- Arvind Panagariya said he'll return to academics
- AIIMS pediatrician Dr Vinod Paul also appointed as NITI Aayog member
- Dr Rajiv Kumar was Secretary General of the FICCI, was also part of CII
The government also appointed Dr Vinod Paul, a pediatrician at the AIIMS, as a member of the NITI Aayog, an official spokesman said.
Mr Kumar, who holds a DPhil in economics from Oxford and a PhD from Lucknow University, is a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research or CPR.
Earlier, he was Secretary General of the FICCI and had also served as Director and Chief Executive of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations or ICRIER.
He was a member of the National Security Advisory Board between 2006 and 2008.
He has also served as the chief economist of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and held senior positions in the the Asian Development Bank, the Indian Ministry of Industries, and the Ministry of Finance.
Mr Paul, on the other hand, has done substantial work in public health.
The appointment for the post of NITI Aayog vice chairman was necessitated as the incumbent Panagariya on August 1 had announced that he will leave the government think tank on August 31 and return to Columbia University.
Mr Panagariya, an Indian-American, had joined as the Niti Aayog in January 2015.