Friday, 24 February, 2023
Chief Guest of the 30th Convocation
Dr JK Bajaj
Chairman of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Padma Shri Awardee
PdmaShri Dr JK Bajaj is currently the Chaairperson of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi. He was a founding trustee and director of the Center for Policy Studies, Chennai. With a PhD degree in theoretocal physics from Panjab University, he worked extensively in the scientific and technological tradition of India, Indian ideas and institutions and the religious demography of India.
After his PhD, Dr Bajaj worked as a UGC research associate in the Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Madras, Chennai during 1978–81, and as a research fellow in Philosophy of Science at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay during 1981-83. He became a Fellow of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi during 1983–86. During 1986–87, Dr Bajaj worked as an assistant editor of the Hindi-language daily Jansatta and during 1987-87 worked as its resident editor.
He was conferred the Padma Shri award in the year 2022 in recognition of his service as a Renowned History and Policy Scholar specialising in the study of Indian Society.