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Urjit Patel named Raghuram Rajan's successor at Reserve Bank
Saturday August 20, 2016 8:50 PM, Agencies

Urjit Patel

New Delhi: Opting for talent within, the government on Saturday named economist and banker Urjit R. Patel the next Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to succeed Raghuram R. Rajan. Patel, 52, a Deputy Governor since January 2013, will take over as the 24th chief of India's central bank on September 4.

Patel, who is currently serving as the Deputy RBI chief, will succeed Raghuram Rajan as the RBI chair once he steps down on September 3 after his term comes to an end. Patel will India's 24th RBI Governor.

Urjit R Patelis an eminent economist, consultant and banker, currently appointed as Governor of theReserve Bank of India.

He was also Advisor of the Boston Consulting Group.

As Deputy Governor of RBI, Dr Patel looks after Monetary Policy, Economic Policy Research, Statistics and Information Management, Deposit Insurance, Communication and Right to Information.

"The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Dr. Urjit Patel as Governor, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for a period of three years w.e.f. 4-9-16," a press statement issued from the finance ministry said.

"The appointment has been made based on the recommendation of the Financial Sector Regulatory Appointments (FSRASC) headed by Cabinet Secretary," the statement added.

The committee undertook an extensive exercise to suggest a panel of names to the ACC. One of the RBI's four deputy governors, Patel, 52, was reappointed in January for another three years. He has run the central bank's monetary policy department since 2013.

Patel obtained his BA from the London School of Economics [LSE, University of London], M. Phil. degree from Oxford University in 1986. He received his doctorate in Economics from Yale University in 1990. He joined IMF as a Kenyan citizen.

He was at IMF India desk during the 1991-1994 transition period. He was posted to IMF country mission in India 1992-1995. He has also been a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution since 2009.

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