Dr. Balram Rao holds a doctoral degree in Economics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT-R). His research work focused on the “Labour Conditions and Employment Relations in Construction Industry” involving both public and private sector organizations (MNCs) having large construction projects spread across Delhi NCR Urban Agglomeration and beyond. Dr. Rao holds a first class B.A. (Economics) and a Master’s degree in Development Economics from Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD). During his master’s dissertation, he had undertaken a study on ‘Impact of Shifting of Industry from non-conforming Industrial areas on migrant workers’ livelihood’ in Delhi. He also holds a Certificate in Enterprise Management from the Department of Management Studies (DoMS), Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D). Soon after that he joined as a management trainee in Sona Koya Group where he learnt modern HR practices as well as product value additions. Before joining the doctoral program, he had industrial work experience of around 10 years working as manager to consultant in various organizations, having Pan-South Asia operations. He reverted to academia when he got an award from MHRD (Govt. of India) as well as IIT-R Teaching Fellowship to teach and pursue his doctoral studies. During his six years stint at the Premier Institute, he was associated as a Teaching Associate in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), IIT Roorkee, for various undergraduate and integrated post graduate programs.
After obtaining his doctoral degree, Dr. Rao got a campus offer to work as a Research Consultant cum Advisor for an Educational Assessment Project at the National Productivity Council (NPC), Govt. of India and then later joined as Social Scientist cum Research Project Co-coordinator in a project titled “Conditions of Weavers and Allied Workers in Handloom Industry’ in collaboration with the International Labor Organization at the Indian Social Institute, New Delhi. At the institute level, he delivered lectures on research methods and guided many junior researchers and interns from various universities such as JNU, DU, AUD, JAMIA, AMITY etc., for conducting both field research studies and projects.
Over the years, Dr. Rao has been invited, and participated and published several research papers in various national and international journals/conference proceedings/seminars and workshops, organized by the research institutes of international repute including, SARNET-ILO, IDRC, IZA / World Bank-Higher School of Economics National Research University-Moscow, JNU-DU-VVGNLI, ISS-The Hague, University of Rotterdam, University of Namur, Belgium, CERAS-Paris, World Labour Conference, Berlin etc.