Dr Chandrakala Padia, an acclaimed social scientist both in India and abroad, was appointed the first woman Chairperson of Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla, Himachal Pradesh on Sept 4, 2014. Her area of specialisation includes political theory, Indian and Western political thought, women’s studies, Gandhian studies and human rights. Set up by the Ministry of Education in 1964, IIAS is a research centre for Indian culture, religion, humanities and social and natural sciences.