Administrative Reforms Commission of India. He was also appointed by the President of India as advisor, to the Governor in 2007 and 2008, when the Presidential Rule was imposed in Karnataka. He served as a member of NSAB from 2008 to 2010. During that the same period, he was also chief advisor on Strategic Studies at BrahMos Aerospace, in addition to being on the board of directors of BrahMos Aerospace Trivandrum Limitea. Currently, he is an adjunct professor at the department of geopolitics and international relations at Manipal University and a distinguished scientist on the visiting faculty at IIS, Bangalore, researching security-related issues. Recently, he has been made a member of the State Security Commission of the Government of Kerala. He was also a member of the Committee on Prevention of Corruption, which submitted its report to the Chief Minister of Kerala in July, 2012. He is vice chair of the recently established Community Mediation Service Committee. He writes on issues related to geopolitics, terrorism, peace, and conflict resolution.

V. Venugopal, M.Sc., Ph.D, is presently a Raja Ramanna Fellow and retired as the director of the Radio Chemistry and Isotope Group at BARC. He is a specialist in the field of thermal/thermodynamics of plutonium based fuels at high temperature, chemical quality control of fuel, X-ray and solid state chemistry, and oversees radioisotope and radiation technology programs at BARC. From 2007 to 2011, he served as a member on the Standing Advisory Group for Safeguards to advice the director general on safeguard issues. He has to his credit more than 370 publications, of which 190 are published in reputed international journals. Widely acclaimed as an expert in the area of thermodynamics, he is the vice president of Indian Nuclear Society (INS). He is also a member of several professional bodies. He has received many awards including the Netzsch-Indian Thermal Analysis Society award in 2001, the International Symposium on Circuits and Systems silver medal in 2002, and the Materials Research Society of IndiaI medal for 2003-2004, the INS award for 2005, and the DAE award in 2007.

He was on deputation on Indo-German collaboration and worked at the Nuclear Research Centre in Julich, Germany for a year and a half and attended several conferences abroad to give lectures in the field of thermodynamics of nuclear materials. He led delegations to South Korea and Argentina for bilateral meetings on cooperation in the area of nuclear S&T. As an advisor for Ph.D. students at Mumbai University, 25 students have thus far obtained graduate degrees under his guidance.

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