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Atindra Sen

 Boston University  PhD

Member Secretary

Indian Council of
Social Science Research




Delhi University

(from the publication of ICSSR)

 Atindra Sen was educated at St Stephen’s College, Delhi and at the Delhi School of Economics from where he obtained a masters degree in Economics. He served in the State Bank of India and the Bank of India for three years before switching careers in 1978 to join the Indian Administrative Service. Dr. Sen has held several positions in the Government of Madhya Pradesh, including Additional Secretary, Urban Administration; Secretary Information Technology and Finance; Managing Director, MP State Cooperative Oilseeds Growers Federation and Principal Secretary, General Administration Department.


He was selected by the Government of India and the Ford Foundation to receive a fellowship for Advanced Studies in Economics, during which he earned the degree of MA (Political Economy) from Boston University. Thereafter, he went on to complete his Ph.D. in Economics from the same university while on study leave from his civil service job. His dissertation in the field of applied microeconomic theory and industrial organization represents a novel attempt to explain why a firm takes the organizational form that we observe. In the words of a reviewer, it is “the first… which rigorously models the process of choice of an organizational form… rather than simply the behaviour of a firm of a given form”.


After returning to India and the civil service, Dr Sen taught economics at the National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie. He was part of the team headed by Dr NC Saxena, then Director of the Academy, which wrote a position paper on reforms of the civil service. The paper was later accepted as the official position of the Government of India and a major part of the recommendations of the paper were incorporated in official practice soon thereafter.


Dr Sen has also held important positions in public enterprises, both in the Central Government (Nuclear Power Corporation) and in the state of Madhya Pradesh (OILFED).


Dr. Sen was the Executive Director of the National Institute of Administrative Research, which was established by the National Academy of Administration and the Department of Personnel and Training to serve as a research wing of the government on such issues. Thereafter he went on to serve as Registrar, University of Delhi, perhaps the first serving civil servant to hold the position in India’s premier university.


Dr Sen has taught various courses in economics in the University of Massachusetts (Boston), Boston University, Stonehill College and Earlham College, all in the US. His areas of interest include elementary education. He has been a member of the Joint Review Missions of the District Primary Education Programme and its successor programme, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. He also undertakes volunteer work in primary education and is currently associated with Vikramshila Education Resources Society, a NGO based in Kolkata. Currently, he is also the Member Secretary of an official committee set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development on Operations and Regulation of Foreign Universities in India and is also Chairman of a committee of the Ministry of Human Resource Development on GATS in relation to educational services.


Dr. Sen is a frequent speaker in workshops and seminars on civil service reforms and elementary education. He has traveled extensively in India and abroad. He has been a Fellow in the Special Program on Urban and Regional Studies in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.





















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