JAMMU: Advisor to chief minister, Professor Amitabh Mattoo, a leading thinker and writer on international relations has been awarded the prestigious Capital Foundation National (CFN) Award for his invaluable contribution to education and academic reform.
The Capital Foundation is a non-governmental voluntary organisation that brings together men of thought and learning to articulate public opinion on policy issues.
Currently, advisor to the chief minister, with the status of a cabinet minister, Prof Mattoo chairs the Knowledge Initiative, with the Education Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, appointed by the government to recommend interventions in schools, colleges and institutions of higher learning to make the education system socially relevant and globally competitive.
Prof Mattoo is widely regarded as an inspiring and innovative builder of institutions and the foremost intellectual seeking to build peace in the South Asian region. He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford and has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Illinois, and the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris. He has published extensively including eight books and more than a hundred articles. Professor Mattoo was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian awards, for his contribution to education and public life in 2008.