Dr V N Alok is a senior faculty in the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) and has been teaching public finance since 1999. He has been the Member of Delhi Finance Commission and contributed, to almost all successive Union and State Finance Commissions since 1995 in different capacities. He conceptualized the ‘devolution index’, by ranking States, and constructed it annually during 2009-15. On the basis, the Prime Minister awarded the top ranked States every year on the National Panchayat Day celebrated on the 24 th April.

He has led and conducted many research studies funded by the Constitutional bodies, Union and State Governments in India, multi-lateral organizations in range of public policy issues. Dr Alok has written number of books and articles to reputed journals & economic dailies on spheres of of public finance and policy. His recent book from Palgrave Macmillan on ‘Fiscal Decentralization in India: Outcome Mapping of State Finance Commissions’ was recently released in IIPA jointly by the Chairman, 15 th Finance Commission, India and the Finance Secretary, Government of India

Dr Alok has designed and conducted various international and national training workshops for policy makers and senior civil servants, in parts of Asia and Africa as well as Brazil, on spheres of public finance including fiscal federalism, tax reform, local governments etc with the support of the Government of India, the World Bank, the Forum of Federations, Canada and Hanns Seidel Foundation. He has also organized Induction Programme for Joint Secretaries/Directors/Deputy Secretaries joined Government of India through Lateral Entries in 2019 and 2022.

Dr Alok has been a member/member secretary (equivalent to the Secretary to Government of India) of a many policy making committee/commission. He is a University Grants Commission (UGC) nominee in many educational committees. He co-edited quarterly journal on urban affairs namely, Nagarlok. He is a referee for many international journals & publications and an examiner of Economics for the most competitive examination of the country.