Aparajith Ramnath

Assistant Professor
PhD (Imperial College London)
Areas of interest
Humanities and Liberal Arts
Extension: 332


PhD, History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Imperial College London

(Hans Rausing Scholar)


MSc, History of Science, Medicine and Technology, University of Oxford

(Bharat Petroleum Scholar)


BE (Hons), Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani


Assistant Professor, Humanities and Liberal Arts in Management, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (2013-17)

Selected Honours

Liverpool India Fellow, University of Liverpool Management School, March-June 2017

International Scholar, Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), 2015 and 2016  

Charles Wallace India Trust short research grant for archival research in the UK, 2014

Research interests

History of technology, twentieth-century history of South Asia, history of engineering, history of industrial enterprises in India, Indian business history



(For full details, please see my website.)



  • The Birth of an Indian Profession: Engineers, Industry, and the State, 1900-47 (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2017). [Release date 4 Aug 2017.]


Papers/ Conference presentations

  • ‘“Indigenous Knowledge” and “Science” in the Age of Globalization’, IIM Kozhikode Society & Management Review, Vol. 3, No. 1 (January 2014), pp. 101-107.
  • ‘International networks and aircraft manufacture in late-colonial India: Hindustan Aircraft Limited, 1940-47’, IIM Kozhikode working paper no. IIMK/WPS/205/HLA/2016/17, July 2016.
  • ‘From post-war reconstruction to nation-building: The evolution of technical education policy in India, 1938-56’, presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), Singapore (2016).
  • ‘International networks and aircraft manufacture in late-colonial India: Hindustan Aircraft Limited, 1940-47’, presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), Albuquerque (2015).
  • ‘Extra-Imperial Influences in Indian Industrialisation: The technical experts of the Tata steel works, c. 1900-40’, paper presented at the World Business History Conference, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany (2014).
  • ‘Prospects for Business History Education in India’, presented at conference titled ‘Business History in Africa, Asia and Latin America: Integrating Course Development and New Research’, held at Harvard Business School (2014).


Invited research talks

  • ‘Race, Culture and the Ideal Engineer: The Public Works Department in India at the End of Empire’, presented at North Carolina State University (2015).
  • ‘“British Integrity, Resource and Impartiality”: Indianisation and the Culture of Public Works Engineering, 1900-40’, presented at seminar on ‘Aspects of Science, Technology & Medicine in Colonial and Post-Colonial India’, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (2015).
  • ‘Professional institutions and the emergence of an Indian identity among engineers, c. 1900-47’, presented in the research seminar series at IIM Calcutta (2014).

Invited talks given for general audiences

  • ‘Engineers, Technology and Industry in India: Perspectives from History’, delivered at ‘R&D Day’ of Shell Technology Centre, Bangalore (2014).
  • ‘The Engineering Profession in India: A historical perspective’, delivered as part of the ‘Power Hour’ series at Ingersoll-Rand Engineering and Technology Centre, Bangalore (2013).
  • Lunchtime Lecture on ‘“Bijli Sahib”: J.W. Meares and Electrical Engineering in India, 1896-1923’ at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), London (2010).


At Ahmedabad University

To begin in the academic year 2017-18.


At IIM Kozhikode

  • Industrialisation: Perspectives from World History, elective course (designed as well as taught), 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Origins and Character of Multinational Corporations, elective course (co-designed and co-taught), 2015
  • Social Transformation in India, core course,  2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Evolution of Indian Business (introductory workshop), 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Some topics within Business Environment in India, an introductory course for international exchange students at IIMK, 2014


At IIM Trichy and IIM Trichy, Chennai Centre

Guest lectures delivered as part of Prof. Saumen Majumdar’s course, ‘Indian Economy and Policy’ (2015 and 2016)


At the University of Liverpool

Guest lecture delivered as part of Dr ADA Smith's course, 'Business in Emerging Markets' (2017).

Public History

I write a monthly column on the history of science, technology and medicine in The Wire (articles available at https://thewire.in/author/aramnath/)

I have also published articles in Scroll.in and thREAD (the blog of The Hindu).


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