Brief Biography

Brief Biography

Member, Planning Commission
Government of India

Member, National Advisory Council
Government of India


Dr. Narendra Jadhav, an Indian national (born in 1953) is a leading educationist, eminent economist & policy maker, well-known social scientist and best-selling author. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has called Dr. Jadhav, “a role-model for the disempowered millions in our country.”

Dr. Narendra Jadhav is currently serving as a Member, Planning Commission (in the rank and status of Union Minister of State). He took over this responsibility on June 16, 2009 and was sworn in by the Prime Minister on July 27, 2009. Planning Commission is India’s apex policy-oriented Think Tank chaired by the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh with Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia as the Deputy Chairman. As Member, Planning Commission, Dr. Jadhav’s sectoral responsibilities include Education, Labour-Employment-Skill Development, Sports & 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:


  • 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 UoP).


  • 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.

  • Worked for four and half years at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), first as Adviser to Executive Director for India and briefly as a Consultant to the Independent Evaluation office of the IMF.

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

  • In 2008, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra appointed him as the Chairman of a One Man High Powered Committee in the context of ‘Farmers’ Suicides’. Dr. Jadhav Committee Report has been accepted by the Government and is being implemented.

Social Scientist and Author

  • A prolific writer with 100 research papers 14 books on economic and social issues including four in Marathi to his credit. His latest contributions are two books in Marathi on Ravindranath Tagore – one is an anthology of Gurudev’s poems translated into Marathi and the other one (being released) is on Gurudev’s life and times. Dr Jadhav shot to fame with his biographical novel written in both Marathi and English – a runaway best seller with combined sales exceeding 5,00,000 copies, which has also been translated into 17 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 around 30 major official reports, over 100 research papers/articles besides serving on a number of committees. He has also delivered a series of Memorial Lectures/Key Note Addresses in national and international fora.

  • A celebrated public figure; has featured in Time, International Herald Tribune, and (on the cover page of) Readers’ Digest. Has participated in discussions on almost all leading national and international TV channels. Has been a recipient of as many as 33 national and international awards for his contribution to the fields of economics, education, literature, culture and social work