She has worked in the sphere of Education for over three decades. She specialized in a variety of fields ranging from Creative Arts, special needs, Curriculum Development and Peace Studies. She has held several posts in India and abroad, at both school and university level.
She is a recipient of the prestigious National Teachers Award 2005 from the President of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam on teachers day and the Endeavour Award 2009 – 10, from the Australian government for her work in the area of Asia Literacy along with innumerable awards nationally and internationally. She is a member of the panel of experts at the Oslo Coalition, at the Nobel Institute. She is on the UNESCO committee in Geneva for education of peace and human rights.
She has conceived and produced the material for the school reforms in Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE), the Value Education Kit and Gender Manual for SCERT.
She is a teacher trainer for life skills, CCE and value education and has taken workshops across the country for Principals of CBSE and state board schools.
Mrs. Wattal is on several expert committees both Nationally and Internationally -
Member of the Council for National Council of Teacher Education nominated vide Gazette of India No. 976 dated 1st May 2013.
Member of the Executive Council of NCERT, Government of India (May 2012).
Member of the Governing Body of the Board of Central Board of Secondary Education (January 2013).
Member of the Delhi School Education Advisory Board, Government of New Delhi (May 2013).
Member of a Committee of NCTE to review certain regulatory functions. (May 2013).
Lead Member in the Global Leaders Education Programme, a 15-country initiative, which is supported by the CBSE.
On the board of several schools across the country.
Born in Secundrabad in 1960, she was educated at St. Stephen's College, Delhi, and at the Department of History, University of Delhi. She taught at Hindu College (University of Delhi) from 1982 till 1993, and thereafter at the Department of History (University of Delhi) (till 2015). She has served as Dean of Colleges at the University of Delhi from 2007 till 2010 and as Dean of International Relations from 2006 till 2007.
Lahiri's many books include Pre-Ahom Assam (1991), The Archaeology of Indian Trade Routes (1992), The Decline and Fall of the Indus Civilization (2000), Finding Forgotten Cities - How the Indus Civilization was Discovered (2005), Marshalling the Past - Ancient India and its Modern Histories (2012), Ashoka in Ancient India (2015) and Monuments Matter - India’s Archaeological Heritage since Independence (2017). She has served on the editorial board of American Anthropologist (U.S.A.), and is presently on the editorial board of Archaeologies (U.K.) and on the advisory editorial board of World Archaeology (U.K.). She has been a visiting fellow at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), University of Cambridge (U.K.), the Daniel Ingalls Fellow at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University (U.S.A.) in 2006 and the O.P. Jindal Distinguished Speaker (Spring 2017) at Brown University (U.S.A). She has also served as an Advisory Member of the Shanghai Archaeology Forum of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing.
Lahiri was awarded the Infosys Prize in Humanities – Archaeology for 2013, and her book Ashoka in Ancient India won the John F. Richards prize of the American Historical Association for the best book in South Asian History for 2015.
Dr. Indu Shahani has been acknowledged worldwide as a visionary thought leader for her significant contribution to education and value-based leadership. She has over four decades of teaching experience at the college and university level.
Dr. Indu Shahani was appointed Sheriff of Mumbai in 2008 and the one year term was extended to an additional term in 2009. Dr. Shahani was also the first Indian to be appointed Vice-Chair on the Board of the Governors of the International Baccalaureate and has over a decade of experience with the IB worldwide 2001 - 2010.
Dr. Indu Shahani has been nominated on leading boards of large national and global companies that has provided an impetus for 'academia - industry collaborations' the subject of her PhD from University of Mumbai. She was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Westminster in London on November 16, 2009. As a tribute to Dr. Shahani, the University had instituted the Sheriff of Mumbai's Scholarships for Women from Mumbai to study a Master's programme in the years 2009 and 2010 in London.
Dr. Shahani is a Visiting Faculty Member at the UC Berkeley, NYU Stern, USA and she is a Lead Speaker at various conferences in India and abroad. She has also developed many linkages for student and faculty exchanges with leading universities in USA, UK, Europe, South Africa, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
Dr. Shahani has received many awards, prominent among them are 'Women of the Decade Achievers Award' by ASSOCHAM; 'Citizen of Mumbai Award' by Rotary Club of Bombay and 'Excellence in Education Award' by the FICCI FLO.
An initiative that seeks to promote the leadership of South Asian women in the areas of peace, security and regional cooperation. She is also Principal Emerita of Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi and she has served the college as Principal for 26 years from 1988-2014. She was the first woman to serve as member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) of India.
Dr. Gopinath is a member of multi-track peace initiatives in Kashmir and between India and Pakistan including the Neemrana Peace Initiative, the Pakistan India Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Democracy and the Chaophraya Dialogue. She has authored among others Pakistan in Transition, and co-authored Conflict Resolution – Trends and Prospects, Transcending Conflict: A Resource book on Conflict Transformation and Dialogic Engagement and has contributed chapters and articles in several books and journals on Gandhi, the politics of Pakistan, the arts Conflict Resolution, Gender and Peace Building et al. Her interests include issues of human rights and gender, conflict transformation and Buddhist and Gandhian philosophy. In recognition of her contribution to the field of women’s education and empowerment, she has received several awards including the Padma Shri Award, Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi Award, the Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellence in Education and the Mahila Shiromani Award and the Delhi Citizen Forum Award and Qimpro Platinum Standard Award for Education and Celebrating Womanhood South Asian Recognition Award for Social Harmony and International Lifetime Achievement Award – 2009 for outstanding work in the field of justice, Equity, Peace and Progress and the L.M. Singhvi fellowship Award at the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies (DDMI), University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree for significant contribution to the education of women and the commitment to fostering global peace through Conflict Resolution, La Trobe University, Australia and Honorary Adjunct Professor, La Trobe Asia, La Trobe University, Australia, Distinguished Alumna Award, by Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi for meritorious contribution in the field of Education, Visiting Distinguished Scholar 2015, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and Nirbhaya Puraskar 2017, by OYSS Women (Odisa Yuva Sanskrutik Sansad) for exemplary courage and accomplishment in the field of Education.
Dr. Gopinath serves on the Governing Boards of research institutes, NGOs, educational institutions and corporate bodies. She also is a member of the Nonviolent Peaceforce, International, The Club of Rome, Asian University for Women, Centre for Policy Research, Shri Ram Foundation, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, B.P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation, Welham Girls School, Shri Ram School, Track Two initiatives in the South Asian region and many more. She has been a Fulbright scholar and has received several fellowships including the Australian International Education Foundation Fellowship (1996-97) and the University Grants Commission Indo-Israel Exchange Fellowship (1994-1996) among others.
He was elected to his second term (2014 – 2019) in the Lok Sabha (House of the People) from Kendrapara Constituency, Odisha. Earlier, Jay Panda had been elected to the Lok Sabha in May 2009 as well as twice earlier to the Rajya Sabha (parliament's other house, the Council of States) in 2000 and 2006, also from the State of Odisha. He is one of the founding members of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) party, whose Founder President is Naveen Patnaik, currently serving in his fourth term as Chief Minister of Odisha.
Jay Panda represents the new face of Indian politicians, several of whom have been educated abroad and have had alternate careers before choosing to serve the nation through politics. He graduated from the Michigan Technological University and, with a background in Engineering and Management, worked in the corporate sector before joining politics. He assisted the late Biju Patnaik and subsequently Naveen Patnaik, who founded the Biju Janata Dal party, which has found strong acceptance from the people of Odisha and has been repeatedly voted back in elections.
Jay Panda had helped to form the erstwhile Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) and was its Convener. He has also been associated with the India-USA Forum of Parliamentarians from its founding in 2001 and is currently its Chairman. He was awarded the “Bharat Asmita National Award” for best parliamentary practices by the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India in 2008. Since its inception in 2007, Jay Panda has been associated with the Citizens’ Alliance Against Malnutrition, an advocacy group including many parliamentarians across parties, Bollywood actors, other celebrities, civil society activists and non-governmental organizations. The Citizens’ Alliance has undertaken numerous initiatives to battle child malnutrition in India, including field visits to rural districts in several states, continual engagement with media organizations to highlight the issue, repeated interactions with the Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition, Chief Ministers and other political leaders to raise the priority given to this critical issue.
In his earlier corporate career, Jay Panda was active in industry organizations like the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the International Chromium Development Association. In the past he has also been associated with the Govt. of Odisha’s Industrial Advisory Committee and been a Director on the Industrial Promotion & Investment Corporation of Odisha (IPICOL). As a parliamentarian, he has been a member of many important committees like the Parliamentary Standing Committees on Finance, Home, Energy and Urban Development.
In Parliament and public life, Jay Panda passionately espouses the cause of his home state Odisha as well as other national issues close to his heart, such as economic development, education and information technology. He frequently participates in national television discussions and writes op-ed pieces in newspapers. He holds a Private Pilot’s License for aircraft and helicopters and enjoys adventure sports like skydiving and bungee jumping.
Currently, he is a member of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs as well as the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Finance and Corporate Affairs.
Born on May 13, 1940, Gopalaswami Parthasarathy is a career Foreign Service Officer who retired from Service on May 31, 2000. Prior to his entry to the Indian Foreign Service Mr. Parthasarathy was a Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army (1963-1968), after having graduated with a B.E. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Madras in 1962 He has served as Ambassador of India to Myanmar, 1992-95, High Commissioner of India to Australia 1995-98, High Commissioner of India to Pakistan 1998-2000 and High Commissioner of India, Cyprus 1990-92. He also served in Indian Missions abroad as Second/First Secretary, Embassy of India, Moscow (1969-1973), Deputy High Commissioner to Tanzania (1974-1976), Counsellor, (Political and Press), Embassy of India, Washington D.C., (1978- 1981); and Consul General of India, Karachi (1982-1985).
In New Delhi, Mr. Parthasarathy was Deputy Secretary in the Foreign Secretary’s Office (1976-1978). He has served as Spokesman, Ministry of External Affairs and Information Adviser and Spokesman in the Prime Minister’s Office with Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi (1985-90). He has been a member of Indian Delegations in several international conferences including summits at United Nations, Non-Aligned Movement and SAARC.
Mr. Parthasarathy is presently Visiting Professor in the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Centre for Air Power Studies in New Delhi. He was a Member of the Government of India’s Task Force to Review National Security Structures in India. He recently headed the Special Committee on Documenting, Narrating and Exhibiting Sardar Patel’s role in the Integration of Princely States and Unification of India. He is on the Panel of Experts from India for Track 2 Dialogue with ASEAN and Director in the India-Sri Lanka Foundation. His main areas of interest are developments in India’s neighbourhood and issues of economic integration, energy and national security and terrorism.
He is Member of l’Institut de Droit International; General Assembly, ICCR; International Advisory Panel, American Law Institute. He is on Editorial Boards of Chinese Journal of International Law (Oxford) and Human Rights and International Legal Discourse (Brussels).
He was Dean, Faculty of Law, South Asian University; Dean, School of International Studies, JNU; Director, Human Rights Teaching and Research Centre, JNU; Professor, City University of Hong Kong; Member, Law Commission of India; Director, Research Centre, The Hague Academy of International Law; Executive Editor, Indian Journal of International Law.
He held visiting appointments at London School of Economics, Max Planck Institute for International Law, University of Tokyo, East China University, University of Georgia at Athens, etc. Besides his book, The UN Human Rights Committee (Cambridge University Press), he published in British Yearbook of International Law, Cambridge Journal of International Law, Journal of World Trade, Michigan Journal of International Law, Social Science and Medicine, Texas International Law Journal, etc.
Who is currently a Member of Parliament being a presidential nominee to the Rajya Sabha. He is a Padma Bhushan recipient for his contribution to Literature and Education.
Dr Day has worked for the Australian Department of Education and Training since 2007, primarily in school education policy. Her focus has been on assessment and reporting through the National Assessment Program (www.nap.edu.au), which includes both domestic and international student assessment. Prior to this role, Dr Day also managed initiatives such as the My School website (www.myschool.gov.au); increasing school autonomy and school improvement programs. She also worked on languages, Asian studies in schools policy and values education initiatives. Dr Day began her career as a Japanese high school teacher in Canberra. In addition to speaking Japanese, Dr Day is learning Hindi and holds a PhD in nineteenth century Australian History from the Australian National University.