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Advisory Board

Dr. Rajendra Prasad
Member, Advisory Board

A widely acknowledged academic administrator with strong conceptual, analytical and planning skills in the field of higher education Dr. Prasad has successfully administered Ramjas College, one of India’s premier colleges in Delhi University, though all ups and downs, and led it to become a top ranking institute. As Principal, Ramjas College he significantly reinvented and reoriented the entire institutional and academic structure. Ramjas College, having completed 100 years of existence in January, 2017, under Dr. Prasad’s leadership,has today achieved iconic status for its emphasis on knowledge creation and as a champion of critical thinking and social leadership.

His name also figures in the Limca Book of Records for being the Longest serving Principal.

Dr. Prasad has proven credentials for evolving innovative techniques and methodologies for conflict management and interpersonal relationships. He is an expert at mobilization, allocation and utilization of finances. He is adept at undertaking the most challenging responsibilities in adverse institutional conditions and in managing crisis situations. He has successfully replaced crises with developed and proven systems, time and again. He is known to be a champion of gender equality and related issues, women empowerment and equitable access to primary, secondary and higher education for weaker sections of society. He has more than 30 years of multi-disciplinary experience advising various governmental and inter-governmental organizations on the restructuring of higher education and other academic policies in South Asia, implementing academic innovations, and in providing intellectual, strategic and operational leadership in the higher education sphere globally. Dr. Prasad has hands-on experience in formulating national level structures for policy formulation and implementation, as evidenced through his contribution as Member to the Supreme Court of India appointed Raghavan Committee on ending the practice of ragging in educational institutions and is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, for exemplary and path breaking service in the field of education, and was felicitated personally at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on February 13, 2017.

Dr. Prasad is currently Principal Advisor to the Governing Body of Ramjas College, University of Delhi. As member, Supreme Court of India, Expert Committee on Ragging, Dr. Prasad was responsible for framing guidelines rules & regulations as part of a new National Policy to curb ragging in educational institutions across India and was entrusted with the task of monitoring its implementation. He was appointed to the Dr. Rajendra Prasad Committee to submit a report on the action plan for setting up the apparatus for effective implementation of anti-ragging initiatives. He was also appointed Chairman of the Sub-Committee of Raghavan Committee to recommend amendments to the existing definition and regulations of Anti-Ragging regulations. As Chairperson, Delhi University UNESCO Club, (a Chapter of the Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India), he was responsible for promoting aims, goals and recommendations of UNESCO.

As an expert on Higher Education on the World Bank’s ‘Strengthening of Higher Education in Afghanistan Program’, Dr Prasad was a part of advocacy group for designing development strategies, and planning of implementation strategies in the restructuring of pedagogic infrastructure in Afghanistan.

He functioned as Visitor’s Nominee of the President of India, on the Academic Council, of the Central University of Manipur, Imphal for a period of three years and on the First Academic Council, Central University of Mizoram for a period of three years. Dr. Prasad also functioned as Co-Chairperson, Committee on Education, Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry in India (ASSOCHAM). He was also invited as representative for South Asia to the International Educator’s Workshop, Denmark’s International Study Programme, University of Copenhagen, where he participated in discussions on integrating International challenges and developing cooperative strategies in taking quality education to knowledge workers in a globalised world.

His contribution as an advisor/ consultant at National Advisory Council – South Asia Affairs, Washington, DC, where he facilitated networking and policy analysis as a public policy interest, which functions as an advisory to South Asia Bureau of the Department of State and Congressional Sub-Committee on South Asia, Washington, DC. He is also founder president, South Asian Economics Students’ Forum and has been facilitated with various awards and honours during his academic tenure.