Professor & Area Chair Communications Chair, Center of Excellence in Public Policy and Government +91 63997-63997/+91-74659-74659 bislam@iimkashipur.ac.in

Dr K M Baharul Islam, presently the Dean of IIM Kashipur, has been teaching and researching in the area of Communications, Corporate Law, Education, Development and Planning for more than twenty-five 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).  During 2016-2018 he was a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, India where he worked on Translingualism and Migration. He specializes in the areas of Development Program Evaluations, Policy Analysis, Educational Institutional Development, teaching & Research, ICT Policies and e-Government in Asia and Africa. Dr Islam holds the position of Professor of Communications at IIM Kashipur and Chairperson of the Centre of Excellence in Public Policy and Government at the institute.

Prof Islam is a Fellow at the US India Policy Institute in Washington DC. He has been awarded Shastri Institutional Collaborative Research Grant (2018–20) by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute for the project on “Gender Diversity in Boardrooms and Business Schools” that is being carried out in association with Ryerson University, Canada. He has also been sanctioned an action research scheme project on Continuing Legal Education by the Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India (2018-2019). His has recently conducted a Bangladesh-India study on "Co-deployment of Optical Fibre Cables along the Asian Highways and Trans-Asian Railways for E-resilience" under the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway initiative of the United Nation's Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Bangkok. During 2015-16 Dr Islam was selected as an International Fellow at the King Abdullah International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Vienna, popularly known as KAICIID Dialogue Centre.

Since his joining IIM Kashipur in 2012, Prof Islam successfully conducted three major sponsored projects: (1) The World Bank's Capacity 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).

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
6 Doing Business in Africa  IV
Fellow Program 
7 Communication Theory   I
8 Corporate Communication Strategy   I
9 Communication, Media and the Public   I
10 Ethics Of Communication   I
11 Managerial Communication I
12 Legal Aspect of Business V
13 Make in India: International Business Policies and Models VII



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

2018-    :  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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Washington, D.C. 20002
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