Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences

Dr.Vijay Kelkar - Honorable Chief Patron Padma Vibhushan Awardee

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Dr. Vijay Kelkar, holds B. S. from University of Pune, India, 1963, M.S. from University of Minnesota, USA, 1965 and Ph.D from University of California at Berkeley, USA, 1970.


Dr. Vijay Kelkar is one of India’s pre-eminent economists. He is a former Finance Secretary and was Chairman of the Thirteenth Finance Commission of India. For his services to the country, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award, in January 2011.

Known as the architect of the GST, Dr. Kelkar was Advisor to the Minister of Finance (2002-2004). He was the Finance Secretary in 1998-99, and in 1999 he was nominated as Executive Director of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka on the Board of the International Monetary Fund.

Besides, he has held various notable positions in government, public and private sectors. Dr. Kelkar is also Chairperson of a committee constituted by the Government of India on revisiting & revitalizing the PPP model of infrastructure development, and Chairman for a Committee constituted by the Government of India to prepare a roadmap for enhancing the domestic production of oil and gas with sustainable reduction in import dependency by 2030. He has also been Chairman of the Indian Statistical Institute and the India Development Foundation.

Dr. Kelkar has taught at Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, Center for Economic Development and Administration, Kathmandu, Nepal, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany and University of California, Berkeley

He holds a B.E. from the College of Engineering Pune, India, a M.S. from the University of Minnesota, U.S., and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

He has held various senior level positions in Government of India, as well as in international organizations.

  1. Chairman, Forum of Federations, Ottawa [1]
  2. Chairman, India Development Foundation
  3. Chairman, Finance Commission, India
  4. Chairman, IDFC Private Equity, Mumbai
  5. Advisor to minister of Finance, Government of India in the rank of a Minister of state, from August, 2002 to September, 2004
  6. Executive Director for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan at the International Monetary Fund, Washington, D. C., USA from August, 1999 to August, 2002
  7. Finance Secretary, Government of India, 1998 – 1999
  8. Chairman, Tariff Commission, Government of India, 1997 – 1998
  9. Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India, 1994 – 1997
  10. Director & Coordinator, International Trade Division, UNCTAD, Geneva, Switzerland, 1991 – 1994
  11. Chairman, Bureau of Industrial Costs & Prices and Secretary to the Government of India, New Delhi, 1987 – 1991
  12. Secretary, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, Government of India, New Delhi, 1985 – 1988
  13. Advisor, Economic Policy & Planning. Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India, New Delhi, 1982 – 1987