PROFILEResearch Methodology, Supply Chain Management, Quality Management, Academic Administration etc.
Prof. Raja Shekhar Bellamkonda is currently working as a Senior Professor in the School of Management Studies, University of Hyderabad. He has a commendable track record as an academician and higher-education administrator. Prof. Shekhar has been associated with the School of Management Studies since its inception (June 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 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. Prof. Shekhar is the first recipient of the Academicians Excellence award instituted by the Hyderabad Management Association in 2020.
Education & Employment
Prof. Shekhar obtained his Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering (Acharya Nagarjuna), Master’s degrees in Business Administration (Osmania), Psychology (Sri Venkateswara), and Education (IGNOU). He was awarded Doctorate degrees in Business Management (Kakatiya) and Psychology (Sri Venkateswara). Additionally, he acquired two Post-Graduate Diplomas in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations (Kakatiya) and Computer Science (Hyderabad). Prof. Shekhar also underwent a Faculty Development Program (FDP) at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad. Before joining the University of Hyderabad, he taught at Kakatiya University and Kamala Nehru Polytechnic for women.
Prof. Raja Shekhar authored and co-edited books on Consumer Protection, Supply Chain Management, and Quality Management. He has published 60 research papers in reputed Journals and also contributed 30 papers to Conference Proceedings and Books. Prof. Shekhar successfully guided 19 Doctoral research scholars, and eight more are working under his supervision. Prof. Shekhar is a specialist in the area of 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.
Prof. Shekhar’s primary areas of interest include Service Quality, Quantitative Techniques, Operations Management, Industrial & Organisational Psychology, and Research Methodology.