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Professor & Area Chairperson
Chairperson, Center of Excellence in Public Policy and Government


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Dr K M Baharul Islam has been teaching and researching in the areas of Communications, Law, Education, Public Policy, and Governance for more than twenty-five years. At present he is the Professor & Chairperson of the Centre of Excellence in Public Policy and Government at the Institute. He was the Dean of IIM Kashipur during 2019-2021. Starting his career as a faculty at National Institute of Technology, Silchar in 1994, he went on to teach at a number of universities in India and abroad. In 2020 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of United Kingdom and in 2022 he was invited as a Visiting Professor in Media and Communication Department by the London School of Economics.  

Prof Islam also serves as Fellow at the US India Policy Institute in Washington DC and in 2015 he was selected as an International Fellow at the KAICIID Dialogue Centre in Lisbon. During 2016-2018 he was on deputation as a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla (2016-2018) where he worked on Literature of the Northeast.

Since his joining IIM Kashipur in 2012, Prof Islam successfully conducted some major sponsored projects: (1) The World Bank's Capacity Building Program on Environmental Impact Assessment, (2) Development of Performance Indicators for Lower Judiciary commissioned by the Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India, (3) Development of Disaster Management Strategy for Uttarakhand (ICSSR), (4) Gender Diversity Analysis in India & Canada (Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, (5) Continuing Legal education for Advocates in India (Ministry of Law) and ICSSR IMPRESSS Project on Witch-hunting in Eastern India.

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), UNESCAP, Bangkok and later for African Development Bank.

He has published widely with many books and several articles to his credit. He is a public speaker, debater, TV commentator and communication specialist. He participated at the BBC World Debate in 2006.  

He holds three masters’ degrees: LLM in Telecom and Information Technology Laws from the University of Strathclyde (UK), MA (English) from AMU, Aligarh and MBA from IK Gujral Technical University. He did two PhDs: one in English from Tezpur University and another in Transitional Justice from Don Bosco University. He also did his Post-Doctorate from Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok). Besides he has obtained B.Ed. degree specializing in Educational Planning and Administration. He has completed his D.Litt. in English from Kumaun University. Dr Islam is a recipient of the United Kingdom Telecom Academy Fellowship (2004) at Strathclyde University and the IPDET Fellowship at the University of Bern (Switzerland) in 2018.

  1. भारतीय मुसलमान और द्विराष्ट्रवादअखण्ड भारत (ब्याख्यान) - "द्विराष्ट्रवाद ने इस्लाम की मौलिक अवधारणा को ठेस पहुँचायी" [संपादक: डॉ महेश चंद्र शर्मादीनदयाल शोध संस्थान] – Two Nation Theory and Indian Muslims.
  2. Challenges of Fundamentalism and Global Terrorism: The Way Forward – paper for the forthcoming International Conference to be held in Nagpur, India
UN Reports Published
  1. Report on the co-deployment and resilience of fibre optics along the Asian Highway and the Trans-Asian Railway network in India and Bangladesh, UNESCAP, 2018
  2. National ICT Policy & Plans for Sierra Leone UN-ECA, Addis Ababa (2006)
  3. Regional ICT Strategy for COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa), UNECA, 2006
  4. Regional e-Government Framework for East African Community, UNECA, Addis Ababa and EAC, Arusha, Tanzania, 2006
  5. National ICT Policy & Plans for the Gambia UN-ECA, Addis Ababa (2004)
  6. E-Government Strategy for The Gambia UN-ECA, Addis Ababa (2004)
  7. The Assessment of functional Literacy Levels of Adult Population in Cambodia, UNESCO, Cambodia, 2000

  1. Business Communication (3rd Ed), by Arthur Bell, Dayle Smith, K M Baharul Islam, Wiley Publishers (2022)
  2. Migrant Muse: The Third Space in. Assamese Literature by K M Baharul Islam, Indian Institute of Advanced Study (2023). ISBN 978-93-82396-85-7
  3. Inter-Religious Dialogue: A Resource Book for Partitioners (in Press), Arihant Books (2023)
  4. Literatures from Northeast India- Beyond the Centre–Periphery Debate (2022). Routledge; ISBN 9781032156798
  5. Environmental Impact Assessment: Precept and Practice (2018), Co-Auth: MZM Noomani, New Delhi: Routledge; ISBN 9781003198208
  6. Educational Policy Reforms: National Perspective, Co-Auth: A Raushan. Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 978-93-86250-10-0
  7. Public Policy Agenda: Decrypting Sustainability for India. Co-Auth: A Raushan, Bloomsbury, 2016. ISBN: 978-93-85936-16-6
  8. New Directions in Media. Co-Auth: N Roy, Bloomsbury, 2015. ISBN 978-9384898816
  9. International Perspectives on Comparative Education Policy, Co-Auth: SN Iftekhar, Bloomsbury, 2015. ISBN 978-9384898823
  10. Resource Book on Women’s Rights, Allied Publishers, 2014 (ISBN: 978-81-8424-910-1) 
  11. Defending Traditional Knowledge Rights, VDM Pub, Germany, 2011. ISBN: 978-3-639-37724-8
  12. Community-Based Water Resources management in Northeast India, Co-auth: C K Jain and SK Sarma, Allied Publishers, New Delhi (2011). ISBN: 978-81-8424-696-4
  13. Social Justice & Other Issues. Co-Auth: B Acharya, REC Silchar, 1998.
  14. English for Science & Technology, Shaddhanjali Pub (1997).
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
  1. Entrepreneurial intention among female university students: examining the moderating role of entrepreneurial education (Co-Auth: Imran Anwar, Imran Saleem, Prabha Thoudam, Rizwan Khan). In Journal for International Business and Entrepreneurship Development, 2020, 12(4), pp. 217-234
  2. Exploring the status of community information and training for disaster preparation and mitigation practices: An appraisal of 2013 flash flood in Uttarakhand. Khan, A., Islam K. M. B., Mitra, A. (2019). In International Journal of Emergency Management, 15(2), pp. 147-165 (Scopus Indexed)
  3. Issues in English Language Teaching: Gender in Language Education (2018), in Intellection, 6(2), pp. 1-8.
  4. Predictive Analytics to Model Animal Movement and Intrusions in Human Habitat, Co-Author: Nitin Singh, International Journal of Development and Conflict, 7(2017), pp. 81–96.
  5. Transitional Justice in Post Peace Agreement Societies: development of a New Framework for Assessment. Journal of Juridical and Social Science (Vol 5, No 1), Jan-Mar, 2015.
  6. Liabilities of Software Suppliers in respect of Losses vis-à-vis Exclusion of Liability Clauses, Journal of Commerce and Management, 1 (2), 5-15, 2011.

Chapters in Books
  1. Negotiating Gender Spaces in Mainstream Bollywood Narratives: A Thematic Discourse Analysis of Female Representation (2021) (Co-auth: S Fatima). In Marron, M. B. (ed). Misogyny across Global Media. Rowman & Littlefield.
  2. Social Media Monitoring in India: A Circumstantial Analysis. (Co-Auth: A Khan). In Chakraborty, S. (2018). Handbook of Social Media for Digital and Social Inclusion.
  3. The Delhi Rape Case: The Role of Social Media in Protests and Policy Change (2017), Dash, B. B. and Islam, KMB. In From Tahrir Square to Ferguson: Social Networks as Facilitators of Social Movements, Juliet Dee (Editor); New York: Peter Lang. (ISBN-10: 1433129396)
  4. Need for Environmental Information Policy: An Analysis of Environmental Impact Assessment for Proposed Integrated Steel Complex Site, Halakundi Village, Karnataka, India. Co-auth: Khan, A. & Mitra, A. (2018). In Environmental Impact Assessment: Precept and Practice; New Delhi: Manakin (in Press)
  5. Intrinsic Link between gender vulnerability and Disaster. Islam, KMB, R. Sikander, and A. Khan (2017), Disaster Risk Reduction: Community Resilience and Response,  Palgrave (In Press) 
  6. A Quest for Political Space by Muslims in India. Co-Auth: Asif Khan, Mohd Anas Raushan, Perspectives in Social Science, Vol 16, July 2016, University of Dhaka (ISBN 984-31-1532-5)
  7. Education for All in India: Present and Post 2015, Islam, K. M. B. & Iftekhar, S.N., International Perspectives on Comparative Education Policy, Bloomsbury, 2015. ISBN 978-9384898823
  8. Technical Education for Developing Human Capital: Challenges and Opportunities, Vistas of Education, NE Books, 2014. (ISBN: 978-81-923224-4-5);  pp. 12-30
  9. Vishaka Guidelines: A Note for the Heads of Organisations and Offices,  Issues in Women’s Rights: A Practitioners’ Resource Book, Allied Publishers, 2014 (ISBN: 978-81-8424-910-1)
  10. Promoting National Integration in Education, Vistas of Education, NE Books, 2014. (ISBN:978-81-923224-4-5)
  11. ICT for Socio-Economic Development: ACTION Model, African E-Markets. (Eds. Aida Opoku-Mensah & M. Salih), International Books, 2007. (ISBN-10: 9057270595)
  12. e-Commerce: Laws and Cyber Crimes. Road Map towards a Cyber Crime Deterrent Mechanism (ed.) N. Deka. 2008, SAN,  Guwahati,  India
  13. E-Government Strategies for Poverty Reduction in Africa, Electronic Government: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications. Information Science Reference, Hershey, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-1599049472. Pp. 1882-1891
  14. ICT for Poverty Reduction: The African Perspective, Encyclopaedia of Digital Governance, Idea Group, Hershey, PA, 2006. (ISBN 13: 9781591407898), pp. 588-594.
  15. Problems, prospects and future of education for minorities in India: a case study of Madrassa education in Assam, Management of School Education in India (Ed. Neelam Sood), APH, 2003.
  16. Open & Distance education for Displaced Persons: An Avenue to social Welfare, Open & Distance Education, Jawahar Pub, 1997. (ISBN-10: 8173610592)

S.No 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
6 Doing Business in Africa  IV
7 Leadership Communication  
PhD Program
1 Communication Theory   I
2 Corporate Communication Strategy   I
3 Communication, Media and the Public   I
4 Ethics Of Communication   I
5 ICT for Development and Urban Governance  
6 Gender in Public Policy (GPP)  
7 International Business for Global Markets  
8 Regulatory Policies and Law  
1 Managerial Communication I
2 Legal Aspect of Business V
3 Make in India: International Business Policies and Models VII



2022 - : Reasech Project on "Differently Abled Women in Professional Higher Education: Lived Experiences and Right-based Policy Perspectives." National Commission for Women, New Delhi


2022-2023: National seminar on Delivering Justice for Women: Lessons from Fast Track Courts in India, funded by the National Commission for Women, Govt of India.  

2019-2022:  ICSSR IMPRESSS Project on Witch-hunting in Eastern India, funded by the Indian Council for Social Sciences Research (ICSSR), Government of India.

2018- 2022  : Program Director, Continuing Legal Education for Advocates, sponsored by the Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India.

2018- 2022    :  Institutional Collaborative Research project on “Gender Diversity in Boardrooms and Business Schools” in collaboration with Ryerson University, Canada (funded by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute)

2014-16: Program Director, Green MBA Program – Capacity building on Environmental Impact in South Asia funded by The World Bank.  

2015-17: Project Director, Performance Measurement for the lower Judiciary / Judges, sponsored by the Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India.  

2014-17: Project Director, Participatory communication in Disaster Management, funded by the Indian Council for Social Sciences Research (ICSSR), Government of India.

2011-2012Women Right Issues and Networking of Lawyers in Northeast India at the Grassroots Level. Funding: Action Aid India and The British High Commission New Delhi

2010-2011: Community Based Water Resource Management Policy (Funding: Ministry of Water Resources and ADPC, Bangkok).

2010-2011: Capacity Building for teachers on interfaith dialogue in Assam (Funding: The British High Commission New Delhi)

2002:  Project 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

1999: Project CEO / Chairman, Mass Programme for ICT: REACT (Rural Education and Awareness in Computer Training). Computerization of 1000 Rural Schools.

1997-99: Project Coordinator, Centre for Educational Technology funded by the Ministry of HRD, India under Thrust Area Scheme at REC Silchar (now NIT Silchar)

1995-97: Project Coordinator, Audio-Visual and Multimedia Instruction sanctioned by the Ministry of HRD, India under Modernization and Removal of Obsolescence (MODROBS) scheme of AICTE at NIT Silchar   

IPDET Fellowship to attend IPDET 2018 course at the University of Bern, Switzerland, July 2018 Centre for Continuing Education, University of Bern
Selected as Fellow (2016-2018) Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla
International Interreligious & Intercultural Dialogue Fellow (2015-16) KAICIID Dialogue Center, Vienna (Established by UN, Austria & KSA)
Awarded as a distinguished Fellow at the UN-India Policy Institute, Washington in recognition of work in ICT for Development (2015) US-India Policy Institute,
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Andrew Towl Endowment Fund (2013) Harvard Business School
Development Marketplace Recognition (2007) for Telemedicine program for the Tribals The World Bank
Development Marketplace Recognition for “Education of the Disabled Children in Ethiopia” (2003) The World Bank
Integrity Awareness Award as International Civil Servant  Secretary General, United Nations
UKTA Fellowship Award (2004-2006) United Kingdom Telecom Academy
Majaz Gold Medal (1992) AMU, Aligarh

Jan 2019 -  Jan 2021 Dean, IIM Kashipur 
Secretary, Academic Council
Jan 2014 – Aug 2016 &
Sep 2018 till date 
Centre of Excellence in Public Policy & Government
Jan 2013 – Dec 2014 Chairperson (Planning & Development)
July 2012 – Dec 2013 Chairperson, Administration & Finance
July 2012 – Aug 2016  Chairperson, Communication Area