Event Start Date:
February 8, 2022
Event End Date:
February 8, 2022
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The assembly elections to five states; Uttarpradesh, Punjab, Uttrakhand, Manipur and Goa will take place in February and March 2022. In this context, CPPR is organising a #DecodingThePolls  “Elections 2022: semifinal or knockout?” on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM IST 

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Dr Sandeep Shastri, Vice Chancellor, Jagran Lakecity University, Bhopal
Dr G Gopa Kumar,  former Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Kerala
Dr Reetika Syal, Senior Officer, Research, CPPR
About the Speakers:
Dr Sandeep Shastri
Dr Sandeep Shastri is the Vice-Chancellor of Jagran Lakecity University. He has more than four decades of teaching and research experience. His research is largely in the field of Election Studies, Federalism, Innovation in Teaching, and Survey-based research. He has to his credit 13 books, more than 51 chapters in edited books & over 94 articles in refereed research journals besides 350 articles in OpEd in newspapers.
He is associated with several prestigious international research bodies in the field of social sciences and education. He is an international consultant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for its Political Party Reform Project in the Pacific Rim Countries, World Bank for its Governance Project in Nepal, the Forum of Federations for its Capacity Building for Democratisation Project in Myanmar, Constitution Making in South Sudan and Federalism in Sudan. He is on the executive committee of two important research committees of the International Political Science Association connected to the study of Electoral Systems and Governance. Dr. Shastri played a key role in drafting the Karnataka Youth Policy by serving as the Chairman of the Drafting Committee of the Policy.
Dr. Shastri has lectured extensively across the world and spoken at universities in more than 30 countries in all the six inhabited continents. Dr. Shastri prefers to call himself a teacher by choice, a researcher by training, a trainer by passion, and above all, a lifelong learner. He is passionate about teacher training and his focus has been on transforming the classroom from a space of teaching to a zone of learning.
Dr G Gopa Kumar
Dr G Gopa Kumar is the former Vice-Chancellor of the Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod. A leading political scientist and psephologist, he specialises in the areas of International Relations, Comparative Politics and Indian Politics. He has published 12 books and over 145 research articles. He was earlier Dean of Social Sciences and Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Kerala, UGC-Emeritus Fellow, ICSSR Senior Fellow, and has more than forty-one years of teaching experience in Political Science at the University level. He had also served as the Director General of the Institute of Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Kerala, and as Director, V.K. Krishna Menon Study Centre for International Relations. Dr Gopa Kumar has received numerous international and national awards and fellowships like Visiting Research Fellow, University of New South Wales, Australia; Australian Studies Senior Fellow; Salzburg Fellow, Austria; UGC-Indo-French Cultural Exchange Award; Fulbright Fellowship, USA (1998 & 2002); Shastri Mobility Fellowship (2017) and visited the University of Calgary, Canada to study on “Canadian Contribution in Internationalizing Higher Education in the era of Globalization”. He was also Visiting Faculty at Claremont Graduate University, USA and University of Calgary, Canada. Dr Gopa Kumar is also a reputed political commentator on television news and a newspaper columnist where his objective and scientific political analysis is highly valued.