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M V Nadkarni


Dr. M V Nadkarni

    M V Nadkarni

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Important Honours and Awards to Prof M V Nadkarni

  • Elected as President at the 55th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics held at the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) in 1995.
  • Vice-Chancellor, Gulbarga University, Gulbarga, Karnataka, 1999-2002.
  • Honorary Visiting Professor, Institute for Social &Economic Change (ISEC), Bengaluru, since 2002.
  • ICSSR National Fellow (2002-04).
  • Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, (2005-07).
  • Member of the Board of Governors of ISEC, Bengaluru, continuously from 1995 to2009.
  • He was a member of the Boards of Governors of a few other eminent social science research institutions as well: Centre for Development Studies (Thiruvananthapuram), Centre for Multidisciplinary Development Research(Dharwad), Institute for Economic Growth (Delhi), and Madras Institute Development Research (Chennai).
  • Elected as Chairman of the Governing Council of the Centre for Multidisciplinary Development Research, Dharwad, (2007-09).
  • Lifetime Achievement Award conferred by the Forum of Former Vice-Chancellors of Karnataka during the Teachers’ Day (September 5) 2023.
  • Conferred with the title of INSEE (Indian Society for Ecological Economics) Fellow ‘for his outstanding contributions to Ecological Economics’ at the 12th INSEE Biennial Conference at the BML Munjal University, Kaprivas, Haryana, during January 31- February 2, 2024.

Honorary Visiting Professor, Institute for Social and Economic Change

  • Dr. M.V. Nadkarni (Mangesh Venkatesh Nadkarni), born on February 23, 1939, an economist by training and profession, has deep interest in other social sciences as well, as also in religion and philosophy. His contribution to Economics and other social sciences has been mainly in the areas of Agricultural Price Policy, Problems of Drought Prone Areas, Farmers’ Movements, Political Economy of Forest Use and Management, Economics of Pollution Control, and Integrating Ethics into Economics, Decentralised development, and the ‘Broad-basing Process’.
  • He was a Professor at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, from 1976 to 1999, and is presently an Honorary Visiting Professor at the same Institute since 2002.
  • He was a Member of the Board of Governors of ISEC for 15 years from 1992 to 2006.
  • He was also the Chairman of the Centre for Multi-Disciplinary Development Research, Dharwad (CMDR) from August 2007 to December 2009. He has served on the Governing Board of other eminent Social Science Institutions as well – Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai; Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, and Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi.
  • He was Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics for three years, 2005-07.
  • At ISEC, he started the Ecological Economics Unit in 1981 (renamed now as the Centre for Ecological Economics and Natural Resources) at the instance of Dr V K R V Rao, which is one of the earliest such centres in the field in India. He also started at ISEC a biannual – Journal of Social and Economic Development, the two issues of the first volume of which, he worked for, came out in 1999. He is presently a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee of the same Journal.
  • He served as the Vice Chancellor for a full term of three years from 1999 to 2002 at Gulbarga University, Gulbarga, Karnataka. He was awarded National Fellowship of ICSSR (Indian Council of Social Science Research), New Delhi, for two years – 2002 to 2004, in recognition of his distinguished work in social sciences.
  • He did his PhD in Economics at Karnatak University, Dharwad, under the guidance of Dr D.M. Nanjundappa in 1968, where he also taught at the Masters level in the Post Graduate Department of Economics. Thereafter, he served at Marathwada University, Aurangabad, till 1976 before joining ISEC as a Professor.
  • Dr. Nadkarni was elected President at the 55th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics in November, 1995, at the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA). His Presidential Address was on ‘Forests, People and Economics’, published in the Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Jan-June 1996.
  • He has visited several countries and given seminars and lectures there – China, France, Germany, Nepal, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, USA and Uzbekistan.
  • Dr. Nadkarni has to his credit 40 books and major reports and over 150 papers in academic journals and edited books in India and abroad. Some of his recent books are: – Handbook of Hinduism (2013,Ane Books, can be downloaded from, Ethics for Our Times: Essays in Gandhian Perspective (2011, 2nd enlarged paperback edition 2014, OUP); The Bhagavad-gita for the Modern Reader: History, Interpretations and Philosophy (2017, enlarged paperback edn. 2019, Routledge); Decentralised Democracy in India: Gandhi’s Vision and Reality (jointly with N Sivanna and Lavanya Suresh) (2018, Routledge), Socio-economic change and the Broad-basing Process in India (Edited)(2021, Routledge), Samajika Neeti Kaavya Guchchhah: A Bouquet of Poetry on Social Ethics (in Sanskrit verses with translation into English verses, both by the same author)(2022, Manipal Universal Press).
  • His earlier books are on economics, for example: Agricultural Prices and Development with Stability, 1973; Impact of Drought on Rural Life (jointly with V V Borkar) 1975; Socialist Agricultural Price Policy, 1979; Marketable Surplus and Market Dependence in a Millet Region, 1980; Socio-Economic Conditions in Droughtprone Areas, 1985; Farmers’ Movements in India, 1987; Political Economy of Forest Use and Management, 1989; India – The Emerging Challenges: Essays in Honour of Prof. V K R V Rao (jointly edited) 1991; Planning for Social and Economic Development: Essays in Honour of Dr D M Nanjundappa (jointly edited) 1992; Pollution Control in the South and North – A Comparative Study of India and the Netherlands, (jointly) 1997; Poverty, Environment and Development (jointly) 2001; Landmarks in the Development of Social Sciences (edited) 2002.
  • Dr. Nadkarni has also written four books in Kannada.
  • Nine students have obtained PhD under Dr Nadkarni’s supervision, most of whom are in senior academic positions. Apart from them, he has also informally guided research work of several other PhD students and young faculty.
  • He was married to Ganga Karnad in 1968, who passed away in 2003. Has one daughter, Saraswati Naimpally, and two sons – Anirudh and Makarand.

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