Prof. V. R. Mehta is an illustrious academician of Political Science, Ex-VC of Delhi University, an internationally acclaimed prolific writer and chief mentor of FAEA. He has won several national and international awards and is an aluminus of Delhi University and Cambridge (U.K.). Prof. Vrajendra Raj Mehta, Ph.D. (Cantab) is the member secretary of the Foundation for Academic Excellence and Access (FAEA). He is also the Vice-Chairman of the Executive committee of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. Prof. Mehta was earlier Vice-Chancellor of University of Delhi (1995-2000). He was educated at the Universities of Delhi and Cambridge (U.K.). He began his academic career as a Lecturer in Political Science in Delhi. He was later appointed Associate Professor at Himachal Pradesh University and today has the distinction of being a University Professor of over twenty seven years standing. He also became Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and a Member of the Executive Council at the Himachal Pradesh University. In 1978 he was invited to become a Professor in the Department of Political Science, Rajasthan University, Jaipur. He was also Head of the Department of Political Science, Coordinator of UGC sponsored ULP Programme in Political Science, RajasthanUniversity, Hon. Director of the Centre of Gandhian Studies, University of Rajasthan. Besides being Professor of Political Science, he was also director of the Institute of Correspondence Studies, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. He was also Chief Warden, Rajasthan University for two years. Professor Mehta was the First Vice-Chancellor of Kota Open University from 1987 to 1990. He was also Vice-Chancellor of Jodhpur University from 1991-93. Professor Mehta was the Vice-President, International Association of University Presidents, and Chair of the South Asian Council (1997-99). He was also elected Academic Director of the National Office of the International University Programme “World Academy: Plato”, Greece. He is a Member of the Council of Association of Commonwealth Universities (U.K.). He is also a Member of the Governing Boards of the Association of Universities of Asia and Pacific Region and also of the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning. He was a special invitee at the UNESCO Advisory Group on Higher Education 1996. Widely travelled, Professor Mehta was a Commonwealth Scholar at Cambridge 1967-70; Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies Oxford, 1982-83; International Visitor to the American Universities 1984 and Shastri Visiting Professor at the University of Calgary (Canada), 1985 and Visitor to the Open University (U.K) 1988, and has delivered lectures at important Institutes and universities in India and abroad. He was also member of the Government of India Delegation to the “intellectual meet” in the USSR which was organised as a part of the Festival of India. Japan Foundation invited him to visit Japan for a short term under its international Cultural Exchange Program in 1997. Professor Mehta used this opportunity to strengthen University of Delhi’s academic relations with various Universities in Japan. Professor Mehta was Editor and Chairman Advisory Board for the Second Survey of Political Science commissioned by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and was thrice a member of the UGC Advisory Panel in Political Science. He has been a member of several important committees at different levels in the Universities, the State Government, Central Government, UGC and IGNOU. He was a member of the Standing Committee of the Association of Indian Universities (1995-97). He was a member of the General Body of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore; National Law School of India University, Bangalore. He was also member of the Trust of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts. He is also a member of the Indian Council of Social Science Research; The General Council of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and he was elected as Vice-President of the Association of Indian Universities for the year 2000. Prof. Mehta worked as Consultant to the Ford Foundation for about six months. He is also member of the Governing body of The Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He is also a member of the Governing body of the Centre for the study of the civilizations. Recently he was elected as its treasurer. Professor Mehta was awarded the V.K.R.V. Rao Award for outstanding contribution to Political Science for the year 1983; Swami Pranavananda Award by the University Grants Commission of India for the year 1989; Nahar Samman Puruskar by Rajasthan Welfare Association for outstanding contribution in the field of Education for the year 1990; Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award 1995 for scoring a string of inspiring achievements in education by Indian Solidarity Council; Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award in appreciation of his services towards Nation by Shromani Institute; Super Achievers of India Award 1995 for outstanding services, achievements, and contribution by Front of National Progress; Rajiv Gandhi National Unity Award for Excellence 1996 by All Indian National Unity Conference, New Delhi; Bharat Vikas Excellence Award 1996 by Council for National Development, New Delhi and Shromani Award 1996 by the Shromani Institute and Dr. Ambedkar Distinguished Services Award by Bhartiya Dalit Sahitya Academy. World Academy Plato has decided to include his name in the 2001 Famous people of the 20th Century. The International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England has nominated him as International Man of the Millennium, for the Twentieth Century Award for Achievement and Honorary Member of its Advisory Council. American Biographical Institute (U.S.A.) has nominated him for 2000 Millennium Medal of Honor, 1999 Platinum Record for Exceptional Performance and also as Man of the year 1997/1998. Recently he has been awarded CSR Gold Award: Super Brain of India 1999. A prolific writer, he has authored five books, three of which have been widely reviewed and praised all over the world. These include Beyond Marxism: Towards an Alternative Perspective (1978), Ideology, Modernisation and Political Thought (1993). He was Managing Editor of Political Science Review and Rajya Shastra Sameeksha for four years. He has also been a member Journal, Government and Opposition (U.K.) since 1984. Soka University, Japan, has honoured Professor Mehta with Soka University’s “Award of Highest Honour” and Medal. He has also been awarded School of Oriental Philosophy Scholarly Achievement Award by the same University. Professor Mehta was also President of Delhi Annuvrat Samiti during 1996-98.
Professor Asha Hingar is a stalwart in the field of psychology. She has a prolific experience of over four decades in teaching, administration and research in University of Rajasthan. She has guided more than 60 students for Ph. D and M.Phil. She has directed various training programs and trained many counsellors under her able guidance. She has authored many books and contributed chapters to many book written by renowned professionals. Hundreds of articles by her have been published in indexed Indian Journals. Apart from presenting numerous papers and chairing various national conferences she has held various positions including Director, Student Advisory Bureau, Department of Adult and Continuing Education, University of Rajasthan amongst others.
Dr. Lakshman Ventakaswami Reddy is a stalwart in the field of training and career guidance. MA psychology, M.Ed., MA (Distance Education), Post Grad Diploma in EVG (Educational and Vocational guidance, NCERT), Ph.D. and did his Post Doctrate in Career Counselling. Advisory Board Member National Talent Search examination (NTSE), Government of Karnataka, Ex National Committee member, Rehabilitation Council of India. He started as a Teacher educator at B.Ed. Level and was appointed as a State Psychologist of Karnataka Government. He got selected through UPSC as a Training Officer in Ministry of Labour & Employment, GOI. He became Senior Research Officer, (Occupational Research) and later on was promoted as a Deputy Director & Head, Career Study Centre and later headed the Career Study Centre as a Director & HOD. Dr. Reddy is an eminent scholar and has presented 250 papers at State, National & International levels. Dr. Reddy has contributed immensely in the field of career counselling and more than 200 booklets on various careers have been published. He also has been associated with working of NCO 2004. Dr. Reddy has been awarded the International Labour Organization Fellowship. He is a Master Trainer for Entrepreneurial Motivation Training, he has contributed immensely towards training of the counsellors and teachers in all the RIEs under NCERT. He is a core Faculty in NCERT. He is a National Accredited Trainer- DOPT (Department of Personnel Training).
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