Dr. Prasanna K. Mohanty

Visiting Professor
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Dr. Prasanna K. Mohanty is a Visiting Professor of Economics in the University of Hyderabad, teaching post-graduate course: Urban Economics and Policy. He assumed the position as a University level Professor based on an invitation from the Vice-Chancellor considering his academic credentials, including publications. Dr. Mohanty did MA (Economics) from Delhi School of Economics and MA (Political Economy) from Boston University. He also did PhD in Urban Economics from Boston University under the guidance of Prof. Jerry Rothenberg of Massatusetts Institute of Technology, and Prof. John Harris and Prof. Kevin Lang of Boston University. Further, he was a Rockefeller Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard University, where he closely worked with Prof. Jeffrey Williamson.

          Apart from several papers, Dr. Mohanty has the following publications (books) to his credit: "Cities  and  Public Policy: An Urban Agenda for India" - book published by Sage Publications (2014); "Urbanisation in India: Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Forward" - book published by Sage Publications - co-authorship with Isher Judge Ahluwalia & Ravi Kanbur (2014); and "Municipal Finance in India – An Assessment”: Book published  by Reserve Bank of India – Lead author along with members from RBI Development Research Group (2007)

          An officer of 1979 batch of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Dr. Mohanty retired as the Chief Secretary to Government in June 2014. During his long and illustrious career, he held several key positions such as Collector & District Magistrate, Guntur; Commissioner of Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad Municipal Corporations; Vice-Chairman, Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA); Director General, Centre for Good Governance (CGG), Hyderabad; Director (Urban Development), Government of India; Mission Director, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), Government of India, New Delhi; and Chief Commissioner of Land Administration (CCLA), Government of Andhra Pradesh. Serving as a member of various Expert Groups and Committees at Government of India level from time to time and with several policy studies and initiatives to credit, Dr. Mohanty combines rich academic background with administrative experience. He is well-known for his contributions towards governance reforms, action research and bridging the divide between research and policy.

          Currently, apart from teaching post-graduate course: Urban Economics and Policy, and Transport Economics, Dr. Mohanty is closely associated with the effort by the University of Hyderabad for a unique programme of land, housing, urban and transport economics.


Curriculum Vitae

 

Education:

  • 1991 - 1992        Rockefeller Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow,  Harvard University (USA).
  • 1987 - 1990        Ph. D. in Urban Economics, Boston University (USA).
  • 1987 - 1988        MA in Political Economy, Boston University (USA).
  • 1973 - 1975        MA in Economics, Delhi School of Economics.


Experience:

  • Jan 1, 2015    Visiting Professor in University of Hyderabad - Teaching EC-586 Urban Economics and Policy to Post-graduate Students                      (Proposed Chair Professor in Land, Housing and Urban Economics).
  • June 1, 2014   Honorary Executive Chair, National Institute of Urban Management & Centre for Good Governance, Hyderabad.
  • May 1, 2013 - June 1,2014     Chief Secretary to Government of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad.
  • January - April 2013    Chief  Commissioner of  Land Administration  &  Special Chief Secretary to Government of Andhra Pradesh.
  • 2006 - 2013  Mission Director, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM), Government of India, New Delhi .
  • 2004 - 2006  Director General & Executive Director, Centre for Good     Governance,     Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
  • 2002 - 2004  Executive Director, Centre for Good Governance & E.O. Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Government of Andhra Pradesh,                      Hyderabad.
  • 1999 -2002   Commissioner & Special Officer, Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
  • 1998 - 1999  Urban Development & Policy Specialist - Consultant, Asian Development Bank (India Urban Sector Profile Project)
                       Consultant,   Asian   Development   Bank    (Urban and Environmental Infrastructure Fund Project).
  • 1993 - 1998  Director (Urban Development), Ministry of Urban Affairs & Employment, Government of India, New Delhi.
  • 1993            Additional Secretary, Municipal Administration-cum-Director of Urban Basic Services, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad.
  • 1992            Taught Post-graduate Course: "Statistics for Economists" at Boston University (USA).
  • 1990 - 1991  Vice-Chairman, Hyderabad Urban Development Authority, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad.
  • 1987            Collector & District Magistrate, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.
  • 1985 - 1986  Commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
  • 1984 - 1985  Joint Collector & Additional District Magistrate, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.
  • 1983 - 1984  Project Officer Integrated Tribal Development Agency, Rampachodavaram, Andhra Pradesh.
  • 1981 - 1983  Sub-Collector & Sub-divisional Magistrate, Tenali, Andhra Pradesh.
  • 1975 - 1979  Lecturer in Economics, Delhi University.

Fellowships/Honours:


  • 2010    Member, National Committee for Revision of National Training Policy, Ministry of Personnel, Government of India.
  • 2009    Member, Planning Commission’s Expert Group on Decentralised Planning.
  • 2006    Member, Board of BridgingResearchandPolicy.org. Global Development Network (GDN).
  • 2004    Member of Advisory Group - Urban Policy Forum, constituted by the Ministry of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation,                             Government of India.
  • 2003    “Best Paper Award” in the category of Government to Government Relationships for paper on Online Performance Tracking System in Andhra Pradesh, presented by Lt. Governor of NCT Delhi at the International Conference on e-Governance, organised by IIT Delhi “Golden Icon Award” in the category of Best Paper for the paper on Improving Governance through Performance Management, presented by the Deputy Prime Minister of India at the 7th National Conference on e-Governance, Chennai, organised by the Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances.
  • 1999, 2000, 2001,    Clean City Award at national level on behalf of Municipal.
  • 2002    Corporation of Hyderabad for 4 consecutive years: 1999,2000, 2001 and 2002 - from the Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd., New Delhi in recognition for outstanding performance for city cleaning efforts as Commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad.
  • 2001    Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra Award (Prime Minister’s Award) on behalf of Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad (India) from Government of India for outstanding contribution in the field of urban afforestation and wasteland development as Commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad “Manager of the Year” Award from the Hyderabad Management Association, Hyderabad (selected by competition from among public sector and private sector managers) for outstanding management of Hyderabad city.
  • 2000 – 2001      Member of National Working Group on Urban Development (including Urban Transport) set up by the Ministry of Urban           Development and Poverty Alleviation, Government of India.
  • 1995 - 1996        Member of National Technical Group on Financing of Urban Infrastructure set up by the Planning Commission of India.
  • 1991 - 1992        Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at Harvard University (USA). Honorary Fellow, The Population Council, New York (USA).
  • 1990 - 1991  Vice-Chairman, Association of Metropolitan Development Authorities (AMDA), New Delhi (India).
  • 1987 - 1990        World Bank Graduate Scholar at Boston University (USA).
  • 1986    Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra Award (Prime Minister’s Award) on behalf of Municipal Corporation of Visakhapatnam (India) from Prime Minister of India for implementing an outstanding urban forestry programme.
  • 1979    Selected for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).
  • 1973    Best Graduate in Economics Gold Medal from Utkal University (India).

Books Published:


  • 2014    "Cities and Public Policy: An Urban Agenda for India": Book published by Sage Publications: New Delhi, Los Angeles,London & Singapore.
  • 2014    "Urbanisation in India: Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Forward": Book published by Sage Publications - Co-authorship with Isher Judge Ahluwalia and Ravi Kanbur.
  • 2007    “Municipal Finance in India – An Assessment”: Book published  by Reserve Bank of India – Lead author along with three members from RBI Development Research Group (DRG).


Research Papers Published:


  • 2004    “Urban Sector Reforms in Andhra Pradesh: Capacity Enhancement Needs Assessment Study”: prepared for Government of Andhra Pradesh Urban Reforms and Municipal Services Project, as part of the World Bank Preparatory Studies, Centre for Good Governance, Hyderabad, 2003. “Design of Business Plan and Operating Procedures for Andhra Pradesh Urban Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation”: prepared for Government of Andhra Pradesh Urban Reforms and Municipal Services Project, as part of the World Bank Preparatory Studies, Centre for Good Governance, Hyderabad, 2003. “Uniform Budget and Accounts Codes Manual for Urban Local Bodies in Andhra Pradesh”: prepared for Government of Andhra Pradesh Urban Reforms and Municipal Services Project, as part of the World Bank Preparatory Studies, Centre for Good Governance, Hyderabad, 2003.
  • 2003    “Innovative Urban Development Financing Practices: A Case Study of Hyderabad City” – Building Municipal Capacity for Finance and Budgeting – Working Paper 1.  Birmingham: International Development Department of School of Public Policy, University of Birmingham, 2003. “Reforming Property Tax: The Approach of Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad”: in CGG Collected Working Papers: 2003, Volume 2, Centre for Good Governance, Hyderabad.
  • 2001    “Approach to Housing Development in India” : in Naved Hamid & Mildred R. Villareal ed. Asian Cities in the 21st Century Management Issues: Contemporary Approaches to Municipal Management, Vol 5, Asian Development Bank. 1999.
  • 2000    “Housing for the Poor in India” – Paper prepared for the Asian Development Bank Institute and presented at Asian Mayors’ Forum on Fighting Urban Poverty, held as Shanghai on 26-29, June 2000.
  • 1999    “Municipal Decentralization and Governance:  Autonomy, Accountability and Participation”:  in S.N. Jha and P.C. Mathur ed. Decentralisation and Local Politics: Sage Publications, New Delhi. “Decentralization Reforms and Innovations in Municipal Management in India”:  in Naved Hamid & Mildred R. Villareal ed. Asian Cities in the 21st Century  Management Issues: Contemporary Approaches to Municipal Management, Vol II., Asian Development Bank. 1999. “Some Initiatives in Urban Environmental Management in India” – Paper prepared for the Asian Development Bank for Ministerial Conference on Promoting Sustainable Development in Asia.
  • 1997    "Capacity Building Issues in the Context of the Constitution (74th Amendment) Act, 1992" - Theme Paper presented at the National Seminar on Capacity Building for Urban Governance held at Bangalore on 3-4 April, 1997 and published by Urban India, January - June & July  - December, 1997.
  • 1996    "Defining the Functional Domain of Urban Local Bodies: Some Suggestions in the context of India's Decentralisation Initiative": in Jeffrey Stubbs & Giles Clarke ed. Mega City Management in the Asian and Pacific Region, Asian Development Bank. 1996. "Urban Development Planning in India": in Jeffrey Stubbs & Giles Clarke ed. Mega City Management in the Asian and Pacific Region, Asian Development Bank. 1996.
  • 1995    "Reforming Municipal Finances: Some suggestions in the context of India's Decentralisation Initiative": in Urban India, January-June, 1995.