S. Hajara graduated with First Class Honours in B.Sc (Chemistry) from Kolkata University in 1970 and was awarded a Silver Medal by his College for proficiency in result. He obtained Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Kolkata in 1973 securing Second Position in the Order of Merit and was placed in the Institute's Roll of Honours.
He joined the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) on May 2, 1973. He also obtained Degree in Law from Kolkata University in 1977. On a Government Scholarship, he obtained Post Graduate Diploma in Shipping and Post Graduate Diploma in International Maritime Law & Marine Insurance from the Norwegian Shipping Academy.
He was promoted to the post of General Manager (Bulk Carrier & Tanker Division) in 1997 and was in-charge of Bulk Carriers, Chartering, Specialized tankers & LNG Projects. He was chosen as "Project Leader" of the SCI team for "Project Renaissance" - a Management Consultancy Project for Corporate Transformation. He was elevated to the position of Director (Personnel and Administration) and Director (Grievances) on February 1, 2001. On September 1, 2005, he has assumed charge as Chairman and Managing Director of The Shipping Corporation of India Limited.
Mr. Hajara has been a member of number of Indian delegations at the Council and Assembly meetings of the International Maritime Organization (lMO), where he has represented SCI and the Indian National Shipowners' Association (lNSA). He has also represented the INSA and International Shipping Federation (lSF) at the conferences of International Labour Organization (lLO).
Presently, he is the President of INSA and a trustee on the Board of Trustees of the Mumbai Port Trust. He is also on the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University and a Director on BIMCO Board. Further, the 'Institute of Charter Shipbrokers', UK has elected him as an Emeritus member. Earlier, he had been Vice-president and Director of International Shipping Federation which represents the International Shipowners in all the important maritime fora like IMO, ILO etc.
He is currently the Chairman of the CII National Committee on Shipping. He is also a member of the CII National Council and the Managing Committees of the ASSOCHAM and Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry.