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Deep Joshi may succeed Alagh as new IRMA chief

Search committee zeroes in on Magsaysay awardee as Alagh's term ends on November 27

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With former union minister of Government of India, 's second term as chairman of the , Anand (IRMA) set to end next month, Magsaysay awardee and member of National Advisory Council (NAC) has been appointed  for the post.

According to an official communique of the institute, Joshi has been appointed as the next IRMA chairman after recommendations of a three member search committee comprising of Mihir Shah, member, Planning Commission, Government of India, Hasmukh Shah, former chairman, Gujarat Ecology Commission, and Sudarshan Iyengar, Vice Chancellor, Gujarat Vidyapeeth.

Joshi, who won the Ramon Magsaysay Award, 2009 for his pioneering work for the development of rural communities, is the co-founder of the non-government organisation Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN).

Verghese Kurien was the founder Chairman of IRMA from December 14, 1979 to June 8, 2006, while Amrita Patel, chairperson of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) was the chairman from June 9, 2006 to November 28, 2006 when Alagh took over.

Having succeeded IRMA founder Kurien and Patel as its third chairman in 2006, Alagh went to serve two terms of three years even as now his term ends on November 27, 2012.

Six months ago the institute had set up a search committee comprising Mihir Shah, member of Planning Commission; Hasmukh Shah, former chairman of Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited (IPCL), and Sudarshan Iyengar, vice-chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapith to look for Alagh's successor.

Apart from being a member of the NAC,  Joshi is also Chair of the National Foundation of India, serves on the Boards of IRMA and several voluntary organisations, and has served on several Government committees concerning rural development.

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