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Vijay Shankar Vyas

Advisory Council Member

Prof. Vijay Shankar Vyas, Professor Emeritus in the Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur has a Ph.D degree in Economics from the University of Bombay.  

Prof. Vyas served as Director of the Agro-Economic Research Centre, Vallabh Vidyanagar; Professor of Economics and Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sardar Patel University; Member, Agricultural Prices Commission of the Government of India; Director, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; Senior Advisor in the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of the World Bank, Washington, D.C. He was a Senior Fellow of the IDRC, Canada, and a Visiting Scholar at the South Asia Centre of the Boston University, U.S.A.

Prof. Vyas has served as Chairman/Member of several Boards, Committees, and Commissions at the International, National and State Level. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Food Policy Research Institute [Washington D.C. U.S.A.];  Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture, [Cali, Columbia]; member of the  Governing Board of the Institute of Development Studies of Sussex University [U.K.], Chairman, Governing  Board, IDS, Jaipur. 

He also has been a member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India, and Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Board of Rajasthan.

Prof. Vyas has written extensively on key issues of agricultural policies and rural development and has been honored by the academic community in India and abroad. He was awarded Elmhurst Memorial Gold Medal by the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) and has been elected as an Honorary Life member of IAAE.

Prof. Vyas has been honored by the award of Padam Bhushan (third-highest civilian award in the India for distinguished service of a high order) by the President of India on Republic Day 2006.