C. Rangarajan or Chakravarthi Rangarajan (born 1932) is an Indian economist and a distinguished former Member of Parliament and Ex-Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. He is the former Chairman of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council, he resigned the day the UPA lost power. He is also the Chairman of the Madras School of Economics; President of the Indian Statistical Institute; the Founding Chairman of the CR Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science; and Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad.
Rangarajan, a student of National College (Tiruchirappalli) between 1947 and 1949, graduated from Loyola College of the University of Madras in the commerce stream (where he was a contemporary of the Yale University economics professor T N Srinivasan). He later received his PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964. His thesis was titled "Variability of Demand Deposits".
Rangarajan taught at several institutions including the University of Pennsylvania and the IIM-A. He was a well known teacher of economics at IIMA for the postgraduate and the doctoral courses.His textbook on macro economics was used in business management schools. He was awarded the title of Honorary Fellow of IIM-A in 1997.
He served as a Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India from 1982 to 1991, after which he served as the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India between 22 December 1992 and 21 December 1997. He also served as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh from 24 November 1997 to 3 January 2003. After demitting that office, he took charge as the chairman of the Twelfth Finance Commission.
From 2005 onwards, he was the Chairman of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council. In August 2008, he resigned as the Chairman of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council and was nominated as a member of the Rajya Sabha. He resigned from the Rajya Sabha in August 2009 and was re-appointed the Chairman of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council. He resigned from the Council on 19 May 2014, when the UPA government was voted out of power.
Governor of Andhra Pradesh
24 November 1997 – 3 January 2003
Surjit Singh Barnala
K.V. Raghunatha Reddy
|Governor of Odisha
Apr 1998– Nov 1999
M. M. Rajendran