Malcolm Sathiyanathan Adiseshiah

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Malcolm Sathiyanathan Adiseshiah

Born: 18 April 1910

Died: 21 November 1994

  • He was an Indian development economist and educator.
  • In 1976 he was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India, a civilian award given for “distinguished service of a high order…without distinction of race, occupation, position .”
  • In 1998 the UNESCO created ‘The Malcolm Adiseshiah International Literacy Prize’ in recognition of his contribution to education and literacy.
  • In 1930 Adiseshiah joined as a lecturer in St. Paul’s Cathedral Mission College, an affiliate of the University of Calcutta and continued until 1936.
  • In the college he worked on planning a rural service programme in cooperation with the Visva-Bharati University associates at Sriniketan and Santiniketan.
  • His publications in 1940s included books on banking, rural development and agricultural transformation.
  • He was engaged, with his fellow economists in the Madras University, in work on planning the future industrialization of India and Madras State.

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