Prof. Dr. S. Parasuraman
Vice Chancellor, MIT-WPU

Prof. S. Parasuraman was the Director / Vice-Chancellor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai from August 2004 to February 2018. Currently, he is 1). Director, BALM, Chennai, India; and 2). Adjunct Professor, national institute of Rural Development, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, Hyderabad. Prof. Parasuraman has more than three decades of experience as teacher and researcher in Rural Development, Education, Health, Public Policy, Social Protection, Social Exclusion and Inclusive policies, Governance, Water and Energy and a range of inter-disciplinary areas.

During 1981 to 1995, Prof. Parasuraman was a faculty member at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and moved out on leave when he was a Professor of Research Methodology. Between 1995 and 2004, Prof. Parasuraman has held key positions in international organizations such as World Bank, IUCN, Oxfam, Action Aid International and UN including being the Asia Policy Director of Action Aid International, Bangkok; Team Leader of the Secretariat, World Commission on Dams, Cape Town; and as Program Director, Oxfam GB, India Program, New Delhi and dealt with development at
the micro and macro level.

Prof. Parasuraman has a Master’s in Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Demography from the University of Mumbai. He has been a United Nations Fellow on Population and Development, Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague. He also served as a visiting Fellow at the ISS, The Hague in 2003 and Visiting Professor at School of International studies at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada in 2016-17.

Prof Parasuraman was conferred Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) by the Assam University.