NEW DELHI: Braj Bihari Kumar, editor of quarterly journals Dialogue and Chintan Srijan, has been
appointed as the chairman of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), succeeding noted economist S K Thorat.
The HRD Ministry yesterday took the decision finalising his name for the top post for a period of three years. "The ministry finalised his name from a shortlist prepared by a selection panel. Others in the shortlist were I K Bajaj and PM Kamath," a senior HRD Ministry official said.
Thorat was heading the council since April 2011.
76-year-old Kumar has been serving as the editor of the two quarterly journals, published by a society called Astha Bharati, of which he is a founding member.
A former principal of Sao Change Government College in Tuensang (Nagaland) and Science College in Kohima, Kumar has written, edited and co-authored 136 books.