Dr SK Mahapatra

Dr SK Mahapatra, Director

MA(Delhi), Ph.D.(Utkal) PGDBM from M.D.I, Gurgaon

Prof S K Mahapatra has donned many hats with distinction in his long professional career spanning 30 years in Industry and eight years in academics. He has held leadership positions in renowned Corporate Groups in India like TATA, Bajaj and Jindal, including Navaratna PSU SAIL and multinational POSCO. He has taught at XIMB and has been Director of Jaipuria School of Business at NCR since July 2016. After his joining at the helm the B-School has registered a phenomenal growth in reputation in NCR for all round development.

Until July 2016, he was in the corporate sector, as the President – HR at Bajaj Power Ventures and his strategic HR intervention helped the group to commission 1980 MW power project in one fiscal, which is a record in Power Sector. Earlier he has served as Group Ethics Officer of Jindal Steel & Power Ltd. and Vice President & Head of HR, Personnel & Administration at JSPL in Odisha for 4 years. Under his watch, JSPL project phase -1 was successfully commissioned, overcoming humongous challenges of land acquisition. Earlier he was the Company HR Head at POSCO India and Chief of HR at Tata Metaliks. He has led one of the most successful acquisitions at Tata Metaliks and headed the Unit post acquisition, posting a remarkable turnaround of the acquired steel plant.

Prof Mahapatra has had substantial experience in handling large teams, diverse workforce, and has overseen critical staffing issues through Project Execution, Commissioning as well as Operations. He has been highly innovative in strategizing solutions for complex problems involving people and the community.

Early in his career, he worked in Steel Authority of India starting as a Management Trainee and he has honed his IR and Employee Engagement skills working hard from shop floor upwards, rising to Senior Management level.

Prof Mahapatra had a mid-career stint of four years as a full-time faculty in HR & IR at the Xavier Institute of Management, and was highly acclaimed for his research, teaching, corporate training and consulting. He was a ADB consultant on behalf of M/s PA Consulting Indonesia for Assam Power Sector Reforms, and OD consultant to DRDO at Integrated Test Range, Chandipur. He has conducted MDP on Conciliation and Arbitration for the top brass of OERC including the Chairman. He has trained the senior officers of Government Labour Departments of Eastern Region organized by Labour Commissioner. He has presented his research at the International IR Association Congress in Seoul.

Prof Mahapatra has worked and travelled extensively across India and visited UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Netherlands, USA, South Korea, Thailand and Bhutan. Recently, he has visited the top Universities in Korea as a member of FICCI Higher Education delegation.

Dr Mahapatra is Past President of National HRD Network, Bhubaneswar. Professionally networked, he is a life member of NHRDN, National Institute of Personal Management, Indian Society of Labour Economics, Indian Society of Training & Development, and he is also a member of SHRM global network.

He has domain expertise in all areas of Human Resource Management and he is widely acknowledged as a Thinker, Strategist and Turnaround Specialist wherever HR issues have become critical for survival or sustainable success of the Organisation.

Dr SK Mahapatra holds a Master Degree in Political Science from the University of Delhi, Masters Degree in Public Administration from Sambalpur University, Post Graduate Diploma in Management from M.D.I, Gurgaon and was awarded a doctorate from Utkal University.


Management education is currently passing through a metamorphosis in response to the changing landscape of jobs and talent under Industry 4.0. Technology disruption has become a mass initiative around the globe, and continuous innovations powered by new technologies have become the order of the day. Never before in history, the patent offices have been so busy. New business models are emerging thick and fast, disrupting almost every traditionally successful and monopolistic business empires. Startup businesses are sprouting like seeds in the wild, and creating massive organizations within no time. It is an exciting time for the young graduates, to enter the world of work despite the associated challenges. Technology and Innovation have created a level playing field for all of humanity, irrespective of social, economic or ethnic backgrounds that had traditionally been barriers to evolve a truly egalitarian society, where every child, every youth and every adult has the same opportunities to shine and prosper.


KSOM has been preparing for the Industry 4.0. Era, well ahead of time. The Institute has embraced Education 4.0. not only in curriculum planning but also in pedagogy, incorporating systematically the content and processes for inculcating in students future-ready skills like ‘critical thinking’, ‘creativity’, ‘complex problem solving’, ‘data analytics’, ‘communication’ and ‘socio-emotional’ skills. The myriad opportunities available in campus to students to hone their managerial and leadership skills, are unparalleled. The thematic Conferences and Conclaves at KSOM attracts CEOs, CXOs and seasoned professionals across all domains, bringing opportunities for students to interact and learn from great masters. The added advantage of being a part of KIIT & KISS family, raises their personal dreams and ambitions to excel, inspired by the frequent footfall of World Leaders, Nobel Laureates and Greatest Thinkers in our University Campus. The students of KSOM take pride as alumnus of KIIT University, one among the top 10 Institutes of Eminence in India. I welcome the student-aspirants to take a joyride on the exciting roller coaster journey of the KSOM Business Management Programme. I welcome you to experience our world class campus, programmes and faculty, and also experience your dreams come true and aspirations turn into reality. Experience too, the vision of our Founder – the joy of giving and caring, to make the whole world smiling.