Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat was born on July 12, 1949 in village Mahimapur, District Amravati (Maharashtra), India. He did B.A from Milind College of Arts, Aurangabad (Maharashtra), M.A. in Economics from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad Maharashtra, and M.Phil/Ph.D in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Diploma in Economic Planning, Main School of Planning Warsaw, Poland. The University of Kalyani, Kalyani (W.B.), Avinashilingam University for Women, Coimbatore (T.N.), Fakir Mohan University, Balasore (Orissa) and Gulbarga University, Gulbara (Karnataka), Rani Durgawati University, Jabalpur, Karnataka State Open University, Mysore honoured him by conferring D.Litt on 26.04.2007 and 01.09.2007, 23.02.2008, 06.07.2008, 14.10.2008 and 06.3.2009 respectively.
Areas of Research: Agricultural Development, Rural Poverty, Institution and Economic Growth, Problems of Marginalized Groups, Economics of Caste System, Caste Discrimination and Poverty, Human Development, Human Rights Issue, Thoughts of Ambedkar, Slums, Education etc.
Prof. K. Seeta Prabhu, Ph.D, a leading exponent of the human development approach, is currently Tata Chair Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She is also Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellows Scheme of the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. She is a member of the Governing Council of the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) and a permanent invitee to the Governing Board of the Institute of Livelihood Research and Training (ILRT), Basix group, Hyderabad.
From 2000 to 2013, she was with the United Nations Development Programme’s India country office and played a key role in preparation of human development reports and implementation of policy recommendations therein at various levels in government. Prior to this, Seeta was a Professor of Development Economics at the University of Bombay and was engaged in teaching and research on themes ranging from social security, health, gender, poverty, budget analysis and human development. She has published several books and papers in leading national and international journals on these themes.
Seeta Prabhu has been an Advisor to the Indian Planning Commission, National Commission of Women, Reserve Bank of India, State Governments, and several multi-lateral and bilateral agencies. She was also a member of the Ministry of Rural Development’s advisory group on poverty and Ministry of Tribal Development’s advisory group on Tribal Human Development Report. She has also served on committees under the National Commission for Women and was a member of the Planning Commission Steering Committee on Women’s Empowerment and Child Rights for the XII Plan
Dr. Ashwini Deshpande is a professor at the Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India. She was a part of the first Cambridge Advanced Programme On Rethinking Development Economics in 2001 and returned the next year as a deputy director. She is interested in issues related to globalization and development and her specific research areas are: the economics of discrimination; inequality and inter-group disparities, with a focus on caste and gender in India; international debt; and aspects of the Chinese economy. She is currently working on Economics of Discrimination and Affirmative Action, with a special focus on caste and gender in India.
She has published several papers in leading economics journals and has won awards for her work, including the V.K.R.V. Rao award for economists under 45 for the year 2007. She is the editor of Boundaries of Clan and Color: Transnational comparisons of inter-group disparity with William Darity, Jr. (London: Routledge, 2003), as well as two volumes containing selected papers from the first two ACDC conferences: Globalization and Development: A handbook of new perspectives (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007) and Capital Without Borders: Challenges to Development (London: Anthem Press, forthcoming 2010). She has publishes numerous journals and papers focusing on caste, clan and gender as well as book reviews for dailies such as Indian Express and The Hindu etc., as well as periodicals such as Economic and Political Weekly, The Book Review etc.