Chief, Social Services Division
Dr. Bindu P Verghese, Chief of Social Service Division since September 2020, has been with Kerala State Planning Board since September 2004. Before joining as Chief she was Deputy District Planning Officer in Palakkad. Dr Bindu earned PhD in Economics in the year 2004 from Dr. John Mathai Centre, Thrissur under University of Calicut. Her PhD mainly focused on disparities in Kerala’ human development with special attention on issues connected with gender and marginalised communities in the state. She started her career as a teacher in college. She has associated with research projects of Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram and has worked in several other national and international projects of significance, made paper presentations and has published mainly in areas of women empowerment and human development. Apart from publishing with UNDP, her articles have appeared in journals such as Indonesian Journal of International Law, Man and Development and Asian Economic Review. She has also participated in the preparation of various development reports including Integrated District Development Report (Thrissur) and Human Development Report (Kannur district). During this tenure, she has also associated with different UNDP projects connected with human development status of different sections and areas of the State. She has also considerable interests in the area of higher education and has completed a project on Self Financing Professional Colleges in Kerala. She has worked with Kudumbashree (on deputation) for five years by co-ordinating various projects in Thrissur district. She has also associated with Kerala Institute for Local Administration (KILA) as extension faculty.
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