B. Venkatesh Kumar Professor of Political Science Chairperson, Centre for Governance and Public Policy Tata Institute of Social Sciences Office Address Phone Number MS Gore Block Room No. 1006 New Campus Administrative Assistants Vaishali Gajbiye/Rajisha Ramakutty 022-25525848 022-25525848 Profile B. Venkatesh Kumar is Professor and Chairperson, Center for Governance and Public Policy and also the Director of the National Corporate Social Responsibility Hub established by the Government of India’s Department of Public Enterprises at TISS. He is also the Course Director of the One Week In service Training for senior and mid-career IAS/AIS officers since 2011 supported by Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India. He was a visiting Professor at the Penn State University (2011-12), a visiting Professor at Rutgers (2012- 13) and member of the India Advisory group of the International Institute of Education. He has been offered visiting Professorship at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers’ University and Visiting Scholars position at the Centre for Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2015 and as a Visiting Scholar at the School of Social Welfare Policy, University of California, Berkeley, 2016 Prof. Kumar has worked in multiple capacities to guide reforms in the field of higher education in India. He is a Consultant to the World Bank’s Higher Education Program, since 2011, having guided key reforms higher education reform initiatives in Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and is now helping support the Govt. of Bihar in key reform initiative. At the request of the then Governor of Maharashtra in (2008-10), Prof. Kumar helped initiate and bring to fruition a number of key reforms in higher education in Maharashtra. This resulted in the formulation of the new set of guidelines for Governance Reforms in State Universities in Maharashtra. Prof. Kumar is involved in advising and providing support to the Ministry of Human Resource Development's major policy initiative -“ Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan”to revive and resurrect State Public Universities systems. He is a Member of the Project Approval Board, National Mission on Higher Education appointed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Prof. Kumar is also a member of the sectoral committee on Education appointed by the Kerala State Planning Board for the 12th Plan period. More recently, he was been invited as a Bank's consultant to be a member by the Department of Higher Education, Govt. of Bihar to a committee to Reviewing the Public Universities Act in Bihar. He has recently completed the task of developing a strategic framework for leadership development program for Higher Education Administrators. This will form the basis of the upcoming Higher Education Leadership Academy. He was involved in the formulation of the first ever guidelines for Public Sector Enterprises on CSR and has also contributed towards the development of the revised guidelines to be implemented from April, 2013. He currently works with several of the State Owned Enterprises in helping them a strategy on CSR especially with focus on Inclusive Growth, Backward Districts Development and Sustainability. He is involved in the policy design and its implementation strategies of a number of federal government’s key social sector initiatives. He has a Masters and Doctoral degree in Political Science from University of Mumbai, he is a recipient of a number of awards – Performance based incentive to a young faculty at the University of Mumbai in 2007, a Hubert Humphrey Fellow by the US India Education Foundation for Higher Education Administrators (2010-11) and the co- recipient of the 1st Obama –Singh Knowledge Initiative Grant on Higher Education for the project ‘ Capitalizing Demographic Dividend : Talent Development in India and US’. He has authored books, over a number of papers in journals of national and international repute and close to 17 years of teaching and research experience. His research interests are political process and institutions in India, party and party systems in India, Governance and Public Policy making, more specifically related to Higher Education reforms in India.
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