Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Kharagpur
Dr. Kirit Shantilal Parikh
Dr. Kirit S. Parikh is Professor Emeritus and Founder Director of Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai. He is also a Member of the Planning Commission, Government of India. Dr. Parikh obtained his B.E in Civil Engineering from Gujarat University in 1956. Later he did his M.Tech (Structures) from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1957. He has a D.Sc. in Civil Engineering and a Master's Degree in Economics from MIT, USA. He has been a Professor of Economics since 1967.
Dr. Parikh served as Senior Economic Advisor to United Nations Development Programme from October 1997 to September 1998. He has been a member of the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) of the Prime Minister of India. He was the Chairman of the Integrated Energy Policy Committee, Planning Commission. 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 Policy Committee. He was the Special Economic Adviser to the Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York in 1997-98. He had been on the Board of Directors of a number of major industrial firms and financial institutions viz. Indian Petrochemicals Ltd, Life Insurance Corporation, Industrial Development Bank of India and State Bank of India.
Dr. Parikh has authored, co-authored and edited 25 books in the areas of planning, 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 articles. He has been the editor of "India Development Report" which provides a non-governmental assessment of India's development and policy options.
Dr. Parikh has received numerous awards and honors during his career. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India and Fellow of the World Economic Forum, Davos. In 2003, he was made honorary life member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. He had been the President of The Indian Econometric Society and Gujarat Economic Association. In 1978 he was given the Vikram Sarabhai Award for Systems Analysis and Management. In 1999 he received the "Vishweshwaraya 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 2005.
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