Prof. C. Sheela Reddy

Professor & Head of the Department

Qualifications :
  • MA, M.Phil, PhD., NET in Public Administration
Areas of Interest :
  • Public Administration, Governance, Public Policy, Ambedkar’s Thought and Philosophy, International Relations
Teaching and Training Experience :
  • Prof. C. Sheela Reddy worked as Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh from 2006 to 2011. At the University, she taught Public Administration, Research Methodology and International Relations. Subsequently, she joined Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), New Delhi as Associate Professor, Socio-Political Development (Applied Social Sciences) in 2011. She was appointed Chair Professor, Dr.Ambedkar Chair in Social Justice, IIPA in 2016 and continued until January 2021, when she assumed charge as Principal, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi. She served in the administrative position for 2 years and 8 months i.e. till August 2023 during which she received the best employee medal from the college trust, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), in recognition of her extraordinary service rendered as Principal on the eve of Republic Day 2023.
  • At IIPA, she was involved in the design and conduct of many National and International training programmes. She successfully coordinated thrice the 'Advanced Professional Programme in Public Administration' (APPPA), a ten-month flagship programme of IIPA for Senior Officers of the Government of India: All India Services, Central Services and Defence Services. She completed Direct Trainer Skills (DTS) and Design of Training (DoT) designed and prepared by Thames Valley University, U.K. She handled sessions related to Public Administration, Governance, Public Policy, Indian Constitution and Social Justice in most of the training programmes at IIPA. She is invited speaker/resource person nationally in different leading Institutes/Universities.
  • Prof. Reddy facilitated the collaboration of IIPA with the Potsdam Centre for Policy Management, University of Potsdam, Germany and GIZ, Afghanistan in organizing three Winter Schools (2013-15) for Afghan Deans, Professors and Experts in Public Administration on Teaching, Didactics and Research Methods in Public Administration; Advancing BPA Curriculum: Coaching of Core Courses and Improving Academic Skills; and Enhancing Management, Academic and Teaching Skills: Developing an Afghan Core Strategy for Employability and Faculty Development. This initiative was the first of its kind in IIPA. On the invitation of Ministry of Higher Education, Afghanistan, she participated in the Summer Academy 2015 on Teaching and Managing BPA Programmes and was the lead initiator of discussion in two working groups. The Ministry of Higher Education, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan awarded a Certificate of Appreciation to her for academic contribution in the field of Public Administration during the Summer Academy (August 3 – 7, 2015) at Kabul University.She has published extensively in National and International journals, and has authored six books. Her books entitled ‘Food Security and Food production: Institutional Challenges in Governance Domain’ and ‘Good Governance: The Changing Contours’ have been received well in academic circles. Her extensive published work has been acknowledged for its research and academic rigour. She has been actively engaged in Evaluation and Impact Research Studies with respect to Government Schemes and Projects.
Publications, Projects, Paper Presentations, Research Guidance, & Participation :
  • Published 14 papers in International Journals, 19 in National Journals, 14 Book chapters and authored 6 books
  • Completed 5 major and 5 minor projects funded by ICSSR, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Ministry of Minority Affairs
  • Guided 2 Ph.Ds and 18 M. Phil. Dissertations
  • Panelist/Resource person/Keynote speaker in National and International Conferences in India and abroad.
  • Presented papers in around 30 International and 32 National Conferences and participated in 19 workshops
  • Mentored RTI Fellows under Centrally sponsored RTI fellowship scheme, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT)- ‘Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government Through Effective Implementation of RTI Act’
  • Organised 2 International conferences, 8 National Seminars and 3 Workshops sponsored by ICSSR, Dr.Ambedkar Foundation, Ministry of Social justice etc.
Academic, Administrative & Extramural Assignments Held :
  • Special Invitee, Standing Committee on Academic Matters, University of Delhi
  • Member, Academic Council, University of Delhi
  • Member, First Court of Central University of Karnataka
  • Member, Governing Body, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi
  • Member, Governing Body, Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women, University of Delhi
  • Member on the Social Sciences Courses Admission Committee, University of Delhi
  • Expert, High-Level committee for the Establishment of Dept of Public Administration in Central University of Jharkhand.
  • Member, School Board of Social Sciences, IGNOU, New Delhi
  • Ex-officio member on the Executive Committee of the IIPA(Indian Institute of Public Adminidtration) Alumni Association
  • President, IIPA Employees Cooperative Thrift & Credit Society
  • Member, School Board of Social Sciences, Mizoram University
  • Co-Editor, Indian Journal of Public Administration, January (2020-21)
Current Academic and Administrative Assignments :
  • Member, Governing Council, India Foundation, New Delhi
  • Joint Zonal Secretary (East), Indian Political Science Association(IPSA)
  • NAAC Assessor & Member of NAAC Peer Team
  • Member, Editorial Board, Grassroots Governance Journal (2020-25), Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India (AGRASRI)
Countries Visited :
  • Sri Lanka, France, U. K., Singapore, China, Australia, South Africa, Italy, Afghanistan, Hungary, and USA
Membership in Professional Bodies :
  • Life Member, Indian Institute of Public Administration
  • Life Member, Indian Political Science Association
  • Life Member, Indian Association for Women’s Studies
  • Life Member, Indian Academy of Social Sciences
  • Life Member, Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies
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