K M Baharul Islam

Research Project: 
Migrant Muse: the third space in Assamese Literature
Permanent Address: 
Professor & Chair, Center of Excellence in Public Policy and Government, Indian Institute of Management Kashipur Bazpur Road, Kashipur 244713 (Uttarakhand) Tel: +91 5947 262211 / 262177
EPABX Extension: 
Duration of Fellowship: 
Sep 2016 to Aug 2018

Professor Dr K M Baharul Islam is presently working as a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, India. He originally holds the position of Professor and Chairperson of Communications Area at Indian Institute of Management Kashipur. He also serves as the Chairperson of the Center of Excellence on Public Policy and Government at the institute. He is a Fellow at the US India Policy Institute in Washington DC. He 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 for 2015-2016. He served as the Chairman and CEO of the South Asia Development Gateway set up by the Development Gateway from 2007 to 2012. He studied for his BA (English Hons) and MA (English) at the Aligarh Muslim University. He completed his 2nd and 3rd post-graduate bachelor's degrees in Education (BEd) and Law (LLB) from Assam University. He did his PhD (English) on "New Technologies for English Language Classrooms" from Tezpur University, India]. He did LLM (IT & Telecom Law) at the Strathclyde Law School, University of Strathclyde with a UK Telecom Academy Fellowship. He did his post-doctoral studies on Internet-based instructions at Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. Dr Islam also completed his MBA from I. K. Gujral Punjab Technical University and a second PhD in Transitional Justice from Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati.

Dr Islam has been teaching and researching in the area of Environment, Development, and legal issues for more than two decades. He has taught in various universities in Asia and Africa. He 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). 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 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.