Eswaran Sridharan is the Academic Director and Chief Executive of the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India (UPIASI), (in New Delhi), from its inception in 1997, and was earlier with the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He is a political scientist with research interests in the party systems and coalition politics, political economy of development, and international relations theory and Indian foreign policy. He is the author of The Political Economy of Industrial Promotion: Indian, Brazilian and Korean Electronics in Comparative Perspective 1969-1994 (1996); and has co-edited (with Zoya Hasan and R. Sudarshan), India’s Living Constitution: Ideas, Practices, Controversies (2002; 2005); co-edited (with Anthony D’Costa), India in the Global Software Industry: Innovation, Firms Strategies and Development, (2004); co-edited (with Peter de Souza) India’s Political Parties (2006); and edited The India-Pakistan Nuclear Relationship: Theories of Deterrence and International Relations (2007), International Relations Theory and South Asia, Vols. I & II (2011), Coalition Politics and Democratic Consolidation in Asia (2012) and Coalition Politics in India: Selected Issues at the Centre and the States (2014). He has published over seventy-five journal articles and chapters in edited volumes. He has held visiting appointments at the University of California, Berkeley, London School of Economics, Institute of South Asian Studies of the National University of Singapore, and Institute of Developing Economies, Tokyo. He is the Editor of India Review, a refereed Routledge journal, and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. He earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Pennsylvania.
S.D Gosain has been a key member of the institute since its inception in 1997. Special mention may be made of the honorary services provided by Mr. Gosain in the initial years of establishment of UPIASI from 1994 to 2001 by providing secreatarial services to the foundibg Secretary-Gebral, late Ambassador S.K. Singh, former Foreign Secrety with whom he had functioned as his executive secreatry. Mr. Gosain's efforts have resulted in getting-
(1) Society status from Delhi Government
(2) SIRO status;
(3) FCRA status
(4) Income-tax exemption;
(5) Taking care of donations from various individuals/ organizations for procuring office space at IHC
In addition to CASI work, both SD Gosain and Ruchika have handled and completed innumerable big projects successfully and satisfactorily from 1997 till date.
Ruchika Ahuja joined UPIASI in 1997 and is a senior member of the team since its inception. She oversees the financial administration of UPIASI and also liaisons with foreign institutions & scholars for research projects including travel arrangements for visiting scholars, conference arrangements for partner organizations and facilitation arrangements for CASI students interning with Indian NGO’s. In addition to CASI work, both SD Gosain and Ruchika have handled and completed innumerable big projects successfully and satisfactorily from 1997 till date.
Tishya Sethi is the Operations Manager at UPIASI and earlier led the India Office for University College Dublin, Ireland. She has over 9 years of experience in international education encompassing student admissions, alumni relations, academic partnerships and, operations support. Tishya provides support to Penn related operational needs and facilitates the Institute’s activities, with a key focus on UPIASI’s relationship with Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), Center for Advanced Study of India (CASI), and Penn alumni in India. Previously, she has also held roles at Queen Mary, University of London & University of Warwick.