DISTINGUISHED FELLOWS

The following senior policy makers, administrators and scholars have been associated with the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India, as Distinguished Fellows, for the Years 2017-2020:

Prof. Sukhadeo K.Thorat

Prof. Sukhadeo K.Thorat is the Former Chairman, University Grants Commission of India; Indian Council of Social Science Research, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. of India, New Delhi. He has done extensive research, published about 20 books and more than 100 research papers published in national and international journals. He has worked on more than 25 research projects and has presented numerous papers at national and international seminars and conferences. As Chairman of the University Grants Commission, he assisted the government in higher education, particularly the UPA and the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, in their initiatives to take the higher education Prof. Sukhadeo K.Thorat is the Former Chairman, University Grants Commission of India; Indian Council of Social Science Research, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. of India, New Delhi. He has done extensive research, published about 20 books and more than 100 research papers published in national and international journals. He has worked on more than 25 research projects and has presented numerous papers at national and international seminars and conferences. As Chairman of the University Grants Commission, he assisted the government in higher education, particularly the UPA and the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, in their initiatives to take the higher education ahead. Presently, he is the President of the Indian Economic Association and Professor Emeritus in Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He received the Padma Shree award from the President of India in 2008.



Prof. B.K. Chandrasekhar

Prof. B.K. Chandrasekhar is Former Chairman, Karnataka State Legislative Council and Minister for Primay and Secondary Education and Information Technology & Publicity, Govt. of Karnataka, Bengaluru. He is actively participated in the National Debate on the 64th Constitutonal Amendment Bill and assisted in the drafting of Karnataka Zilla Parishad Act. He obtained LLM from Leeds University and D. Phil degree from the Oxford University and he worked in Queen’s University of North Ireland and Researcher in Queens Elizabeth House, Oxford University, besides as UGC Professor in the National Law School of India, Bengaluru. He has also worked as Faculty in International Management and Workers Training Programmed held in Geneva. He has published immensely on Panchayati Raj issues and Grassroots democracy. He has played a leading role in formulation and drafting the Common Minimum Programme and Right to Information Act, during the UPA regime.



Dr. Anugraha Narayan Tiwari, IAS (Retd.)

Dr. Anugraha Narayan Tiwari, IAS (Retd.) is the Former Chief Information Commissioner (RTI), and Secretray, Ministry of Urban Employment & Poverty Alleviation; and Department of Personal and Training, Ministry of Peronnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India, New Delhi. Dr. Tiwari has served as Secretary to former Vice President Shri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and former Governor of Andhra Pradesh Shri Krishan Kant. As an eminent administrator, Dr. Tiwari joined the Transparency Panel on 26 December, 2005. In one of the path-breaking decisions, Dr. Tiwari brought the Income Tax returns of Political Parties under public scrutiny. He is associating with many reputed organisations and institutions at the national and international level. He visited many countries across the globe on various assignments. He delivered many lectures at the reputed national and international organisations as invited Speaker.



Dr (Mrs) Manju Sharma

Dr (Mrs) Manju Sharma is an Indian biotechnologist and administrator of several scientific research and policy-making bodies in India. She was most recently the President and Executive Director at the Indian Institute of Advanced Research in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. She earlier served as the Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, in the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology and was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2007. Some credit Sharma with pioneering biotechnology research in India. She played a significant role in establishing several institutions in the country, including the National Institute of Immunology, the National Institute of Plant Genome Research, the Biomass Research Centres at Lucknow and Madurai, the Plant Molecular Biology Unit in University of Delhi and the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics. She is the first woman President of the National Academy of Sciences (1995-96); the first chairperson of the International Council for Science's Forum on Science for Women (2004); and served as the President of the Indian Science Congress Association (1999). Dr. Manju Sharma is the granddaughter of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, notable educationist and founder of Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi.



Prof. M. Aslam

Prof. M. Aslam is the Former Vice-Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. Prof. Aslam has served IGNOU as Director, School of Continuing Education and Director, National Centre for Innovations in Distance Education. He was Professor of Rural Development, IGNOU. He earlier served as Founder Director (Trg) at the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia & Pacific (CIRDAP), Dhaka, Bangladesh for 8 Years. Prof. Aslam has rich and varied experience both at the national and international levels in University Administration; Distacne & Continuing Education; ICT, Communication and Extension; Multi-Media in Distance Education; Traing Methodology; Training Skills; and Transacational Analysis from his 39 Years career in the field, out of which he spent about 25 Years as a Professor/Director at IGNOU and about 8 Years on an international assignment. He is internationally known trainer and a teacher. He has authored a number books, research papers, and number of national and international reports.