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The remarkable saga of Narendra Jadhav

Narendra Damodar Jadhav is an Indian economist, educationist, public policy expert, professor and writer in English, Marathi, and Hindi. He is an expert on Babasaheb Ambedkar. Currently, he is a Member of Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Indian Parliament. He previously served as a member of the Planning Commission of India and the National Advisory Council. Prior to this, he worked as Vice-Chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and headed economic research at the Reserve Bank of India. Jadhav is a recipient of 67 national and international awards including four Honorary D.Litt Degrees and the title Commander of the Order of Academic Palms by the Government of France. As a career economist, Jadhav worked for 31 years with the Reserve Bank of India, and those of Afghanistan and Ethiopia. He also worked as Adviser in the International Monetary Fund for over four years. He retired in October 2008 from the position of Principal Adviser and Chief Economist of the RBI. His writings on economics include Ambedkar – An Economist Extraordinaire(2016), Monetary Policy, Financial Stability and Central Banking in India (2006), Re-emerging India – A Global Perspective (2005) and Monetary Economics for India (1994).

Currently, Jadhav is serving as chairman, Reserve Bank of India History Advisory Committee. In 2006, Jadhav was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Pune. He enabled several initiatives aimed at improving the access and equity (through an Education Guarantee Scheme for underprivileged youth) and quality (through a complete revision of all 484 curricula). He also promoted the research environment through financial incentives and improved the governance through the Pune University Network project that connected the Main Campus with all 500+ Affiliated colleges using ICT. Jadhav also launched Samarth Bharat Abhiyan, a rural development program involving each college adopting a village to direct the youth power towards constructive social engagement in rural areas. Jadhav has been Distinguished Professor in the Council for Social Development (CSD), New Delhi, with focused research on the New Education Policy for India. He is also serving as Emeritus Professor of Public Policy at MIT School of Government, Pune, teaching a range of Public Policy issues, especially Education, Health, Social Welfare, and Economic Growth. Jadhav’s work at Pune led him to join the Planning Commission as a Member in-charge of Education, Labour and Employment, and Social Justice and Empowerment (2009–14), and as a Member, National Advisory Council (NAC) (2010–2014).

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