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Past Chairmen of our Institute


Prof. A. B. Lal
Tenure - 27.03.1980 - 26.03.1983

A mathematician as well as political scientist he was never second in his academic career. He was the Head of the Department of political science for almost 20 years and was the Vice-Chancellor of Allahabad University. A man of high moral rectitude, he was known for his commitment to academic values and uncompromising principles and was highly regarded not only by his colleagues but also by his seniors. He had deep interest in political philosophy, which he taught to students many of whom have occupied very high offices in the government. It was under his leadership that the solid foundation of the Institute was laid.

Prof. Nurul Hasan
Tenure - 04.06.1983 - 12.07.1993

One of the architects of the Aligarh School of history, he was not only a distinguished scholar but also a distinguished diplomat who served in the Govt. of India as Education Minister, Ambassador to the erstwhile Soviet Union, Chairman CSIR, Chairman UGC, and the Governor of West Bengal. He took personal interest in research activities of the Institute, offered fruitful suggestions and was known for his hospitality, approachability and concern for members of the Institute.

Prof. S. C. Dubey
Tenure - 29.07.1993 - 04.02.1996

He became a professor at the young age of 32 and served as Director NIRD, Director, Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, Chairman ICSSR, Vice-Chancellor of Jammu University, Chairman MPPSC and advisor to the Government of Madhya Pradesh. A sociologist of repute, he authored the famous book 'The Indian Village' published by Routledge and Kegan Paul. Subsequently he started writing in Hindi and shifted his focus from Sociology to culture and literature. The focus on culture in the Institute owes much to him.

Sri Krishna Chandra Pant
Tenure - 19.04.1996 - 24.07.2008

Son of Bharat Ratna Late Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant, and former Defence Minister, also has been the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission and a member of Parliament, Government of India, from 1962 onwards for 26 years. He has held several portfolios in the Union Council of Ministers, which includes Defense, Finance, Home, Irrigation and Power, Energy, Steel and Mines, Heavy Engineering, Education, Science and Technology, Atomic Energy, Electronics and Space. He is the Chairman, Center for Research and Information Systems for the Non-aligned and Developing Countries and Co-chairman Indo-UK Round Table. Under his Chairmanship from 1996 onwards Institute has taken giant leaps in research, training and other allied activities. He has authored the book "India's Development Scenario: Next Decade and Beyond" which reflects his analytical insight into the present and future of India. It is largely due to his vision that the Institute has been able to narrow down the gap between theory and social action.

Prof. Rajen Harshe (Protem President)
Tenure - 25.07.2008 - 09.01.2009

Prof. G.K. Chaddha
Tenure - 10.01.2009 - 01.03.2014

Prof. Chanddha was CEO, South Asian University, New Delhi, Member of the Economic Advisory Council of the Prime Minister of India. He was Emeritus Professor and former Vice-chancellor, JNU backed by an exceptionally brilliant academic record, Prof. Chadha has been engaged in teaching and research for nearly 38 years now. He has written 16 books besides contributing 90 research papers to national and international research journals on various development issues relating to India and other developing countries of Asia, notably Indonesia and China. He was a Visiting Fellow at Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, England, a Visiting Research Fellow at Institute of Developing Economies, Tokyo, and a Visiting Professor at University of Mauritius and is currently an Honorary Professor at Shenzhen University, China and Nihon Fukushi University, Nagoya-Japan besides being a member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for Development Research, Colombo. Prof. Chadha has been a Consultant to several international development organizations including United Nations agencies such as FAO, ILO, UNCTAD, ESCAP, etc. besides serving on numerous other international and national expert committees. He has been honored with numerous awards and distinctions for his contribution in the field of education the latest being the D. Litt Degree (honoris causa) conferred by Panjab University, Chandigarh. He has recently been elected as the President of the Indian Economic Association. Earlier, he was the President of the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics as well the Indian Society of Labour Economics.

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