The Reserve Bank of India instituted a Chair at IRMA for the purpose of providing consultancy services to rural enterprises and organisations in co-operative and other sectors. The endowment was allotted to IRMA for a period of five years from 1st April 1986. Dr. Kattar Singh was appointed the first RBI Chair Professor in Rural Economics at IRMA on 1st June 1992. During his tenure as the RBI chair professor the Reserve Bank of India replaced the existing Endowment Scheme with a Corpus fund effective April 2002. For the purpose of investment of the fund, a Corpus Management Committee was established.
Dr. Vishwa Ballabh took over the position of RBI chair professor in Rural Economics on 3rd August 2003. Prior to this Dr. Ballabh served as a faculty member at IRMA for over 17 years. Several papers were prepared/published during the tenure of both Chairs. On 3rd August 2009, Dr. Jeemol Unni was appointed the third RBI Chair professor. As the Chair of the unit Dr. Unni mentored and coordinated several research projects and large academic teams from collaborating research institutes and countries. Dr.Unni is presently the Director of IRMA. The work produced during these years by the unit has contributed substantially to the field of rural economics
Past RBI Chairs
Professor Jeemol Unni
Jeemol Unni is Professor of Economics and Director of Institute of Rural Management, Anand. Earlier, she was Reserve Bank of India Chair Professor in Rural Economics at IRMA during 2009-2011. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Economics and held Visiting Fellow positions at the Economic Growth Center, Yale University, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague and International Center for Research on Women, Washington DC.
Research Projects at RBI Endowment Unit during August 2009 to September 2011
1. "Informal Employment, Poverty and Growth in India and China" Project Funded by International Development Research Centre, Canada (IDRC). The project is in collaboration with Institute of Population and Labour Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing and with local partners Institute of Human Development, New Delhi. September 2009 to December 2011. Project outputs posted on www.wiego.org
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2. "Impact of higher education on economic restructuring, occupational change and access to career opportunities in Brazil and India". International Research Project Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK. The project was in collaboration with Institute of Employment Research, University of Warwick, UK, CEBRAP, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and with local partners Observer Researcher Foundation, New Delhi. May 2010 to April 2011.
Research output posted on IER, University of Warwick and CEBRAP websites
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Employment and Education: An Exploration of the Demand Side Story
Exploring increasing Graduate Intensity in Occupations in India
Skill Gaps and Employability: Higher Education in India, IRMA Working Paper, March 2013
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Professor Ballabh took over the position of RBI chair professor in Rural Economics on August 2003. Prior to this Dr.Ballabh served as a faculty member at IRMA for over 17 years. Several papers were prepared/published during his tenure.
PhD, Agriculture Economics, IARI, New Delhi
M.Sc Agriculture Economics, IARI, New Delhi
Ballabh, Vishwa (2005) Emerging Water Crisis and Political Economy of Irrigation Reforms in India, in Asian Irrigation in Transition: Responding to Challenges: Ganesh Shivakoti, Douglas L, Vermillion Wai-Fung Lam, ElinorOstrom, UjjwalPradhan and Robert Yoder (eds), Sage Publications, New Delhi, pp.154-177.
Sukhpal Singh and VishwaBallabh (2005). `Dynamics of Rural Timber Industry' in Rural Transformation in India The Role of Non-Farm Sector edited by RohiniNayyar and Alakh N Sharma, Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, 2005
Sridhar, G and VishwaBallabh (2006) Indian Agribusiness Institutions for Small Farmers Role, Issues and Challenges Paper accepted for the Track 7 (Current Issues in Business, Marketing and Management in Asia) • Academy of World Business, Marketing, & Management Development 2006 Conference, July 10 -13, 2006, Paris, France.
Ballabh, Vishwa and Katar Singh (2005) Management of Disaster's and Crisis Situation for the Poor Policy paper presented in a workshop at ISEC Bangalore, 21-22 January.
Governance in Development: Issues, Challenges and Strategies held at IRMA during 14-19 December.
Padhiari Hemant and VishwaBallabh (2004) Inter-state Water Dispute and the Governance Challenges Paper presented in the workshop in Governance in Water Sector at the Symposium on Governance in Development: Issues, Challenges and Strategies held at IRMA during 14-19 December.
Prakash, Anjal and VishwaBallabh (2004) A Win-Some Lose-All Game: Social Differentiation and Politics of Groundwater Markets in North Gujarat book Chapter published in the book Liquid Relations: Contested Water Rights and Legal Complexity' edited by Dik Roth, RutgerdBoelens&MargreetZwarteveen, Rutgers(eds), University Press, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2005, pp.173-194.
Pundir, RS and VishwaBallabh, (2004) Governance of Cooperatives in the New Economic Era: Challenges and Issues Paper presented at a National Seminar on `Reasserting the Cooperative Movement' organised by the Department of Economics, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, 25-26 March. The paper published in the Proceedings of the Seminar.
BallabhVishwa, (2004) Governance Issues in Water Sector Background paper prepared for the Workshop on Governance in Development: Issues, Challenges and Strategies. Anand: Institute Of Rural Management.
Professor Kattar Singh
Professor Singh was appointed the first RBI Chair Professor in Rural Economics at IRMA on June 1992. During his tenure as the RBI chair professor the Reserve Bank of India replaced the existing Endowment Scheme with a Corpus fund effective April 2002. For the purpose of investment of the fund, a Corpus Management Committee was established.While at IRMA, he was involved in teaching,training,research and consultancy in rural development,cooperatives and natural resource management. He published several papers and presented numerous case studies while he was Chair.
PhD, Agriculture Economics, University of Illinois,Urbana-Champaign,USA
M.S, Agriculture Economics, University of Illinois,Urbana-Champaign,USA
M.Sc. , Agriculture Economics, Government Agriculture College,Kanpur ,Agra University
Katar Singh (1993), Cooperative Sea Tenure as anInstrument of Managing Marine Fisheries: Lessons of Kerala's and Japan's Experiences, Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 48, No. 3, pp. 536-42.
Katar Singh (1994), International Trade in Agricultural Commodities: Some Implications for Environment and Sustainable Development, Research Paper 13, Institute of Rural Management, Anand.
Katar Singh (1995), The Watershed Management Approach to Sustainability of Renewable Common Pool Natural Resources: Lessons of India's Experience, Research Paper 14, Institute of Rural Management, Anand
Katar Singh et el. (1995), The Effect of Canal Irrigation on Waterlogging and Soil Salinity in the Mahi Right Bank Canal Command Area in Gujarat, Encology, Vol.9, No. 11, April.
Katar Singh (1996), Co-operatives in rural Economy, Rapporteur's Report, Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol.51, No.4, October-December.
Katar Singh and KulbhushanBalooni (1997), Farm Forestry in India, Journal of Forestry, Vol. 95, No.10, October, pp. 32-35.
Katar Singh and Virendra P Singh (1998), Dairy Development in India: Retrospect and Prospect, Research Paper 15, Institute of Rural Management, Anand.
Katar Singh and KK Gupta (1998), The Sadguru Model of Community-Based Natural Resources Management, Occasional Publication No.14, Institute of Rural Management, Anand.
Katar Singh and R. S. Pundir (2000), Cooperatives and Rural Development in India, Research Paper 17, Institute of Rural Management, Anand, August.
Katar Singh (2001), An Evaluation of Some Selected Social Forestry Models Adopted in India, Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 55, No. 3, July-September.
K. Balooni and Katar Singh (2001), "Tree Plantations for Restoration of Degraded Lands and Greening of India: A case Study of Tree Growers' Cooperatives", Natural Resources Forum: A United Nations Journal, Vol. 25, No. 1, February 2001.
Katar Singh (2001), "Universal Dharma and Sustainable Development: Some Reflections", Kurukshetra, Vol. 49, No. 11, August.