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Center for Governance, Justice and Legal Studies

Varun Chhachhar

Dr. Varun Chacchar

Professor, LU


Dr. Varun Chhachhar, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Lucknow, is an alumnus of Delhi University, he went on to pursue post-graduation and Ph.D from Jamia Milia Islamia. He is presently the coordinator of Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma Institute of Democracy, University of Lucknow and has almost twenty four research papers published in reputed journals across India and internationally. His interest and expertise lies in Constitution law, Right to Information, Environment laws, Governance and Justice, and Competition Law.


Mr. Shubham Srivastava

Ast. Professor, NUSRL Ranchi



Mr. Shubham Srivastava, Assistant Professor of Law at NLU- Ranchi, is an alumnus of University of Lucknow, who went on to pursue post-graduation and Ph.D. from prestigious NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. His experience in academia is more than 4 years now with an interest and expertise in law relating to Women and Children, Criminal Laws, Gender studies, Human Rights, Judicial Activism, and laws pertaining to juvenile justice system.

Namit Saxena

Mr. Namit Saxena




Mr. Namit Saxena, Advocate on Record, Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, is an alumnus of National Law University, Lucknow who went on to secure 2nd rank in AoR examination. Having served Hon’ble Justice Mr. Kurian Joseph as Legal Research Assistant, his eminence in academia can clearly be seen with his popular editing works like CPC by Mulla, CPC by Ratanlal & Dhirajlal, Universal’s Legal GK, Sarkar’s Criminal Minor Acts, CrPC by Justice C.K. Prasad. His areas of interest include Arbitration Laws, Criminal Laws and Issues pertaining to Constitutional Laws.

Jyoti Sikka

Mrs. Jyoti Sikka

Additional Advocate
General, U.P


Mrs. Jyoti Sikka, Additional Advocate General of Uttar Pradesh, is an alumnus of University of Lucknow, she has been a renowned advocate with a luminous career spanning over 25 years now. Having represented the State of Uttar Pradesh as Standing Counsel, her contributions towards legal society and women empowerment are widely recognized. She is one of the few mediation specialists in the state and her area of expertise include service matters for which she has multiple reported judgements to her name.


Mr. Kartikeya Bahadur




Mr. Kartikeya Bahadur, Advocate at Allahabad High Court, is an alumnus of National Law University-Lucknow, he went on to pursue his Masters in Access to Justice from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. With an experience of more than 6 years as an advocate, his areas of interest lie in Advanced Human Rights, Labour laws, Issues pertaining to Prisoner’s Rights, Criminal laws and social activism. He has also worked with Human Rights Law Network and has worked on cases pertaining to labour matters, housing rights, mental health, LGBTQ rights etc.

Prashant Singh

Mr. Prashant Singh ‘Atal’

Advocate, Co-Chairman,
Bar Council of U.P


Mr. Prashant Singh “Atal”, Senior Advocate, Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court. With an experience of more than 20 years, he has represented Government of India as a senior counsel and has multiple reported judgments to his name. He presently serves the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh in the capacity of Co-Chairman. Mr. Atal has to his credit, cases such as Manjunath Case, Babri Structure Demolition Case among others. His interest and expertise lies in Criminal Laws, Election Laws, issues pertaining to Constitutional law, and Service matters.

Sarthak Raizada

Mr. Sarthak Raizada

Advocate, Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and Delhi High Court



Mr. Sarthak Raizada is an advocate practising in Delhi. Having obtained his undergraduate degree in law from prestigious Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, he went on to pursue his legal career with the Office of the Additional Solicitor General of India and the Competition Law team of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. He has also worked with Dr. Aniruddha Rajput at the 71st session of the International Law Commission in Geneva.
His interests and expertise lie in Competition law, issues pertaining to Constitutional and International Law. He is one of the great young mooters with international recognition and his profound interest in current legal scenarios in the form of publication works and speeches are commendable.

Abhinav Gaur

Mr. Abhinav Gaur

Advocate, Allahabad High Court


Mr. Abhinav Gaur is an independent legal professional currently practicing law at Allahabad. He regularly appears before the High Court, NCLT, DRT, DRAT, and arbitral tribunals.
He is passed out of Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA and is currently pursuing Masters in Law (LLM) from the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom. He was presented Certificate of Appreciation from the World Bank in 2018 and 2019. He advises clients in debt recovery and securitization laws, environmental laws, arbitration, company petitions, education and service matters amongst others.
Mr. Gaur has been judging Moot Court competitions at National Law Schools, Jabalpur, Amity Noida, Amity Lucknow, Lloyd Law School, NOIDA etc. and has judged the National Rounds of Jessup Moot Court Competition (2018). He has authored book on ‘Advanced Legal Drafting’ foreword by Hon’ble Mrs. Justice Rekha Dikshit and ‘Right to Education: Implementation of ICT in Education’.

Center for International Relations, National Security and Strategic Studies

Col Joy Das Gupta, SM

Col Joy Dasgupta, SM

Indian Army



Col. Joy Dasgupta , SM was commissioned in 18 Grenadiers in march of 1996. He is an alumnus of Officers Training Academy, Chennai. The officer has a multi – dimensional operational experience right from conventional war during OP VIJAY (Kargil conflict- 1999) to intense Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. The officer also has been part of UN peace keeping force.
Colonel Dasgupta is presently a part time TA officer and is associated with the Territorial Army. The glorified officer has a national recognition for bravery, leadership, and strategic planning because of his participation in operation Vijay, 1999 and leading several assaults primarily on features of Tiger Hill and capturing HUMP in Tololing on 12/13 June, 1999, for which his valiant act was recognized and awarded in a Gallantry medal in the line of duty.
Besides being a constant support for the Indian Army, he also regularly writes military articles on the issues of terrorism, information literacy, security related issues, Human Rights etc.

Lt. Gen. Dushyant Singh

Lt Gen Dushyant Singh



Lt Gen Dushyant Singh, PVSM, AVSM (Retd), is an alumnus of NDC, DSSC, CDM, and Naval Post Graduate School California, USA. He also holds the distinction of having served twice in the elite National Security Guards, as the Deputy Inspector General (Operations) and the Inspector General (Operations). Besides contributing regularly in various defence journals and newspapers, he has also written chapters in two books namely, “Understanding Suicide Terrorism” and “Countering Terrorism : Psychological Strategies”.

Center for Journalism, Media Studies and Law &
Policy periodical of AFPR ‘The Democratic Line’

KK upadhyay

Mr. K.K Upadhyay

Senior Journalist



Mr. K.K. Upadhyay, Senior Journalist, is an alumnus of Jiwaji University, Gwalior. Having more than 35 years of experience in Journalism, he has served as editor of several esteemed media corporations like Hindustan Media Ventures Limited, Dainik Bhaskar, Amarujala and many more. His knowledge, expertise and professionalism are widely recognized in the field and he is a great enthusiast of active public participation, access to justice, journalism, mass media, and social activism.

Center for Economic Studies

Dr. Maya Kant Awasthi

Dr. Maya Kant

Professor, IIM-Lucknow


Dr. Maya Kant Awasthi is a Professor at Food and Agribusiness Management Centre of IIM Lucknow. Prior to joining IIM Lucknow, he was associated with IIM Ahmedabad, NDDB/NTGCF Anand and AIM Guwahati. Having obtained his undergraduate degree in Agriculture from Kanpur University, he went on to pursue his post graduation in Livestock Economics from the renowned institute of IVRI, Bareilly and Ph.D. (Agril Economics) from GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar.
His present research and consultancy interests include, rural development strategic planting process, rural marketing, agribusiness environment management, quality management, agricultural services marketing management, land valuation, and land marketing along with his major research publications in the area of agribusiness rural development, land valuation, land marketing and rural marketing.
Dr. Awasthi is also a visitor’s nominee for IITs/NITs along with his prestigious membership in International Food and Agribusiness Management Association, World Academy of Humanities And Social Sciences, Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, and Indian society of Ecological Economics.

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