Professor V K Ramachandran

Professor V K Ramachandran

Vice Chairperson

Professor V K Ramachandran, Vice Chairperson, Kerala State Planning Board, was Professor and Head, Economic Analysis Unit, Indian Statistical Institute before joining the Planning Board. His areas of study are development economics; the agrarian question and agrarian relations; rural development; issues of labour and workers in the Indian economy; and class, caste, tribe, and gender discrimination and other forms of social oppression in India. He is the Editor of Review of Agrarian Studies.

Professor Ramakumar

Professor Ramakumar

Member

Professor R Ramkumar is NABARD Chair at School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Dr Ramakumar's work on agricultural economics and banking policy is among the most quoted scholarly works in India. His research interests are agrarian studies, agricultural economics, development economics, fiscal policy in India and national identity schemes. In State Planning Board, he is in charge of agriculture and allied services, land reforms, cooperation, irrigation and flood control, tourism, sports and youth service and skill development.

Dr K Ravi Raman

Dr K Ravi Raman

Member

Dr Ravi Raman, Member, State Planning Board was formerly a senior fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. He was also a Director, Institute of Applied Manpower Research, Planning Commission and a visiting fellow in Oxford, Cambridge and Manchester for varying periods. He is also honorary research fellow in the Department of Development Studies, SOAS, London and affiliated researcher on Egalitarianism, University of Bergen. He works on a range of themes with a focus on agrarian and labour studies, social movements, policy and development, business and labour history and environmental studies. He is the author of Global Capital and Peripheral Labour (Routledge, 2010/2012/2015), editor of Development, Democracy and the State (Routledge, 2010) and Corporate Social Responsibility (with Ronnie Lipschutz) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and has contributed to journals such as Review of International Political Economy, Review of Radical Political Economics,Nature and Culture, Social Analysis; Sociology; Organisation and Harvard-Cambridge journals such as Business History Review and Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. He is in charge of transport, labour and labour welfare, public works and civil supplies in the State Planning Board.

Prof Mini Sukumar

Prof Mini Sukumar

Member

Mini Sukumar teaches Women’s Studies at Department Women's Studies at the University of Calicut, Kerala since 2005. Actively involved with women’s movement in Kerala from the early 1990s and associated with, ‘Sthree Padana Kendram’, the first women’s collective that raised cultural/social issues relating to the women’s question in Kerala. She was State Programme Director of Kerala Mahila Samakhya Society, a national women empowerment project. She contributes articles, book reviews, columns and, presents television programs and a founder member of Women’s Imprint, a feminist publishing house. She is presently National General Secretary of Indian Association for Women’s Studies (IAWS), a professional association that aims to further women's studies as an interdisciplinary academic field concerned with women, in different disciplines within and beyond educational institutions. She is a member of the Governing Body of Gender Park, Department of Women & Child Development, Government of Kerala.

Dr P K Jameela

Member

Dr. P K Jameela is the former Director of Health Services Department of Kerala. She was working in Kerala Health Services for more than three decades as Consultant Paediatrician, Deputy Director -Child Health, Additional Director -Family Welfare and State Programme Manager National Rural Health Mission.She was State Consultant Aardram Mission before joining Planning Board.She has vast experience in Publc Health Administration,Women and Child Health and Health System Strengthening.At the State Planning Board she deals with Medical and Public Health, AYUSH, Drinking water and Sewerage, Scheduled caste and Scheduled Tribe Development, Development of Other Backward Classes, Minorities and Forward Communities.

Sri Santhosh George Kulangara

Member(Part-time)

Sri V Namasivayam

Sri V Namasivayam

Member(Part-time)

Prof Jiju P Alex

Member

Prof (Dr.) Jiju P Alex teaches at the Kerala Agricultural University. He was formerly Director of Extension of the university. He graduated from the Kerala Agricultural University and got his doctoral degree from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. He started his career as a scientist with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (Agricultural Research Service) and moved on to Kerala Agricultural University. He also served the Information Kerala Mission as the head of its human resource development division on deputation. 

He has vast experience in subjects viz. agriculture and rural development, democratic decentralisation, technology- society interface, innovation management, entrepreneurship development, human resource development and e- governance.  He was instrumental in designing the training methodology of the e- governance programmes of local self-government institutions. He has led several research projects and published on the above topics, guided PhD students and participated in many national and international conferences.

He is a member of the Board of Management of the Kerala Bank. He has also served as member of the academic/policy level committees of many academic institutions in the country. At the State Planning Board, he deals with decentralisation, housing and art and culture.