About School of Creative Liberal Education

After 72 years of Independence, Now we have the opportunity to reconnect with our roots and establish ourselves as life-long learners. With a need to understand, experience, facilitate, integrate and reflect upon human existence, its evolution, intellectual hereditament, life transitions, universal calling and technology-life relationships, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) is proud to present the School of Creative Liberal Education as the First School in India to concentrate on the Learner’s Transformative Evolution.

Governed by the philosophy to learn and understand one’s heritage, ecosystem and innovation in order to sensitize young adults to engage in life and to enable their commitment and accountability to their ecosystems, the School of Creative Liberal Education believes that Education incorporates the mind, body and soul of the individuals, thus facilitating innovative and creative leaders of tomorrow.

Since, today’s Education revolves only around the transference of knowledge from Books to the Learner, at the School of Creative Liberal Education, learning is perpetual via Knowledge-Based, Skill-Based, Experience-Based and Experiential forms. The School aims to amalgamate the structured traditional learning ideal with the fluidity seen in modern Educational developments.


About Jain (Deemed-to-be University)

Ranked among the top universities in India and considered a cerebral destination for students across the world and Bangalore in particular, for its illustrious history of developing talent, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) is a hub for learning in every sense of the word.

The University which is based in Bangalore – the Silicon Valley of India, offers a conducive environment for learning, be it academically or extracurricular activities. Known for its emphasis on education, entrepreneurship, research and sports, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) has some of the best minds in the educational and research fields, and centers that inspire entrepreneurship and groundbreaking work to simplify and manage life better.

15,522 Aspiring Students mentored by 667 Faculty

Publications in National & International

Publications in National & International Journals 2,948

International and National collaborations

89 International and National Collaborations

Student Placement

Total No. of graduates placed: 5,957

UG Programs

33 UG Programs

PG Programs

45 PG Programs

Awards and Rankings

Jain (Deemed-to-be University) is honored by esteemed AFAIRS - ASMA Awards at the 3rd ASMA Annual Convention. The award recognizes the exemplary work of the University toward the internationalization of the campus.

Jain (Deemed-to-be University) has been awarded 5 stars under the Young Universities category in Karnataka by KSURF iCARE.

India’s Leading Education Magazine the Knowledge Review has recognized Jain (Deemed-to-be University) as India’s 10 best Institutions of Biological Sciences.

Jain (Deemed-to-be University) awarded Graded Autonomy by University Grants Commission (UGC) under the categorization of Universities for grant of Graded Autonomy Regulations 2018.

Jain (Deemed-to-be University)’s School of Engineering and Technology is awarded by EdTech Review Awards for the Best Excellence and Innovation in Engineering (South)

Ranked No.21 among the Top Private Universities in India by Career 360 magazine

National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has awarded 'A' Grade to Jain (Deemed-to-be University) with a CGPA of 3.31

Karnataka Kreeda Poshak award, a special award from the Govt. of Karnataka has been awarded to Jain (Deemed-to-be University) for its contribution in the field of sports

Awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification by TÜV Rheinland for quality management


A Liberal Education is that which exposes students to a broad range of intellectual approaches and content, by prioritizing logical and critical thinking, along with problem solving methodologies over information accumulation. To engage the millennial minds Liberal Education allows the student to explore a wide range of social, psychological, political, philosophical, scientific, artistic and environmental ideologies, issues and skill sets.

Since the current Educational system is unidirectional, i.e. either student-centric or teacher-centric, the School of Creative Liberal Education’s learner-centric curriculum offers interdisciplinary learning and in-depth skill development with a transferable real-life application. Concentrating on developing and maintaining one’s socio-emotional judgmental skills, personal integration and independent thought patterns, the school imparts sessions of self-reflection in order to develop an experiential learning paradigm.


To enable young adults to structure their roles and responsibilities to their life, nation, social and work spaces

To identify directions for their dreams and aspirations

To foster social institutions with empathy and generosity

To nurture a culture of lifelong learning

To respect diversity of thoughts, actions, faiths and regions


To learn the art and science of self and systemic discipline

To make a commitment to fulfil their dreams through determination and involvement

To share the joys of receiving and giving

To become a conscientious citizen aware of their rights and duties

To be responsive to change in a mindful manner

The purpose is to provide time and space for young people

To understand the continuities and discontinuities of the human existence and its evolution

To experience heritage through the cumulative wisdom of the centuries of the motherland and beyond

To facilitate transition from adolescence to mature young adults

To integrate the lives of the students with their calling

To reflect on the impact of technology on life and relationship processes

Our values are

To respect and cherish self, community and institutions

To analyse one's Being, Becoming and Belonging

To be sensitive to the richness and the diversity of heritage and cultivate an informed pride in their identity, roots and context

To respect diversity of race, religion, gender and ethnicity

To be empathetic individuals and responsible citizens

Our philosophy is to

To learn about heritage, ecosystem and creativity.

To enable young people to meaningfully engage in life, family and work spaces

To understand the role of the self, society, culture and traditions in nation building

Ask basic questions, about 'who am I', 'purpose of life', 'the meaning of life', 'the purpose and meaning of relationships' and how to make a difference in all

To be sensitive to the people ecosystem and discover their commitment, make choices and be accountable to their consequences

President's Message

The roots of Liberal Education lies in understanding the purpose of education, in the context of the era, century, decade and the space and time of the nation. Liberal education has become relevant in India today as the nation's young generation known as millennials claim themselves to be different. Also, the power and influence of the colonizers’ education and its purpose has become obsolete and meaningless. All this has led to the need for education to be revisited and a new definition of purpose and meaning of education has become necessary. Also, the country is getting in touch with its wisdom of centuries and discovering its relevance and meaning in today's times. There are positive efforts to translate these into relevance for the times.

Jain (Deemed-to-be University) was set up with a firm belief and conviction that education is a gift to society and the coming generation. So, it needs to be held sacrosanct. Students need to be prepared to become good citizens and family members who can contribute to the growth of the nation. The young need to find the occupation of their choice and passion so that they could offer their commitment and involvement and offer their devotion. If they are also committed to something then the young would give their best than better. All this adds up to the building of the institution and the nation.

Jain (Deemed-to-be University) has evolved a unique pedagogy with knowledge, attitudes, skill-building through experiential learning to provide the students with space and time for exploration. The focus is on the spirit of inquiry where the students can engage in a dialogue to discover and learn in an open environment. The focus is on diverse and multi-disciplines without losing the perspectives of wisdom available to the students. Jain (Deemed-to-be University) emphasizes the interaction between faculty and students in the capacity of mentoring so that a student is prepared for life and not just the occupation. The values and underlying philosophy are a very important part of the learning process and Jain (Deemed-to-be University) has incorporated it by creating a learning environment where the student is well prepared to manage and live his life feeling confident, courageous and generous with other people in terms of accepting them and not categorizing or creating a hierarchy, but being sensitive to the philosophy of human coexistence and ecology to create harmony and tranquility as well as wholesomeness is the main purpose of life.

Dr. Chenraj Roychand, Founder JGI Group

Dr. Chenraj Roychand

President, Jain (Deemed-to-be University)

Prof. Indira J. Parikh, President of Antardisha

Prof. Indira Parikh

Antardisha (Directions from Within)

Principal Mentor’s Message

The purpose of Education is to create a learning environment where the students find space to explore the world, others in the world and their beings. The being needs to learn to experience the freedom to make choices based on the ability to differentiate right from wrong and to learn to manage relationships with respect, grace, and dignity.

Most important is times where the parent-child relationship has become that of barter, freedom, and licentiousness for affection and acceptance of children. The ancient traditions of India where the parent-child relationship was of respect and behaving the right way with an elder are gradually diminishing. What prevails is answering back, differences, leading to disagreements and conflicts. Differences were always there as the tides of time stormed. Many eras went by, centuries and decades passed by each generation grew to have more logic and reason but forgot the reasonableness and went into extremes of differentiation in absolute and rigid logic and rationality where faith and trust list ground and slipped away into oblivion.

Liberal Education is that approach to education which is inclusive of the ancient wisdom of the heritage which is still relevant and meaningful. The colonizers created a mindset and psychology of Indian society where the Indian civilization began with the arrival of the colonizers and created an environment of amnesia of a few thousand years of anything being positive in the country. School of Creative Liberal Education, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) attempts to restore the knowledge in the Indian Psyche that there existed a great culture and civilization of India. That everything colonial is not and has not been good and that everything of the ancient heritage is not primitive and useless. That there existed a great nation a wealthy nation and there was a period of darkness where we got waylaid and lost our way. It is time to wake up so that each individual of this generation discovers his/ her potential and has an education which frees the mind to make choices based on differentiating right from wrong and a value system of the culture, society, and family and learns to make a difference by contributing to the space the individual is in. Be the space of family, society, culture, work and the nation.

In a world of intense contact through social media and isolation of the soul School of Creative Liberal Education attempts to foster human sensitivity, tolerance for both similarities and differences. As well as accept the diversity of multi-cultures, race, religion, color, and gender. It also ensures that wealth and poverty are not the only determinants of friendship and togetherness. There is something more which is respect for human existence and parity of acceptance-based in emotions and emotive responses.

The curriculum is designed based on a percentage of knowledge, some percentage on developing life skills and some percentage on self-reflective explorations of the being and becoming of the individuals. There are explorations of the cultural heritage and wisdom to generate a sense of amazement at the wealth of knowledge which existed in the country and the kind of idealism of values that were prevalent in the country. This is to make an individual a contributing citizen, a wonderful family member and a created opportunities for others in the environment of work, business and occupation my most important time and space for the reflective process of being and becoming, of spirituality and discovering the purpose and meaning of life and living.

Prof. Alok Jain is Chairman’s representative at the School of Creative Liberal Education. He is Ph.D., MBA and MA with 26 years+ experience in Education, Administration & Corporate. He is associated as Member of Chairman’s Council and Head of New Initiatives with JGI Group, Bangalore. He is also a Member of Advisory Board, JUiNCUBATOR (Jain University Incubation Center).

Prof. Jain was the founder head of IIM, Ahmedabad’s PGPX (Executive MBA) which, under his stewardship, got globally ranked as 11 by FT for 2 successive years within 5 years of its inception. He had also worked as the Director of Kirloskar Institute of Advance Management Studies, Director of International Linkages at NMIMS University Mumbai and as a Professor of Marketing and Director of Corporate Engagement & Communication at Great Lakes, Chennai. Prof. Jain had worked closely with Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam for 3 years at IIMA.

Prof. Jain has taught and lectured on Integrated Marketing Communication, Entrepreneurship, Business Communication, Sales & Distribution, and Retail Management etc. at nationally reputed institutions like National Institute of Design, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Mudra Institute of Communications, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India and more. He was Member of Academic Advisory Committee at EDII, Ahmedabad.

Prof. Jain has been the guest of honor and keynote speaker at national and international seminars and conferences and has worked in the corporate sector, national and international, in the areas of Strategy, Sales, Marketing, Channel Creation, Export and Retail. Prof. Jain has extensive contacts with few top 400 global Universities and Institutions. His project ‘Gift of Knowledge Transfer Leveraging Technology’ with international faculties was recognized with the Silver award by Quality Council of India in August 2016.

Dr. Alok Jain’s dream is to create a new academic model that helps in shaping the all rounded personality of a student apart from the blending of Indian wisdom and best practices of the western world. He has been actively associated in conceptualizing, designing, reviewing and bringing into shape the School of Creative Liberal Education.

Prof. Alok Jain

Prof. Alok Jain

Member - Chairman's Council

Dr. Sonam Mansukhani

Dr. Sonam Mansukhani

Assistant Dean

Dr. Sonam Mansukhani has served the academia for 25 years. She pursued her PhD in Sociology from the University of Mumbai on ‘Informal Relationships in formal organizations: Relevance of informal relationships to decision making in a structured organization’. She taught Sociology and Management Studies at Kishinchand Chellaram College, Mumbai for twenty years. She was also the coordinator for B.M.M. (Bachelor of Mass Media) in the same institution. For three and a half years, she worked as Associate Professor and Chair, Summer Immersion Program at FLAME University, Pune. She taught courses in Sociology, Public Speaking and Debating Skills. As faculty, FLAME University, Pune, she also mentored students, advising them in academic and related matters. She mentored students for research for the Discover India Program, guiding them on projects – 'Tholpavakoothu: Shadow Puppetry in Kerala' and 'Qawwali' in Delhi. She also mentored students for Graduation Projects in FLAME School of Communication.

She has also taken workshops in Public Speaking and Debating Skills at Harvard Model United Nations. She is the recipient of the Award for Teaching Excellence by the Indus Foundation, Indo-American Summit, 2016 and for Outstanding Contribution to Education (for Excellence in Education, Leadership, and Teaching) by World Education Congress, 2019-20. She has presented papers at several conferences and has many publications to her credit. She was one of the keynote speakers at the World Education Congress, 2018 and 2019. She also provided consultancy services to Xavier Institute of Social Research & Action for a project on 'Denotified Tribes in Mumbai'.

In the last two years, she has served as faculty at Anant National University, Ahmedabad. She has been teaching courses such as 'Written and Verbal Communication' (she was the course director), 'Organizational Dynamics', and 'Research Methodology' for UG students and for the Anant Fellowship Program. She headed the Film Club at AnantU. This served as a platform to foster a ‘liberal’ space, thereby encouraging faculty and students to use films as a pedagogical tool for active discussion. As an active proponent of liberal education, she believes that teaching cannot be a one-way traffic; reciprocal interaction across disciplines and levels is the key to an effective teaching-learning paradigm.

SCLE Faculty Brief Vita


Dr. B Gayathri Devi, Professor

Dr. B Gayathri Devi, Professor

 Dr. B Gayathri Devi (formerly Director & Principal, Maharshi Institute of Management) with 3 decades of academic, research and administrative experience from school, college to university level, has taught Mathematics for Degree, Diploma, Engineering, MCA, MBA, M.Sc. students, guided projects.

She has completed many research projects, a few among them include Project for ISRO, Bengaluru on Quaternion Interpolation, Project for NAL CSIR, on Weather forecast modeling - VARSHA with data analysis, Matlab, FORTRAN and Netcdf codes on supercomputers, Project for CCMMACS, CSIR, on Oceanographic model (biogeochemical model), GOTM (General Ocean Turbulence Model) with CFD codes.

Her important publications are Brahmagupta polynomials arising from the skew-field of quaternions, South East Asian Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences in Vol. 3, No. 2 (2005), pp. 59-65 (Appeared in AMS Bibliographic Review), Geometric model for the multiplication of Octonions and Sedenions, Journal of Analysis and Computation Dec. 2007 Vol.3, No. 2, 2007: 147 – 152. (Appeared in AMS Bibliographic Review, MR2475382), Elementary Functions of Quaternion and other Algebras of the Caley-Dickson series, Journal of Ultra Scientist of Physical Sciences (An International Journal) Vol.19, No.3, Dec. 2007.

She has been invited to address faculty and students at various colleges on innovative teaching methodology in mathematics, active learning, and critical thinking. She has memberships with Indian Series of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, IIT Kharagpur (Life Member), Swadeshi Mahilā Vignāna Andolana - A Unit of Vijnāna Bhārathi (Life member), Women in Science, Indian Academy of Science (Life Member), Indian National Science Academy for women, (Life Member), International Society for Research and Development, ISRD, London Press.

Her research areas are code development of VARSHA GCM model - a medium-range weather forecasting model, analysis of rainfall and temperature data in the Indian Ocean region, developing the MATLAB codes for time series analysis, Oceanographic model (biogeochemical model), GOTM (General Ocean Turbulence Model), 1-D water column model coupled with 3-D circulation model used as a module for the computation of vertical turbulent mixing, concentrated on modelling the annual cycle at Arabian Ocean using seven compartments like Phytoplankton, zooplankton, Bacteria, Nitrate, by developing the plankton growth by supplying the nitrate and CO2 in turn resulting in reducing the atmospheric CO2.

She specialized in teaching Quaternions and Ancient Indian Mathematics. Her interests also lie in the blend of hypercomplex numbers and Ancient Mathematical techniques. She believes in teaching mathematics artistically and strengthening student’s analytical and logical skills to face the mathematical and life problems solved with ease.

Dr. Aradhana Shampal Talwar, Assistant Professor 

Dr. Aradhana Shampal Talwar, Assistant Professor

Dr Aradhana Shampal Talwar has previously taught Political Science at undergraduate level at St. Xavier’s college, Mumbai.  During this tenure, she has played an important role in organizing national seminar, international conference and workshop on politically and socially relevant themes.

Being a doctorate with specialization in West Asian affairs (title of PhD thesis- Role of Ba`th Ideology in Syrian Foreign Policy, 1970-2000), she has three publications related to issues concerning the continent of Asia. She has written an article titled “Armed Conflicts in West Asia: Comparative Study of Libya and Syria” published in ‘Indian Journal(s) of Research Studies (IJORS) in Social Sciences’ (Volume II, Issue 1&2) (January-April, 2014), ISSN:2320-9771. Her chapter titled “India-Sri Lanka Relations in a Changed Environment” was published in an edited book “India’s Relations with the World under the Leadership of Narendra Modi.” She has also contributed a chapter titled “The Unheard Voice of Syrian Refugees” in an edited book “West Asia in a Changing World: The Emerging Regional Architecture and India.”

In order to complete her Ph.D. research, she has undertaken Ph.D. field-trip to UK wherein SOAS library, LSE Library, St. Anthony’s College Oxford and British Council Library were visited. She has also interviewed experts from Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) London and faculty of City College, London during her field-trip. She has also been an awardee of ICSSR Doctoral Fellowship and has also qualified NET Exam in Defence and Strategic Studies. She has chaired a national seminar, presented papers in international seminars (2) and national seminars (2), discussant in centre seminar (1) and attended workshop on defence and strategic studies by CPR.

Currently working in Department of Asian Studies at School of Creative Liberal Education, she believes in living the philosophy of liberal education. The model of liberal education is the need of the hour which acquaints students with knowledge of not only present but also our rich past. Her focal area at present is to introduce an element of Indian-ness in the courses and themes of the department to ensure the flow of knowledge according to east-to-west model.

Dr. Megha Dhadoti, Assistant Professor

Dr. Megha Dhadoti, Assistant Professor

Dr. Megha Dhadoti  having a year of teaching experience in Sociology at the level of pre-university, graduation and post-graduation, has proven her skill of teaching Sociology for different streams of students like law and nursing. She completed her Doctorate in Philosophy (2019) in Sociology entitled “A Study on Changing Process of Socialization from Symbolic Interactionist Perspective” and her areas of interest lie in Sociological Theories, Rural Sociology, Gender Studies, Sociology of Youth.

Besides presenting papers at National (12) and International Conferences (03), Dr. Megha has also been Rapporteur in two National Conferences and one International Conference. She also has three national and one International Publication.

Having bagged all ‘Three Gold Medals’ in Sociology for standing highest for the University and standing highest in two specialized papers - Sociological Theory and Rural Sociology, Dr. Megha has made a record in the Department of Sociology in Karnataka University (2013). She is also an awardee of ‘Two Cash Prizes’ for the year 2011 and 2013. She was also upgraded from Junior Research Fellow-JRF (2014) to Senior Research Fellow-SRF (2017) by UGC.

Dr. Megha has also given talks as Resource Person and Chief Guest in different colleges on Occasions like ‘International Women’s Day’, ‘Annual traditional Week’ and so on. She is also a life member of Three Professional Organisations.

Besides, her academic achievements in Sociology, Dr. Megha also made her mark as first Women Representative and Secretary of ‘Karnatak University Research Scholars Association’ in Karnatak University till date. Having varied interest, she has also qualified herself- Diploma in Human Resource Development, Diploma in Information Technology and Diploma in Jainology.

Dr. Megha at present working in the Department of Social Sciences (Sociology) strongly holds the view for the need of developing and spreading Liberal Education system in India as, young minds needs to develop the ability of multi-perspective and synthesize the perspectives for solving today’s challenging issues.

Dr. Kaveri Tandon, Assistant Professor

Dr. Kaveri Tandon, Assistant Professor

Dr. Kaveri Tandon has 2 years of teaching experience in Criminology, Law, and Order, Indian Penal Code and Indian Constitution among others through Police Administration discipline. Dr. Kaveri has completed her Ph.D. in Police Administration on “Traffic Police and Road Safety in Himachal Pradesh: A Study” from Panjab University. She was also M.Phil. gold medalist. Her M.Phil. the dissertation was on “Police- Public Interface: A Case Study of Chandigarh”.

Dr. Kaveri has worked as a research investigator for the project of Chandigarh Police, titled, “An Evaluation of the Community Policing Initiative of Chandigarh Police on Gully Cricket”. She also had done a project on “Crime Against Women: A Case Study of Chandigarh”.

Dr. Kaveri has undergone the ‘Capacity Building Training Workshop for Young Faculty/ Research Scholars in Social Sciences’ organized by ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre. Besides this, she also had one-week training with Chandigarh Police as an internship. She has published 5 papers in various journals. She has presented many papers on various topics in national, international, state and regional level conferences, seminars and workshops.

Dr. Kaveri believes that liberal education in India is the need of an hour. Liberal education did have a presence in ancient Indian universities such as Takshila University and Nalanda University. Liberal education is not just the model of survival but also a model of innovation and institutional diversity. It helps in promoting intellectual curiosity and the process of creating knowledge in a range of subjects from humanities, social sciences to natural and applied sciences and technology.  

Dr. M Arun Prem, Assistant Professor  

Dr. M Arun Prem, Assistant Professor

Dr. M Arun Prem holds a Ph.D. in hockey training. He has his UG, PG, and M.Phil. in Physical Education. He has completed his PG diplomas in Sports Management and Yoga. He also holds an M.Sc. in Yoga from Tamil Nadu Physical Education Sports University, Chennai. He is a young and dynamic sportsman who played hockey at University, State and National levels. He carries 9 years of experience as a Physical Education Director and hockey coach at the Thirunagar hockey club and also at Adhiyaaman Engineering College, Hosur. He has represented and won laurels at various College and State and National level tournaments. Among the students he had given training, a lot of them are now serving in the Defence sector. While serving as the Physical Education Director, he has produced various sportsmen at University, State, National and International level in multiple sports.

Dr. Arun has a black belt in karate representing at the national level. He has won various medals in all India karate tournaments. He has trained state level and national level players in karate and martial arts. He is an expert in the traditional martial art called silambam. Besides, he has served as a technical official at the state, national and international level athletic events and he has passed the referee exam and carries a qualification as a state-level referee to officiate in athletics and handball tournaments.

Dr. Arun has also been actively involved in teaching self-defensive techniques to students as part of women’s safety awareness. His mission is to create and promote awareness about the importance of traditional martial arts. For five years he had taught theory classes on Yoga and Wellness for MBA, MCA and other PG programs affiliated to Bangalore University and has achieved hundred percent results for five years. On the occasion of the world ‘Yoga Day’, he conducted demonstrative yoga classes to the faculty and the students. He has a great passion for sports, especially Hockey. Besides, he also promotes the practice of yoga for a healthy and balanced life. He has written and published papers on sports training.  

Dr. Karthikeyan Damodaran, Assistant Professor

Dr. Karthikeyan Damodaran, Assistant Professor

Dr. Karthikeyan completed his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh. He was a Principal’s Scholar and Special Merit Award holder and his Ph.D. research focused on caste processions and commemorations in Tamil Nadu.

His research and teaching interests include identity politics, social movements, caste, space, films, and urban culture. It intersects South Asian Studies, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Cultural Studies, and Media Studies.

He was previously working as a Visiting Lecturer at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies, - Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, in Germany.

Karthikeyan is the author of numerous sole and joint authored articles on Dalits, Dalit politics, Dravidian Movement and Tamil cinema for a range of outlets including The Wire, The Law School Policy Review, Asia Dialogue,, Indian Express, The Hindu, and Frontline.

His major publications include Damodaran, K & Gorringe, H 2017, 'Madurai Formula Films' South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal (SAMAJ), pp. 1-30, Gorringe, H. and Karthikeyan, D., 2015. ‘Real Estate.’ South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Karthikeyan.D., 2016. ‘Contentious Spaces: Guru Pujas as Public Performances and the Production of Political Community.’ In: Hugo Gorringe, Roger Jeffery, Suryakant Waghmore (ed.,) From the Margins to the Mainstream: Institutionalising Minorities in South Asia. SAGE Publications: 194-216, Damodaran, K. and Gorringe, H. (Forthcoming 2019) “Contested Narratives: Filmic Representations of North Chennai in Contemporary Tamil Cinema,” in Selvaraj and Devadas (ed.,) Tamil Cinema in the 21st Century: Politics, Genre and Technology. Routledge: London.

Prof. Sudarshan Kumar

Mr. Sudarshana Kumar N K, Senior Lecturer

Mr. Sudarshan has 7 years of teaching experience and pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Mangalore, on the “European Union (EU) as a Political Actor: The study of EU’s role in Conflict Resolution” under the supervision of Professor Jayaraj Amin.

He has accomplished specialization in International Relations with special focus to European Union Studies, South Asian Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies. He was privileged to have international academic exposure during his academic journey by being a participant and also by presenting papers in the International seminars, conferences, round-table discussions, interviews, and radio live shows. He was the recipient of the Erasmus Mundus Ph.D. Scholarship from the University of Warsaw, Poland, for 13 months, which truly gave a platform to explore the academic avenues. This exposure facilitated in developing a collaboration with Dr. Agata Dziewulska, Associate Professor, Center for Europe, University of Warsaw, developed a joint paper on ‘Power-sharing against conflict resolution. Peacebuilding strategy for the EU’. He has also published articles and books. He is also a reviewer in two international academic journals.

He had also interviewed Dr. Piotr Lukasiewicz, (former Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, in Afghanistan) and Professor Tobias SCHUMACHER (Chairholder, the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair, European College, Natolin, Poland).

He had conducted a national conference on ‘European Studies’. He had also conducted a study tour to Bylukkuppe, Tibetan Refugee camp, to study on the status of ‘Tibetan identity status’, also conducted a survey study on ‘Tamil repatriates from Sri Lanka to India’ at Koudichar. Adding to this pilot study was conducted on the local-self-government and its operation. He also conducted tours to Vidhana Soudha to attend assembly sessions and also visit Lokayuktha to get students first-hand knowledge about the political system and its functioning. He trains students on ‘mock-parliament’. All these were conducted by making student-centric academic exercises.

His association with sports, NCC, NSS, and camps tuned his lead characters and molded into a disciplined person. All his associations are truly an outfit towards the creative liberal mind-set, which strongly believes in the holistic development of once personality.

Dr. Tanni Moitra, Assistant Professor


Dr. Tanni Moitra has completed her Postdoc from Ludwig-Maximilian University (LMU), Munich, Germany. During her term as a fellow at LMU, she worked on the religious history of ancient Gandhāra (the region has been identified with the modern city of Peshawar, Pakistan). She is currently preparing her research work for publication as a monograph. Besides working with archaeological records and ancient manuscripts, she has also taught modern Indian Languages at the Institute for Indology and Tibetology, LMU for 2 years.

Dr. Moitra did her Ph.D. in Ancient History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2017) where she submitted her thesis titled “Extraordinary Circumstances: A Study of Ᾱpad and Ᾱpaddharma in the Early Indian Literary Traditions.” Her research interests include studying ancient legal systems, Sanskrit epics, Buddhist, Jain and Brahmanical texts and narrative traditions. Some of her publications relating to the themes include Region through Text: Representation of Gandhāra in the Mahābhārata and A Semantic History of Āpat: Exploring the Vedic Texts, the Rāmāyaṇa and the Arthaśāstra. She has also given talks on various themes some of which include: A Historiography of Gandhāran Studies and representation of the region in Sanskrit epics at Jadavpur University, (Kolkata 2017); Conceptualizing Ᾱpaddharma in the Mahābhārata: Resolving the Conflicts of Kṣatriyadharma (Banaras Hindu University, 2012); Dharma in Distress: Deviant Brāhmaṇas in the Mahābhārata (Punjabi University, Patiala, 2011) Dr. Moitra has a teaching experience of 3 years in India. She taught History at pre-university level in Delhi and Indian Culture and Tourism at graduation level at Indira Gandhi National Open University in Kolkata. She believes that a vibrant research culture is an integral part of higher education and that Liberal Studies provides students a conducive academic environment by introducing them into critical/analytical thinking and research. According to her, Liberal Education by being a multidisciplinary field of studies facilitates a meaningful convergence of a range of disciplines by relaxing rigid disciplinary boundaries.

Board of Governors

The Board of Governors comprises of eminent global/ national achievers. They represent various sections of business, academics, sports, social services etc. to name a few. The Board of Governors is going to give the future direction to School of Creative Liberal education (SCLE).

Mr. R Gopalakrishnan

Mr. Gopalakrishnan studied physics at Kolkata University, engineering at IIT Kharagpur and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He has been a professional manager from 1967. He has served as Chairman of Unilever Arabia, as MD of Brooke Bond Lipton and Vice Chairman of Hindustan Lever, as Director of Tata Sons and several Tata companies. He serves as an independent director and non – executive chairman of Castrol India and also as an independent director of Hemas Holding PLC, Sri Lanka. He is actively engaged in both instructional and inspirational speaking. He has also authored nine books.

Gopal is an international speaker and is actively engaged in both instructional and inspirational speaking. Over the last few years, he has spoken at conferences, both internationally and in India. He serves as Executive in Residence at the SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai. He is a Distinguished Professor of IIT Kharagpur.

Dr. Alexander Maas

Dr. Alexander Maas is currently working as Endowed Professor Humanising and Change of Care Organisations, University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht (Netherlands). Prior to that Dr. Alexander was Director Transformations, in Transvisies (general partnership), Galder (Netherlands). Dr. Alexander was Associate Professor of Organizational Development and Social Integration in Rotterdam School of Management / Erasmus University Rotterdam. Dr. Alexander was also Academic Director Master Organization Change & Consulting Rotterdam School of Management / Erasmus University Rotterdam from 1991- 2018.

Mr. Vishnu Prakash

Mr. Vishnu Prakash, a lawyer (gold medalist) by training and a diplomat by profession, retired as India’s High Commissioner to Canada in November 2016, after over 35 years in the saddle, as an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer. Hitherto, he was Ambassador to South Korea, Official Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs and Consul General to Shanghai. He also held various positions at Indian Missions in Tokyo, New York, Moscow, Islamabad, Vladivostok, and Cairo. Mr. Prakash did a sabbatical with the ‘Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies’ in Hawaii (USA) in 1996. In 2013, he was conferred an Honorary Doctoral degree in Business Administration by Tongmyong University, Busan (South Korea) and also recognized as the 'Ambassador of the Year, 2014' by the Asia Society, Korea Center.

Presently he is a foreign affairs analyst, author/columnist, and commentator. His areas of interest span the Indo-Pacific region, including North-east Asia (China, Japan, and Koreas), ASEAN & South Asia, the US, Canada, and Israel. Also, he broadly follows Indian socio-economic trends. He has been writing for Hindustan Times, The Korea Times, The Asian Age, ETV Bharat, and The Quint, among other media outlets. Mr. Prakash has been associated with and/or contributing papers/articles for prominent think-tanks like IDSA, Ananta Aspen Centre, ORF, VIF, and ICS, to name a few. He has also contributed chapters for publications by IDSA and the Indian Foreign Affairs Journal. Amb. Prakash regularly appears as an expert panelist on Indian and international TV channels. He resides in Gurgaon and is fond of reading, golf, and yoga.

Dr. Mohan Kaul

Dr. Mohan Kaul is the President of Indian Professionals Forum, a leading think tank in the UK set up to increase the participation of Indian Diaspora in national policy development and the economy and increase UK-India engagement particularly as a result of Brexit. He is Chair of Pontaq-UK India Innovation Fund which was recognized by Prime Minister Theresa May in her address at Mansion House on India day, 16th July 2019. He is also Vice-Chairman of Indo-UK Institute of Health, an initiative set up by Prime Ministers Modi and David Cameron.

Before that, he was involved in setting up Commonwealth Business Forum at CHOGM in 1997 and was also founding Director-General of the Commonwealth Business Council. During that period, Commonwealth trade increased to over $4 trillion and investment flows reached over $200 billion with some countries receiving FDIs for the first time.

He also worked as Senior Diplomat and Director at the Commonwealth Secretariat for several years. Dr. Kaul was a Professor and later Dean at the prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.

His current assignments also include Chairman of Alglotech Ltd, A Technology & Education Consultancy, Member of Board of Crown Agents Foundation, Patron UK Malawi Business Group, Chairman of India based micro-finance Company CIGS, Liveryman of the City of London and member of worship company of world traders, Member Advisory Board of World Humanitarian Forum, London.

To his honor, he was also a Member of the UN Secretary-General’s Management Efficiency Group nominated by the British Government, Leader of a delegation to China for discussions with President Hu Jinao on governance and globalization, Conducted the first evaluation for World Bank/ IFAD of Nobel Laureate Mohammed Yunus’ world-famous Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and Addressed a special session of the UN Assembly on public management.

Over the past 30 years, he has built an enviable rapport with Presidents and Heads of Governments across continents. He has organized over 50 high-level forums involving Heads of Governments, Ministers, senior officials, chairpersons and Chief Executives in the areas of investment promotion, free trade, and fair trade, good governance, private sector development, and public sector reforms. He has been a member of the Presidential Advisory Councils of Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia and similar councils in other countries and works closely with them. He has led several business delegations to India particularly to Gujarat at Vibrant Gujarat, and various countries in Africa and Asia. Has been an advisor to the governments of President Nelson Mandela and Prime Minister Mahathir.

Prof. Abhijit Sen

Prof. Abhijit Sen obtained his B.Sc. from St. Xavier's College, Ahmedabad and his MS and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, U.S.A. After a year of postdoctoral work at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, he returned to India and joined the Physical Research Laboratory as a faculty member in the Plasma Physics Group. He worked at the Research Laboratory of Electronics, MIT, USA as a visiting scientist (1976-78) and carried out research on 'radiofrequency heating of tokamaks'. He moved to the Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar in 1986, where he served as a Dean and subsequently also held the IPR S. Chandrasekhar Chair Professorship. His research interests are in the areas of basic plasma physics and non-linear dynamical systems with applications to thermonuclear fusion, space plasmas, and complex systems. He has authored over 200 research papers on these topics in various international journals. Prof. Sen has played a key role in the founding of the IPR and in promoting research on 'plasma physics and fusion science' both nationally and internationally. He was the Chair of the Commission on Plasma Physics of the International Union of Physics and Applied Physics (2002-2005) and of the Coordinating Committee of the International Tokamak Physics Activity (2014-2016). He is currently the Chair of the Governing Council of the Institute of Geomagnetism in Mumbai. He has served on various technical advisory committees of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project and has been a member of the ITER Council in the past. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, the Indian Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Physical Society. He is deeply interested in science education at both the school level as well as college and university levels. He has been associated with the activities of the Vikram Sarabhai Community Science Centre, Ahmedabad, since its inception and is a member of their Board of Governors. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Gujarat Council of Science City. Prof. Sen was a recipient of the INSA medal for Young Scientist (1976) and was also awarded the INSA Senior Scientist Fellowship. He is the immediate past President of the Gujarat Science Academy and is currently an Emeritus Professor at IPR

Dr. Ajay Manrai

Dr. Ajay Manrai is a Professor of Marketing in the Department of Business Administration, Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Global Marketing (Taylor & Francis) since 2016. He was the President of the International Management Development Association, IMDA for 2011-12. Dr. Manrai received a Fulbright-Nehru grant for serving as a Senior Research Scholar in India during spring 2011. He completed a Ph.D. in Marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA. Dr. Manrai did a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, IIT, Delhi, India, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, IIM, Ahmedabad, India. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Delaware in 1991, he served as a marketing faculty at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has published 142 research articles, including papers in reputed Journals, such as Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Research, and Psychometrika among others. His research interests include modeling consumer perceptions and choice, marketing strategies of multinational companies, and crosscultural and cross-national consumer marketing. His teaching interests include Marketing Management, Marketing Research, and International Marketing. Dr. Manrai has received many awards, honors, and grants for excellence in research and teaching including the most prestigious University Teaching Award at the University of Delaware and the Best Professor Award in the MBA Program and EMBA Program at the University. He has traveled to over 100 countries on all seven continents. He serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Modeling in Management (JM2), Journal of Euro marketing, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals including the International Business Review, Journal of International Consumer Marketing, Journal of Transnational Management, and Marketing and Psychology.

Dr. V K Narayanan

Dr. V K Narayanan is the Deloitte & Touche Jones Stubbs Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. He had served as the founding Associate Dean for Research in the Le Bow College of Business (2005-2015), and previously as the Director of the Center for Management of Technology and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Business at the University of Kansas (KU). He had also been the Fulbright-Nehru Senior Faculty Fellow (2016), Fulbright-FLAD Chair in Management of Technology at the University of Aveiro, Portugal (1998), Koch Industries Fellowship (1994-1996), and Phillips Petroleum Fellowship (1984-87) at the University of Kansas. In 2019, he was recognized with Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who. Most recently, Narayanan has been serving on the Academic Advisory Board of Project management Institute (PMI), having served on PMI’s Research Advisory Board previously. He was the (founding) Chair of the Strategy Process Interest Group at the Strategic Management Society.

Narayanan has published five books and monographs. He recently co-edited the Encyclopedia of Technology and Innovation Management with Gina O’Connor (published by Wiley Blackwell). Narayanan holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, a post-graduate degree in business administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a Ph.D. in business from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has had behavioral training with the National Training Laboratories, Bethel, Maine. Narayan has been a consultant large pharmaceutical and high technology companies primarily in strategy implementation and corporate innovation.

Mr. Gurmeet Singh

Mr. Gurmeet Singh is the Chairman and Managing Director of Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning India Ltd., the Indian subsidiary of global air conditioning solutions provider Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning. Since completing his MBA in 1988, Gurmeet has worked for over 30 years with complete dedication in the corporate world. He has been actively involved in various diversified roles including sales, marketing, business planning, and strategy, proving his expertise in different fields. He has a rich experience in various industries like fast-moving consumer goods and consumer durables (televisions, fans, air conditioners, refrigerators, and washing machines). For excellence in driving the company’s strategy, he has been conferred the Chairman’s Award by Johnson Controls in 2016 and 2018.

Apart from his contribution to the organization, Gurmeet Singh has also been actively contributing to the growth of the consumer durables industry. Owing to his outstanding contributions, he was re-elected as the President of Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Manufacturers Association of India (RAMA) for the term 2018-20 after consecutively serving in the same role from 2016-18. Gurmeet Singh was recognized and awarded as the ‘Most Promising Leader of The Year’ in Commercial Air Conditioning and Refrigeration category segment in February 2018, in ‘The Most Enterprising Brands & Leaders of Asia 2018’, an award ceremony held by World Business Review Corporation (WBR Corp). An exemplary orator and brand visionary, he also headed the Jury for the 8th edition of ‘Pitch Top 50 Brands’, an exchange4media Group (e4m) initiative held in July 2018.

Gurmeet Singh, who also heads the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning India, spearheading various initiatives taken by the company towards health, education and overall welfare of the people who need support. As a part of the company’s initiative towards skill enhancement and creating employability of the youths, Gurmeet Singh also met the Chief Ministers of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani and Andhra Pradesh, Chandra Babu Naidu. Development of Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) that will impart vocational training related to AC repairing and maintenance was the key agendas in these meetings.

Mr. Lalit Jagtiani

Mr. Lalit Jagtiani a Thought Leader for SAP, has led and managed organization transformations for customers across Asia-Pacific. Experienced in Business Model Innovation, Digital Transformation, IT strategy, Shared Services Design, Business Process Re-design, Value Realization, Strategy and Organisation Change, Lalit has over 25 years of experience in Transformation.

He works with the top accounts of SAP to help develop their new business models leveraging the SAP solution suite and the innovation areas of Machine Learning, BlockChain and the Internet of Things. He is also the Design Thinking Champion for APJ, a tool he uses for creative workshops at the senior executive level.

In his earlier role as the Lead for the Business Transformation Academy, SAP, he has been part of a Thought Leadership Network, that comprised academics of leading global business schools, practitioners and SAP experts. The network included leading domain experts from different fields to proactively address complex market dynamics and ensure a holistic view in the area of Business Transformation.

As a consultant, he believes his unique value comes from his ability to see the connectedness that is not obvious. In addition to his MBA, he has a diploma in Film Making. Over the years, he has scripted and directed numerous videos and TV spots. He is the Chief Mentor for Lead Think® a digital platform for Leaders & Professionals to showcase their capabilities through personal insights & experiences in driving successful transformation in their organizations.

Another area of passion for him is writing and this has found expression in his debut book – "When Change Happens".

Mr. P D Rai

Mr. Prem Das Rai served as a Member of Parliament from Sikkim in the 15th and 16th Lok Sabha (India’s Lower House of Parliament) from 2009 to 2019, as the state’s sole elected representative. He did not contest the 2019 17th Lok Sabha elections.

Currently, he is the National Spokesperson for the Sikkim Democratic Front Party. He is also a Member of the Governing Councils of the Centre for Environmental Health and the Integrated Mountain Initiative, and a Member of the Advisory Council of the Population Foundation of India.

In 2018, Mr. Rai represented India at the United Nations’ 73rd General Assembly and Security Council Sessions. He also served as a Member of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association from 2012 – 2015 representing the Indian Parliament. On invitation, Mr. Rai lectured at Universities and Institutions in Tokyo, Japan, sponsored by the Sasakawa Foundation in 2013. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, and a recipient of the Eisenhower Fellowship (2000).

Mr. Rai has the distinction of being the only Parliamentarian with double degrees from IIT Kanpur, and IIM Ahmedabad (as of June 2019). During his time in Parliament, he was a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committees on Finance, Population & Development, and Subordinate Legislation. He also served as a Member of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Tribal Affairs & DoNER Ministry, Secretary General of the North-East MPs’ Forum, and Chair of the Parliamentary Library Committee.

Mr. Rai served as Chair of the Steering Committee of Sikkim Against Addiction Towards Healthy India (SAATHI), a social initiative under aegis of the Department of Social Justice & Women Empowerment, Government of Sikkim. He also served as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of Educational Quality Improvement Program (EQUIP), under the aegis of the Human Resource Development Department, Government of Sikkim. Mr. Rai also served as the Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Commission of the Government of Sikkim from 2008 – 2009. He continues to serve as Founder Editor of the Political & Economic Journal of Sikkim, and runs a daily newspaper, The Gangtok Times.

Mr. Ramkumar (Ram) Narayanan

Mr. Ramkumar (Ram) Narayanan is a global leader focusing on data driven, digital product innovation spanning consumer and enterprise markets. He brings a vast experience in product development, product management and product marketing having led both new market entry and turnaround of existing business areas. He has been an advisor to Enterprises, large and small, in the arena of digital transformation, product strategy and product marketing. Ram is currently VP and Managing Site Director R&D at VmWare India. Prior to joining VmWare, he served in global leadership positions at eBay, Yahoo! and Microsoft. He started his career in the auto industry in US developing software solutions for design and packaging of automotive suspension and powertrain systems.

Mr. Ramkumar Narayanan holds a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, Chennai, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering & MBA from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Dr. Dilip Chhajed

Dr. Dilip Chhajed is Associate Dean for Online Programs and Strategic Innovations at Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. Prof. Chhajed is leading the development and launch of all online programs and new initiatives that have long term implications for the Krannert School.

Prior to joining Krannert, Dr. Chhajed was Professor of Information, Operations, Supply Chain and Analytics in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At Illinois, he has been Associate Head and Executive Director of Masters Programs. In this administrative role, he managed four and led the formation of three new Master of Science programs: MS in Technology Management, MS in Management and the fully on-line MS in Strategic Brand Communication, which was jointly offered with the College of Media.

Dr. Chhajed earned his Ph.D. at Purdue University, MS from UT-Dallas and B. Tech from IIT Bombay. He has taught at the University of Warsaw, Poland; Sogang University, South Korea; Purdue University; and GISMA in Hanover, Germany. His current research and teaching interests are in product design and healthcare operations. He is an associate editor of Decision Sciences, and has served on the editorial boards of INFOR, MS&OM and International Journal of Operations, and Quantitative Management. He has co-edited (with Tim Lowe) the book titled, “Building Intuition: Insights from Basic Operations Management Models and Principles.”

Dr. Salvatore Moccia

Dr. Salvatore Moccia is a Professor of Strategic Management at UNIR – La Rioja and held visiting positions in several countries. He is the founder of and the organizer of several Tech events. He has been appointed as a member of the Academic Advisory Body (AAB) of the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA). He has appointed as a member of the group of experts commissioned by the European Commission to carry out a service contract on 'High Tech Skills for Industry: Fostering New Service Growth and Jobs Creation'. He is also a Member of the Think-tank Committee of Nanjing Institute of Digital Financial Industry Co., Ltd and also the Editor-in-Chief of ISSIP the International Society of Service Innovation Professionals, a professional association co-founded by IBM, Cisco, HP and several Universities with a mission to promote Service Innovation for our interconnected world.

He is the founder and CEO of a Tech Company holding several digital magazines and organizing offline activities like The Fintech Conference (China, Italy, Spain, and USA). The company is also a partner of the European Union EIT - KIC Climate.

He also serves as Board Member and Secretary-General of the foundation “A Bridge to the Holy Land”, founded and presided by HRH Monika zü Lowenstein, and as “Innovation Expert” for the Katerva’s Awards. He is also has been serving in the Italian Army for almost 25 years as Officer, with international experiences in the United Nations, NATO and EUROFOR.

N. Selin Senocak

Professor N. Selin Senocak is Political Scientist, Chair Holder of UNESCO Cultural Diplomacy, Governance and Education, Director of Diplomatic and Strategic Studies Center, Researcher for the European Leadership in Cultural, Science and Innovation Diplomacy (EL-CSID) Project (EU Horizon 2020) and President of KARAD (BlackSea Women Association for Sustainable Development). She served as Deputy Dean at Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne - EPFL (Swiss Federal İnstitute of Technology). She was the Founding Director of Occidental Studies Applied Research Center at IAU.

Visiting professor at Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy(ADA) and ETHZ (Swiss Federal Instıtute of Technology Zurich).

She graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Internationales, where she obtained her PhD’s degree on International Relations, Strategy and Diplomacy. She studied at Sciences-Po Paris, Université de la Sorbonne and CNAM Paris/ParisTech. She is an International Relations expert with a real passion in the cultural field and development. She focuses her academic career and research studies on cultural diplomacy and implementation of educational system in emerging countries. Senocak, teaches, publishes, and organizes initiatives in the field of cultural diplomacy, western studies, sustainable development with a focus on intercultural dialogue between Western and Muslim countries.

Mr. Carlos Rebate

Mr. Carlos Rebate is responsible for developing Artificial Intelligence products at Minsait, author of 6 books, and lecturer on creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and future of work in conferences and events, as well as innovation professor in universities and business schools.

He graduated in Computer Sciences, with an M. Sc in Advanced Artificial Intelligence, a Master of Philosophy, a Management Development Program at IESE Business School, executive education at IE Business School, and a Master in Sustainable Development at Entorno Foundation in cooperation with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Carlos has been heading the BPO strategy at Indra (2014-2017), a global delivery center formed by more than 400 people (2010-2013), and, previously, the strategy and innovation at Indra Software Labs network.

For more than ten years he has led an R&D group awarded with 20 awards and with more than 1,000 impacts in the media in 9 countries.

Academic Advisory Council

The Academic Advisory Board of the Jain (Deemed-to-be University), School of Creative Liberal Education (SCLE) consists of proven people in academia and fields related to Liberal Education. The members have been practitioners of Liberal education concept and are passionate about taking Liberal Education to new heights. The Academic Advisory Board will evaluate, assess and monitor the academic quality, current global trends in academia and will advise on the changes to be made in academic output to take School of Creative Liberal Education to new horizons. The Board includes:

Ms. Misrak Elias

Ms. Misrak Elias is the Founder of the YeBen Endowment Fund. In 2015 she set up the Ye Ben Endowment Fund in memory of her son Dr. Benyam Asefa. Misrak has over 30 years of professional experience at the senior level in UNICEF, other UN agencies, regional organizations and academia covering a whole spectrum of areas from policy advocacy, capacity building, and training to program development and implementation at the field level.

She has over 15 years of experience as a lecturer/trainer at Addis Ababa University and the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute where she developed and led the first-ever training program in Africa on integrating gender issues in the development and promoting gender equality.

As a global advisor on gender for UNICEF, she led the development of UNICEF policy and strategy on gender, advocated for priority focus on girls’ development. As a diplomat, she has served as UNICEF country representative in Jordan and South Africa.

On retirement from the United Nations, Misrak worked on a variety of consultancy services setting up her own company MESA. She also served as Team Leader for a Program to End Child Marriage in Ethiopia. Much of her time after retirement was devoted to voluntary services with NGOs in Ethopia. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Addis Abba West. Misrak obtained her BBA from Haile Selassie University, Ethiopia and her MBA from Columbia University, New York.

Dr Bashabi Fraser

Dr. Bashabi Fraser is an academician and poet. She is a Professor Emerita and a former Professor of English and Creative Writing. Dr. Bashabi is the Director of the Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies at Edinburgh Napier University, an Honorary Fellow at the Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Dundee.

She has published several academic books and articles. Her recent publications include Rabindranath Tagore, a Critical Biography (2019), The Ramayana, A Stage Play and a Screen Play (2019), Scottish Orientalism and the Bengal Renaissance: The Continuum of Ideas, Co-Ed., (2017), Confluence of Minds: the Rabindranath Tagore and Patrick Geddes Reader on Education and the Environment, Co-Ed., (2017), The Homing Bird (2017), Thali Katori: An Anthology of Scottish & South Asian Poetry, Co-Ed., (2017), Letters to my Mother and Other Mothers (2015) and Rabindranath Tagore's Global Vision (2015). She is also the Chief Editor of the academic and creative e-journal, Gitanjali and Beyond.

Dr. Bashabi has several poetry collections, has edited anthologies and been widely anthologized. Her awards include the 2015 Outstanding Woman of Scotland conferred by the Saltire Society; Kavi Salam from Poetry Paradigm and Voice of the Republic in India in 2019; the Word Masala Foundation Award for Excellence in Poetry in 2017, Women Empowered: Arts and Culture Award in 2010 and the AIO Prize for Literary Services in Scotland in 2009.

She is Honorary Vice President of the Association of Scottish Literary Studies (ASLS), a Director on the Board of the Patrick Geddes Trust, a Trustee of the Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust and an Ambassador for the Federation of Writers (Scotland).

Dr. Bashabi's research interests cover Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Tagore Studies, Migration and Diaspora, Transnationalism and Transculturalism in a postmodern world, Personal Narratives and Oral History, Literary Theory and Creative Practice.

Dr. Uma Narain

Dr. Uma Narain straddles the three worlds of Science, Humanities and Management education. She was the Founding Dean of School of Liberal Arts at Nasree Monjee University, Mumbai where she designed an India- centric and yet global model for Liberal Arts Education and executed it successfully for one three-year cycle. Dr. Narain was a professor of General Management at S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai where she designed an innovative program for managerial and administrative skill development for the MBA students and headed it for 12 years.

Narain is a Ph.D. in English Literature, a keen interdisciplinary researcher who has published in various international journals. Her wide interests have helped her create innovative pedagogic designs using Literature, Theatre, Movies as case studies, Music and other art forms and cultural studies for integrated Liberal Arts education and leadership programs in Management.

Dr. Narain has earned prestigious academic awards like National Science Talent Search scholar (1966); Fulbright fellowship for post-doctoral research at NYU during 92-93 and again at Nebraska during 98. She received a third Fulbright award for Academic Leadership In 2018.

Presently, Dr. Narain is a Consultant for Liberal Arts education specializing in design, implementation and faculty trainer.

Mr. Vishal Jeevan

Mr. Vishal Jeevan is an entrepreneur and design professional with over two decades of demonstrated capabilities in driving business relevance, transformation and innovation with critical thinking; collaborating with clients to build strategic, financial and operational direction to business creation, knowledge management and value creation. He has established FSD CONSULTING (a trans-disciplinary design firm, formerly known as form | space | design) and its sister concerns, focusing primarily on bringing together design, business and technology with a strong emphasis on designing human centric experiences with expertise in four core sectors, namely: Education, Healthcare, Industry and Workspace.

He is a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects (B.Arch ,FIIA ) with post-graduation in management from IIM Bangalore & Executive Education in design from MIT Sloan . Vishal Jeevan frequently engages in, writing for professional journals, guest lectures and workshops addressing design, history & culture and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Roda Mehta

Active in social, academic, civic and industry forum, Dr. Roda is currently Trustee with the Lila Poonawalla Foundation that is engaged in empowering academically bright but poverty-stricken girls in the districts of Pune, and the farmer suicide stricken Vidarbha region of Wardha, Amravati, and Nagpur to complete their professional undergraduate or postgraduate studies and been able to stand on their own feet to support their families and transform the fabric of their lives. She also serves as an independent member on the Internal Complaints Committee for Sexual Harassment of a leading IT company. And is a civic activist, leading the Ward’s Residents to resolve their neighborhood issues. All this is made possible by her practice of Hatha and Kriya Yoga. She was advisor to Tata Consultancy Services for exploring the world’s largest cashew importing market, USA, for the Cashew Export Promotion Council of India. She was Portal Director for ICICI’s Social Initiative Group (a large corporation with domain expertise in finance and technology) for generating worldwide donations for Indian NGOs. In February 2000, Roda Mehta was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Advertising Club of Calcutta “for her pioneering efforts in developing industry skills required to understand the complexities of Media as a discipline in India, and for leading and inspiring a generation of professionals to specialize in Media Planning as a challenging and rewarding career”. In March 2003, the Advertising Club of Bombay, the world’s largest professional body, honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2017, India’s apex body, the Advertising Agencies Association of India, honored her with the Lifetime Achievement Award for “the legendary and pioneering role she played for establishing scientific Media Planning & Buying in India, for her admirable work in building a whole generation of media professionals for the Advertising Industry, for her invaluable contributions in setting up and leading Research bodies, for her immense contribution in the field of advertising and social causes, for the stellar leadership she has provided to the advertising industry and for not-for-profit institutions”.

Ms. Adriana Fabrega

Ms. Adriana Fábrega is the Co-founder and Director of El Castillo, a family owned 5-star hotel/educational centre built following a 3-year refurbishment of a 19th century castle. At El Castillo, she oversees the personnel process, audits both the financial and legal reports, and delivers the integrative activities of the El Castillo’s proprietary training programs in creativity and organizational development. Her company has been recognized by different institutions in conferences and print —including an academic case study authored by Dr. Jonathan Story— as a paradigm of innovation, family teamwork, and CSR practices. Adriana graduated with a degree in Economics from Universidad del CEMA, where she belonged to the honor list. She is frequently interviewed by national media, and has been invited as a public speaker about innovative sustainability and the role of women at more than fifty international higher educational institutions and motivational events. Fordham University —the Jesuit University of New York— has honoured her as a Fellow Member of its Consortium on the Purpose of Business. As a soprano singer, she has performed and recorded with her own Argentinean folk band, as well as various tango and jazz renowned artists. As a painter, she has fully decorated El Castillo and placed her paintings, murals and installations on more than 8.000 m2. Her hobbies include a serious daily practice of Yoga-Ashtanga, tango dance, and a broad array of sports.

Mr. Jinan Kodapully

Mr. Jinan is a designer, educationist who has been involved in existential research to understand the processes involved in the Creation of Knowledge, the formation of creativity, intelligence, aesthetics and its relation to the content of learning and the context.

His primary interest has been to understand our own formation- how we develop various abilities and qualities that enable us to make sense of the world or in other words how our cognitive system gets developed in the process of exploring the world around us. This has led me to research on what conditions are favorable for the development of our ability to create knowledge, creativity, intelligence, humility, sensitivity and what conditions inhibit and distort. He has conducted several pedagogical experiments in various contexts - design and architectural education (especially the foundation year), children in formal and informal situations and with the non-literate traditional artisans.

What led him to undertake this research was due to the contradiction he found in institutionalized education which leads to fragmentation and alienation of the so-called educated vis-a-vis organic learning in traditional non-literate communities which has enabled them to lead very sustainable lives. Which means how what we learn, dictates not only how we learn but also shapes our total being-ness (the worldview, the knowledge we hold, our aesthetic sensibilities)

His exposure to how children and non-literate learn made him explore the biological roots of learning as well as the loss of biology among the so-called educated.

His present research is on understanding how children learn the real world and world's impact on children's formation (psychological and physical) in order to re-imagine how to create conducive conditions for learning, creation of knowledge not only for children but also in 'higher' education.

Mr. Anil Patni

Mr. Anil Patni is a corporate affair, media, and communications professional with 30+ years of work experience gained in India’s top companies/ MNCs (Tata BP Solar, Bharti Walmart), India’s largest PR agency (Adfactors PR), leading newspapers (The Times of India, Rajasthan Patrika), most important foreign diplomatic missions (British High Commission, USIS - American Embassy, Delegation of the European Commission), and international development agencies (DAI Europe, AETS France).

Anil currently works as the Team Leader for the “EU Public Diplomacy in India” project where he is driving the EU’s engagement with the Indian media, academia, think tanks, civil society and business community through public diplomacy, communication and outreach initiatives such as European Higher Education VIRTUAL Fairs, EU – India Think Tanks Network and series of ‘EU Days’ across Indian universities to popularise EU and its higher education and research opportunities for Indian students.

Prior to this, Anil Patni headed the Public Affairs practice at Adfactors PR where he worked as Vice President. From 2011-13, Anil Patni worked with Bharti Walmart as GM - Corporate Affairs and led the Government Relations, Public Relations, CSR and Sustainability efforts of the company and supported its partner Bharti Retail Ltd. At Tata BP Solar (2008-11) Anil headed the Corporate Communications, External Relations and Energy Security function.

During his term as Media Adviser/ Press and Information Officer at the European Commission Delegation (1994-2008), Anil played a key role in strengthening EU-India ties through publicizing development and economic cooperation programs, organizing cultural and academic exchanges, and driving media relations. He was the editor of the official newsletter EU-INDIA UPDATE and the press contact of the EU in India.

Anil started his career as a City Reporter with Rajasthan Patrika in Ajmer and went on to become a Sub-Editor with The Times of India, Jaipur (1987-90) and Asst Editor at British High Commission New Delhi (1990-94) followed by a short stint as Senior Program Manager at the US Information Service (USIS), American Embassy, New Delhi.

Mr. Ashok Malhotra

Mr. Ashok Malhotra has been working as a Process Consultant for the last 28 years and has worked with top management teams of over 60 organizations covering all Industry sectors, e.g. FMCG, Consumer Durables, Industrial Products, Banking and Financial Services, Software and IT Enabled Services, Management Consulting, Advertising, Hospitality Industry, Development Sector, etc. These organizations include multinationals, public sector, Indian business houses, family run organizations, partnership/proprietorship companies, etc. Prior to working as a consultant, Ashok worked as a Management Researcher/Teacher/ Consultant at Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad for 7 years and thereafter as a practitioner for 10 years with a Public sector group and a multinational organization.

Currently, he also serves on the boards of REVL,Chennai , eTRANS solutions, Kolkatta, Flame Tao , Chennai and Reflexive lenses Consulting, Bengaluru.

Mr. Ashok Malhotra is a Founder Member of Sumedhas Academy for Human Context. He is also co-anchor and formulator of the Gender and Identity Lab from the inception in 2004 and has been working in the area of Gender and Diversity for the last ten years in the OD space.

Dr. Shruti Nada Poddar

Dr. Shruti Poddar is a Vibrational Healer and Mentor, a Poet, a Musician, a Heritage Conservationist and Grassroots Worker, an Educationist and Faculty Trainer as well as a Teacher of Ancient Wisdom and Indigenous Knowledge Sciences and Systems. She is also a highly awarded Tourism Entrepreneur for her Innovative revival of Heritage, Creative and Wellness tourism at the grassroots. She was the only individual entrepreneur who won the prestigious FICCI award for Special Contribution to the Travel and Tourism Industry. She is global consultant on culture, heritage conservation, indigenous knowledge, integral Education. She globally organizes events, festivals and cross-cultural collaborations. Dr. Shruti and her foundation have been involved with intangible and tangible cultural heritage, conservation, restoration, museum development and re-adaptive use of Heritage Havelies, Forts and Johads.

As a Global Educationist she has conducted Mentoring workshops personally since 1996 and through the Shruti Foundation, a research and charitable foundation since 2007. She has worked with thousands of teachers, administrators and students in India and abroad. She does talks and retreats internationally on culture, wellness, healing, integral education, leadership and community development. She advocates and facilitates the use of tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage for students, women, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Dr. Shruti created the “Nada Vibronics” Vibrational Healing Ecosystem which applies Vibrational technologies for curing diseases, Healing and Empowering people through consultancies, workshops and retreats. Dr. Shruti’s Spiritual and Healing music is used worldwide for meditation and healing human mind-body conditions and specific diseases. She received an Honorary Doctorate in 2017 for Education and Wellness. She is also winner of the BMW award 2018 and FICCI award 2019.