- Dr. N. Bhaskara Rao, Internationally known media expert
Dr. Rao is an Eminent Social Scientist, Political Analyst and Communication Scholar. He is the founder Chairman of Centre for Media Studies (CMS). 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 50 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)’, “Good Governance: Delivering Corruption-free: Public Services” (SAGE, 2013); “Poll Surveys in Media – An Indian Perspective” (National Book Trust, 2012); “Unleashing Power of News Channels – An Indian Perspective” (EMESCO, 2012), Sustainable Good Governance, Development and Democracy (SAGE - 2019); The TRP Trick – How Television in India was Hijacked ( Vitasta - 2019); Citizen Activism in India (2018). His e-book “Chronicles of a Village Boy in New Delhi” (2013) traces his origins.
- Dr. Vasanti Rao
Ms Vasanti is founder member and currently the Director General of CMS. She has completed her PhD in Media Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University and has double Masters degrees in Applied Psychology (Jamia Millia Islamia) and Management (FMS, Delhi University).
She specializes in strategy development, designing, researching and evaluating development communication initiatives. She advises, studies and writes on: the communication media and regulatory issues; mass & new media trends and consumption patterns; strategies for including social issues in popular media (entertainment & NEWS); Communication & Media Research; Behavior Change Communication & Entertainment Education Strategies. Children, Gender and Conservation are three key areas of her concern and passion.
- Shri N K Mathur
Mr Mathur 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.
- Shri. Vinod Vaish, IAS (Retd)
Mr Vaish 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.
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
- Dr Reena Ramchandran
Dr. Ramachandran is currently Strategic Advisor, Innovation University Project under PPP model (A unique project of the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India). Prior to this she was CMD, Hindustan Organic Chemicals Ltd, a PSU under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Govt. of India, General Manager, ONGC, Cement Research Institute under the Ministry of Science & Technology, Director General, Fortune Institute of International Business and Fortune Institute of Communication & Television and was Founder Director General, J.K. Business School. She is the 1st women CEO of a public sector company in India. She was conferred with Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions in the Oil and Gas sector.
- Shri Rammohan Rao Kakani
Mr Kakani retired as Deputy Adviser, Planning Commission, Govt. of India in 1994 from Indian Economic Service. He undertook wasteland development work in Tamil Nadu till 2002 and from then on Honarary Secretary, BREAD Society, Hyderabad
- Prof. Rakesh Batabyal
Dr Batabyal has been a fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla (1996-1999), National Institute of Panjab Studies (2004), and was the Inaugural Chair of Contemporary Indian History at Tokyo University (2010). As Deputy Director of the Academic Staff College of Jawaharlal Nehru University, he is credited with making the college one of the most dynamic academic centres in the country.
Batabyal teaches history of Media at the Centre for Media Studies in JNU. Rakesh Batabyal’s Communalism in Bengal: From Famine to Noakhali (1943-47), (Sage Publications, 2005) and The Penguin Book of Modern Indian Speeches, (Penguin Books, 2007) are widely received works in Modern Indian History.
- Ms. N. Bharati
Ms Bharati is an active Lions Club member and core group member of Mahila Chaupal, Neb Sarai, New Delhi. She also teaches under privileged children, besides her other social service activities.
- Ms. Ditti Singh
Ms Singh is an entrepreneur and management consultant. She has an MBA from FORE School of Management.
- Dr. G Lakshmi Kumari
Dr. G Lakshmi Kumari is retired professor and 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. She 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.