Professor Balveer ARORA
Former Rector and Pro-Vice Chancellor
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi, India.

Present position     :     Professor of Political Science,
                                Centre for Political Studies
                                School of Social Sciences
                                Jawaharlal Nehru University
Telephone (Office)  :    +91-11-2670 4612, 2670 4413
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I.  Academic Training and Qualifications:

  • B.A. [History Honours], St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, 1964 and Advanced Degree in French Language and Civilisation Studies, The Sorbonne, Paris, 1965

  • M.A. in Politics, Sociology and Public Law from the Institute of Political Studies [IEP Paris - Sciences-Po], University of Paris, 1967

  • Ph.D. Political Science from the University of Paris I [Pantheon-Sorbonne] prepared under the guidance of Prof. Alfred Grosser at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (FNSP), 1972

II. Academic Appointments, Awards and Honours:

  • Professor of Political Science, Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (1987 -- continuing)

  • Officer of the ‘Ordre des Palmes Academiques’, awarded by the Government of France in 2003 for distinguished contribution to academics.

  • Honorary Professor, Department of Philosophy, Capital Normal University, Beijing (2007 -- continuing)

  • Associate Professor, Centre for Political Studies, JNU (1979 -- 1987); Assistant Professor, Centre for Political Studies, JNU (1974 -- 1979); CSIR Pool Officer, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. (1973 -- 1974)

  • Visiting Professor, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris and Adjunct Director of Studies, EHESS, Paris (2001/2003/2004/2006/2007/2008) and Visiting Professor, Asia Centre, Sciences Po, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, Paris (2006)

  • Visiting Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Centre for the Advanced Study of India, (CASI), Philadelphia (1994)

  • Honorary Fellow, Indian Federalism Programme, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi (1986 –1995)

  • Visiting Fellow, Centre d’ Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI), Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (FNSP), Paris and Guest Faculty, Institut d’ Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), Paris (1983) ; Visiting  Fellow, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (MSH), Paris (1986 and 1988)

  • Doctoral Research Fellowship, Government of France. (1967— 1970)

III. Administrative Responsibilities/ Positions :

  • Rector and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2002 --2005)

  • Member of the University Court , the Academic Council and the Board of Studies of the School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (2006--continuing)

  • Coordinator, UGC Department of Special Assistance Programme, Centre for Political Studies, JNU (2004--continuing)

  • Academic Director, JNU Institute of Advanced Study, (2003-2004)

  • Honorary Director, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Northern Regional Centre (1999 --2002)

  • Chairman, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, (1989 –1991 and 1995 - 1997)

IV. Assignments/Panels/Committees:

  • Vice President of the Institut International Transcultura , Paris and Member of its Scientific Council and Steering Committee , (2005—continuing)

  • Member of the Indo-French Forum and Coordinator (Educational Affairs), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India (2005--)

  • Member of the Consultative Group on Conflict Resolution, Ministry of Home Affairs, Inter State Council, Government of India, New Delhi (2005-- continuing);

  • Vice President of the Alliance Francaise de Delhi (2006-- continuing) Member of the Governing Council of the Alliance Française de Delhi (2000-2002 and 2004--continuing)

  • President of the Sciences Po India Alumni Association (2008—continuing)

  • Member of the Scientific Council of the French Network of Institutes of Advanced Studies (RFIEA), Fondation de Coopération Scientifique, Lyon (2008-)

  • Member of the International Scientific Evaluation Committee of the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris (2006-- continuing)

  • Member of the Board, Association France-Union Indienne (AFUI), Paris.(2007-- continuing)

  • Member of the Board, Plan International , India Chapter, New Delhi (2008 – continuing)

  • Corresponding Member, Institute of Advanced Studies (Institut d’Etudes Avancees), Nantes, France. (2007 – continuing)

  • Member of the International Scientific Council of ‘Transcontinentales’, Journal of French Research Institutes Worldwide (Armand Colin, Paris) (2006—continuing), and of the Editorial Advisory Board of Occasional Papers, Centre des Sciences Humaines (New Delhi) (1998—continuing)

  • Member of the Monitoring Committee for French Research Institutes in India – Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH) New Delhi and Institut Francais de Pondicherry (IFP) (1998-- continuing)

  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Electronic Journals COMPARER, Revue Electronique des Comparaisons en Sciences Sociales, Paris. (2008—continuing) and of SAMAJ, the South Asian Multidisciplinary Academic Journal<> (2008 – continuing)

  • Member of the Board of Management, Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi. (2005--2007)

  • Member of the Advisory Council of the India International Centre, New Delhi and of its Programme Planning Advisory Group on Politics and Governance. (2002--2005)

  • Member of the Academic Committee of the National Defence Academy, Kharakvasla (2003--2007)

  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of the Indian Journal of Federal Studies, Jamia Hamdard (New Delhi), International Relations in a Globalising World, Journal of the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, Colombo (Sage, New Delhi).

  • Member of the Scientific Committee of Pluris, Journal of the Department of Philosophy, Capital Normal University, Beijing (2007—continuing)

  •  Life Member, Indian Political Science Association.

  • Member of Expert Panels / Boards of the Indian Council of Social Science Research, Delhi University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Punjab University (Chandigarh), Rajasthan University (Jaipur), North-Eastern Hill University (Shillong), Manipur University (Imphal), Banaras Hindu University (Varanasi), Assam University (Silchar) etc.

  • Guest Faculty/Lecturer Panels of National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (New Delhi) ; Indian Institute of Public Administration (New Delhi) ; LBS National Academy of Administration (Mussoorie) ; Lok Sabha Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training (New Delhi) ; Defence Services Staff College (Wellington) ; Indira Gandhi National Open University (New Delhi); National Defence College (New Delhi) ; Academic Staff Colleges of Delhi University and Jamia Millia Islamia ;  Foreign Service Institute, Ministry of External Affairs (New Delhi) ; Indian Council of World Affairs (New Delhi). Current Affairs Panels of All-India Radio, Doordarshan and various news papers/ agencies/ television channels.

V. Teaching and Research Supervision:

Have taught and guided doctoral research in the following areas at the Centre for Political Studies, JNU, since 1973.

  • Indian Government and Politics.

  • Federalism, decentralisation and Centre-State relations in India.

  • Federal governance: structures, institutions and processes.

  • Political parties, elections and federal coalitions in India.

  • Indian Constitution and Political Institutions.

  • Comparative constitutions, political institutions and governance.

VI. Selected Publications: Books and Articles (1980-2006):

  • [2007] “Interaction in Federal Systems”, Theme Paper,4th International Conference on Federalism Handbook, Forum of Federations (Co-Author)

  • [2006] “From Reluctant to Robust Federalism: The Development of India’s Political Institutions” in Mary E John, Praveen Kumar Jha and Surinder S. Jodhka eds., Contested Transformations: Changing Economies and Identities in Contemporary India, [ New Delhi: Tulika]

  •  [2004] “Reviewing the Federal Constitution: States’ Rights and National Coalitions”, in Mahendra Prasad Singh and Anil Mishra eds., Coalition Politics in India: Problems and Prospects, [New Delhi: Manohar]

  • [2004] “The Political Integration of Europe” in I.P. Khosla ed. India and the New Europe, [New Delhi: Konark]

  • [2003] “Federalisation of India’s Party System”, in Ajay K. Mehra, D.D. Khanna & Gert W. Kueck (eds.), Political Parties and Party Systems, [New Delhi: Sage]

  • [2003] “The Indian Parliament and Democracy” in Ajay K. Mehra & Gert. W. Kueck (eds.), The Indian Parliament: A Comparative Perspective, [New Delhi: Konark]

  • [2003] “State, Civil Society and the Voluntariat: Institutional Dimensions and Dynamics”, in Ajay K. Mehra, Anil K Singh & Gert W. Kueck (ed.), Society, Politics & the Voluntary Sector, [New Delhi: Voluntary Action Network India]

  • [2002] “Political Parties and the Party System: The Emergence of New Coalitions”, in Zoya Hasan (eds.), Parties and Party Politics in India, [New Delhi : Oxford]

  • [2002] “Recognition and Tolerance of Diversity in Indian Federalism”, in K.J. Mahale (ed.) Tolerance: A Golden Path to Peaceful Co-existence, [New Delhi: Books India International]

  • [2001] “Intergovernmental Relations in the Indian Union”, in Chris Tapscott and Norman Levy ed. Intergovernmental Relations in South Africa, [University of Western Cape]

  • [2001] "Coalitions, Reforms and the New Federal Polity", Social Action, 51(3), July-Sept., pp. 283-302.

  • [2000] Transforming India: Socio-Political Dynamics of Democracy, [New Delhi: Oxford University Press] Co-authors and co-editors: Francine R.Frankel, Zoya Hasan, Rajeev Bhargava, [Paperback edition 2002]

  • [2000] The Changing Role of the All-India Services,  [New Delhi: Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and Philadelphia: Centre for the Advanced Study of India (CASI)] Co-author and co-editor: Beryl A. Radin.

  • [2000] “Political Parties and the Party System: The Emergence of New Coalitions” in S.C.Kashyap, D.D.Khanna and G.W.Kueck (eds.), Reviewing the Constitution?,  [New Delhi: Shipra]

  • [1998] “Regional Aspirations and National Cohesion: Federal Coalitions in the 1998 Lok Sabha Elections”, West Bengal Political Science Review (Calcutta), Vol.1, reprinted in S.K.Chaube and Susheela Kaushik (eds.), Indian Democracy at the Turn of the Century, [New Delhi: Kanishka, 1999]

  • [1997] “Federal Governance for India’s Multi-tiered Polity: Some Transformative Options”, in Parthasarathi Shome (ed.), Fiscal Policy, Public Policy and Governance, [New Delhi: National Institute of Public Finance and Policy]

  • [1997] “Multi-level Federalism” in V.A.Pai Panandiker (ed.), Survey of Research in Public Administration 1980-1990, [New Delhi: ICSSR/Konark]

  • [1997] “Federalism and Inter-governmental Relations: A bibliographical essay”, in S.Bhatnagar and Pradeep Kumar eds., Some Issues in Contemporary Indian Politics, [New Delhi: Ess.Ess]

  • [1995] Multiple Identities in a Single State: Indian Federalism in Comparative Perspective, [New Delhi: Centre for Policy Research / Konark] Co- author and co-editor: Douglas V. Verney

  • [1992] “India’s Federal System and the Demands of Pluralism: Crisis and Reform in the Eighties” in J.Chaudhuri ed. India’s Beleaguered Federalism: The Pluralist Challenge. (Arizona State University Press) reprinted in Joyshree Sengupta, ed., Economic Reforms, the Role of States and the Future of Centre - State Relations, [New Delhi: Observer Research Foundation, 1996]

  • [1992] Federalism in India: Origins and Development, [New Delhi: Centre for Policy Research / Vikas]. Co-author and co-editor: Nirmal Mukarji

  • [1989] “Centralist and Regionalist Parties in India’s Federal Polity”, in Zoya Hasan, S.N.Jha and Rasheeduddin Khan (eds.). The State, Political Processes and Identity: Reflections on Modern India, [New Delhi: Sage]

  • [1987] “Party System and Federal Structures in India: Linkages and Issues”, in T.C.Bose ed., Indian Federalism: Problems and Issues, [Calcutta: K.P.Bagchi]

  • [1983]  “Political Control over Administration in the Federal Context”, in R.B.Jain ed., Public Services in a Democratic Context, [New Delhi: Indian Institute of Public Administration]

  • [1981] “Approaches to the Study of Indian Federal Polity: A Reappraisal”, in J.S.Bains and R.B.Jain (eds.), Political Science in Transition, [Delhi: Gitanjali]

VII. International Seminars/ Conferences

  • Participated in conferences/ seminars and/or lectured at Sciences Po. Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (MSH) and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) Paris; UNESCO (Paris), All Souls College, Oxford; U. Penn Philadelphia; York University, Toronto; Brandeis University, Boston; Academy of Sciences, Moscow; University of Venice; The Senate in Rome; Institute of Social Studies, The Hague; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; University of Cairo; Saarland University, Merzig; Waseda University, Tokyo, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Capital Normal University Beijing, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Bangkok, Tribhuvan University Kathmandu; Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS), Colombo.

  • Member of the Indian Delegation to the Third International Conference on Federalism, Brussels  (March, 2005) and of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) Delegation to the Conference on Indo-French Partnership in Higher Education, Paris, (December, 2004); Special Invitee at the Annual Congress of the Conference of Presidents of French Universities (CPU) at Nantes (March 2006)

VIII. Caveats:

Not listed here are participation as inaugural / keynote speaker / panelist / session Chair at national / international seminars / conferences, publications in the French language, book reviews and articles in the daily press and popular magazines; membership or Chair of various ad hoc JNU committees and councils; extra-mural lectures delivered in various public forums; titles of theses and dissertations supervised; M.A. and M.Phil courses designed and taught.

IX. Personal:

Born at Lahore to Usha Arora and Madan Mohan Arora.  Married to Marie Dias. Children: one son, two daughters, one daughter-in- law, two sons-in- law and three grand children.

X. Contact Information:

E-mail :
Postal Address : D 6/34, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi 110057, India.
Telephone JNU Office : 91 - 11 - 2670 4612
Telephone Home Office : 91 – 11 - 4163 7103
Tele-Fax Home Office : 91 - 11 - 2614 8287
Telephone Personal : 91 – 11 – 2614 0810

updated on, 01 May 2008