Prof. Vijay Shankar Vyas
Fellow, Elected 1999

Born in Bikaner, India on 21 August 1931. Educated at the University of Bombay, Ph.D. Degree in Economics, taught in Bombay University, Sardar Patel University and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Visiting Scholar at the Center for Asian Studies of the Boston University, USA and Senior Fellow of IDRC, Canada.

Currently Professor Emeritus, Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur; Chairman, Ajit Foundation for Social Development.

Acted as Member, Agricultural Prices Commission, Government of India; Director, Agro-Economic Research Centre, Vallabh Vidyanagar; Professor of Economics and Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sardar Patel University; Director, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; Senior Advisor, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, The World Bank, Washington, D.C.; Director, Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur; Member, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister; Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board, Rajasthan. Served as Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, International Center for Tropical Agriculture Cali (Columbia), Member, Board of Trustees, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington D.C., USA; Member Governing Board, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University, U.K., Member, National Commission on Integrated Water Planning, Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet, and Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India; Chairman, Expert Committee on Rural Credit, Working Group on Crop Production in 11th Five Year Plan and Task Force on Credit and Marketing of the National Commission on Unorganized Sector; Member, Steering Committee on Agriculture for 12th Five Year Plan.

Awards/Honours: IAEA Elmhurst Memorial Gold Medal, 1991; Padam Bhushan, 2006; D.Sc. (h.c.) MPUAT, Udaipur.

Research Areas: Agricultural Policies, Rural Credit, Land Reforms, Panchayati Raj Institutions

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