Prof. Ramesh Chand is currently Member of NITI Aayog in the rank and status of Union Minister of State. He has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. He is Fellow, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Indian Society of Agricultural Economics. Prof. Chand has 33 years of experience in research and teaching in the field of agricultural economics and policy. He has been involved in policy formulation for agriculture sector for the last 15 years. Prior to joining NITI Aayog, he was Director National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi.
In addition, Prof. Ramesh Chand is also Member of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center), Mexico; Member of the Policy Advisory Council (PAC) of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Canberra, Australia; and Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Food Security and Agriculture.
In the past, Prof. Ramesh Chand has worked in senior academic positions as ICAR National Professor; Professor and Head, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University; and Professor at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. Prof. Chand has been Visiting Professor at University of Wollongong, NSW Australia and at Institute of Developing Economies, Chiba Shi, Japan. He has also been Consultant with international organizations such as FAO, UNDP, ESCAP, UNCTAD, Commonwealth and World Bank.
Prof. Chand has chaired important committees on Food and Agricultural Policy set up by various Ministries, of Government of India. He has served as India’s nodal officer for agriculture for SAARC for 7 years and represented India in meetings of G20, UNESCAP.
Prof. Chand has authored seven books and published more than 100 research papers in reputed national and international journals in the areas of:
- Agriculture – production, growth, development and policy
- Farmers issues, Market and Trade
Prof. Chand has been presented Jawaharlal Nehru Award (1984) and Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Award (2006) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research. He was President-Elect, 2016 of Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, Mumbai, India.