Constitution of Academic Council

  • Chancellor
  • Vice Chancellor
  • Registrar
  • Controller of Examinations
  • Nominated External Experts
  • Deans of Faculties of the University
  • Chairpersons of all the Board of Studies [BOS]
  • Director, Principal, HOI
  • International Relations

Chancellor

 

Samir Somaiya

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

Samir Somaiya is a distinguished leader with a remarkable portfolio encompassing diverse sectors. As Chairman and Managing Director of Godavari Biorefineries Ltd., he drives the company's sustainable solutions for renewable chemicals and biofuels. Additionally, he holds key positions as the Chancellor of Somaiya Vidyavihar University and President of Somaiya Vidyavihar, contributing significantly to academic excellence and educational development. He also holds the position of President, Indian Chamber of Commerce, advocating for economic growth and trade.

Samir Somaiya's influence extends beyond education and business. He serves as the Chairman of K. J. Somaiya Trust, K. J. Somaiya Medical Trust, K. J. Somaiya Institute of Applied Agriculture Research, and The Girivanvasi Pragati Mandal, organizations dedicated to social welfare, education, and medical advancements. Furthermore, he is the founder of the Research Innovation Incubation Design Laboratory (riidl), a Business Incubator that supports young entrepreneurs and fosters innovation.
Samir Somaiya has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards throughout his career, showcasing his exceptional contributions and achievements. Notable among them are the Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy, honoring his efforts in fostering international collaborations, and the Lala Shriram National Award for Leadership in the Chemical Industry, acknowledging his remarkable leadership and accomplishments in the sector. He has also received the Shri Kutchi Lohana Mahajan Gnati Gaurav for outstanding community service, the American Institute of Chemical Engineer’s Award for Scholastic Achievement, and the American Institute of Chemists Award, highlighting his exceptional academic performance and contributions to the field of chemical engineering. These awards stand as a testament to Samir Somaiya's relentless pursuit of excellence and his significant impact in various domains, earning him respect and admiration from peers and the broader community alike.
Furthermore, Samir Somaiya actively contributes to academia as a Visiting Instructor at the School of Chemical Engineering - Cornell University. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Dynamic Sustainability Laboratory at Syracuse University. With a distinguished educational background, including a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University, an MBA, Master of Chemical Engineering, and Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, Samir Somaiya stands as an accomplished leader, leaving a positive impact on various spheres of society.

 

Vice Chancellor

 

Prof. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai

Vice Chancellor of Somaiya Vidyavihar University and 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.

 

Registrar

 

Dr. Nandkumar R. Gilke

Registrar

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.

 

Chancellor

 

Ramesh Karandikar

Controller of Examinations

Dr. R G Karandikar is Professor, Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering in K J Somaiya College of Engineering for the last 31 years. He served as ex-member of BOS of University of Mumbai.

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.

 

External Experts Nominated by Chancellors

 

Prof. Larry Walker

Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering Dept, Michigan State University, USA

Dr. Larry P. Walker is a resident of Detroit, MI, and a retired Cornell University Professor. During his time at Cornell, he has led multidiscipline research activities focused on pre-treatment and enzymatic scarification of lignocellulosic feedstock, abiotic and biotic interactions in aerobic degradation processes, and the application of systems biology modelling to direct metabolic activities in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae and Thermotoga neapolitana to drive more carbon to biofuels and bioproducts.

He was Director of Cornell’s Biofuels Research Laboratory, from 2009 – 2015. His extensive research activities have yielded over two hundred peer and non-peer reviewed articles. Dr Walker has served in numerous leadership roles including membership on the National Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (2000 -2005) and leadership of the Northeast Sun Initiative, a regional bioenergy and bioproducts initiative, from 2004 through 2012. He serves on the Governing Board of K. J. Somaiya Institute of Engineering and Information Technology and the Academic Council of Somaiya Vidyavihar, Mumbai, India. Since 2018. Dr. Walker is a current member of MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Association.)

 
 

Prof. Sendurai Mani

Anderson Cancer Centre, University of Texas, USA.

Prof. Sendurai Mani, Anderson Cancer Centre, University of Texas, USA. See Professor, Department of Translational Molecular Pathology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. Prof. Mani has been a Member, The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston, TX.

He has been serving as the Co-Director at Centre for Stem Cell & Developmental Biology, MDACC, Houston, TX since 2013. From the year 2012 to 2017, Prof Mani took on the role of Co-Director at CCSG-Metastasis Research Program, MDACC, Houston, TX. He is also the Co-Director of Metastasis Research Centre, MDACC, Houston, since 2010.

Honours & Awards
  • 2012 The American Cancer Society M. Patricia Alexander Research Scholar, American Cancer Society
  • 2012 Career Development Award, MDACC Prostate Cancer SPORE
  • 2008 Fellow, M. D. Anderson Research Trust, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre
  • 2008 V-Scholar, The Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research
  • 2008 MD Anderson Faculty Development Award - CCSG, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre
  • 2001 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Breast Cancer Research Program, Department of Defence
 
 

Mr. Divyesh Desai

Mr. Divyesh Desai holds the position of leading the business development efforts in the Asian region for Shell's Low Carbon Fuel division. With a distinguished professional background, Divyesh brings valuable experience from his previous role at British Gas PLC. Over the course of nearly 25 years, he has dedicated his career to the dynamic realms of global energy and gas enterprises. His expertise lies in effectively managing energy businesses amidst challenging and uncertain conditions, crafting global strategies, conducting international negotiations, formulating commercially viable frameworks, and devising emerging business models to adapt to the realities of climate change.

In addition to his corporate endeavours, Divyesh maintains an active association with academia, leveraging his free time to contribute as a visiting faculty member at the esteemed IIM Ahmedabad.

 
 

Mr. Dhruv Moondhra

Dhruv Moondhra, aged 46 years, is an Economics Graduate from Cornell University. He has been nominated to the Phi Beta Kappa Society, which is the oldest honour society for the liberal arts in the United States. He has 25 years experience in running and managing his own businesses.

He is the Founder and Managing Director of Steel1, a contract manufacturer of metal components for global OEMs. He is also Founder Director of Steelmart, a leading retailer of specialty steels in India. Dhruv is an Independent Director on the Boards of TTK Prestige Ltd., Thirumalai Chemicals Ltd., and ATE India Private Limited. He has been nominated to the Academic Council for Somaiya Vidyavihar University in Mumbai.

 
 

Deepthi Sashidharan

Director, Eka Archiving Services, Mumbai

Deepthi Sasidharan is an art historian and curator. Her academic qualifications in museology illustrate her comprehensive approach to managing projects. She works on heritage and museum projects across India with the Government, private and corporate clients.

Under her, Eka has executed projects that have been path-breaking in India, including several museums, seminal exhibitions and the creation of archives like those for Kalakshetra in Chennai, City Palace in Udaipur and Tata Trusts in Mumbai. She is currently the lead consultant for Moda Goa Museum, India’s first costume museum in Goa and the Bastion Bungalow Project, Fort Kochi, Government of Kerala as well as a heritage project for the Mumbai Police. A Fulbright and Fundacao Oriente scholar, she has lectured and published extensively on 19th century photography and has worked on photography collections at IGNCA and IGMT, New Delhi, and Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad and several private collections. Deepthi lives in Mumbai and is the co-author of Indira – A Life of Courage (2017) and Treasures of the Deccan (2018) and teaches and lectures at several leading institutions.

 
 

Mr. Sapan Ray

Expert in Circular Economy & Sustainability Science, RIL, Mumbai.

Mr. Sapan Ray worked for nearly four decades in the petrochemical industry, focusing on polymers. His responsibilities included corporate planning, merger and acquisition, sales, product management, business development, branding and communication.

Mr Ray has networked with global and Indian petrochemical industries. Over the years, he has assisted the Government of India in the preparation of perspective plans, addressing trade and environmental issues. His knowledge and experience have landed him numerous roles in esteemed organisations. He acted as Chairman of the trade committee at Indian Chemical Council, a member of Trade Committee at Chemical and Petrochemicals Manufacturers Association, Chairman of Indian Institute of Packaging, Honorary Secretary at Indian Centre for Plastics in the Environment and Chairman of the Conference Committee of Plastindia Foundation.

 

Deans of Faculties of the University

 

Dr. SNV Sivakumar

Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Dr. Sivakumar is working as Professor and Head, Department of Economics at K J Somaiya Institute of Management. He is the Dean of Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences at SVU. Dr. Sivakumar has about 30 years of teaching, research and consultancy experience. He has successfully guided 12 doctoral students, published two books and patents in the field of Economics and has also published articles in reputed journals.

Dr. Sivakumar teaches Managerial Economics, Macroeconomics, Indian Economy, Business Environment, Business Ethics and Corporate Governance. His years of hard work and excellent knowledge in the field of Economics have gained him several awards and recognitions.

 
 

Prof. (Dr.) Pankaj Trivedi

Dean, Faculty of Commerce & Business Studies

​Prof. (Dr.) Pankaj Trivedi is the Dean, Faculty of Commerce and Business Studies with Somaiya Vidyavihar University, Mumbai. He is also the Area Chairperson of the Department of Finance and Law, Chairperson of the Board of Studies of Finance, and the program coordinator of the MBA program at K J Somaiya Institute of Management. ​Prof. Trivedi is a Ph.D. ​holder ​in Business Policy and Administration​. His academic accomplishments also include Masters in ‘Banking’ and ‘Economics and Political science’ from the University of Mumbai​.​ ​He is an ​Associate of Indian Institute of Banking and Finance. ​

Prof. Trivedi has ​20 years of work experience with a leading Public Sector Bank​, followed by ​16 years of experience as a full-time faculty teaching at the post-graduate level. He has conducted several training programmes for corporate officials in the Public and Private sector. He ​is the receiver of ​Best Teacher of Finance by Higher Education Forum jointly with Bombay Stock Exchange & ​Distinguished Service Award​ by AIMS International. He is a regular visiting faculty at DHBW University, Stuttgart, Germany for the students of their School of Management and School of Engineering.

 
 

Monica Khanna

Dean, Faculty of Management Studies

Monica Khanna is the Director of K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai since December 2016 and a Professor in the area of Marketing, Strategic Brand Management at the Institute and also the Dean of the Faculty of Management Sciences. Monica Khanna has a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering and has industry experience of 4 years with Siemens Ltd, Mumbai as Design Engineer in the area of industrial automation. Her PG degree was in M.M.S.( Marketing )University of Mumbai, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies and a Ph.D from University of Pune in June 2006.

She has successfully guided 2 doctoral students from University of Mumbai and 1 doctoral student from BIT Mesra, Ranchi Monica Khanna is an International Visiting Faculty at DHBW Stuttgart, Germany and Peter the Great St. Petersburg University, Russia and is invited to present research papers at conferences conducted in different countries of Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Turkey and Kenya. She has attended training programmes, conducted MDPs and handled consultancy projects. She has been elected as member of the Managing Council of All India Management Association (AIMA) for 3 consecutive periods from AY 2015-17, AY 2017-19 and AY 2019-21.

 
 

Dr. S. K. Ukarande

Principal, K J Somaiya College of Engineering and Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology

Dr. S. K. Ukarande is the Principal of K. J. Somaiya College of Engineering, Mumbai and the Dean - Faculty of Engineering & Technology at Somaiya Vidyavihar University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from College of Engineering, Pune, and a Master’s degree and Ph.D. from IIT Bombay. In his 36 years of exceptional career, he has extensively contributed at various higher technical education leadership positions. He has served as the Principal of reputed engineering colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai (UoM) and Pune University for more than 20 years. He has been the Former Dean - Faculty of Technology as well as Former Dean - Faculty of Science & Technology at UoM. Dr. Ukarande has 04 books to his credit, has published more than 50 Papers in National and International Journals / Conferences Proceedings, and 07 Indian Patents. He has guided 24 PG Dissertations, successively guided 08 Ph.D. candidates.

Dr. Ukarande has delegated several responsibilities in various Statutory Bodies of UoM since 2001, such as, the Member - Senate, Management Council, Academic Council, Board of Deans, Board of Examinations, Board of University Teachers Recognition, Research & Recognition Committee, Standing Committee, University NEP 2020 Cell, etc. In his various leadership roles, Dr. Ukarande has been instrumental in implementing several educational reforms, including outcome-based education curriculums, establishment of research centres, online examinations during pandemic, etc. He also contributes to academics / administration of other universities and organizations. He is a Member of Professional Bodies - ISTE, IE, ISH, IAH, IET, FICCI, and also the National Executive Council Member of ISTE, New Delhi (2nd term).

Dr. Ukarande is honoured with Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan National Award for Best Engineering College Principal (2018-19) by the Indian Society for Technical Education, Best Principal of the Year Award (2018-19) by the Computer Society of India - Mumbai Chapter, Best Engineering College Principal Award (2016-17) by ISTE - Maharashtra and Goa Section, Pillar of Hindustani Society Award (2021-22) by the Trans Asian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Most Inspiring Leader in Engineering Education (2023) by Higher Education Digest, etc. for his enormous contributions in the field of education. With effective professionalism, high values, and strong ethics in his actions, He considers education as the greatest convention for contributing to the society, and is at the helm of academic affairs extensively.

 
 

Dr. Supriya Rai

Dean, Faculty of Dharma Studies

Supriya Rai made a transition to academia in 2003, after a ten year career with the Tatas, as an officer of the Tata Administrative Service. She received her doctorate from Mumbai University in 2008, on Buddhist meditation. She is currently Acting Director at the K. J. Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies. Her areas of interest are Buddhist meditation, Central Asian Buddhism (particularly the work of Kumarajiva), Buddhist ethics, gender issues in Buddhism and socially engaged Buddhism.

In pursuit of the latter, she led the effort to set up an outreach project 250 kms from Mumbai where the mission is to facilitate spiritual practice and in livelihood support in the local community. But these are all veils and illusions. In the ultimate analysis, Supriya Rai is a dreamer who loves the rains and Hindustani classical music.

 
 

Dr. Hema Bhadawkar

Dean, Faculty of Education

Dr Hema Bhadawkar is an Assistant Professor at the K J Somaiya College of Education, Somaiya Vidyavihar University. She holds post graduate degrees in Chemistry, History, Education and Philosophy to her credit. She has an academic experience of 15 years, specialising in subjects like Assessment for Learning, Educational Technology, Educational Management, ICT in Education, Human Resource Management in Education, Pedagogy of History etc. She is a member of Board of Studies of Sophia College for women to prepare the syllabi for the various courses and suggest methodologies for innovative teaching.

She is certified in various computer applications and organised workshops in Web tools in teaching, Leaning and Assessment. ICT enabled Education, Pedagogical innovations and Educational Technology and Assessment find dominance among her areas of interest in research in Education. She is a research guide and has published and presented more than 25 Research papers in State, National and International Conferences and Seminars. She is an Editorial board member of International Journal of Academic Research in Education and Review, Aarhat Multidisciplinary International Education Research Journal (AMIERJ), Electronic Interdisciplinary International Research Journal (EIIRJ) and Educreator Research Journal (ERJ).

 
 

Prof. Swaminathan Sivaram

Dean, Faculty of Science

Prof. S. Sivaram, INSA Senior Scientist, IISER Pune, has accepted the Chancellor’s invitation to serve the Somaiya Vidyavihar University (SVU) as the Dean of the Faculty of Science. Dr. Swaminathan Sivaram obtained his B.Sc. (Chemistry) (1965) from Madras Christian College and M.Sc. (Chemistry) (1967) from IIT Kanpur. Subsequently, he obtained Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry) from Purdue University working with Nobel Laureate Professor H.C. Brown. He also worked with professor J.P. Kennedy at the Institute of Polymer Science, the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio in the area of carbocationic polymerization of isobutylene. He returned to India in 1973 to join the newly established Indian petrochemicals Corporation Limited, (IPCL), Baroda, in its Research Center. Dr. Sivaram joined National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune, in 1988 as Head of the Polymer Chemistry Division and was appointed Director of the Laboratory in 2002.He assumed the position of a CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow at NCL in 2011 upon completion of his tenure as Director of NCL. In 2016, he moved to the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune as an Honorary Professor and INSA Senior Scientist.

Academic and Research Achievements: Dr. Sivaram played a key role in setting up the first petrochemical R&D Centre at IPCL and initiated research in the area of olefin polymerization using Ziegler Natta catalysts. He also established an active school of research in Ziegler Natta polymerization of olefins at NCL, initiated research in the area of controlled polymer synthesis using anionic and radical polymerization methods, poly-condensation chemistry, surface modification of polymers and synthesis of polymers with well-defined functionalities. He has authored over 220 research papers, edited two books and authored one book. He is cited as an Inventor in over 50 issued US Patents and fisty Indian patents. He has mentored 36 Ph.D. students and over a dozen post-doctoral fellows. Many of the processes and products developed by Dr. Sivaram and his associates are in commercial use, both in India and abroad. Other Contribution: Dr. Sivaram transformed NCL into a premier centre of interdisciplinary research. He laid the foundation of strong research groups in the area of advanced materials, scientific computing, new energy resources, chemical biology and chemistry of biomass and biomass derived products.

He established the NCL Innovation Park and created the first Technology-Business Incubator (Venture Centre) within CSIR. He played a key role in drafting the thought paper for setting up the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) and functioned as the first Project Director of IISER, Pune in 2006. Awards and Honours: Dr. Sivaram was awarded the Vasvik Award for Excellence in Applied Industrial Research (1987), Professor M. Santappa Silver Jubilee Award by the Society of Polymer Science (1988), FICCI Award in Physical Sciences (1996), Professor S.R. Palit Award by the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (1997), Silver Medal by Chemical Somaiya Vidyavihar University Research Society of India (2002), Vishwakarma Medal of INSA (2003), Goyal Prize in Applied Sciences (2007) and Material Scientist of the Year Award, MRSI (2010); and Padma Shri (2006). He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Bordeaux, France (1995) and H.A. Morton Distinguished Professor of Polymer Science at the University of Akron, USA (2006), DST conferred on him the J.C. Bose Fellowship for the period 2007-20015. Dr. Sivaram is an Elected Fellow of all the three Science Academies in India. Dr. Sivaram’s appointment is for a period of three years with effect from January 1, 2021.

He will continue his engagement with the Somaiya Vidyavihar as a Visiting Professor of Eminence, teaching chemistry and polymer science, and as the Chairperson of the Board of Studies in Polymer Science, under the Faculty of Science. Being an external academic, who is not on the rolls of the Somaiya Vidyavihar University, he will be offered a monthly honorarium of Rs. One Lakh from Somaiya Vidyavihar University’s core budget, for his honorary engagement as Dean, Faculty of Science. The subjects of studies coming under the Faculty of Science are: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Life Sciences, All branches of Biology, Statistics, Computer Science, Information Technology, Biotechnology, Nutraceuticals and Environment Science. Dr. Sivaram in his acceptance note to the Chancellor mentioned that he will focus on building academic excellence and nurturing an environment where interdisciplinary science – science without boundaries is taught and practices. He envisages his role as a “catalyst and mentor and being an external academic, someone who can challenge conventional thinking and trying inquiry-based learning.

 
 

Pt. (Dr.) Vidyadhar Vyas

Dean, School of Music & Performing Arts

The President of India honoured Pt. Vidyadhar Vyas’s mastery in the realms of performance, composing, administration, teaching, and scholarship by presenting him the Sangeet Natak Akademi (National) Award for Hindustani Vocal Music for the year 2007. Groomed in the prestigious tradition of the Gwalior Gharana and the illustrious lineage of Sangeet Maharshi Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar, Pt. Vyas was trained in Khayal, Tarana, and Bhajan Gayaki by his father, renowned Gayanacharya Pandit Narayanrao Vyas, who was an outstanding disciple of Pt. Paluskar himself.

Since 1968, Pt. Vyas managed the administration of the “Vyas Academy” as the Secretary. Later in 1973, he became Principal of the Government Music College (Rajasthan Sangeet Sansthan) at Jaipur. He nurtured this institution until 1984, when he moved to Mumbai to head the Music Department of the University of Mumbai. He developed this department by expanding its course offerings to include postgraduate courses and introducing new subjects and co-curricular vocational programs. Dr. Vyas reached the pinnacle of his academic career when in 2004 he became the first duly elected Vice-Chancellor of the Bhatkhande Music Institute (Deemed University) at Lucknow. August 2007 brought Pt. Vyas the opportunity to head the foremost Hindustani Music Conservatory: ITC Sangeet Research Academy at Kolkata, whereas Executive Director he contributed to the preservation, propagation, promotion, and performance of the ageless tradition and art of Hindustani Classical Music.

Pt. Vyas returned to Mumbai in May 2009 and managing and conducting the musical activities of “The Vyas Academy of Indian Music” as its President Trustee and working as a freelance musician and educator. He was also an Honorary Director of the Academy of Indian Music and Dance at the prestigious Fine Arts Society, Chembur, Mumbai. Pt. Vidyadhar Vyas is known as a teacher, guru, and researcher of exceptional caliber. Pt. Vyas began teaching and mentoring students at the undergraduate level in 1960, the postgraduate level in 1966, and at the doctorate level in 1972. He has also been grooming his disciples in the Guru-Shishya tradition. Professor Vyas takes an avid interest in planning and organizing music education activities, seminars, and research workshops at university, regional and national levels. He serves on many State and National music committees and boards, as well as an expert member on various University music faculties.

 

Chairpersons of all the Board of Studies

Faculty of Management

 

Monica Khanna

Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC)

Monica Khanna is the Director of K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai since December 2016 and a Professor in the area of Marketing, Strategic Brand Management at the Institute and also the Dean of the Faculty of Management Sciences. Monica Khanna has a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering and has industry experience of 4 years with Siemens Ltd, Mumbai as Design Engineer in the area of industrial automation. Her PG degree was in M.M.S.( Marketing )University of Mumbai, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies and a Ph.D from University of Pune in June 2006.

She has successfully guided 2 doctoral students from University of Mumbai and 1 doctoral student from BIT Mesra, Ranchi Monica Khanna is an International Visiting Faculty at DHBW Stuttgart, Germany and Peter the Great St. Petersburg University, Russia and is invited to present research papers at conferences conducted in different countries of Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Turkey and Kenya. She has attended training programmes, conducted MDPs and handled consultancy projects. She has been elected as member of the Managing Council of All India Management Association (AIMA) for 3 consecutive periods from AY 2015-17, AY 2017-19 and AY 2019-21.

 
 

Prof. Isaac Jacob

Marketing

Prof. Isaac Jacob is Chairperson in Marketing and International Business at K J Somaiya Institute of Management, Mumbai. Additionally, he heads the MBA Integrated Marketing Communications, MBA International Business, and MBA Sports Management programmes. His areas of expertise and specialization lie in Brand Management, Marketing Strategy, Integrated Marketing Communications, Global Marketing and Sports Marketing.

Prof Jacob has an industry career spanning over 32 years and has held positions from a salesperson to a CEO ranging across responsibilities in sales, brand management, marketing, and general management. He has worked in organizations such as Ogilvy & Mather, Mattel India, Puma India, J Walter Thompson, Lintas, J Walter Thompson’s Fortune Communications - President and CEO, Tata Mutual Fund - Vice President and Head – Marketing, Yes Bank - Vice President Marketing and Country Head - Customer Experience.

 
 

Prof. (Dr.) Pankaj Trivedi

Finance

​Prof. (Dr.) Pankaj Trivedi is the Dean, Faculty of Commerce and Business Studies with Somaiya Vidyavihar University, Mumbai. He is also the Area Chairperson of the Department of Finance and Law, Chairperson of the Board of Studies of Finance, and the program coordinator of the MBA program at K J Somaiya Institute of Management. ​Prof. Trivedi is a Ph.D. ​holder ​in Business Policy and Administration​. His academic accomplishments also include Masters in ‘Banking’ and ‘Economics and Political science’ from the University of Mumbai​.​ ​He is an ​Associate of Indian Institute of Banking and Finance. ​

Prof. Trivedi has ​20 years of work experience with a leading Public Sector Bank​, followed by ​16 years of experience as a full-time faculty teaching at the post-graduate level. He has conducted several training programmes for corporate officials in the Public and Private sector. He ​is the receiver of ​Best Teacher of Finance by Higher Education Forum jointly with Bombay Stock Exchange & ​Distinguished Service Award​ by AIMS International. He is a regular visiting faculty at DHBW University, Stuttgart, Germany for the students of their School of Management and School of Engineering.

 
 

Prof. (Dr.) D G Jha

Data Science and Technology

​Dr. Davendranath Jha earned his Ph.D. (Management) from the University of Mumbai (earlier University of Bombay). He is currently working as Professor and Area Chairperson (HOD) – Area: Data Science and Technology. He is also the Program Coordinator of two years Masters in Computer Application (MCA) and two years MBA in Data Science and Analytics. He is currently mentoring the AACSB process at the institute as its chairperson for the Accreditation process. He is also the chairperson of the board of studies in Data Science and Technology responsible for advising on curriculum changes for the courses in Data Science and Information Technology for Management and Technology Programmes.

He is also the Chairman of the newly established center for excellence in Data Science and Technology at the Institute. He currently heads the committee responsible for organizing the annual Somaiya International Conference on Technology and Information Management (SICTIM). He has been regularly conducting training on IT in Management, Database system (MS-Access, SQL), Management Information System, Data-Driven Decision Making, Software Testing and Concepts in ERP, eCRM, R Programming, and Analytics, Innovations in IT and Essentials of Industry 4.0 at various corporate houses as Invitee faculty/trainer. Professor Jha also has to his credit a publication of the book titled "Computer Concepts and Management Information Systems" published by Prentice-Hall of India (PHI). Its’ revised second edition has hit the stands in March 2013. He has several publications to his credit. His area of interest in research includes Information Technology enabled cross-functional applications, Information systems, Data-Driven Decision Making, Data Science, and Analytics.

 
 

Dr. SNV Sivakumar

Economics

Dr. Sivakumar is working as Professor and Head, Department of Economics at K J Somaiya Institute of Management. He is the Dean of Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences at SVU. Dr. Sivakumar has about 30 years of teaching, research and consultancy experience. He has successfully guided 12 doctoral students, published two books and patents in the field of Economics and has also published articles in reputed journals.

Dr. Sivakumar teaches Managerial Economics, Macroeconomics, Indian Economy, Business Environment, Business Ethics and Corporate Governance. His years of hard work and excellent knowledge in the field of Economics have gained him several awards and recognitions.

 
 

Prof. (Dr.) Shailaja Karve

Human Resource Management

Dr. ​Shailaja Karve is the Area Chairperson of the OB & HR area and Program Coordinator ​at​ K J Somaiya Institute of Management​. ​​Dr. Karve is​ the Chairperson and a member of the Admissions Committee at the university level. She has published many research papers and cases in national and international journals. She has presented her research work in many national and international conferences and has been a track chair too. She has conducted varied training programmes for corporate and government organizations. She has been a Consultant on several HR-related projects. Her forte is in the area of assessment centers and developmental initiatives for individuals and organizations.

She was the principal investigator for funded research by the National HRD network Bangalore Chapter. Shailaja holds an Undergraduate and Masters’ degree in Psychology from Mumbai University, Masters’ degree in Management from Pune University in Symbiosis Institute of Management (SIBM) followed by a Ph.D. from the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE).

 
 

Prof. (Dr.) Pramod Shetty

Operations Management

Dr. Pramod Shetty is a paper setter, moderator & examiner for MMs course of Mumbai University in the area of Operations Planning and Control. He is part of the Syllabus Review Committee for the PGDORM ​​course of IDOL, Mumbai University. His academic excellence also landed him the role of a Ph.D. guide for Mumbai and ITM University. Dr. Shetty is a member of the Board of Studies,​ ​N. L. Dalmia Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai, and Board of Studies, Amity Business School, Amity University, Mumbai. He serves as an academic advisor at Bunts Sangha Institutes of Higher Education Sion, Mumbai. Furthermore, Dr. Shetty is a member of the Local Inquiry Committee – Mumbai University.

Dr. Shetty also takes up consultancy assignments in the areas of Industrial Engineering such as manpower planning, production norms, and productivity improvement for a cross-section of industries including, discrete manufacturing, pharma and textiles. Some of the organizations that he has worked with include Merck India Ltd at Taloja and Goa, Century Enka Ltd. Pune, ASB Pvt Ltd, Ambernath, Welspun Terry Towels Ltd, Gujarat. He conducted half-day to two-day training on Manufacturing Management, ERP, Supply Chain Management for organizations such as Microsoft, Hersheys, Galderma, Mahindra & Mahindra, Arkema, INS Hamla (Indian Navy Commanders), Konkan Railway, BARC, Chartered Accountants, Senior Managers from a cross-section of industries across textile, Pharma, Logistics, and IT. Dr. Shetty has also conducted short-term programs on Advanced Supply Chain Management.​

 
 

Prof. (Dr.) Radha Iyer

General Management

Dr. Radha Iyer is a Professor and the Area Chairperson for the General Management area with the K J Somaiya Institute of Management. Along with twenty years of experience in academia, she has a decade plus of industry experience with organizations like The Great Eastern Shipping Company, Marico Industries, and Indian Hotels.

She has an MBA in HR from JBIMS and PhD in Learning & Development from SNDT - Mumbai. She has facilitated management development programmes for various organizations in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, and human resource management. Her consultancy assignments as an assessor span organization in the hospitality, tourism, IT, Pharmaceuticals and banking industry. She has been a visiting faculty at IIM Ranchi. She heads the Innovation & Entrepreneurship cell and the base of the pyramid community initiatives on campus. She facilitates courses on entrepreneurship, innovation, social entrepreneurship & managing new ventures. She is the recipient of multiple awards for teaching. Her contribution to literature, are in the areas of entrepreneurship & human resource management.

 
 

Prof. (Dr.) Kirti Arekar

Business Analytics

Dr. Kirti Arekar is an Associate Professor at K J Somaiya Institute of Management. She carries a total of 23 years of teaching and research experience in various Business Schools. She has conducted several training programs for corporates/academics like Bombay Stock Exchange, National Stock Exchange, BCCI, INS HAMLA, Lumiere, Mahindra, Reliance, S.P. Jain Singapore and L&T etc. based on decision Science, Statistics, Data Analysis, Business Analytics, Big data, Data Science & Research Methodology, etc.

She has Several Research publications in International and National Journals. Many of the Research Papers are published in ABDC list recognized by Australian Business Dean Councils. She has published two books and five chapters internationally. She has presented several Research papers in many Universities like Harvard University, Manchester, University of Emirates, Wellington University and Hull University etc. Dr. Kirti was awarded the Best Teacher Award for Excellence in Research & Teaching from Higher Education Forum in 2013; has been also awarded Fellowship from World Business Institute, Melbourne, Australia in 2013 and Best Researcher award in Higher Education in K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management, Mumbai, 2014.

 
 

Prof. (Dr.) Brajesh Bolia

International Business

​Dr. Brajesh Bolia is an Associate Professor in the Marketing & International Business Department at K J Somaiya Institute of Management, Mumbai. He teaches courses including B2B Marketing, Sales & Distribution Management, and Marketing Management. Dr. Bolia was the visiting faculty at NITIE (AY 2019-20) Business to Business Marketing & IIM Trichy (AY 2017-18) Sales & Distribution Management.

Through the years, Dr. Bolia has worked with A. V. Birla Group (Cement Marketing Div.), ICICI Bank (Home Loans Div.), and BHW Home Finance Ltd & ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co Ltd. His experience in the field has enabled him to deliver over 200 hours of corporate training sessions in Customer Centricity, Sales Process and Marketing Dynamics to over 2000 participants of various categories like Business Centre Heads, Branch Heads, Branch Managers, Senior Managers and Direct Recruits from various companies like Life Insurance Corporation (LIC), National Insurance Co Ltd, GIC, ECGC, participants of several private general insurance companies, Owens Corning & Schaeffler India.

 
 

Prof. (Dr.) Vandana Khanna

Retail Management

​Dr. Vandana Tandon Khanna is Professor and Program Coordinator for Ph.D. and MBA–Retail Management at K J Somaiya Institute of Management in the Area of Marketing Management. She is a Doctorate in Services Marketing. With over 23 years of diversified teaching experience, her teaching and research interests include Services Marketing, Internal Marketing, Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty, Customer Perception, CRM, Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty, Customer Experience Management and Tourism and Hospitality Management. She is a Ph.D. guide at the University of Mumbai and Somaiya Vidyavihar University.

Dr Vandana has presented and published several research papers both in National and International conferences & journals. She is a member of Advisory Council of the International Journal of Marketing Principles and Practices of the International Institute of Marketing Professionals; Senior Member International Economics Development Research Centre (IEDRC); Member Marketing in Asia Group (MAG); Editorial Board Member of K U School Journal of Kenyatta University; Certified Lead Auditor as QMS Auditor based on ISO 9001:2008 standards. Dr. Vandana has been awarded the ‘Best Professor in Marketing and International Business, at Business School Affaire & Dewang Mehta National Education Awards and ‘Women in Education’ in the year 2018. The Dewang Mehta National Education Awards is India's largest Education Awards Contest and is held as a part of World Marketing Congress; Best Marketing Teacher of the Year 2018 in Mumbai by Guru Nanak Institute of Management Studies Centre of Excellence in Marketing in Feb 2019 and Prof. Indira Parekh Women in Education Leaders award by World Education Congress, in July 2019.

 
 

Prof. (Dr.) Kiran Sharma

Executive Management Program

​Dr. Kiran Sharma is an Associate Professor of Marketing and International Business at K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management, under the aegis of Somaiya Vidyavihar University, Mumbai. She is currently the Program Coordinator for the MBA Executive program. She has 14 years of experience in academics along with 7 years of corporate experience. She facilitates courses on Marketing Strategy, Consumer Behavior, International Marketing and Marketing Management. She has presented and published several papers in both National and International Journals and has attended various conferences of international repute. She is keenly interested in research areas like Consumer Behaviour, Marketing Strategy, Consumer Decision Making, and Relevance of emotions in consumer behaviour.

She has conducted several Management Development programs for various leading organizations. Some of them notably are INS Hamla, Reliance Jewels, Galderma (Nestle) etc. Dr. Sharma is a reviewer for various journals falling under the ABDC category and has reviewed various manuscripts in the past several years. She has been a Guest Editor for the South Asian Journal of Management, with Dr. A Parasuraman, James W MacLamore Chair and Professor of Marketing, University of Miami, USA. She has a Masters in Psychology and MBA from the University of Lucknow specializing in International Business and Marketing and holds a Ph.D. from Saurashtra University, Gujarat. She has completed a course on Marketing Strategy from Harvard University USA and Mixed Methods in Research from St. Gallen University, Switzerland.

 
 

Prof. (Dr.) Prema Basargekar

Healthcare Management

Dr. Prema Basargekar is a programme coordinator of MBA Healthcare Management in K J Somaiya Institute of Management, Mumbai. She is working in the capacity of a professor in the area of Economics and Entrepreneurship Management. She has published several papers in good academic journals in the areas of social entrepreneurship, gender studies, public healthcare, impact assessment studies of social programmes, and ICT in education.

She has also conducted few consultancy projects in these areas. Prema has finished her graduation and Masters in Economics from the University of Pune and has completed her Ph.D. from BITS Pilani.

 
 

Prof. (Dr.) Reena Mehta

Part Time Management Programme

Dr. Reena Mehta is an Associate Professor at the K J Somaiya Institute of Management, now part of Somaiya Vidyavihar University. She is also the Program Coordinator of the Part-Time Masters’ degree Program. Dr. Mehta is an enthusiastic educator in the field of management for over two decades with her core subjects being business ethics, business law, and perspectives of management. She has a very interactive and unique pedagogy for engaging students. Dr. Mehta is also visiting faculty with Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Russia where she regularly engages courses on Management.

Apart from her teaching, she has won several accolades in the field of research. Recently in 2020, her case on Sundaram Pvt. Ltd. published in Ivey Publishing, has been reproduced at the Harvard Business Publishing. She has published several book reviews, articles, case studies, and has also been a part of various national and international conferences. She completed her Bachelors’ in Law and MBA before getting her Doctorate in 2011 in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). She is also a qualified instructor and conducts workshops on Stress Management, Yoga, and Pranayama; Work-Life Balance for corporates.

 

Faculty of Engineering & Technology

 

Dr. Deepak Sharma

Computer Engineering

Dr. Deepak Sharma is currently working as Professor and Head, Department of Computer Engineering at one of the leading Engineering colleges in Mumbai namely, K J Somaiya College of Engineering, Vidyavihar for the past 18 years. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from S G B Amravati University and M.E Computer Engineering from VJTI Mumbai. Dr. Sharma has a total teaching experience of 27 years. He has published over 40 research papers in international journals and in the proceedings of international conferences. He is guiding post graduate and Ph.D scholars in field of Computer Science and Engineering. His research interests are in Information Security, Artificial Intelligence, Distributed and Cloud Computing systems.

He is currently the Chairperson, Board of Studies in Computer Engineering at K. J. Somaiya College of Engineering, a Constituent College of Somaiya Vidyavihar University. In the past, he has served as a member of Board of Studies and syllabus revision committee in University of Mumbai. Currently, he is working as a member of Board of Studies of several autonomous and affiliated colleges.

 
 

Dr. Jagannath H Nirmal

Electronics Engineering

Dr. Jagannath Haridas Nirmal is a Professor and HOD, Department of Electronics Engineering. His academic journey began by completing his B.E. B.E. in 1999 from SGGSIE & T, Nanded, then finsihing his M.Tech from VJTI, Mumbai in 2008 and finally he got his Ph.D from SVNIT, Surat in 2015. Having an experice of 22 years, Dr Nirmal now acts as an approved Ph.D guide of Mumbai University and Somaiya Vidyavihar University

Current Research Interests:

Digital Signal Processing, Audio, Speech and Image Processing, Adaptive Filtering and Multi-rate Signal Processing, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Fuzzy logic, Data Analytics, Pattern Recognition and Wavelet Transform

COURSES TAUGHT:

UG Level:

  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Digital Image Processing
  • Speech Processing
  • Multi-Rate Signal Processing
  • Machine Learning
  • Artificial Neural Network and Fuzzy logic

PG Level:

  • Machine Learning
  • Multi-Rate Signal Processing
  • Pattern Recognition &Wavelet Transform

Ph.D Level:

  • Machine Learning
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Advanced Signal Processing

Publications: - Peer Journals (12) Referred Conferences (12)

 
 

Dr. Ameya K Naik

Electronics and Telecommunication

Dr. Ameya K. Naik is Professor and Head, Department of Electronics and Telecommunication, K. J. Somaiya College of Engineering (KJSCE), Somaiya Vidyavihar University where he has been a faculty member since 2005. Dr. Ameya K. Naik completed his Ph.D. from S.R.T. Marathwada University, Nanded in 2015. He has published more than thirty research papers in international/national journals and conferences, some of which are in reputed journals such as IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, and Elsevier Neurocomputing. He has reviewed research articles for several international journals such as IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IET Image Processing, Elsevier Image Communication,

He is currently the Chairperson, Board of Studies in Computer Engineering at K. J. Somaiya College of Engineering, a Constituent College of Somaiya Vidyavihar University. In the past, he has served as a member of Board of Studies and syllabus revision committee in University of Mumbai. Currently, he is working as a member of Board of Studies of several autonomous and affiliated colleges.

Journal of Electronic Imaging, IEEE Communication Letters, etc. He has also worked on funded research projects related to biometrics and biomedical applications. His research interests include Biometrics, Wavelets, Signal Processing, Image Processing, and Data Analysis. He has guided more than fifteen post graduate dissertations to date and is currently guiding two research scholars for their doctoral research work. He is actively involved in promoting research in the department and has been instrumental in setting up Centres of Excellence in the college, related to the areas of networking and IoT. He was a member of KJSCE College Development Committee (University of Mumbai) and also on the department advisory board of other college under University of Mumbai.

Scholastic Achievements
  • Biography included in Marquis Who’s Who in the World, 27th edition, 2010 based on reference value of outstanding achievements.
  • Received the “Appreciation Award” thrice given by the R&D cell, K. J. Somaiya College of Engineering, Vidyavihar, for outstanding research publication for the duration 2012-14, 2014-16 and 2016-18.
  • Awarded the “Best Teachers Award” in the Department of Electronics and Telecommunication for the academic year 2014-15.
 
 

Dr. Irfan Siddavatam

Information Technology

Dr. Irfan Siddavatam received an M.E. degree in Computer Engineering from Mumbai University and Ph.D. in Electronics Engineering from Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), Mumbai. He is currently heading the Department of Information Technology. His research interest includes Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, and Product development.

His work includes developing intelligent solutions to ensure secure cyberspace for critical infrastructure and children and women safeguarding. He was a consultant for the research work, "Landscape Analysis for Online Child​ ​Trafficking and Online Child Sexual Exploitation," initiated by Children's Investment Fund​ ​Foundation CIFF (A philanthropy from the UK). He served in the capacity of Technical Assessor and Judge respectively for National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and National Crime. Record Bureau (NCRB), along with many such institutes. He is a consultant for Cyber Peace​ ​Foundation (CPF) (A civil society organization and think-tank of cybersecurity and policy​ ​experts). He has also successfully mentored prize-winning projects in Smart India Hackathon for two consecutive years.

 
 

Dr. Ramesh R Lekurwale

Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Ramesh R Lekurwale is serving as a Professor, and Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering at Somaiya Vidyavihar University, Vidyavihar. He completed his M. Tech from IITB in 2001 and went on to get his Ph.D from V.J.T.I, Mumbai in the year 2015. Dr, Lekurwale is an approved Ph.D guide at Somaiya Vidyavihar University, with 27 years of experience under his belt. Additive Manufacturing, Medical Device Innovation, Engineering, optimization, Industrial Engineering are some fields that fall under his research interests.

COURSES TAUGHT:

UG Level:

  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Computer Aided Machine Drawing and Machine Drawing
  • Manufacturing Planning and Control
  • Industrial Engineering and Enterprise Resources Planning
  • Management Decision Making
  • Engineering Exploration
  • Quantitative Methods in Decision Making

PG Level:

  • Engineering Optimization
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • Rapid prototyping and Digital Manufacturing

Ph.D Level:

  • Quantitative Methods and Computer Applications in Research
  • Research Methodology
  • 3 D Printing and Design
 

Faculty of Education

 

Dr. Hema Bhadawkar

Education

Dr Hema Bhadawkar is an Assistant Professor at the K J Somaiya College of Education, Somaiya Vidyavihar University. She holds post graduate degrees in Chemistry, History, Education and Philosophy to her credit. She has an academic experience of 15 years, specialising in subjects like Assessment for Learning, Educational Technology, Educational Management, ICT in Education, Human Resource Management in Education, Pedagogy of History etc. She is a member of Board of Studies of Sophia College for women to prepare the syllabi for the various courses and suggest methodologies for innovative teaching.

She is certified in various computer applications and organised workshops in Web tools in teaching, Leaning and Assessment. ICT enabled Education, Pedagogical innovations and Educational Technology and Assessment find dominance among her areas of interest in research in Education. She is a research guide and has published and presented more than 25 Research papers in State, National and International Conferences and Seminars. She is an Editorial board member of International Journal of Academic Research in Education and Review, Aarhat Multidisciplinary International Education Research Journal (AMIERJ), Electronic Interdisciplinary International Research Journal (EIIRJ) and Educreator Research Journal (ERJ).

 

Faculty of Science & Technology

 

Swati Maurya

Computer Science.

Ms. Swati Maurya holds a number of Masters degrees including M.Phil (Comp Sci), M.Tech (CSE), MCA, M.Sc (Comp Sci) and MBA (IS). She has more than 16 years of teaching experience in Computer Science and Information Technology. She is an active researcher working in the area of data analytics, geospatial computing, and machine intelligence.

She has 7 books to her credit, published by international publishers including John Wiley and Dreamtech Press among others. She also has 7 papers in International journals and conferences to her credit as published contributions. Ms. Maurya is also a first-hand resource for several FDPs, SDPs, workshops and academic events.

 
 

Chinmay Khanolkar

Environmental Studies

Shree. Chinmay Khanolkar is a passionate Environmental facilitator with a master’s degree in environmental science. He also has a certificate course in innovation and entrepreneurship management. published 7 papers in the domain of Environmental Science. An avid trekker, wilderness wanderer Shree Kahnolkar has a very strong research and consultancy background in the field of environment.

His areas of expertise include environmental innovations, biodiversity impact assessment, ecosystem services economics, solid waste management, environmental management, circular economy and sustainability.

 
 

Dr. Kamalrookh Z Marolia

Biotechnology

Dr. Kamalrookh Marolia has been associated with Somaiya Vidyavihar for the past 17 years. She has a vast research experience of 15 years in academic and commercial industrial organizations. Her areas of interest include biotransformation, industrial biotechnology, food and gut microbiotome and microbiology. She has published a paper in International journal as well.

 
 

Dr. Madhura Janve

Nutraceuticals

Dr. Madhura Janve is a Doctorate in Food Science from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. She has worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at DBT-ICT. Centre for Energy Biosciences. Dr. Madhura is a recipient of the prestigious ICMR international travel grant to present her research at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.

She is a winner of the DuPont Nutri-Scholar Awards, a national level product development competition, among other achievements. Dr. Madhura has a Masters degree in Nutraceuticals and has published research papers and book chapters in various International Journals.

 
 

Dr. Algonda Desai

Applied Statistics

Prof. A. S Desai obtained first class with Distinction in Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from Mumbai University in 1984 and M. Phil in Numerical Methods from Shivaji University, Kolhapur in 1998. He then went on to register for a Ph.D. Programme. In June 1986, he joined KJSCE as a Lecturer. He has been working as an Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics in the Department of Science and Humanities since May 2003. Currently, he is looking after the Science and Humanities Department as a Head. His areas of research include App. Mathematics, Fuzzy Automata, Linear Algebra and Probability Theory.

Prof. A.S. Desai is a chairperson of Board Of Studies in Statistics in SVU. In his vast teaching experience of 32 years in Applied Mathematics and Statistics at KJSCE, he has held various positions such as member of BOS in other institutes, faculty advisor, ISTE Students’ Chapter (MH–60), Secretary cum Treasurer of ISTE, Somaiya Chapter (2001-2003) and Life Member of Marathi Vidynan Parishad. To his credit, he has publications in national and international journals and has authored 4 books on Applied Mathematics. He has been awarded ‘the best teacher award’ at KJSCE and has organized and attended number of STTPs for helping others and self-upskilling professionally.

 
 

Dr. Rachana Desai

Mathematics

Dr. Rachana Desai, is a Mathematician by profession and an educationist by heart. She is part of the Faculty of Mathematics, Somaiya Vidyavihar University, Mumbai. Additionally, she is the Coordinator at Teaching Learning Centre(TLC), KJ Somaiya College of Engineering. She has received several remarkable awards in academics, research excellence, TLC including gold medal at undergraduate level, best research paper award for Indian Mathematical society, limca book of world record in mass aerobics and more.

Her research interests are Special Functions and Mathematics education. Dr. Desai has published more than 15 peer reviewed international journal and conference papers. Currently, she is serving as a reviewer for Journal of Engineering Education Transformations. She is a life member of professional bodies like Indian Mathematical society, Society of special functions, Gujarat ganit mandal, Mathematics Teachers Association etc.

 
 

Prof. Swaminathan Sivaram

Polymer Science

Prof. S. Sivaram, INSA Senior Scientist, IISER Pune, has accepted the Chancellor’s invitation to serve the Somaiya Vidyavihar University (SVU) as the Dean of the Faculty of Science. Dr. Swaminathan Sivaram obtained his B.Sc. (Chemistry) (1965) from Madras Christian College and M.Sc. (Chemistry) (1967) from IIT Kanpur. Subsequently, he obtained Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry) from Purdue University working with Nobel Laureate Professor H.C. Brown. He also worked with professor J.P. Kennedy at the Institute of Polymer Science, the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio in the area of carbocationic polymerization of isobutylene. He returned to India in 1973 to join the newly established Indian petrochemicals Corporation Limited, (IPCL), Baroda, in its Research Center. Dr. Sivaram joined National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune, in 1988 as Head of the Polymer Chemistry Division and was appointed Director of the Laboratory in 2002.He assumed the position of a CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow at NCL in 2011 upon completion of his tenure as Director of NCL. In 2016, he moved to the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune as an Honorary Professor and INSA Senior Scientist.

Academic and Research Achievements: Dr. Sivaram played a key role in setting up the first petrochemical R&D Centre at IPCL and initiated research in the area of olefin polymerization using Ziegler Natta catalysts. He also established an active school of research in Ziegler Natta polymerization of olefins at NCL, initiated research in the area of controlled polymer synthesis using anionic and radical polymerization methods, poly-condensation chemistry, surface modification of polymers and synthesis of polymers with well-defined functionalities. He has authored over 220 research papers, edited two books and authored one book. He is cited as an Inventor in over 50 issued US Patents and fisty Indian patents. He has mentored 36 Ph.D. students and over a dozen post-doctoral fellows. Many of the processes and products developed by Dr. Sivaram and his associates are in commercial use, both in India and abroad. Other Contribution: Dr. Sivaram transformed NCL into a premier centre of interdisciplinary research. He laid the foundation of strong research groups in the area of advanced materials, scientific computing, new energy resources, chemical biology and chemistry of biomass and biomass derived products.

He established the NCL Innovation Park and created the first Technology-Business Incubator (Venture Centre) within CSIR. He played a key role in drafting the thought paper for setting up the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) and functioned as the first Project Director of IISER, Pune in 2006. Awards and Honours: Dr. Sivaram was awarded the Vasvik Award for Excellence in Applied Industrial Research (1987), Professor M. Santappa Silver Jubilee Award by the Society of Polymer Science (1988), FICCI Award in Physical Sciences (1996), Professor S.R. Palit Award by the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (1997), Silver Medal by Chemical Somaiya Vidyavihar University Research Society of India (2002), Vishwakarma Medal of INSA (2003), Goyal Prize in Applied Sciences (2007) and Material Scientist of the Year Award, MRSI (2010); and Padma Shri (2006). He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Bordeaux, France (1995) and H.A. Morton Distinguished Professor of Polymer Science at the University of Akron, USA (2006), DST conferred on him the J.C. Bose Fellowship for the period 2007-20015. Dr. Sivaram is an Elected Fellow of all the three Science Academies in India. Dr. Sivaram’s appointment is for a period of three years with effect from January 1, 2021.

He will continue his engagement with the Somaiya Vidyavihar as a Visiting Professor of Eminence, teaching chemistry and polymer science, and as the Chairperson of the Board of Studies in Polymer Science, under the Faculty of Science. Being an external academic, who is not on the rolls of the Somaiya Vidyavihar University, he will be offered a monthly honorarium of Rs. One Lakh from Somaiya Vidyavihar University’s core budget, for his honorary engagement as Dean, Faculty of Science. The subjects of studies coming under the Faculty of Science are: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Life Sciences, All branches of Biology, Statistics, Computer Science, Information Technology, Biotechnology, Nutraceuticals and Environment Science. Dr. Sivaram in his acceptance note to the Chancellor mentioned that he will focus on building academic excellence and nurturing an environment where interdisciplinary science – science without boundaries is taught and practices. He envisages his role as a “catalyst and mentor and being an external academic, someone who can challenge conventional thinking and trying inquiry-based learning.

 
 

Dr. VK Gupta

Polymer Science

Dr. Virendra Kumar Gupta is Head R&D Polymer & Senior Vice President, Reliance Industries Limited, Navi Mumbai. He has 40 years of Professional Experience covering Teaching, Petrochemicals Research, & Technology Development and Management. His significant and high impact technology development include concept to commercialization of Engineering thermoplastic and Catalysts to Produce Polyolefins.

Dr. Gupta is an inventor/coinventor of 200 patents and successfully commercialized 30 Technologies in Petrochemicals and Polymers in India. He has 80 Research Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals and 90 Invited and Contributed Presentations in International and National Conferences. Dr. Gupta obtained Ph.D. from Banaras Hindu University.

He has also worked at Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited, Vadodara and Gharda Chemicals Limited after Teaching and Research Assignment at University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA. ​​Dr. Gupta is a recipient of the VASVIK Award and 20 Technology and Product Development Awards including Two PC Ray Awards for Development of Indigenous Technology by the Indian Chemical Council. He is also an executive council member of different academic and industrial societies and boards.

 
 

Dr. Aparna Jain

Management Studies

Dr. Rachana Desai, is a Mathematician by profession and an educationist by heart. She is part of the Faculty of Mathematics, Somaiya Vidyavihar University, Mumbai. Additionally, she is the Coordinator at Teaching Learning Centre(TLC), KJ Somaiya College of Engineering. She has received several remarkable awards in academics, research excellence, TLC including gold medal at undergraduate level, best research paper award for Indian Mathematical society, limca book of world record in mass aerobics and more.

Having authored eight books in management, she has also published research papers in International journals. Her years of experience have resulted in excellent coaching, teaching and motivational skills. She believes in the philosophy of “create and not just curate”.

 
 

Ms. Bhavana Patil

Commerce

Ms. Bhavana Patil is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and is also the Chairperson of Board of Studies in Commerce, She is a Coordinator of B.Com. (Honours) and M.Com(Business management) at S K Somaiya College. Ms Patil has industry experience in Financial services alomg with eight years of teaching experience across different commerce streams. She has published eight papers in the field of Commerce and possesses specialization in finance related subjects.

 
 

CA Monica Lodha

Accountancy & Finance

CA Monica Lodha is a Chartered Accountant by profession & Director of S K Somaiya College, Somaiya Vidyavihar University. During her decade long service at Somaiya Vidyavihar, she has published and presented fourteen research papers in State, National, and International Conferences & Seminars.

With her specialisation in Accountancy & Taxation, Monica has also authored a book on Indirect Taxes. CA Monica Lodha is an Associate member at Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and has an active presence on various social forums.

 
 

Dr. SNV Sivakumar

Economics

Dr. Sivakumar is working as Professor and Head, Department of Economics at K J Somaiya Institute of Management. He is the Dean of Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences at SVU. Dr. Sivakumar has about 30 years of teaching, research and consultancy experience. He has successfully guided 12 doctoral students, published two books and patents in the field of Economics and has also published articles in reputed journals.

Dr. Sivakumar teaches Managerial Economics, Macroeconomics, Indian Economy, Business Environment, Business Ethics and Corporate Governance. His years of hard work and excellent knowledge in the field of Economics have gained him several awards and recognitions.

 
 

Ms. Richa Chaudhary

Mass Communication

Ms. Richa Chaudhary has industry experience in the field of Advertising and has also been associated with the NGO, Eklavya. She completed her Masters in Journalism & Mass Communication with specialization in Advertising & Public relations.

Ms. Chaudhary has been associated with Somaiya Vidyavihar for the past 13 years now and has vast experience of over 20 years in teaching Mass communication, Journalism, Advertising, Marketing and Management courses at various institutes.

 

Faculty of Dharma Studies

 

Dr. Supriya Rai

Pali and Buddhist Studies Sanskrit Yogashastra

Supriya Rai made a transition to academia in 2003, after a ten year career with the Tatas, as an officer of the Tata Administrative Service. She received her doctorate from Mumbai University in 2008, on Buddhist meditation. She is currently Acting Director at the K. J. Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies. Her areas of interest are Buddhist meditation, Central Asian Buddhism (particularly the work of Kumarajiva), Buddhist ethics, gender issues in Buddhism and socially engaged Buddhism.

In pursuit of the latter, she led the effort to set up an outreach project 250 kms from Mumbai where the mission is to facilitate spiritual practice and in livelihood support in the local community. But these are all veils and illusions. In the ultimate analysis, Supriya Rai is a dreamer who loves the rains and Hindustani classical music.

 
 

Dr. Pallavi Jambhale

Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology

Dr. Pallavi Nalawde Jambhale has been associated with the K. J. Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies, Mumbai for nearly two decades and is currently engaged as Head, Centre for Buddhist Studies. She is involved in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses related to Buddhist studies and Ancient Indian History, Culture, and Archaeology.

Dr. Pallavi has presented various papers at National as well as international forums such as ‘Buddhism in Deccan during 2nd C.B.C. to 2nd C.A.D’ and ‘Syncretism in South and Southeast Asia; Adoption and Adaptation’ among others. She is a member of the Board of Studies, AIHC and Buddhist Studies. She is also an invitee member of the Board of Studies, Department of History, Ferguson College, Pune. She also undertakes study tours for students for hands-on practical experience at various Buddhist sites such as Nashik, Kanheri, Kuda, Ajanta, and Ellora among others. Dr. Pallavi's primary areas of teaching, interest, and focus remain - specialization in rock-cut architecture, ancient Indian history and culture, and Buddhist art and architecture.

 
 

Dr. S P Jain

Jainology and Prakrit

Dr. Shuddhatam Prakash Jain is Head of Centre for Studies in Jainism, Under the K J Somaiya Institute of Dharma Studies at Somaiya Vidyavihar University, Mumbai. He has achieved his education from Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri National Sanskrit University, Delhi.

Dr. Shuddhatam Prakash Jain has worked in Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (Deemed University), Rashtriya Ayurved Sansthan, Jaipur & Mangalayatan University, Aligarh. Dr. Jain has Fifteen years of teaching experience at UG & PG level. Dr. S P Jain has written more than 25 Books with ISBN & presented more than 30 Research papers in National & International Seminars/Conferences. Dr. S P Jain has completed one research project entitled “AARADHANASAMUCHCHYA” funded by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Delhi.

Dr. Jain has achieved an award- “Prof. Ram Gopal Soni Memorial Award of Best Author 2011” for his remarkable written works in the educational field from IPERA (Indian Psycho-metric & Educational Research Association, Patna) & HIBS (Harprasad Institute of Behavioral Studies, Agra). He has got “Best Citizens of India Award 2014” from International Publisher, New Delhi. and got the award of “Srinath Bhargav Award of Best Spiritual Educationist 2015” form IPERA, Agra. He also got Arhat-Vachan Puruskar 2017 from Kund-Kund Gyanpeeth, Indore. Dr. Shuddhatm Prakash Jain has great knowledge of Sanskrit, Prakrit, and Philosophy. Dr. Jain guided to 21 PG level dissertations (Research degrees) & one Ph.D. submitted under the guidance of Dr. Jain

 
 

Dr. Kamal Sheel

China Studies

Dr.Kamal Sheel retired as Professor of Chinese Studies at the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. He is now an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi as well as a Trustee of the Aditya Shyam Trust and the Chairperson of the BJK Institute of Buddhist & Asian Studies at Varanasi. He specializes in Chinese history, culture, language, and literature. He is presently involved in the translation of modern Chinese travel narratives on India.

Dr. Kama'ls current research interest primarily lies in the area of the social and intellectual history of China, and cultural interaction and encounters in Asia with a focus on India and China. His major publication is Peasant Society and Marxist Intellectuals in China (Princeton 1989). He also has to his credit jointly edited volumes entitled India on the Silk Road (Delhi, 2009), From Local to Global: Papers in Asian History & Culture (Delhi, 2017), Thirteen Months in China: A Subaltern Indian and the Colonial World (Oxford, 2017).

Dr. Kamal Sheel has studied at Banaras Hindu University, India, Fu-Jen Catholic University, and the National Taiwan University (Taipei, Taiwan). He earned his Ph.D. in the field of Modern Chinese History at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA. He has been Visiting Professor/ Fellow at the universities in Wisconsin- Madison, Yale, Copenhagen, Beijing, Singapore, and Taiwan; and in India in the Department of History, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Department of Chinese Studies, Central University of Sikkim – Gangtok, and Department of Humanistic Studies, IIT- BHU. He has presented papers in many national and international seminars in India and abroad. He has delivered Presidential Addresses for countries other than India at the Indian History Congress (Santiniketan, session) and the Indian Association for Asian Studies at its first conference in Kolkata.

 

Faculty of Sports and Exercise Sciences

 

Aazaz Khan

Sports and Exercise Science

Shree. Aazaz Khan is the Director of Faculty of Sports and Exercise Sciences at Somaiya Vidyavihar University, Vidyavihar. Having an experience of over 25 years in the field of sports as well as marketing, he is the current Director of Somaiya Sports Academy. He pursued Cricket in India and has played Tennis and Squash in Corporate leagues. He has even done Cricket coaching under international coaches in England and pursued the intricacies of spin bowling with an international player in Southampton UK.

Aazaz Khan has played Cricket for Hamble (A division - Hampshire) and various other Cricket clubs in England and India. He has served as a consultant for Hazaribagh Olympic Association and assisted their efforts in grassroots infrastructure and sports development among children and youth across various sports.

 

Faculty of Library & Information Science

 

Dr. Hindurao S. Waydande

Department of Library & Information Science

Dr. Hindurao S. Waydande brings along more than 45 years of Library and Information Science professional experience. He chaired the positions of the Chief Librarian at Shri Mouni Vidyapeeth, Gargoti, Kolhapur (1976 - 1980). For the last 38 years he worked in Central Library, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay as Assistant Librarian, Deputy Librarian and Librarian (1980 - 2015) & Librarian at IIT Goa (2016 - 2017) and he was working as Librarian MGM CET, Navi Mumbai (2017- 2020). At present Dr. Waydande Appointed as Professor Emeritus, LIS and University Librarian, Somaiya Vidyavihar University Mumbai. He is Chairman Board Of Studies (LIS) and Convenor, University Library Advisory Committee, Somaiya Vidyavihar University, Mumbai.

Dr. Waydande's major contributions for the IITB Central library is Newspaper Clippings (1982), Computerization of Central Library (1990), Bar-coding of library collection and user (1993), Electronic Security (1993) ETD, Digital Library and Institutional Repository (1999), Systematic Information Literacy Programme to UG/ PG students and staff (1985-2006). He was responsible to streamline the Book Acquisition procedure and Collection Development Policy in systematic way e-Books (2000-2006). IITB Central Library's present Renovation (building and interior) is to his credit (2013-15).

 
 

Dr. R.R. Deshmukh

Physics

Prof. Deshmukh joined ICT as an Assistant Professor of Physics in 1996. Currently, he is working as Registrar (from Aug 2018 till date) and Professor of Physics (from June 2013 till date) in the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Matunga, Mumbai. Before that, he worked as Controller of Examinations at ICT (Aug 2014 to Aug 2018).

He has obtained a Ph.D. degree in Physics from UDCT (University of Mumbai). He has got training on “nanomaterials” at the University of Maryland (USA) under TEQIP in 2007. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Texas, Arlington (USA) from February 2009 to March 2010. He has more than 25 years of teaching experience at the UG and PG level. He has vast academic and administrative experience. He has worked as Member of, Academic Council (ICT, from 2008 till date), Senate member (UICT. from 2004 to 2008), member of various statutory committees, etc.

He is a BoS member in Physics of a few Universities, Scientific Advisor to Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA), Mumbai, Life member of a few professional bodies. His research interest includes Material Science, Plasma Technology, Polymer Physics, Functionalization of nano-particles. Molecular tailoring of surfaces using plasma for biomedical applications, Textile physics, PECVD, thin films, Electro-optical properties of Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystals. Polymer nanocomposites materials. Conducting polymers, Gas sensors, Energy storage devices, Effluent treatment, etc. He has published more than 100 research papers in the Scopus indexed international reputed journals. He has authored 10 book chapters. He has delivered invited talks at various national and international conferences. He is on the Editorial Board of a few international journals. He has completed government and industry-sponsored projects. He has also completed one DST-sponsored bilateral program. Considering his research contribution, he has been awarded Fellow Indian Chemical Society and a Fellow Maharashtra Academy of Sciences.

 
 

Dr. Nand Kishore

Chemistry

Prof. Nand Kishore is Institute Chair Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and also headed the Department from December 2008 to December 2011. He did MSc (Chemistry) from Guru Nanak Dev University in 1983. After completing his Ph.D. (Chemistry) from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 1989, he received postdoctoral training at Yale University, USA (1989 - 1991) and at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA (1991 - 1992). He then joined IIT Bombay as faculty in 1992.

Prof. Nand Kishore has been a Guest Research Scientist several times at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA. His research interests include understanding physical chemistry underlying the biologically important systems. His research group has contributed to the thermodynamic characterization of protein folding intermediates, drug-protein interactions, protein-solvent interactions, and prevention of aggregation/fibrillation of proteins by using a combination of calorimetric and spectroscopic techniques.

He has published about 130 papers in international journals of repute in the areas of Physical Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry and Biochemistry. He has delivered several plenary and invited lectures at National and International conferences. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India. He was President of the Indian Chemical Society, Mumbai Branch from 2010 to 2012. He has received The Rev. Fr. L. M. Yedanapally Memorial Award for the Year 2011 for contribution to research in Physical chemistry by Indian Chemical Society. He has been appointed as Editor of the Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics. He is also serving the institute in the capacity of Chief Vigilance Officer of IIT Bombay since 2015 and in addition, to IIT Dharwad since 2018.

 

Faculty of Music and Performing Arts

 

Pt. (Dr.) Vidyadhar Vyas

School of Music & Performing Arts

The President of India honoured Pt. Vidyadhar Vyas’s mastery in the realms of performance, composing, administration, teaching, and scholarship by presenting him the Sangeet Natak Akademi (National) Award for Hindustani Vocal Music for the year 2007. Groomed in the prestigious tradition of the Gwalior Gharana and the illustrious lineage of Sangeet Maharshi Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar, Pt. Vyas was trained in Khayal, Tarana, and Bhajan Gayaki by his father, renowned Gayanacharya Pandit Narayanrao Vyas, who was an outstanding disciple of Pt. Paluskar himself.

Since 1968, Pt. Vyas managed the administration of the “Vyas Academy” as the Secretary. Later in 1973, he became Principal of the Government Music College (Rajasthan Sangeet Sansthan) at Jaipur. He nurtured this institution until 1984, when he moved to Mumbai to head the Music Department of the University of Mumbai. He developed this department by expanding its course offerings to include postgraduate courses and introducing new subjects and co-curricular vocational programs. Dr. Vyas reached the pinnacle of his academic career when in 2004 he became the first duly elected Vice-Chancellor of the Bhatkhande Music Institute (Deemed University) at Lucknow. August 2007 brought Pt. Vyas the opportunity to head the foremost Hindustani Music Conservatory: ITC Sangeet Research Academy at Kolkata, whereas Executive Director he contributed to the preservation, propagation, promotion, and performance of the ageless tradition and art of Hindustani Classical Music.

Pt. Vyas returned to Mumbai in May 2009 and managing and conducting the musical activities of “The Vyas Academy of Indian Music” as its President Trustee and working as a freelance musician and educator. He was also an Honorary Director of the Academy of Indian Music and Dance at the prestigious Fine Arts Society, Chembur, Mumbai. Pt. Vidyadhar Vyas is known as a teacher, guru, and researcher of exceptional caliber. Pt. Vyas began teaching and mentoring students at the undergraduate level in 1960, the postgraduate level in 1966, and at the doctorate level in 1972. He has also been grooming his disciples in the Guru-Shishya tradition. Professor Vyas takes an avid interest in planning and organizing music education activities, seminars, and research workshops at university, regional and national levels. He serves on many State and National music committees and boards, as well as an expert member on various University music faculties.

 

Director, Principal, HOI

 

Monica Khanna

Director, K J Somaiya Institute of Management

Monica Khanna is the Director of K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai since December 2016 and a Professor in the area of Marketing, Strategic Brand Management at the Institute and also the Dean of the Faculty of Management Sciences. Monica Khanna has a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering and has industry experience of 4 years with Siemens Ltd, Mumbai as Design Engineer in the area of industrial automation. Her PG degree was in M.M.S.( Marketing )University of Mumbai, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies and a Ph.D from University of Pune in June 2006.

She has successfully guided 2 doctoral students from University of Mumbai and 1 doctoral student from BIT Mesra, Ranchi Monica Khanna is an International Visiting Faculty at DHBW Stuttgart, Germany and Peter the Great St. Petersburg University, Russia and is invited to present research papers at conferences conducted in different countries of Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Turkey and Kenya. She has attended training programmes, conducted MDPs and handled consultancy projects. She has been elected as member of the Managing Council of All India Management Association (AIMA) for 3 consecutive periods from AY 2015-17, AY 2017-19 and AY 2019-21.

 
 

Dr. S. K. Ukarande

Principal, K J Somaiya College of Engineering and Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology

Dr. S. K. Ukarande is the Principal of K. J. Somaiya College of Engineering, Mumbai and the Dean - Faculty of Engineering & Technology at Somaiya Vidyavihar University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from College of Engineering, Pune, and a Master’s degree and Ph.D. from IIT Bombay. In his 36 years of exceptional career, he has extensively contributed at various higher technical education leadership positions. He has served as the Principal of reputed engineering colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai (UoM) and Pune University for more than 20 years. He has been the Former Dean - Faculty of Technology as well as Former Dean - Faculty of Science & Technology at UoM. Dr. Ukarande has 04 books to his credit, has published more than 50 Papers in National and International Journals / Conferences Proceedings, and 07 Indian Patents. He has guided 24 PG Dissertations, successively guided 08 Ph.D. candidates.

Dr. Ukarande has delegated several responsibilities in various Statutory Bodies of UoM since 2001, such as, the Member - Senate, Management Council, Academic Council, Board of Deans, Board of Examinations, Board of University Teachers Recognition, Research & Recognition Committee, Standing Committee, University NEP 2020 Cell, etc. In his various leadership roles, Dr. Ukarande has been instrumental in implementing several educational reforms, including outcome-based education curriculums, establishment of research centres, online examinations during pandemic, etc. He also contributes to academics / administration of other universities and organizations. He is a Member of Professional Bodies - ISTE, IE, ISH, IAH, IET, FICCI, and also the National Executive Council Member of ISTE, New Delhi (2nd term).

Dr. Ukarande is honoured with Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan National Award for Best Engineering College Principal (2018-19) by the Indian Society for Technical Education, Best Principal of the Year Award (2018-19) by the Computer Society of India - Mumbai Chapter, Best Engineering College Principal Award (2016-17) by ISTE - Maharashtra and Goa Section, Pillar of Hindustani Society Award (2021-22) by the Trans Asian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Most Inspiring Leader in Engineering Education (2023) by Higher Education Digest, etc. for his enormous contributions in the field of education. With effective professionalism, high values, and strong ethics in his actions, He considers education as the greatest convention for contributing to the society, and is at the helm of academic affairs extensively.

 
 

CA Monica Lodha

Director, S K Somaiya College

CA Monica Lodha is a Chartered Accountant by profession & Director of S K Somaiya College, Somaiya Vidyavihar University. During her decade long service at Somaiya Vidyavihar, she has published and presented fourteen research papers in State, National, and International Conferences & Seminars.

With her specialisation in Accountancy & Taxation, Monica has also authored a book on Indirect Taxes. CA Monica Lodha is an Associate member at Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and has an active presence on various social forums.

 
 

Dr. Supriya Rai

Director, K J Somaiya Institute of Dharma Studies

Supriya Rai made a transition to academia in 2003, after a ten year career with the Tatas, as an officer of the Tata Administrative Service. She received her doctorate from Mumbai University in 2008, on Buddhist meditation. She is currently Acting Director at the K. J. Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies. Her areas of interest are Buddhist meditation, Central Asian Buddhism (particularly the work of Kumarajiva), Buddhist ethics, gender issues in Buddhism and socially engaged Buddhism.

In pursuit of the latter, she led the effort to set up an outreach project 250 kms from Mumbai where the mission is to facilitate spiritual practice and in livelihood support in the local community. But these are all veils and illusions. In the ultimate analysis, Supriya Rai is a dreamer who loves the rains and Hindustani classical music.

 
 

Dr. Hema Bhadawkar

Incharge Principal, K J Somaiya College of Education

Dr Hema Bhadawkar is an Assistant Professor at the K J Somaiya College of Education, Somaiya Vidyavihar University. She holds post graduate degrees in Chemistry, History, Education and Philosophy to her credit. She has an academic experience of 15 years, specialising in subjects like Assessment for Learning, Educational Technology, Educational Management, ICT in Education, Human Resource Management in Education, Pedagogy of History etc. She is a member of Board of Studies of Sophia College for women to prepare the syllabi for the various courses and suggest methodologies for innovative teaching.

She is certified in various computer applications and organised workshops in Web tools in teaching, Leaning and Assessment. ICT enabled Education, Pedagogical innovations and Educational Technology and Assessment find dominance among her areas of interest in research in Education. She is a research guide and has published and presented more than 25 Research papers in State, National and International Conferences and Seminars. She is an Editorial board member of International Journal of Academic Research in Education and Review, Aarhat Multidisciplinary International Education Research Journal (AMIERJ), Electronic Interdisciplinary International Research Journal (EIIRJ) and Educreator Research Journal (ERJ).

 
 

Dr. Hindurao S. Waydande

Head, Department of Library & Information Sciences

Dr. Hindurao S. Waydande brings along more than 45 years of Library and Information Science professional experience. He chaired the positions of the Chief Librarian at Shri Mouni Vidyapeeth, Gargoti, Kolhapur (1976 - 1980). For the last 38 years he worked in Central Library, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay as Assistant Librarian, Deputy Librarian and Librarian (1980 - 2015) & Librarian at IIT Goa (2016 - 2017) and he was working as Librarian MGM CET, Navi Mumbai (2017- 2020). At present Dr. Waydande Appointed as Professor Emeritus, LIS and University Librarian, Somaiya Vidyavihar University Mumbai. He is Chairman Board Of Studies (LIS) and Convenor, University Library Advisory Committee, Somaiya Vidyavihar University, Mumbai.

Dr. Waydande's major contributions for the IITB Central library is Newspaper Clippings (1982), Computerization of Central Library (1990), Bar-coding of library collection and user (1993), Electronic Security (1993) ETD, Digital Library and Institutional Repository (1999), Systematic Information Literacy Programme to UG/ PG students and staff (1985-2006). He was responsible to streamline the Book Acquisition procedure and Collection Development Policy in systematic way e-Books (2000-2006). IITB Central Library's present Renovation (building and interior) is to his credit (2013-15).

 
 

Aazaz Khan

Director, Somaiya Sports Academy

Shree. Aazaz Khan is the Director of Faculty of Sports and Exercise Sciences at Somaiya Vidyavihar University, Vidyavihar. Having an experience of over 25 years in the field of sports as well as marketing, he is the current Director of Somaiya Sports Academy. He pursued Cricket in India and has played Tennis and Squash in Corporate leagues. He has even done Cricket coaching under international coaches in England and pursued the intricacies of spin bowling with an international player in Southampton UK.

Aazaz Khan has played Cricket for Hamble (A division - Hampshire) and various other Cricket clubs in England and India. He has served as a consultant for Hazaribagh Olympic Association and assisted their efforts in grassroots infrastructure and sports development among children and youth across various sports.

 
 

Gaurang Shetty

Chief Innovation Catalyst, CEO, RiiDL (Research Innovation Incubation Design Laboratory)

The startup landscape in India has been beholding incredible growth rates from past few years. Yet,a roster of challenges hover around the startup ecosystem right from the incubation phase till the point of procuring Series A funding. Handholding and accelerating these startups and innovators from ideation till product development is Riidl, the go to place to build startups. This collaborative innovation /incubation centre offers workspace and mentoring for startups besides focused groups for people aspirant to innovate on their ideas and projects. It also ensures to support hardware & biotech startups through seed funds/Series A funds. So far, Riidl has reviewed/ facilitated 400+ startups and incubated 80+ startups while aspiring to become India’s leading Research Park and Startup Incubator.

Riidl is an initiative of Somaiya Vidya vihar, an educational trust established in 1959 Constituent college of Somaiya Vidyavihar University . It is located in one of its largest campuses located in Vidyavihar in Mumbai. “Research Innovation Incubation Design Laboratory (Riidl) was set up in 2010 by the Somaiya Trust to inspire and facilitate innovation & entrepreneurship amongst our 39000 students and 1500 faculty. We at Somaiya Vidyavihar strongly believe in providing education that is holistic and experiential so that students get a more enriching experience in their academics, outside the classroom. Being on the campus, the students get access to experts across subjects, guidance from professors, and a safe environment to develop their ideas. Our focus has always been in encouraging innovation and knowledge sharing.

We believe when you provide platforms for multidisciplinary collaboration and innovation, the barriers of age, language, countries melt away and the power of the ‘idea’ shines through. Several incubated companies at Somaiya Riidl have evolved and are working as independent organisations today. We are happy that we have been able to play a role as facilitators for the next generation of startup leaders who work on solving real world problems”.

 
 

Dr. Prashant Kumar

Director & Dean of Research, Somaiya Institute of Research and Consultancy (SIRAC)

Dr. Prashant Kumar who has joined as Dean- Research & Director, Somaiya Institute for Research and Consultancy (SIRAC)”, of the Somaiya Vidyavihar University, with additional responsibilities of networking and facilitating the research in other Somaiya Vidyavihar (SVV) and Somaiya Ayurvihar (SAV) institutions from 14th May,2021. Dr.Prashant Kumar received his Ph.D. in 2009 from the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Department of Molecular Biology, Berlin, Germany. Following this, Dr. Kumar did his postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Prof. Karl Simin at the Department of Cancer Biology, University of Massachusetts (UMMS) Medical School, Worcester, USA, where he established a novel mouse model of malignant breast cancers.

In June 2012, he joined Prof. Jean Paul Thiery’s lab at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB), A-STAR Singapore. Prof. Thiery is a world-renowned authority in the area of EMT (Epithelial- Mesenchymal Transition). At A-STAR, Dr. Kumar discovered a panel of urinary biomarkers for early diagnosis of bladder cancer. This marker panel was licensed and is currently being pursued for development of a novel point-of-care (POC) diagnostic platform. He was also involved in the establishment of a culture method to assess circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from breast cancers.

This new technique provides an opportunity to analyze CTC clonal heterogeneity and adapt therapeutic modalities in refractory breast cancer patients. He moved to India after securing a highly competitive and prestigious Ramanujan Fellowship awarded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (DST) in 2015. He established his laboratory at the Institute of Bioinformatics, Bangalore, India where his lab works on developing reliable methods to isolate and enrich CTCs to advance precision medicine in cancers. Dr. Kumar has been recently awarded the highly prestigious National Award for Excellence in Academic Clinical Research 2021 from Indian Society for Clinical Research (ISCR) as a recognition for excellence in Academic Clinical Research.

 

International Relations

 

Dr. Satyendra Kumar Upadhyay

Director, International Relations

Dr. Satyendra Kumar Upadhyay is currently serving as Director-International Relations and has the privilege of engaging with students, academicians, diplomats, professionals, think tanks, governments and foreign universities across various countries like Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nepal, Poland, Russia, UK, USA, Singapore, South Africa, Spain. He took on these opportunities at various levels including as a teacher, researcher, member of committees, BOS, global consortiums and funded research projects.

She has successfully guided 2 doctoral students from University of Mumbai and 1 doctoral student from BIT Mesra, Ranchi Monica Khanna is an International Visiting Faculty at DHBW Stuttgart, Germany and Peter the Great St. Petersburg University, Russia and is invited to present research papers at conferences conducted in different countries of Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Turkey and Kenya. She has attended training programmes, conducted MDPs and handled consultancy projects. She has been elected as member of the Managing Council of All India Management Association (AIMA) for 3 consecutive periods from AY 2015-17, AY 2017-19 and AY 2019-21.

Dr. Kumar manages internationalization of education at Somaiya Vidyavihar University, which includes collaborations with foreign university for students and faculty exchange program, joint research, conferences and facilitating international student affairs. He is also an Asst. Professor (SR.SC.) in General Management Department at K J Somaiya Institute of Management and Visiting Professor of China Studies at KJIDS. He delivered guest lectures at Yunnan University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Institute of International Studies, MET and Mumbai University. At KJSIM, he is coordinator for Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research (SPARC, MHRD, Govt. of India).

His academic achievements include two Ph.Ds (Barkatullah University, India and Xiamen University, China), an MBA in Marketing from Mumbai University and he is proficient in Mandarin. He has 18 years of industry experience and has worked in India and abroad. His research interests are in International Relations and Diplomacy, International Business, Marketing, BRICS, India-China Relations, and published paper in peer reviewed journals. He was awarded MHRD, Govt. of India, Cultural Exchange Program Scholarship for Ph.D. research (2000-04) and is also recipient of “The Pillar of Hindustani Society” award by Trans Asian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2015. He was featured in national and international newspaper media and UTV, CCTV television for his contribution. [Email: internationalrelations@somaiya.edu