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Mr. Wajahat Habibullah, Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Textiles

Mr Wajahat Habibullah was appointed India's first Chief Information Commissioner in October 2005, to implement the Right to Information Act (2005). A retired senior civil servant in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), he has spent over 15 years in Jammu & Kashmir, including key appointments as Divisional Commissioner and Special Commissioner. He also served as Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office, and as Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministries of Textiles and Panchayati Raj. He retired from the IAS in September 2005.

From October 2003-August 2004, Mr Habibullah was a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC, working on a monograph titled 'Kashmir: The Problem & its Resolution'. He has published several articles on Kashmir.

Mr. N. Ram, Editor-in-chief, The Hindu
Mr. N. Ram is the Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu. He is also a former member of the National Integration Council (1990-91). He has served on the Selection Committee to select academic staff for the Department of Journalism at the University of Calcutta. He is also the President, Harmony India, a registered voluntary association for communal amity and secularism based in Chennai.

Mr. N. Ram did B.A. in History at Loyola College, University of Madras and M.A. in History (First Class) at Presidency College, University of Madras. He did his M.S. in Comparative Journalism (with Honours) at the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, New York. He has been conferred with several prestigious awards such as Asian Investigative Journalist of the Year (1990), G.D. Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism, 1989, National Citizen's Award, 1995, XLRI's First JRD Tata Award for Business Ethics. He also received the Padma Bhushan for Journalism in 1990.

Mr. N. K. Singh, Former Member, Planning Commission

Mr. N.K. Singh, is the Member of Planning Commission since May 2001. He has also served the government in various other positions such as OSD to Prime Minister, Secretary to Prime Minister, Revenue Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Expenditure Secretary, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Joint Secretary, Department Of Economic Affairs of Ministry of Finance. He was also the In-charge of Trade Policy Division of the Ministry of Commerce for several years dealing with relations and negotiations with GATT, UNCTAD, European Economic Community and interactions with Commonwealth Secretariat as well as Regional Trade Blocs. He was the leader of Indian Delegation to successive Annual Meetings of Asian Development Bank. Member of the Indian Delegation to participate in Annual and Spring Meetings of World Bank, IMF for several years. He was also looking after the United Nations Development Fund, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank and meetings of the Aid India Consortium later India Development Forum.

He has a master's degree in Economics from Delhi School of Economics and he also taught economics at St. Stephen's College, Delhi University.

Ms. Tarjani Vakil, ex-Chairman, EXIM Bank

Tarjani Vakil, former Chairperson of the Exim Bank, is one of the distinguished Indian bankers. She is the first woman to head any large bank in India.

Ms. Vakil joined IDBI at its inception in 1965 and worked for 17 years in various departments. Ms. Vakil has been on the Board of Directors of IDBI, LIC, GIC, ECGC, STCI and a number of private sector companies during her long career.

In 1997, she was recognized as one of the top 50 women "to prove her valor" in the business by KPMG Worldwide Business.

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Mr. Pradip Baijal, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India

Mr. Pradip Baijal obtained B.E. (Honours), Mechanical Engineering, I.I.T, Roorkee. He spent one year visiting fellowship in Oxford University. He is a 1966 IAS officer of the MP cadre, directly dealt with a variety of key issues impacting the telecom industry in India, as the Chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

Prior to his assignment in TRAI, Baijal was secretary in the divestment ministry from 1999-2003, during which he laid down a host of rules and regulations shaping the route for privatisation of the power sector.

Before his posting in central service, he held key positions in the Madhya Pradesh government as well, including industry secretary and finance secretary.

Prof. S. Bhattacharya
, Director, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Professor S. Bhattacharya received his undergraduate education at Presidency College, Calcutta, and at Delhi University, and his PhD at Northwestern University, US. He has worked at the University of Rhode Island, MIT Francis Bitter magnet lab, Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago and the Exxon Corporate Research Lab.

In November, 2002 he left the NEC Research Institute, where he was a Fellow in the science division, and assumed charge as Director, TIFR. Professor Bhattacharya is an experimentalist working in the area of condensed matter physics. His work focuses on dynamics of condensed matter systems with emphasis on partially ordered and disordered systems.

Dr. Rakesh Mohan, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India

Dr. Rakesh Mohan received his Masters Degree and Doctorate in Economics from Princeton University and BA in Economics from Yale University. He is also a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London.

Dr. Rakesh Mohan has researched extensively in the areas of economic reforms and liberalisation, industrial economics, urban economics, infrastructure studies and economic regulation.

Dr. Mohan is currently the Deputy Governor, the government of India. Earlier he has been Director and Chief Executive of the Indian Council for Research and International Economic Relations and Vice Chairman, Infrastructure Development Finance Company. He also held the position of Adviser to the Finance Minister and Chief Economic Adviser between January 4, 2001 and May 15, 2002.

He has also been Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister; Member of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India; Member of the Board of Governors, Institute of Economic Growth; Member, Board of Governors, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy; Member, Governing Body, National Council of Applied Economic Research; Member, Board of Governors, Madras School of Economics; Member of the Atomic Energy Commission and of the Space Commission. As Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs he was also Alternate Governor of the World Bank and Asian Development Bank.

Prof. Arvind Kumar, Director, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education

Prof. Arvind Kumar did Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 1969 at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai. He has been a Visiting Scientist at the European Centre for Nuclear Research, Geneva (1969-70) and at the University of London (1970-71). He taught for nearly 12 years at the University Department of Physics, Mumbai. In 1984 he joined the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, a National Centre of TIFR devoted to R & D work in science and mathematics education. He was appointed the Director of the Centre in 1994.

He played a central role in launching the science Olympiad movement in the country in 1997 and is currently Chairman of the Steering Committees for science and astronomy Olympiads. Under his leadership, HBCSE has become the nodal Centre of the country for olympiad activity in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and astronomy. His efforts led the Centre to organize the 33rd International Chemistry Olympiad hosted by India in July 2001.

Prof. Arvind Kumar has been a member of the Programme Advisory Board of the NCERT, Steering Committee on Secondary education of the Planning Commission for the IX and X Plans, Academic Advisory Committee of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan and the National Council of Teacher Education.

He is on the Governing Council of the Atomic Energy Education Society and is Chairman, Planning and Programming Committee of Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai.

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