Professor Gracious Thomas is Director of the School of Continuing Education at IGNOU, New Delhi. He is pioneer in introducing HIV/AIDS, Family Life Education and Social Work in Indian higher education system through distance learning mode. Dr. Thomas is advisor to the Indian Parliamentary Forum on HIV/AIDS. He is also Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care at Vatican. He has over sixty books to his credit - twelve authored and the rest edited by him.