PARDEEP SAHNI,is Professor of Public Administration at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). He also holds the additional charge of the Head, Material Production and Distribution Division of the university. Prior to joining IGNOU, he served with the Punjabi University, Patiala and the Haryana Institute of Public Administration, Chandigarh. He has over 32 years of experience in teaching and research. In addition to being the author of seven books, he has published a number of research papers and articles in reputed Indian and foreign journals. He received his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Punjabi University, Patiala. Prof. Sahni, along with his colleagues, has shown pioneering initiative in developing courses and undertaking extension activities in the field of disaster management. He has also been a consultant in disaster management for the Disasters Emergency Committee, UNDP and the World Bank. He is involved in the development of Postgraduate Diploma in Disaster Management and the Masters Programme in Public Administration, both courses being conducted by IGNOU.
ETAKULA VAYUNANDAN, Ph.D., is Professor in the Faculty of Public Administration at Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. He has teaching and research experience of more than 20 years in the field of public administration. Professor Vayunandan has authored/edited two books. Of these, Good Governance: Initiatives in India has been published by PHI Learning, New Delhi.