Dr. Prasad has done M.A., M Phil and Ph.D. from the School of International Studies, Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was awarded Ph.D on Inter-Parliamentary Union: Its Agenda and Impact in the Post Second World War period, which was later published as a book titled – “Towards World Parliament: A Saga of IPU, A Study in the International Organization”. He is trained in research and analysis. Further, he has two books of international quality to his name and has been the Editor of Bhugol our Aap, a Hindi bi-monthly magazine on environmental issues from its inception. He is also on the panel of editorial advisors for the G'nY magazine that has been covering all aspects of environmental issues for the last 17 years. Dr. Prasad has been associated with LIGHTS since 2003 and has participated in many charitable activities undertaken by LIGHTS. Dr. Prasad has worked with Indian Parliament in various capacities since October 1994. He took Voluntary retirement from service in 2017. At the time of VRS he worked as Addl. Director. He has got a vast experience in the functioning of Parliamentary system.
Sh. Bal Shekar, former Secretary General, Lok Sabha, has a rich experience of 33 years in the Administrative/ Executive/ Legislative/ Committee services in the Indian Parliament including being Chief of Protocol and Conference Branch involving event management and visits to various countries on conference duty as Secretary to Parliamentary delegations. Sh. Bal Shekar holds a First Division in M.A English Literature from the University of Madras. He has rendered advice on various matters of Parliamentary practice and procedure to the Hon’ble Speaker and to the Lok Sabha. Being the head of the Lok Sabha Secretariat, he has handled all aspects of administrative work of the Secretariat consisting of about 3000 employees. He has been a permanent faculty member of the Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training, which is an institution under the Lok Sabha imparting training to members of parliament, speakers and officers of parliament from various countries all over the world. He has organized several international and national level conferences on parliamentary matters, apart from organizing various ceremonies and functions in the Central Hall of Parliament including arrangements for addresses by international dignitaries such as the U.S President, etc. He has guided research activities of the Research Division of the Lok Sabha Secretariat to produce various papers to enable the Speaker and members of parliament to participate at various international events.
Sh. N.K. Singh is a Senior Honorary Faculty with PARI and specialises in the functioning of Committee System in the Parliament. Sh. Singh did his MA in Political Science from Center for Political Studies, (CPS), Jawaharlal Nehru University, before joining Rajya Sabha Secretariat as Research Officer. He tirelessly worked for Rajya Sabha Secretariat in various capacities for about 35 years and retired as Addl. Secretary. He has vast experience in parliamentary functioning. He has worked in all the major parliamentary standing committees and he is responsible for establishing Ethics Committee in Rajya Sabha. Currently he is Lok Sabha Fellow for issues related to Sub-ordinate Legislation. He has been a regular resource person for Bureau of Parliamentary Studies & Training (BPST) and Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies (ICPS).
Sh. K.S.Nagi is an honorary faculty with the PARI. Sh. Nagi joined the Ministry of Health, Govt. of India in 1974. in 1979, he was inducted in the Parliament Section of the Ministry as Parliament Assistant. Since then he has been handling the Parliamentary work for the Ministry. He superannuated in 2011 as Deputy Secretary, Parliament and from the very next day he has been working as Advisor, Parliament in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. He is a storehouse of experience as far as parliamentary procedure and the role of the ministries in dealing with the Parliament is concerned.
Dr. Yogendra Narain (born 26 June 1942) is a 1965 batch retired Indian Administrative Service(IAS) officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre. He has served as the Founder-Chairman of the Greater NOIDA Industrial Development Authority and of the National Highway Authority of India. Dr. Narain also served as a Secretary-General for Rajya Sabha – the Upper House of the Parliament of India. He retired from the Indian Administrative Services after serving for over 42 years. He has worked in various capacities in the administration in the State of Uttar Pradesh and the Government of India. He served as the Principal Secretary to the Governor of Uttar Pradesh; as Secretary, Ministry of Surface Transport, Government of India; Chief Secretary of Government of Uttar Pradesh and Defence Secretary to the Government of India. Dr. Narain holds degrees B.Sc., M.A. (Political Science), Diploma in Development Economics, M. Phil and Ph.D. He is currently the Chancellor of Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University situated in Srinagar Garhwal.
Shri P.P.K. Ramacharyulu is currently working as the secretary in Rajya Sabha. He has a vast experience of more than 3 decades in Handling Parliament where he has been overseeing various Parliamentary Committees such as Committee on Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme, Committee on Health & Family Awareness and Committee on Home Affairs.
He has over 36 years of experience of running the Parliament behind him. His expertise is mainly in Parliamentary Procedure of day to day running of the House i.e. Rajya Sabha.
Over three decades, he has serviced various prestigious Committees of Parliament and the House in various capacities and earned adulation from eminent parliamentarians. He was principal draftsman of Public Accounts Committee on subjects like 2G spectrum, Adarsh Housing Scam, Acquisition of Aircraft by Ministry of Civil Aviation, Defense Estate Management, Operation Vijay and many others. A prolific writer, his articles have been published in national dailies, magazines and journals. He is faculty member of the Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training, Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies, PRS Legislative Research and the Indian Corporate Law Services Academy. He has delivered numerous lectures on almost all aspects of the functioning of Indian Parliament and Constitution to the probationers of All India Services, senior executives of PSUs, University Teachers, Journalists and Members of Parliament from many countries. As Secretary to Parliamentary Delegations, he has visited many countries and studied their Parliamentary Systems.
He is looking after a Department-related Parliamentary Committee on Health & Family Welfare, Committee on Coordination, Pay & Accounts Office; Estt.(A/Cs) & Budget Section; All files dealing with financial matters involving expenditure beyond Rs.1 lakh; Finance Cell; and Members Salary & Allowances; He has also worked as PS to the Ministers in the NDA Government. Firstly with Sh.Manohar Joshi, who then went onto become Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha. Then recently he was PS to Sh. Venkaiah Naidu, as Minister of Parliamentary Affairs who became Vice President. Thus, we can safely say that he is a King maker in Democracy.
Shri S.K Tripathi is currently working as Joint Secretary in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Parliament of India. He joined the Rajya Sabha Secretariat in the year 1985. Over the span of three decades he has been associated with legislative business as well as non-legislative business pertaining to the Council of States. He has been overseeing the work of three Parliamentary Committees namely; Committee of Privileges, Committee on Rules and Committee on Government Assurances. Also, he has been Faculty member in various courses/programme conducted by Institute of Constitutional & Parliamentary Studies and Rajya Sabha Secretariat on subjects of Legislative Drafting, Law making process, raising matters of urgent public importance, matters of breach of privileges etc.
He is Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare looking after National Aids Control Organisation (NACO), Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB- NHPM), the erstwhile Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), and also working as CVO of the Ministry as well as AIIMS New Delhi. Still on a steep learning curve.... Presently, helping manage India’s internationally acclaimed response to HIV/AIDS epidemic and ensuring that the epidemic does not bounce back again in India. Also, a member of the team that is implementing the Government’s Flagship AB-National Health Protection Mission.
Mathew Cherian is a B.E. (Honours) in Civil Engineering from BITS, Pilani Rajasthan & holds a PG Diploma in Rural Management from the first batch of IRMA, Institute of Rural Management, Anand, Gujarat. After engineering, he was engaged with oil exploration, with Schlumberger and ONGC. After IRMA, he worked in the area of rural development with cooperatives, in association with the National Dairy Development Board. He was a consultant to voluntary agencies and to the National Wastelands Development Board. His further assignments include the post of National Director, Oxfam, UK and India, Programme Director, South Asia, Plan International, and Executive Director, Charities Aid Foundation. He has founded Charities Aid Foundation in India, Credibility Alliance, a network for accountability and Resource Alliance (to train in fundraising) and founded Human Rights Network. Former Chair of Mobile Crèches, Chairperson of Credibility Alliance and Resource Alliance. Also serves as Member of the NGO Task force of the Planning Commission, Member of Grants Approval Committee of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Member of Core Committee of National Human Rights Commission. He is on the international board of HelpAge International. Mathew currently serves full time as the Chief Executive of HelpAge India.
Ms Chattopadhyay has been working for 25 years on research and outreach with a special focus on polar studies, disaster management, climate change and biodiversity. She is the founder Editor of an ISSN and RNI accredited Geography and You (G’nY), a journo-mag being published since 2001. Apart from completing 135 issues of the journo-mag, (now a part of the India Citation Index), She has been involved in various research and outreach programmes and has co-authored 2 books namely Climate Change and The White World and Science and Geopolitics of The White World : Arctic- Antarctic-Himalaya published by Springer along with six other books on varied topics. She is the president of LIGHTS under which PARI functions. She has undertaken several questionnaire based study reports as principal investigator. She has deep interest in polar studies and policy and have been organizing Science & Geopolitics of Himalaya-Arctic-Antarctic conference since 2011 for policy and advocacy of the three poles. She is regularly writes on polar issues in the Indian media with renowned newspapers like the financial Express carrying her articles. She was recently honored with “Business Excellence and Innovative Best Practices Academia Awards-2019" by New Delhi Institute of Management.
Shri Rakesh Naithani has had the experience of the working both in the Lok Sabha Secretariat and in the RajyaSabha Secretariat in different capacities. He has worked in Lok Sabha Secretariat in the Subject Committees on Agriculture, Science and Technology and Environment and Forest. He has actively contributed in the Report on the first Ganga Action Plan. Besides, he has worked in the Standing Committee on Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs. He has the experience of having worked in the Joint Recruitment Cell, Questions Branch, Legislative Section, Committee on the Industry, Conference and Protocol Section, Committee on Petitions and Department Related Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare. He has been associated with the drafting of the Report on ‘Ease of Doing Business’, besides, working in Select Committees on Coal and on opening up of the Insurance Sector. Recently, he has been associated with the drafting of the Report on the National Medical Commission.
Shri S.Rangarajan is presently working as Additional Director in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Parliament of India , New Delhi. He joined the Rajya Sabha Secretariat in the year 1994. In the span of more than two decades he has wide and vast experience in handling the work in Administration, parliamentary committees, Questions, etc. At present he is in-charge of two Parliamentary committees namely Committee on Science & Technology, Environment and Forest and Committee on Papers laid on the Table.