Currently the Visiting Professor to the Short term Chair at the CCIS, Dr Riaz Ahmad is an Indian academician, public intellectual and social activist with over 40 years of experience. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Delhi, India and a Diploma in Conflict Resolution (Advanced International Programme) from Uppsala University, Sweden. He is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Satyawati College, University of Delhi. His experience includes teaching graduate, post graduate, and M Phil classes; research in the areas of minority rights, conflict/conflict resolution, and communalism in India; supervision of MPhil and PhD students; curriculum development; and editing a well-known journal Social Change. He is also on the Editorial Board of Kulturni Studia (Cultural Studies, an International Journal published from Czech Republic). He has contributed papers/chapters to distinguished scholarly journals and other important publications. He has presented papers in many national and international conferences in India, Iran, Turkmenistan, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, and the US. He has also travelled to Denmark, France, Russia, Turkey and the UK. His social concerns have pushed him to social activism: he is President of the Initiative for Democracy and Peace, as also the President of the Bilal Ahmed Foundation Trust, both situated at Delhi in India. He has worked as Senior Fellow, and then as Honorary Senior Fellow, at the Council for Social Development, New Delhi. He has also been a member of the Advisory Committee of the Developing Countries’ Research Centre at the University of Delhi. In 2005, in recognition of his outstanding services in the field of education, he was awarded by the International Association of the Lions Clubs: Lion Clubs Delhi-Noida, a Certificate of Appreciation for Lifetime Achievement. In 2006, in recognition of the contribution made for the promotion of inter-religious cooperation, international harmony, and the establishment of a culture of peace, Universal Peace Federation honoured him with the Ambassador of Peace award.
Dr Ahmad will work collaboratively with the other relevant Departments of the University of Colombo during his tenure at the CCIS.
Former Visiting Professors
Dr. Ashwani Sharma is an Associate Professor in International Relations in the University of Delhi, and Fellow and Member of Governing Council of the Developing Countries Research Centre of the University of Delhi. He graduated in Economics from the University of Delhi and obtained his MA and M.Phil in International Relations from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He received the Commonwealth Award for doctoral research in the UK and obtained his doctoral degree in International Relations in 2000 from the University of Sussex, UK. His teaching and research interests focus on global political economy, global economic governance, international organizational theory, global environmental governance, global social movements, international migration, Third World in global politics, social movements in India, and political economy of contemporary India.
He has taught at the University of Delhi, University of Sussex, University of London, and University of Warsaw. In 2008-09, he was Fellow of Global Governance, Centre for Global and Trans-national Politics, Royal Holloway, University of London, and Erasmus Mundus Professor at the Institute of International Studies and Centre for Contemporary India Research and Studies, University of Warsaw, during 2012-14. He has been published on globalization, and international migration. His forthcoming publications are: Is there a Third World? Third World as an Organized Political Actor in Global Politics (Cambridge University Press) and Climate Change and India.
Prof. Sharma will work collaboratively with the other relevant Departments of the University of Colombo during his tenure.
Dr. A. K. Chattopadhyay (Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan) completed his term as a 1st Visiting Professor at the CCIS. He was attached to the Dept. of Economics, University of Colombo. During his stay at the University of Colombo from April 2012- June 2012, he assisted the CCIS to prepare a syllabus for a certificate course on Contemporary India.
Dr. Smruti S. Pattanaik, Research Fellow at Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA), New Delhi, worked as the Short- term Visiting Chair at the Centre for Contemporary Indian Studies, University of Colombo from 15th July 2013 to 15th October 2013. She took part in the academic activities conducted by the CCIS such as meeting students of Department of International Relations both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Apart from this she guided students writing their dissertations on India. She also conducted a Workshop on Contemporary India, jointly organized by the CCIS and the Department of International Relations, University of Colombo for the undergraduates of Department of International Relations.