Professor of Communications Communications +91-7088270882 bislam@iimkashipur.ac.in

Dr K M Baharul Islam has been teaching and researching in the area of Communications, Corporate Law, Education, Development and Planning for almost twenty years. Starting his career as a faculty at NIT Silchar (1994-2002), he served a number of universities abroad and became a Reader at NCERT, New Delhi in 2002. Between 2007 and 2012 Dr Islam served as the Chairman and CEO of the South Asian Regional Gateway set up by the Development Gateway (USA). He is the Professor and Chairperson of Communications area at IIM Kashipur. He leads three major sponsored projects: (1) The World Bank's Capcity Building Program on Environmental Impact Assessment in South Asia, (2) Development of Performance Indicators for Lower Judiciary commissioned by the Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India, and (3) Development of Disaster Management Strategy for Uttarakhand (sponsored by ICSSR). Prof Islam is presently on extra-ordinary leave from IIM Kashipur and works at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Rashtrapati Nivas, Shimla as a Fellow. 

Besides teaching Dr Islam has also worked extensively with UN agencies starting as a Consultant for UNESCO in Cambodia in 1998. Later he worked on ICT Policy, Plans and e-Government Strategy with the UN Commission for Africa (UNECA) during 2003-2006. He developed e-Govt Strategies and National ICT plans for several countries. In 2006-2007, Dr Islam served under UNESCAP, Bangkok to conduct an ICT Access Survey in the Asia-Pacific region. He was working for African Development Bank as their Mid-Term NICTSP Review Consultant in Mauritius (2010-11).

He has published widely with more than eight books and 30+ papers/articles to his credit. He is a public speaker, debater, TV commentator and communication specialist. He participated at the BBC World Debate in 2006 that brought him to international development communication limelight. He has written the chapter on ICT and Poverty Reduction for the first Encyclopedia of Digital Governance published in 2006.

He holds LLM in Telecom and Information Technology Laws from the University of Strathclyde (UK), MA (English) from AMU, Aligarh. He did his PhD from the Tezpur University (India) and Post-Doctorate from Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok) on new technologies in education. He did his MBA from I K Gujral Punjab Technical University and a second PhD on Transitional Justice from Don Bosco University, Assam. Besides he has also done B.Ed. specializing in Educational Planning and Administration. Dr Islam is a recipient of Majaz Gold Medal in MA and United Kingdom Telecom Academy Fellowship. Two of his past projects in India and Ethiopia have received The World Bank’s Development Marketplace Certificate of Recognition in 2003 and 2007.


1. Educational Policy Reforms: National Perspective (2017). (co-Ed). Bloomsbury (ISBN 978-93-86250-10-0

2. Public Policy Agenda: Decrypting Sustainability for India (2016), (Islam, K M B and Raushan A, co-Ed). Bloomsbury (ISBN 978-93-85936-16-6)

3. New Directions in Media (2015). (Islam, K M B and Roy, N. co-Ed). Bloomsbury (ISBN 978-9384898816)

4. International Perspectives on Comparative Education Policy (2015). (Islam, K M B and Iftekhar, N. co-Ed).  Bloomsbury (ISBN 978-9384898823)

5. Resource Book on Women’s Right (2014) (Ed). Allied Publishers (ISBN: 978-81-8424-910-1)

6. Defending Traditional Knowledge Rights (2011). VDM Pub, Germany ISBN: 978-3-639-37724-8

7. Community Based Water Resources management in Northeast India, Allied Publishers, New Delhi (2011). ISBN: 978-81-8424-696-4 [Co-Ed.]

8. Social Justice & Other Issues. (1998). REC Silchar Publication. [Co-Ed]

9. English for Science & Technology. 1997. Shaddhanjali Publications, Silchar;

10. National ICT Policy & Plans for Sierra Leone UN-ECA, Addis Ababa (2006)

11. Regional e-Government Framework for East African Community, UNECA, Addis Ababa, 2006

12. National ICT Policy & Plans for the Gambia, UN-ECA, Addis Ababa (2004)

13. e-Government Strategy for The Gambia, UN-ECA, Addis Ababa (2004)

14. The Assessment of functional Literacy Levels of Adult Population in Cambodia, UNESCO, 2000

15. LSG Involvement in Non Formal Education, UNESCO Publication, UNESCO PROAP, Bangkok, 1999


Intrinsic Link between gender vulnerability and Disaster. Chapter in Disaster Risk Reduction: Community Resilience and Response. Islam, KMB, Sikander, and Khan, A. Palgrave (In Press)

The Delhi rape case : the role of social media in protests and policy change; Dash, BB and Islam, KMB (2017). In From Tahrir Square to Ferguson: Social Networks as Facilitators of Social Movements, Juliet Dee (Editor); New York: Peter Lang. (ISBN-10: 1433129396)

Transitional Justice in Post Peace Agreement Societies: development of a New Framework for Assessment. In Journal of Juridical and Social Science (Vol 5, No 1), Jan-Mar, 2015.

Education for All in India: Present and Post 2015. In International Perspectives on Comparative Education Policy (2015). Islam, K. M. B. & Iftekar, S.N. (co-Ed). Bloomsbury Pub, London. ISBN 978-9384898823

Technical Education for Developing Human Capital: Challenges and Opportunities (2014). In Vistas of Education. K. C. Satpathy & N. B. Biswas (Eds): NE Books & Publishers. (ISBN: 978-81-923224-4-5); pp. 12-30

Vishaka Guidelines: A Note for the Heads of Organizations and Offices (2014). In Issues in Women's Rights: A Practitioners' Resource Book; Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd. pp. 283-290. (ISBN: 978-81-8424-910-1)

Promoting National Integration in Education Vistas of Education. In Vistas of Education. K. C. Satpathy & N. B. Biswas (Eds): NE Books & Publishers. (ISBN: 978-81-923224-4-5); pp. 240-248

ICT for Poverty Reduction: The African Perspective. In Encyclopaedia of Digital Governance, 2006. Idea Group Inc., Hershey, PA 17033 USA

ICT for Poverty Reduction: The NICI Gambia Experience. In Communication and Development. World Conference Proceedings, FAO, WB, 2006, Rome.

ICT for Socio-Economic Development: ACTION Model. In African E-Markets. Eds. Aida Opoku-Mensah & M. Salih. International Books & UN, The Netherlands, 2007

Open & Distance education for Displaced Persons : An Avenue to social Welfare. In Open & Distance Education, Eds. Mukhopadhya, M & M. Parhar, New Delhi 1997.

Problems, prospects and future of education for minorities in India: a case study of Madrassa education in Assam . In Management of School Education in India (Ed. Neelam Sood) New Delhi, A.P.H., 2003.

Number Name Term
1 Business Communication I
2 Legal Aspect of Business II
3 Make in India: International Business Policies and Models VI
4 Media & Entertainment Business Management VI
5 Movies for Management V
Under Fellow Program 
6 Communication Theory   I
8 Corporate Communication Strategy   I
9 Communication, Media and the Public   I
10 Ethics Of Communication   I
Under EPGP  
11 Managerial Communication I
12 Legal Aspect of Business V
13 Make in India: International Business Policies and Models VII

Major Projects

2014-16: The World Bank: "Building Capacities in Environmental Assessment in South Asia” - Phase I

2015- :  Ministry of Law, Government of India: “Performance Indicators for Subordinate Courts and  Performance Indicators for Subordinate Courts and  Policy / Procedural Changes For Reducing Civil Case  Pendency”. 

2014-  : Indian Council of Social Science Research: “Mitigating Disasters and Promoting Development in Uttarakhand: A participatory Model for the State, Civil Society and Media.”

2002: Project Coordinator, National Database, Training and online Support System for the Education of the children with disabilities in India under Indo-Danish Programme of Assistance in Development (IDPAD) of Indian Council for Social Sciences Research, 2002: Delhi. Department of Education in Social Silence (DESSH), Regional Institute of Education, NCERT, MYSORE 570006 India

2002: Project Designer & Coordinator, Virtual Classrooms for Quality Improvement of the Technical Professionals and Teaching Faculty: Sanctioned by the Ministry of HRD, Govt. India. Centre for Educational Technology, NIT (Deemed University), Silchar, India

1997-99: Project Leader &Coordinator of the Center for Educational Technology for Teacher Training & Research on ICT and Development funded by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India under Thrust Area Scheme. NIT (Deemed University), Silchar, India

1995-97: Project Coordinator & Head of the Lab, Establishment of a Audio-Visual and Multimedia Instruction Laboratory for Training & Research on ICT and Education funded Sanctioned by the Ministry of HRD, India under Modernization and Removal of Obsolescence scheme of Govt of India. NIT (Deemed University),Silchar, India