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LEADERSHIP

CMS Managing Committee and Advisory Council includes luminaries of the country from different fields. The participation of these eminent personalities has enabled CMS to grow from strength to strength and forge ahead in its unique mission and standing in India.

CMS-MANAGING COMMITTEE

Dr. N. Bhaskara Rao, Internationally known media expert
Dr. N. Bhaskara Rao is the founder chairman of Centre for Media Studies (CMS) and the prestigious market research and forecasting outfit, Marketing & Development Research Associates (MDRA). Before starting CMS, he was CEO of ORG, a leader in marketing information, media measurement and information and business media.

Dr. Rao is a pioneer of social research in India and an eminent mass communication expert with over 40 years of experience. His studies on public opinion, customer satisfaction, broadcasting, advertising trends, mass communication opportunities, rural marketing and psephology based election surveys are the benchmarks in their respective fields.

He is a distinguished author of books on governance, media, elections and interstate politics. His publications, include ‘The Politics of Leadership in an Indian State: Andhra Pradesh (1968)’, ‘Indo-Pak conflict: controlled mass communication in inter-state relations (1971)’, ‘Social effects of mass media in India (1996)’, ‘A Handbook of Poll Surveys in Media: An Indian Perspective (2010)’, and currently edits the journal Transparency Review. His forthcoming book is “Unleashing Power of News Channels”.

Ms. P. N. Vasanti, Psychologist, and Social Researcher
Ms. P.N. Vasanti is director of Centre for Media Studies (CMS). She is a researcher and specialist in studies on media habits, policy issues in broadcasting and media consumption patterns. Her expertise includes the electronic media and its influence with special reference to women, children and development. Ms. Vasanti writes a fortnightly column titled ‘Fine Print’ on Media in Mint, the business newspaper of the HT Media group.

Dr. Shanti Swarup Medasani, Scientist
Dr Swarup Medasani is a renowned Research Scientist at the Information Sciences Laboratory in HRL, California. He was a post doctoral fellow at Colorado and a visiting Scholar/lecturer at the University of Missouri. Dr Medasani has received a number of awards and honours and has also published various papers/books and has registered multiple patents.

Ms. N. Bharati, Development Consultant

Dr. G Lakshmi Kumari, National Scientist and Former Senior Professor, NIHFW
Dr. G Lakshmi Kumari presently teaches in the Department of Biotechnology, Ambala college of Engineering and Applied Research. She has vast experience in the application of physical methods to the analysis of Essential Oils, Chromatographic technique, photochemical reactions, Immunodiagnostics of Hormones and steroid genesis. Before joining, the Ambala College of Engineering and Applied Research, she had also worked as Senior Scientific Officer at the Central Family Planning Institute, Delhi on a WHO Project and was a faculty at the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare from 1977-1992.

Prof. M K Premi, Demographer, Former Senior Professor, JNU
Mahendra K. Premi served the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi for almost twenty-five years and retired as Professor of Demography in 1996. He received his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1968. He was a Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, that has published his two books. Prof. Premi has written several other books covering wide range of topics including Social Demography: A Systematic Exposition, Population of India in the New Millennium: Census 2001, and India’s Changing Population Profile. His latest book is Population of India 2011 published in February 2012.

Prof. Premi was President of the Indian Association for the Study of Population for four years. He has eeb associated with the Census Organisation over the past half a century.

Shri. Vinod Vaish, IAS (Retd), former Secretary, Dept of Telecom, GoI
Studied in Allahabad University where he completed his Post Graduation in Physics. M.Phil in Social Sciences from Punjab University, Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration. He has also done a course in Project Appraisal and Management in Harvard University, USA. Joined Indian Administrative Services in 1966, Madhya Pradesh Cadre, later allocated to Chhattisgarh State. He has had a rich and varied administrative experience having worked in the Tribal Areas of Sarguja and Shahdol as District Collector in 1970s

He worked as Collector, Gwalior in 1976 and later as Commissioner, College Education, Industries Commissioner, Managing Director, State Textiles Corporation and Agriculture Secretary in the State of Madhya Pradesh. He has worked for 4 years in the Cabinet Secretariat in Government of India from 1978 to 1982 and in the Ministry of Commerce as Director. As Joint Secretary in the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals he played a crucial role in the formulation of the Drug Policy of the country. He worked in the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India as Additional Secretary/Special Secretary from 1996 to 2000.

From June to September 2000 he worked as Secretary, Department of Telecom Services. During this period he successfully accomplished the intricate task of corporatisation of the Department of Telecommunications having about 3.5 lakh employees, an effort which was very well appreciated both by the Government and as well as the employees of Department of Telecommunications. From 1st October, 2000 to 31st May, 2002 he worked as Secretary, Ministry of Labour. He was Chairman, Telecom Commission and Secretary, Department of Telecommunications from 1st June, 2002 to 31st Settlement January2004. Has represented India in a number of international conferences on environment, labour and telecommunications.

CMS-ADVISORY COUNCIL

Justice P. N. Bhagwati, Former Chief Justice of India
Justice P.N. Bhagwati, the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India, is one of the most distinguished jurists of the country and through creative interpretation, developed the strategy of Public Interest Litigation with a view to making human rights meaningful for the large masses of poor and disadvantaged people. He is closely connected with a large number of NGOs, both in India and outside, and has been motivating and inspiring grassroots human rights and development Justice Bhagwati is the Chairman of the South Asian Task Force on Judiciary and has been a member of the Committee of Experts of the ILO for over 15 years. He has been responsible for a considerable amount of work in the field of human rights and development among tribals, particularly tribal women in South and East India and is a household name amongst the poor and underprivileged sectors of Indian society.

Shri. N Vittal, former Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), GoI
Sri N. Vittal, belonging to the Indian Administrative Service 1960 batch, is one of the eminent public servants of India, and has helped people in important positions in the Government of India, including the Central Vigilance Commissioner. He has held the appointments of Chairman, Telecom Commission and Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India, Chairman, Public Enterprises Selection Board and before retirement his last appointment was Central Vigilance Commissioner. He has received several honours and recognitions nationally and internationally. He was included in the list of “Fifty men and women who shaped the economy” in the fifty years after India’s Independence by the Business Today magazine (August 1997). Mr. Vittal has written more than 400 articles on various subjects relating to management, public relations, human resources development, management of technology, public sector management, etc. in many prominent journals and magazines and has also authored three books - [a] India Incorporated : Reflections on the Indian Electronics Industry(1994); [b] The Vicious Cycle of Vittal’s Law (1994); and, [c] The Red Tape Guerrilla (1995).

Dr. Shyam Benegal, MP, Eminent Film Director
With a career that has spanned more than 25 years, Shyam Benegal's profile is awe-inspiring. His body of film making has repeatedly swept critics off their feet, garnering him more than 30 National Awards, five Filmfare Awards, innumerable Advertising Awards and many significant international awards. The core subjects of his films have been varied in nature but mainly centered around contemporary Indian experiences. Problems of development and social change appear on many levels as a continuing thread in practically all his films. The government of India has conferred on him two of its most prestigious awards-the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan. Mr. Benegal has also been a member of the Rajya Sabha since 2006.

Prof. Y S Rajan, former Principal Advisor, CII
Prof. Y S Rajan, an eminent Indian Scientist has made key contributions to space research, technology and applications since 1964 and continues to be an important expert on space matters. As Scientific Secretary, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), he was responsible for a combination of scientific, technical, administrative, planning, policy and international cooperation matters. His contributions in shaping ISRO from its initial experimental phases into a major service delivery organisation have been remarkable. He has been responsible for creating a series of documents related to Technology Vision 2020 for India, which culminated in a book on a roadmap for socio- economic development for India called “India Vision 2020”. He is an expert in environmentally sound technologies, satellite meteorology, remote sensing, mapping systems and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) related matters.

Shri D. R. Kaarthikeyan, Former Director CBI
A man of magnanimous personality, D. R. Kaarthikeyan, is well known for his amazing “Life List” of accomplishments. Mr. Karthikeyan served as the Chief Bureau of the Investigation Team of the Central Bureau of Investigation to investigate the tragic assassination of Prime Minister Mr. Rajiv Gandhi. He was Director-General of Central Reserve Police Force, Director of the prestigious Central Bureau of Investigation and Director General of National Human Rights Commission. He is the author of the bestseller ‘Triumph of Truth-Rajiv Gandhi Assassination-The investigation’. He travels widely and addresses gatherings in educational institutions, professional gatherings, police and other training academies, and public functions where he speaks on socially relevant subjects such as values, human rights, leadership, crisis management and investigation.

Shri. H K Dua, Editor-in-chief, Tribune
H K Dua currently Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune, is one of the senior-most journalists of the country, having served as editor for over 14 years in four leading national dailies. He has been the Editor of the Hindustan Times, Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Express and Editorial Advisor of The Times of India. Mr Dua has interviewed several distinguished world leaders. They include: Margaret Thatcher, China's Li Peng, Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Iran's Rafsanjani, among several others. He has served as Press Advisor to two Prime Ministers and an Ambassador of India to Denmark, prior to his taking up his present assignment with the Tribune.

Shri. B G Varghese, Eminent Editor
B G Varghese is one of the leading journalists in India and has served as the editor of two leading national dailies of India, The Hindustan Times and the Indian Express. He is the recipient of Magsaysay award for journalism in 1975 and was the information advisor to Indira Gandhi, the former Indian Prime Minister. He is a member of the Press Council of India and the Prasar Bharati Board. A highly respected professional, B.G. Varghese was a member of the Kargil committee and was also on the National Security Council. He is also associated with the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi and works on issues of water management, especially relating to the optimal development of land and water resources of the eastern Himalayas. He is a member of India's National Commission on Integrated Water Resources Development and has written several books on the subject.

Shri. Swami Agnivesh, Social Activist
Swami Agnivesh is well known for his work in various fields of social work. He has held several important positions such as the Chairperson of the United Nations Trust Fund on contemporary forms of slavery, Chairperson of the Bandhua Mukti Morcha and General Secretary of the Bhartiya Arya Pratininddhi Sabha. His present mission involves networking with various religious leaders of all major faiths, women’s organizations and social-political activists in their effort to carry out anti-liquor movements throughout India and strengthening the Arya Samaj movement to fight against various forms of casteism, communalism, religious obscurantism and other social evils. He is committed to continue fighting against bonded labour, child labour and child prostitution by making ‘Right to Minimum Wage’ and ‘Right to Education’ Fundamental Right. Swami Agnivesh has to his credit various published books like ‘Vedic Socialism’, ‘Religion, Revolution and Marxism’.

Mr. Kiran Karnik, Former President, NASSCOM
Kiran Karnik was President of NASSCOM, the premiere trade body and the “chamber of commerce” for the IT software and services industry in India, till January 2008. Prior to joining NASSCOM in 2001, Mr. Karnik was the Managing Director and CEO of Discovery Networks in India where he spearheaded the launch of Discovery Channel in South Asia in August 1995 and Animal Planet (a Discovery – BBC joint venture) in 1999. From 1991 to 1995, Mr. Karnik was Founder-Director of the Consortium for Educational Communication, which was responsible for UGC’s Countrywide Classroom broadcasts and other ICT initiatives. Earlier, Mr. Karnik worked for over 20 years at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), where he held various positions including that of Founder-Director of ISRO’s Development and Educational Communicational Unit. He has done consulting assignments for WHO, The World Bank, UN Institute for Disarmament Research, Ford Foundation, and an extended one for UNESCO in Afghanistan. In a career of almost four decades, Mr. Karnik has been conferred many awards and accolades. He has been awarded the Padma Shri in 2007 and the ‘DATAQUEST IT Person of the Year – 2005’. Business Week named Mr. Karnik as one of the ‘Stars of Asia’ in 2004 and he was selected as Forbes magazine’s ‘Face of the Year 2003’, for being a driving force behind India’s offshoring wave.

Dr. Mohini Giri, President, Guild of Service
Dr. V. Mohini Giri, Social Activist, Leader in the women's movement, specializing in human rights and gender justice, is renowned both nationally and internationally for her committed work in empowering women politically, socially, legally and economically. Belonging to an illustrious family of scholars, civil servants and musicians, Mohini Giri is the daughter-in-law of Late Shri V.V. Giri, former President of India. She has contributed a lot in alleviating the situation of war widows and has also held prominent positions with several other groups such as Guild of Service, South Asia Women’s Peace Initiative. Some of her publications include 'Kanya - Exploitation of Little Angels' (1998) and 'Emancipation and Empowerment of Women' (1996).

Ms. Usha Rai, Eminent Journalist
Usha Rai is the founder member of the Indian Women’s Press Corp in New Delhi. Ms Rai, a pioneer in writing on women’s empowerment issues has been focusing on the falling sex ratio of the girl child due to sex selective abortions. She is the recipient of the Chameli Devi Award and FAO UN Award. Among the major women related stories she has broken are the rape of Bhanwari Devi of Rajasthan, atrocities on Usha Dhiman of U.P, assault on Jain Sadhavis in M.P. and an investigative report on the widows of Vrindavan.

Prof. P. C. Joshi, Economist & Former Director, Delhi School of Economics
He is a leading social scientist widely known for his contributions to studies on development and social change in India from a radical perspective. He was Professor and Director, Institute of Economic Growth; and also President of the Society for Labour Economics; President of the Indian Sociological Society; Chairman, Software Committee for Doordarshan; Member, National Commission for Rural Labour and Jawaharlal Nehru National Fellow. He is the author of numerous works in English and Hindi, including Land Reforms in India (1975); Culture, Communication and Social Change (1989); Secularism and Development: The Indian Experiment (1995); Mahatma Gandhi: The New Economic Agenda (1996); Social Science and Development: Quest for Relevance (1996); Communication and National Development (2002); Prominent among his work in Hindi are: Bhartiya Gram (1966); Parivartan Aur Vikas Ke Sanskritic Ayam (1995); Swapna Aur Yathartha (2000).

Mr. Ramesh Sharma, Eminent Film Maker
Ramesh Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director of Moving Picture Company (India) Ltd. is a well- known award winning Feature film and Television Producer/Director whose films have won numerous awards in the Indian National and International Film Festivals. His very first film (which he produced and directed) “RUMTEK” (on a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery) won the National award for the best short film in India, in 1979. In 1980 this film was awarded a special jury prize in the Commonwealth Film and Television Festival held in Cyprus. Mr. Ramesh Sharma is a member of the Key Advisory Body to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India. He is also a member of FICCI’s Entertainment committee in India and member of the Governing Council of the NASSCOM-FICCI-alliance.

Dr. S. Venkatnarayan, Senior Journalist, former Editor India Today
An active journalist since 1968, Mr Venkat Narayan was Executive Editor and Senior Editor of India Today in 1979-84; interviewed a large number of Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings and other dignitaries, including Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, and is the author of NTR: A Biography in 1982. He has travelled in 65 countries across all continents. Beginning his journalistic career in The Times of India as a reporter in Ahmedabad in Gujarat in 1968, he worked in The Sunday Times, London, as a Summer Scholar in 1975 and as a guest writer at The Boston Globe in Boston in the US in 1978. He currently freelances and writes for a number of international publications.

Mr. Naveen S, Psephologist and Market Researcher
Naveen Surapaneni works with Airtel as Head – Business & Marketing. He is a management graduate from the prestigious International Management Institute (IMI), Delhi. Over the last 6 years, he has worked on managerial aspects of development programme planning, implementation and impact assessment. Over years he has led teams to handle various assignments ranging from formulating and executing corporate strategy including M&A, partnership and organic growth strategies, developing and monitoring annual operating plans, feasibility of new business development opportunities and formulation of business plan, programme management of key strategic initiatives, frontline sales etc.

Shri. S. D. Saxena, Director (Finance), BSNL
A brilliant student, Mr Saxena is the winner of many awards and medals, including the Chancellor’s Gold Medal for being the most outstanding student of Agra University in the year 1967.During his present tenure as Director (Finance) of BSNL, the largest public sector company dealing with telecom infrastructure, BSNL has shown remarkable growth in both financial and physical targets.

Mr. Saxena has been an active member of the Study Group III under the aegis of International Telecommunication Union. He was the Chairman of the Special Rapporteur Group of Study Group III for telecommunications statistics, which made significant contributions for the presentation of telecom statistics on a global scale. Mr. Saxena was elected Chairman of the TAS Group, the regional tariff group of I.T.U. for Asia & Oceania dealing with telecom-related issues for this region.