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.
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.
Shri N K Mathur, former Special Secretary to GoI
He retired as Special Secretary to Government of India & Adviser Telecom Commission. He has also served as Expert with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on some UNDP assignments; on bilateral assignments; also as Adviser to Union Public Service Commission.
An innovative thinker in diverse fields with important contributions to the revolution and transformation in India’s telecommunications scenario. His motto has been: service to the Nation to realise the country’s immense potential.
Education: B.Sc.(Raj. Univ.) Gold Medallist, B.Sc. Engineering (BHU) Merit Scholarship all four years, in-service Senior-Level Courses on Project Management, Work Study, New Telecom Technologies, etc.
A strategy and management expert with over 60 years of experience, he has pioneered transparency in several spheres of public functioning.
He is a prolific writer and envisions India as a World Power.
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.