Past Deans

Mr. Vijay Mahajan  


BASIX Group CEO and Chairman , was educated at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (1970-75); the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (1979-81); and at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, USA (1988-89).  He co-founded PRADAN in 1983, Sa-dhan in 1998 and APMAS in 2000. He has co-authored a book “The Forgotten Sector” on the rural non-farm sector and written over 50 articles on rural livelihoods, development and micro-finance. He is a member of the Committee on Financial Inclusion, the Microfinance Equity and Development Fund and is also on the Board of CGAP, the global microfinance apex.  He was selected as “Outstanding Social Entrepreneur” by the Schwab Foundation of the World Economic Forum, Davos, 2003.


Dr. Sankar Datta 


Who has around three decades of development sector experience, was founder & Past Dean, The Livelihood School (now the Institute of Livelihood Research and Training), Hyderabad and Director, Indian Grameen Services, Hyderabad. He has completed his Post Graduation in Rural Management from IRMA and Doctorate in Agriculture Economics from Sardar Patel University, Gujarat. He worked with Madhya Pradesh State Co-operative Oilseeds Grower’s Federation (OILFED), PRADAN and IIM-Ahmadabad, before joining the faculty of Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) for five years. Dr Datta has been involved in extending professional services for rural development activities, specially focusing on livelihood promotion, working with micro-enterprises for over two decades. He has designed and delivered courses on livelihood promotion, institution building and value chains. He worked as Professor at Ajim Premji University Bangalore. Dr. Datta was a member of the Planning Commission Task Group responsible for drafting rural employment section of the 12th Five Year Plan. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Management of Agriculture (CMA) of IIM-Ahmedabad and is currently working as an independent consultant on various livelihood projects.