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Prof B. Venkatesh Kumar

Professor , Mumbai campus

Chairperson - Centre for Public Policy and Governance, School of Management and Labour Studies

M.A. (Mumbai), Ph.D. (Mumbai)

Professor of Political Science, Chairperson, Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Chair, Higher Education Leadership Academy, Chair, Center for Academic Leadership and Education Management. 

His research interests include political process and institutions in India, party and party systems in India, governance and public policy making specifically related to higher education reform in India.

Kumar has authored 2 books entitled: The Electoral Reforms in India: Current Discourses and Madhya Pradesh: Development Challenges and a number of papers in journals of national and international repute.

He serves as the Director of the National Corporate Social Responsibility Hub established by the Government of India’s Department of Public Enterprises at TISS. He was a pioneer in the formulation of the first-ever guidelines for Public Sector Enterprises on CSR and developed the revised guidelines, which have been implemented since April 2013. Kumar and the team he supervises at TISS currently work with several of the state-owned enterprises in the development of CSR strategy with a focus on inclusive, sustainable development and growth for under-served districts. Kumar is involved in the policy design and its implementation strategies of a number of the Federal Government’s key social sector initiatives.

Kumar is the Course Director of the One-Week In-service Training for senior and mid-career policy leaders and civil servants and has trained 240 since 2011. This initiative is supported by the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India.

Dr. Kumar works in multiple capacities to guide reforms in the field of higher education in India. He is chiefly involved in advising and providing support to the Ministry of Human Resource Development's major policy initiative, Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), a countrywide reform initiative aimed to revive and resurrect the state public university system. He is a member of the Project Approval Board of the National Mission on Higher Education, appointed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Kumar is also a member of the Sectoral Committee on Education, appointed by the Kerala State Planning Board for the 12th Plan period. He served as a World Bank consultant in the Department of Higher Education, Govt. of Bihar, on a committee that reviewed the Public Universities Act in Bihar.  Kumar has recently completed the task of developing a strategic framework for the leadership development program for Higher Education Administrators. This framework will form the basis of the National Higher Education Leadership Academy, which he chairs. Kumar is the Chair of the Higher Education Leadership Academy and the Center for Academic Leadership and Education Management, both federally funded initiatives to strengthen research, policy advocacy, and professional development for Higher Education and School Education in India.

Kumar served as a Consultant to the World Bank’s India Higher Education Program from 2011-2015, guiding key higher education reform initiatives in Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and has helped support the Govt. of Bihar in key reform initiatives. At the request of the then-Governor of Maharashtra in (2008-2010), Kumar helped initiate and bring to fruition a number of key reforms in higher education in Maharashtra. This resulted in the formulation of the new set of guidelines for Governance Reforms in State Universities in Maharashtra.

He taught Political Science at the University of Mumbai from 1997-2009 and currently is a full professor at TISS for 7 years.

Email: venkatesh.kumar[at]tiss[dot]edu

venk71@gmail.com, kumarbvenkatesh@gmail.com