Sukhadeo Thorat

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Sukhadeo Thorat
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Sukhadeo Thorat speaking at Symbiosis International University, Lavale, Pune
Born (1949-07-12) 12 July 1949 (age 69)
Mahimapur, Amravati Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Institution University Grants Commission
Field Economics
Alma mater Jawaharlal Nehru University (PhD)
Awards Padmashree (2008)
Vidyalankara (2008)
P.K. Patil Purushottam Award (2007)
Bharat Shiromani (2006)
Ambedkar Chetna (2001)[1]
Dr. Ambedkar National Award (2011)
Rajiv Gandhi Outstanding Leadership National Award (2014) by the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.

Sukhadeo Thorat (born 12 July 1949[2]) is an economist and was the former chairman of the University Grants Commission. He is professor emeritus in Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University.[3]


Thorat graduated with a B.A. from Milind College of Arts, Aurangabad, Maharashtra. He obtained an M.A. in Economics from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, M.Phil/PhD in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and diploma in Economic Planning, Main School of Planning, Warsaw, Poland.

Academic career[edit]

Thorat was lecturer at Vasantrao Naik College, Aurangabad from 1973 to 1980. He was Faculty Member at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi from 1980 onwards, and visiting faculty at Department of Economics, Iowa State University, Ames, USA during 1989–1991.

He has been a research associate of the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC since 1992. He was director, Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, New Delhi from January 2003 to February 2006. He served as the chairman of UGC from 2006–2011.


Thorat has been a member of bodies like Council for Advancement of People's Action and Rural Technology (CAPART), Social Justice Division of Planning Commission, Academic Council of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Centre of Buddhist Studies, University of Hyderabad, Himachal Pradesh University and in the governing bodies of many more institutions. Thorat was also chairman of Indian Council of Social Science & Research.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1956, due to the influence of mass conversion of Babasaheb Ambedkar, Thorat's family converted to Buddhism. Throat follows Buddhism.[5]



  • Technological Change and Regional Differentiation: An Analysis of Dry Land Agriculture in Maharashtra. Khama, Delhi 1993
  • Linkages between Government Spending, Growth, and Poverty in Rural India, (with Shenggen Fan, Peter Hazell), Research Report 110, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington D.C., 1999
  • Slum in Metropolies-Living Environment, (with Sudesh Nangia), June 2000, Shipra Publication, Delhi.
  • Rural Development-Problem and Prospect', (edited) March 2001, Pravara Rural Development Association
  • Small Hands: Child Labor in South Asia (with Kristoffel Lieten & Ravi Srivastava) Manohar, Delhi (2003)
  • Development of Rural Infrastructure in India (with Simita Sirohi) Academic Delhi (2004)
  • Industrialization, Economic Reforms and Regional Development: Essays in Honour of Prof Ashok K. Mathur (edited) with Jaya Prakash Pradhan & Vinoj Abraham, Shipra Publication (2004),
  • Caste, Race, and Discrimination – Discourse in International Context (edited) (with Umakant), Rawat Publication, Jaipur (2004)
  • Reservation and Private Sector: Quest for Equal Opportunity and Growth (edited) with Aryama and Prasant Negi (2005) Rawat Pub'lication.
  • Untouchability in Rural India Sage, 2006 (with G. Shah, Harsh Mander, Satish Deshpande & Amrita).
  • A Reader in Dalit Studies (edited) (with John Webster), (forthcoming) Rawat Publication.
  • Dalit human development report 2006 (with Rawat), forthcoming.
  • Dalits in India? Social and Economic Profile (forthcoming) Sage.
  • Ambedkar's Role in Economic Planning and Water Policy, August 1998 Shipra Publication, Delhi
  • Ambedkar in Retrospect: Essays in Economics, Society, and Politics (edited) with Aryama & Negi. Rawat Publication. Forthcoming
  • Ambedkar on Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (with Narender), forthcoming.

He has also authored 70 research papers published in national and international journals. He has worked on more than 25 research projects and has presented papers at national and international seminars and conferences.


  1. ^ "Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat". The World Bank. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat, Chairman, ICSSR, New Delhi" (PDF). Indian Council of Social Science Research. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  3. ^ "What upper castes owe".
  4. ^ "Quota only if a community has faced discrimination, says Prof Sukhadeo Thorat".
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  6. ^ "Dr. Ambedkar Foundation". Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  7. ^ "President presents Dr Ambedkar National Award for Social Understanding and Upliftment of Weaker Sections". Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  8. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  9. ^ Rajiv Gandhi Outstanding Leadership National Award