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Dr. Rajiv R. Thakur carries a rich experience of more than 27 plus years within the industry and academia besides working with some of the leading institutions in the country. He has served as a Pro Vice Chancellor at MIT World Peace University Pune, DG-Provost, Faculty of Management, and Faculty of Law in his previous assignment.

Prior to MIT WPU, Dr. Thakur was associated with the Indian Institute of Management in Jammu as Professor in Strategic Management Area and Professor-in-Charge at Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad – one of India’s leading B schools. Herein he was a Professor in the area of Economic Environment and Strategy. He has also been the Professor of Strategy and Dean-Development at Birla Institute of Management and Technology (BIMTECH) in Greater Noida. In leadership roles, Dr. Thakur has worked as the Director of Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida (other group campuses at Lucknow, Jaipur, Indore) for over 6 years and spearheaded its vision of getting into the club of Top 50 B-Schools in the country. Prior to Jaipuria Noida, he has been the Director of Jaipuria, Jaipur campus where he successfully led the transformation process of the campus.

Dr. Thakur began his academic career with GITAM Institute of Foreign Trade, now GITAM University, Visakhapatnam. Prior to joining academics, he worked in the media industry for over a decade with country’s largest media conglomerate, The Times Group, New Delhi. Dr. Thakur is a nominated Chairperson of the NBA expert committees visiting different institutions in the country for NBA accreditation. He has been an expert member of various UGC and AICTE committees. He was in the Strategic Committee of BIMTECH and was also a key member in Team AACSB entrusted with its accreditation. He has been an active member in the core team of setting up of IMT Dubai and its accreditation by the Commission of Academic Accreditation, U.A.E.

Dr. Thakur has been teaching PGDM and Executive programs at leading institutions in India and at universities across Europe, Australia and the Middle-east. He has been actively involved in research and publication and has published/presented research papers in international/national journals and international conferences. Alongside he has been regularly holding international conferences and conducting MDPs for senior and middle level executives. Having been to the USA, UK, Europe, South-East Asia, Australia and the Middle East, he also possesses extensive international exposure.

Academically, Dr. Thakur accomplished his Ph.D. from Patna Universityin Economics and specialized in Sustainable Agricultural Practices. He is also an MBA from DMS at IIT-Delhi and an MA in Economics from A N College Patna. His undergraduate in Economics was earned from Kirorimal College Delhi University, Delhi. He has completed his Intermediate in Science from St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi and Matriculation from St John’s High School in Ranchi. For his outstanding academic feats, Dr. Thakur was awarded the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) by University Grants Commission and he also successfully has passed the National Eligibility Test (NET).

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Dr. Rajiv R. Thakur

Director and Professor of Strategic Management and IB

rajiv.thakur@dsb.edu.in www.rajivrthakur.com