Professor Bandyopadhyay is the 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 Calcutta and Kalyani University in India.
Professor Bandypodadhyay was educated at Presidency College and the University of Calcutta, his primary research interest is in the history of nationalism and caste system in colonial and postcolonial India. He has written seven books, edited or co-edited eight books, and published more than forty book chapters and journal articles. He is Associate Editor of the New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, 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 Calcutta and Rabindra Bharati University (India).