Vijay Kelkar

Chairman of the Council, the ISPP

Former Finance Secretary of India

Padma Vibhushan, 2011

Vijay Kelkar

Chairman of the Council


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.

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.

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