Keshava Dayal Saksena had throughout First Class academic career, topping in MA (Economics) in the Lucknow University in 1956-57. He won several academic distinctions: Gold Medals and Prizes. Won Ford Foundation Research Scholarship in the Delhi School of Economics in January 1958, which he availed as a Research Student there during 1958-61. Joined Indian Administrative Service on 01. 06. 1961. Held many senior positions in both the Government of Madhya Pradesh and the Central Government including the post of Secretary to Govt. of India, Ministry of Textiles and Member, Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction (BIFR).
The work done by him as Visiting Fellow, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford during 1984-85 had been published as a book titled ‘Pricing Policy and Price Control in Developing Countries’ in 1986 by Frances Pinter (Publishers) Limited, London and Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc., Boulder, Colorado (USA) which had been widely reviewed and acclaimed.