Narendra Jadhav


Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion (2011)
IU/OP Jindal Global University Joint International Conference
Location: New Delhi, India
Presenter: Michael A. McRobbie


Narendra Jadhav was born in Mumbai in 1953. As a youth, Dr. Jadhav never spoke in school, but he was at the top of his class, and with his father's prodding, he went on to earn his bachelor's degree in statistics and master's degree in economics at the University of Bombay, now the University of Mumbai. He earned a doctorate in economics from IU in 1986. While at IU, he received the Best International Student Award and the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Economic Theory.

He is perhaps best known to millions of Indians, particularly many of its 165 million Dalits, for his book Outcaste -- Life and Triumphs of an Untouchable Family in India (Viking, 2003). His other books include Monetary Economics for India (Macmillan, 1994) and his edited book Challenge to Indian Banking: Competition, Globalization and Financial Markets (Macmillan, 1996).

Jadhav joined the Reserve Bank of India in 1977 and headed its Department of Economic Analysis and Policy. He also advised the executive director of the International Monetary Fund from 1998 to 2002, and has published nearly 80 journal articles and books about monetary policy, public finance and international economics. From 2006 to 2009, he served as Vice Chancellor of the University of Pune, the largest traditional university in the world with 650,000 students. He is currently serving as a member of the national Planning Commission, the nation's top policy-oriented think tank chaired by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.