Distinguished Fellows

Prof. Dileep Chakravarty is a noted Indian archaeologist and a professor of South Asian Archaeology at the prestigious Cambridge University. He is known for his studies on the early use of Iron in India and the archaeology of Eastern India. He started his career as a lecturer of Archaeology at Calcutta University from 1965-77. He was a reader of Archaeology at Delhi University from 1977-90.

Gurudas Das is a Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Institute of Technology Silchar, Assam. He has authored ‘Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh in Transition’ (1995: Vikas) and ‘Security and Development in India’s North East’ (2012: OUP). Some of his co-authored and co-edited books include ‘Voices from the Border: Response to Chinese Claim Over Arunachal Pradesh’ (with C J Thomas, 2015: Pentagon Press), ‘India-China: Trade and Strategy for Frontier Development’ (with C J Thomas, 2010: Bookwell), ‘Indo-Bangladesh Border Trade: Benefiting from Neighbourhood’ (with C J Thomas, 2008: Akansha), ‘Indo-Myanmar Border Trade: Status,

Prof. Jayanta Ray is currently a National Research Professor, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and a Visiting Professor to the Institute of Foreign Policy Studies, Calcutta University. An expert on International Relations and Foreign Policy, he has authored over 25 books and articles. A keen academic, some of the prestigious posts he has held are- Maulana Azad Fellow (Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata -Ministry of Culture, Government of India), National Fellow (Indian Council of Social Science Research), Professor of Behavioural Sciences (Indian Institute of Public Administration), Lecturer/Reader (Department of International Relations, Jadavpur University, West Bengal),

K. N. Hazarika served as the Chairman of Board of Directors and Managing Director of North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd. until July 1, 2010. Hazarika served as a Director of North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation until July 1, 2010.

Madan Prasad Bezbaruah belongs to an illustrious family with a civil service background. He has held important government positions in the North Eastern Council – Assam and Meghalaya and in the Government of India. He was Secretary to the Government of Assam in the Departments of Education, Health, Industries and Finance, Chairman of the Assam State Electricity Board and the Home Secretary of Assam from January 1986 to August 1990. During 1990 to 1994, he was Minister (Economic) in the High Commission of India, London. From 1997 to 2001, he served as the Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

Mahendra P. Lama was the pro-vice chancellor of IGNOU and the founding vice chancellor of Sikkim University in India. At the age of 45, he became the youngest vice chancellor of a Central University in India. Post completion of his Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Lama has worked and published on issues related to cooperation and integration in South Asia. Lama had served as the Chairperson, Centre for South, Central, Southeast Asia and South West Pacific Studies at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. A Ford Foundation Fellow at Notre Dame University, USA, he is also a visiting professor in the Hitotsubashi University, Japan. He was the chief economic adviser to the Chief Minister of Sikkim for seven years from 2002 to 2009.