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M. S. Bhatt Former Professor of Economics , Department of Economics Jamia Millia Islamia Jamia Nagar

M. S. Bhatt is former professor of environmental economics and head of the Department of Economics, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He has been associated with the University of Kashmir, Srinagar; Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi; the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi; African–Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO), Delhi; The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Delhi; the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore; and the Centre for Rural and Industrial Research, Chandigarh, among others. His main areas of specialization are, development economics, agrarian economics, environmental economics, research methodology and Kashmir studies. He was a member of the expert committee for economic reforms (Godbole Committee) appointed by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir. He has completed 10 major research projects and acted as a principal investigator in a number of research projects. He coordinated two UGC-sponsored special projects (DRS-I SAP, for five years) on environmental economics (DRS-I, SAP) and computer application programme (under emerging Area Programme of UGC, for 10 years). He has a rich experience of teaching and research spanning over a period of 40 years. He has guided 19 PhD scholars and 5 MPhil dissertations. He has authored/co-authored seven books and published more than 100 articles in national and international journals. He has participated in more than 50 seminars and presented papers in many national and international conferences organized in India and abroad. He has extensively written on Jammu and Kashmir’s economy and economic evaluation of wetlands of north-western India. He has acted as a resource person, member of selection committees, member of boards of management to many national, international universities and research organizations such as AARDO, IGNOU, Central University Jammu, JNU, Central University Orissa, Central University Uttar Pradesh and University of Kashmir. As Head, Department of Economic Jamia Millia Islamia, Bhatt through hard work, dedication and introduction of new academic programmes raised the academic profile of the department which was formally recognized by the University’s Academic Council through a formal resolution and by the eminent scholar professor Musheer-ul-Hassan who was the then Vice-Chancellor of the Jamia Millia Islamia. He has served as full-time elected member of Jamia Academic Council for nine years.