SeSTA's Guiding Light

SeSTA's Guiding Light

"SeSTA's present Governing Board consists of ten members from different professional backgrounds. Out of ten, two are nominated members of SeSTA staff. One third of the honorary members of Governing Board as may be decided by Governing Board shall retire by rotation by every year. Such retiring governing board members may be co-opted by Governing Board for another term of 3 years."


The Governing Board members of SeSTA are:

Prof.Dulal Goswami, Chairperson

"Prof. Goswami is currently with the Department of Environmental Science at Guwahati University as a guest faculty. He is retired as the Head of the Department of Environmental Science at Guwahati University in 2003. He has also been a Colin Mackenzie Chair Professor at Anna University, Chennai in 2004 and was associated with John Hopkins University (USA), Howard University(USA), Berne University (Switzerland), NASA Project (USA), NRSA, Department of Space, India; Assam Remote Sensing Application Centre at Guwahati. He has more than 150 publications at his name. He has been awarded with the Colin Mackenzie Chair in Geospatial Sciences, Anna University, Chennai; Rockefeller Foundation Grant for research on the Brahmaputra river ; John Hopkins University, USA; Research Fellowship ; East- West Centre Fellowship, USA, to name a few. He holds significant positions at different academic and professional organizations."

Dr. Amiya Sharma, Vice Chairperson

"Dr. Amiya Sharma is currently with Rashtriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi (RGVN) as Executive Director. He has a Ph.D. degree from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and post graduate degree from Delhi School of Economics, New Delhi, India. He worked as GM (planning) in NEDFi, Guwahati. Formerly, he has been a visiting faculty in Department of Economics, Rutgers. The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, Associate Professor in Department of Business Administration, Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam, and lecturer in Ramjas College, Hindu College, Kirori Mal College, Delhi University and visiting lecturer in The Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi. He is also associated with various organisations at national and international level."

Mr. Sarat Chandra Das, Treasurer

"Mr. Sarat Chandra Das, is the present Secretary & CEO of Grameen Sahara. He is a graduate in Agricultural Science and holds a PG Diploma in Rural Development. He worked for seven years with RGVN and then one & half years with Sa-Dhan, New Delhi with its Standards sub-group as a Senior Program Executive. Then he worked with HDFC Bank as a Manager (Agri& Microfinance, under Corporate Banking Group) before joining Grameen Sahara as the Chief Executive."

Dr. Mukulesh Baruah, Member

"Dr. Mukulesh Baruah is currently working as Director, Assam Institute of Management, Guwahati. Formerly, he was Deputy Manager, AEDC Ltd, Guwahati, Joint Director, ERDCI, Kolkata and Principal and HOD (MBA Dept.) at Girijananda Institute of Management and Technology (GIMT), Guwahati."

Dr. Ajanta Phatowali, Member

"Dr. Ajanta Phatowali passed MBA from Tezpur University in 1998. Currently she is working as DGM with IDBI Bank and based at Kolkata. Prior to IDBI she had worked with NeDFi and ONGC and has vast experience in the finance and Development sector in the North East. She is a PhD from Tezpur University in 2013."

Prof. Anuradha Dutta, Member

Professor Anuradha Dutta, is a renowned activist known for working on issues related to women, peace and conflict in North East India. Dr. Dutta served the Department of Political Science, Guwahati University as a Professor for 35 years and was also associated with OKD institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati as a Professor of Peace Studies. She has been associated with Assam Science Society and various civil society organizations and has written various papers on issues of peace and conflict in NE India."

Dr. Sunil Pal, Member

"Dr. Sunil Pal is a Post graduate in Agriculture from Assam Agriculture University and PhD from Choudhury Swaran Singh Haryana Agriculture University, Hisar. Presently Dr Pal is the Chief Scientist of Regional Agriculture Research Station, Gosaigaon under Assam Agriculture University. He has extensive experience of on-field research and extension in lower Assam region."

Mr. Pradyut Bhattacharjee, Ex-officio

"Pradyut is a Bachelor in Technology in Computer Science from Assam Engineering College, Jalukbari. He is been working in the grassroots for the last 13 years in Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and the North-East India. He has extensive experience of working on Social Mobilisation, Capacity Building, Institution Building and mentoring young people. "

Debasish Nath, Staff Nominee

"Debasish is a Masters in Mass Communication from Tezpur University. He has worked in places like Kalahandi district of Odisha and has 4 years of experience working in the grassroots."