National Research Professor
Delhi School of Economics
Ph.D. University of Delhi
Andre Beteille is one of India’s leading sociologists and writers. He is particularly well known for his studies of the caste system in South India. He is a Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics at the University of Delhi where he is Professor Emeritus of Sociology.
He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in anthropology from the University of Calcutta. Thereafter he received his doctorate from the University of Delhi. After a brief stint at the Indian Statistical Institute as a research fellow, he joined the faculty of sociology at the DSE.
In his long and distinguished career, he has in the past taught at Oxford University, Cambridge University, the University of Chicago, and the London School of Economics. He is currently Chairman of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta and of the Indian Council of Social Science Research.
In 2005, Professor Béteille received the Padma Bhushan as a mark of recognition for his work in the field of Sociology. The same year he was appointed a member of the Prime Minister’s National Knowledge Commission. In 2006, following a proposal for increasing caste-based reservations, Andre Beteille quit the Commission in protest. In 2006, he was made National Professor.
Former Editor – Editorial Pages,
D.Phil. University of Oxford
Rudrangshu Mukherjee is Professor of History at Ashoka University. He is a renowned historian and author, and was most recently Editor of the Editorial Pages, at The Telegraph, Kolkata.
Prof. Mukherjee has taught history at the University of Calcutta and held visiting appointments at Princeton University, the University of Manchester and the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prof. Mukherjee studied at Calcutta Boys’ School, Presidency College, Kolkata, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. He was awarded a D.Phil in Modern History by the University of Oxford in 1981.
Prof Mukherjee is internationally acclaimed as a historian of the revolt of 1857 in India. His first book Awadh in Revolt, 1857-58: A Study of Popular Resistance has become a standard reference on the subject. He has looked at the 1857 rebellion in four other books: Spectre of Violence: The 1857 Kanpur Massacres, Mangal Pandey: Brave Martyr or Accidental Hero?, Dateline 1857: Revolt against the Raj and The Year of Blood: Essays on 1857.
He has also authored and edited several books on other themes, including The Penguin Gandhi Reader, Trade and Politics and the Indian Ocean World: Essays in Honour of Ashin Das Gupta, Remembered Childhood: Essays in Honour of Andre Beteille, New Delhi: The Making of a Capital and Great Speeches of Modern India. His forthcoming book is Nehru & Bose: Parallel Lives.
Vineet Gupta is the Managing Director of Jamboree Education, a leading education services provider with operations across 14 cities and 3 countries. Jamboree is the largest company of its kind in India. He started his entrepreneurial career in 1992 by setting up a successful packaging company. Subsequently, he co-founded Parabolic Drugs Limited, an API manufacturing company. He continues to serve on its Board.
Vineet is a Charter Member of TiE and serves as the Education Co-Chair for PHD Chamber of Commerce. Vineet holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Delhi.
Malabika Sarkar is former Vice-Chancellor of Presidency University in Kolkata, India (till May 2014). Earlier, she was Head of the Department of English and member of the University Council at Jadavpur University. She was also a member of the UGC Panel of Experts in English and Foreign Languages and a panel member of NAAC.
An alumna of Presidency College, Kolkata, and Cambridge University, U.K., later Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge, she was elected to a Life Membership at Clare Hall in 2003. She is a Fellow of the English Association (FEA), U.K. Prof. Sarkar is the Founder President of the Centre for Studies in Romantic Literature and continues to direct its annual international conferences.
Primarily a Miltonist with an interest in the History of Science, her publications in this field include her recent book Cosmos and Character in Paradise Lost.
Her other area of interest is Romantic Literature and she is on the International Advisory Board of one of the leading journals, European Romantic Review. She has edited and contributed to Moneta’s Veil: Essays on the Nineteenth Century.
She is currently working on a book that brings these interests together in examining anxieties of space in Romantic Literature.
Deeply interested in women’s welfare and the education of underprivileged children, she is currently the President of the Women’s Coordinating Council (WCC), founded in 1960, the apex body in the State of West Bengal with 74 affiliated NGOs.
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