Guest Editors

Eminent academics and public intellectuals have associated themselves with Samyukta as Guest Editors over the last 15 years. They have brought their of scholarship and experience to explore new fields of knowledge and keep the journal connected to the changing contours of women’s lives.

Arya Madhavan – Samyuka Vol XVI. No. 2 July 16

Arya specialises in researching and writing on Indian Theatre, with particular reference to Kutiyattam, the oldest existing theatre form in the world. She is a Kutiyattam performer with over twnety years of performance expereince from both India and UK. Her research and writing focuses on the aesthetics and praxis of Kutiyattam with an intention to develop new theoretical concepts derived from its practice. Arya completed her PhD from the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University in 2008, which focused on the acting and actor-training of Kutiyattam from the perspective of consciousness studies. Her first monograph was published in 2010 entitled “Kudiyattam theatre and the Actor’s Consciousness”. Since 2013, Arya has been developing a new research area, Women in Asian Performance that remains understudied till date. She organised the first international Women in Asian Theatre symposium in Lincoln on 14th September 2013 with delegates participating from UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Korea, India, Japan, US and Australia. She completed editing a journal special issue on Women in Asian Theatre for the Asian Theatre Journal (Fall 2015) and commissioned to edit the Routledge anthology on Women in Asian Performance (2017).

Sneja Gunew – Samyuka Vol XVI. No. 1 Jan 16

Sneja Gunew (FRSC): Professor Emerita, at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice (GRSJ) at the University of British Columbia, Canada. She has published widely on multicultural, postcolonial and feminist critical theory and was Director of the Centre for Research in Women’s and Gender Studies (2002-7) and North American editor of Feminist Theory (Sage 2006-10). Her books include Framing Marginality: Multicultural Literary Studies (1994) and Haunted Nations: The Colonial Dimensions of Multiculturalisms(Routledge 2004). Based in Canada since 1993, her current work is on comparative multiculturalisms and diasporic literatures and their intersections with national and global cultural formations. Her forthcoming book is provisionally entitled: Back to the Future: Post-multiculturalism; Immanent Cosmopolitanism.

Uma Chakravarti – Samyukta Vol.XV. No.2 (July 2015)

Uma Chakravarti is a feminist historian who taught at Miranda House, University College for Women, Delhi, from 1966 to 1998. She writes on Buddhism, early Indian history, the history of the 19th century, and on contemporary issues. She also addresses the issues of gender and caste in India.

She is the author of Social Dimensions of Early Buddhism (1987); Rewriting history: The Life and Times of Pandita Ramabai (1998); Gendering Caste Through a Feminist Lens (2002); and Everyday Lives, Everyday Histories: Beyond the Kings and Brahmanas of Ancient India (2006). She has also co-authored Delhi Riots: Three Days in the Life of a Nation (1987); Shadow Lives: Writings on Widowhood (2006); and From Myths to Markets: Essays on Gender (1999).

Since the 1970s Uma Chakravarti has been associated with the women’s movement and the movement for democratic rights. In this capacity she has participated in many fact-finding teams to investigate human rights violations, communal riots, and state repression. She was a member of the ‘International Tribunal on Justice for Gujarat’ in 2002 which reported on the experiences of survivors of the Gujarat riots. As part of Women’s Civil Society Initiative, she has also visited and reported on Kashmir. Her essay ‘A Kashmir Diary: Seven Days in an Armed Paradise’ was published in Urvashi Butalia’s edited volume, Speaking Peace: Women’s Voices from Kashmir (2003).

Imrana Qadeer And Arathi P. M.– Samyukta Vol.XIV. No.2 (July 2014)

Imrana Qadeer started her professional career as a pediatrician. She then moved to the area of public health by joining the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, where she taught for 35 years and retired as a professor. Since then she has been J. P. Naik Senior Fellow at the Centre of Women’s Development Studies (CWDS), New Delhi and is currently a Visiting Professor at Council for Social Development (CSD), New Delhi. Her areas of interest are organisational issues in health services in South Asia with a special focus on India; social epidemiology and political economy of health; and women’s health and research methodology with an emphasis on interdisciplinary research methodologies. Other than teaching, research guidance and research activities, she has worked with independent grass-root organisations and supported their research and service delivery efforts. She has also worked with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Planning Commission, Population Commission, the advisory and monitoring bodies for the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), and University Grants Commission (UGC) Standing Committee on Women’s studies.

Her major published work is Public Health in India and her major area of interest is the relationship between Gender and Health.

Arathi P. M, obtained her PhD from the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She joined the Council for Social Development, New Delhi, and is an associate Fellow. Her PhD was titled Gendered Bodies, Medicine and Law: A Study of Selected Caselaws from India. Her MPhil dissertation was on the preliminary analysis of the legislating process of abortion in selected countries of south Asia. She has done her masters in Law with health care laws as specialization. Her post doctoral academic work and publications covers the areas of public health laws, the politics of Reproductive Technologies, the Social Determinants of Health and the Regional Modernity of Kerala. She works closely with movements like People’s Health Movement, Medico- Friend Circle and AIDWA.

Bini B. S. And P. J. Thomas – Samyukta Vol.XIV. No.1 (January 2014)

Bini B.S is currently an Academic Fellow at Balvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics and Other Human Sciences, Baroda. Her Ph.D was an analysis of the idea of alternative history and historicity of fictional narratives with special reference to the theories of Michel Foucault. She was part of an OUP Translation Project, An Anthology of Malayalam Literature, which will be published this year. Her research articles, poems and translations have appeared in national and international Journals and anthologies including Poetry Chain, Kritya, Samyukta, ETC: A Review of General Semantics, JWS: A Journal of Women’s Studies, South Asian Ensemble, Kavyabharati and The Virtual Transformation of the Public Sphere (published by Routledge).

P. J. Thomas is an associate professor at the Department of English at St. Berchmans College, Changanassery, Kerala. He has attended several academic events in India and abroad.

Ilina Sen And Ranjana Padhi – Samyukta Vol.XIII. No. 1 (January 2013)

Ilina Sen, Senior Fellow at the Nehru Memorial museum and Library, is Professor of Women’s Studies at the Advanced Centre for Women’s Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Earlier she was on the faculty of the Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University at Wardha, Maharashtra.

Her works include A Space within the Struggle: Women’s Participation in People’s Struggles; Sukhvasin: The migrant woman of Chhattisgarh; The Women’s Movement in India (Watan o desh series)among others.

Her commitment to women’s issues spills over from her writing into social activism. She has been active in the Women’s movement since the heady days of the Seventies, and has written extensively on women’s issues, particularly with regard to their livelihood and their political rights. She has spent much time with the mine workers and adivsis of Chhattisgarh and, as she puts it, ‘spent a lifetime interpreting workers’ issues to feminists, and feminist issues to workers’ organizations.’

Rajesh V. Nair – Samyukta Vol.XII. No.2 (July 2012)

Rajesh V. Nair is Assistant Professor of English, Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam, Kerala. He published half a dozen articles in various books and journals on areas like autobiography, biography, visual culture, cultural studies and Malayalam fiction and has presented more than a dozen papers in international conferences and national seminars. His areas of interest include Life Writing, Cultural Studies, Malayalam Literature and graphic narratives. His doctoral thesis was on “The Politics of Narration in Biography as a Form with Specific Reference to Gandhi’s English Biographies.” His current projects include an edited book on Life Writing, a translation and a book on Gandhi.

Veena Poonacha – Samyukta Vol.XII. No.1 (Jan 2012)

Veena Poonacha is Professor and Director of the Research Centre for Women’s Studies (RCWS), and the Project Director of the Dr. Avabai Wadia Archives for Women at the SNDT Women’s University. After obtaining a Ph.D. in Sociology from SNDT Women’s University, Veena Poonacha focused on an interdisciplinary approach when she embarked on research into Women’s Studies. Her research straddles the areas of History, Sociology and Social Anthropology, particularly in the context of women. She has undertaken field research projects in many parts of India, particularly in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, for national/ international agencies. In the course of her research, she has investigated subjects as varied as state/community responses to domestic violence, the functioning of Self-Help Groups, gender issues in educational, scientific and private sectors, and development deficits in urban slums.

She was awarded the Australia-India Council Senior fellowship for 2007-2008, to study Responses to Domestic Violence in Australia: Initiatives for Indian and Other Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities (CALD). She was a member of the Task Force on Microfinance constituted by the Chief Minister, Maharashtra, in 2008, and a special invitee at the Study Circle constituted by the State Commission for Minorities, Government of Maharashtra, to study the situation of the minorities (2012).

Her published works include Understanding Women’s Studies (Contribution to women’s studies series);“Gender within the human rights discourse” (RCWS gender series); and Responses to domestic violence in the states of Karnataka & Gujarat (1999).

Between the years 2005 and 2012 Veena Poonacha conducted rural development programmes in 35 villages of Valsad District with funding from National Bank for Rural and Agriculture Development (NABARD). Through these programmes she has organized women into Self Help Groups and conducted vocational training, legal awareness and family counselling programmes for the women residing in these villages. She also runs two crèches for children of agricultural workers in the Pardi Taluk of Valsad District.

Veena Poonacha was a consultant to the International Fund for Agriculture Development for the launch of the Tejaswini programme in Maharashtra. She has also served as Chairperson of the Research Advisory Committee of the National Research Centre for Women in Agriculture, Bhubaneswar, and as a member on the boards of studies (Women’s Studies) in the Universities of Calicut and Pune, and in the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. She has been on the Executive Committee of the Indian Association of Women’s Studies and on the Curriculum Development Committee of the University Grants Commission (2010-11).

In addition to her research and consultancy work, she has also generated teaching-learning materials for Women’s Studies courses.

Bini B. S. And Koshy Tharakan – Samyukta Vol.XI. No.2 (July 2011)

Bini B.S is currently an Academic Fellow at Balvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics and Other Human Sciences, Baroda. Her Ph.D was an analysis of the idea of alternative history and historicity of fictional narratives with special reference to the theories of Michel Foucault. She was part of an OUP Translation Project, An Anthology of Malayalam Literature, which will be published this year. Her research articles, poems and translations have appeared in national and international Journals and anthologies including Poetry Chain, Kritya, Samyukta, ETC: A Review of General Semantics, JWS: A Journal of Women’s Studies, South Asian Ensemble, Kavyabharati and The Virtual Transformation of the Public Sphere (published by Routledge).

Koshy Tharakan obtained his Masters as well as Doctoral degrees in Philosophy from the University of Hyderabad and began his career as a Lecturer in 1996 at the Department of Philosophy, Goa University. He joined IIT Gandhinagar as an Associate Professor in 2009 where he was also the Dean of Student Affairs. Koshy returned to Goa University after a two year stint at IIT Gandhinagar and is currently Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Goa University. His areas of interest include Phenomenology, Philosophy of Social Sciences and Environmental Ethics. Koshy has contributed research articles to reputed journals in philosophy and anthologies.

Sreedevi K. Nair – Samyukta Vol.X. No.1 (Jan 2010)

Sreedevi K. Nair teaches English at NSS College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Her doctoral research was on literary translations from Malayalam to English. She is the recipient of a Senior Fellowship of the Indian Council of Social Sciences Research, a Post-doctoral Fellowship of the Indian Council of Historical Research, an Academic Associateship of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies in Shimla and a Junior Fellowship for Literature from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, India. She was International Guest in Residence at the Wake forest University, North Carolina in 1998 and Visiting Scholar at the University of British Columbia in 2005. She has extensive experience in translating literary works from Malayalam to English. In 2004, she received the Kerala State Lalit Kala Academy Award for Best Translator.

Her works include Aspects of Translation; Onion Curry and the Table of Nine: Samyukta Anthology of Malayalam Short Stories; and Oblique Mirrors: Contemporary Women’s Writing from India co- edited with Dr. G. S. Jayasree. Her major areas of interest are Translation Studies and Women’s Studies.

As a scholar of Women’s Studies, particularly as in the context of India and South Asia, Ritu Menon is actively involved in exploring a wide range of issues that impact women. She works in collaboration with several individuals and organisations in areas as diverse as media; conflict and peace; violence; militarization; publishing and writing. She has been the coordinator of Women’s WORLD’s project on gender-based censorship in India and has worked for setting up Women’s WORLD India, a national network of writers.

Leela Gulati – Samyukta Vol. VI. No.2 (July 2006)

Leela Gulati was born in Mysore, and grew up in Baroda. She graduated from the Maharaja Sayajirao University, and began her teaching career there. Later she moved to Trivandrum and was associated with the Centre for Development Studies. Lately she has been working on the female dimension of ageing, and widowhood. Her other passion is architecture, and she works closely with the Laurie Baker Centre.

Her works include In the Absence of Their Men: The Impact of Male Migration on Women; Fisherwomen on the Kerala Coast: Demographic and Socio Economic Impact of a Fisheries Development Project (Women, Work, & Development, No 8);Profiles In Female Poverty; A Space of Her Own: Personal Narratives of Twelve Women; and Gender Narratives: Three Generations of Women.

Most of her earlier writings focused on women’s work and women’s poverty. She has attempted to apply the tools of the anthropologist to throw light on economic issues. She has also studied the impact of international labour migration on women — both on those who migrate and on those who stay behind.

She is known for her intensive use of case studies as a research methodology. The narratives that she has edited are also an extension of this same methodology, aimed at arriving at a better understanding of women—society dynamics. Can one trace the social, economic and political changes and their impact on women over a period of time? That is the seminal question that she has sought to answer.

Ritu Menon – Samyukta Vol. V. No.2 (July 2005)

Ritu Menon is a publisher, writer, independent scholar and activist, who has been active in the South Asian women’s movement for over 20 years. She is co-founder of Kali for Women, India’s first and oldest feminist press, and founder of Women Unlimited, an associate of Kali for Women. She has written numerous articles and op-ed pieces in newspapers and magazines. Her writing focuses on violence against women, religion’s take on women, and the gender divide, from a strongly feminist and left-wing perspective. In 2011, she was awarded the ‘Padma Shri’ by the Government of India.

She has co-edited several anthologies of stories by Indian women and a collection of essays on women, religion, and development by writers in India and Pakistan. She is a co-author of Borders & Boundaries: Women in India’s Partition, a path-breaking documentation of oral history. She edited the book No Woman’s Land: Women from Pakistan, India & Bangladesh Write about the Partition of India, which was published by Women Unlimited in 2004. Her other published works are Unmaking the Nation: A Three Country Perspective on the Partition of India; Educating Muslim Girls: A Comparison of Five Indian Cities (Women Unlimited, 2005) and Unequal Citizens: A Study of Muslim Women in India (2004) both co-authored with Zoya Hasan; and In a Minority: Essays on Muslim Women in India co-edited with Zoya Hasan (2005). As part of the Core Group of Women’s WORLD, India, Ritu has co-edited Just Between Us: Women Speak About their Writing (Women Unlimited, 2004) and Storylines: Conversations with Women Writers (Women Unlimited, 2003). Ritu Menon and Kalpana Kannabiran co-authored From Mathura to Manorama: Resisting Violence Against Women in India (Women Unlimited, 2007).

Vibhuti Patel – Samyukta Vol. X. No.1 (Jan 2005)

Vibhuti Patel is Professor and Head of the Department of Economics at SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. After acquiring a Ph.D. from the University of Mumbai in 1988, she commenced her post doctoral research at the London School of Economics and Political Science in1992. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Department of Women’s Studies and a member of the Expert Committee for The Seventh Survey of Education Research by the National Council of Education, Research and Training (NCERT), Delhi. She was a member of the subgroup on Gender and Agriculture set up by the Planning Commission of India to draw up programmes for the XIth. Five Year Plan. She is a founder member and Trustee of Anusandhan Trust that runs the Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes (CEHAT). She also serves as Trustee for VACHA, Women’s Research and Action Group (WRAG), and Olakh in Vadodara. She is a member of the Governing Boards of Women Power Connect (WPC), Delhi,the Institute for Community Organisation and Research (ICOR), Mumbai, and MahilaSwarajAbhiyan, Ahmedabad. She is also a founder member of Member of Mumbai Initiative for Human Rights Education (MIHRE). Over a period of twelve years she wrote articles on Development Studies and Gender Issues for The Economic Times and papers for several academic journals. She has authored several research monographs, including Women’s Studies;The Women’s Movement; Portrayal of Women in the Media; Sex Determination Tests and Declining Sex Ratio; Abuse of New Reproductive Technologies, Violence Against Women, and Gender Audit of Budget and Work Participation of Women. She has presented papers at several national and international seminars, workshops, training programmes and conferences.

Vibhuti Patel’s book Women’s Challenges of the New Millennium was published in 2002. She has co-authored Indian Women – Change and Challenge (1985), and Reaching for Half the Sky (1985). More recently, she has co-edited Macro Economic Policies and the Millennium Development Goals (2006), and a 15-volume series Empowering Women Worldwide (2008). She has also edited Discourse on Women and Empowerment (2009) and Girls and Girlhoods-At the Threshold of Youth and Gender (2010).

Her areas of research interest include Gender Economics, Human Development, Declining Sex Ratio, and Gender Audit of Budgets.

Shirin Kuchedkar, Malashri Lal, Sanjukta Dasgupta, Alladi Uma And Anamika – Samyukta Vol. III. No.2 (July 2003)

Shirin Kuchedkar is an eminent academician whose areas of expertise include feminist issues and women’s writing. She was formerly Head, Department of English, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, and Director of the Canadian Studies Programme at SNDT Women’s University. She was the Foreign Expert at Nanging University of China for one year, and has also delivered lectures at several Canadian universities. She has taught a course on Indian Women and their Writing at York University, Toronto, has written extensively on feminist literary criticism and women writers, and introduced new courses in this area. She was the editor of the Gujarati section of the two-volume Women Writing in India, edited by Susie Tharu and K. Lalita. She has edited a number of anthologies of poetry and literary criticism and is also an experienced translator.

Her publications include Postmodernism and Feminism: Canadian Contexts, and Kavisaptak, a Gujarati translation of selections from seven Canadian poets. She has edited the book Violence against Women: Women against Violence in collaboration with Sabiha Al-Issa.

Shirin Kuchedkar’s major areas of interest are feminist critical theory, women’s writing, and Canadian literature.

Malashri Lal is currently Dean of Academic Activities & Projects at the University of Delhi. She is Professor in the Department of English and has held senior administrative positions in the University including Head, Dept. of English, and Director, Women’s Studies & Development Centre. She has written and lectured extensively on women’s socio-cultural positioning and women’s writing. She has served as a member of the jury for several literary awards including the Commonwealth Writers Prize, London. Currently she is a member of the Steering Committee for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.

She has authored The Law of the Threshold: Women Writers in Indian English (1995, reprinted 2000), edited a collection of essays titled Feminist Spaces: Cultural Readings from Canada and India (1997), and co-authored Female Empowerment (1995). The most recent of her thirteen published books are the co-edited volumes, Speaking for Myself: Anthology of Asian Women’s Writing, and In Search of Sita: Revisiting Mythology, both published by Penguin India (2009), and Chamba-Achamba: Women’s Oral Narratives (Sahitya Akademi,2012).

Her areas of specialization are Women’s Studies, Cultural Studies, and Indian Literature in English, and her research has focused mainly on women’s writing in cross-cultural perspectives.

Sanjukta Dasgupta, Professor and Former Head, Dept of English and Dean, Faculty of Arts, Calcutta University, teaches English and American literature along with New Literatures in English. She is a poet, critic and translator, and her articles, poems, short stories and translations have been published in journals of distinction in India and abroad. She is the Managing Editor of FAMILIES: A Journal of Representations. Her awards and grants include the British Council Charles Wallace Scholar grant; Fulbright postdoctoral research fellowship; Fulbright Alumni Initiative Award; Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Suny, Oswego, NY; Australia India Council Fellowship; Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Women’s Research and Gender Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver; Associate Fellow at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla; and Visiting Fellow at the Women Studies and Development Centre, University of Delhi. She was a member of the SAARC Writers Delegation that visited Nepal and Bangladesh. Prof. Dasgupta was invited by the Commonwealth Foundation, UK (2002-2005) to serve as co-judge and thereafter as Chairperson for the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia region). She visited Melbourne and Malta to serve on the pan-Commonwealth jury panel. She is now an e-member of the advisory committee of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, UK. In June 2008, Prof. Dasgupta was invited by the Swedish Writers Union to participate in the first WALTIC at Stockholm — a writers’ and literary translators’ conference, and in July 2008 she was invited to Los Angeles to deliver a talk on Aldous Huxley and Gender. In 2011, as a Visiting Professor, Prof Dasgupta taught a summer course on postcolonial theory and literary criticism at the State University of New York, Oswego, NY.

Her published books are The Novels of Huxley and Hemingway: A Study in Two Planes of Reality; Responses : Selected Essays; Snapshots (poetry);Dilemma (poetry),First Language (poetry);More Light (poetry);Her Stories (translation from Bengali to English); Manimahesh (translation from Bengali to English); The Indian Family in Transition (co-edited, SAGE); Media, Gender and Popular Culture in India: Tracking Change and Continuity ( lead author, SAGE, 2011).

Her areas of specialization include American Literature and Indian Writing in English; Gender Studies; Colonial and Postcolonial Women’s Writing, Women and/in Indian Films, Migration and Diaspora studies, Translation studies, and Creative Writing.

Alladi Uma is an academician, researcher and translator who was formerly a Professor of English at the University of Hyderabad.

Her published books include Woman and Her family: Indian and Afro-American, A Literary Perspective, English in the Dalit Context(Alladi Uma, K. Suneetha Rani and D. Murali Manohar), Woman and Her Family: Indian and Afro-American : A Literary Perspective (Uma Kuppuswami Alladi and Alladi Uma) and Beware, the Cows Are Coming! (Rachakonda Viswanatha Sastry, M. Sridhar, and Alladi Uma). She has translated short stories from Telugu to English in collaboration with M. Sridhar, published under the title Woman Unbound: Selected Short Stories by Volga and Ayoni and Other Stories. The selections cover the period from 1910 to the present, with ‘woman’ as the main focus. She has contributed to the editing of two numbers of the journal Indian Literature on the theme of Telugu Writing for Sahitya Akademi, and also edited an issue of The Book Review with focus on Contemporary Telugu Writing.

Her research interests are Indian Literatures in English, Women’s Writing, African-American Literature, and Translation.

Anamika is a noted poet, essayist and translator. She is the author of eight collections of poetry, five novels and four works of criticism. Anamika is an alumnus of the Universities of Patna, Lucknow and Delhi. She holds a doctoral degree in “Donne: criticism through the ages”, and her post-doctoral research was on “The treatment of love and death in post-war American women poets”. She has carried out comparative study of the portrayal of women in contemporary British and Hindi poetry. Anamika’s poetics have been shaped by her wide-ranging exposure to Indian, Anglo-American and European women’s literature and critical traditions. Her poetry is a sophisticated combination of political awareness and self-reflection, a restless interrogation of a socially constructed femininity, and a wry acknowledgement of the many hues and textures of human relationships. Hers is not simply the poetry of protest. The feminist and human rights concerns that it articulates are subtle and inflected, and she displays an ability to raise ethical and existential questions in a manner that never borders on the programmatic. She has won numerous awards, including the Bharat Bhushan Award for Poetry (1996), the Girija Mathur Samman (1998), the Sahityakar Samman (1998), the Parampara Samman (2001), the Sahityasetu Samman (2004), and Kedar Samman (2007).

Her works include Galat Pate kiChithi(Poetry),Beejakshar(Poetry),Anushtup(Poetry),Doob-Dhaan(Poetry),Post-Eliot Poetry(Criticism),and Streetvaka Manchitra(Criticism),among others. In her creative writings, her focus is on gender issues, and she portrays the plight of the girl child in South Asia with rare sensitivity.

K. Sudha Rao – Samyukta Vol. III. No.1(Jan 2003)

Prof. K. Sudha Rao is the Chief Executive Officer at Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Education Society and Chief Executive Officer at SDMEducation Society, As a Fulbright scholar from India, she did her post-doctoral studies in Harvard University, U.S.A. She was formerly the Vice-Chancellor of Karnataka State Open University, Mysore, and Senior Advisor, All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi. She is the recipient of several honours and awards including the prestigious Centenarian Sewa Ratna Award for outstanding services in a chosen field (2005), Late Kalpana Chawla Award for lifetime achievement (2005), Delhi [Vishista]Kannadiga Award (2004), and has been felicitated by several universities and other academic organizations. She has participated in several national and international conferences and has held important positions including: Chairperson, Task Force, Manipur State Higher Education Commission; Member, Task Force, Karnataka State Higher Education Commission; Member, Karnataka Knowledge Commission;Member, AIU Standing Committee; Member Secretary, Technical Education 5th Pay Revision Committee; Chairperson, NAAC Peer Review Committee. She has also been Member Chairperson of several national and state level committees constituted by MHRD, UGC, AICTE, NCTE, NAAC, IGNOU, and DEC, besides serving on Selection Committees, Search Committees, and Expert Review Groups at the national and state levels, and on Governing Bodies, Academic Councils, and Boards of Management of several institutions. She has worked with several international agencies such as UNESCO, UNDP, ESCAP, Word Bank, and USEFI in various capacities.

She has authored/edited eight books including Educational Policies in India-A review and Analysis of Promise and Performance(NIEPA), Planning and Management of Technical Education(AICTE),Institutions Deemed to be Universities (Banasthali and NIEPA), Management of Autonomy in Autonomous Colleges (Vikas), Catch Them Young:Vocationalisation for Employability (Sterling), Open Learning System (Lancer International), besides more than one hundred research papers, articles, monographs, self learning modules, and case studies in national and international journals.

As a distinguished academician and educational administrator she has made outstanding contributions to national and state-level educational policy making, planning and implementation.