SeSTA's Guiding Light

SeSTA's Guiding Light

"SeSTA's present Governing Board consists of nine 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:

Dr. Ajanta Phatowali, Chairperson

"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."

Miss. Sandhya Goswami, Vice Chairperson

Mrs. Goswami is the Former Professor and HOD of Political Science Department of Gauhati University. She has authored various books like LANGUAGE POLITICS IN ASSAM, Ajanta Publishers, New-Delhi, 1997, Northeast India: Development Communalism and Insurgency, (co-authored), Anshah Publishing House Delhi, 2007, The Troubled diversity :The Political Process in North Eastern India edited,Oxford University Press 2015. She has also published several research papers in National and International Journals, contributed several chapters to edited volumes and also writes in local Newspapers on contemporary issues.

Mr. Manoj Kumar Basumatary, Treasurer

"Mr. Basumatary is the present CEO and Co-founder of Symbiotic Foods Pvt. Ltd. He worked for SBI as a Chief Manager in Rail Bhawan Branch, New Delhi for 15 years and also worked with Partner, Udayachal Ventures for the period of 2.6 years"

Miss Olee Bora, Member

" Mrs. Bora Currently working with North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd. (NEDFi), Guwahati as a General Manager from 1996. She is also a director in NEDFi Trustee Lt. (NTL) and NEDFi Venture Capital Ltd (NVCL). She is a Nominee Director in Kanaklata Mahila Urban Co-Operative Bank and a few other NBFCs and Societies assisted by NEDFi. She has been a Resource Person to a number NGOs and Institutes. Prior to joining NEDFi in 1996 she worked as Personnel Officer in Bongaigaon Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd. (BRPL), presently IOCL and The Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI). She is also associated with the MBA Deptt of Gauhati University and Tezpur University as External Expert. She has presented and published papers in national and international conferences."

Mr. Pushpadhar Das, Member

" Mr. Das is currently working as a Project Manager at Srishti Handlooms Limited, Sivasagar since 2010. Member, Gramya Vikas Mancha, Nalbari and Member of Vision 2020 Sitajakhala team, Sitajakhala Dugdha Utpadak SSL. Formely Mr. Das was Led MIS implementation at Asomi from 2008 – 2015, Publication of Guwahati Yellow Pages (Printed as well as online version) and Contract farming consultancy in North Eastern region (medicinal and aromatic plants, horticultural crops)."

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. "

Mr. 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."