The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India, Commonwealth Education Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), New Delhi is in the process of developing draft Open Educational Resources (OER) Policy for Higher Education. In this regard, CEMCA has constituted a National Advisory Cum Consultative Committee.

Prof. J. Prabhakar Rao, Director, e-Learning Centre and Head, Centre for Foreign Language Studies, School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad (UoH) has been appointed as a Member on the National Advisory Cum Consultative Committee of OER Policy for Higher Education in India.

Jandhyala Prabhakar Rao is Professor of Linguistics at the Centre for Applied Linguistics and Translation Studies, University of Hyderabad. Prof. Rao’s areas of research interest include Linguistics, Translation Studies, Foreign Language Teaching, Higher Education in India and e-Learning. In 2012 Prof. Rao was awarded honoris causa by Krasnodar State University of Arts and Culture, Russia and Honorary Visitor Medal by Kazan State University, Russia.

Prof. Prabhakar Rao is Visiting Professor to many Universities in Europe and Asia and also steering committee member and involved in an India-EU Project (2009–2012) on establishing the “Centre for Contemporary India Studies and Research” at University of Warsaw, Poland. Currently he is faculty Coordinator of India-EU project on Enhancing Quality, Governance and Access to UG Education in India (2013-2017). As a part of this project, Prof. Rao is coordinating a Lead theme on “Environment Natural Resources and Sustainable Development”.