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Prof. T.G.Sitharam

Chairperson, AICTE

  • Currently serves as the Chairman of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in New Delhi since December 2022.
  • Held the position of Director at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam from July 2019 to December 2022.
  • Completed a B.E. in Civil Engineering from the University of Mysore.
  • Earned a Master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1986.
  • Obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 1991.
  • Commenced his career as a lecturer at the University of Waterloo and later moved to the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA (1992-94).
  • Joined the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in July 1994 as a faculty member in the Department of Civil Engineering.
  • Held additional responsibilities as the Director (additional charge) at the Central Institute of Technology Kokrajhar, Assam.
  • Served as the Chairman of the Board of Governors at IIT Guwahati.
  • Assumed the role of Chairman of the Board of Management of the North East Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) in Nirjuli, Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Currently serves as a Council Member of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Shri Yuvraj Malik

Director, National Book Trust

Ministry of Education-Government of India

  • Shri Yuvraj Malik is the Director of the National Book Trust, India, a division under the Department of Higher Education within the Ministry of Education, Government of India.
  • He initially joined the National Book Trust, India, while on deputation from the Indian Army.
  • Shri Malik possesses a diverse background, having served with distinction in the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs, Raj Bhawan Jammu & Kashmir, United Nations Missions in Africa, and various operational areas, fulfilling both administrative and operational roles.
  • Notably, he has also held the esteemed position of Chairman at the Commission for Scientific & Technical Technology (CSTT), an entity operating under the Ministry of Education, Government of India.
  • As the Director of the National Book Trust, India, Shri Malik has overseen the rapid publication of bilingual books designed for school children in alignment with the National Education Policy (NEP) of 2020. Remarkably, this feat was accomplished within a mere 30 days of the policy’s launch by the government.
Dr. Madhu Chitkara

Pro Chancellor, Chitkara University

      • Dr. Madhu Chitkara, is Pro Chancellor of Chitkara University, Punjab, and Chitkara University, Himachal Pradesh
        • Co-founder of Chitkara Educational Trust in 1998
        • Academician and Edupreneur with over four decades of experience in education
    • Educational Background:
      • Holds a PhD in Education
    • Contributions to Chitkara University:
      • Pioneered over 60 industry-linked programs at the graduate, postgraduate, and doctorate levels
      • Established Incubation Centers with over 100 incubate companies
      • Forged partnerships with over 200 universities and institutions worldwide
      • Promoted strong academic-industry collaborations to enhance career opportunities for graduates
    • Global Education Initiatives:
      • Introduced the Global Week to internationalize the student learning experience
      • Known for leading by example and inspiring young women worldwide
      • Featured in the book “Rising to the Top,” recognizing her remarkable contributions to education on both international and national levels.
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. 
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.
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. Joseph Marianus Kujur

Director, XISS,Ranchi

  • Dr. Joseph Marianus Kujur, SJ is  Director of Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi.
  • Education:
    • Ph.D. from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University
    • Post-doctoral from Center of Latin American Studies (CLAS), Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
  • Professional Experience:
    • 24 years of teaching experience at various institutes
    • Former Lecturer at the Department of Social Science, Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeet, Pune
    • Former HoD & Assistant Research Director at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi
    • Co-supervised Ph.D. students from University of Spain and the USA
    • External examiner for M.Phil & Ph.D. theses at JNU, DU, and IIT Roorkee
    • Joined XISS as an Adjunct Professor in December 2011
    • Former Chairman of the Governing Body, XISS
    • Current Director of XISS, Ranchi
  • Achievements:
    • Presented over 20 papers in International seminars and more than 25 papers in National seminars
    • Published 8 books and over 50 articles in National and International journals
    • Conducted numerous workshops for Tribals, Dalits, and Minorities in more than eight states in India
    • Served in core groups and sub-groups of various ministries, including Tribal Affairs, Women & Child Development, and Minority Affairs
    • Contributed to the formulation of recommendations for the 12th Five Year Plan submitted to the Planning Commission of India
    • Part of the team known as ‘Sectoral Innovation Council’ for tribal development
    • Member of the Expert Team focused on improving tribal health in India
    • Contributed to the review of Rural Development programs by non-official members of the Advisory Committee on Tribal Development
    • Member of the Governance Commission of the Society of Jesus for the preparation of General Congregation 36
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.
Ms. Arti Chopra

Principal, Amity International School

  • Arti Chopra is a dedicated Educationist with over 28 years of experience in various educational roles, including teacher, mentor, trainer, planner, skill developer, and advocate for children’s welfare.
  • She  holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration and is an alumna of Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University.
  • She has been associated with prominent educational institutions such as Bal Bharti Public School, Sawai Man Singh Vidyalaya, Lawrence School, Lovedale, and currently serves as the head of Amity International School, Sector 46, Gurugram.
  • With over 19 years of experience as a Principal, she is known for her efforts in integrating technology into education and for her excellence in problem-solving, instructional design, strategy, and academic planning.
Ms Sakshi Agrawal Bansal

Executive Director, SAGE University

  • Executive Director at The SAGE Group, a prominent conglomerate in Madhya Pradesh, focused on transforming education, work, and entrepreneurial opportunities for youth.
  • A dynamic professional with expertise in the education, health, and real estate sectors.
  • Proficient in manpower planning, infrastructure management, resource optimization, team leadership, and strategic partnerships.
  • Active involvement in hands-on activities and community engagement to ensure the holistic development of students at SAGE University.
  • Academic qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Singapore Management University.
  • Guided by the vision of her father, Er Sanjeev Agrawal, who is the CMD of the Sage Group, as her mentor and guru.
  • Recognized with several awards, including the UNICEF award in 2019, Young Entrepreneur Award by Madhya Pradesh News, and the Woman Achiever of 2020 Award by Zee.
  • Distinguished speaker at global and national events, including APAC Global Education and Skill Conclave, TEDx SAGE University, and other prestigious platforms.
  • Honored by former Madhya Pradesh Governor Smt. Anandi Ben Patel for her transformative contributions to higher education and modern school education.
  • Named as a Business Woman from Central India by ET Inspiring Women in 2021.
  • Active involvement in CSR activities through the True Sage Foundation, dedicated to helping underprivileged individuals and children thrive.
Dr. Arvind Agarwal

President, Arya Group of Colleges

  • Dr. Arvind Agarwal, President of ARYA Group of Colleges in Jaipur, is a distinguished figure known for his extensive vision and mission in the field of education.
  • He holds a medical degree and completed his MBBS from the University of Calcutta, showcasing his academic excellence.
  • After obtaining his medical degree, Dr. Arvind Agarwal gained valuable experience by working at prestigious institutions such as Willingdon Hospital in Delhi and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi.
  • He decided to pursue further studies in the United States, and he successfully cleared the USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) Part-I, Part-II, and Part-III as a Foreign Medical Graduate (FMG).
  • Dr. Arvind Agarwal continued his academic journey by completing his MD in Psychiatry at North Shore Hospital near Boston, USA.
Venayak Gupta

Chief Revenue Officer, Your-Space

  • Mr. Venayak is an experienced professional in leading revenue functions – enterprise sales, D2C sales, revenue assurance, sales incentives, inside sales, digital marketing, paid marketing.
  • Currently he heads all the revenue functions for your-space, which is one of India’s largest student housing companies with 15000+ students staying across multiple locations.
  • Previously, he was a project leader with BCG, working across healthcare and enterprise technology firms in the US and India. His work spanned revenue opportunities like managing a sales team of USD ~3B ARR across 4 continents, revenue assurance, setting up inside sales teams, defining sales incentives and pricing.
Mr. Janak Pramodbhai Khanwala

Vice President, Silver Oak University

  • Mr. Janak Pramodbhai Khanwala is Vice President at Silver Oak University.
  • He is Vice President at Association of Self Finance Colleges, Gujarat State. He is a President at Hasmukh Goswami College of Engineering. He is a Managing Trustee at C. U. Shah Commerce College, C. U. Shah Science College etc. He is a Executive Director: Alpha College of Engineering & Technology.

Affiliation with Government Institution:

  • Member, Governing Board, Gujarat Technical Education & Research Society (Government of Gujarat), Ex. Member, Governing Board, Dr. Babsaheb Ambedkar Open University, Ex. Member, Governing Board, Gujarat Technological University (GTU)
Arijit Ghosh

Vice President, Seth M. R. Jaipuria Schools


  • Over two decades of diverse experience in the K-12 education segment.
  •   Proven track record in designing educational programs and expanding business operations in India and Nepal.
  • Expertise in designing and leading large-scale student learning outcome assessments in government schools.
  • Extensive experience in promoting quality in schools through school inspection and audit initiatives.
  • Adept in policy advocacy, both in India and internationally, with work spanning countries like Nepal, Vietnam, Taiwan, Myanmar, Kenya, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe, including the development of research reports.
  • Proficiency in managing contractual and financial aspects of capacity-building programs, primarily in the field of 21st-century skills, collaborating with organizations such as DfID, MacArthur Foundation, UNICEF, and state governments.
  • Successful leadership and management of diverse programs involving corporate partnerships with organizations like British Petroleum, Shell, Macmillan, KPMG, UNESCO, and NCERT.
Dr. Aman Mittal

Vice President, LPU

  • Mr. Aman Mittal holds the position of Vice President at Lovely Professional University (LPU), one of India’s largest educational institutions.
  • Dr. Aman Mittal plays a pivotal role in overseeing various aspects within the university and is known for his hands-on approach and data-driven decision-making process.
  • His leadership has propelled LPU to achieve significant milestones, establishing it as one of the most renowned universities in India and globally.
  • LPU now boasts a diverse student body hailing from over 70 nations, reflecting its international appeal.
  • In recognition of his contributions to the Indian education sector, Dr. Aman Mittal was honored with an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in Management from the Universidad Azteca in Mexico.
  • Dr. Aman Mittal’s educational background includes a Master of Business Administration (MBA) earned from the University of Southampton in the UK and an engineering degree from Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology in Patiala.
Mr. Pravesh Dudani

Founder & Chancellor, Medhavi Skills University, Sikkim

  • Mr. Pravesh is an IIT Kharagpur alumnus with a strong background in the education industry.
  • Co-founded and led, transforming it into India’s largest career planning services firm within three years.
  • He was the Co-founded GreenHat Ventures, an IIT Kharagpur incubated company, specializing in assessments and employability training services for colleges.
  • He previously served as the product head for K12 assessments at Educomp Solutions Ltd., overseeing services for over 500 schools.
Prachi Jain

Managing Director, Bhagwan Mahavir University

  • Ms Prachi Jain is a strategic technology leader skilled in building and managing products, achieving accelerated revenue growth, and scaling technology platforms rapidly.
  • Demonstrated ability to define corporate and product strategies through a market and data-driven approach.
  • Proven track record of leading high-performing teams to deliver market-leading business results.
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.

Ms. Tanushree sinha

Career Guidance Head, Shiv Nadar School

  •  Tanushree is the Head of the Career Guidance Centre at Shiv Nadar School, Gurgaon.
  • She has 20 years of experience in career guidance and has a strong track record of helping students evaluate their interests, personality, and aptitude to choose the right academic programs and universities.
  • She holds a Masters in Personnel Management (MPM).
  • Before joining Shiv Nadar School, she worked with the Taj Group of Hotels at IHM – Aurangabad, which had an academic tie-up with the University of Huddersfield, UK. At IHM, she served as the Head of Placement and also provided training to students.
  • Tanushree is a founder member of Shiv Nadar School and has held various roles within the organization, including working in the Human Resource department and handling School Admissions for 5 years.
Mr. Atul Khosla

Vice Chancellor, Shoolini University

  • Mr. Atul Khosla is Vice Chancellor at Shoolini University
  • He Commenced career at McKinsey and Co.
    • Accumulated 25 years of consultancy experience, advising clients globally
    • Served as an advisor to MMC’s Global Board on building the company’s global operating platform
    • Led Oliver Wyman’s initiative to establish a global “Risk Advisory and Operations” business in partnership with a global outsourcing major
  • Academic Role:
    • Dean of the ‘Faculty of Management Sciences & Liberal Arts’ at Shoolini University
    • Teaches Finance and Strategy
    • Guest and visiting faculty at multiple Indian and Global Universities
  • Educational Background:
    • B.Tech from IIT Kanpur
    • MBA from JBIMS, Mumbai

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