The Nobel Laureate entangled in a political-economy debate on development models, he has been appointed the Chancellor of the proposed Nalanda University.
The RBI governor has brought stability to financial markets and brought the focus back to job creation.
A Columbia University professor of Economics, he has been in news over the last one year for backing the Gujarat model of development.
The Columbia University professor is likely to set the economic agenda if the BJP comes to power.
A senior fellow at Delhi-based National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, Patnaik is also a prolific writer and has worked closely with the government.
A professor at the Centre for Policy Research, his work on state economics has been seminal. He is also working on economic legislation reforms.
Chairman of the Commission of Agriculture Costs and Prices, he is one of Indias leading economists on issues relating to agriculture and trade.
Deputy Governor of RBI, Patel has brought in bold new ideas such as inflation-targeting by the central bank.
Chairman of Oxus investments and an Express columnist, his work on growth-inflation trade-off and entitlement-led political economy has triggered many debates.
Y V Reddy
The former central bank governor heads the 14th Finance Commission, which will decide the fiscal transfers between Centre and state governments for 2015-20.