Prof. Y.K. Alagh

Prof. Y.K. Alagh


Chancellor Central University of Gujarat.


Brief Profile


Yoginder Kumar Alagh is a professor emeritus/vice-chair of, the Sardar Patel Institute of Economic and Social Research in Ahmedabad and rceihaficellor of the Central University of Gujarat. He is also chair professor at the Punjab University. From 1996 to 1998, he was the minister of state (Independent Charge) in the Government of India, for planning and programme implementation, science, technology and power, and until 2001, a member of the Rajya Sabha. He was vice-chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JN1D, a member of the Planning Commission, chairman of Bureau of Industrial Costs and Prices (BICP) and sec-retary to the government and chairman of Agricultural Prices Commission (APC), Government of India. His professional experience is in research, policy-making and administration of large research/policy formulation professional groups relating to macro policy and planning, industrial policies and reform, and agricultural planning and policy. He holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia (USA) and has taught at that university. Indian Institute of Management (ILM) Calcutta as well as at Swarthmore College (Pennsylvania, USA). He has published extensively in India and abroad and was awarded the prestigious V.K.R.V. Rao Award for outstanding research in economics in 1982. He has been consultant/senior adviser to numerous national and international organizations such as FAO. UNDP. ILO. World Bank. ADB and chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of UNESCO’s Social Science Research Programme (MOST), member council of United Nations University. senior fellow of the World Institute of Development Research (WIDER ) and of CIGI in Waterloo. His last book The Future of Indian Agriculture to Economic Policy in a Liberalising Economy :Indian Reform in this Century , Springer Palgrave Macmillan, Amsterdam and Hong Kong, 2019. He writes a column for well-known Indian newspapers such as the Express Group and the Business Line.