Yoginder K Alagh
Alagh at Gujarat Vishwakosh Trust in 2020
Born(1939-02-14)14 February 1939
Died6 December 2022(2022-12-06) (aged 83)
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania (M.Sc., Ph.D.)
University of Rajasthan (M.Sc)
Known forFormer Member of Indian Planning Commission

Yoginder K Alagh (14 February 1939 – 6 December 2022) was an Indian economist and Union Minister of Government of India. He was the Chairman of Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) from 2006 to 2012.[1] He was the Chancellor of the Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar.

Early life

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Alagh was born at Chakwal in Punjab, now in Pakistan, to Bhagat Ram. He studied at Maharaja's College, Jaipur and Department of Economics at University of Rajasthan. He held a doctorate in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, USA.


The Chairman Civil Service Examination Review Committee, Union Public Service Commission Prof. Y.K. Alagh (left) speaking at the 2nd Pravasi Bharatiya Divas - 2004 in New Delhi on 11 January 2004

Academic career

Alagh taught Economics at the University of Rajasthan, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, University of Jodhpur, Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania. He acted as the 7th Vice-Chancellor of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was founding member of Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad presently one of India's pioneering Planning and Public policy institutes.

Political career

Alagh was elected to Rajya Sabha from Gujarat in November 1996 and continued till April 2000.[2]

From 1996 to 1998, he was a Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Planning and Programme Implementation, Science and Technology and Power for Government of India. He headed various institutions and Commissions and acted as expert with a number of UN organisations. He was also the Member of Planning Commission, Govt. of India.[3]

Personal life

Alagh was married to Raksha Alagh on 9 June 1967. He had a daughter, Tavishi Alagh (an independent filmmaker) and a son, Munish Alagh (post doctoral fellow at IIM Ahmedabad).[3]

Alagh died on 6 December 2022, at the age of 83.[4]


  1. V K R V Rao Prizes in Social Science Research in 1981 in Economics discipline. The award is instituted by Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, India.

^Fellow, Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, Elected First Fellow of the Society in 2011



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  2. ^ "Rajya Sabha members". Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  3. ^ a b Symposium Profile from the Institute for Human Development (IHD) http://www.ihdindia.org/PDFs/symposium_profile_website.pdf
  4. ^ Nair, Avinash (6 December 2022). "Noted economist and former Union minister YK Alagh passes away". The Indian Express. Retrieved 6 December 2022.