Prof. Srinivas Chary V

Professor and Centre Director

V. Srinivas Chary is the Director, Centre for Energy, Environment, Urban Governance and Infrastructure Development at ASCI.


He specializes in governance, institutional reforms and capacity building for improvements in urban service delivery. He has over 22 years of professional experience in the areas of urban infrastructure and service delivery and extensively worked on 24-7 water supply, urban sanitation, PPP, pro poor strategies etc. An engineer, urban planner and management professional by training, Prof. Chary, prior to joining ASCI, was a Senior Faculty at the Environment Protection Training and Research Institute (EPTRI), Hyderabad and at Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI), New Delhi. He was professionally affiliated to the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, University of Bradford, UK, University of Manchester, UK, and Water Engineering Development Centre, UK. He is a Chevening fellow.

Prof Chary has lead over 150 advisory, consulting and research assignments both in India and South Asia. He has conceptualized and implemented structured capacity building programmes for elected representatives, officers of Administrative Service and urban sector professionals in India and outside. Prof Chary was also instrumental in establishing the Urban Resource Link ( – a unique model of knowledge support for cities and water utilities, the Change Management Forum, which facilitates peer learning amongst a network of municipal officers and elected representatives. He facilitates the National Urban Water Awards ( to recognize excellence in urban water management for water utilities and municipalities in India. Prof Chary leads urban service level benchmarking programme of the Government of India involving over 1300 municipalities. As a member of the urban sanitation taskforce of the MoUD, he played a catalytic role in the formulation of the National Urban Sanitation Policy of the Government of India. 

Prof Chary leads the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Urban Development at ASCI instituted by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. Prof Chary supports the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India by undertaking independent appraisal of city development plans and reforms implementation. He has published extensively in national and international professional journals and presented over hundred papers as invited speakers in conferences. He serves on numerous national and international committees. He was a member of the Steering Committee on Urbanisation established by the Planning Commission for drafting approach paper for the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017).  He is passionately committed to capacity building with the objective of ensuring continuous water supply and open defecation free urban systems in India.


  • B.E. , M.Tech
  • P.G. Dip. in Urban Environmental Planning (U.Penn, USA), USAID Fellow, Chevening Fellow, Ashoka Fellow