Prof. Santosh Kumar
Prof. Santosh Kumar has been an academic in the area of Politics, Public Policy, Governance and Administration. Having pursued his academics at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), University of Glasgow (on a short term Fellowship from Commonwealth) and Delhi University, his professional career commenced with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and subsequently, he has been associated with various Universities of national and international repute, in different capacities of academics and administration. Each of these positions involved a combination of research, teaching and policy interventions. Besides concerning himself as student of public policy, development, etc., he has been engaged with a quest to understand and assimilate pedagogical tools of inter and cross disciplinary perspectives in liberal framework of generating and imparting knowledge. The multiple perspectives from liberal pedagogical frameworks have contributed immensely to understanding of the policy sciences in a non-conventional mode.
He has held Senior Faculty in few of the pioneering institutions pursuing Liberal Studies pedagogy, it has been a constant quest to bring the inter-connectedness and inter-dependency in the knowledge and shape the papers of the Public Policy and Public Administration.
As a specialist in the field of Public Policy, he has been engaged with Social Accountability Mechanisms in the Service Delivery Context, Community-based monitoring and evaluations, Decentralization and Good Governance Policies, etc. he has been involved with the public administration structures and have worked on many projects in Poverty Reduction programmes, particularly in South Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and in India - Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh), with the World Bank, UNDP, ADB and others.
Ha has also developed inter and trans disciplinary curricula and syllabi in the various Major of Liberal Arts and on Human Development and Social Accountability for various academic institutions of South Asian countries, including BRAC University, Dhaka, ASCI, Hyderabad, TISS, etc. His work on Alternative Paradigms of Development in the Semi-Arid and Arid Regions of India (special emphasis on the Deccan Plateau) led to development of a one-year programme on Sustainable Development for the Semi-Arid and Arid region of Ladakh.
While for the state of Gujarat, he has been in the policy formulation and implementation in the field of Human Development, Health Insurance, Planning for Even Development across Districts, Solar and Alternative Energy Policy, etc. At each stage while interspersed with research and administrative responsibilities he has taught varied subjects, relating to Social and Human Development, Rural Livelihoods, Citizen-Centric Administrative perspectives, Public Policy etc. with the backdrop of Social Accountability in the Service Delivery Context. In the editorial board of two journals, Prof. Kumar has been associated with several international and national academic and policy planning bodies. He has participated in various national and international deliberations, presented papers and chaired sessions in Seminar and Conferences. He has authored two books, has publications in national and international journals, and has been associated with the Open Source Learning programme of UGC.