Our leadership is constantly looking out for ways to better our esteemed institute. Under their guidance and direction, the students get wide opportunities to excel in their respective fields. 

Samir Somaiya

Chairman and Managing Director of Godavari Biorefineries Ltd, President of Somaiya Vidyavihar and Chancellor of Somaiya Vidyavihar University

Samir Somaiya is Chairman and Managing Director of Godavari Biorefineries Ltd., Chairman of The Somaiya Trust, the K J Somaiya Medical Trust, Girivanvasi Educational Trust, Girivanvasi Pragati Mandal, President of Somaiya Vidyavihar & Owner of Kitab Khana. He was the Chairman of the Education Committee of the Indian Merchants Chamber and is a member of the Green Chemistry Initiative of the Scientific Advisors to the Government of India, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the Indian Chemical Council, the Cornell University Council, and the Advisory Board of the School of Chemical Engineering of Cornell University. He is a Visiting Instructor at the School of Chemical Engineering at Cornell. Samir Somaiya has Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Cornell as well. He also has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.

V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai

Vice Chancellor of Somaiya Vidyavihar University and Provost & Prof. Chemistry of Somaiya Vidyavihar & Somaiya Ayurvihar

Prof. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai has been at the helm of affairs of many higher educational and scientific research establishments for the last 47 years of service as a teacher, researcher, professor, and executive head of Education, Science and Technology establishments in the country and abroad.

Phone: +91-22-6728 3178 / 3144

Nandkumar Gilke


Dr. Nandkumar Gilke is Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering in K J Somaiya College of Engineering for the last 28 years. He served as ex-member of Management Council, Academic Council and Faculty of Technology of University of Mumbai.

Ramesh Karandikar

Controller of Examinations

Dr. R G Karandikar is Professor, Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering of K J Somaiya College of Engineering since May 1990. He is an Electrical Engineer by qualification. He holds Diploma, UG and PG degrees from the University of Mumbai from V. J. T. I. Mumbai -19 and Ph.D. from IITB Mumbai.

He has passion for the education field and hence selected it as a career. He has a sound technical background and has developed professional expertise in his chosen field. He has authored books for undergraduate engineering students and has publications to his credit in international / national journals and conferences. He has also guided students for post graduate dissertations and doctoral research work.

He has rich experience of academic administration and was Dean (Academic Program) of K J Somaiya College of Engineering for one decade. He is passionate about paperless office i.e. e-office concept and he is practicing it by developing systems for administration and data and information management. He has developed expertise about administrating the accreditation and approval processes.

He served as ex-member of BOS of University of Mumbai and is Controller of Examination of Somaiya Vidyavihar University since November 2019.

Faraz Kagalwalla

Chief Finance and Accounts officer

Faraz Kagalwalla is a Chartered Accountant and he completed his Masters in Management Studies Degree in finance from K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies, University of Mumbai. He has over 3 decades of rich experience in the finance industry working with leading public limited companies including various listed companies and startups. Mr Faraz has been with the K J Somaiya Group as Chief Finance Officer and Treasurer since 2014 and Chief Finance Officer of Somaiya Vidyavihar University since its inception.