Sukhadeo Thorat
Sukhadeo Thorat speaking at Symbiosis International University, Lavale, Pune
Born (1949-07-12) 12 July 1949 (age 74)
Mahimapur, Amravati Maharashtra, India
Academic career
InstitutionUniversity Grants Commission [Institute for Social and Economic Change]
Alma materJawaharlal Nehru University (PhD)
AwardsPadmashree (2008)
Vidyalankara (2008)
P.K. Patil Purushottam Award (2007)
Bharat Shiromani (2006)
Ambedkar Chetna (2001)[1]
Dr. Ambedkar National Award (2011)
Rajiv Gandhi Outstanding Leadership National Award (2014) by the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.

Sukhadeo Thorat (born 12 July 1949[2]) an Indian economist, educationist, professor and writer. He is the former chairman of the University Grants Commission. He is professor emeritus in Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University.[3] He is an expert on B. R. Ambedkar.


Thorat hails from Mahar community of Maharashta.[4] Thorat graduated with a B.A. from Milind College of Arts, Aurangabad, Maharashtra. He obtained an M.A. in Economics from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, M.Phil/PhD in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Diploma in Economic Planning, Main School of Planning, Warsaw, Poland.

Academic career

Thorat was lecturer at Vasantrao Naik Mahavidyalaya, Aurangabad from 1973 to 1980. He was Faculty Member at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi from 1980 onwards, and visiting faculty at Department of Economics, Iowa State University, Ames, USA during 1989–1991.

He has been a research associate of the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC since 1992. He was director, Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, New Delhi from January 2003 to February 2006. He served as the chairman of UGC from 2006–2011.


Thorat has been a member of bodies like Council for Advancement of People's Action and Rural Technology (CAPART), Social Justice Division of Planning Commission, Academic Council of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Centre of Buddhist Studies, University of Hyderabad, Himachal Pradesh University and in the governing bodies of many more institutions. Thorat was also chairman of Indian Council of Social Science & Research.[5]

Personal life

In 1956, due to the influence of mass conversion of Babasaheb Ambedkar, Thorat's family converted to Buddhism. Thorat is a Buddhist.[6]



He has also authored 70 research papers published in national and international journals. He has worked on more than 25 research projects and has presented papers at national and international seminars and conferences.


  1. ^ "Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat". The World Bank. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat, Chairman, ICSSR, New Delhi" (PDF). Indian Council of Social Science Research. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  3. ^ "What upper castes owe". 16 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Life sktech". Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  5. ^ Vishnoi, Anubhuti. "Quota only if a community has faced discrimination, says Prof Sukhadeo Thorat". The Economic Times.
  6. ^ "Dalits beat the drums of pride | Mumbai News - Times of India". The Times of India. 22 December 2002.
  7. ^ "Dr. Ambedkar Foundation". Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  8. ^ "President presents Dr Ambedkar National Award for Social Understanding and Upliftment of Weaker Sections". Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  10. ^ Rajiv Gandhi Outstanding Leadership National Award