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About Us

Academic Foundation — A Profile

Academic Foundation (AF), based in New Delhi, is India’s leading independent publisher of academic/scholarly books in Social Sciences, specialising in Economics—Development Economics and Indian Economy in particular, and allied subjects. Besides its impressive author list, Academic Foundation is credited with publishing numerous works with large international organisations, Government of India, national think-tanks and NGOs of repute. AF has also published some prestigious coffee- table books, trade titles, a few textbooks and general reference books.


History & Growth

Academic Foundation was founded in 1990 by the economist couple, Raj and Uma Kapila, both alumini of Delhi School of Economics. After the initial struggle-period of ‘setting-up’ which got extended nearly upto 1995, with the support of their two sons, the Kapilas were able to finally anchor Academic Foundation as a non-funded self-sustaining publishing house that strived to bring out academic works of quality. Uma and Raj Kapila continued to contribute significantly in the commissioning and editorial aspects, even authoring/editing numerous works together, while their sons Rituraj and Sanu looked more into the operational and marketing side of publishing. As years went by, more manuscripts competed for publication at AF, staff grew, newer systems and policies came into place. What remained unchanged, however, was the passion and the commitment that went into each and every publishing project. It was evidently reflected in book after book that bore the AF imprint. Academic Foundation steadily progressed and made its hallmark on the publishing landscape in India.


Today, Academic Foundation is run and managed by brothers Rituraj Kapila and Sanu Kapila who are both Directors in the organisation. With over 1,000 titles that include numerous globally acclaimed publications, a long list of bestsellers, prestigious coffee table volumes, enviable list of authors, publishing tie-ups with some of the leading organisations of the world,  well established trade network throughout India and effective distribution arrangements in place for overseas markets, especially US and UK, frequently organised high-profile book launch events, media reviews and critical acclaim—have all together led Academic Foundation to steadily grow in stature and earn respect in the international publishing community. Keeping pace with time and technology, Academic Foundation is all set to embrace the digital publishing revolution that include e-book offerings and engaging on the social media networks. Consequently, for many publishing projects, AF is now the preferred choice of authors and institutions alike. 



Sanu & Ritu

Why publish with Academic Foundation ?

Are 10 reasons good enough ?


•  Academic Foundation (AF) has more than two decades of experience and a formidable reputation

    in publishing.

•  AF’s long list of authors include renowned scholars, top economists and policymakers.

•  Organisations/institutions with whom AF has had publishing tie-ups, include global organisations

   and institutions of repute, and also Government of India.

•  Books published by Academic Foundation have high production values—at par with international standards.

•  A good majority of pre- and post-publication processes are managed in-house with state-of-the-art facilities.

•  Strong marketing base; extensive network of trade channels in India and having sound distribution

   arrangements overseas, including physical stock presence in US and UK.

•  Trained and dedicated staff to ensure smooth work-flow and satisfying experience for the author/client institution; keen

    eye coupled with experienced inputs at the publisher’s end often results in value addition to the original manuscript.

•  Whole range of activities handled post-publication: catalogue mailings, e-brochures, book reviews, trade fair

    participations, organising high-profile book launch/book discussion events, etc.

•  Geared up to take advantages of new technologies and trends in modern day publishing.

•  Above all, professional and focused approach towards handling individual projects; fast response

   time and quick decision-making.


Partners in progress...

Over the years, Academic Foundation has had the privilege of working with/for a large number of reputed national and international organisations and institutions from across India as well as across the globe. A partial list is enclosed below.


•  CATO Institute, Washington DC

•  CIMMYT, Mexico

•  Commonwealth Secretariat, London

•  Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

•  EuroIndia Centre, Lo Rochelle (France)

•  FAO, Rome

•  Gower Publishing (Ashgate), UK

•  Greenwood Press

•  Harvard University Press

•  IDRC, Canada

•  ILO, Geneva

•  International Food Policy Research Institute

•  International Monetary Fund, Washington DC

•  International Organisation for Migration

•  IUCN, Bangkok

•  LKY School of Public Policy, Singapore

•  The MIT Press

•  OECD, Paris


•  Princeton University Press

•  The World Bank

•  United Nations

•  United Nations University Press, Tokyo

•  Zed Press, London



•  Bangalore Management Academy, Bangalore

•  CENTAD, New Delhi

•  Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi

•  Centre for Civil Society, New Delhi

•  Centre for Develop. Alternatives, Ahmedabad

•  Centre for West Asian Studies, New Delhi

•  CESS, Hyderabad

•  CUTS International, Jaipur

•  EPW Research Foundation, Mumbai

•  FICCI, New Delhi

•  Foreign Service Institute (MEA), New Delhi

•  Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, New Delhi

•  Government of NCT of Delhi

•  Human Development Institute, New Delhi

•  ICRIER, New Delhi

•  IDSA, New Delhi

•  IPPAI, New Delhi

•  Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi

•  Indian Econometric Society

•  Indian Economic Association

•  Indian National Congress

•  Indian Society for Agricultural Economics

•  Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, New Delhi

•  Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur

•  Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi

•  Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad

•  Institute of Rural Management, Anand

•  ISEC, Bangalore

•  ISID, New Delhi

•  Liberty Institute, New Delhi

•  Madras School of Economics

•  Ministry of Agriculture (Govt. of India)

•  Ministry of Consumer Affairs, F&PD, GoI

•  Ministry of Finance, Government of India

•  NCEUS, Government of India, New Delhi

•  National Knowledge Commission, Govt. of India

•  National Academy of Agricul. Sciences

•  Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi

•  Planning Commission, Government of India

•  Public Affairs Centre, Bangalore

•  Raghubir Singh Junior Modern School, New Delhi

•  RGICS, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, New Delhi

•  Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai

•  RIS, New Delhi

•  Seminar

•  SKOCH Consultancy, New Delhi

•  Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA)

•  SPARC, Mumbai

•  World Water Institute, Pune