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Sankar Datta

Sankar is very well known in India’s development domain for his work in the area of Livelihoods and has been closely associated particularly with the Promotion of Rural Livelihoods both as a practitioner and as an academician since 1982. Sankar until recently was with the Livelihood School, Hyderabad which he helped BASIX establish and run.  

Sankar Datta completed his Rural Management post-graduation from IRMA, after his basic training in Agriculture (B Sc Ag & AH) from GB Pant University, and did his Doctoral dissertation (Ph D) on `Factors Affecting Performance of Village Level Organisations’ in the area of Economics from Sardar Patel University. Thereafter he pursued higher studies in Agri-Business Management from the Cornell University.

Academic Qualifications

Ph.D. Economics
PG Diploma in Rural Management
B Sc (Agriculture and Animal Husbandry)

Areas of Interest

Rural Development in General and livelihood promotion/ support in specific
Dryland farming and Value Chain Management
Gandhian economics for supporting livelihoods

Publications and Writings

Additional Information

Has closely been associated with Promotion of Rural Livelihoods both as a Practitioner:
  • Was in-charge of operations while setting up the BASIX group of Companies, a new generation livelihood support institution
  • Had initiated and headed the first livelihood project of PRADAN, a major livelihood support NGO of India
  • Was team-leader of the Spearhead Team responsible for promotion of soybean in MP and organizing the network of producer co-operatives, influencing livelihoods of millions;
and as an Academic
  • Is presently with Azim Premji University
  • Was the Dean of the Livelihood School set up by BASIX, undertaking research and training in promotion of livelihoods, especially of the poor households of the country;
  • Was a member of the faculty in Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) and Ravi Mathai Centre for Educational Innovation (RM-CEI) of IIM, Ahmedabad
Some of his other professional engagements include:
  • Serving on the Board of several institutions including Indian Grameen Services, Sarvodaya Nano Finance Ltd. Village Financial Services Ltd., IndusTree Crafts Ltd. Bharatiya Krishi Samruddhi Ltd., Purbanchal Maitree Development Society.
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of Centre for Management in Agriculture (CMA) of the IIM-Ahmedabad
  • Member of the Livelihood Advisory Group of the Sustainable Livelihoods India Initiative organized by ACCESS Development Services.
  • Member of the Planning Commission Working Group for the 12th Five-Year Plan on MGNREGA.