Prof. S. Mahendra Dev


Prof. S. Mahendra Dev has been the Director and Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (lGlDR) in Mumbai, India since 2010. Prior to this position, he was Chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices, Ministry of Agriculture from 2008 to 2010. He was Director. Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad, India for 9 years from 1999 to 2008. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, D.C. He was Acting Chairman of the National Statistical Commission. Government of India. He received Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for outstanding research work on development studies. He is currently the President of the Indian Economic Association. He was Conference President of the Indian Society of Labour Economics in 2017 and Conference President of the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics. He received honorary doctorate (D.Litt) from the Acharya Nagarjuna University. He has received honors for eminence in public service.

He received his Ph.D. from the Delhi School of Economics and did his post doctoral research at Yale University. His main areas of interest are development economics, employment, poverty, inequality, agriculture policies, rural development, and social sector. He has around 130 research publications in national and international journals. He has written or edited 2l books. His book on 'Inclusive Growth in India: Agriculture, Poverty and Human Development', published by Oxford University Press is well known. He has been a consultant and adviser to many international organizations, such as UNDP, World Bank, lFPBl, UNESCO, lLO, FAO, and ESCAP.

He has been a member of several government committees in India, including the Prime Minister's Task Force on Employment, member of the Committee on Financial inclusion, member of the Expert Group on Poverty chaired by Dr. C. Rangaraian, member of the National Statistical Commission. He is the Chairman of the Committee on Terms of Trade on Agriculture constituted by the Ministry of Agriculture. He was member of several working groups for 9th, l0th, 11th, and 12th Five-Year Plans in India.

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Prof. J. Ramu Naidu


Prof. Jagarapu Ramu Naidu did his Post Graduation (1982) in Applied Economics, Andhra University and obtained his Ph.D Degree (1990) in Economics, Andhra University. He was former Professor of Economics and Director of School of Distance Education, Andhra University.

He has published more than 47 Articles in different Journals, and also attended more than 75 National Conferences along with 3 International Conferences and published 2 Books. He visited Australia and Hon Kong countries for the presentation of the research papers at International conferences. He held different academic and administrative positions and Board members like Coordinator for B.Ed. 1994-95 batch for Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, Member, International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF), IDEA Local Chapter Convener; Executive member, Regional Science Association, Calcutta, India, Executive Member, Indian Distance Education Association (IDEA), India, Member of the Programme Advisory Committee, All India Radio, Visakhapatnam, Executive Member (2006-2008) and presently he is Executive member of A.P. Economic Association, A.P., Member, Board of Studies, Environmental Studies, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, College of Science and Technology , Andhra University, and Executive Member, Indian Society of Agricultural marketing (2012-2014) . Presently, he is the Secretary, Andhra University Retired Teachers’ Welfare Association and also Secretary, Federation of Andhra Pradesh State Retired Teachers’ Welfare Association, Andhra Pradesh.



Prof. S Galab did his Post Graduation in Economics and Statistics, and Ph.D in Economics at Andhra University. He is presently the Director of Institute for Development Studies, Andhra Pradesh. He is closely associated with several advanced research centres in social sciences in India and abroad. He has supervised a large number of PhD and MPhil students at CESS. He has been a member of several policy bodies and Committees constituted by Governments of India, and State Governments of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. He was formerly Director of Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS), Hyderabad. He was special invitee to 'Committees and Commissions constituted by Government of India and Andhra Pradesh for enhancement of farmers' well-being such as Expert Group on Agricultural Indebtedness, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, member of Farmer's Welfare Commission in Andhra Pradesh, Government of undivided Andhra Pradesh; and member of Commission on Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural Development of Andhra Pradesh,

Government of Andhra Pradesh. He has also a special invitee to the Working Group on Poverty Elimination Programmes, Planning Commission, Government of India. He has made pioneering research contributions in the fields of Rural Development, Agriculture, Natural Resource Management, Rural Indebtedness. Agrarian Distress and Farmers' Suicides, and Rehabilitation and Resettlement. He has authored many books and research papers in national and international journals. He is a co-author of the books on Joint Forest Management in Andhra Pradesh and organising Poor Women: The Andhra Pradesh Experience. He is also an author of 42 research reports brought out by CESS. These include Rural Indebtedness in Andhra Pradesh (2007), Andhra Pradesh Human Development Report (2007), Mid-Term Appraisal of the Xl Five Year Plan of Andhra Pradesh (2010), Xll Plan Approach Paper on Agriculture in Andhra Pradesh (2012), Human Development Report in Telangana State: District Profiles (2015), Status of Millennium Development Goals in Telangana State (2015), Human Development Report in Andhra Pradesh: Regional Pattern (forthcoming), Millennium Development Goals in Andhra Pradesh (forthcoming).

Professor Galab made significant contribution in organising research programmes at CESS. He was instrumental in the establishment of Division of Child Studies (DCS) sponsored by UNICEF and Division for Studies 0n Sustainable Development (DSDS) at CESS. He directed many research projects sponsored by national and international organizations such as World Bank, Wisconsin University, University of Amsterdam, Planning Commission, ICSSR, Government of India, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana. He was principal investigator for Young Lives Project which is an international Collaborative Longitudinal Project on Childhood Poverty in Andhra Pradesh located at CESS. He was Project Director for Andhra Pradesh District Poverty Initiatives Project (APDPIP) and Andhra Pradesh Rural Poverty Reduction Project (APRPRP). He was a member of the Advisory Board of Commission of Inquiry on Socio-Economic & Educational Conditions of Muslims, Government of Telangana and Coordinator of Group on Primary Sector for the Preparation of 12-Five Year Plan Approach Paper, Government of Andhra Pradesh.

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