The 34-year old professor is the fourth faculty member from IIM-C to get the award. A young director on the board of public sector oil major IBP, Prof Ray has several distinguished achievements to his credit.
After completing his doctoral programme in Management from the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad, Prof Ray had been part of the founding team of the youngest IIM at Indore. He also served as the founder chairman of the post-graduate and management development programmes at the institute.
Author of several research papers, he has also designed and conducted courses for post graduate and doctoral students and organised training programmes for working executives. He has also provided consultancy to several corporates.
According to a pleasantly surprised Prof Ray, Its tough being an academician, teacher, researcher, institution builder and a consultant since each role is as important as the other. To do justice to all facets is a difficult task.
AIMS takes several criteria into account before choosing its pick. Deans and directors of various B-schools suggest names of their preferred candidates to AIMS. The nodal body then scrutinises the candidates taking into account different parameters like number of courses taught and attendance among other things before choosing the deserving candidate.Interestingly, deans and directors of B-schools do not suggest the names of candidates from their institute alone but also from other B-schools.