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Dr. Narendra Jadhav

Dr. Narendra Jadhav
Member, Planning Commission
Government of India
Member, National Advisory Council
Government of India

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Dr. Narendra Jadhav, an Indian national (born in 1953) is a leading educationist, eminent economist and policy maker, well-known social scientist and best-selling author.

Dr. Narendra Jadhav is currently serving as a Member, Planning Commission (in the rank and status of Union Minister of State).  As Member, Planning Commission, Dr. Jadhav’s sectoral responsibilities include Education, Labour-Employment-Skill Development, Sports and Youth Affairs, and Social Justice and Empowerment.  In addition, Dr. Jadhav looks after the States of Bihar, Tamil Nadu, and Goa, besides the Union Territories of Diu-Daman and Dadra-Nagar Haveli.

Dr. Narendra Jadhav has also been appointed as a Member, National Advisory Council (NAC), chaired by Smt. Sonia Gandhi, with effect from May 31, 2010.



Ph.D. in Economics (Indiana University, USA, 1986),
M.A. in Economics (Bombay University, 1975)
B.Sc. in Statistics (Bombay University, 1973)

Professional Profile


(a) Educationist

Served as Vice Chancellor (from August 24, 2006 to   June 15, 2009) of University of Pune (UoP) - the largest traditional University in the world with 6,50,000 students.   In a period of less than three  years, under his leadership, a metamorphic transformation of the University was brought about making it dynamic, vibrant, socially conscious and indeed, a Model State University, which is now also the most favoured destination for the foreign students coming to India (i.e., 45 per cent of foreign students coming to India, study at the UP).

    (b) Economist
  1. Served the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for 31 years, taking voluntary retirement in October 2008, from the position of Principal Adviser and Chief Economist (in the rank of Executive Director). In the RBI, steered a team of 120 career economists and played a significant role in macroeconomic policy-making in India especially after the macroeconomic crisis in 1991.

  2. Worked as Chief Economic Counsellor for Afghanistan (2006) and earlier, also as an Advisor to the Government of Ethiopia (1988).

  3. Worked as Chief Economic Counsellor for Afghanistan (2006) and earlier, also as an Advisor to the Government of Ethiopia (1988).

(c) Social Scientist and Author

  • Dr. Jadhav a prolific writer has written (or edited) as many as 22 books - 8 in Marathi and 14 in English (with a combined printed pages exceeding 8000!). His latest contributions include :

>> A Trilogy on Dr. Ambedkar’s Speeches (Edited)

  • 3 Volumes in English
  • 3 Volumes in Marathi
>>A Trilogy on Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore
  • An analytical biography of Gurudev

  • An anthology of 151 poems translated into Marathi an eclectic collection of Tagore’s writings (i.e., short stories, novels, plays, parodies, articles and speeches) translated into Marathi.

  • Dr Jadhav shot to fame with his biographical novel  "Untouchables" written in English (Simon and Schuster, USA) - a runaway best seller with combined sales exceeding 5,00,000 copies, which has also been translated into as many as 20 languages (French, Spanish, Korean, Thai ,as well as in most major Indian languages). The book has received several awards including the coveted Sahitya Academy Award for its Punjabi Version. The book is being translated into Japanese, Chinese, and several European languages).

  • In addition, Dr. Jadhav has authored 27 major official reports, around 125 research papers/articles besides serving on a number of committees. He has also delivered a series of Convocation Address (10), Memorial Lectures (10), Keynote Addresses (35) besides other speeches running into hundreds in national and international fora.

  • A celebrated public figure; recipient of as many as 55 national and international awards including the title of the "Commander of the Order of Academic Palms" by the Government of France for his contribution to the fields of economics, education, literature, culture and social work.

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