Dr. Umakant Dash currently serves as the Director of Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) .
After completing his BA from Utkal University in 1990 and MA in Economics from Central University, Hyderabad in 1992, Dr. Dash obtained his PhD degree in Economics from IIT Kanpur in 1996. His areas of research are in the fields of Financial Economics Health Policy Analysis, Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes, Inter-industry Analysis. He had been a Visiting Associate Professor at Universiti Utara Malaysia from 2011 - 2012. He joined IIT Madras in March 2009 as an Associate Professor and rose to the position of a Professor in July 2014. He has served as the Head of Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT- Madras and as Adjunct Professor at IIM - Tiruchirappalli.