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Significant Indian honour for SUMS academic


Dr Niraj Kumar, Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management and Programme Director for our BA International Business Management (pictured above), has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious ‘Hind Rattan Award 2015’ for his valuable contribution to academia and the society at large.

Hind Rattan (which translates to the ‘Jewel of India’) is one of the highest Indian diasporic honours, awarded annually to non-resident Indians (NRIs) by the NRI Welfare Society of India under the umbrella of the Government of India. Dr Kumar has been selected for this prestigious award for his research and initiatives that have raised the profile of India in international academic circles. Dr Kumar said: “It is a great honour to receive recognition for my efforts. I will endeavour to reciprocate the faith by keeping up the good work.”

Dr Kumar’s research interests broadly relate to sustainable supply chain management, supply networks and food supply chains. He has worked on a number of research projects with companies in the UK and Indian aerospace, retail, construction, food and automobile sectors. Currently he is involved in a research project called ‘Green Design to Green Disposal’, with the objective to design the green supply chain for the next generation. The project is funded by the UK-India Education and Research Initiative.

Apart from his academic contribution, Dr Kumar is actively involved in various educational outreach activities with schools in Jharkhand, with the objective to inform and encourage young students to adopt sustainable practices in their daily lives. He has received various awards in UK and India for his contribution to community services and social cause. He is also the Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in UK.

Dr Kumar is attending the award ceremony, which takes place on 25 January 2015 on the eve of the Republic Day in New Delhi.


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