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VivekaNand Jha

Academic Tutor & TRIP Fellow

B.A. (Hons.) (Loyala College, Chennai);
M.A.-Public Policy (O.P. Jindal Global University)

Prof. R. Sudarshan has had distinguished careers in the domains of research, development programming and governance. After he obtained a Master’s degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics he was elected to a Rhodes scholarship. He joined Balliol College, University of Oxford, and obtained a Master’s degree in Politics in 1977. He was elected to a research fellowship at St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, where he studied judicial review of economic legislation by the Supreme Court of India, specializing in the interface of law and economics. In 1983 he was a visiting scholar in the School of International Development, University of East Anglia.
In 1984 he served in the Ford Foundation’s South Asia Office in New Delhi as Assistant Representative and Program Officer for Human Rights and Social Justice. In 1991 he joined the UNDP in India as Senior Economist and Assistant Representative for Governance and Public Policy. In 2000 he served UNDP in Jakarta as its Senior Governance Advisor. In 2002 he was appointed Policy Advisor for Justice and Governance in the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre. In 2005, he was transferred to the UNDP Asia-Pacific Centre in Bangkok, where he was Regional Policy Advisor for Governance, Human Rights, Rule of Law, Justice, and Legal Reforms.
In 2012 he joined the O.P. Jindal Global (Institution of Eminence Deemed To Be University) as the founding Dean of the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy. He has an impressive track record of publications comprising books, articles, and UN policy reports, reflecting his inter-disciplinary research, teaching and policy experience in development programmes, human development, law, governance, institutions and policy.

  • Biography
Vivekanand Jha is a Teaching & Research for Intellectual Pursuit(TRIP) fellow & Academic Tutor in Jindal School of Government & Public Policy(JSGP). He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Loyola College, Chennai and master’s degree in Public Policy with Health Policy Concentration from Jindal School of Government and Public Policy of O.P Jindal Global University. During his studies at JSGP, he worked on different projects with senior and highly qualified professors on various topics and areas. He completed his dissertation on Inequities in access to Antenatal care coverage in India” as a fulfilment of the degree of M.A Public Policy. He also interned with National and International organizations such as Indian Institute of Public Administration, Madras Institute of Development Studies, and the Australian Council for Educational Research. He also has publications in academic and international journal. He closely worked with the State and district Health officials of Government of Tamil Nadu and Haryana.  He is interested in the study of Health Policy& System, Healthcare financing, Rural & Urban Governance, Strategic and geopolitical analysis. Before joining as a TRIP Fellow in JSGP, he worked with Indian Institute of Technology- Madras for a year on a research project “Innovation in primary healthcare in India: A case of Haryana & Tamil Nadu”.  During the Project he did an In-depth analysis and tracked the development of Primary Health Care and challenges associated with it since 1974 till 2017. He also analyzed the newly created Health and Wellness Centres by the Government of India and prepared a detailed report on it.