Dr. Roshan Lal Raina, before taking over as the Vice Chancellor of our University, on October 14, 2015, was Professor in ‘Communication’ at the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIML), where he successfully initiated and handled institution-building activities in areas like ‘Placements’, ‘Corporate Communication & Media Relations’, Student Affairs’, and ‘Alumni Affairs’. Dr. Raina is credited with building and managing state-of-the-art and world-class academic infrastructure, including the learning resource center at IIML.
As Dean: Planning & Development at IIML, Dr. Raina was responsible for overseeing activities related to resource mobilization through industry – interface, training interventions, consulting, and research initiatives.
As Visiting Faculty on several overseas assignments, Dr. Raina has also been responsible for contributing to building academic collaborations (student – teacher exchange) and networking with benchmarked institutions abroad.
Among several distinguished assignments, Dr. Raina has successfully handled, holding the position of Director at the prestigious Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, Delhi during 2005-2008, deserves a special mention. Dr. Raina’s involvement in mentoring recently established IIMs (at Rohtak, Kashipur and Sirmaur, in particular), and Central Universities (at Jammu, Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh) drew appreciation of all concerned.
Apart from being an able institution builder, Dr. Raina’s contributions in matters academic and administrative are many and varied.
On academic front, besides teaching a variety of innovative courses in the areas of ‘Communication for Management’, he has had several prestigious assignments in educational institutes in US, UK, France, Germany, and Canada. Reputed organizations like the Fulbright Foundation (USA), the British Council (UK), the Max Mueller Bhawan (Germany), the ESCP-EAP (France), and the IDRC (Canada) sponsored these assignments.
In terms of research, he has authored 6 and edited 11 bestselling books, journal volumes, and conference/seminar proceedings. Dr. Raina has published 70 research papers in national and international level peer-reviewed journals and has also presented (mostly on invitation) 118 papers in national and international conferences and seminars.
As a highly respected trainer in ‘corporate’ as well as ‘academics’, Dr. Raina has been heavily involved in conducting advanced, innovative and need-based management development programmes and workshops.
Concurrently, he has been involved in several consulting and research assignments awarded by reputed national and international agencies like the JSI, Deliver, USA, IDRC, Canada, The Johns Hopkins University/Centre for Communication Programms, Baltimore, USA, the UP State Electricity Board (in connection with an injunction from the Apex Court), State Water and Sanitation Mission (GOUP), UP State Road Transport Corporation, DESIDOC, DRDO (GOI) and the MHRD (GOI).
Dr. Raina is a life member of several professional bodies in the country and holds the unique distinction of having bagged three of the top professional honours/awards.
Top Rankers Management Consultants, with processing support from ‘Jindal Global Business School’ and a high caliber ‘Intellectual Support Panel’, awarded Dr. Raina the Top Rankers Excellence Award for Academic Leadership: 2014’.
In recognition of his contribution in developing scientific temper in general and in his area, in particular, the Indian Science Congress Association, honoured Dr. Raina, during its 101st prestigious Science Congress.