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Dr. Ajeenkya D Y Patil

President, Ajeenkya D.Y. Patil University

  • Dr Ajeenkya D Y Patil has a Master’s in Business Administration from  Richmond College, UK. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by  University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom, for his outstanding  achievements in the fields of education, healthcare and social services.
  • He is the President of the Ajeenkya DY Patil University and  Chairman of Ajeenkya DY Patil Group. He is the Honorary Consul General  of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana in India.  
  • His illustrious list of achievements includes  being appointed as Chairman, Central Board for Workers Education  (CBWE) by Ministry of Labour, Government of India. 
  • The Hon. President  of Guyana appointed him to be the Economic Adviser.
  • During July 2007  and April 2010, he was nominated as Chancellor’s nominee on the  Management Council of University of Mumbai. 
Dr. Nagesh Bhandari

President, Indus University

  • Dr. Nagesh Bhandari is a renowned M.S (Orthopedic) & 1st Spine Surgeon of Gujarat  having Spine Surgery Fellowship from Germany at world famous spine center“REHABILITATIONS KRANKENHAUS”, under world known spine surgeon Prof. J.  Harms. 
  • He has rendered honorary services as Spine Surgeon at V. S. General  Hospital, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation run hospital, K. M. School of Post  Graduate Medicine and Research, Ahmedabad, Paraplegia Hospital (Civil Hospital),  Ahmedabad. 
  • Dr. Bhandari has also received “GOLD MEDAL for Best Poster” at 46th Annual  Conference of Indian Orthopedic Association, December 2001, Ahmedabad. 
  • Dr. Bhandari is Founder Director at Ahmedabad Aviation & Aeronautics Ltd. (Flying  Training Institute), Western India Institute of Aeronautics Pvt., Ltd., (AME Training  Institute). 

Dr. Bhandari is also Managing Trustee of Bhandari Charitable Trust and was actively  involved in various educational activities as Trustee at Sanskardham (Traditional  Indian School) Ahmedabad.

Prof. Tarun Anand

Founder & Chancellor, Indus University

  • Tarun Anand is the Founder & Chancellor of Universal Ai University, India’s first AI University and established Universal Business School, India’s 1st Green B-School in Mumbai. 
  • Prior to this he was the youngest Managing Director, Thomson Reuters, South Asia. 
  • He served as Global Head of Treasury leading a $2 billion business across 136 countries and served on the Global Innovation & Venture Board at Reuters. 
  • He has worked in London, New York and Hong Kong and across 50+ countries across 6 continents. 
  • He is a TEDx speaker and was awarded Education Evangelist of India by Great Place to Study. 
  • Tarun pursued his MBA from SPJIMR and Exec. education at Michigan B-School, Tuck B-school, and IE B-school.
Dr. Devanshu Patel

President, Parul University

  • Dr. Devanshu Patel has has been managing projects at Parul University, Anand Vidhya Vihar School, and New Era Senior Secondary School – India. 
  • He has also been working as a director at Parul Pharmaceutical Pvt. Ltd. and Vice President at Parul University from April 2015 to June 2016.
  • He has experience teaching. He has been a teacher & Consultant at Parul University and Anand Vidhya Vihar School.
Dr. Indu Sahani

Founding President, ATLAS SkillTech University


  • Dr. lndu Shahani is the Founding President and Chancellor of ATLAS SkillTech University.
  •  Dr. Shahani was the Sheriff of Mumbai (2008, 2009), Member of the University Grants Commission (2011-14) and Principal of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics, Mumbai (2000-16). 
  • She was the first Indian to be appointed Vice-Chair on the Board of Governors of the International Baccalaureate (IB).
  • She has been invited to leading Corporate Boards and key listed companies providing an impetus for ‘Academia – Industry Collaboration’, the subject of her PhD from The University of Mumbai. 
  • Dr. Shahani is an independent Director on the Board of Colgate Palmolive (India) Limited, United Spirits Limited – Diageo, HSBC Asset Management, Bajaj Electricals Limited, Clariant, Eureka Forbes Limited and Lighthouse Learning Limited.
Prof. Rajita Kulkarni

President, Sri Sri University

  • Prof. Rajita Kulkarni has also been an essential part of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Vidya Mandir Trust and has been a member of the Board of Governors at Sri Sri University since 2009. In 2021, she assumed the role of Chairperson at the Sri Sri Ayurveda Hospital and Research Centre. 
  • On the international stage, Rajita has been serving as the President of the World Forum for Ethics in Business since 2011, advocating for ethics and transparency in business practices. She has also been a Global Board Member of TLEX Institute and a Board Member of AOL Health and Education Trust since 2010 and 2009, respectively. 
  • Her dedication to education extends to her advisory and council positions, including her role as a member of the FICCI National Higher Education Council and the ASSOCHAM National Council, among others.
  • Awards/ Recognitions:
    • Top 20 Academic Leaders of India” by the Centre for Education Growth and Research,  “FICCI Flo Trailblazers Women Achievers Award 2023” by FICCI FLO Mumbai
    • Prof. Rajita has addressed prestigious platforms like the United Nations, World Bank, and European Parliament.

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