Short CV Kirit Shantilal Parikh
Member, Planning Commission, Government of India
Chairman, Integrated Research and Action for
Development (IRADe), New Delhi
Former (Founder) Director (Vice Chancellor),
Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai
- An Advanced Research Institute
He was honoured with Padma
Bushan by the President of India in March 2009.
He is a Fellow of the National
Academy of Sciences, India.
Dr Kirit S. Parikh has a Doctor
of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master's Degree
in Economics from MIT, USA. He has been a Professor
of Economics since 1967.
He was the Chairman of the
Integrated Energy Policy Committee, Planning Commission. He was
a Member of the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) of the Prime Ministers
of India, Atal Behari Vajpayee, P.V. Narasimha Rao, Chandra Shekhar,
V.P.Singh and Rajiv Gandhi. In the past he had also been a member
of the National Committee for Environmental Planning & Co-ordination,
the National Committee on Science and Technology and the Fuel
In 2003 he was made honorary
life member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists
(on an average given to two persons a year in the world). He had
been president of The Indian Econometric Society and Gujarat Economic
Association. He is on the governing board of many development
research Institutes in India. He has also been Chairman of some
of these. He is the Chairman of the Indian National Committee
(India NMO Committee) for the India-IIASA (International Institute
for Applied Systems Analysis) Programme.
Dr. Parikh had been in the
past on the Board of Directors of a number of major industrial
firms and financial institutions. Among these are Indian Petro-Chemicals
Limited, Life Insurance Corporation, Industrial Development Bank
of India and State Bank of India.
In 1978 he was given the "Vikram
Sarabhai Award" for Systems Analysis and Management. In 1999
he was given the "Visveswaraya Award" by the Engineers' Foundation
in Kolhapur. He is also a recipient of "Nayudamma Award"
for contribution to the welfare of mankind through developments
in the fields of Economics & Energy in February 2005.
He was honoured as the most
distinguished and illustrious alumni of the decade from India
by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA in September,
2007. He was conferred the Distinguished Alumnus Award by Indian
Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur in September, 2007. He
was felicitated as one of the engineering personalities
by the Indian Engineering Congress, December 2006
In 1997-98, on sabbatical
leave from the IGIDR where he was Founder Director from 1986 till
2000, he was Special Economic Adviser to the Administrator, United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York. From 1980-86,
as Program Leader of the Food and Agricultural Program of the
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA),
Austria, he directed a research programme involving 300 person
years of efforts of more than 100 researchers from around the
world. From 1960-80, he was Professor of Economics (and sometimes
Head) of the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), New Delhi. From
1969-71, as Director of Program Analysis Group (PAG), Department
of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India, he set up PAG to
provide economic, operation research and management advice to
different units of the DAE. From 1964-67 he was a Research Associate
at the Center for International Studies, MIT.
Dr. Parikh had been the editor
of "India Development Report" which provides a non-governmental
assessment of India's development and policy options.
Dr Parikh has authored, co-authored
and edited 29 books in the areas of
- water resource management,
- appropriate technology for housing,
- optimum requirement for fertilizers,
- energy systems and policy,
- national and international food policies,
- trade policies,
- general equilibrium modeling,
- environmental governance and
- natural resources accounting.
He has also published numerous