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 2021-2023:
PROF. SUKHADEO K. THORAT
Former Chairman, UGC and ICSSR, Govt. of India
Prof. Sukhadeo K. Thorat is the Former Chairman, University Grants Commission of India; Indian Council of Social Science Research, Govt. of India, New Delhi. As Chairman of the University Grants Commission, he assisted the Union Government in higher education, particularly the UPA and the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, in their initiatives to take the higher education ahead. 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. He has been 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
Former Chairman, Karnataka State Legislative Council
Prof. Sukhadeo K. Thorat is the Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India from 2017 onwards.
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 Constitutional 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. A. N. TIWARI, IAS (RETD.)
Former Chief Information Commissioner (RTI), Govt. of India
Prof. B.K. Chandrasekhar is the Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India from 2017 onwards.
Dr. Anugraha Narayan Tiwari, IAS (Retd.) is the Former Chief Information Commissioner (RTI), and Secretary, Ministry of Urban Employment & Poverty Alleviation; and Department of Personal and Training, Ministry of Personnel, 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. He was also the Ford Foundation Fellow at Harvard University in 1993 -1994. 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. He is the President of the Institute for the Narcotics Studies and Analysis, New Delhi.
DR. W. R. REDDY, IAS (RETD.)
Former Director-General of NIRDPR, Govt. of India
Dr. A.N. Tiwari is the Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India from 2017 onwards.
Dr. W.R. Reddy, IAS (Retd.) is the Former Director-General of the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR), Govt. of India. He has been the Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Kerala; Joint Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India. During his tenure as Director-General of NIRDPR, Dr. W.R. Reddy has brought many commendable reforms and innovations and positioned it to an institution of excellence. He has created huge Corpus by almost adding about Rs. 100 crores to the Corpus Fund of NIRDPR during his regime and taken the Institution towards financial autonomy to meet the needs of next 50 years and commenced their execution. In his 34 years of service, Dr. Reddy has made a significant contributions in the areas of environment protection/ development, carbon foot print reduction, training in Climate resilient livelihood opportunities, technologies etc,. He has formulated and executed massive capacity development for scientific Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) across the country. Dr. Reddy has visited many countries across the globe on various government delegations and assignments.
Former Vice-Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University
Dr. W.R. Reddy is the Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India from 2021 onwards.
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. He was the Fellow of the Economic Development Institute of the World Bank. Prof. Aslam has rich and varied experience both at the national and international levels in University Administration; Distance & Continuing Education; ICT, Communication and Extension; Multi-Media in Distance Education; Training Methodology; Training Skills; and Transactional 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. Prof. Aslam is the President of the All India Holistic Educational Movement, New Delhi.
DR. RAJESH TANDON
Founder and President, Participatory Research in Asia
Prof. M. Aslam is the Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India from 2017 onwards.
Dr. Rajesh Tandon is Founder and President of the Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), since 1982. He has nearly four decades of work in articulating, elaborating and facilitating philosophical and methodological issues of participatory research and popular participation in India, South Asia and across the world. He has written extensively on participatory research and participatory development. Dr. Rajesh Tandon was appointed as a Member of the Sub-Committee constituted by the Planning Commission of India to make recommendations on strengthening community engagement in higher education for the 12th Plan. He has served in an advisory capacity on numerous other expert groups of several ministries of central and state governments. For his distinguished work on Gender Issues, the Government of India honoured Dr. Rajesh Tandon with the Prestigious Award in Social Justice in March, 2007. He is the Co-Chair, UNESCO Chair on Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, 2012-2016, renewed for second term 2016-2020. He has been Member, Planning Commission's Working Group in the involvement of Voluntary Organisations in the Implementation of Rural Development Programmes and Technology Transfer to Rural Areas.
Dr. Rajesh Tandon is the Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India from 2021 onwards.