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Advisory Boards

Guiding lights

A multi-disciplinary university, NIIT University (NU) envisages a systemic, technology-driven overhaul of higher education in the country. Driven by the idea of education aligned to the needs of industry, which promotes research, discovery and entrepreneurship, the university has striven to stretch academic horizons, ably guided by its Advisory Boards.

Board of Advisors

Drawn from a pool of eminent thought leaders from diverse disciplines across the country, NU’s Board of Advisors helps leadership to perceive the interconnections and interplay between diverse domains and anticipate and harness the directions they are likely to take. Our students get the opportunity to interact with these opinion shapers, hear diverse perspectives that help awaken their latent ideas.
hari bhartia
Hari S Bhartia
Co-Chairman & Managing Director, Jubilant Organosys Ltd.
arun kapur
Dr Arun Kapur
Director, Vasant Valley School, Vasant Vihar
kiran m shaw
Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Chairman & Managing Director, Biocon Limited
gurcharan das
Dr Gurcharan Das
Acclaimed Author & Former MD, P&G Worldwide (Strategic Planning)
sugata mitra
Prof Sugata Mitra
Professor of Educational Technology School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University
harpal singh
Harpal Singh
Educationist and Chairman, Impact Projects Pvt. Ltd.
omkar goswami
Dr Omkar Goswami
Founder & Chairman, CERG Advisory Pvt. Ltd.
surendra singh
Surendra Singh
Advisor, Observer Research Foundation Former Cabinet Secretary (Retired), Government of India
arvind thakur
Arvind Thakur
CEO, NIIT Technologies Ltd.
syeda imam
Syeda Imam
Writer and Activist & Former Member, National Commission of Minorities
ravi venkatesan
Ravi Venkatesan
Independent Director, Infosys
naresh trehan
Dr Naresh Trehan
Chairman & Managing Director, Medanta – The Medicity
sudhir jain
Prof Sudhir Jain
Director, IIT Gandhi Nagar
leela-samson
Leela Samson
Former Director, Kalakshetra Foundation
som mittal
Som Mittal
Former President, NASSCOM
rajeev sangal

Prof Rajeev Sangal

Director, IIT (BHU)

Industry Advisory Board

IABs are innovative forums that can create new mechanisms to help students have a deeper interaction with industry.

Industry Advisory Boards (IABs) ensure that industry is an equal partner in the university’s academic endeavours. The IABs advise the NU leadership on industry trends and directions. By involving industry in relevant processes and functions of the university, NU puts its core principle of providing an education aligned with industry trends and needs into action.

There are IABs for each academic programme, and its members participate in the entire spectrum of activities from admissions to placements. By participating in academic functions and working with faculty on research projects, IABs help in narrowing the gulf that exists between academia and industry.

IAB support for NU includes:

  • Programme design
  • Curriculum design and content
  • Identifying adjunct faculty from industry
  • Selection process for high-calibre students
  • Identifying research projects
  • Processes and facilitation for Industrial Practice and other internships
  • Placements
  • Establishing innovation centres

Members

Biotechnology

Dr VK Vinayak

President, Biopharmaceuticals R&D Panacea Biotec Ltd, New Delhi

Dr SV Ramakrishna

Group Advisor, Industrial Biotechnology Praj Industries Ltd, Pune

Dr Dinesh K Paliwal

General Manager, Biologics USV Ltd, Navi Mumbai

Dr Suman PS Khanuja FNASc, FNAAS

(Former Director, CIMAP, Lucknow) CEO, Mayar Biotech SEZ, New Delhi
Computer Science & Engineering

Vivek Mansingh

Country Manager, R&D Centre Bagmane Parin, Bengaluru

K Nageshwara Rao

Senior Director, India Engineering Centre Sun Microsystems Bengaluru

Jaya Panvalkar

Director, Pune Design Center NVIDIA Graphics Private Ltd., Pune

Dr Ajay Bakre

Netapp, Bengaluru
Educational Technology

Vivek Agarwal

Chief Executive Officer, Liqvid e-Learning Services Private Limited, NOIDA

Vivek Bansal

Managing Director (India), LRN Corporation, Mumbai

Ganesh Krishnamurthy

Enterprise Learning Solutions, NIIT Ltd., New Delhi

Nitin Nistane

Chief Operating Officer, Infospectrum India Pvt. Ltd., Nagpur

Rohit Pandey

Founder, Classteacher Learning Systems, New Delhi

JPS Kohli

Group Manager, Microsoft Learning – MSIDC Microsoft Corporation (I) Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad

Research Advisory Board

The RAB helps strengthen NU’s research orientation, so it evolves into a leading hub of innovation.
NU’s Research Advisory Board (RAB) comprises renowned academic and industry researchers from across the world. These leading researchers bring to NU their deep knowledge, research and academic rigour in the technologies of the future such as robotics, cloud computing, mobile networking, high-performance computing, Internet of Things, and cyber security, etc.
The aim of the RAB is to help drive the university’s core principle of research-driven education. It advises and actively engages with NU on all research-related matters. It also enables the university to forge linkages and partnerships with reputed international schools of higher learning, as well as with leading research and development (R&D) labs in India and abroad.
RAB facilitates a two-way interaction between the labs and NU by encouraging leading researchers from these labs to accept visiting and adjunct faculty positions at NU. In turn, it also helps PhD students from the university to connect with researchers. At a broader level, the RAB helps NU outline its research agenda and priorities.

Members

Dr MYS Prasad

Former Director, Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Indian Space Research Organisation

Dr Shivkumar Kalyanaraman

Senior Manager, Next Gen Systems & Smarter Planet Solutions Department IBM India Research Labs, Bengaluru

Prof Anurag Kumar

Professor (Dept. of Electrical Communication Engineering) Chairman, Division of Electrical Sciences Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru

Prof Jim Kurose

Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA