New York: The World Bank on Wednesday appointed Kaushik Basu as its Chief Economist and Senior Vice President.
Basu (60) will begin his term on October 1, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said in a statement.
Basu, who replaces Justin Yifu Lin, was Chief Economic Adviser in India's Finance Ministry till July.
"Having worked in the Ministry of Finance, in addition to his impressive academic achievements, Kaushik is uniquely suited to help us offer evidence-based solutions and advise to client countries and provide innovative excellence in leading our development research," Kim said.
"Kaushik brings the first hand experience from a developing country and will be a terrific asset to the institution," the World Bank statement added.
Basu, who holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, founded the Centre for Development Economics at the Delhi School of Economics in 1992.
He has also published widely and his contributions to the field span development economics, welfare economics, industrial organisation and public economics.
Raghuram Rajan, Chief Economist of IMF, has replaced Basu as India's Chief Economic Adviser.
India's Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia was also associated with the World Bank. He joined the multilateral institution in 1968 as a Young Professional and then held various positions including Chief of the Income Distribution Division.
Kalpana Kochhar, the Chief Economist for the South Asia Region (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka), is another Indian holding a top position in the World Bank.
In April, Basu was quoted as saying that major economic reforms in India would hit a roadblock and are unlikely to happen before 2014, the year India goes to polls to vote for a new government.
Basu later said his remarks were were addressed towards the possible European crisis in 2014 and had nothing to do with the 2014 general elections as had been reported in the media.
India will see "some important" reforms in the next six months, including on subsidies and FDI in retail, he had later said.
While serving as the Chief Economic Adviser, he had been on leave from his position as Professor of Economics and the C Marks Professor of International Studies at Cornell University.
A fellow of the Econometric Society, Basu has been awarded India's National Mahalanobis Memorial Award as well as Padma Bhushan in 2008.
First Published: Wednesday, September 05, 2012, 22:39