Professor Balveer Arora is Founder-Chairman of the Centre for Multilevel Federalism at the Institute of Social Sciences.
The Centre was founded in 2010 and is a member of the International Association of Centres for Federal Studies (IACFS). He was earlier professor of Political Science at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He was Rector and Pro- Vice Chancellor of the University 2002-2005, responsible for Academic Affairs. He is currently President of the Board of Water for People India and Chairman, Governing Body, of the Blind Relief Association College for Special Education. He is Convenor of the Programmes Committee on Governance of the India International Centre.
Professor Arora obtained his Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne, after studying at St Stephen’s College Delhi and at Sciences Po Paris. He has been visiting professor at Sciences Po Paris, as well as at universities in Japan (Waseda), China (CNU) and the US (U Penn). He is a former president of the Alliance Française de Delhi and Founder-President of the
SciencesPo Alumni Association in India. He was Chair of the Governance and Nomination Committee of the Board of the NGO Plan International India (2008-17). He has written extensively on India’s federal democracy, its political institutions and processes over the past five decades.
He has been a member of the Scientific Councils of the French Network of Institutes of Advanced Studies (RFIEA) and the House of Human Sciences (FMSH), Paris. He is currently Vice-President of the Institut International Transcultura (Paris). He is on the Scientific Advisory Council of the Journal ‘Communications’ (Paris) and has delivered lectures in several prominent French universities. He was made a Knight in the Legion of Honour, the highest civilian honour of the French Republic, in July 2011. Earlier, he was appointed Officer in the National Order of Academic Laurels (2002).