Professor Nalin Mehta

Dean School of Modern Media

Professor Nalin Mehta is an award-winning social scientist, journalist and author who has held senior leadership positions in major Indian digital, print and TV news companies; been a communications expert with international financing institutions and the UN in Geneva, Switzerland; taught and held research positions at universities and institutions in Australia, Singapore, Switzerland and India.


Most recently, Mehta has been Executive Editor, Times of India – Online; Consulting Editor, Times of India and Managing Editor, India Today (English TV news channel). He has also held senior positions with the Global Fund in Geneva, Switzerland, and UNAIDS.


Alongside executive leadership position roles in the media industry, Mehta has held senior research fellowships at National University of Singapore; Australian National University, Canberra; La Trobe University, Melbourne; and International Olympics Museum, , Lausanne, Switzerland. Mehta has also been Adjunct Professor at IIM-Bangalore, Associate Professor of Sociology at Shiv Nadar University and Senior Research Fellow at India Development Foundation. As a media expert, he has served as Governing Board member of the University Grants Commission Consortium for Educational Communication, an inter-university institution that coordinates the work of 22 Indian university centres on education through communication technologies.


Mehta is the author of five best-selling and critically acclaimed books, including India On Television (winner of the Asian Publishing Award for Best Book on Asian Media, 2009) and Behind a Billion Screens (Shortlisted as Business Book of the Year, Tata Literary Live, 2015). His latest co-authored book, Dreams of a Billion (2020) is a national bestseller.  Mehta was  founding Co-Director of the Times Lit Fest Delhi (2015-18) and a founding editor of the international peer-reviewed journal South Asian History and Culture (Routledge) as well as the Routledge South Asian History and Culture book series.


A DFID-Commonwealth scholar, Mehta has a Ph.D in Politics from La Trobe University, Melbourne; M.A. International Relations, University of East Anglia, UK, and B.A. Journalism (Honours) from University of Delhi.

  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi;
  • Society of Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata;
  • Research Committee of Indian Council of Social Science Research;
  • Advisory Council, The Delhi School of Journalism, University of Delhi;
  • Academic Council, Central University of Himachal Pradesh and
  • The School Board of Rabindranath Tagore, Tagore School of Creative Arts and Communication Studies, Assam University, Silchar.


He is also a Member of the Awards Selection Committee of the National Council for Science and Technology Communication, Department of Science and Technology.

Prof. Suresh has addressed national and international conferences including the prestigious Jhabarmal Annual Lecture organized by Rajasthan Patrika and the Sat Paul Sahni Memorial Lecture organized by the Indian Institute of Public Administration in January 2017, International Co-Production Conference at Seoul, South Korea, in 2018, organized by the Korea Communication Commission, the India-Japan Global Partnership Summit in Tokyo, in 2011, the Fourth Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) at Doha, Qatar in 2011, the Fifth Forum of UNAOC at Vienna, Austria to name a few.


Prof. Suresh has completed his Master of Mass Communication from Guru Jambeshwar University of Science & Technology in 2008 and Graduated with English (Hons) in 1988 from Delhi University. He has secured his Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in 2000 and his Experiential Course in Public Health Journalism in 2016 from Oxford University.