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Upinder Dhar

Dr. Upinder Dhar

Vice Chancellor

The Indian higher education system is the second largest in the world in terms of number of institutions and enrollments. In spite of this achievement and progress during the past couple of years, the educational institutions are facing several challenges. The key challenges include lack of high quality research and shortage of faculty leading to sub-standard outcomes like poor rate of employability skills of the students. According to industry reports (NASSCOM, CII and FICCI), only 25% of technical graduates are considered employable. It is important to focus on improving the quality of faculty and enabling research environment at the institutions. The challenge before our nation is to create and sustain an education system that is responsive to the new and dynamic environment of economic revolution.

With a lot of government initiatives being proposed in the Twelfth Five-Year Plan, the institutions of higher education are undergoing a period of change and transformation. In view of huge participation of private players, there is increased competition among the institutions. Challenge is to transform Indian higher education to a global size and quality. Indian higher education should aim to produce graduates equipped to support the robust growth of the Indian knowledge economy through higher private sector participation in large world class university investments in India. The focus of Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya shall be on creating conducive environment for bringing together faculty and other stakeholders to work jointly groom the students. Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya shall offer great opportunity for creativity with right ambience for value-based quality education in various professional and traditional disciplines.

The Vishwavidyalaya shall provide excellent teaching-learning resources and the right kind of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for developing the leaders of tomorrow. We are committed to all-round development of the students. Thus, with an industry-relevant curriculum and a strong academia–industry interface, the Vishwavidyalaya shall provide an appropriate platform to the budding professionals for entering the corporate world and contribute towards development of the nation.

I am happy to invite you to be a part of the journey towards excellence.

 

Brief Profile


Dr. Upinder Dhar is Vice Chancellor of Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya (Indore). Earlier, he was Group Additional Vice Chancellor and Pro-Vice Chancellor - Academics, Amity University Uttar Pradesh (Noida); First Vice Chancellor of JK Lakshmipat University (Jaipur); Director - Institute of Management, Dean - Faculty of Management, and Dean - Faculty of Doctoral Studies and Research, Nirma University (Ahmedabad); Director - Prestige Institute of Management and Research (Indore); President - Prestige Group of Educational Institutions (Indore); Professor of Management at NITIE (Mumbai); and Reader at IMS-DAVV (Indore). He has conducted more than 600 management and faculty development programs for the executives of major business houses and faculty members of academic institutions respectively. He has also been Guest Faculty at IIM Calcutta, IIM Indore, IIM Trichy and IIT Roorkee. Besides undertaking consultancy assignments, he has authored/co-authored more than 640 publications. Thirty-Four (34) scholars have been awarded Ph.D. degree under his supervision by various universities.

Dr. Dhar, a strong proponent of Case Method, was conferred Ravi J Matthai National Fellow Award by the Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) in 2018 and National Fellowship by Indian Society for Training and Development in 2002-03. He has been on the Panel of Reviewers of number of journals, such as International Journal of Training and Development, Human Resources International, Journal of Global Business and Technology, and South Asian Journal of Management. He has also been on the Panel of Experts maintained by the NBA (Bangalore); NAAC (Bangalore); ICSSR (New Delhi); and SAQS (Hyderabad). He has been President of Anthropological and Behavioural Sciences Section of the Indian Science Congress Association (2007-08), Indian Society for Training and Development (2008-09) and Association of Indian Management Schools (2014-15). He has also been Member of the Expert Committee on Specification of Degrees, University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, Council of Management of AIMA, Member of ATMA, All India Board of Management Studies of AICTE, Rajasthan State Productivity Council, Governing Board of DELNET, and Member of the Executive Board of AMDISA. He had the opportunity to visit Ivy league institutions like Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Yale University School of Management. He has also visited more than 15 countries for professional and academic interest.

Areas of Interest : Organizational Behaviour, Human Resource Management & Development, Organizational Development, Consumer Behaviour, Entrepreneurship, Mental Health, General Management, and Institution Building.

Detailed Profile


SHORT BIODATA - Dr. UPINDER DHAR

PRESENT POSITION

Vice Chancellor – Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya, Indore, Madhya Pradesh

EARLIER WORKED AS

Gr Addl Vice Chancellor & Pro Vice Chancellor Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh

First Vice Chancellor – JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur

Director – Institute of Management, Dean – Faculty of Management, and Dean – Faculty of Doctoral Studies & Research, Nirma University of Science and Technology, Ahmedabad

Director, Prestige Institute of Management and Research, Indore. Also as President, Prestige Group of Educational Institutions, Indore (The Group was constituted of four Institutions: Prestige Institute of Management and Research, Indore; Prestige Institute of Management, Dewas; Prestige Institute of Management, Gwalior and Prestige Public School, Indore).

Professor, NITIE (Bombay) – An Institution established by United Nations in 1963; Reader, Institute of Management Studies, D.A. University (Indore); Lecturer, Department of Psychology, M. D. University (Rohtak); Research Associate, Indian Institute of Public Administration (New Delhi); Research Associate, Shri Ram Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources (New Delhi); Research Assistant, National Labour Institute (New Delhi).

QUALIFICATION : Ph. D.

AREA/S OF INTEREST

Organisational Behaviour, Human Resource Management and Development, Organisational Development, Consumer Behaviour, Entrepreneurship, Mental Health, General Management, and Institution Building.

MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS CONDUCTED (List of Select Companies)

Bajaj Auto Limited, Aurangabad; BHEL, Bhopal ; Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, Bombay; Choice Centre for Management Development, Cochin ; Canara Bank; Municipal Corporation of Greater Bombay; Ceat Tyres Ltd. (Fibre Glass Division), Hyderabad; Eicher Motors, Pithampur ; Essar Steel, Hazira; Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India, Bombay;

Grasim Industries Ltd., Nagda and Jodhpur ; Hindalco Industries Limited, Renusagar and Ranukoot; Hindustan Motors, Pithampur; JK Corp Limited, Sirohi Road; J K Tyre, Gwalior; Nicholas Piramal India Limited, Pithampur; Nuchem Plastics; Atomic Energy Commission; Naval Dockyard, Bombay; Mahindra & Mahindra, Bombay; Oil & Natural Gas Commission, Panvel; Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd., Bombay; Steel Authority of India Limited; South Eastern Coalfields Limited; Usha Martin Industries Limited, Ranchi; Ucal Fuel Systems Ltd., Tamil Nadu.

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS CONDUCTED

More than 50 National Case Writing Workshops and several Research Methodology Workshops conducted for the faculty of B-Schools in the country, besides having been Resource Person in many Refresher and Orientation Programs for the Faculty of University Teaching Departments and Colleges at National Level. Invited by American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) to conduct a half-day workshop on ‘Case Method’ during its International Annual Conference at Minneapolis in Minnesota, United States in October 2013.

CONSULTANCY ASSIGNMENTS UNDERTAKEN

Tata Interactive System, Bombay and World Bank, New York Development of Training Material for Cement Industry);

ITC (Internal Image Survey); Indian Rare Earths Limited (Evaluation of Organisation Structure and Staffing Pattern);

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (Development of Task Responsibility Manual); Herdillia Chemicals Limited (Review and Reorganisation of Engineering Function);

Pondicherry University (Development of Reading Material for Postgraduate programs); Aegis School of Telecommunication (Development of Curriculum and Detailed Syllabus for Master's Program in Telecommunication Management – MPTM).

WORK EXPERIENCE

Postgraduate Teaching, Corporate Training, Faculty Development, Consultancy and Research - 41 years.

PUBLICATIONS

Over 640 Publications, which include authored/edited Books, HRD Instruments, Chapters in Books, Monographs, Research Project Reports, Management Cases, and Research Papers published in refereed academic and professional Journals of National and International repute.

DOCTORAL THESES SUPERVISED AND AWARDED BY VARIOUS UNIVERSITIES

Thirty-four (34)

VISITING FACULTY AT

Indian Institute of Management (Kolkata)
Indian Institute of Management (Indore)
Indian Institute of Management (Trichy)
Indian Institute of Management (Roorkee)
Jiwaji University (Gwalior)
International Institute of Professional Studies (Indore)
Shri Vaishnav Institute of Management (Indore)
School of Economics (Indore)
Academic Staff College (Indore)
School of Defence Studies (Indore)
Leadership Development Centre (New Delhi).

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Life Member: Indian Society for Training and Development; Indian Science Congress Association; All India Management Association; Indian Psychological Association; Psycho-Linguistic Association of India; Praachi Psycho-Cultural Research Association; National HRD Network; and Indian Society for Technical Education. Served these Bodies in various capacities.

HONOURS /AWARDS

Conferred AIMS Ravi J Matthai National Fellow Award during the 30th AIMS Annual Management Education Convention held at Infosys Convention Center, Bengaluru from August 30 to September 01, 2018.

Conferred Shri Nanaji Deshmukh Life Time Achievement Award during the 11th National Conference of Praachi PCR Association at Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya, Indore from December 21-23, 2017.

Conferred 9th Annie Besant Award for Excellence in Education by the Annie Besant Group, Indore on October 16, 2017.

Conferred Dr. Thomas Cangan Management Leadership Award by the Society for Indian Institute of Rural Management in 2014.

First Chairman of the Editorial Board of AIMS Journal of Management.

Nominated as a Member of International Jury for the First, Second and Third ISB-IVEY Case Competition in 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively. ISB Hyderabad & AIMS jointly organized an Annual National Case Competition for the Professors of B-schools in association with Richard Ivey School of Business as Knowledge Partner and CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) as sponsor.

Peer Reviewer / Subject Expert for the Accreditation of B-Schools in South Asia including India.

Conferred National Fellowship by the Indian Society for Training and Development in 2002-2003.

Receipient of number of scholarships / fellowships including Commonwealth Fellowship. Cited in Indo-American Who's Who, Trainers and Training Institutions Directory of ISTD, and Indo-Asean Who's Who.

COUNTRIES VISITED IN CONNECTION WITH VARIOUS PROFESSIONAL ASSIGNMENT

Bangladesh, Nepal, Turkey, Bhutan, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Pakistan, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Srilanka, United States (Twice), Maldives, Mauritius, Thailand, Singapore

CONDUCTED MOST OF THE TRAINING SESSIONS ON

Self and Related Processes

Self Awareness and Interpersonal Relations, Creative Problem Solving, Transactional Analysis, Rational Emotive Therapy, Management of Stress, Time Management, Job Attitudes for Better Performance.

Organisational Processes

Leadership for Excellence, Communication Skills, Team Building, Effective Decision Making, Managing Change, Management of Conflicts, Group Dynamics, Motivating Subordinates, Management by Objectives, Delegation for Effective Management, Organisational Excellence, Principles of Effective Management.

Human Resource Development & Systems

Human Resource Development, Performance and Potential Appraisal, Employee Counselling, Dynamics of Workers' Participation, Quality of Work Life, Role Playing as a Training Method, Grievance Redressal Practice, Recruitment and Selection, Organisation Development, Career Planning and Development.