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Kuruganti Krishnamurty

Kuruganti Krishnamurty was born on Krishnashtami (22 August 1936) at Nellore in Andhra Pradesh. Over the years people started fondly calling him KK. He passed away on 23 November 2011 at Hyderabad.

Kuruganti Krishnamurty did his MA in Economics and MSc in Statistics at Andhra University in the late 1950s. After his postgraduation he joined the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics as a member of the faculty (1958-60). It was there that he met D U Sastry who later became his colleague at the Institute of Economic Growth (ieg), Delhi, and their academic collaboration flourished till the end. Ther eafter, he proceeded to the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in the United States to do his doctorate under the guidance of Lawrence R Klein. He was a member of the research staff in the Econometric Research Unit of the Department of Economics in that university (1960-62). It was during his stay at Pennsylvania that he shared his apartment with Meghnad Desai. He also came in contact with C Rangarajan, Kanta Marwah, and V N Pandit among others. When he completed the defence of his thesis, he was persuaded by V K R V Rao, to join the IEG as a member of the faculty (August 1963 to October 1976). There he had a circle of economist colleagues like P N Dhar, Ashish Bose, D U Sastry, among others and at the Delhi School of Economics he had close friends like K L Krishna, V N Pandit and others. While at IEG he got an opportunity to work at the World Bank as an economist (December 1966-August 1968) and as a consultant (May-July 1975). Thereafter, he resigned from the IEG and joined the research department of the International Monetary Fund (November 1976-November 1979). Then he returned to India to join the IEG and was there until his retirement (August 1999). Thereafter, he joined the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, as an Honorary Visiting Professor and continued there until his death.

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