Roundtable on New Education Policy
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Steering Committee members


Dr. Sanjaya Baru currently the Director of Geo-Economics and Strategy, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) has also served as the Official Spokesman and Media Adviser to the Prime Minister of India. Prior to his official appointment, he was the Associate Editor of The Economic Times and The Times of India and has also served as a Consulting Senior fellow of the IISS in the past. He is one of India’s most respected and influential commentators on political and economic issues.

An archaeologist, historian and writer, Rima Hooja is a Member of the National Monuments Authority, Government of India, and the former Director of Minnesota University’s MSID India Program. With a MA in History, Post-graduate Certificate in Archaeology (Cambridge, UK), and a Ph.D in Archaeology, also from Cambridge University, Rima has held several academic posts, including Associate Professor Indian Tradition & Culture, Kota Open University, and Visiting Fellow, Institute of Development Studies Jaipur. A Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland, she has served on several governing boards, committees and councils,  including the Govt of India’s Central Advisory Board for Archaeology (CABA), West Zone Cultural Centre, MGD School Jaipur and Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Vidyalaya (MSMSV) school Jaipur,  and has served as Consultant for the Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage (INTACH),. Rima has over a hundred published research papers and articles to her credit, besides journalistic articles, contributions to the Students Encyclopedia Britannica, and presentations at international seminars and conferences. She has been awarded the ‘Maharana Kumbha Award’ by MMCF Udaipur, and the title of ‘International Distinguished Academician’ by Minnesota University. 


Raj Liberhan the former Director, India Habitat Centre (IHC), New Delhi, India, served in the Government of India’s financial services for thirty years, before moving on to the non-governmental sector to head the IHC. He has varied experience with a significant range of responsibilities at the senior level in government, public sector and NGO environments, building and sustaining organisations, programmes and missions with sector specific objectives and services.
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