Prof Arora was born in a farm family, living in a small village of Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh. After schooling in a small town near his village, in July 1967 he joined the top farm University of the country i.e. G B Pant University of Agriculture and Technology (then Uttar Pradesh Agriculture University) Pantnagar.
From Pantnagar he completed B Sc (Hons) Ag & A H; M Sc (Agricultural Economics); and Ph D (Agricultural Economics). After serving Udaipur University for a brief period of three months, Dr Arora joined Pantnagar University as Assistant Professor in 1976.
He became Associate Professor in 1982, Professor in 1992, Head Department of Agricultural Economics in 1995 and Dean College of Agribusiness Management in 1997. Dr Arora served Alemaya University (Ethiopia) from 2000 to 2002 as Visiting Professor under ARTP Project of World Bank.
Prof Arora had been the Founder Dean of College of Agribusiness Management, G B Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar. He conceived, planned, executed, and successfully run the first College of Agribusiness Management of the country for over a decade. He is an academician, researcher and consultant par excellence.
He has successfully completed a dozen research projects, written two books, edited four publications (including an international one), contributed a number of chapters in various books and published over eighty papers in journals of repute.
He has been consultant / national expert to APO (Asian Productivity Organisation), Japan; FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation), Rome; IRRI (International Rice Research Institute), Philippines; OECD (Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development), France; Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India; and other organizations.
He has visited a number of countries for academic pursuits including South Korea, Philippines, Ethiopia, Japan, and France. Prof Arora has the distinction of addressing UN University, Tokyo on Emerging Agricultural Policy in South Asia; and Heads of OECD countries at Paris on Agricultural Policy in India.
He successfully organized three national conferences, three summer schools, five national seminars, and over twenty management development programmes as organizing secretary or director.
He has been bestowed with a number of awards and honours for his academic activities and leadership qualities including Dr Rajendra Prasad Award for his book titled Agricultural Marketing and Price Analysis which has been rated as the best book published on the subject during the period 1994-96 by the ICAR, New Delhi ; Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 by Agri Alumni Association of Pantnagar University for his contribution to Indian Agriculture specially in the area of Agribusiness Education and Development; and Amity Academic Excellence Award at the International Conference held at Amity University in January 2010.
Prof Arora also served on various Administrative Positions in Pantnagar University including Dy. Registrar, Dy. Coordinator (Admissions), Additional Coordinator (Admissions), Establishment Officer, Head of the Department, Registrar, Dean, Chief Security Officer, Chief Vigilance Officer, Chief Reception Officer, Director Administration and Monitoring, and Chief Personnel Officer, Prof Arora had been Chairman of Petitions Committee, Admissions Committee, Education Policy Committee, Grievance Committee, and Negotiations Committee of the University.
He has served on a number of Committees constituted at the State and National level.
As Vice- Chancellor, Kumaun University Dr Arora initiated number of innovations to upgrade and upscale the quality of education in the University including creation of Directorates of Research and Extension; Counselling and Placement; Information and Communication Technologies; and Internal Quality Assurance.
At his initiative Kumaun University became the first State University to set up Centre on Climate Change.