Brief Biography

Narendra Jadhav, a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha, Nominated) is a leading educationist, eminent economist and policy maker, well-known social scientist and best-selling author in English, Marathi and Hindi.

Narendra Jadhav is currently serving, on honorary basis, as Distinguished Professor, Council for Social Development (CSD) in New Delhi and as Professor Emeritus at MIT School of Government, Pune.

Narendra Jadhav  is appointed as the Chairman, Advisory Committee on RBI History: Volume V (1977-2007).

Dr. Narendra Jadhav served as a Member, Planning Commission (in the rank and status of Union Minister of State). As Member, Planning Commission, Dr. Jadhav’s sectoral responsibilities included Education, Labour-Employment-Skill Development and Social Justice and Empowerment. In addition, Dr. Jadhav looked after the States of Bihar, Tamil Nadu, and Goa, besides the Union Territories of Diu-Daman and Dadra-Nagar Haveli.

Dr. Narendra Jadhav also served as a Member, National Advisory Council (NAC), chaired by Smt. Sonia Gandhi.

Dr. Narendra Jadhav served as Vice–Chancellor of the Savitribai Phule Pune University  (formerly the University of Pune)

Narendra Jadhav is a prolific writer in 3 languages- Marathi, English and Hindi. He has written or edited 36 books- 18 in English, 13 in Marathi and 5 in Hindi- and has over 300 research papers and articles, besides 31 official reports on a range of public policy issues in India.

Dr Jadhav’s family biography in Marathi : Aamcha Baap Aan Amhi and in English : Untouchables has been hailed as an international bestseller, translated into 15 languages including French, Spanish, Korean and Thai, and has won the Sahitya Akademi Award (for the Punjabi version of the book).


  • Ph.D. in Economics (Indiana University, USA, 1986)
  • M.A. in Economics (Bombay University, 1975)
  • B.Sc. in Statistics (Bombay University, 1973)

Professional Profile

  • Educationist
    • Served as Vice Chancellor (from August 24, 2006 to June 15, 2009) of University of Pune (UoP) – the largest traditional University in the world with 6,50,000 students.

  • Economist
    • Served the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for 31 years, taking voluntary retirement in October 2008, from the position of Principal Adviser and Chief Economist.
    • Worked for four and half years at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), first as Adviser to Executive Director for India and briefly as a Consultant to the Independent Evaluation office of the IMF.
    • Worked as Chief Economic Counsellor for Afghanistan (2006) and earlier, also as an Advisor to the Government of Ethiopia (1988).

  • Social Scientist
    In this regard, Dr. Jadhav’s latest contributions include:

    Two Books on Dr. Ambedkar’s Writings (Edited)
    • 2 Volumes in English (to be released shortly)
    • 2 Volumes in Marathi (October, 2013)
    • 4 Parts in Marathi Paperback (October, 2013)

    A Trilogy on Dr. Ambedkar’s Speeches (Edited)
    • 3 Volumes in English (March, 2013)
    • 3 Volumes in Marathi (November, 2012)

    A Trilogy on Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore
    • An analytical biography of Gurudev (in Marathi)
    • An anthology of 151 poems translated into Marathi.
    • An eclectic collection of Tagore’s writings (i.e., short stories, novels, plays, parodies, articles and speeches) translated into Marathi.

Dr.Jadhav is a prolific writer.In addition to over 125 research papers in economics and 27 major official reports, his following books are a standard source of reference for students, researchers and financial analysts:

  • Monetary Policy, Financial Stability and Central Banking in India, (Macmillan India Ltd., New Delhi, 2005)
  • Re-emerging India: A Global Perspective, (ICFAI University Press; Hyderabad, 2005)
  • Governors Speak, (edited) (Reserve Bank of India, 1997)
  • Challenges to Indian Banking: Competition, Globalization and Financial Markets (edited), Macmillan Publications, New Delhi, India 1996.) Winner of All-India Publishers' Association Award
  • Monetary Economics for India, (Macmillan Publications, New De1hi, 1994). Winner of All-India Publishers' Association Award.

Dr Jadhav shot to fame with his biographical novel “Untouchables” written in English (Simon and Schuster, USA) – a runaway best seller with combined sales exceeding 6,00,000 copies, which has also been translated into 17 languages (French, Spanish, Korean, Thai ,as well as in most major Indian languages). The book has received several awards including the coveted Sahitya Akademi Award for its Punjabi Version.

Honours and Awards

A celebrated public figure; recipient of as many as 63 national and international awards including four Honorary D. Lit Degrees and the title of the “Commander of the Order of Academic Palms” by the Government of France for his contribution to the fields of economics, education, literature, culture and social work.