Key University Functionaries

Dr Kavita Sharma

Dr. Kavita A. Sharma

South Asian University, New Delhi.
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An accomplished academician, Dr. Kavita A. Sharma has been an active contributor to the cause of higher education through her teaching, publications and the institutions she has been associated with. Dr. Kavita Sharma started teaching in 1971 in Delhi University’s Hindu College and became its Principal in 1998 and served there till 2008 when she took up another challenging assignment as Director of India International Centre, New Delhi.


She has published a number of books including Internationalisation of Education, Sixty Years of University Grants Commission, Hindu College, Delhi – A People’s Movement and The Windmills of the Mind. Her research papers on a wide range of topics, including higher education, language, immigration and identity, culture and women, have made their ways in many reputed national and international publications.


Dr. Sharma holds a Ph.D. Degree in English from the University of Delhi and an LLM degree from the University of British Columbia, Canada. A Fullbright Fellow, she was conferred the Indira Gandhi Sadbhavana Award by the National Integration and Economic Council in 2005.


Widely travelled around the world, Dr. Sharma had also been an Honorary Visiting Lecturer at Tokyo’s Women’s Christian College and University of Indonesia. She is associated with many professional organisations including English Association, Indian Association of Canadian Studies, Indian Law Institute and Indian History Congress. She has been the Founder President of Parent’s Forum for Meaningful Education.




Prof SC Panda

Prof Santosh C Panda

Vice President
South Asian University, New Delhi.
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Professor Santosh C. Panda studied at Ravenshaw College (now, Ravenshaw University), Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi and University of Birmingham, U.K.. After completing his Masters at Delhi School of Economics in 1976 and teaching for a few years at Utkal University, he was awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue his Ph.D. in U.K. He was at University of Birmingham, U.K. from 1981 to 1984 for his Ph.D. and on his return, was appointed Associate Professor at the Delhi School of Economics. During his tenure of 28 years at DSE, Professor Panda has held many responsible positions such as Managing Director of Center for Development Economics (2002-05), Head of the Department of Economics (2005-08), Executive Director of Center for Development Economics (2009-11) and Director, Delhi School of Economics (2011-13). He was invited to deliver plenary talks at the Japanese Economic Policy Association at their annual meeting in Kyoto in 2008 and at BRIC conference held at Hunan University of Commerce in Changsha, China in 2009. He was also invited by Kyriazis Foundation, Greece to deliver a keynote address at University of Volos, Greece. He has held visiting positions at University of California at Riverside and Waseda University, Tokyo. Professor Panda has published his research in top ranking journals such as Journal of Economic Theory, Synthese, Mathematical Social Sciences and Social Choice and Welfare. He serves as academic referee for these and other leading economic journals also. He is currently in the Board of Directors of National Housing Bank. In recognition of his contribution, he was honoured with Odisha Platinum Jubilee Award in 2012.



Prof Perera

Prof Sasanka Perera

Vice President
South Asian University, New Delhi.
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After his initial training in Political Science, Sociology and English Literature and Language at University of Colombo, Sri Lanka between 1981 and 1984, Professor Sasanka Perera received his Master’s Degree in Anthropology from University of California, Santa Barbara in 1989 and his PhD from the same University in 1991.  After post-doctoral research at Princeton University, New Jersey from 1991 to 1992, he joined the Department of Sociology, University of Colombo in 1993 where he taught until 2011, and resigned as Professor and Chairman.  He joined the South Asian University at its initial stage in 2011.
In his research, he focuses on   contemporary social theory with an emphasis on the idea of culture and its politics. In his recent work, he has dealt with issues of spatial politics and dynamics of urban experience in South Asia/Sri Lanka; political dynamics of education; political violence and nationalism; transformation and politicization of religion in Sri Lanka and Nepal; politics of memory; interpretation of culture and the work of visual arts as a form of resistance. He has an enduring interest in the idea of South Asia. He has conducted field research in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Japan.  His work has been widely published in English and his native Sinhala language.
In 2011, he was Visiting Professor at the Institute for the Study of Global Issues, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo.  In 2010, he was awarded an Asia Leadership Fellowship by the Japan Foundation. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi in 2007. In 2004, he was offered a South Asia Fellowship Award for Research by the Social Science Research Council, New York. His initial work into visual culture was facilitated by this grant.
His collection of essays, Alternate Space: Trivial Writings of an Academic was published in Colombo in 2005 and his work among survivors of political violence in Sri Lanka, Stories of Survivors: The Socio-Political Contexts of Female Headed Households in Post Terror Southern Sri Lanka was published in 1999 in Delhi by Vikas. His most recent work, Violence and Burden of Memory: Remembrance and Erasure in Sinhala Consciousness was published in 2015 in New Delhi by Orient Blackswan.
At present, he edits Society and Culture in South Asia which is co-published by South Asian University and Sage India and was the Founding Editor of South Asia Journal for Culture.
In his spare time, he writes poetry and engages in photography, blogging and print journalism.





Dr. A. K. Malik, Ph.D.
Registrar, South Asian University, New Delhi
(former Registrar, Ambedkar University,Delhi)
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Dr. Malik joined the South Asian University on 4th July 2011 as the first Registrar. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, MA (Public Administration), MBA (AIMA), PG Diploma in Journalism, a Course of specialization in the Programme for Development Administration (DAP) offered in Rome (on an Italian Government Scholarship) for six months. Dr. Malik has about thirty-five years of experience of working in Educational Administration. Before joining South Asian University, Dr. Malik worked as the first Registrar of Ambedkar University, Delhi (AUD), Govt. of NCT of Delhi. He has served Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for about 20 years as Joint Registrar/Deputy Registrar/Assistant Registrar, and as OSD to Union Minister for Science & Technology, Planning and Programme Implementation. While working at JNU in different capacities, he has gained wide ranging experience in all aspects of University Administration – Human Resource Management, Academic Administration, Financial Management, Admission and Evaluation (including for recognized Defence and other institutions of JNU), Hostel Administration, Project Management, International Collaborations and e-Governance. Dr. Malik has been actively involved in introducing computerization in university processes (particularly at JNU). He was a member of a number of Committees constituted by JNU/AUD. He was also a member of various committees such as Selection Committee for administrative positions of Central Universities of Sikkim & Rajasthan. He is also a Finance Committee member of Central University of Gujarat. He has written a number of articles on different aspects of University Administration (office automation, e-governance, Training needs, Outsourcing of support services, student mobility, management of University resources, etc.), which have been published in research journals. He has also participated in a few International Forums and presented papers on various aspects of University administration.





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