This webinar honours Professor Krishnamurthy Srinivasan, former Director of the International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai and National Fellow, Indian Council for Social Science Research, as IUSSP's 33rd Laureate.
This award recognizes his outstanding contributions to the field of demography, as a researcher, a teacher and in the evaluation of family planning programs. As Director of the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) for more than 14 years, Professor Srinivasan played a crucial role in shaping demographic teaching and research in Asia. Under his leadership, India initiated the Demographic Health Survey (DHS) - known as the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) - in 1992, considered the largest demographic and health survey in the world. He was a member of the Indian National Statistical Commission, which in 2001 recommended revamping the statistical system in the country, and also served on the Working Group on Population Policy which drafted the population policy for the sixth five-year plan (1980-85). Professor Srinivasan has been an active member of the IUSSP for over fifty years, serving as a member on several IUSSP Committees.
The ceremony was chaired by IUSSP President Shireen Jejeebhoy, and included a number of speakers who addressed various aspects of Prof Srinivasan’s career and achievements: T.V. Sekher, Amy Tsui, Tim Dyson, Alaka Basu, Frans Willekens, Sureeporn Punpuing and Sanjay Kumar. In addition to the presentations, several members of the audience spoke at the end of the ceremony.
For more information on Professor Krishnamurthy Srinivasan's career, read the Laureate nomination letter.