Economist Vijay Shankar Vyas passes away

Highlights:

  • Vijay Shankar Vyas, an agricultural economist who had worked with two Prime Ministers as a member of their Economic Advisory Councils (EAC), passed away after a brief illness at the age of 87.
  • Prof. Vyas was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2006.
  • He was a member of the EAC during the tenures of former Prime Ministers Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh.
  • He was also Deputy Chairman of the first Rajasthan State Planning Board, apart from being Professor emeritus and former Director of the Jaipur-based Institute of Development Studies.
  • He had also served as a Director of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.
  • Along with his family members, Prof. Vyas started the Ajit Foundation in his native town, Bikaner, as an institution for the all-round development of youth and revived local libraries.
  • Prof. Vyas was also associated with several social movements, including the Right to Information movement, anti-displacement struggles, the Right to Food campaign and the NREGA campaign, over three decades of his stay in Rajasthan, after his return from a stint at the World Bank.
  • People’s Union for Civil Liberties president Kavita Srivastava, who worked with Prof. Vyas during several campaigns.
  • He had continued with his academic work despite his illness during the last few months.
  • He had declined medical intervention and chose to breathe his last at home.
  • Prof. Vyas’s body was cremated at the Lal Kothi cremation ground.