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Dr. P. C. Mishra


Director, Rural Development Division 
Planning Commission, Government of India


Dr Mishra has an excellent academic background. He has been awarded University Gold Medals for Best Graduate (1986) and Best Post Graduate (1989) of Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. He completed M. Phil and Ph D degree in Statistics from University of Delhi in 1991 and 2001 respectively. He has evinced an insatiable desire for new knowledge and skills by obtaining a Masters degree in Human Resource Development (HRD) from the University of Manchester in 2004 and another Masters degree in Public Administration in 2008 from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore.


Dr Mishra has shown an outstanding intellectual ability and organisational commitment in his 18 years of professional career. He started his career as a Lecturer in the Post Graduate Department of Statistics, Sambalpur University, Orissa and subsequently joined Indian Statistical Service in 1993. He has served in several Ministries of the Government of India in different capacities. Presently, he is Director in the Rural Development Division of the Planning Commission, New Delhi and spearheading the rural development programmes of the Government of India.  Such as Swarnjayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana (SGSY), National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), Special Projects on Skill Development under SGSY, National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP), GoI-UNDP Joint Programme on Convergence to support Livelihood Promotion Strategies, BPL Census, etc. 


His areas of academic interest are quite diverse: Poverty Alleviation, Applied and Official Statistics, Public Sector Management, Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation, Leadership and Communication, Strategic HRD/HRM, Knowledge Management, Performance Management, Project Management, Economic Development Policy, International Economics, Macroeconomic Programming and Policies, Public Policy and Administration, Clusters and National Competitiveness.