A. K. Shiva Kumar

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A. K. Shiva Kumar
A. K. Shiva Kumar being interviewed
Born (1956-06-29) 29 June 1956 (age 58)
Nationality Indian
Field Development economics
Alma mater

St. Joseph's College, Bangalore (B.A.)
Bangalore University (M.A.)
IIM Ahmedabad (M.B.A.)
Harvard University (M.P.A. and Ph.D.)

A. K. Shiva Kumar (29 June 1956),[1] is a development economist and professor. He teaches various courses at Harvard University, Indian School of Business and Young India Fellowship. In addition to serving as an advisor to UNICEF - India, he was a member of India's National Advisory Council.[2] The council was set up in June 2004 to oversee the implementation of India’s National Common Minimum Programme.

Early life[edit]

A. K. Shiva Kumar earned his postgraduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and his M.A. in economics from Bangalore University. He also holds a master's degree in public administration and a Ph.D in political economy and government from Harvard University.[2] At Harvard, Kumar's PhD supervisor was Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen.[3]

Career[edit]

Kumar teaches economics and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and is a visiting professor at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad.[2][4] He has focused his research on poverty and human development, social sector analysis, and the impact of development policies on children and women. He is recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, Mason Fellowship, and the Certificate of Excellence in Teaching from Harvard University.[5] He serves as the President of the Board of Trustees of Sanskriti Foundation.[5] Dr. Kumar is the convener of the Kolkata Group Meeting annual workshops which are organised by Pratichi (India) Trust, the Harvard Global Equity Initiative and UNICEF India - and supervised and led by Amartya Sen.[6] He serves on the Academic Council of Ashoka University.[7] Kumar is also a member of the Executive Board of India's leading environmental protection organization - the Centre for Science and Environment.[8] In 2011, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India constituted an Audit Advisory Board (AAB) of which Dr. Kumar was a member.[9]

Kumar has been a regular contributor to UNDP's Annual Human Development Reports. He has also been associated with the preparation of national human development reports in a number of countries including Bhutan,[10] Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar and Serbia. He was appointed by the Government of Sikkim as advisor for formulating Sikkim’s second Human Development Report.[11] In 2003, Kumar co-edited the book Readings in Human Development. His other publications include the Public Report on Basic Education (PROBE) (Oxford University Press, 1999) and a co-authored report entitled, Women in India: How free? How Equal, for the UN System in India. He also put together The Oxford Handbook of Population and Development.[12] Dr. Kumar released the Delhi Human Development Report 2013 along with Delhi CM Sheila Dixit and Vice-President Hamid Ansari.[13]

Further reading[edit]

PhD thesis[edit]

  • Kumar, A. K. Shiva (1992), Maternal capabilities and child survival in low income regions: an economic analysis of infant mortality in India, Harvard University. 

Books[edit]

  • Kumar, A. K. Shiva (1996). Gender equality and political participation: implications for good health. Institute of Social Studies Trust. 
  • Kumar, A. K. Shiva; Fukuda-Parr, Sakiko (2004). Readings in human development: concepts, measures and policies for a development paradigm. New Delhi New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195670523. 
  • Kumar, A. K. Shiva; Fukuda-Parr, Sakiko (2009). Handbook of human development: concepts, measures, and policies. New Delhi New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195692334. 
  • Kumar, A. K.; Panda, Pradeep; Ved, Rajani R. (2010). Handbook of population and development in India. New Delhi: Institute for Human Development Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198069294. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kumar, A. K.". International Standard Name Identifier - ISNI. Retrieved 8 June 2014. "born 1956-06-29" 
  2. ^ a b c "Dr. A. K. Shiva Kumar,Member NAC". National Advisory Council. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "ET". Economic Times. 21 December 2006. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Indian School of Business Faculty information". Retrieved 11 April 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Sanskriti Foundation Board of Trustees". Sanskriti Foundation. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Tag Archives: Amartya Sen". kracktivist. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Academic Council". Ashoka University. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Executive Board Members". CSE India. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "CAG's Audit Advisory Board Constituted". Press Information Bureau. Govt. of India. 
  10. ^ "National Portal of Bhutan UNDP Assistance to be evaluated". Retrieved 11 April 2008. 
  11. ^ "AK Shiva Kumar is Advisor for Sikkim's Human Dev report". iSikkim. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  12. ^ Kumar, A. K.; Panda, Pradeep; Ved, Rajani R. (2010). Handbook of population and development in India. New Delhi: Institute for Human Development Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198069294. 
  13. ^ "Delhi Human Development Report 2013". Institute for Human Development. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 

External links[edit]

Wikibooks On Wikibooks ⇒ Interview to A. K. Shiva Kumar
Film-Camera.png On YouTube ⇒ Shiva Kumar playlist
Film-Camera.png On YouTube ⇒ Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan - playlist
Film-Camera.png On YouTube ⇒ Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act - playlist