Kural மனத்தானாம் மாந்தர்க் குணர்ச்சி இனத்தானாம் இன்னான் எனப்படுஞ் சொல்.       In English: Wisdom depends upon the mind The worth of man upon his friend.


University of Madras
Chepauk, Chennai-600 005
Tamil Nadu, India.
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Prof. P. Duraisamy had served for over 28 years at the University of Madras (1986-2014) and was a professor for over 21 years. Subsequently he was Sir Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan National Fellow of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and affiliated to the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai (2014-2016).

Prof. P Duraisamy has a Ph.D degree from the University of Madras and a Doctorate in Economic Science [D.Econ.Sc.] from the University of Paris (Panthéon-Sorbonne) in 1989 and 2007, France.He was a Visiting Professor for one to two months in many French Institutions, namely, University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) (1989 and 2007), University of Paris II (Pantheon-Assas) for 6 years (2008-2014) and Maison des Sciences de l’Home (FMSH) in 2013. Earlier he spent 3 years at Yale University, USA asVisiting Fellow (1989-1992) andSenior Visiting Fellow (2000) and carried out innovative research in economics of education, labour and population. He was a Consultant to the World Bank, Washington D.C., USA (Jan. 1994-June 1995), and Population Council, New York, USA 1999-2002). He has also visited several World Class Universities like Harvard, Stanford, University of California, Berkeley, Princeton, Columbia, among others in USA, Oxford, Cambridge and London School of Economics in UK and several Universities in France, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Japan, Australia, China, Singapore and Malaysia for collaborative research and conferences/seminars.He has received several honours and awards including a prize from a Nobel Laurate for his Ph.D thesis work. His collaborative research with the World Bank provided key inputs for major programme initiatives like District Primary Education Programme (DPEP).

Prof. Duraisamy had occupied several academic and administrative positions at the University of Madras such as Member of the Convenor’s Committee to discharge the duties of the Vice-Chancellor, Member of the Syndicate [Executive Council],Registrar-in-charge, Dean (Academic), Director (Chepauk Campus) and Director (Planning and Development). He was also Chairperson, School of Economics for 6 years and was Head of the Department of Econometrics for over 10 years He served as a member of Senate, Academic Councils and Board of Studies of Several higher education Institutions including University of Madras.

Prof. Duraisamywas a member/convenor of several important National level Committees of the UGC, NAAC, MHRD, and Planning Commission. The notable ones are:Executive and General Councils of the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC), Bangalore (2013-2016). UGC Committees for Norm Based Funding, Affiliating Reforms, Preparation of XI and XII Five Year Plan proposal for higher education, Review of UGC Schemes such as UPE, CAS, SAP, Fund allocation for Delhi University Colleges, Review of Research Proposals for UGC funding, Planning Commission Committee for the “Estimation of GER for Higher Education” and State Planning Commission Working group on Macroeconomics. He was also involved in the preparation of policy document by the National Commission for Macroeconomics and Health, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GoI.

His areas of specialisation and interest are economics of education, especially higher education, health, labour, macroeconomics, applied econometrics, political choice, and voting behaviour. His recent works are on higher education in India. He has to his credit more than 70 research articles published ininternational journals with ‘A’ level and impact factors, and highly reputed national level international journals, is on editorial boards of journals and has guided many Ph.D and M.Phil. theses. . He has completed several research projects sponsored by UGC, DRDO, UNDP, and Rockefeller Foundation.


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