Prem Shankar Jha

Prem Shankar Jha

Visiting Fellow, Harvard-China Project

Prem Shankar Jha, born 22 December 1938, in Patna, Bihar, brought up in New Delhi and educated at The Doon School, Dehradun. He took a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Delhi university and a Masters of Arts Degree from University of Oxford in philosophy, politics and economics at Magadalen College, Oxford.

In 1961, he joined the United Nations where he spent five years in the United Nations Development Programme UNDP. He spent two of these five years in New York as a special assistant to the managing director of the Special Fund Mr. Paul G. Hoffman who was the first administrator of the UNDP. The remaining three were spent in Damascus, Syria.

In 1966 Jha joined the Hindustan Times as an assistant editor, in 1969 he moved to the Times of India, After a brief stint as Acting editor of the Economic Times, in 1979-80 and editor of the Financial Express in 1980-81, he returned to the Times of India as its Economic Editor. In 1986 he re-joined the Hindustan Times as its editor.

Jha has been a consultant in the preparation of the World Bank’s World Development Report,1978, and to the UN Centre for Human Settlements, Nairobi ( Habitat) in 1984-85 and again in 1986. In 1980 he co-authored a Manual for the Asia and Pacific Development Administration Center of the UN in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the Management of Public enterprises in Developing countries.

In 1985-1987 he was also a member of the energy panel of the World Commission for Environment and Development, headed by Mrs.Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of Norway. In 1987 he received the Energy Journalist of the Year award from the Washington-based International Association for Energy Economics. In 1990 he served as the information advisor to the Prime Minister of India, V. P. Singh,till the fall of his goverment on December7 of the year. Since then he has been a columnist in some of India’s main papers, including The Hindu, The Hindustan Times, The Times of India,and The Business Standard and in the weekly newsmagazines Outlook, and Tehelka. Jha has also been a visiting scholar/professor at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs, Harvard University, the Fairbank Centre for East Asian studies, Harvard, and Nuffield College Oxford.He has taught at th Universities of Virginia and Richmond and at Sciences Po in Paris.

He is author of several books, see

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