peakers CV

Speakers CV


Professor Thomas G. Fraser, MBE, MA, PhD, FRHistS, FRSA.

Emeritus Professor of History and Honorary Professor of Conflict Research at the University of Ulster since 2006. Provost of the University of Ulster’s Magee campus, 2002-2006. The Campus was visited by eminent personalities like Bill Clinton. Hillary Clinton, Kofi Annan and many others. Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Professor in History, The New University of Ulster/University of Ulster, 1969-2006. Head of Department of History/School of History, Philosophy and Politics, 1988-1998. Educated at The University of Glasgow (MA, Ewing Prize) and The London School of Economics (PhD in International History, ‘The intrigues of the German government and the Ghadr party against British rule in India, 1914-1918’). Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Indiana University South Bend, 1983-1984. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and is a former Chairman of the Northern Ireland Museums Council. He first visited India in 1974. Chairman: Northern Ireland Museums Council, 1998-2006; Board Member: National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland, 1998-2002; Currently Board Member: Ulster Historical Foundation, St Columb’s Park House, Londonderry, Playhouse Theatre, Londonderry. Advisor/Consultant, Cordia Education Complex, Sanghol, India.


Justice Arjan Sikri

Arjan Kumar Sikri (born 7 March 1954) is a Judge of the Supreme Court of India. He was sworn into the position on 12 April 2013. Earlier, he had served as the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in India. Sikri was appointed as Judge of the High Court of Delhi in July, 1999 and has also served as the Acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court from 10 October 2011 before being elevated as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court in September 2012. In 2013 he was elevated to the Supreme Court of India. He is Member, General Body and Academic Council of National Judicial Academy (India) , Patron-in-Chief, Delhi Judicial Academy, Member of the committee on Restatement of Law by the Chief Justice of India, Patron-in-Chief and Executive Chairman, Delhi Legal Services Authority, Secretary, International Law Association (Indian Branch), Member, Governing Council of the Indian Law Institute, Chancellor of the National Law University, Delhi (past). Sikri was chosen as one of the 50 most influential persons in Intellectual Property in the world in a survey conducted by Managing Intellectual Property Association (MIPA) for 2007.


Lord Meghnad Desai

Meghnad Jagdishchandra Desai, Baron Desai is an Indian-born, naturalised United Kingdom economist and Labour politician. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in the Republic of India, in 2008. Currently, he is chairman of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) Advisory Board, an independent membership-driven research network. It focuses on global policy and investment themes for off the record public and private sector engagement and analysis. Previously, he has worked as an Associate Specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of California, Berkeley, California. He then became a lecturer at the London School of Economics in 1965. At the LSE, he taught econometrics, macroeconomics, Marxian economics and development economics over the years. He was made a life peer as Baron Desai, of St Clement Danes in the City of Westminster, in April 1991. Lord Desai serves as the founder chairman of the Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics in Mumbai (MDAE).[3] MDAE offers a one-year post-graduate diploma in economics, offered jointly with Department of Economics (Autonomous), University of Mumbai.


Manpreet Singh Badal

Manpreet Singh Badal is an Indian politician and leader of the Indian National Congress. He has been member of Punjab Legislative Assembly from 1995 to 2012 and served as a finance minister in the government of Parkash Singh Badal from 2007-2010. He was elected to the Punjab Legislative Assembly in May 1995 on a Akali Dal ticket from Gidderbaha.[6][7][8] He was re-elected from Gidderbaha constituency in 1997, 2002 and 2007.[9][10] In 2007 he was made finance minister in Parkash Singh Badal government. He was removed from this post over difference about debt waiver offer from the Centre with the rest of party. Subsequently he was expelled from the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in October 2010. He formed a new political party called People's Party of Punjab. In the 2012 Punjab elections, his party formed political alliance with CPI, CPM and Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal) with Badal as their candidate for the office of chief minister.


Prof. Dr. Paramjit S. Jaswal

Prof. Dr. Paramjit S. Jaswal is the Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab. He is an academician par excellence with a vast and rich experience of 33 years in the field of teaching and research. He is a keen researcher with three decades of experience and has to his credit 66 research papers published in various reputed National as well as International Journals/Books. He has presented a multitude of research papers in numerous Seminars and Conferences and is also guiding and supervising LL.M as well as Ph.D. students. He has expertise in the field of Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Human Rights and Environmental Law. Till date he has published/edited fifteen books on vital topics in Law. His book on Environmental Law, second edition (2003), is widely acclaimed in the legal field and has been cited thrice by the Supreme Court of India in the landmark judgement reported as In Re: Noise Pollution, (V) (2005) 5 SCC 733. Hon’ble Mr. Justice R.C. Lahoti, the then Chief Justice of India, had authored the judgement. He joined as Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab at Patiala in February 2011.



Shri J.M.Balamurugan, 1994 batch IAS is the Secretary to the Governor of Punjab. He assumed charge in June 2017. He also hold the additional charge as Secretary Sports & Youth affairs in the Punjab Government. A senior office Shri J.M.Balamurugan has worked in different capacities in the government of Punjab. Including Secretary, Local Government & CEO of Punjab Municipal Infrastructure development company, Secretary Finance. Early he has served as Deputy Commissioner Kapurthala and as CEO of Isha foundation.


Dr. Kapil Kapoor

Dr. Kapil Kapoor, is an Indian scholar of linguistics and literature and an authority on Indian intellectual traditions. He is former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and served as professor at the Centre for Linguistics and English, and Concurrent Professor at the Centre for Sanskrit Studies there before retiring in 2005. He is Editor-in-Chief of the 11-Volume Encyclopaedia of Hinduism published by Rupa & Co. in 2012. Dr. Kapil Kapoor has been teaching for fifty-two years; 41 scholars worked for PhD and 36 for M.Phil. under him. He was Dean of the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, JNU, from 1996–1999 and Rector (Pro-Vice-Chancellor) of the University from 1999–2002. His teaching and research areas include literary and linguistic theories both Indian and Western, the philosophy of language, nineteenth century British life, literature and thought and Indian intellectual traditions. He has written and lectured extensively on these themes. He retired from JNU in 2005.