PROFILEResearch Methodology, Supply Chain Management, Quality Management, Academic Administration etc.
Prof.B. Raja Shekhar is currently working as Professor in the School of Management Studies, University of Hyderabad. He has a commendable track record in the field of higher education as an academician and academic administrator. Prof. Shekhar associated with the School of Management Studies since its inception (June 1999) and he is also Coordinating a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management offered by the Center for Distance Education and Virtual Learning, University of Hyderabad. He was also associated with the Telangana State Public Service Commission as one of the members of the committee for the formulation of the scheme and syllabus. As the Dean of the School of Management Studies, University of Hyderabad, Prof. Shekhar has played a significant role in launching a unique MBA program in Business Analytics at the University of Hyderabad. He has successfully coordinated two MOOCs programs namely in Research Methodology for Social Sciences through SWAYAM and Data Analysis for Social Sciences through ARPIT of MHRD. Prof. Shekhar is appointed as one of the members of the expert committee constituted by UGC to draft the Learning Outcomes Based Curriculum Framework for Management. Prof. Shekhar participated in LEAP (Leadership for Academicians Programme) of MHRD at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and a one-week training program on “Becoming a top 100 university” at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Prof. Shekhar successfully coordinated LEAP (Leadership for Academicians Programme) of MHRD at the University of Hyderabad as Associate Coordinator. Prof. Shekhar is the first recipient of the Academicians Excellence award instituted by the Hyderabad Management Association in the year 2020.
Education & Employment
Prof. Shekhar obtained his Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering (Acharya Nagarjuna), Masters degrees in Business Administration (Osmania), Psychology (Sri Venkateswara), and Education (IGNOU). He was awarded Doctorate degrees in Business Management (Kakatiya) and Psychology (Sri Venkateswara). Added to the above, he acquired two Post-Graduate Diplomas in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations (Kakatiya) and Computer Science (Hyderabad). Prof. Shekhar also underwent a Faculty Development Programme (FDP) at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad. Prior to joining the University of Hyderabad, he taught at Kakatiya University and Kamala Nehru Polytechnic for women.
Prof. Raja Shekhar authored, edited, and co-edited books in the area of consumer protection, Supply Chain Management, and Quality Management. He has published 55 research papers in reputed Journals and also contributed 30 papers in Conference Proceedings and Books. Prof. Shekhar successfully guided 18 research scholars for Ph. D. and 8 more scholars are working under his supervision. Prof. Shekhar is a specialist in the area of Service Quality and has been doing extensive research in various issues of service quality. He has been running a career counselling column in a leading Telugu daily newspaper Eenadu titled ‘Q & A‘ under the Chaduvu category.
Besides his academic activities, Prof. Shekhar served various administrative positions in the University of Hyderabad including Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dean of the School of Management Studies, Head of the Department of Education and Educational Technology, Director of Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), Dean of Students’ Welfare, Registrar, Chief Warden, Deputy Chief Warden, Warden etc.
Prof. Shekhar’s primary areas of interest include Service Quality, Quantitative Techniques, Operations Management, Industrial & Organisational Psychology and Research Methodology.