About Saraswati Seva Foundation

Mentors and Advisory Board


Prof. Kirti Singh

Prof. Kirti Singh
Professor Kirti Singh, Chairperson, WNRF; President, ISNS; Former Chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, New Delhi; Former Vice-Chancellor, NDUAT, Faizabad (UP), HPKV – Palampur (HP) & IGKV, Raipur; Former Secretary, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi and a scholar and leader of many other national and global responsibilities has joined Saraswati Seva Foundation as Mentor and Advisory Board member. SSF is obliged on his mentorship agreement and commits herself to the vision of such leaders who have contributed to society in their capacity and throughout their life. His illustrious career has had many recognitions throughout including awards like Leonard Vaughan Award of American Society of Horticultural Science, 1961; Horticultural Society of India Gold Medal, 1993; D.Sc.(h.c), TNAU, 2000, PNSAF Gold Medal 2002; Dr. M. S. Randhawa Memorial Award, 2001-02; Purvanchal Ratna Award, 2003; Senior Vice President, Hort. Society of India; HIS Shiv Shakti Life Time Achievement Award, 2007, World Wellness Open University Life Time Achievement Award, 2008.

 


Prof. John Birchall

Prof. John Birchall
John Birchall is a Development Economist with over 30 years' experience of practical development - mainly in Africa. His recent assignments have been in Sierra Leone and Zambia and included teaching and assisting young leaders to plan for the future – he is a Visiting Professor at Makeni University, Sierra Leone. His work mostly focuses on introducing development programmes that (a) are not based on ways that will lead the host country to repeat the mistakes of the 'developed world' and (b) fostering other ways of 'developing' the lives of the majority using ‘sustainable’ policies. In recent years his work has taken him to Ghana, Sierra Leone, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He is an Affiliate of The Centre for African Studies, University of Cambridge. He has lectured at LSE, SOAS, and several other universities on issues concerning development, conflict, resolution and cultural awareness. He is a Visiting Professor in Zambia and has worked in a number of universities in Zimbabwe. He delivered the 60th Anniversary Lecture of The British Council in Sierra Leone and he has addressed the Parliament - to-date the only non-politician to have done so. He writes Expert Witness Statements for people facing deportation for matters relating to asylum claims - this normally concerns Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe and he is Editor of The Journal of Sierra Leone Studies.

 


Dr. Binod C. Agrawal

Dr. Binod C. Agrawal
Dr. Binod C. Agrawal, Vice Chancellor, Himgiri Nabh Vishwavidyalaya, Dehradun, India and Director, TALEEM Research Foundation, Ahmedabad, India. Dr. Agrawal was Advisor (Social Applications) in satellite communications at Space Applications Centre, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He pioneered use of qualitative methods for communications research during the world famous Satellite Instructional Television Experiment (SITE) while leading SITE social research and evaluation team of over hundred inter-disciplinary teams of social scientists. Dr. Agrawal is founder Director of Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA). He is Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin, Recipient of “Inderjit Singh Gold Medal” for the best thesis in Anthropology (1963), “Dr. Chakravarti Gold Medel” for the best student from the University of Lucknow, (1963) along with many other accolades. His publications include over a dozen books on television, computer technology, and anthropological studies.. He has contributed over several technical and popular research articles in the national and international journals of social sciences and communication.

 


Prof. P. N. Mishra

Prof. P. N. Mishra
Prof. P N Mishra is professor of management at Devi Ahilya University Indore, and has been Director of the IMS Indore. He has been a recipient of UN Fellowship and Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship. In 1980, India Jaycees found him to be one of the ten most outstanding young persons of the country. He has also been conferred the title of “Yoga Shiromani” by Yoga Vedanta Dhanvantari Ashram, Trivandrum. Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta offered him Sir Ratan Tata Visiting Fellowship in 1997. Dr. P.N. Mishra’s multifaceted academic career includes D. Phil. In Mathematics and Master’s degree in Management and Mathematics along with LL.B. (Hon.). Prof. Mishra started teaching of Indian Ethos in Management at Devi Ahilya University, Indore in 1992, U.G.C. included Indian Ethos in the model course curriculum for Management Programme for all the Indian Universities in 2002. He has worked as Fellow in the Department of Economics & Accounting, University of Liverpool, U.K. and has been associated as Visiting Faculty with the School of Health System Management at Tulane University (USA). He has been to many countries on academic assignments. He addressed 55th U.N. Sub Commission on Human Rights in August 2003 in Geneva. He has lectured and offered seminars globally in universities, international governance institutions, Indian Army, Police and political leaders.

 


Prof. Kirti Singh

Prof Hari Bansh Jha
Professor of Economics, ICCR Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. Prof Jha is Executive Director at the Centre For Economic and Technical Studies. He has worked for more than three decades in the South Asian region on economic and social issues.

 


Prof. P. N. Mishra

Chandrakant Dave
Educationist, Writer and Social Worker. Mr. Dave is active in the area of imparting, administering and leading the fundraising for Education & Healthcare sectors for many years. Active participation in many social projects as Advisor / Patron in India and Europe.

 


 

Hiren Satra
Entrepreneur in Healthcare sector. Mr. Satra is very familiar with social issues of South Asia / India, and the way western expertise and resources can help devise cost-effective and scalable healthcare solutions for the developing communities