Dr. N. J. Kurian is presently a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Public Enterprises, Hyderabad. Previously he served as the Director, Council for Social Development, Delhi, Sr. Advisor (Financial Resources), Planning Commission, Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance and Director, Dept. of Rural Development, Government of India.   He also served as Consultant to Asian Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, Food and Agricultural Organisation & United Nation’s Children’s Emergency Fund. He has published over 30 research articles in journals of international repute.His latest publication is an edited book which was brought out by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK. His areas of specialisation are Social Development,Rural Development and Public Finance.