Akhil Ranjan Dutta
Department of Political Science, Guwahati University, Assam
Dr. Akhil Ranjan Dutta is presently Professor in the Department of Political Science at Gauhati University, Assam, India. Dr. Dutta is an academic activist and engaged with both academic research and socio-political activism concerning human rights and dignity in the region of Northeast India. Dr. Dutta attained his post-graduate (1996) and M. Phil (1999) degrees from the University of Delhi and Ph. D. (2006) from Gauhati University. A Rotary World Peace Fellow (2009), Dr. Dutta also completed a certificate course on peace and conflict studies at International Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. Professor Dutta was visiting fellow at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi during March 2017. An advocate of democratic, secular and progressive politics, Dr. Dutta served as General Secretary, Gauhati University Teachers Association for three tenures (2007-08, 2010-11 & 2011-12) and as its Vice President for two consecutive terms (2012-13 & 2013-14). He is also an Executive Editor of Natun Padatik, a socio-cultural monthly published from Guwahati. A columnist in regional news papers and research contributors both in national and international journals, Dr. Dutta regularly writes on issues related to globalization, social security and peoples’ politics. Dr. Dutta is also a popular speaker and travels to different parts of the country and the region to speak on themes concerning peoples’ rights and dignity. On invitation from Chinese Embassy in India and Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi Dr. Dutta led the Indian Think Tank Delegation to China in 2017 and visited Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu from June 25 to July 4, 2017. The Delegation visited leading Universities in China and Dr. Dutta delivered lectures on issues concerning bilateral issues between India and China.
Dr. Dutta completed two research projects funded by University Grants Commission (UGC) and one by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). He is currently supervising two projects of BIRD on ‘Century of Assam Budgets’ and ‘Century of Legislative Politics in Assam’. Two research scholars have been awarded Ph. D. under his guidance and eight are presently working under his supervision.
The Honourary Chairperson of Brahmaputra Institute of Research and Development (BIRD), Guwahati, India and the Editor of its bi-annual research journal Studies in Society and Polity (SSP), Dr. Dutta is also member of South Asia Association for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE), Kathmandu, Nepal and Foundation for creative research in social sciences, India International Centre, New Delhi, India.