Dr. A. Arun Kumar
MBA, Ph.D.,PDF, Assistant Professor
ICFAI Law School, ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education
(Deemed to be University U/S of UGC Act 3, 1956), Hyderabad
Q1. Please share your educational and professional journey?
I am Dr. A. Arun Kumar. I was born in a small village named Velpur in Nizamabad District of Telangana in 1987. I have completed my B.Sc. in Biotechnology and have further pursued MBA, Ph.D and Post Doc from Osmania University, Hyderabad. I worked for corporate companies which include Abbott Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. at various levels holding different responsibilities in marketing sector for 3 years. My interest in research and innovation has dragged me from the corporate world in to pursuing my Doctoral studies. My experience in the corporate world has inspired me to take up the following topic for my research “Knowledge management practices in Biotechnology Industries”. I have been awarded the prestigious ICSSR Doctoral Fellowship and Post Doctoral Fellowship by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India to pursue my Doctoral & Post Doctoral research. As I started my research, within a very short duration of time, I have published several papers in Scopus indexed and ABDC ranked journals. After completion of Post Doc, I immediately joined in ICFAI law school as Assistant professor at Hyderabad. At the age of 27 years, I stared a journal as a founder & editor with the help of my guru Prof. Vedulla Shekhar. It is a quite challenging job. However, with the help of my guide, I have been managing well till today.
Q2. What was your Thesis topic in Ph.D? Please share some brief about it?
My Ph.D. topic was on ‘Knowledge management practices in biotechnology industries with reference to Andhra Pradesh”. My thesis was designed to understand the knowledge management practices currently being followed in the Biotechnology industry in Andhra Pradesh. It also aimed to identify the knowledge management processes being followed by different biotechnology companies and to study the importance of knowledge sharing and knowledge retention in Biotechnology companies of Andhra Pradesh. The effectiveness and execution of knowledge management practices and employee satisfaction level with the KM practices of their organizations was also studied.
Q3. What was your Post Doc/ D.Litt topic? Please share some brief about it?
My Post Doc topic was on ‘Knowledge Management in Indian Universities”. My work on Knowledge Management in Universities is the utmost important task of the present century. Though Universities have a deluge of knowledge base, managing these knowledge assets in a proper manner requires knowledge management. The task of knowledge creation, knowledge sharing and knowledge retention has to be implemented in the Universities in India for the betterment of the knowledge base of our country. The study showed the methods of knowledge creation, knowledge sharing and knowledge retention practices in Universities of India. The study focused on the significance of knowledge management in Universities towards Nation’s growth. In my post doctoral duration, I created 2 conceptual models for Indian Universities.
Q4. What did attract you towards teaching instead of any corporate job?
After working in the corporate sector for few years, I realized that I wanted to do something more than marketing. Then I decided to do research useful to society. And my research journey gave me an opportunity to explore teaching. Today, I feel proud of myself to have chosen the field of research and teaching. It gives me immense pleasure to share my knowledge with young minds.
Q5. How do you motivate yourself at every morning?
It is my passion towards teaching and research and my dedication to my work which keeps me motivated. To find the unknown and work towards benefit of the society keeps me motivated every day.
Q6. You are an Assistant Professor, Editor and Reviewer. How do you play multiple roles simultaneously in your life?
All these roles are interlinked which does not make it difficult for me to handle multiple roles at a time. All the roles are primarily based on research. As an academician, I know how important it is to publish research work. As a reviewer and editor, I stand in the shoes of an academician to evaluate other’s research.
Q7. You are a founder of IJARSH Journal. Please share some brief about it?
International Journal of Academic Research in Social Sciences & Humanities (IJARSH) is a Quarterly Open Access journal devoted to various disciplines in Social Sciences and Humanities. IJARSH (ISSN: 2454-2202) is an Open Access online journal, which publishes research articles, review articles, technical papers and book reviews in all areas of Social Sciences and Humanities. The journal aims to provide the most complete and reliable source of information on current developments in the field. The emphasis is on publishing quality articles rapidly and making them freely available to researchers worldwide. All published articles are deposited immediately upon publication in at least one widely and internationally recognized open access repository, such as Google and Google Scholar, therefore providing the maximum exposure to the articles. The journal is an essential reading for researchers who wish to keep abreast of the latest developments in the field. IJARSH will go for double blind peer review for all articles.
Q8. What kind of problems have you found in reviewing and editing research articles?
Many researchers don’t go through the publication guidelines properly before sending the article. Most of the research articles are very vague and are not definitive about their objectives. Plagiarism is also an important issue while reviewing and editing research articles. As an editor, I would appeal to all the academicians and researchers to not go for fast publications and fall prey to predatory journals in the name of Scopus.
Q9. What advice do you want to give to academicians and researchers?
Now a day’s researchers are blindly falling prey to predatory journals. Publishing in such journals will only lead to wastage of quality research. There are many who say that they will publish research in Scopus indexed journals and try to extract money from the researchers. These kinds of publications will ruin author’s careers. Highly impactful Scopus indexed journals will not ask any money except for some journals which charge processing fee. Choosing the right journal for research will reflect on the quality of the research work.
Q10. How do you motivate students to excel in their academics and career?
Hard work is the key to success. With hard work and dedication, achieving success in academics and career is a cake walk. A student should always be self motivated to achieve their goals. Attending workshops, seminars, conferences and showing a keen interest to learn something new every day will create wonderful opportunities for their academics as well as their career. I advise students to also pursue online courses which add to their profile and help them give best to their careers. Students should always join courses not to just attain a job but to learn the subject. If they master their subject and excel in their field, success will follow.
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Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?hl=en&user=Jqhfg9wAAAAJ
Journal Web: http://www.ijarsh.com
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Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=sEMNoB8AAAAJ&hl=en