Economist and Educator Sukhadeo Thorat to Discuss ‘Higher Education in India’ During Visit

AMHERST, Mass. – Professor Sukhadeo Thorat of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi will speak on “Higher Education in India: Challenges of Access, Diversity and Discrimination” at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Monday, Oct. 21 from 3-4:30 p.m. in 221 Integrated Sciences Building.

A reception in the ISB lobby follows the lecture.

Thorat heads the Indian Council of Social Science Research, the national body responsible for advancing social science research in the country. He previously chaired the University Grants Commission (UGC) from 2006-11.

He holds a professorship in economics at JNU and has published extensively on the economics of discrimination and on food policy and poverty in India. He is a consultant with the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C.

In 2008, Thorat received the Padmashree, one of the highest civilian awards for public service awarded by the Indian government.