Institute for Social and Economic Change

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Dr. S S Meenakshisundaram – isec

Dr. S S Meenakshisundaram


Dr. S S Meenakshisundaram

Honorary Visiting Professor, Institute for Social and Economic Change

Academic Achievements
  • M.Sc.(Mathematics) from Loyola College Madras
  • Ph.D. (Development Economics) from Jamia Millia Islamia National University, New Delhi.
Present Position
  • Visiting Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.
  • Executive Vice-Chairman of MYRADA
Books Authored
  • Decentralization in Developing Countries with special reference to Nigeria, China and India, Published by The Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi, 1994

Positions Held, Other Important Achievements & Administrative Positions
Books Authored
  • Shri S.S. Meenakshisudaram joined the Karnataka cadre of the Indian Administrative Service in 1968. During his career he worked as Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate of Tumkur and Bangalore districts; was Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department during 1986-89 when Karnataka launched its new system of governance through decentralized panchayati raj institutions. He was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom for a period of one year. As Joint Secretary in charge of Panchayati raj in the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, he was part of the team piloting the Constitution 73rd Amendment Bill which introduced the system of local governance throughout India during 1992-93.

  • After working as Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Karnataka during 1995-96 and as Joint Secretary to three Prime Ministers of India during 1996-99, he was also an Adviser in the Planning Commission. Before retiring as Member (Finance) in the Space Commission and the Atomic Energy Commission during October, 2004, he was Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministries of Rural Development and Disinvestment. 

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