Chairman of the Board, UNU-WIDER World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki: 2001 to 2008.
Member of the Board of Directors, Social Science Research Council, New York: 2001 to 2007.
Chairman of the Advisory Council (member 2001-2004), Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford: 2004 to 2007.
Member of the Administrative Board and Vice-President, International Association of Universities, Paris: 2004 to 2008.
Member of the Board, South Centre, Geneva, 2005 to 2011, and Vice Chairman of the Board, 2011 to 2014.
Member, Board of Governors, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi 2012 to 2014 and Chairman of the Board, 2014 onwards.
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, World Development, 1981 to 1994 and 2002 to 2010.
Regional Editor, Oxford Development Studies 2003 onwards.
Advisory Editor, International Journal of Development Issues 2003 onwards.
Member, Editorial Board, Modern Asian Studies, 2011 onwards.
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Innovation and Development, 2011 onwards.
Member, Editorial Board, Global Governance, 2012 onwards.
Board of Directors, State Trading Corporation of India, 1983 to 1985.
Board of Directors, Jute Corporation of India, 1983 to 1985.
Board of Directors, Cotton Corporation of India, 1983 to 1985.
Central Board of Directors of the State Bank of India, 1987 to 1990.
Board of Directors, Export-Import Bank of India, 1990 and 1991.
Board of Directors, Maruti Udyog, 1990 and 1991.
Board of Directors, Steel Authority of India Limited, 2006 to 2009 and 2010 to 2013.
Board of Directors, ICRA, 2002 to 2014.
Board of Directors, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, 2011 to 2014.
Board of Directors, Birla Corporation, 2010 onwards.
Board of Directors, Press Trust of India, 2015 onwards.
Committees and Councils
Chairman of the Committee on Export Processing Zones, Government of India, 1985.
Member of the Review Committee for the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India, 1986.
Member of the Technology, Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council, Government of India, 1987 to 1993.
Chairman of the Working Groups on Labour Mobility and Construction-Engineering Services, Group of Negotiations on Services, Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations, Geneva, 1990.
Member, Governing Council, Indian Council for Social Science Research, 1993 to 1996.
Chairman, Review Committees, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Madras, and Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad, 1997 to 1998.
Member, Pay Commission for the Public Sector, Government of India, 1996 to 1998.
Chairman, Evaluation Committee, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, UNRISD, Geneva, 2006.
Member, Apex Committee, Commonwealth Games 2010, New Delhi, 2006 to 2008.
Convenor and Member, Review Committee, Indian Council for Social Science Research, 2011.
Member, Evaluation Committee, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, 2012.