Professor Raj Kumar is a distinguished academician, researcher and educational administrator. He is currently the Vice Chancellor of Panjab University, Chandigarh. He completed his Ph.D from Banaras Hindu University and D.Litt from University of Lucknow. He brings with him a rich mixture of professional integrity and administrative experience. Professor Raj Kumar has been actively engaged in teaching, research, training and consultancy in management field for more than three decades. He has been Director, Dean and Head of Institute of Management Studies, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Varanasi.
He has wide exposure in administration and day to day functioning of the university. As the coordinator, Technical Cell to the Vice Chancellor at BHU he played a key role in streamlining the administration and bringing more transparency into the system. His contributions helped the university in achieving new heights. He has been pioneer in the furtherance of industry-academia relations and entrepreneurship development. He has been instrumental in starting new courses, organising various MDPs, FDPs and training and skill development programmes for corporate and students at Institute of Management Studies. He has initiated the establishment of Atal Incubation Centre at BHU. Under his leadership various startups were initiated.
Professor Raj Kumar has mentored more than dozen PhD students, published many books and published more than hundred research papers in the journals of national and international repute. He has been on the editorial board of more than two dozen international and national journals such as American Journal of Industrial and Business Management, International Journal of Advanced Scientific Research and Development, BHU Management Review, Finance India etc.
He is chairman of various decision making bodies of most prestigious institutions such as Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research(PGIMER); State Higher Education Council, RUSA; Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC); Regional Advisory Committee of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan; Standing Committee for SC/ST; UGC-SAP Programme; UGC-CAS II of different departments of Panjab University. He is member of Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), New Delhi; Administrator's Advisory Council, Chandigarh; Punjab State Council for Science & Technology; member of the Governing body of the IUCAA, Pune; on Board of Governors of Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh; member, Academic Council of various universities and chairman of number of UGC expert committees.
As accomplished teacher and educationist administrator his focus has always been on quality. Under his dynamic leadership and guidance Panjab University has been adjudged as best university in the country by US News and World Report Ranking 2019. In NIRF ranking 2019 university bagged 21st position and University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences ranked second among pharmacy institutions in the country. It is a credit to his efforts that innovation & incubation has got a major thrust in the University, which is reflective in Panjab University achieving 9th spot in ARIIA (Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements) Ranking list as released by MHRD in the month of March, 2019. Because of his consistent efforts University has been sanctioned grants for a new Girls Hostel, expansion of Human Resource Development Centre and for setting up a Centre for Academic Leadership and Educational Management.