Pune, 13 July 2021: A book titled “An Unparalleled Economist: Professor V. M. Dandekar”, was released in an online function by Dr. Nitin Karmalkar, Vice-Chancellor, SPPU on Tuesday morning. The background of the book was explained by Prof Vilas Adhav, Head, Department of Economics. Two of the prominent contributors, namely Prof. R.S. Deshpande and Prof. Pradeep Apte expressed their thoughts about the stalwart. Dr. Manasi Gore anchored the program while Dr Meenal Annachhatre presented the vote of Thanks. The online release was attended by various dignitaries from the academic community across the country.
Prof Vilas Adhav in his introductory speech said that the academic year 2019-20 saw the birth centenary of the visionary Indian economist Prof V M Dandekar. Prof Dandekar contributed in a varied manner to socio-economics, politics, and mainly to agricultural economics and left his imprint on numerous domains such as the logic of price policy in agriculture, crop insurance, irrigation policy, and cattle population of the country. His seminal work on the estimation of poverty, carried out along with Prof. Nilkanth Rath, gave rise to a very significant debate on poverty and the poverty line in India, he explained. In order to commemorate Prof Dandekar, a book titled “An Unparalleled Economist: Professor V. M. Dandekar” was jointly edited by Dr. Manasi Gore, Dr. Meenal Annachhatre, and Prof. Vilas Adhav, all from the Economics Department, Savitribai Phule Pune University.