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Real Personalities of Bikaner

Dr. Vijay Shankar Vyas
Reserve Bank Of India

Prof. Vijay Shankar Vyas born on 21st August 1931 in Bikaner. He had his early education in the same city. He graduated and did his Post-graduation from the University of Bombay, Bombay from where he also obtained his Ph. D. degree in Economics.

His academic endeavour and unparallel command over the field of his expertise has surely placed him among the leading Agricultural Economists of the country. Armed with his varied and valuable experiences, he has been able to generate a multifaceted working scenario for himself. Prof. V.S. Vyas has held several prestigious, professional and leadership positions in National and International Organisation. He has been the Director of IIM, Ahemdabad; IDS, Jaipur and Senior Advisor, Agriculture and Rural Development Department, The world Bank, Washington D.C.

His academic feasts involved presidential posts of the Asian Society of Agricultural Economists (current), The Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, and The Indian Society of Agricultural Marketing. He has also been elected honorary life member of The International Association of Agricultural Economists.


Apart from this, he has worked with International agencies including FAO, ILO, UNDP, IFAD (UN agencies), Ford Foundation, New York and IDRC, Ottawa. He also rendered his consultancy and advisory services to central and state governments from time to time. He is still actively involved with a number of Academic/Research Institutes.

Prof. Vyas has authored/ co-authored as many as 6 books and published numerous articles in National and International Journals of repute. He has been invited to deliver lectures and keynotes in many workshops and seminars in India and abroad.

'Ajit Foundation'
needs to be specially mentioned here as an outstanding and ever lasting contribution of Prof. V.S. Vyas to the city of Bikaner. As a founder Chairman, Prof. Vyas has initiated a movement with the involvement of people from the every sphere of the city to shoulder the responsibilities of social, cultural, educational and all round development of societies as a whole.

At present, Prof. V. S. Vyas is Emeritus Professor and Chairman, Governing Board, Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur. He is a member of the Central Board of Directors of Reserve Bank of India - the first non-official director in the Board from Rajasthan. He is also chairing the high-powered expert committee on rural credit sponsored by NABARD in consultation with the RBI and the Finance Ministry, Govt. of India.

He is no doubt 'The Doyen of Intellectuals of Bikaner'.


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