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Governing Council

  • Patricia Uberoi

    Chairperson
  • Sreemati Chakrabarti

    Vice-Chairperson
  • Ravi Bhoothalingam

    Treasurer
  • Shyam Saran

    Member
  • Manoranjan Mohanty

    Member
  • Alka Acharya

    Member
  • Hemant Adlakha

    Member
  • Sabaree Mitra

    Member
  • Joint Secretary (EA)

    Ex-Officio Member
  • Ashok K Kantha

    Member
  • Subramanian Ramadorai

    Co-opted Member
  • Pratap Bhanu Mehta

    Co-opted Member
  • Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa

    Co-opted Member
  • Rama V Baru

    Member

Patricia Uberoi
Chairperson

Patricia Uberoi is currently Chairperson and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi. A sociologist by training, Dr Uberoi has taught Sociology at the University of Delhi and the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and retired as Professor of Social Change and Development at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. Her research interests centre on aspects of family, kinship, gender, popular culture and social policy in respect to both India and China.

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Sreemati Chakrabarti
Vice-Chairperson

Sreemati Chakrabarti is Professor of Chinese Studies and Head (Chair), Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi. Currently, she also holds the position of Dean (Social Sciences) in the same University. She has been Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi since 2003. In 2015 she became Vice-Chairperson of the Institute.  Between 2009 to 2012 she was also Honorary Director, Institute of Chinese Studies,  Delhi. She has a Ph. D in Political Science from Columbia University and holds Master’s degrees from Delhi University (Political Science) and Harvard University (Regional Studies – East Asia). 

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Ravi Bhoothalingam
Treasurer

Ravi Bhoothalingam is currently Founder and Chairman of Manas Advisory, a Consultancy practice focusing on Leadership Coaching as well as on business and cultural relations with China, Mongolia and Myanmar. He is an Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. Ravi has traveled extensively in China and its neighbourhood, and is active in Track-II initiatives in the region. He is a member of the four-country Joint Study Group examining the feasibility and scope of a Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) Economic Corridor.

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Shyam Saran
Member

Ambassador Shyam Saran is an Indian career diplomat. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1970 and rose to become the Foreign Secretary to the Government of India. Prior to his appointment as the Foreign Secretary he served as India's ambassador to Myanmar, Indonesia and Nepal and as High Commissioner to Mauritius. Upon completion of his tenure as the Foreign Secretary he was appointed Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Indo-US civil nuclear issues and later as Special Envoy and Chief Negotiator on Climate Change.

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Manoranjan Mohanty
Member

Manoranjan Mohanty (b.1942) is a teacher, researcher and writer. A Political Scientist, China Scholar and Peace and Human Rights activist he has many books and research papers on theoretical and empirical dimensions of social movements, human rights, development studies and global transformation. After retiring from University of Delhi he has been with the Council for Social Development (CSD) and is the Editor of the CSD Journal, Social Change published by Sage. He is also Chairperson, Development Research Institute, Bhubaneswar, Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi and Fellow at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, UC, Santa Barbara.

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Alka Acharya
Member

Alka Acharya is a Professor of Centre for East Asian Studies (Chinese Studies) School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). She was the Director and Senior Fellow at the  Institute of Chinese Studies. She was Editor of the quarterly journal China Report (New Delhi) from 2005-2013. She was nominated by the Indian government as a member of the India-China Eminent Persons Group (2006-2008) and member of the National Security Advisory Board of the Government of India for two terms (2006-2008) and (2011-2012). She has authored a book China & India: Politics of Incremental Engagement, published in 2008. Her current research focuses on India-China-Russia Trilateral Cooperation and the Chinese strategic response to the post-cold war regional architecture, with special reference to China’s neighborhood. 

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Hemant Adlakha
Member

Hemant Adlakha is Associate Professor at the Centre for Chinese & South East Asian Studies, School of Language, Literature & Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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Sabaree Mitra
Member

Sabaree Mitra has been teaching Chinese Language, Literature and Culture in Jawaharlal Nehru University, since 1990. Her basic training has been in Chinese Language and Literature and her research interest includes contemporary Chinese literature, criticism and cultural history. Her books include Purbadiganter Kabita: Samakaleen tin china kabir ek jhalak (2002), a collection of contemporary Chinese poetry translated into Bengali, Literature and Politics in 20th century China: Issues and Themes (2005), and, Chinese Women Writers and Gender Discourse (1976-1996) (2008). 

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Joint Secretary (EA)
Ex-Officio Member

Ashok K Kantha
Member

Mr Ashok K. Kantha joined as Director of the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi on 31st March 2017. 

A career diplomat, Kantha was Ambassador of India to China until January 2016. Prior to this, he was Secretary (East) at Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi with responsibility for about 65 countries in India’s extended neighbourhood. His previous assignments include High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka and Malaysia, Consul General in Hong Kong, Deputy Chief of Mission in Kathmandu (Nepal), and Joint Secretary (East Asia) in Ministry of External Affairs. Earlier, Kantha served in different capacities at Indian Missions in Singapore, China and the USA, and at headquarters in New Delhi. 

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Subramanian Ramadorai
Co-opted Member

Subramanian Ramadorai was the adviser to the Prime Minister of India in the national council on skill development, Government of India. He held the rank equivalent to an Indian Cabinet Minister. He is also the chairperson of the governing board of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Bharathidasan Institute of Management, chairman of Indian Institute of Information Technology, Guwahati and Tata Elxsi. Earlier, he was CEO and MD of Tata Consultancy Services from 1996 to 2009 & Vice - Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services till 6 October 2014. On 31 January 2011, TCS vice-chairman, Ramadorai was appointed by the Indian Government as the advisor to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for the National Skill Development Council.

 

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Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Co-opted Member

 Pratap Bhanu Mehta is an Indian Academic. He is a Vice-Chancellor of Ashoka University.  He was the President of Centre Policy Research, New Delhi. Before he started engaging with contemporary affairs, he taught political theory at Harvard, and briefly at JNU. He was a Professor at NYU Law School’s Global Faculty. He has written extensively on intellectual history, political theory, law,  India's social transformation and world affairs. He is the recipient of the Infosys Prize, the Adisheshiah Prize and the Amartya Sen Prize. 

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Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa
Co-opted Member

Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1979. She was the first Indian woman to be appointed Ambassador to the Gulf State of Qatar and later Japan. She has also been India’s Ambassador to Sweden, Latvia and Republic of Marshall Islands. Earlier, she served twice in China, besides stints in Switzerland and Netherlands. She was instrumental in the active promotion of India’s economic interests in the areas of trade, technology, investments and energy security. She has held the charge of Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, responsible for Indian relations with the United Nations and its agencies, including development programmes of UNICEF, ILO, UNDP, WHO etc. in India. 

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Rama V Baru
Member

Rama V. Baru is a Professor at the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her major areas of research interest include commercialization of health services, infectious diseases, comparative health systems and health inequalities. She is the author of two books - Private Health Care in India: Social Characteristics and Trends and School Health Services in India: The Social and Economic Contexts. She is on the Ethics Committee of the Medical Council of India and the Research committee of the Revised National Tuberculosis Programme of the Ministry of Health, Government of India.

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