Rajeev Sharma

Assistant Professor (Grade-I)​





Ph.D. (Economics)
M A Economics

MBA (Operations)

IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Barcelona, Spain – Offered scholarship for 2 weeks Summer School on ‘Cluster Competitiveness & Management’ program in July 2009.

Area of Specialization

  • MSMEs
  • Cluster Development
  • Managerial Economics
  • Industrial Economics


Rajeev Sharma

Assistant Professor & Coordinator - Dept. of Business Development Services & National Outreach

Dr. Sharma is Ph.D. in Industrial Economics from Panjab University, Chandigarh. With more than 10 years’ experience in academics along with 6 years in the development sector of industrial clusters/SMEs, he has also worked as a faculty member at ICFAI Business School, Indore & Hyderabad.

Dr. Sharma worked for 6 years as Consultant with Foundation for MSME Clusters (‘FMC’) and Competitiveness (based in Barcelona for its operations in India) , New Delhi, including as a Manager for ‘SME Clusters & Sustainable Development’; DST GOI project ‘Promoting innovation in Clusters’; DFID funded SIDBI-PMD BDS project ‘Implementing Business Development Services’ mainly in M&E, strategic guidance, implementation and coordination including research and training under different projects for various verticals in industrial clusters. During this duration he conducted TOT programs in ‘Clusters to Make SMEs Sustainable’ for UNIDO project for capacity building of CDAs in Teheran, Iran and for national stakeholders and worked as a consultant with ‘Competitiveness: The Cluster Competitiveness Group’.

With 16 years of experience, he brings forth a result oriented approach with considerable management skills and exposure in managing project implementation for industrial clusters.  His diverse experience has helped him develop skills in managing and leading a team, training and developing resources, cross-functional team coordination, and industrial cluster operations without compromising on quality, ethics, and values.

Dr. Sharma has guided Ph.D. thesis titled, ‘The Analysis & Operations Optimization to Mitigate under Utilization of Equipment’s at Coal Handling Plants of Super-Critical Thermal Units’, by - Mr. S. N. Dubey (Co-Guide Dr. Dalei & External Guide Dr. Raghav Sarna - BARC).  He has co-authored over 7 publications, reports, have read and presented many more at the national and international conferences and conducted and participated in national and international training programs.

Dr. Sharma has conducted classes during Faculty Exchange Program under ERASMUS program at ‘University of Maribor, Slovenia’.

  1. Chapter 19 - ‘Making Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Competitive: Cluster Development Methodology’ – by Dr. Rajeev Sharma & Ms. Saina Kohli in Energy, Environment and Globalization: Recent Trends, Opportunities and Challenges in India - edited book by Springer 2020.
  2. Quality Based Operation and Maintenance practices for smooth functioning of coal handling plant of coal based power plant – by S.N. Dubey, Dr. Rajeev Sharma, Dr. N Dalei in International Journal of Advanced Research and Development (2018), Vol 3, Issue 2, pp. 1242-1246 (ISSN 2455-4030, Impact Factor RJIF-5.24);
  3. Performance Optimization of 1800 MT capacity Stacker-Reclaimer in Coal Handing Plant in 600 MW/660MWSub-Super Critical Units – by S.N. Dubey, Dr. N Dalei & Dr. Rajeev Sharma in International Journal of Advanced Engineering and Technology (2018), Vol. 2. Issue 1, (ISSN 2456-7655, Impact Factor RJIF-5.54);
  4. Status and Potential of Circular Knitting Machinery - for Ludhiana Textile Machinery Cluster initiatives was published in Anniversary Issue of Textile Review (2008) magazine, Ahmedabad.  The paper was based on the experience derived during implementation of live project of Department of Science and Technology Project on promoting innovative clusters.
  5. Co-edited with Prof. Harsh Bhargava, a Derivative Book titled ‘Managing Microfinance: A Corporate Approach’ published by The ICFAI University Press, Hyderabad, in the year 2006.
  6. Co-authored paper with Prof. S. L. Kansra titled, ‘Indo-Canadian Industrial Collaborations: Past and Prospects’ published in Political Economy Journal of India in January-July 2004.
  7. Co-authored paper with Prof. S. L. Kansra titled, ‘First Generation Reforms and Competitiveness: India’s Corporate Sector in 1990’s’ published in a book ‘Economic Reforms in India: From First to Second Generation and Beyond’ edited by P.P. Arya and B. B. Tandon (2004).

International Conferences

  • Presented a paper titled, ‘Strengthening Small and Medium enterprises (SMEs): Evolving Approaches in India’ at 22nd EBES Conference, University of Sapienza, Rome, Italy, on 24th to 26th May, 2017.
  • Presented a paper titled, ‘Role of Cluster Development Methodology in Strengthening SME Networks: An Indian Experience’ at the conference on ‘L’intelligence Economique: Strategies d’Innovationet de Competitiveite’ organized by Chambre de Commerece et d’Industrie at Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso -West Africa), on12th & 13th September, 2011.

National Conferences

  • Presented a paper titled, ‘Making SMEs competitive with Cluster Development Methodology’ at National conclave cum conference on MSMEs at Doon University, Dehradun, on 10th May, 2014.
  • Attended TCI Conference (2010) at MDI, Gurgaon.
  • Presented paper titled ‘Status and Potential of Circular Knitting Machinery’ for ‘Ludhiana Textile Machinery Cluster initiatives ‘at Texcellence-08 annual conference at Ahmedabad (2008).
  • Presented a paper titled ‘Technology Transfer in India; An Empirical Estimate of Pre and Post Reforms Era’ at National Conference ‘Anvesh’ at NIRMA University, Ahmedabad on 19th & 20th March, 2005.
  • Presented paper titled ‘Indo-Canadian Industrial Collaborations: Past and Prospects’ in the seminar conducted by Centre for Indian Development Studies held at ICSSR, Punjab University on 6th & 7th February, 2004.
  • Presented paper titled ‘First Generation Reforms and Competitiveness: India’s Corporate Sector in 1990’s’ in a UGC Sponsored seminar conducted by University Business School held at ICSSR, Punjab University on 17th – 19th January, 2002.
  • Presented a paper titled ‘R&D Policies and Government Support Measures: A Critical Assessment’ in the National Seminar held at I.I.T Kanpur on 6th & 7th February, 2001.