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Updated on 22 Nov, 2017

Prof Kapil Kumar



Prof. Kapil Kumar (1954) has been with the School of Social Sciences as a Reader since January 1988; and then as a Professor since June 1991. In January 2010, he was elected Advisor-cum-Working President of Indian Tourism Congress, as an acknowledgement of his contribution to the area of tourism studies and research, as he conceptualised, developed and coordinated Tourism Studies programmes (CTS, DTS, BTS, MTM and PhD) of IGNOU from 1993 till 2009.

He has been a Fellow (1982-85) with Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, and has taught in S.D. (PG) College, Ghaziabad, and Kirori Mal College, Delhi. In 2008, he was awarded the Australia Endeavour Award and was attached with Monash University, Clayton, as a Visiting Professor working on Convict Heritage Tourism in Australia. He availed the Australia India Council Fellowship in 2007 and studied how Australia converted its Heritage into Tourism Products. He was on deputation through Indian Council of Cultural Relations in the University of West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad (2010- 12) holding the Chair on Contemporary Indian Studies. He has also been a visiting Professor to the Catania University, Italy under the UGC Cultural Exchange Programme.

He has four books to his credit: ‘Peasants in Revolt’ (1984), ‘Congress and Classes’ (ed. 1988), ‘Kisan Vidroh, Congress Aur Angrezee Raj’ (1989, Hindi) and ‘Peasants Betrayed: Essays in Colonial History’ (2011) and his book on “Tourism Issues and Challanges” is in Press. Currently, he is working on two books: ‘Women, Crime and Colonial State: A study of UP’ and ‘Convict Heritage Tourism in Australia’. He has 26 research papers on Tourism and History to his credit, many of these having been presented in international conferences. He is also coordinating a Masters Programme in Historical Re-enactment and Historical Studies, to be launched in the near future by the History Faculty as a part of Applied History.

He has been a resource person for IATO on Tourism Marketing and HR, and has visited 40 countries. He has also served as Director of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Service Management and provided leadership to the School.

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