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Advisory Board Members

Mr. B.S. Baswan

IAS (Retd)

Mr. B.S. Baswan is currently the Director of Indian Institute of Planning and Administration and former Secretary of the Department of Secondary and Higher Education, MHRD Govt. of India. A highly acclaimed academician, he is an alumnus of Eaton House Preparatory School, London, The Doon School, Dehradun, St. Stephen's College, Delhi and Elphinstone College, Mumbai. He has also attended Victoria University, Manchester and Banff School of Advanced Management, Canada.

 

 

Mr. R.S. Sodhi

Renowned Judge

Born on 11th November, 1945 Justice Sodhi, the 13th descendant of Sikh Guru Ram Das ( founder of the Golden Temple of Amritsar), was appointed to the High Court from the Supreme Court bar in July 1999. He practised in constitutional, civil, criminal, land revenue and excise matters in the Supreme Court of India for 25 years and handled several high profile cases. During his service he held the high office of Advocate -on-Record in the Supreme Court of India for the State of Punjab from 1987-1989 and Additional Advocate General for the State of Punjab from 1997 till 6th July, 1999. Although retired from service on 7th November, 2007, Justice Sodhi says - “A professional never retires. After retirement I will go back to practice in Supreme Court.”

 

 

Mr. Madan Lal Sharma

Former Indian Cricketer

A former Indian cricketer and Indian national cricket coach, Arjun Awardee Madan Lal Sharma has been a part of the golden era that changed the face of Indian cricket in the 80s. He holds winning accomplishments of 1983 Prudential World Cup and 1985 Benson and Hedges Seriesl, Madan Lal Sharma has been a national selector for 4 years and bowling coach at the National Cricket Academy, Benguluru.

 

 

Ms. Neena Ranjan

IAS (Retd)

Born on March 5, 1946, Ms. Neena Ranjan, an alumnus of Harvard, Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts (Master of Public Administration), did her Masters in English Literature from Calcutta University, Kolkata. She has over three and half decades of administrative experience as the District Magistrate, Chief Executive, Director, Secretary etc. in various ministries of Government of India. Currently she is the honorary Chairperson, Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT), Ministry of Culture, New Delhi, since 2013.

 

 

Ms. Praveen Mahajan

IRS

Ms. Praveen Mahajan, Indian Revenue Service 1976 Batch, is the first ever lady officer to head the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) since its inception in 1964. Having worked in various capacities over 37 years she is an authority on compliance and enforcement of various laws and regulations - Customs Act, Central Excise Act, Service Tax law, and IPR laws, Narcotics Control, Food Safety, IT-Product Standards, Wildlife laws, etc. A double M.A. in English & History she also holds a Diploma in International Economic Relations from International Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), Paris. She has been the keynote speaker at numerous international conferences on capacity building, leadership management, organizational behavior, vigilance mechanism, etc. She has been conferred the Presidential Award for extraordinary devotion to duty and distinguished record of service.

 

 

Ms. Shovana Narayan

Renowned Kathak Maestro

Padmashri Shovana Narayanan is not only India's most celebrated Kathak Guru and Maestro but an outstanding officer of the Indian Audits and Accounts Service. She has served in several challenging and high profile assignments, one of the most memorable being her role as the Special Director General, Commonwealth Games 2010, Delhi, where she conceived, organized, and delivered the spectacular Opening & Closing Ceremonies with thundering success. Ms. Narayanan also holds 2 M. Phil. degrees (Defence & Strategic Studies, and Social Science), besides having a Master's degree in Physics. A keen educationist, she is on the Governing Board of several institutes of higher education including Degree Colleges, IIT Delhi, IIM, Indian Institute of Finance, as well as several national and international schools. In her career spanning several decades she has been conferred with numerous awards, among which are the coveted Padmashri Award for her outstanding contribution to dance by the President of India in 1992 and also again the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award by the President of India in 1999-2000. In her life, her works, her dignity and demeanor, Ms. Shovana Narayan is a role model and peer for millions of girls of the younger generation of today. She is truly the epitome of the new-age woman.

 

 

Ms. Sagarika Ghose

Well-known Journalist

Sagarika Ghose (born 8 November 1964) is an Indian journalist, news anchor and author. She has been a journalist since 1991 and has worked with Outlook magazine, The Times of India and The Indian Express. She was the deputy chief editor and also the prime editor of CNN-IBN. Sagarika received her bachelor's degree in History from St. Stephen's College, Delhi. A recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship in 1987, she has a Bachelor's in Modern History from Magdalen College and an M.Phil. from St Antony's College, Oxford. She has won several Indian awards in journalism and is the author of two novels. She is now Consulting Editor at The Times of India.