Panchayat, Ramanagara District, June 2015.

  • District Human Development Report – Chikkaballapur, Zilla Panchayat, Chikkaballapura District, April 2015.

  • Evaluation of Karnataka State Finances, 14th Finance Commission of India, September 2014 (K Gayithri, Meenakshi Rajeev, Barun Deb Pal)

  • Elite Capture in Grama Panchayats of Karnataka, NCAER, New Delhi, 2012 (with D Rajasekhar and R Manjula)

  • Pilot BPL Census Survey in Karnataka, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department, Government of Karnataka, 2011

  • Comprehensive District Development Plan for Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-12) - Chikkaballapur District, Zilla Panchayat, Chikkaballapur District, September 2011 (with B S Sreekantaradhya and D Rajasekhar).

  • Comprehensive District Development Plan – Dakshina Kannada District, Zilla Panchayat, Dakshina Kannada District, February 2011 (with R M Vasanthakumari and M J Bhende).

  • Comprehensive District Development Plan for Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-12) - Ramanagara District, Zilla Panchayat, Ramanagara District, July 2010 (with Abdul Aziz and D Rajasekhar).

  • Comprehensive District Development Plan for 2007-08 to 2011-12 – Bangalore Rural District, Zilla Panchayat, Bangalore Rural District, December 2009 (with B S Sreekantaradhya and D Rajasekhar).

  • A Study of Karnataka Schemes and Policies for Rural Development, Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, 2008 (with Hemlata Rao).

  • District Plan Process: Evidence from Karnataka", Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, 2007.

  • Profession Tax Base: A Study in Karnataka State, Commercial Taxes Department, Government of Karnataka, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, 2004.

  • Panchayat Jamabandi: An Evaluation Study in Karnataka, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, December 2002, (with N Sivanna).

Seminars/ Conferences/Workshops: Papers presented
  • Crisis in India’s Agriculture Sector: Are Solutions Elusive?, in National seminar on `Agrarian Crisis in Rural India: Issues and Challenges’, 14-15 February, 2017, M P Institute of Social Science Research, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh

  • State Capture of Urban Local Bodies: The Case of BBMP in Karnataka in the International seminar on `State Politics, Governance and Development’, 27-28 December, 2016, ISEC, Bengaluru

  • Grama Panchayats in Karnataka: The Politics of Elections and Development, in the International seminar on `State Politics, Governance and Development’, 27-28 December, 2016, ISEC, Bengaluru (with D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) Does Decentralisation promote Balanced Regional Development? Evidence from Karnataka, in national seminar on Goal of Balanced Regional Development: Recent Issues, Policies and Challenges, 20-21 September, 2016, CMDR, Dharwad (with D Rajasekher and R Manjula)

  • Decentralised Management of Fluoride Chemical affected Drinking Water: A Case Study of Chikkaballapur District in Karnataka, in national seminar on ` The New Rural Paradigm: Policies and Governance’, NIRDPR, Hyderabad, 3-4 February, 2016

  • Skill Development in India: Need an Holistic Approach for Success, in national seminar on `Skill Development, Rural Entrepreneurship and Technology’, Visvesvaraya Technological University, Regional Office, Bangalore, 3-4 September, 2015

  • XIV Finance Commission’s Recommendations and Rural Local Governments: The Implications in symposium on `The Recommendations of the XIV Finance Commission’, ISEC, Bangalore, 28 April, 2015.

  • Inclusive Human Development: The Case of Scheduled Tribes in Karnataka in national seminar on ‘Tribal Development in Karnataka: Issues and Challenges, CMDR, Dharwad, Karnataka, 26-27 March, 2015.

  • Inclusive Human Development: Issues concerning Scheduled Cates and Scheduled Tribes’, in national seminar on Human Development: Issues and Challenges in Inclusive Growth, School of Social Sciences, Solapur University, Solapur, Maharashtra, 1-2 December, 2014.

  • Governance and Efficacy of Grama Sabha: A Review in the context of Karnatkaka- India in national seminar on Deliberative Democracy through Democratic Decentralisation, 12-3-2014 – 14-3-2014, Department of Political Science and Development Administration, Gandhigram Rural Institute – Deemed University, Gandhigram, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu.

  • Local Government Finance in South Indian States: A Situational Ananlysis in national seminar on Two decades of Decentralisaion in Southern States of India, Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayat Raj Studies, Gandhigram Rural Institute – Deemed University, Gandhigram, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, 11-13 March, 2013.

  • Decentralisation and Social Justice: Some Observations from Karnataka, in seminar on Contours of Development: Vulnerability and Social Justice, ISEC and Department of Sociology, Christ University, Bangalore, 28-2-2013.

  • Institutional Mechanisms to address the Challenges of Hyderabad Karnataka Region: The Case for Decentralised Governments”, in workshop on Developmental Challenges for Hyderabad Karnataka Region, Department of Economic Studies and Planning, Central University of Karnataka, Gulbarga, 5-10-2012, Gulbarga.

  • Urban Governance and Planning for Inclusive Growth: Finances of Selected Urban Local Governments in Karnataka, in conference on `Urban Governance (Administration), Development and Service Delivery’ Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, 1st September, 2012.

  • Karnataka SFCs–A Review of Recommendations and Action Taken in national seminar on Strengthening Panchayat Raj Institutions in Gujarat: Issues Before the Third State Finance Commission’, Institute of Rural Management, Anand, Gujarat, 21st July, 2012.

  • Decentralised Government in India: Who Benefits? international seminar organised by Australia India Institute, Melbourne, June 3, 2011 (D Rajasekhar, M Devendra Babu and R Manjula).

  • Panchayat Finances: An Analysis of Structure and Trends in Karnataka, in national conference on `Issues Before the Finance Commission: Empowering the Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs)’, Institute of Rural Management, 22-23 December, 2008, Anand, Gujarat.

  • What Ails DPCs? The Case of Karnataka, in national conference on `Kerala People’s Plan Revisited’, 14-15 December, 2007, Institute of Social Sciences, Thiruvananthapuram,, Kerala.

  • District Planning in India: Progress and Issues, in national seminar on `Development Planning in India: Issues, Lessons and Options’, Department of Economics, University of Calicut, 27-28 March, 2007, Thrissur, Kerala.

  • Decentralised Planning In India: Realities and Prospects' in international conference on `Indian Federalism at Work', Institute of Social Sciences, 25-27 August, 2006, Srinagar, J & K.

  • Decentralisation in Karnataka: Pre and Post 73rd Amendment Scenario’ in international seminar on `Panchayati Raj, Participatory Democracy and Development', University of Jammu, 24-26 March, 2006, Jammu, J & K.

  • Eleventh finance Commission’s Recommendations and the PRIs: Some Observations, in seminar on Report of 11th Finance Commission, Department of Economics, Kuvempu University, Karnataka, 16 March, 2001, Shimoga, Karnataka.

  • Action Taken on State Finance Commission Report: The Case of Karnataka, in national seminar on ‘Devolution of Finances to Local Bodies’, 22 - 23 September, 2000, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, T N.

Keynote Address
  • India’s Agriculture Sector: Challenges and Way Forward, in Seminar on Past and Present Scenario in Agriculture Sector in India’, Department of Economics, Shanthi Arts, Science and Commerce College, Malavalli, Mandya District, 7 August, 2015.

  • Human Resource Development and Employment in India : Some Issues, in National Seminar on `Human Resource Development and Employment Pattern in Indian Economy, Kamala Nehru Memorial National College for Women, Shivamogga, Karnataka, 22-3-2014

Seminars/Workshops/Conferences/Training Programmes Organised
  • Capacity Development Programme for the elected representatives of the Zilla Panchayats in Karnataka, 16-17 March, 2017, ISEC, Bangalore (with D Rajasekher)

  • International Seminar on ‘State Politics, Governance and Development’, on 27-28 December, 2016, ISEC, Bengaluru, sponsored by University of Hiroshima, Japan. (with N Sivanna)

  • Training Programme for SAARC Participants, 25-5-2015 to 29-5-2015, ISEC, Bangalore. (with D Rajasekher)

  • Training for the elected representatives of the Zilla Panchayats in Karnataka, 20-21 August, 2014, ISEC, Bangalore (with D Rajasekher)

  • Training for the elected representatives of the Zilla Panchayats in Karnataka, 25-26 February, 2014, ISEC, Bangalore (with D Rajasekher)

  • Training for the elected representatives of the Zilla Panchayats in Karnataka, 19-20 February, 2014, ISEC, Bangalore (with D Rajasekher)

  • Workshop on ‘District Human Development Report of Ramanagara`, Zilla Panchayat, Ramanagara, 1-10-2013.

  • Seminar `Status, Programmes and Dimensions of Youth Development in India’, 30 September, 2013, ISEC, Bangalore

Ph D Programme and Teaching Activity Coordination of Pre Ph. D Course Work Papers
  • Coordinator: Paper VI - Decentralization and Development: India’s Experience, Discipline: Decentralization and Development, January 16, 2017 – March 31, 2017,

  • Co-coordinator: Paper IV - Development Studies: Theories and Policies, Discipline: Development Studies, August 2016 – December 2017.

  • ‘India’s Development Experience’ and ‘Development Studies: Theories and Policies’ 2015-16 and 2016-17

  • Coordinator: ‘India’s Development Experience’ and ‘Development Studies: Theories and Policies’ 2015-16

  • Co-coordinator: Paper VI - Development Studies: India’s Development Experience, Discipline: Development Studies, January 2016 – March 2016,

  • Co-coordinator: Paper VII-Development Studies: Policies and Programmes of Development in India, January 2016 – April 2016

  • Coordinator: Paper VII - Decentralisation and Development: India`s Experience, Discipline: Development Studies, January 2016 – March 2016,

  • Co-coordinator: Paper V - Development Theories and Policies, Discipline: Development Studies, August 2015 – December 2015

  • Co-coordinator: Paper VI - India’s Development Experience, Discipline: Development Studies, January 2015 – April 2015

  • Coordinator: Paper V – Evolution of Decentralized System in India, Discipline: Decentralisation and Development, August 2015 – December 2015.

  • Coordinator: Paper VII - India’s Development Experience, Discipline: Development Studies, January 2014 – April 2014

  • Co-coordinator: Paper IV - Institutions and Development, Discipline: Decentralisation and Development, August 2013 - December 2013

Guide and Member of Doctoral Committee

Guide/Supervisor

1. K Basavarajeshwari, 2011 

2. Vikas Abnave B, 2014

3. Zeenat Husain, 2015

4. Vidya J M, 2016

5. Prakash M Phillip, 2016

Member of Doctoral Committee

  • Seven students
Interns Guided
  • Mr. Bhavish Mahipal on the topic of ‘Decentralised Planning in India: Issues, Problems and the Way Forward during May-July 2016. Mr. Sarash Basumatary on the topic of ‘Panchayat Raj in Andhra Pradesh: A Critical Review’ during April –June 2016.

  • Pooja Bhattacharya on the topic of `Panchayats in Odisha State: A Review’, June-July 2014

  • Ms. Priyanka Chhaparia on the topic of `Performance of SGSY Programme in India: An Anlaysis, June-July 2013.

  • Ms. Seema Das on the topic of `SGSY Programme: An Impact Study in Corporate Intervention Areas of Odisha State, June –July 2012

Member in Academic Bodies
  • Member, Board of Studies in Economics, Kuvempu University, Karnataka from 10-1-2014 to 9-1-2017 and from 10-1-2017 to 9-1- 2020

  • Member, Board of Studies, Institutional Committee – Stem Cell Research (IC-SCR), School of Regenerative Medicine, Manipal University, Ballari Road, Bangalore from 2016

  • Member, Institutional Ethics Committee, Cryo-Save, Bangalore, India from 2014

Membership in Professional Bodies
  1. Member, Indian Economic Association

  2. Member, Indian Regional Science Association

  3. Member Andhra Pradesh Economic Association

  4. Member Karnataka Economic Association

Others
  • Coordinator, ISEC Ph. D Programme, July 2014 to August 2016

  • Visiting Fellow, Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India (AGRASRI), Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh for three years - 2017-19

   
M. Devendra Babu
Professor and Head
Centre for
Decentralisation and Development
Institute for Social and Economic Change 
Nagarabhavi, Bangalore - 560 072, India. 
Tel. : 080- 23215468(works), 22295164(home)

Fax : 080-23217008
Email :
devendra@isec.ac.in, devendrababu@yahoo.com

 

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