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Prof. Gopinath Pradhan takes over the charge of IGNOU VC

31 July, 2012

Prof. Gopinath Pradhan has taken over the charge of new Vice Chancellor of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) today. He was the Director of School of Social Sciences (SOSS) of the university since the year 2010.

Prof. Pradhan joined IGNOU in the year 1993 as a Reader in Economics and became a Professor in 1998.

60 year old Prof. Pradhan is a Professor of Economics who completed his MA and Ph.D. in the subject from Odisha’s Sambalpur University in the year 1975 and 1984 respectively. His areas of specializations are Development Economics, Industrial Economics, Public Economics and Quantitative Economics.

Prior to this, he was associated with the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi, first as an Economist and then as a Senior Economist, N.A.C. College, Orissa as Lecturer of Economics, Sambalpur University as Research Fellow.

He has been a Post Doctoral Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Asian Development Studies, Boston University, USA; Post Doctoral Fellow at the Concordia University under Shastri Indo-Canadian Faculty Research programme; and a Visiting Fellow for Sustainable Forest Management at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi.

His academic publications include Industrial Estates and State Development, Evasion of Excise Duty in India (co-author of the theme dealing with Cotton Textile Fabrics) and Fiscal Policy for National Capital Region.

He has handled various research projects pertaining to policy research and has contributed to capacity building training module, certificate programme launched by IGNOU in 2001 on Involuntary Resettlement and Rehabilitation, strengthening of local government in Madhya Pradesh.

He also has had many research papers published in International and National Journals. To name a few, The Environmental and Resource Economics, Journal published from Netherlands, World Development Journal published from Washington D. C., Economic and Political Weekly, Mumbai, MDI Management  Journal, Gurgaon, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Lucknow and Orissa Economic Journal, Bhubaneswar.

He was a course coordinator for Ph.D. in Economics, principal coordinator for MA Economics and coordinator for the BA programme of IGNOU.

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