Prof Sukhadeo Thorat


Prof Sukhadeo Thorat

Founder Member

Agriculture, Development Economics and Ambedkar Studies

M Phil and Ph d

Brief Profile

Sukhadeo Thorat (born 12 July 1949) an Indian economisteducationistprofessor and writer. He is the former chairman of the University Grants Commission. He is professor emeritus in Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is an expert on B. R. Ambedkar.  Thorat hails from Mahar community of Maharashta. Thorat graduated with a B.A. from Milind College of Arts, Aurangabad, Maharashtra. He obtained an M.A. in Economics from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, M.Phil/PhD in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Diploma in Economic Planning, Main School of PlanningWarsawPoland. Thorat was lecturer at Vasantrao Naik Mahavidyalaya, Aurangabad from 1973 to 1980. He was Faculty Member at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi from 1980 onwards, and visiting faculty at Department of Economics, Iowa State University, Ames, USA during 1989–1991.

He has been a research associate of the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC since 1992. He was director, Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, New Delhi from January 2003 to February 2006. He served as the chairman of UGC from 2006–2011

Thorat has been a member of bodies like Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART), Social Justice Division of Planning Commission, Academic Council of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar UniversityDr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Centre of Buddhist Studies, University of HyderabadHimachal Pradesh University and in the governing bodies of many more institutions. Thorat was also chairman of Indian Council of Social Science & Research.



  • Technological Change and Regional Differentiation: An Analysis of Dry Land Agriculture in Maharashtra. Khama, Delhi 1993
  • Linkages between Government Spending, Growth, and Poverty in Rural India, (with Shenggen Fan, Peter Hazell), Research Report 110, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington D.C., 1999
  • Slum in Metropolies-Living Environment, (with Sudesh Nangia), June 2000, Shipra Publication, Delhi.
  • Rural Development-Problem and Prospect’, (edited) March 2001, Pravara Rural Development Association
  • Small Hands: Child Labor in South Asia(with Kristoffel Lieten & Ravi Srivastava) Manohar, Delhi (2003)
  • Development of Rural Infrastructure in India(with Simita Sirohi) Academic Delhi (2004)
  • Industrialization, Economic Reforms and Regional Development: Essays in Honour of Prof Ashok K. Mathur(edited) with Jaya Prakash Pradhan & Vinoj Abraham, Shipra Publication (2004),
  • Caste, Race, and Discrimination – Discourse in International Context(edited) (with Umakant), Rawat Publication, Jaipur (2004)
  • Reservation and Private Sector: Quest for Equal Opportunity and Growth(edited) with Aryama and Prasant Negi (2005) Rawat Pub’lication.
  • Untouchability in Rural IndiaSage, 2006 (with G. Shah, Harsh Mander, Satish Deshpande & Amrita).
  • A Reader in Dalit Studies(edited) (with John Webster), (forthcoming) Rawat Publication.
  • Dalit human development report 2006(with Rawat), forthcoming.
  • Dalits in India? Social and Economic Profile(forthcoming) Sage.
  • Ambedkar’s Role in Economic Planning and Water Policy, August 1998 Shipra Publication, Delhi
  • Ambedkar in Retrospect: Essays in Economics, Society, and Politics(edited) with Aryama & Negi. Rawat Publication. Forthcoming
  • Ambedkar on Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy(with Narender), forthcoming.

He has also authored 70 research papers published in national and international journals. He has worked on more than 25 research projects and has presented papers at national and international seminars and conferences.