Prof. Arun Kumar Rath

Prof. Arun Kumar Rath

Specialization : Marketing, Strategy and General Management

Designation : Professor

Email : [email protected]

Date of Joining : 01-05-2017

Nature of Association : Regular

Sl. No.Degree/CertificateUniversity/BoardYearDivisionRank
1. High School Certificate Board of Secondary Education, Odisha 1963 First Division Ninth position in Odisha
2. Pre Professional (Science) Utkal University, Odisha 1965 First Division First in the University
3. B.Sc. Hons. (Physics) Delhi University 1968 First Division First in the University
4. M.Sc. (Physics) Delhi University 1970 First Division Rank-holder
5. Certificate Course in Management of Rural Development Projects Birmingham University (UK) 1985 --- ---
6. Certificate Course in Commercial Public Enterprises Management Bradford University (UK) 1997 --- ---
7. Ph.D.(Business Administration)Topic: Towards Better Corporate Governance: Contributions of Independent Directors to Board functions in Navratna PSUs School of Management, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 2008 --- ---



1) National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad June-July 1985(four weeks) Planning and Management of Rural Development
2) National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi 13.1.1986 (one week) Health and Family Welfare
3) Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad 20.10.1986(one week) Management of State Enterprises
4) Institute of Management in Government, Thiruvananthapuram 11.1.1988(one week) Public Distribution System
5) Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad 9.1.1989(four weeks) Management Development Programme
6) Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi 29.1.1990(one week) Industrial Policy Planning and Development
7) National Institute of Public Finance Policy, New Delhi 5.9.1994(one week) Centre State Financial Relations
8) Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta 30.11.1998(one week) Management of Information Technology
9) Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi 22.9.2003(one week) Basic Course on WTO
University of Birmingham, UK 5.9.1994(one week) Planning and Management of Rural Development
University of Bradford , UK Jan-March 1997 Commercial Public Enterprise Management


Professional Assignments

  •  Director ( Independent),Board of Coal India Limited, a Maharatna PSU of GOI - April 2010 to April 2013
  •  Director ( Independent),Board of Mahanadi Coalfield Ltd, a Miniratna PSU of GOI - Sept 2011 to April 2013
  •  Director ( Independent) , Board of Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemical Limited , a Miniratna PSU of Govt. of India- Feb 2010 to Jan 2013
  •  Member MOU Task Force of DPE Govt. of India, 2010 -2014
  •  Member RFD Task Force Govt. of India, 2011-2014


Current Work

  •  Teaching courses on Principles & Practices of Corporate Governance in PGDM, PGDHRM ,PGDM Executive Programs
  •  Management Development Programs –About 6 per year on Corporate Governance, Boardroom Dynamics ,CSR ,Risk Management , Project Management
  •  International Program (ITEC) on Corporate Governance & Excellence in Public Enterprise Management sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs GOI
  •  Consultancy assignments
  •  Participation in Conferences on Corporate Governance & CSR
  •  Chairman ,Centre for Corporate Governance & Social Responsibility IMI New Delhi


Master of Science in Physics, Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration and D. Litt. ( Honoris causa) ,Dr. Arun Kumar Rath was educated in the Utkal , Delhi , Birmingham and Bradford Universities .He joined the Indian Administrative Service ( IAS) in 1973 after a brilliant academic career.

During his distinguished career as a civil servant spanning over three decades, Dr. Rath made significant contributions to Indian administration and the corporate world. As Joint Secretary Department of Public Enterprises Govt of India Dr Rath was in charge of formulating policy for central public sector enterprises of India and introduced number of initiatives for better corporate governance and social responsibility of the public sector. As the Additional Secretary Ministry of Steel, Dr Rath served as Director in the Boards of five leading public sector steel companies  SAIL, NMDC , MECON and Vizag Steel & KIOCL.

As Secretary to Govt. of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Dr. Rath contributed to enactment of the long-awaited Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 .

After superannuation from IAS Dr Rath served as Dean & Professor of Public Policy at the Management Development Institute, Gurgaon (2009-12) and set up  the School of Public Policy & Management in MDI Gurgaon .He served as Dean  Executive Education & International Relations & Professor of Corporate Governance & Strategy in International Management Institute New Delhi (2012-17)

Dr Rath is currently Chairman , Centre of Excellence for Corporate Governance & Social Responsibility in the International Management Institute, Bhubaneswar since May 2017 & Professor of Strategy & Corporate Governance at IMI Bhubaneswar & IMI New Delhi.

Dr Rath served as Independent Director in Coal India ,Mahanadi Coalfield ,  and Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals and as Chairman of various Board sub committees.

Dr Rath published books and research articles and presented conference papers at numerous national and international conferences .His book “Towards Better Corporate Governance : Independent Directors in Boardroom” has been widely acclaimed .

Dr Rath has travelled widely around the world and represented India at number of international conferences and events. His two books “ Antarctica Diary and Other Travel Stories ” in Odia and English  are milestones in travel literature.

He is Fellow of the All India Management Association New Delhi , and Distinguished Fellow of Institute of Directors, New Delhi .He served as President of Patna Management Association and Delhi Management Associations and as Chairman Management Development Services of All India Management Association New Delhi.

Dr Rath has conducted over 75 Management Development Programs in areas of corporate governance , CSR, sustainable development, business ethics , enterprise risk management,business ethics, project management and public enterprise management in MDI Gurgaon , IMI Delhi and IMI Bhubaneswar and trained over three thousand executives and managers including over two hundred CEOs and Directors of Indian companies . He has trained over five hundred executives and officials of governments and global enterprises from over hundred countries of the world. He teaches corporate governance, business ethics, CSR, sustainable development and public enterprise management.


Born 09.01.1949

Email : [email protected]

Mob 9910436439

Books Published

  •  “Towards Better Corporate Governance: Independent Directors in the Boardroom”.
    (Excel Publications , New Delhi, 2010)

2.“Antarctica Diary & Other Travel Stories” in Odia ( 2013 )

Research Publications

(i) CSR and Sustainability : New Mantras of Corporate Strategy ,Published in Edited vol. Revolutionising Corporate Social Responsibility –Towards A Sustainable Tomorrow, Academic Foundation New Delhi ( Conference Proceeding of IPE Hyderabad 2014)
(ii) Integrating Corporate Social Responsibility With Business Strategy For Competitive Advantage Published in Edited vol.“Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility :Towards Sustainable Business ” in International Conference on CSR at Hyderabad 2012 , Published by Bloomsbury
(iii) Liberalised Economy : Governance Challenges of Public Enterprises,(2012)Rites Journal Vol 14, Issue 1 January 2012
(iv) Right to Education :Strengthening Foundation for Higher Education, (2011),Edited Book published by Macmillan Publishers India Ltd for the National Conference on Higher Education at Patna
(v) Emerging Role of Independent Directors in the Boardroom,(2011),Published by Allied Publishers Pvt Ltd for the International conference on Corporate Governance in Asia at Hyderabad
(vi) Better Governance of Public Enterprises : A Roadmap for Future (2010) Wisdom Publications ,Edited Volume, National seminar on Corporate Governance: A Tool to Burst Financial Bubbles
(vii) Board Independence: Role of Independent Directors (2009), Journal of Institute of Public Enterprises,Vol.32 , Jan-June, 2009.
(viii) Public Enterprise Governance: Challenges for the Twenty First Century (2008) , Journal of Institute of Public Enterprise, Vol.31,July – Dec. ,2008
(ix) Public Sector Reforms with a Human Face (2006),Edited Volume, Seminar on Redeployment of Rationalized Employees : Strategies and Options at National Institute of Small Industry Extension and Training, Hyderabad
(x) Disinvestment in Central Public Sector Enterprises in India,(2002) , Edited Book Privatization of Public Enterprises, Indo-French Perspectives and Global Relevance, ICSSR, IPE & Maison Des Sciences, De L’ Homme, Paris.


Academic Experience 


From March 6, 2012

Professor & Chairman
Centre for Corporate Governance & Social Responsibility
International Management Institute 


July 2009 – March 2012


Dean & Professor (Public Policy)
Management Development Institute, Gurgaon

Jobs included:
a)      Dean of Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Public Policy and Management
b)      Teaching courses on Corporate Governance & Social Responsibility, Public Enterprise Management, Reforms & Challenges in Education
c)       Management Development Programmes & Consultancy 

Administrative Experience
          ( In IAS )


Nov. 2007 – Jan. 2009

Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India. My charges included:

Universalisation of Elementary Education through national flagship programme of Sarva Shisksha Abhiyan

Launching of Rastriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan for creation & upgradation of Secondary Schools in the country. 

Mid Day Meal programme for school children, Achievement of Goals of Education for All. 

Drafting and approval of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill 2008.                                                  



Jan, 2007- Nov. 2007

Special Secretary & Financial Adviser, Ministry of Steel, Govt. of India and Director in Boards of (1) SAIL (2) NMDC (3)RINL (4) KIOCL (5) MECON 


Dec., 2004 – Dec., 2006

Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser, Ministry of Steel, Govt. of India and Director in Boards of (1) SAIL (2) NMDC (3) RINL (4) KIOCL (5) MECON 


Aug 2000 – Nov, 2004


Joint Secretary, Dept. of Public Enterprises , Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Govt. of India

As Joint Secretary, DPE, my charges included: 

(i)     Performance improvement , autonomy & professionlisation of Cental PSUs,

(ii)    Policy and guidelines for efficient management of 240 Central PSUs.

(iii)   Scheme of Navratna and Miniratna Central PSUs

(iv)   Selection of Independent Directors for Central PSUs

(v)    Coordination with Public Enterprises Selection Board for selection and appointment of CMDs and Directors of Central PSUs.

(vi)   Annual Public Enterprises Survey

(vii) Memorandum of Understanding for Central PSEs. 


June 1998 – Aug 2000

Secretary, Science & Technology (including Technical Education), Govt. of Bihar. 


May 1997 – June 1998

Divisional Commissioner, Muzaffarpur & Chairman, Gandak Area Development Agency. 


Oct 1996 – May 1997

Secretary, Education, Govt. of Bihar. 


Jan.1996 – Oct 1996

Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat & Commissioner, NRI Investment Cell, Govt. of Bihar. 


Jan.1994 – Jan.1996

Special Secretary,   Department of Industry, Govt. of Bihar  and Managing Director, Bihar State Industrial Development Corporation (BSIDC). 

Also Chairmen of number of joint sector projects including Bihar Sponge Iron Limited (joint project of Bihar Govt., Modi Industries, DEG & LURGI of Germany) & Chairman of Bihar Caustic & Chemical Ltd., (joint sector project of Bihar Govt. & HINDALCO) 


Sept 1991 – October 1993

Commissioner of Land Consolidation, Govt. of Orissa,   Bhubaneswar. (on inter-State deputation). 


July 1987 – May 1991

Senior Regional Manager, Food Corporation of India, Orissa Region, Bhubaneswar, Ministry of Food, Govt. of India (Central deputation). 


July 1985 – July 1987

Director, Social Welfare, Govt. of Bihar. 


Jan 1984 – June 1985

Addl. Director, Department of Industry, Govt. of Bihar.


Feb 1982 – Jan 1984

District Magistrate, Muzaffarpur. 


Oct 1981 – Feb 1982

Addl. Secretary, Health, Govt. of Bihar. 


May 1981 – Oct 1981

Managing Director, Bihar State Dairy Corporation.


July 1978 – May 1981

District Magistrate, Begusarai.


Aug 1977 – July 1978

Addl. District Magistrate, Ranchi.


July 1975 – Aug 1977

Sub Divisional Magistrate, Aurangabad (Bihar).


July 1973 – July 1975

Training at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie including one year district and field training.


7 July, 1973

Joined Indian Administrative Service

Consultancy Work

1.Awarded Consultancy work in 2011 ( MDI period) by the Department of Public Enterprises , Govt of India, through competitive bidding for the following modules:

  •  i- Review of the MOU system for the central public sector enterprises ( CPSEs),
  •  ii- Criteria to categorise CPSEs
  •  iii- Review of criteria for grant of Navaratna powers on CPSEs
  •  iv- Developing Corporate Governance Score for CPSEs

The work was completed on time and submitted to DPE.

2. DPE Consultancy on Analysis of Key Issues concerning Performance of CPSEs -Report submitted in Dec 2012

3. Consultancy work with EdCil for SCOPE Academy of Public Enterprises