The Center on Global Economic Governance Faculty Associate Arvind Panagariya, appointed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Vice- Chairman of the newly established National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, took charge of his office on January 13, 2015 as an article from The Economic Times reported. NITI Aayog, whose formal head is the Prime Minister, was created to replace the Planning Commission in setting policies and direction for the Government of India.
Professor Panagariya is a professor of economics and the Jagdish N. Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. He also writes a monthly article for The Economic Times, India’s leading financial daily newspaper. He has also served as the director of the Program on Indian Economic Policies at Columbia University, Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank and has worked for the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
Professor Panagariya, originally from Jaipur, India, earned his B.A. and M.A. from Rajasthan University and Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University.