Course Director’s Note

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Dr B. Venkatesh Kumar

Chairperson, Centre for Public Policy and Governance
Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Dr B. Venkatesh Kumar is Professor and Chairperson at the Centre for Public Policy and Governance and the Director of the National Corporate Social Responsibility Hub established by the Government of India’s Department of Public Enterprises at TISS. He was a pioneer in the formulation of the first-ever guidelines for Public Sector Enterprises on CSR and developed the revised guidelines, which have been implemented since April 2013. He and the team he supervises at TISS currently work with several of the state-owned enterprises in the development of CSR strategy with a focus on inclusive, sustainable development and growth for under-served districts. Kumar is involved in the policy design and its implementation strategies of a number of federal government’s key social sector initiatives.

Dr Kumar is the Course Director of the One-Week In-service Training for senior and mid-career IAS/AIS officers since 2011 supported by Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India.

He has authored 2 books entitled The Electoral Reforms in India: Current Discourses and Madhya Pradesh: Development Challenges over a number of papers in journals of national and international repute and close to 17 years of teaching and research experience. His research interests are political process and institutions in India, party and party systems in India, Governance and Public Policy making, more specifically related to Higher Education reforms in India.