Retired Director, NZ India Research Institute, VUW
Professor Bandyopadhyay is the past Director of the New Zealand India Research Institute and Professor of Asian History at Victoria University of Wellington. In 1992 he joined Victoria University, where he has been an Associate Dean (Research) and Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Before coming to Victoria he taught at University of Kolkata and Kalyani University in India.
Professor Bandypodadhyay was educated at Presidency College and the University of Kolkata, his primary research interest is in the history of nationalism and caste system in colonial and post-colonial India.
He has written seven books, edited or co-edited eight books, and published more than forty book chapters and journal articles. He is an Inaugural Fellow of the New Zealand Academy of Humanities, and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Sekhar held several visiting appointments at University of Chicago, Australian National University, National University of Singapore, School of Oriental and African Studies (London), International Institute of Asian Studies (Leiden), Curtin University of Technology, University of Kolkata and Rabindra Bharati University (India).