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Prof. Ramesh Chand

Prof. Ramesh Chand

Prof. Ramesh Chand

Member, NITI Aayog

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Prof. Ramesh Chand is currently Member of NITI Aayog (in the rank and status of Union Minister of State). He has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. He is Fellow, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Indian Society of Agricultural Economics. He has been involved in policy formulation for agriculture sector for the last two and a half decades. Prior to joining NITI Aayog, he was Director National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi.


In addition, Prof. Ramesh Chand is also Member of:

  • Board of Trustees (BOT) of CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center), Mexico.
  • The Policy Advisory Council (PAC) of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Canberra, Australia.


In the recent past, he also held the position of Member of the Fifteenth Finance Commission.


Additionally, in the past, Prof. Ramesh Chand has worked in senior academic positions as ICAR National Professor; Professor and Head, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University; and Professor at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. Prof. Chand has been Visiting Professor at University of Wollongong, NSW Australia and at Institute of Developing Economies, Chiba Shi, Japan. He has also been Consultant with international organizations such as FAO, UNDP, ESCAP, UNCTAD, Commonwealth and World Bank.


Prof. Chand has chaired important committees on Food and Agricultural Policy set up by various Ministries of Government of India. He has served as India’s nodal officer for agriculture for SAARC for 7 years and represented India in meetings of G20, UNESCAP.


Prof. Chand has authored seven books and published more than 150 research papers in reputed national and international journals in the areas of agriculture - production, growth, development policy, farmers’ issues, markets and trade.


Prof. Chand has been presented Jawaharlal Nehru Award (1984), Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Award (2006) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Atal Bihari Vajpayee Award (2018) by Indian Economic Association.