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Advisory Council

Kanwal Sibal

IFS (Retd.)

Kanwal Sibal is a distinguished career diplomat who retired as Foreign Secretary to the Government of India. In 2017, The Government of India awarded him with the Padma Shri award for his distinguished services in the field of Public Affairs.He graduated with an MA in English from Punjab University. Dr. Kanwal Sibal later graduated from the World Information Distributed University with the scientific degree of International Doctor of Philosophy and the scientific degree of Grand Doctor of Philosophy, in June 2006. Dr. Kanwal Sibal is the First Grand Doctor of Philosophy in India. He received the title of Full Professor from the European Academy of Informatization and the World Information Distributed University-WIDU. He Served in Paris, Dar es Salaam, Lisbon, and Kathmandu. Dr. Sibal also served as Joint Secretary (Administration/West Europe) in the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India from January, the Ambassador of India to Turkey, the Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, Washington, the Ambassador of India to Egypt, the Ambassador of India to France and Ambassador to Russia. He was a Former member of India’s National Security Advisory Board.

Krishan Varma

Advisor to Impulse NGO Network

Krishan Varma is an Advisor to Impulse NGO Network, for the Impulse Model and Impulse Case Info Centre’s Indo Myanmar Special Operation Procedure. A civil servant who superannuated as Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India in September in September 2012,Varma is known for his outstanding career spanning 35 years, where he held several key appointments within and outside India. He is an expert on China and proficient in Mandarin. He has been a frequent guest speaker and panelist on subjects related to national security, connectivity in India’s North East region, and China. He has received several coveted awards and commendations from the Government of India in recognition of his meritorious and distinguished service to the country over the years. Post-retirement, he has been actively involved in corporate, academic, and social work. He is currently Advisor, Tata Sons Limited; Senior Advisor (Corporate Affairs), Avantha Group; and Advisor to international NGOs dealing with healthcare and anti-human trafficking of women and children in India and in neighboring countries. He was till recently, Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation.

Gopalaswami Parthasarathy

Ambassador of India to Myanmar

Gopalaswami Parthasarathy is an Indian diplomat and author. He was Ambassador of India to Myanmar (1992-1995),High Commissioner of India to Australia(1995-1998), High commissioner of India to Pakistan (1998-2000) and High commissioner of India to Cyprus (1990-1992).Later he became the Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs and the Prime Minister’s Office.

Vijay Bakaya

Political Advisor

Vijay Bakaya is the Former Chief Secretary Jammu & Kashmir. An IAS Officer of 1970 batch, he served the state in different capacities for 36 years. After relinquishing the office he joined National Conference and was elected to the Legislative Council. He was later appointed as the Political Advisor to the National Conference Patron Dr. Farooq Abdullah.

Satish Mathur

DGP

Satish Mathur is the Former DGP of Maharashtra. He is the first IPS Officer in the country who was trained by the National Security Guard(NSG).He is also the first IPS Officer to become the Director General, Legal and Technical. He also served in the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI), where he was involved in the crucial investigations of the 1993 Mumbai Bomb Blasts.

Lt. Gen. Suresh Sharma AVSM

Former Engineer-in-Chief IHQ of MOD & DG BRO

Lt. Gen. Suresh Sharma AVSM is the Former Engineer-in-Chief IHQ of MOD & DG BRO. The General Officer commanded an Engineer Regiment during ‘OP PARAKRAM’ and has held key operational logistics appointments in an Infantry Brigade along theLine of Control and an Infantry Division & Strike Corps in the South Western theatre.He was assigned to the United Nations as an Advisor and served as Chief Operations Officer of the Mission in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Within the Corps, the General Officer has commanded the Bengal Engineer Group and Centre and tenanted the appointments of Chief Engineer (Indian Navy and Coast Guards) Mumbai Zone, Chief Engineer South Western Command and Director General Combat Engineers at the Army HQs. He also served as the 24th Director General of the Border Roads Organisation. On 26th January 2016, the General Officer was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) by the President of India.

Dr. Kavita Sharma

President of South Asian University

Dr. Kavita A Sharma was the President of South Asian University, and New Delhi. She was teaching at Hindu College, Delhi University for about thirty seven years (July 1971-2008). She was also a student of the same college and finally served as its Principal for ten years (1998-2008). She was then Director, India International Centre, New Delhi (2008-2014). She is Life Member of several prestigious associations and institutes including Indian Association of Canadian Studies, Indian Law Institute, Association of Comparative Literature and Indian History Congress. She has been a recipient of Indo Canadian Shastri Fellowships twice (1991-92 and 2002-2003) and has also been awarded the Fulbright Fellowship New Century Scholar (2007-08) for research on 'Higher Education in the 21st Century: Access and Equity by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. She has several published books to her credit, including, Windmills of the Mind (2006), Queens of Mahabharata (2006) and Birds, Beasts, Men and Nature in Mahabharata (2008), Internationalization of Higher Education: An Aspect of India’s Foreign Relations (2008), Sixty Years of the University Grants Commission; Establishment, Growth and Evolution (2013), Hindu College, Delhi – A People’s Movement (2014), National University of Educational Planning and Administration, A Transformational Journey, NUEPA (2015). Apart from that she has edited several books and contributed chapters in them. She has also contributed extensively to research journals, and participates regularly in seminars and conferences in India and abroad on subjects ranging from higher education, gender issues, diaspora and Mahabharata.

Prof. S.K. Singh

Dean at Delhi Technical University

Prof. S.K. Singh is a Dean at the Delhi Technical University. He is engaged in teaching, research, administration, and consultancy for the last 30 years. Dr. Singh has received numerous felicitations and awards by professional bodies. He is also Part-Time Director of WAPCOS Limited (a Mini-Ratna –I company of Govt. of India). Dr. Singh has served as a Faculty Member at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, College of Engineering and Technology, Bathinda, Punjab and Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana. He headed the, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Delhi University. He has been Dean (Administration), Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi and Founder Chairman, EDUSAT Program for Delhi state. He is also Member of Board of Governors, CSMRS, Ministry of Water Resources, GOI; Member, Board of Management, Vishvesvaraiya Group of Institutions; Member, Board of Management, Walchand College of Engineering, Sangli (M.S.); Chairman, Departmental Promotion Committee, IASRI (ICAR) New Delhi; Member, University Court, University of Delhi.

Suhasini Haidar

National
Editor

Suhasini Haidar is the National Editor and Diplomatic Affairs Editor, The Hindu. New Delhi.Over the course of a 22-year career in journalism. she has covered the most challenging stories and conflicts from the sub-continent and beyond including Pakistan,Sri Lanka,Libya, Lebanon and Syria.She was also the Foreign Affairs editor and prime time anchor at CNN IBN(2005-2014)

Bhupendra Chaubey

Executive editor of CNN-News 18

Bhupendra Chaubey is the Executive editor of CNN-News 18. He has been a TV journalist for the past twelve years starting his career with NDTV. As a political journalist he has covered two general elections and assembly elections of all states.

Haji Syed Salman Chishti

Chairman of Chishty Foundation

Haji Syed Salman Chishti is the Chairman of Chishty Foundation. He is the 26th generation Gaddi-Nashin(hereditary custodians/key holders) of the Chishty Family which serves the globally famed, acknowledged and renowned center of Peace and Unity for the whole of Humanity – The Blessed Dargah Ajmer Sharif Sufi Shrine of the 11th Century Sufi Grand Master Teacher Hazrat Khawaja Moinudeen Hasan Chishty.

Navika Kumar

Managing Editor of Times Now

Navika Kumar is the Managing Editor of Times Now. She is known for her extensive knowledge on Indian politics and business. She is also credited for investigating and breaking high impact stories including Office of Profit story,CWG Scam, Augusta Chopper Scam, Aircel -Maxis Deal amongst others.

Colonel Shailendra Singh (Retd.)

Defence analyst

Colonel Shailendra Singh (Retd.) is a veteran gunner who has served the Indian Army in the regiment of Artillery. He is a renowned Defence analyst.

Sadashiv Bajpai

Alumni of University of Allahabad

Sadashiv Bajpai is an alumni of University of Allahabad. Retired IRS Officer. He is a Former Vice Chairman of the Income tax Settlement Commission. During his service, he worked in various fields such as administration of Direct Taxes, Investigation and intelligence work in Enforcement Directorate and Income-Tax Department.He also contributed in drafting of legislations such as Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Sanjeev Tripathi

Member of
the BJP

Sanjeev Tripathi is member of the BJP and former Chief of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India's foreign intelligence service.Tripathi is the son-in-law of Former RAW chief,G.S. Bajpai, and comes from a family of Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. A keen sportsman, he topped the civil service exam in 1972, and joined the Uttar Pradesh cadre. Few years later, he switched to RAW, resigning from the IPS, and was absorbed in the Research & Analysis Service (RAS), which feeds the ranks of RAW. Mr. Tripathi is the first RAW chief from the RAS (RAW Allied Services) cadre in its more than four-decade history.

Ashok Khurana

Former Director General of CPWD

Ashok Khurana is the Former Director General of CPWD. He worked in civil construction for more than 30 years. He won the Institution of engineers (India) award for the year 2011”For significant contribution to the advancement and application of practice of engineering in India.” Ashok Khurana has done significant contributions in the field of in-situ development of JJ clusters, protection of heritage buildings in Delhi, development of city forests of Delhi construction of sports fields and sports activities and green cover of Delhi.

Mr. Sushil Pandit

World-renowned activist

Mr. Sushil Pandit is a world-renowned activist; and owner of Hive Communications India Pvt. Ltd. He has five year experience in national media director and vice president post on Contract Advertising (india) Limited - WPP Network.He is a prominent Kashmiri leader and above all,an intellectual well informed with the history of Kashmir. Mr Pandit is also the Founder of Roots in Kashmir.

Air Marshal RK Sharma PVSM AVSM VM ADC

Former Vice Chief of The Air Staff

Air Marshal RK Sharma PVSM AVSM VM ADC, Former Vice Chief of The Air Staff commanded a Combat Squadron of the IAF, the Air Force Test Pilot School, Prototype Test Squadron at Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment(ASTE) and a major AirForce base during his long and distinguished career.Earlier he also served as the Defence Attache and was also appointed as Assistant Chief of the Integrated Defence Staff(Financial Planning), Assistant Chief of the Air Staff(Plans), Deputy Chief of the Air Staff and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command.

Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM (Bar)

Former Military Secretary

Syed Ata Hasnain was commissioned into the 4th Battalion, The Garhwal Rifles, from the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, on 16 June 1974. He eventually commanded the same battalion. He participated in Operation

Pawan in Sri Lanka during 1988-90, and took part in counter insurgency operations in Punjab in 1990-91. During the 1990s, the then Colonel Hasnain served with the United Nations in Mozambique, and later, war torn Rwanda. As a Brigadier, he served in Jammu and Kashmir as Commander, 12 Infantry Brigade, on the Line of Control, near the town of Uri.

Later, he was posted as GoC XV & XXI Corps in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, His last assignment in service was as the Military Secretary of the Indian Army at army headquarters, New Delhi.

He is currently appointed as a Chancellor of Central University of Kashmir. He is the member of board of director of Reliance Infrastructure since October 2019. He. He was awarded First civilian honor by the Capital Foundation Society of Delhi and received the award from the Vice President of India, Mohammad Hamid Ansari.

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