Honorary Directors

Dr.Sridhar Rajeswaran

Dr.Sridhar Rajeswaran

Sridhar Rajeswaran is the Honorary Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in India. CASII is Sridhar's brainchild and he has laboured for five long years to bring it into existence he has networked arduously with colleagues in India and abroad, created an educational trust, purchased land for construction of the institution and never given up on his dream of setting up an institute for advanced research in India, which would bridge geopolitical distances and ideological chasms in the academic world.

Sridhar has from 2008-2012 been Professor and Head of the Department of English and Dean, Faculty of Arts at the University of Kachchh, Bhuj in Gujarat. He has also been the DAAD Visiting Professor in Postcolonial Literatures and Cinemas at the Universities of Muenster for two terms in 2010 and 2011. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Dusseldorf, Cologne and Bonn in Germany.

Sridhar has studied at the Universities of Madras and Bombay. His doctoral work dealt with postcolonial perspectives on the poetry of W.B. Yeats. His post-doctoral areas of research and specialization are the Poetry of W.B.Yeats and Ireland, Postcolonial Theories, Race-Class-Caste-Gender studies and Modern Indian Drama in English. He has been published in reputed academic journals and critical anthologies in India and abroad and has presented papers at international conferences in Britain, Germany, Belgium and Austria. His book on W.B. Yeats entitled English Cup, Irish Coffee and Black Sugar: Postcolonial Perspectives on the Poetry of W.B. Yeats was published in 2009.

He is also a creative writer and has written poems and plays. His plays have been broadcast over the All India Radio and been read in professional theatres. He is a member of the Association of Contemporary Drama in Europe with which he has been associated for the past 8 years. His poetry has been published in India and in Wasafiri and World Literatures Written in English, the U.K. and is available on the websites of the Siegen, Cologne and Dusseldorf Universities, Germany. His poetry has also been translated into French and German. His first collection of poems entitled, Cracked Images: Frozen Frames, and his book of plays have been published in 2008.

From 2004 onwards Professor Rajeswaran has been engaged in a joint research project with the University of Dusseldorf, Germany, on the topic of Women and Ageing, where he was also the Writer-in-Residence for the summer semester of 2006-07. Currently he has a joint research project on Constructs of Home with the University of Dusseldorf, Germany and had held a joint international conference on that subject with them at the KSKV University of Kachchh in Bhuj in November 2009.

In the academic year 2007-08 he was visiting Professor in the faculty of Arts, University of Hodeidah, Yemen, where he was an Assistant Professor in English Literature from 2000 to 2001 and then again from 2004 to 2005. He is also on the Global Faculty of the Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA from 2004 onwards. In 2009-10 he gave guest seminars at the Universities of Muenster, Dusseldorf and Cologne in Germany. He has also lectured on Yeats and Postcolonial Theories at the Universities of Magdeburg and Cologne, Germany and conducted creative writing workshops at the University of Siegen, also in Germany. He has taught Indian drama and poetry to Postgraduate students at the University of Avignon, France.

He has been a Resource Person for in-service teacher training programmes conducted for the UGC by the Academic Staff Colleges, University of Mumbai, the Osmania University, Hyderabad, the University of Burdwan and the Saurashtra University, Rajkot.

In addition to his academic work, Dr. Sridhar has also worked at the grass-roots level with organizations dealing with battered women and female construction workers and fund raised for the Spastics society of India by being solely engaged in all their design and production requirements. He also used to run a street theatre group which raised social awareness.

Dr.Nilufer E. Bharucha

Dr.Nilufer E. Bharucha

the Honorary Director of CASII, is a Professor in the Department of English at the Mumbai University. She has studied at the Universities of Bombay and Manchester. She is the coordinator at Mumbai University of the Academic Exchange Programmes with German universities, the Indo-Canadian Centre, the CoHaB project and the Group for Research on the Indian Diaspora (GRID), a UPE project.

Her areas of specialisation are Postcolonial Literatures and Theories, Literature of the Indian Diaspora, the Writings of the Parsis, Bollywood Cinema and the Literature of the Raj.

She has edited four books (1) Indian English Fiction 1980-1990: An Assessment, (2) Postcolonial Perspectives on the Raj and its Literature (3) Mapping Cultural Spaces: Postcolonial Indian Literature in English and (4) World Literature: Postcolonial and Post-Imperial Literatures. She has also authored a book on Rohinton Mistry's fiction entitled, Rohinton Mistry: Ethnic Enclosures and Transcultural Spaces.

Sixty of her articles and reviews have appeared in Western and Indian academic journals and in several critical anthologies published in India and abroad.

She has also written several short-stories which have been published in The Illustrated Weekly of India, Eve's Weekly and the Indian PEN. She has also done translations from the Urdu and these have appeared in the Sunday Observer. Some of her stories and critical pieces are available on the Internet. Further she has published translations of poems from Gujarati into English and the translation of a Gujarati novel is forthcoming.

Professor Bharucha was awarded a British Council Scholarship for study at the University of Manchester in 1981-82 and the Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship for post-doctoral research at the Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London in 1994-95.

Professor Bharucha has lectured and presented papers at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London, the Universities of Leeds, Reading, Manchester in the U.K. She has done a lecture tour of German Universities under the aegis of the British Council, Germany, in June 1995. She has also presented talks at the Universities of Humboldt and Free University in Berlin, the University of Frankfurt and the University of Mainz. In Spain she has guest lectured at the University of Tarragona.

From 1996 onwards she has been a Visiting Professor in Postcolonial Literatures and Indian Cinema at several universities in Europe such as the Otto-Von-Guericke University, Magdeburg and the University of Cologne in Germany, the University of Barcelona in Spain and the University of Avignon in France. She is on the Global Faculty of the Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA from the year 2000 onwards.

In 2007 She was awarded a Visiting Professorship by the Indo-Canadian Shastri Institute for lecturing at universities in Canada and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) has awarded her visiting professorships in 2000 and 2008 at the Universities of Siegen and Muenster in Germany. She has also been the ICCR Chair in Indian Literature and Cinema at the University of Muenster for the summer semester of 2012.

Professor Bharucha has served on the jury for the Commonwealth Literature Prize and for the Literature in English award by the Sahitya Akademi, Delhi. She also sits on the jury for the Rhodes Scholarships.