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Educational Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. on the topic ‘The Asiatic Society of Bengal and the Discovery of lndia’s Past’, Bihar University, 1984.
  • Gold Medallist, M.A. (History), Bihar University, 1966.
  • Gold Medallist, B.A. (with Honours in History), Bihar University, 1964.
  • First Division, Senior Cambridge, St. Xavier's, Patna, 1960.
  • Gold Medallist~ Inter-Jesuit Schools English Essay Contest, 1960.
  • Gold Medallist, Hindi Essay Contest, 1960, St. Xavier's, Patna.
  • (I hold a record for receiving gold medals in the Essay Contests in both languages, English and Hindi, in the same year).
Career in the Civil Services:
  • Central Information Commissioner, Central Information Commission, New Delhi (October 2005—February 2009).
  • Chief Executive Officer, Prasar Bharati, (August 1998—June 1999).
  • Director-General, All India Radio, (August 1997—June 1999); post from which retired.
  • Director, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi, (June 1999— February 2004).
  • Director—General (News), All India Radio, (May—August 1997).
  • Director, Research, Reference & Training Division & Director, Field Publicity, New Delhi, (1996—1997).
  • Director, Publications Division, (April 1993—September 1996):
    (Completed The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi in one hundred volumes. For this, received a special mention by the Prime Minister in his public address on the occasion of the release of the hundredth and the last volume, 1 October 1994. The first copy of the book was received by Abha Gandhi, Gandhiji’s life-long companion).
  • Director, Central Monitoring Services, All India Radio (Additional Charge), (1995).
  • Chief of Media, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, (April 1985—April 1986).
  • Chief Editor, Akashvani Group of Journals, All India Radio (March 1983—April 1985).
    (Brought out a number of special issues including one on 'Foreign Scholars on India').
  • Deputy Principal Information Officer, Press Information Bureau, New Delhi, (1982—1983).
  • Editor, Publications Division, Delhi, (April 1974—January 1980).
    (Also functioned as Editor and Administrative Head of Employment News, 1979. Wrote over fifty editorials for the publication).
  • News Editor and Administrative Head of the Hindi News Unit, News Services Division, All India Radio, (January 1971—April 1974).
  • Commentary Writer and Administrative Head of the Commentary Section, Films Division, Bombay, (January 1968—January 1971).
  • (Wrote commentaries for over a hundred newsreels and several documentaries some of which featured in national and international film festivals. The film LIFE (commentary by me) won the National Award).
Publications:
  • Kejariwal, O.P. (ed.), 2009, Benares Illustrated by James Prinsep with James Prinsep and Benares by O.P. Kejariwal, Pilgrims Publishing,Varanasi.
  • Kejariwal, O.P., (1988). The Asiatic Society of Bengal and the Discovery of India's Past, 1784—1838, Delhi, Oxford University Press.
    (The book carries a Foreword by the eminent Indologist, A.L. Basham, in which he commended 'the excellent study to discriminating readers throughout the world').
  • Kejariwal, O.P. (1995). 'William Jones: The Copernicus of History' in Objects of Enquiry (edited by Garland Cannon and Kevin Brine), New York, New York University Press.
  • Kejariwal, O.P. (1997). 'The Prinseps of India: A Personal Quest' in a special number of Indian Archives, Delhi, National Archives of India.
  • Kejariwal, O.P. (2003). Ghalib in Translation, UBS, New Delhi.
  • Kejariwal, O.P. (1990). 'Information Back-up for Historical Studies : The Need and the Availability’, in Social Science Information: Problems and Prospects, New Delhi, Har Anand and Vikas.
  • Kejariwal, O.P. (1988). 'The Indian History Congress and Historical Research in the North-East', Shillong : Proceedings of the North-East Indian History Association (Based on the keynote address at the seminar on the same subject in Kohima, 1987).
  • Kejariwal, O.P. (1987). 'The Historiography of the North East : The Need for a Corrective', Shillong ; Proceedings of the North-East Indian History Association.
  • Kejariwal, O.P.(ed.) with S.K. Sharma and Shashi Anand (2004). Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bombay : A Comprehensive Index, 1841—2001. Published by Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and the Asiatic Society of Mumbai.
  • Kejariwal, O.P.(ed.) with S.K. Sharma and Shashi Anand (2010). Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal : A Comprehensive Index, 1832—2006. Pilgrims Publishing, Varanasi.
In Hindi:
  • Kejariwal, O.P.(ed.) (2004). Videsh Mein Hindi :  Sthiti aur Sambhavanaen, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi.
  • Kejariwal, O.P. (ed.) (2004). Selected Works of Acharya Narendra Dev, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi.
  • Kejariwal, O.P., (2011). Bharat ke Ateet ki Khoj, Kitabghar, New Delhi.
Honours & Awards:
  • Special invitee to a symposium on 'Sir William Jones' organised by the New York University, 1994.
  • Awarded Visiting Fellowship by the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain, London, 1992.
  • Awarded the Nehru Fellowship, 1990.
  • Awarded the prestigious Silver Medal for the best book on oriental subjects (1987—89) by the Asiatic Society of Bombay.
  • Awarded Visiting Fellowship by the British Council in 1982 and 1990.
  • Awarded Fellowship by the Indian Council of Historical Research, 1980—82.
  • Elected Distinguished Xaverian, 2000.
Lectures:
  • ‘James Prinsep : The Unsung Genius’, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, 2012.
  • ‘James Prinsep and Benares’, Rai Krishnadas Memorial Lecture, BHU, Varanasi, 2006.
  • 'Sir William Jones,' Motichandra Memorial Lecture, New Delhi, 2004.
  • 'James Prinsep : His Life and Work,' B.R. Grover Memorial Lecture, Tirupati, 2004.
  • 'The Prinseps of India', Founder's Day Oration, Asiatic Society, Calcutta, 1999.
  • 'The Asiatic Society and the Making of India's History', Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, April 1995.
  • ‘The Imperialist School of History: Some Reconsiderations’, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain, London, June 1992.
Other Appointments (Honorary):
  • Appointed Chairman, Board of Management, National Library, Kolkata, 2002.
  • Nominated Member, Asiatic Society Council, 2002.
  • Elected Fellow of the Asiatic Society (FAS), 2000.
  • Appointed Editor, Indian Horizons, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 1998. Published 'India at 50’ (Special issue) with a Foreword by the Prime Minister.
  • Appointed Chairperson of a Task Force on Government Publications set up by the Planning Commission, 1995.
  • Served as Vice-Chairman, Delhi Public Library, 1990—1993.
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