|Prof. Ghanta Chakrapani|
1965 (age 52–53)|
|Occupation||Professor, Political analyst|
Telangana State Public Service Commission
Prof. Ghanta Chakrapani (born 1965) is an Indian sociologist, journalist and political analyst in Telugu media. He is presently the Chairman of Telangana State Public Service Commission. He is a professor at Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad. He is one of the founders of Peace Initiative Committee which negotiated with the government and Maoist Naxalites for peace-talks in 2004-05. During the talks, the Government of Andhra Pradesh (AP) appointed him as the convenor for the Cease-fire Monitoring Committee. After formation of separate Telangana State, the Government of Telangana appointed Dr.Chakrapani as the first chairman of TSPSC. After assuming the Charge as Chairman, TSPSC in December, 2014, Prof. Chakrapani has introduced a series of initiatives to modernise the conduct of examinations and to democratise the administration, thereby transforming the youngest State PSC in the country into a progressive and modern Public Service Commission in the entire country.
Born in Karimnagar District, Telangana, Dr. Chakrapani completed his Post Graduation (MA) in Sociology, Post Graduation in Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) and Ph.D on Religion from Osmania University, Hyderabad.
Ghanta Chakrapani started his career as a journalist in 1985. He was a reporter/Sub-Editor in Udayam, Andhra Jyothi popular Telugu language newspapers published in Hyderabad. Later he worked as Public Relations Officer at Andhra Pradesh Open University for very brief period and panel news reader in All India Radio (AIR), Hyderabad. He is a left-wing intellectual, and a well-known media analyst, journalist and freelance writer.
Dr. Chakrapani shifted to academics in the early 1990s. He worked as a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at [Kakatiya University], Warangal. Later he joined as Assistant Professor at Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad. He served in the University in various capacities including the Head-Department of Sociology, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Director, Center for Staff Training and Development (CSTD) and Director, Centre for Social Empowerment. He also served as the Registrar of the University from 2004–06 and developed and coordinated new academic programmes and courses in different fields like Sociology, Political Science, Human Rights, Women Studies, Mass Media and other Social Sciences. His fellowships and academic distinctions include Fellow, India China Institute, New York, Senior Fellow, JAPSS, USA, European Commission, Austria, Member, Sahitya Academy etc.
He has several scholarly publications to his credit. He published 13 books and hundreds of articles in Telugu and English. He writes "Ghantapatham", a popular weekly column in Namasthe Telangana Telugu daily. He is associated with several democratic movements and human rights organisations.
- Pambalas:Aneka publications, Hyderabad, 2009, ISBN 978-81-909644-0-1
- Empowered Voices, Success Stories of Distance Education, CSE Publications, Hyderabad, 2009, ISBN 978-81-908563-1-7
- Memu Saitham CSE Publications, Hyderabad, 2009, ISBN 978-81-908563-0-0
- Globalisation and Social Exclusion in India, Milind Publications, New Delhi, 2009
- Education, Exclusion and Empowerment, Milind Publications, New Delhi, 2008
- Samajika Sandarbham, Aneka Publications, Hyderabad, 2006
- Samajashastra Nighantuvu, Dictionary of Sociology- Co-authored, Telugu Academy, Government of AP, Hyderabad, 2000
- Samajashastra Moola sutraalu, -Principles of Sociology, Co-authored, Telugu Academy, Government of AP, Hyderabad, 1996
- Samajika Manavashastram-Prathamika Sutraalu, Principles of Social Anthropology, Telugu Academy, Government of AP,
- Boggu Porallo Aggi Bavuta, Coal mining in the context of Economic Reforms: Umesh paperbacks, Hyderabad-2010
- Globalisation and Social Transition in India and China- Authors Press, New Delhi-2013, ISBN 978-81-7273-692-7
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