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175/365 – C Rangarajan

C. Rangarajan or Chakravarthy Rangarajan (born 1932) is an Indian economist and a distinguished former Member of Parliament and Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.

Currently, he is the Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council. He is also the Chairman of the Madras School of Economics, and the Founding Chairman of the CR Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science.

Early life

Rangarajan graduated from the prestigious Loyola College of the University of Madras in the commerce stream. He later took Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964; the subject of his doctoral thesis is not presently available in the public domain.

Career

Rangarajan taught at several institutions including the University of Pennsylvania and the IIM-A where he also served as the Director. He was awarded the title of Honorary Fellow of IIM-A in 1997.

In 2002, the Government of India awarded him the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award.

He served as a Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India from 1982 to 1991, after which he served as the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India between December 22, 1992 and December 21, 1997. He also served as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh from 24 November 1997 to 3 January 2003. After demitting that office, he took charge as the Chairman of the Twelfth Finance Commission.

From 2005 onwards, he was the Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council. In August 2008, he resigned as the Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council and was nominated as a member of the Rajya Sabha.

He resigned from the Rajya Sabha in August 2009 and was re-appointed the Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council.

While serving as the governor of Andhra Pradesh, he also received additional charges as governor of Orissa from 1998 to 1999 and as governor of Tamil Nadu from 2001 to 2002.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._Rangarajan

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