Dr. V P S Arora earned his B Sc (Hons) Ag & A H, M Sc Ag (Agricultural Economics) and Ph D (Agricultural Economics) degrees from G B Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar (Uttarakhand), the first Farm University of India. He served the same University for over 334 years as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor/ Production Economist, Professor and Head of Department of Agricultural Economics. He was the founder Dean of College of Agribusiness Management and its flagship Program of M B A (Agribusiness), first of its kind under the ICAR- SAU system of the country. Having recognised as a passionate teacher, researcher, and consultant, the role played by him as Chairman of Committees on Admissions, Education Policy, Petitions, and Grievance Redressal and Negotiations had been remarkable. He successfully undertook international consulting projects of IRRI (Philippines), OECD (France), APO (Japan), and FAO (Rome).
Dr Arora joined Kumaun University as its Vice Chancellor in 2009 and created number of milestones therein including creation of Directorates of Placement and Counselling, Research and Extension, Information and Communication Technology, and Quality Assurance; introduced semester system at post graduate level, and brought discipline and transparency in academics, examinations, assessment, and administration. During his tenure of three years Kumaun University made all-round progress. He had been Pro-Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of Shri Venkateshwara University Uttar Pradesh, Pro-Chancellor of Venkateshwara Open University, Itanagar, Mentor/ President, Centre for Education Growth and Research, Director, Nainital Bank Limited, Director, Jasmine Mega Structures Private Limited. Dr Arora served Alemaya/ Haramaya University, Ethiopia as Visiting Professor for a period of four years (2000-02, and 2017-19). He is presently Professor Emeritus (Business Studies), Sharda University, Greater Noida.
Prof Arora has honour of addressing UN University, Tokyo on Agricultural Policies in South Asia, and OECD Member Countries on India’s Agricultural Policies (at OECD, Paris). Dr Arora successfully conducted 13 Research Projects and 7 Consulting Projects, supervised 20 PhD Scholars, authored/ edited / reviewed 10 Books, 21 chapters in Books, and over 100 research papers. Most recently, as Chief Editor, Dr Arora contributed to the publication of two CEGR Text Books entitled Higher Education: Leadership and Management and Research Methodology. He served on a number of committees, constituted by the Government of Uttarakhand, UGC, ICAR, AICTE, Professional Societies, and Other Universities. Professor Arora has been honoured with numerous awards and honours including Dr Rajendra Prasad Award for best original book in Hindi, Life Time Achievement Award, Uttarakhand Ratan Award, Higher Education Leadership Award 2016, Outstanding Alumnus Award of College of Agriculture (2019), Conference President of Indian Society of Agricultural Marketing, and Conference President of Agricultural Economics Research Association. He has been Vice President (as also on Editorial Board of journals published thereby) of professional societies like Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, Indian Society of Agricultural Marketing, and Agricultural Economics Research Association.