14th August 2010
Today I had a great privilege to to attend a speech by Dr. Narendra Jadhav ,the great economist and thinker…
It is only appropriate that the inaugural lecture in the series in memory of Dr. Y K Prabhu (Tatya), be delivered by one of the most distinguished educationists, renowned economist, prolific writer Dr. Narendra Jadhav.
The speech was Compelling and deeply compassionate and was an eye opener.
In his fluent style he spoke about reforms in higher education that he is trying to bring as a member of planning commission of India. He narrated his own experiences about his pride in his work, about stretching himself to the utmost to achieve perfection in everything he does,his struggle and his success.He is aware of the systemic flaws but his aim is to reform the system, not to overthrow it.
His amazing and intense story made me laugh a little, cry a lot and assess my own life in great detail.
It was the best lecture of the year, very informative and scintillating……
A little about Dr. Narendra Jadhav
Member, National Advisory Council
Government of India
Dr. Narendra Jadhav, an Indian national (born in 1953) is a leading educationist, eminent economist & policy maker, well-known social scientist and best-selling author. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has called Dr. Jadhav, “a role-model for the disempowered millions in our country.”
Dr. Narendra Jadhav is currently serving as a Member, Planning Commission (in the rank and status of Union Minister of State). He took over this responsibility on June 16, 2009 and was sworn in by the Prime Minister on July 27, 2009. Planning Commission is India’s apex policy-oriented Think Tank chaired by the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh with Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia as the Deputy Chairman. As Member, Planning Commission, Dr. Jadhav’s sectoral responsibilities include Education, Labour-Employment-Skill Development, Sports & Youth Affairs, and Social Justice and Empowerment. In addition, Dr. Jadhav looks after the States of Bihar, Tamil Nadu, and Goa, besides the Union Territories of Diu-Daman and Dadra-Nagar Haveli.
Dr. Narendra Jadhav has also been appointed as a Member, National Advisory Council (NAC), chaired by Smt. Sonia Gandhi, with effect from May 31, 2010.
Ph.D. in Economics (Indiana University, USA, 1986)
M.A. in Economics (Bombay University, 1975)
B.Sc. in Statistics (Bombay University, 1973)
Served as Vice Chancellor (from August 24, 2006 to June 15, 2009) of University of Pune (UoP) – the largest traditional University in the world with 6,50,000 students. In a period of less than three years, under his leadership, a metamorphic transformation of the University was brought about making it dynamic, vibrant, socially conscious and indeed, a Model State University, which is now also the most favoured destination for the foreign students coming to India (i.e., 45 per cent of foreign students coming to India, study at the UoP).
Served the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for 31 years, taking voluntary retirement in October 2008, from the position of Principal Adviser and Chief Economist (in the rank of Executive Director). In the RBI, steered a team of 120 career economists and played a significant role in macroeconomic policy-making in India especially after the macroeconomic crisis in 1991.
Worked for four and half years at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), first as Adviser to Executive Director for India and briefly as a Consultant to the Independent Evaluation office of the IMF.
Worked as Chief Economic Counsellor for Afghanistan (2006) and earlier, also as an Advisor to the Government of Ethiopia (1988).
In 2008, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra appointed him as the Chairman of a One Man High Powered Committee in the context of ‘Farmers’ Suicides’. Dr. Jadhav Committee Report has been accepted by the Government and is being implemented.
Social Scientist and Author
A prolific writer with 11 books and over 100 research papers to his credit. His family biography in English: “Untouchables’’ (Simon and Schuster, USA) has been an international best seller (translated into 17 languages including French, Spanish, Korean and Thai; around 5,00,000 copies sold) and has won the coveted Sahitya Academy Award (for the Punjabi Version of the book).
A celebrated public figure; has featured in Time, International Herald Tribune, and (on the cover page of) Readers’ Digest. Has participated in discussions on almost all leading national and international TV channels. Has been a recipient of as many as 33 national and international awards for his contribution to the fields of economics, education, literature, culture and social work