The Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) has sent a tentative list of nominees to the Human Resource Development Ministry to fill the 11 vacancies in its council. These include office bearers of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s historians network Akhil Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Yojana.
A senior HRD official said that the list includes ABISY vice-president Narayan Rao and it’s West Bengal unit head Nikhiles Guha. Former Berhampur University Prof. Rao is a Vedic scholar and former Kalyani University Prof. Guha has published works on Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mookerjee and the Mysore princely state. He has also compiled the songs of social reformer Rammohun Roy. Guha was denied an extension in service in 2007, which he unsuccessfully challenged in the Calcutta High Court.
The list also includes Sugam Anand — History and Culture Department Head of Agra’s BR Ambedkar University, RS Agrawal — formerly with Meerut-based Chaudhary Charan Singh University and Banaras Hindu Unversity Paleographist and Epigraphist Suman Jain from Uttar Pradesh.