Yoginder K Alagh


Yoginder K Alagh (born 14 February 1939) is a noted Indian economist and former Union Minister of Government of India. He was the Chairman of Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) from 2006 to 2012.[1] He was the Chancellor of the Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar.

Yoginder K Alagh
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Yoginder K Alag at Gujarat Vishwakosh Trust; January 2020
Born (1939-02-14) 14 February 1939 (age 83)
Chakwal, Punjab, Pakistan
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania (M.Sc., Ph.D.)
University of Rajasthan (M.Sc)
Known forFormer Member of Indian Planning Commission

Early lifeEdit

Alagh was born at Chakwal in Punjab, now in Pakistan, to Bhagat Ram. He studied at Maharaja's College, Jaipur and Department of Economics at University of Rajasthan. He holds a doctorate in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, USA.


The Chairman Civil Service Examination Review Committee, Union Public Service Commission Prof. Y.K.Alagh (left) speaking at the 2nd Pravasi Bharatiya Divas - 2004 in New Delhi on 11 January 2004

Academic careerEdit

He has taught Economics at the University of Rajasthan, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, University of Jodhpur, Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania. He has acted as the 7th Vice-Chancellor of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Also founding member of Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology(CEPT), Ahmedabad presently one of India's pioneering Planning and Public policy institute.

Political careerEdit

He was elected to Rajya Sabha from Gujarat in November 1996 and continue till April 2000.[2]

From 1996 to 1998, he was a Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Planning and Programme Implementation, Science and Technology and Power for Government of India. He headed various institutions and Commissions and acted as expert with a number of UN organisations. He was also the Member of Planning Commission, Govt. of India.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Dr. Y. K. Alagh is married to Raksha Alagh on 9 June 1967. He has a daughter, Tavishi Alagh (an independent filmmaker) and a son, Munish Alagh (post doctoral fellow at IIM Ahmedabad).[3]


  1. V K R V Rao Prizes in Social Science Research in 1981 in Economics discipline. The award is instituted by Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, India.

^Fellow, Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, Elected First Fellow of the Society in 2011


  • Indian Development Planning and Policy, Wider Studies in Development Economics, 1991, Second Edition, 1995
  • Sustainable Development : From Concept to Action, Techniques for Planners, Geneva, UNCED, reprinted in Land and Man : Essays in Sustainable Development, Delhi, Har Anand, 1995
  • Growth Performance of the Indian Economy, Journal of Developing Economics, Tokyo, Vol. XXX, n° 2, pp. 97–116
  • Indian Development Models, in Essays in the Honour of P.C. Mahalonobis, Indian National Science Academy, 1995
  • Fuel for Power, Lovraj Kumar memorial lecture, 1996, Current Science, Nov. 1996
  • State of the Indian Farmer: An Overview, Academic Press and Ministry of Agriculture, 2004
  • On Sherpas and Coolies: The L20 and Non Brahmanical Futures, in John English, R.Thakur and A.F.Cooper ed., Reforming From the Top, A Leaders 20 Summit, UNU Press, pp. 169–186
  • Agriculture in A Rural Urban Continuum, Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, April 2011, pp.165-177
  • Green Revolution, The New Oxford Companion to Economics in India, Vol.1, p. 301, Oxford University Press, 2012
  • India2020, Journal of Quantitative Economics, Jan.2006, pp.1-14
  • The Future of Indian Agriculture, 2013, National Book Trust
  • 'Economic Policy in a Liberalising Economy:The Indian Case', Springer Economic Policy Briefs, Springer Macmillan, 2018.


  1. ^ Karen Leigh (7 July 2010). "The epic marketing challenge for UID". Livemint.com. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Rajya Sabha members". Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  3. ^ a b Symposium Profile from the Institute for Human Development (IHD) http://www.ihdindia.org/PDFs/symposium_profile_website.pdf

External linksEdit

  • "Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization". Unesco.org. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  • "VKRV Rao Prize". Isec.ac.in. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  • "AES :: POST GRADUATE INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT". 21 February 2009. Archived from the original on 21 February 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2019.