Prof. C. H. Hanumantha Rao Honorary Professor


Prof. C. H. Hanumantha Rao

Honorary Professor

Agriculture, Food Security, Rural Development, Inclusive Growth

MA degree in economics from Osmania University
Ph D in economics from Delhi University

Prof C.H. Hanumantha Rao (b1929) obtained MA degree in economics from Osmania University. He was greatly influenced by teachers of the stature of Professors VKRV Rao and AM Khusro. He obtained Ph D in economics from Delhi University. He joined the Institute for Economic Growth (IEG) in 1961 and became its director in 1976. He also worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the department of economics, University of Chicago, during 1966-67. He supervised six scholars for their PhD theses submitted to the University of Delhi.

Besides an economist he is an institution builder and occupied many important and crucial positions in the country. He served as a Member of several expert bodies, including, Seventh and Eighth Finance Commissions; Economic Administration Reforms Commission, 1981-82; Planning Commission, 1982-86; Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, 1983-86; Board of Directors, RBI, 1994-2000; National Advisory Council, 2004-08. He also served as Chairman, Steering Committee on Agriculture and Allied Sectors for Formulation of the Eleventh Five Year Plan, (2007-12), Planning Commission, 2007; High Powered Fertilizers Pricing Policy Review Committee, GoI, 1997-98; Expert Committee on Rehabilitation and Environmental Aspects of Tehri Hydro-Electric Project, GoI, 1996-97; Advisory Committee, National Accounts Statistics, GoI, 1992-95; Technical Committee on Drought Prone Area Programme and Desert Development Programme (DPAP & DDP), Ministry of Rural Development, GoI, 1993-94; National Commission on Rural Labour, GoI, 1990-91; Expert Committee for Review of Methodology of Cost of Production of Crops, Ministry of Agriculture, GoI, 1990; and Advisory Council on the Implementation of the 20-Point Programme, GoI, 1987-89. He also served as the Chancellor of University of Hyderabad (Central University) during 2012-15.

Prof Rao is one of India’s most distinguished economists. He has contributed immensely to both research and policy making in India. He had authored twelve books, edited eight books and published more than hundred research papers and articles in academic journals in India and abroad in the broad areas of agriculture, food security, economic reforms, inclusive growth, regional disparities, smaller states and Telangana statehood.

Prof C.H. Hanumantha Rao was honoured with many awards. He was awarded Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Memorial Prize for 1974-75, by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, for Outstanding Contribution in the field of Agricultural Economics; received K.H. Batheja Award for one of the best books published in Economics in India during 1993-94; received the Financial Express Award for Lifetime Work in Economics in 1995. He was awarded ‘Padma Bhushan’ by the President of India in 2004 for his contribution in the field of Literature and Education.
After retiring from IEG in 1992, Prof Rao has been with the Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS) in Hyderabad as an honorary professor. He was also the Chairman of CESS as well as IEG. He was Visiting Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C., in August & October, 1994. He was Consultant, ESCAP, United Nations, Bangkok, in November 1995 & March, 1996.