Executive Director , International School of Information Management,
University of Mysore, Mysore India
Founder and Chairperson, MYRA School of Business
Dr. Shalini Urs is an internationally recognised academic and an institution builder whose brainchild is the MYRA School of Business (www.myra.ac.in). She started her career in the academia 40 years back, joining the University of Mysore in 1976 and since then has excelled in teaching, research, and institution building.
As an information scientist, Dr. Urs is having interest in all matters of the mind—from creativity to cognitive to cultural. Taking a 360 degree view of information, she has researched on issues ranging from the theoretical foundations of information sciences to Informatics. Her areas of research include—Information Retrieval, Ontology Development, and Social Media and Network Analysis. She conceptualised and developed the Vidyanidhi Digital Library and eScholarship portal in the year 2000 with funding from the Government of India, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research under their National Information System for Science and Technology (NISSAT), which became a national initiative with further funding from the Ford Foundation. She is lauded as a pioneer in the field of digital libraries and Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) areas. She built an online digital library way back in 2000, much before the digital era captured the imagination of many in India.
Widely travelled, invited to speak at various international and national conferences, Dr. Urs is a sought after speaker on a wide ranging topics. Dr. Urs has won many awards—including the Best Paper Award at Infotex 1995; NDLTD - Adobe Leadership award in 2004; Emerald Research Fund Award 2007-08. She was awarded the Mortenson Distinguished Lecturer 2010 by the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, USA and was invited to deliver their annual lecture series. She was conferred with the Women Leadership Award by Dewang Mehta Business School awards in 2014 and Education Evangelist Award of India award by Skill Tree Foundation in 2015 for her outstanding contribution to higher education.
As a faculty of the University of Mysore for the last 40 years, she has had rich experience in educational administration and program management. She was a Fulbright scholar and visiting professor at the Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech, USA during 2000 - 2001. She was an adjunct faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (IIITB) during 2005-2007. She has also been a visiting professor at the Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore during 1998 and 1999. She has published more than 200 papers in peer reviewed journals and prestigious academic conferences. She has served as an UNESCO expert on several occasions and has been commissioned to conduct many studies in the last 10 years.
Dr. Urs initiated and has organized a well-known Academia-Industry Summit series called the InfoVision-Knowledge Summit in collaboration with industries such as Rediff.com, Microsoft Research, and industry bodies such as CII and BCIC since 2005 and has brought speakers from across the globe including star speakers such as Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia) and Prabhakar Raghavan, Vice President of Engineering at Google and others.
With decades of experience in academia and educational entrepreneurship, she founded the MYRA School of Business in 2010. With the mission of ‘excellence in everything we do’ she has been leading MYRA’s efforts to be a truly global and uniquely Indian b school. With its world class resident faculty and a vast and committed network of visiting faculty from across the globe, and with increasing and diverse global associations, MYRA is on its way to realize its mission.