Enhancing the capabilities of technical education in India


The Expert Advisory Group (EAG) was established in 2012 to bring together senior leaders from India with international experts to help design the Good Governance Programme.

The member compiled the Good Practice Guide for Governing Bodies and designed Good Governance Forums and other resources for the website. Members have taken part in a number of Good Governance forums working together with institutional leaders and representatives of State and national government.

Professor M. Anandakrishnan

Professor R. Natarajan

Mr. Subramanian Ramadorai

Ms Jannette Cheong

Sir Andrew Cubie

Dr. Nicholas Sanders



Professor M. Anandakrishnan serves as Former Chairman of Board of Governors at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur since 2007. He was the first Science Counselor at the Embassy of India Washington, D.C. (1974 to 1978) and served in the United Nations Centre for S&T for Development from 1978 to 1989 and as Vice-Chancellor of Anna University for two terms from 1990 to 1996. He was Vice-Chairman of the Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education from 1996 to 2002 and concurrently the Advisor to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on Information Technology and e-Governance. He was Chairman, Madras Institute of Development Studies from 2003 to 2008.


Professor R. Natarajan served as the Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education from 2001 to 2004. Earlier, he was the Director of IIT Madras from 1995 to 2001. He has worked as National Research Council (of Canada) Research Associate and as Humboldt Research Fellow in Germany. He has been conferred Honorary Doctorate degrees from six Indian Universities and from the University of South Australia. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and several Professional Societies. He has been on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Engineering Education (published by the American Society for Engineering Education) and of the International Journal of Engineering Education.


Mr. Subramanian Ramadorai has been in public service since February 2011. Currently he is the Chairman of National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) in the rank of a Cabinet Minister. He is also Chairman of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), a Public Private Partnership arm of the Government of India, for creating large, for-profit vocational institutions. He retired as the Vice Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services in October 2014, after an association of over 4 decades with the company. In recognition of Ramadorai's commitment and dedication to the IT industry he was awarded the Padma Bhushan (India's third highest civilian honour) in January 2006. In April 2009, he was awarded the CBE, (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to the Indo-British economic relations.


Ms Jannette Cheong is an independent education and arts consultant, poet, writer, curator and designer. She has worked for more than 40 years in higher education. Formerly, she was Head of International Collaboration and Development and Associate Director for Quality Assessment for the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Prior to this she was one of Her Majesty's Inspectors for Further and Higher Education. Over the last 25 years she has acted as a facilitator and advisor to many international education and arts initiatives and collaborations, in partnership with international and national organisations.


Sir Andrew Cubie trained as a lawyer, specialised in corporate law and was for many years the senior partner of the largest law firm in Scotland. He was and remains a director of a range of companies, both public and private in the UK and overseas. From that background he was elected the Chairman of the largest business organisation in Scotland at the time, the Confederation of British Industry. From that base he became involved in a wide range of UK public policy issues, particularly around Education and Training. In 2000 as the Chair of the Government created "Cubie Committee" he recommended the abolition of tuition fees for HE in Scotland and the introduction of a graduate endowment. The recommendation was accepted. He has chaired the largest independent school in Scotland, (and remains the Chair of a special needs school), Edinburgh Napier University, CUC, (being the representative body of all UK Chairs of universities), EFQM, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, and continues to chair the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework. He has written extensively about HE governance and lectured on the topic around the world


Dr. Nicholas Sanders served for 10 years as an external member of the governing body of the University of Warwick and as a member of many of its committees covering finance, HR issues, research and a range of other topics. Before that he was a senior official in the Department for Education in London, working as Principal Finance Officer, one of the national Schools Directors and as Director for Higher Education. Earlier in his career he spent three years working in the Prime Minister's office at 10 Downing Street, serving James Callaghan and Margaret Thatcher.

Self-review is a key activity and output of the Good Governance Programme through which institutions can examine their current governance practice. Self-review can be undertaken regularly (for example every 3 -5 years).

Supporting governance development needs of individual governors, governing bodies, institutions and States is a key activity of this and other national and regional initiatives. Another output of the Good Governance Programme is a Governance Development Plan to see how governance development is built into institutional development through clear, timebound action planning.



Implementing good governance practice is the primary outcome of the Good Governance Programme demonstrated by institutions developing their own governance guidelines which sets out institutional governance practices based on the Good Practice Guide for Governing Bodies. This would include a process and timetable for monitoring and reviewing governance practise.
Sharing experience underpins and supports the Good Governance Programme through good governance learning forums, sharing of institutional case studies of good practice, highlighting common gaps, barriers and issues, and helping institutions to learn from one another.