Prof. (Dr) K Srinivasan

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He is an M Stat from ISI, M S from Harvard University and Ph D in Demography. Was Director (and is Professor Emeritus) of IIPS. Close to four decades of experience in population and health research. Actively associated with a number of policy commissions / committees of national and international importance. Author of several papers, books and reports.

Professor K. Srinivasan obtained a master's degree in Mathematics from the Madras University and subsequently graduated with distinction from the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata, with a master's degree in Statistics. He went on to obtain a Master of Public Health from Harvard University. In 1968, Prof. Srinivasan graduated with a PhD in demography. His PhD thesis on birth intervals continues to be cited widely even today.

Prof. K. Srinivasan has made valuable contributions in the area of population studies and programs since 1959. He is not only an internationally acclaimed academician in the field of demography, a teacher and a researcher, but also has served the country through various national and international committees and associations.

He was a member of the National Statistical Commission set up by the Government of India in January 2000, which submitted its report in August 2001 to the Prime Minister recommending revamping of the statistical system in the country. He also served as a member of the Working Group on Population Policy set by the Planning Commission during 1978-79 for drafting the population policy for the sixth five year plan, 1980-85. During 1995 to 2002, as the Executive Director of Population Foundation of India (PFI), New Delhi, an organization founded by late Mr. JRD Tata, he has promoted and enhanced the role of non-governmental organizations and the corporate sector in family planning and reproductive and child health programmes.

He was awarded the National Fellow in 2013-2015 by the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi to review the history of family planning programs in India. He has also made his contributions to other developing countries in the field of Population Studies and research under the auspices of the United Nations and other international organizations. He was employed with the Population Division of the United Nations at their ESCAP office in Bangkok, where his work in research and training in many countries such as India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia and Korea was appreciated. He was the Chairman of a group set up by the WHO and the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) to review and recommend on Population Research Centers in China during 1981 and 1983, and was subsequently awarded a scroll of honor by the Government of China in appreciation of his work. He was also a member of the IUSSP sub-committee on Comparative Analysis of Fertility during 1977-1981, and of the sub-committee on Demographic Aspects of Family Planning Program during 1973-1977. As a senior Professor and Director of the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) in Mumbai from 1978 to 1992, he expanded the academic and geographic scope of the institute by making it a deemed university and training a large number of students from other Asian countries with financial assistance from the UNFPA. He was also instrumental in starting the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-1) in the country during 1991-1992.


He has numerous books and chapters and 100 national and international peer- reviewed academic publications to his credit. His seminal work on birth intervals done in the 1960s continues to be cited widely. His most recent book published in 2017, Population Concerns in India: Shifting trends, policies and programs, has been released in three languages. He continues to be actively involved in research, writing, and guiding other academicians, researchers and young scholars in demography and contributing to various research institutions and professional associations in the country.


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