PROFILEResearch Methodology, Supply Chain Management, Quality Management, Academic Administration etc.
Prof. Raja Shekhar Bellamkonda is a Senior Professor in the School of Management Studies at the University of Hyderabad. He has a commendable track record as an academician and higher education administrator over the last 30 years. Prof. Shekhar has been associated with the School of Management Studies since its inception (1999) and 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 committee members responsible for formulating 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 MOOC programs on Research Methodology for Social Sciences and Data Analysis for Social Science Teachers (ARPIT) through the SWAYAM Portal of the government of India. Prof. Shekhar participated in LEAP (Leadership for Academicians Program) of MHRD at the 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. The Hyderabad Management Association established the Academicians Excellence Award in 2020, with Prof. Shekhar being the first recipient.
Education and Employment
Prof. Shekhar holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering from Acharya Nagarjuna University (1990). He also possesses Master’s degrees in Business Administration from Osmania University (1993), Psychology from Sri Venkateswara University (2006), and Education from Indira Gandhi National Open University (2018). He received Doctorate degrees in Business Management from Kakatiya University (2002), Psychology from Sri Venkateswara University (2014), and Education from Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University (2023). In addition, Prof. Shekhar received two Post-Graduate Diplomas in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from Kakatiya University (1995) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Computer Science from the University of Hyderabad (2001). Prof. Shekhar also participated in an FDP (Faculty Development Programme) at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (2008). Before his affiliation with the University of Hyderabad, he taught at Kakatiya University (1993–99) and Kamala Nehru Polytechnic for Women (1994).
Prof. Raja Shekhar authored and co-edited Consumer Protection, Supply Chain Management, and Quality Management books. He has published 64 research papers in reputed journals and contributed 30 articles to Conference proceedings and Books. Prof. Shekhar successfully guided 21 Doctoral research scholars, and eight more are working under his supervision. Prof. Shekhar is a specialist in Service Quality and has been doing extensive research on various service quality issues. He has been running a career counseling column in a leading Telugu daily newspaper, Eenadu, titled ‘Q & A‘ under the Chaduvu category.
Besides his academic activities, Prof. Shekhar served in various administrative positions at 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.
Teaching and Research interests
Prof. Shekhar’s primary areas of interest include Service Quality, Quantitative Techniques, Operations Management, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Higher Education, and Research Methodology.