Educated in the University of Mysore and Pembroke College, Oxford,
from where he obtained degrees in Economics including the Master of
Has worked in the University of York, U.K., and National Institute for
Training in Industrial Engineering, Mumbai.
Joined the University of Mysore in 1970, worked initially in the
Institute of Correspondence Course and Continuing Education, before
joining the Institute of Development Studies in 1972. At IDS, he
became Professor of Development Studies and also functioned as the
Registrar, University of Mysore, and member of the Syndicate. Also
President of the Mysore University Teachers’ Association for two
Upon retirement from the University of Mysore, became Director of
MIDS, Chennai, in 2000 and completed a five year term.
As Director of MIDS strongly supportive of the Dialogue in the Cauvery
Family between the farmers of Tamilnadu and Karnataka. Functioned as
one of the Co-ordinators of the dialogue and took the lead in
organizing meetings in Chennai, Bangalore, Thanjavur and Mandya
Was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies,
University of Sussex, U.K. and until 2005 was a member of the Managing
Committee of the Centre for the Future State in that Institute.
Member Indian Advisory Council of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute
Member of the Expert Committee on Panchayat Raj (Chair P.R.Nayak),
Government of Karnataka, 19996
Chair of the Working Group on Decentralisation, Tamilnadu State
Planning Commission, 2002.
Member of the Planning Board, Periyar University, Salem.
Associated with training programmes in the State Institute of Rural
Directed a major research study on Panchayats titled: "From Delegation
to Devolution: a comparative study of Panchayats in Tamilnadu,
Karnataka and West Bengal" sponsored by the IDS, University of Sussex.
Results are being published. A working paper on Karnataka and a
monograph on the comparative perspective have been published by MIDS.
A monograph titled: Centralised Initiatives and Decentralised
Responsibilities: A Study of Selected Indian States, was recently
published by the Institute of Social Sciences New Delhi. Other
publications are in the offing.
Publications in journals and edited volumes. Presently engaged in
editing a volume of papers on Tamilnadu Economy and Society with
Worked as Consultant along with Professor P.R.Panchamukhi for the
Government of Karnataka on Regional Imbalances in Karnataka, 1998.
Has participated in international conferences and is widely traveled.
Travels include, apart from North America and Europe, Japan, South
Korea and China.