Professor Ramesh Chandra Pradhan has joined IIAS, Shimla as a National Fellow and is working on the project: “ From Mind to Supermind: In Search of a Metaphysics of Consciousness”. The project aims at exploring the transcendental dimensions of human consciousness and establishing a metaphysical theory of consciousness.
Sujata Patel is National Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla. Earlier she taught sociology at the Universities of Hyderabad and Pune and SNDT Women’s University. An historical sensibility and a combination of four perspectives-Marxism, feminism, spatial studies and post structuralism influences her work which covers diverse areas such as modernity and social theory, history of sociology/social sciences, city-formation, social movements, gender construction, reservation, quota politics and caste and class formations in India.
Vijaya Shankar Varma, National Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy of Science, Ambedkar University Delhi. He is working on a translation and commentary on the 9th c. manuscript in the collection of the Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library, Patna titled “Treatise on the Sun’s Rays” by the Arab philosopher-scientist Abu Yusuf Yaqub ibn Ishaq al-Kindi.
Nirmal Sengupta (b. 1946), National Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.M. Stat., Ph. D., Indian Statistical Institute; former Director, Madras Institute of Development Studies; Professor, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai; Some other past engagements: Consultant, Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Chairperson, Working Group on Flood Management for the Twelfth Five-Year Plan; Expert, Netherlands Minister for Development Cooperation; Consultant UNDP; FAO; World Commission on Dams.