The HRD Ministry finalised Mr. Kumar's name from a shortlist prepared by a selection panel, reported Press Trust of India.
"The ministry finalised his name from a shortlist prepared by a selection panel. Others in the shortlist were I K Bajaj and PM Kamath," a senior HRD Ministry official said.
76-year-old Kumar has been serving as the editor of the two quarterly journals, published by a society called Astha Bharati, of which he is a founding member.
A former principal of Sao Change Government College in Tuensang (Nagaland) and Science College in Kohima, Kumar has written, edited and co-authored 136 books.
A former professor in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Prof. Sukhadeo thorat had earlier worked as the chairman of University Grant Commission and also as the Director of Indian Institute of Dalit Studies.
He has been working as the Chairman of ICSSR, New Delhi, since 1 April 2011.
ICSSR was established in the year of 1969 by the Government of India to promote research in social sciences in the country. The Council is meant to review the progress of social science research and give advice to its users. Among its other objectives, the council will sponsor social science research programmes and projects and administer grants to institutions and individuals for research in social sciences.
(With Inputs from PTI)
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