Prof. Ramesh Chand is currently Member of NITI Aayog in the rank and status of Union Minister of State. He has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. He is Fellow, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Indian Society of Agricultural Economics. Prof. Chand has more than 30 years of experience in research and teaching in the field of agricultural economics and policy. Prior to joining NITI Aayog, he was Director National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi. In the past, Prof. Ramesh Chand has worked in senior academic positions as ICAR National Professor; Professor and Head, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University; and Professor at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. Prof. Chand has been Visiting Professor at University of Wollongong, NSW Australia and at Institute of Developing Economies, Chiba Shi, Japan. He has also been Consultant with interna tional organizations such as FAO, UNDP, ESCAP, UNCTAD, Commonwealth and World Bank. Prof. Chand has chaired important committees on Agriculture Policy set up by various Ministries, of Government of India. he is member of Board of Trustees of CIMMYT International. Prof. Chand has authored seven books and published more than 100 research papers. Prof. Chand has been presented Jawaharlal Nehru Award and Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Award of Indian Council of Agricultural Research.