Board of Advisory Members
- Chairman, Kotak group of Co.
Mr. Suresh Kotak is a visionary, a highly respected and reputed commodity expert in India with over five decades of experience in the commodity markets.
He not only brings with him the rich legacy of the Kotak family, but also a huge undisputable knowledge on the commodity markets. He has vast business experience specially in the field of cotton, agricultural commodities, etc.
Mr. Kotak is also the Chairman of Kotak & Co., Kotak Chemicals Ltd., and Kotak Ginning & Pressing Industries Ltd.
He is actively associated with several other business organizations and is member of various other national and international trade bodies.
- Chancellor,Padmashree Dr.D.Y.Patil University
- Former Vice Chancellor, Yeshwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University.
Prof Sabale was the Vice-Chancellor of second largest open universities in India (YCMOU NASIK) and was responsible for many new initiatives such as launching Edu-SAT project of ISRO with 100 VLCs. Under his academic leadership as the Vice-Chancellor, YCMOU was the first Indian university to receive international award of Excellence for Institutional Achievement in Distance Education from Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada. He has been a member of search cum selection committees to appoint the Vice Chancellors and Chancellors nominee on the selection committees of PG teacher of Sholapur and Mumbai Universities.
Prof Sabale has been associated with National Assessment and Accreditation Council. He was Chairman of the Committee constituted to develop the Best Practices in Students Evaluation by NAAC. His expertise has been also used extensively by the University Grants Commission, Distance Education Council and All India Council for Technical Education as a Prof. Sabale has also acquired considerable international exposure and experience through his visits to attend and present papers related to higher education in international conferences. These visits have helped him to acquire a wide and in depth understanding of the system of higher education both in the developed countries in Europe as well as the developing countries of African sub-continent.
- Former AICTE Chairman
Dr. S.S. Mantha, Former AICTE Chairman is known for implementing significant changes to bring transparency and accountability in the AICTE administration.
An alumnus of VJTI, Mumbai Dr. Mantha was HOD of Mechanical Engineering at VJTI where he taught for 2 decades. Subsequently he was appointed the pro vice chancellor, SNDT Women’s University by the Government of Maharashtra.
He joined All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in March 2009 as its Vice Chairman and took over as Chairman, AICTE on January 5, 2012. He successful initiated CMAT exam, which has become the largest MBA exams in the country after CAT.
- M.Sc., Ph.D (Moscow)
- Former Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai
Dr. Vijay Khole has a unique combination of excellent academic career along with outstanding achievements in academic administration at the national as well as of international level.
Dr. Khole completed his education upto postgraduate level in the University of Pune and went on to complete his Ph.D. in Bio-physics from Supreme Attestation Commission, Moscow, USSR in 1981.
Dr. Khole has over 26 years of teaching experience exclusively at post-graduate level and has published 60 research papers in inter-disciplinary areas like Biophysics in national and inter-national journals. Important academic contributions of Dr. Khole include establishment of Department of Information Technology which conducts various Under-graduate and Post-graduate program. Dr. Khole has been a member or chaired many State level Committees constituted for Universities in Maharashtra. He is also a member of UGC.
- Former Director – NAAC, Bangalore
- Former Vice Chancellor – Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad, A.P
Dr. V. S. Prasad has more than 35 years of teaching experience he has successfully published more than 40 books and articles on Public Administration. Dr. Prasad was a recipient of Best Teacher Award (1991) from Government of Andhra Pradesh, India. He is a well known educationist and an institution builder. His accomplishments include:
• Handled important academic and administrative positions such as Professor of Public Administration; Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences; Director, Academic; Director, Staff Development and Rector at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University.
• Vice-Chancellor, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU), Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Dr. Prasad, as Acting Vice-Chancellor, headed nation’s premier educational institution, i.e. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Director, Distance Education Council (DEC)
• Director, Staff Training and Research Institute of Distance Education (STRIDE) at IGNOU
• Travelled widely to several countries including Thailand, UK, Canada, USA, China, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, France and South Africa to participate in academic activities relating to distance learning.
- Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University ( RGU )
Air Marshal Pranab Kumar Barbora PVSM VM ADC was former Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS) at Air Headquarters. He was formerly the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) of IAF’s Western Air Command (WAC) and Eastern Air Command (EAC). He is currently designated as “ CHANCELLOR” of Rajiv Gandhi University ( RGU ) , Arunachal Pradesh.
A dynamic personality whose belief in fighting as a team, led to increased interaction between WAC and the other Army Commands of Northern, Western and South Western Commands resulting in the successful culmination of some flag-bearer joint exercises - ‘Achook Waar’, ‘Udaan Prahaar’ and ‘Hind Shakti’. The command continues to provide air support to Army units deployed in the glacier region.
Among other accomplishments achieved during his tenure as the Chief of IAF’s largest operational command include the reactivation of Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) airfield after over four decades of closure and that of the Fuk Che Advanced Landing Ground (ALG). The Su-30 MKIs also operated from Leh – unarguably the highest airbase in the world during his tenure.
Under his command, WAC achieved very high aircraft utilization rates even as night operations by the fighter and transport aircraft increased substantially
He is the first personality hailing from the North East to reach such a coveted high post in the Armed Forces. Air Marshal Barbora is a recipient of Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) and Vayu Sena Medal (VM).
- Chairman, Neutron Electronic Systems Pvt. Ltd
Born in Karachi area of undivided India, and moved to Bombay after partition, Mr. Nanik Rupani started from small beginnings, to become the Chairman of Neutron Electronic Systems Pvt. Ltd and Chairman of Priyadarshni Academy, a socio-cultural organization. He is in the board of directors of many concerns and a trustee in a number of Institutions.
As a visionary, he has brought the Priyadarshni Academy into a global institution. He had the unique honor of presenting a portrait of late Shri Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India, to Parliament for installation in Central Hall of Parliament and addressing the Parliament in 1993. He was declared BR Man of the Year - Hong Kong in 1998.
Mr. Rupani was the President of Indian Merchants’ Chamber from 2004 to 2005. He was the President of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), Western India Council for the years 2012 to 2014.
He was felicitated with a plaque and a shawl at the hands of Shri Nitin Gadkari in the main Committee Room of Parliament House Annexe on 25th December, 2010 at the Commemoration of Former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 87th Birthday.
- Ph.D (Mumbai University)
- Advisor – New Projects & External Relations, Aditya Birla Group
Dr. Rangaraj has played significant role in 2-way trade between Indian and the United States.
US government awarded him a Meritorious Certificate of Appreciation and a citation during the visit to India of President Bill Clinton in March 2000. Dr. Rangaraj worked very closely with the Electronic Media, Business Press, pressure groups such as World Economic Forum, FICCI, CII, ASSOCHAM, Joint Business Councils, Think Tanks and sensitive bodies in India.
• He is experienced in trade promotions and business development as applicable to foreign missions and trade promotion agencies.
• Coordination with Foreign Missions and Think Tanks. Experienced in handling education institutions and industry associations.
• Image Building and Reputation Management aimed at business development, continuous liaison with Business Pressure Groups such as NASSCOM, ASSOCHAM and other Chambers of Commerce.
• Relationship with Senior Government officials in the Centre & State, so as to create a Leadership Position for the company amongst Industrialists and Government functionaries.
• Environment Management including Networking (from Corp. Relations angle) with press and electronic media, developing and nurturing domestic & international relationships.
- President, Indo American Society
Knowledgeable and Experienced Professional in Management Education with over 3 decades of experience.
Held leadership positions in the Integrated Project, Operations and Business Development Function - Contracts/ Sourcing/ Procurement/ Logistics/ Operations at the local in-country level and in the large MNC organizations at both India and Asia Pacific/ Global levels.
Campus Director and Head - Corporate and International Alliances at Thadomal Shahani Centre For Management (TSCFM) and Former Dean - Corporate Relations and International Linkages at Dr. V. N. Bedekar Institute of Management Studies Also, currently associated with Indo American Society as President
- MSEE, B.E.
Mr. Hemant Nerurkar has over 24 years experience in the Information Technology industry in various aspects of Information Technology like Databases, Application Development, Information Security, ERP, etc. He has an MSEE degree (with specialization in communications) from New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA and a B.E. (Electronics and Communications) from Karnataka University, Dharwad, India. He is the founder and Chairman of MindCraft Software Pvt. Ltd. which focuses on the Financial Services segment and develops web-based applications and portals mainly for Banks, Life Insurance Companies and Asset Management Companies.
He is also a member of TIE and a member of the Banking & Finance Committee of Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI). He was the Chairman of the Information Technology Committee of BCCI for two years ending June 2009.
In addition to MindCraft, Hemant serves on the Board of the following Companies:
• Neoteric Infomatique Ltd. – IT Distribution (www.neoteric.co.in)
• E4 Development & Coaching Ltd. – A Eureka Forbes Initiative (www.e4india.com)
He has worked with companies like AT&T Bell Labs, AT&T Capital Corporation (now a part of the CIT group) and A.C Nielsen. Hemant has largely worked for and serviced clients in the Financial Services and Telecom verticals.