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The Board of Directors (BOD) of JKU

The Board of Directors is an important body of JKU like its counterpart, the Board of Governors and forms a part of its governing structure. The BOD members take leadership roles and give their accountability to the stakeholders of the University, the state authorities and the citizens of the state, particularly the students and their parents. The BOD takes responsibilities for the decisions taken at the University in respect of its aims and objectives. The BOD consists of the Board Chairman and members drawn from hosts of former Vice Chancellors of Universities, retired IAS officers, Judges from High Court and Supreme Court, Philanthropists, Donors and Public personalities. The BOD oversees Academic and Student Affairs, Audit, Budget, Finance and Facilities, Governance, Personnel and Ethics, University Healthcare System and Executive Committees functioning at various levels. The Board Chairman has an important role in defining the board’s responsibilities and setting the strategic direction for the institution. The Board Chairman will be a high-profile person who knows and understands the bylaws and policies and makes sure that the board operates on a policy level. The Board Chairman will serve as the liaison between the board and the other University authorities. He/She will be well known for his/her leadership roles, interpersonal and communication skills. The Board Chairman will be responsible for carrying out the strategic plans of the board.

Prof Subrata Sen

Prof Subrata Sen is Professor and Deputy Chair, Department of Translational Molecular Pathology, Division of Pathology and Lab Medicine, at the MD Anderson Cancer Center of the University of Texas, at Houston. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center. He is simultaneously a Faculty Member, at the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. During the last four decades of his distinguished career, he has held numerous eminent academic and medical positions. He also has many acclaimed publications to his name.

Since his childhood, Prof Sen has had a deep interest in spirituality and the association of Saints. He is a disciple of the renowned lady saint of the last century, Anandamayi Ma. He has a deep love for the country of his birth and has pioneered various welfare projects in the service of the poor and needy in India.

Prof. Prafulla Kumar Dhal

Prof. Prafulla Kumar Dhal is an international Mentor, a Researcher, an Educator, a Strategist, and a Policy Advocacy Specialist. He is a popular name in the fields of promotions of transformative leadership. He is currently heading the CSR and sustainability interventions of JK Group of companies as the General Manager and State Head Odisha.

Prof Dhal is practicing innovative and transformational CSR as a model for others to emulate, where he has integrated social inclusiveness, environmental sustainably and transformative economic growths with CSR investments. He has transformed lives of 23 thousand tribal families with community owned and managed transformative institutions such as Rural Hatt, Rural Mart, Van Dhan Vikash Kendras, Women Producer group, Farmers Producer Companies, Youth startups, Digital learning units etc., as new source of employments and livelihoods matching to the aspiration levels of communities particularly youths.

His idea of starting a Bamboo Jewelry Producer Group as a starat up from tribal villages of Rayagada district by the educated tribal Girls is now a global news as a successful social enterprise emerging as an alternative employment opportunities for youths in the sustainability sector . Under Atmanirbhara Bharat and Vocal to Local framework, 6000 tribal women have been given capacity and skill setup. Prof Dhal believes economic transitions is possible if transformative leaders can be created in universities.

Prof. Dhal is an alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) where he completed his M.A and M.Phil. from the Center for Political Studies (CPS) on public policies in India. Over last 32 years Prof Dhal has gained renown as a well-known strategist in the fields of corporate governance and public policy analysis in India. He is a member of prestigious Central Advisory Board on education (CABE) in MHRD in Govt of India, the national working group Member of NACP 3 (MH and FW) Govt of India , Vision 2020 (SME, Govt of Odisha).

Dr Lata Nandkumar

Dr Lata Nand Kumar is a renowned physician from Chicago. She has been training and guiding medical and paramedical students from Northern Illinois University, North Park, Chamberlain, and St Xavier’s. She is extremely popular for her pioneering work in instilling lifestyle changes and incorporating spiritual values in her patients of all religious backgrounds.

Dr Kumar studied medicine in Bangalore. Subsequently, she did Fellowship in Clinical Endocrinology in Chicago. She practiced as an internist for 16 years with the biggest medical groups of US. For the last two decades, she has been running a private practice.

 Mrs Santosh Taneja

Santosh is a Board Director of the Taneja Family Foundation, which is focused on transformational opportunities in climate change, healthcare and education. She is actively involved in JKYog to drive online marketing, and community management and fund raising for the Bay Area Radha Krishna Temple.

Previously, Santosh spent 20 years in management roles in the banking industry. She was the Assistant VP of operations, HR and Sales Management for Cambridge Savings Bank, a multi-billion dollar community bank in Massachusetts.

She is a graduate of Punjab University with a B.A. in English and History.