Dr M Ramachandran, Distinguished Fellow, Skoch Development Foundation
M Ramachandran, PhD and MPhil in economic planning from University of Glasgow, UK, is former Secretary, Urban Development to Government of India and Distinguished Fellow and Principal Advisor to the Skoch Development Foundation. He has handled several national and international assignments. He was the First National Officer selected to be on deputation to United Nations Development Program (UNDP), India during 1986-1992. He was Principal Secretary, School/Higher/Technical Education in Uttaranchal and Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister before elevation to the position of Additional Chief Secretary & Infrastructure Development Commissioner and then Chief Secretary. He was identified as the “Infrastructure Man” in the state of Uttaranchal where he took several new initiatives including public private partnership projects, lining up $1 billion Asian Development Bank assistance for the Power, Road and Urban Sectors, $120 million World Bank assistance for the Drinking Water sector and so on. As Secretary, MoUD, he steered the implementation of Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), in addition to many other city reform programmes. He has authored six books, the three widely acclaimed ones being: An Alternative Approach to Project Planning in Public Works The Indian Context (2009); Urban Renewal and Policy Response (2009) (edited by Sameer Kochhar); and, Metro Rail Projects in India (2012) published by Oxford University Press.