Dr Karunakar Jha has been appointed as the academic director of Mumbai’s Universal Business School. Dr Jha will deliver high quality outcomes consistent with the Universal Business School’s mission, set the academic standards, collaborate across the multiple programs, deliberate on faculty productivity assessment, develop industry-international connections with teaching, research publications and power mentoring interventions.
A Bachelor’s in History from Fergusson College Pune, Dr Jha did his MBA from the Institute of Management Development and Research situated at Pune followed by the Doctorate in Marketing from Patna University. He is an experienced corporate practitioner and academician, and has varied experience across the cross section of the industry. His professional journey includes some of the well-known conglomerates such as AMUL, Unilever, Lipton India, The Times of India group, the Samson’s group & Mobile18 in leadership positions. Besides, he was the Director (School of Management) at Jagran LakeCity University (JLU) Bhopal.
Prior to joining Universal Business School, Dr. Jha served for over 6 years at University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES) as Professor of Marketing & Faculty Head – Student Council, where he was ‘Awarded Most Admired Professor of Marketing’. He also served as Associate Dean (MDP & Corporate Relations) and Academic-in-Charge with the School of Modern Media (UPES). He has also had an entrepreneurial stint as Director & Co-Founder of Cricketnext.com.
Talking about this appointment, Tarun Anand Founder & Chairman, Universal Business School said , “With an expectation that Dr Jha will be a committed custodian and a torch bearer towards the turning points in our journey of transformation, we welcome him to the Universal Business School family and wish him all the very best in this role.”
Dr Jha is also excited about his new role. “I am thrilled to be entrusted with this golden opportunity at Universal Business School as Director (Academic Affairs). This is the apt podium for me to elevate and accomplish my mission of being an upholder of educational transformation in our country while leveraging newer methodologies of delivering education. It gives me immense pride to embrace renewed efforts on sustainability for our students. Streamlined focus on augmenting teaching effectiveness by providing tailor-made solutions to enhance student productivity along with devising the latest methodologies to make our students poised and ready for the international stage is something that I am really looking forward to.”