About me – Dr. Rajiv R Thakur

About Me

Dr. Rajiv R. Thakur, the Perfectionist Learner, is Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Management and Faculty of Law, MIT World Peace University (MITWPU), Pune.  In his immediate previous assignments, Dr Thakur worked as Dean-Development and Professor of Strategy at Birla Institute of Management and Technology (BIMTECH) Gr. Noida, India and as Professor in Strategic Management Area and Professor-in-Charge at IIM Jammu (Indian Institute of Management, Jammu).

Dr Rajiv has worked as the Director at Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida (other group campuses at Lucknow, Jaipur, Indore) for over 6 years and spearheaded the vision of bringing the institution to the club of Top 30 B Schools in the country. Immediately before Jaipuria Noida, he was the Director of Jaipuria, Jaipur campus where he successfully spearheaded the transformation process of the campus. Earlier, he was a Professor in the area of Economic Environment and Strategy at India’s leading B-school,  Institute of Management Technology (IMT Ghaziabad), Ghaziabad for over 5 years and Director at AKGIM, Ghaziabad for one and half years. He started his academic career with GITAM Institute of Foreign Trade (now, GITAM School of International Business), Visakhapatnam. Prior to joining academics, he worked in the industry for over a decade with country’s largest media house, The Times Group, New Delhi. He started his career with The Statesman, New Delhi.


In his academic career, his teaching and research areas are Strategic Management and International Business Strategy.Dr. Thakur has been teaching PGDM and Executive programmes at the leading institutions in India and at universities overseas in the 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.  Dr. Thakur has been regularly holding international conferences and conducts MDPs for senior and middle level executives.


Dr. Thakur is widely traveled to the US, UK, Europe, South East Asia, Australia and the Middle East and has gained extensive international exposure. Dr. Thakur has done his Ph.D. and Post Graduation in Economics and MBA from IIT-Delhi. Dr. Thakur was awarded Junior Research Fellowship by University Grants Commission and has passed the National Eligibility Test for Lectureship.


His contributions in  institution building overall has been appreciated par excellence. He was 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.  In today’s globalized and challenging times with high demand on relevant skills and expertise, institutions need multi-skilled professional  with strong sense of changing industry needs which Dr Rajiv R Thakur most effectively delivers. Having pulse of the changing expectations and  profile of students, business environment and policies, strategic thinking and ability to learn from success stories from allied and other sectors are few traits which Dr Thakur strongly practices and professes.


Roles and Responsibilities:

As Professor have been teaching, mentoring, training post graduate students and working executives in India and Abroad

As Prof in Charge IIM Jammu was actively engaged in institution building of the newest IIM in the country.

As Director, was heading a top leading B School in Delhi NCR, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida running 3 Post Graduate Programmes with other campuses at Lucknow, Jaipur and Indore having a total student strength of 1560 students and over 100 plus faculty members. Noida has strength of 500 students and 35 faculty members.

Few of the Philosophies behind Institution Building

A top priority on quality education which is industry relevant and effort is to make every student industry ready with an entrepreneurial mindset so very important for a successful professional institution.

Research  andManagement Development Programmesto be the pillars.

Internationalization an important strategic dimension and is one of its core focus area.

Student centricity and engagement make institution a trustworthy preferred choice for students aspiring a career in management

Entrepreneurship, holistic personality development, confident and personality of high ethical values and hard work combined with spirituality and human values make institutions a breed with a ‘difference’ and are a preferred choice in the industry


Founding Director / CEO of SAFAC

Though in an  initial stage an institution of repute for social and economic upliftment,  promotion of art, culture and music. Ha s activities in rural parts of Bihar, Delhi NCR and Ghaziabad district.

Advisor to Centre of MDP and Consultancy at Jaipuria Noida.

Active in conducting MDPs for PSUs and Private sector organizations in all possible areas which includes HR, Marketing, Finance, Strategic Leadership, CSR, Corporate Governance and more

Strategic consultant

Shree Agencies, An enterprise running turnkey projects in Bihar, specifically in rural areas.

Dairy Project and Agri products project in Saharsa and Hajipur districts of Bihar


Member of ShyamaCharanLahiriKriya Yoga Sangh and engaged in practicing Kriya Yoga.

Sangh has its activities and followers spread in states of Assam, Bengal, Orissa, Andhra, Bihar, Jharkhand, UP, MP, Delhi NCR and other states.


Research Papers in International and National Journals, periodicals, newspapers, 8  Edited volumes and numerous articles and publications in International and National Journals Magazines, Newspapers and Trade Journal

Languages Known

  • Hindi
  • English
  • Maithili
  • Bengali
  • Sanskrit
  • Telugu


  • IIRB
  • ICSO
  • JAMC

Academic & Industry Experiences:  Over 25 Years

Academic: 2002 – till Date


Dean- Development and Professor Strategy

Birla Institute of Management and Technology(BIMTECH), Gr Noida, India


Professor Strategy Area ( Prof in Charge), IIM Jammu

Director and Professor, Jaipuria Institute of Management, NOIDA, India

Director and Professor, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur, India

AKGIM (Ajay Kumar Garg Institute ofManagement), Ghaziabad, India

Professor, Institute of Management Technology(IMT), Ghaziabad, India

Assistant Professor,IIM, Kozhikode

Selected, however, did not join due Family priorities

Associate Professor, GITAM Institute of Foreign Trade (GIFT), Visakhapatnam

(In academic collaboration with Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi)

Industry: 1992- 2002

Senior Manager Cadre

The Times of India Group (BCCL), New Delhi, India

Management ExecutiveCadre

The Statesman Ltd., New Delhi, India

Groups and Associations:

  1. Indian Society for Training and Development, New Delhi
  2. Global Institute of Flexible Systems Management, New Delhi

iii. All India Management Association, New Delhi

  1. Strategic Management Forum, IndiaLife Member
  2. ShyamaCharanLahiriKriya Yoga Sangh
  3. Life Member SAFAC


Reading, Writing, Photography, Listening Music, Traveling,


  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
  • Ph.D. (Economics), Patna University.
  • MA  (Economics), Magadh University.
  • MA (Economics) Previous, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, Delhi
  • BA (Hons.) Economics,Kirorimal College, Delhi University
  • I, Sc. St Xavier’s College, Ranchi.
  • Matriculation, St Jhon’s High School Ranchi.
  • Earlier attended schools: Mount Carmel Giridih, R K Mission School, Deogarh, St Francis School, Deogarh.


  • Qualified National Eligibility Test for Lectureship (NET), eligibility for Lectureship conducted by University Grants Commission (UGC), Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  • Awarded Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) by University Grants Commission, Government of India, New Delhi.
  • IMT Ghaziabad nominated him for the Harvard Business School’s Global Colloquium on Participant-Centered Learning.
  • Topped the merit list of the All India entrance examination of M Phil programme, at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
  • Topped the College merit list of B A (Hons), IInd year examination.


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