School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems
School of Commerce and Management
School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Prof. Yashavantha Dongre
Vice-Chancellor, Chanakya University
Qualifications: M.Com. , Ph.D.
Area of Expertise: Commerce, Management, Third Sector, Cooperative Governance
Prof. Yashavantha is an academician, researcher and administrator with an experience of more than four decades; a former Professor of Commerce and Dean of the Faculty at the University of Mysore, he was a Visiting Professor at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto and a Japan Foundation Fellow at the University of Tokyo.
Prof. Yashavantha Dongre has held various responsible positions including Vice-Chancellor (I/C), Registrar, Director of Post Graduate Centre and Director of Planning. He has published over 100 journal articles and 8 edited books. He was a Consultant to the High-Power Committee on Cooperatives set up by the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. and carried out major research projects funded by the Ford Foundation, Supraja Foundation Hong Kong, University of Technology Sydney, and International Cooperative Alliance. He currently Chairs the Asia Pacific Regional Research Committee of International Cooperative Alliance.
Dr. Sushant Joshi
Associate Professor & Registrar, Chanakya University
Qualifications: B.E , M.M.S. , M.Com. , M.Phil. , Ph.D.
Expertise: Management, Research Methods, Technology, Employability Skills.
Former Dean of M.B.A., at Jain College, Belagavi. Dr. Sushant is an academician, teacher, technocrat, and trainer. His areas of expertise include Computer Science, Marketing, Strategy, Research and Employability Skills. He has served as the Controller of Examinations at the KLS Institute of Management Education and Research. Being on the board of Industry, Academic and Social organizations, he is the Co-convenor of Prabuddha Bharat Belagavi, a distinguished Intellectual Social Responsibility Initiative, renowned for its National Conclaves.
Dr. Sandeep Nair
Associate Professor & Registrar (Evaluation), Chanakya University
Qualifications: M.A. , Ph.D.
Area of Expertise: Economics, Management studies, Communication.
Former Dean, Academics, JGI Management College, Belagavi. Dr Sandeep has an experience of over 26 years in Teaching, Training and Consultancy. He has been associated as Member, Board of Examiners with KLS IMER, Belagavi and a Member, of SAI IIC, Sri Aurobindo College for Women, Bengaluru. He had been a visiting faculty and corporate trainer to institutions and Corporations, including KAHER and Aequs SEZ. He has been involved with Social, Academic, Spiritual and Student Organisations at various levels.
School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Prof. Ashok H.S.
Professor & Dean, School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Area of Specialization: Psychometry, Counselling, Research, Integral Education
With over 4 decades as Professor at Bangalore University, Prof Ashok is a distinguished Teacher, Trainer, Counsellor and Researcher. His specialization is in Psychometric analysis, Counselling therapy, Research methodology and Indian psychology. Having executed numerous Major and Minor projects, he is a renowned trainer for Correctional Officers. He has guided many students in their Doctoral thesis. As an honorary professor at CESS, Prof. Ashok led a project on Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Education.
With over 28 years of experience in Academia and Industry, Prof. Byra is a passionate teacher, a practitioner of Quality in Higher Education and an accomplished administrator. In his most recent academic position, he was the Dean – Academics, Accreditation and QA at Amity University Uttar Pradesh, Noida. Prior to this, he has held leadership positions at University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun; Indus Business Academy and AIMS Institutes, respectively in Bangalore.
Among others, he was a visiting professor at Cag University, Turkey and National Institute of Social Development, Sri Lanka. He has served on the Board of Directors of International Accreditation council for Business Education [IACBE] for two terms during 2013-19 and on its board of commissioners during 2019-21. Over the years, he has served as Chair as well as member of site-visit teams for universities in India, Asia, and the USA that were seeking IACBE accreditation. In addition to training energy professionals of reputed public sector oil companies of India, he has published articles in journals and edited volumes
Mr. Chaitra’s work involves reconceptualizing Indian intellectual traditional traditions. Most of his research is an attempt to access and reconstruct the extraordinary understanding of the experiential world that the Indian intellectual traditions have offered to humanity. This endeavour involves comparing western and Indian cultures using the framework called Comparative Science of Cultures. He started his professional life as a biologist who specialized in molecular genetics, ecology and evolutionary biology. Before starting his work in social sciences, he worked with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) Dehradun, the Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru. He is one of the founders of the initiative called Aarohi Research Foundation and he served as Senior Fellow at India Studies Unit at CESS, Bengaluru.
Dr. Rajesh is a Ph.D. in Educational Technology. He has served in illustrious institutions like Christ University, Bangalore and SRM University, Chennai for twelve years. He is the principal investigator for a major research project funded by ICSSR, on ‘Social Media and New-Wave Regionalism in Tamil Nadu: A Case Study of Jallikattu, Anti- NEET and Central Projects’. His area of work includes political communication, Dravidian politics and social media studies.
Sri Saurav Sarmah
Qualifications: M.A. , M.Phil.
Area of Specialization: Sinology, International Relations, Political Philosophy and Comparative Religion
Sri Sarmah was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab from 2017 to 2022. He completed his P.G. education and research from the School of International Studies, JNU. He received the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund Merit Award for securing 1st position in the M.A. exam in 2009. He was a part of an Indian think tank delegation to China in 2015. His prominent work has been on China’s soft power strategy and China’s civilizational perspective. He is developing a Swayam Prabha course on “Introduction to Chinese Studies” at IIT Kanpur.
An author of five best-selling novels, based on ancient Indian woman protagonists, Smt. Sai mentors upcoming writers. Mahabharata, Indic History and Philosophy being her focus areas, she seeks to see more of those themes making a presence in popular creative forms that celebrate Indian civilization. A curator at Indica Books and recipient of the Stree Shakti Award for her contribution to Indian Literature with an M.B.A. from the IIT Kharagpur, she has won a gold medal from TTD for her rendition of Annamacharya Kritis.
Dr. Harshith has completed Ph.D. in Translation Studies with a teaching and research experience of over eight years. His research explores the nature of the Problem of Translation and aims at investigating the intervention of Christian missionaries in the Kannada literary world and its impact on our language and understanding of our world. Other related areas of his research include Bible Translation and Inter-traditional Dialogue.
Dr. Ananya Sanyal
Qualifications: M.A. , M.Phil. , Ph.D.
Area of Specialization: American Literature, Diaspora Studies, Indian Literature and Culture
Having completed her Undergraduate and Graduate Studies in Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University, Ananya completed her Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy in Canadian Studies Programme at the School of International Studies, JNU. She has worked as a Researcher at India Policy Foundation (New Delhi) and as a Research Associate at ICSSR. She has written extensively on various social and political issues. She has also been credited for editing books and journals on socio-political issues.
Dr. Ashwini is a researcher with 15 years of experience. She worked as a lecturer, corporate trainer, and teacher trainer followed by the Head Academics at Aarohi Research Foundation, Bengaluru. She has co-authored a report on immediate reforms in education which was submitted to Govt. of Karnataka.
Dr. Rao is trained in Vedic literature, covering 10 major Upanishads and is trained to chant the entire Kṛiṣṇa-Yajurveda (Taittirīya recession). In addition, he has studied classical Sanskrit including Kāvya, Panini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī, vedānta, nyāya, sāṃkhya, and Yoga. He has authored a primer on Sanskrit grammar named aṣṭādhyāyī-praveśa. His current areas of research include Indian political thought with reference to arthaśāstra and dharmaśāstras, among others. He has more than 7 years of teaching and research experience. He has worked as Assistant Professor at MIT School of Vedic Sciences, Pune, and as Deputy Director at Veda Vijnana Shodha Samsthanam.
Dr. Charu Ratna Dubey
Qualifications: Master of Arts, M.Phil., Ph.D.
Area of Specialization: International Relations, Indian Foreign Policy, International Diplomacy, Canadian Foreign Policy, Security Studies
Dr Charu Ratna Dubey did his Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) and Master of Arts in Political Science from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and was awarded Junior Research Fellowship in Political Science by University Grants Commission, New Delhi. He pursued
his Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy from School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
During his doctoral research Dr Dubey visited Canada on a fully funded scholarship under the Data Collection Abroad scheme of Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi. He was selected as the only candidate in his subject by Shasrti Indo-Canadian
Institute (SICI), New Delhi for a research project as a visiting fellow at Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Canada.
In his four years of teaching experience he had offered various core and specialised papers of Political Science and International Relations to undergraduate and post-graduate students. He had also supervised Dissertations at Postgraduate level.
Dr. Lovey Srivastava
Qualifications: PhD (JNU, New Delhi), M.A.(KUL, Belgium)
Area of Specialization: Language acquisition, pedagogy and evaluation strategies; Indian, Spanish and Latin American Popular Culture and Cinema; Comparative linguistics & literature.
Dr. Lovey Srivastava is Associate Professor in the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. She did her PhD from JNU, New Delhi. She has received international fellowships from Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional, Spain; European Union; & Instituto Cervantes, Spain to study at Universidad Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Universitat de Valencia, Spain and University of Salamanca, Spain apart from Katolieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium from where she completed her Masters in Iberian and Iberoamerican Studies where she has gone as a Erasmus Mundus Scholar. She is also a recipient of Indira Gandhi Post-Graduate scholarship and Junior Research Fellowship from UGC, New Delhi.
She is a philologist and is conversant in three languages, Spanish, Italian & Portuguese besides English and her mother tongue, Hindi. She has worked as interpreter for various Ministries and International Organizations. She has national and international publications to her credit. Her research interests are Language acquisition, pedagogy and evaluation strategies; Indian, Spanish and Latin American Popular Culture and Cinema; Comparative linguistics & literature.
Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems
With a teaching experience of over 15 years, Dr Ramakrishna holds a degree in Triskandha Jyotisha along with Sāhitya and Siddhānta Kaumudī. His research is spread over Jyotisha, Samskrit and Itihāsas. He has designed courses such as Kauṭilya and Public Finance Administration, Puruṣārthas: Perspectives from Mahābhārata, Life Lessons from Bhagavad Gītā and Avadhāniśikṣā. He was a co-investigator for the encyclopaedia project Jyotishaviśvakoṣaḥ.
Being an acclaimed Avadhaani, he has performed more than 20 Aṣṭāvadhānas and was the Founding Director of the Centre for Avadhānam, a JV of CVV and Indic Academy.
PhD from the Rashtriya Samskrit Sansthan, Sringeri; Dr Bhat’s focus is on Vyakarana & Arthashastra. With a rich experience in teaching Sanskrit, he has co-authored the book “Introduction to Indian Knowledge Systems: Concepts and Applications” published by PHI Learning Ltd. Presently he is working on revisiting the translation of Kautilya’s Arthashastra, he is a member of ‘National Curriculum Framework Committee’ for ‘Knowledge of India’.
School of Commerce and Management
Dr. Rajesh has 29 years of experience in teaching at graduate, post-graduate and professional levels and has served various Institutions in different capacities. He is a faculty member for Strategic Financial Management at the Bangalore Branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has authored books on ‘Financial Management’ and ‘Indirect Taxes’ for the requirement of Professional Courses, and co-authored text-books on `Accounting, Finance and Taxation” for the requirements of various universities.
He was the first Indian Professor to be selected for International Management TeachersAcademy (IMTA) Training on ‘Case Analysis and Writing’ conducted by Central East European Management Development Association (CEEMAN) at IEDC – Bled School of Management, Bled, Slovenia in June 2006. He has presented papers at various national and international conferences and published articles in reputed and accredited Journals. His paper on “Capital Asset Pricing Model” was selected for an International Conference at Harvard University, Cambridge, United States of America, during May-June 2011.
Dr. Rajesh also has a rich experience in research, consultancy and training – both at the academic level and corporate level. He has conducted over 100 Faculty Development Programs and around 50 Corporate Training Programs in the area of Finance and Research. He is the Founder of ‘Vittam Pravina Gurushala (Finance Expert Academy)’ – an academy engaged in spreading the knowledge of finance to students, faculty, corporate and all others interested in the area of finance.
Dr. Anilkumar G Garag
Qualifications: B.E. , M.B.A. , C.S.(E) , Ph.D.
M.I.M.A. , A.M.I.E. , F.I.V.
Area of Specialization: Finance, Investment, Management, Research
A distinguished entrepreneur and educationist Former Director of Global Business School Hubli; Director of Bapuji B-Schools, Davangere; Belgaum Institute of Management Studies Belgaum; Promoter Director, ISB Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. Pune; Director, Apeiron Steel Buildings Pvt. Ltd. Belgaum; Director, Golden Feather Wealth Management, Mumbai; Co-Founder, Money Centre, Belgaum
Dr. Anilkumar Garag is a Chartered Engineer, MBA, Qualified Company Secretary (Executive) with a Ph.D. in Finance with 22 years’ experience in stock markets, investment banking and 18 years in management education. He has done extensive research in financial Derivatives. He has worked as a consultant with an AFC/GIZ affiliate as a trainer for Farmer Producer companies and has assisted in forming FPOs/FPCs and managing FPOs/FPCs. He has been associated with Top NGOs in this field. He has contributed articles in Kannada, English and Marathi newspapers. His articles have appeared in various dailies like Economic Times Mumbai, Tarun Bharat Belgaum, Business line, Janathavani and Prajavani. He has travelled to various international destinations like Hong Kong, Nigeria, Mauritius, and Nepal, for presenting papers and participating in conferences. He has published THREE Books, and several research papers in refereed national and international journals. He has supervised 5 PhD students, who have been awarded their doctorates in the field of Financial Markets. He has been active in helping start-ups set up their businesses in the field of Financial Services, Wealth Management and Pre-Engineered Buildings.
Sri Praphulla Chandra N.
Qualifications: M.B.A. , M.Com. , B.Ed. (Ph.D.)
Area of Specialization: Forensic Accounting, Finance, Commerce and Company Law
With over 11 years of Teaching experience in eminent institutions including Bangalore University, MS Ramaiah and Community Institute of Management, he headed Sadhana PUC and Innovative PU Colleges as Principal at a young age of 28 years.
With extensive experience in Institutional development, social outreach and public relations, he has been recognized as an emerging academic leader due to his multiple accomplishments.
A passionate teacher and learner, he commands excellent attention among the new generation of students with his excellent communication and social skills.
Dr. Bhavani M.R.
Qualifications: M.Com., M.Phil., Ph.D.
Area of Specialization: Strategic Management, International Business, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Instructional Design, and Curriculum Development
Formerly, Dr. Bhavani was working with Surana College, Bengaluru where she was the principal. With over 22 years of experience in Academia and Industry, Dr. Bhavani is a passionate teacher, a practitioner of Quality in Higher Education and an accomplished administrator. Prior to Surana College she has worked with Mount Caramel Institute of Management, Ramaiah Institute of Management studies and Nagarjuna Degree college as Professor and Principal. A skilled professional with two and a half decades of demonstrated history of working in the education management industry., she has completed her master’s in commerce and Management and went on to acquire M. Phil and Doctorate in the area of Strategic Marketing from Shivaji University, Kolhapur.
Her research expertise is in the areas of institution building, leadership and strategy. Apart from teaching and research, she has trained senior technocrats on Technology Management (DIAT) and managers in the area of CRM and Salesforce management.
She has a certificate on CAPSTONE and Six Thinking Hats and has completed three levels of Strategic Management from the Strategic Management Forum. She has penned books for commerce and management students and has been an invited speaker in various forums.
Dr Bhavani is a recipient of many awards including the Teachers Excellence Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership during the Silver Jubilee of Bangalore Education Trust and ISBR by Hon’ble Member of Parliament and Former Chief Minister of Karnataka Dr. M. Veerappa Moily.
School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Prof. K A Venkatesh pursued his Ph.D. in Discrete Optimization, (A Study on Fractional Half-Domination Number of Graph) at Alagappa University, Karaikudi in 2013. Prof. Venkatesh has a vast knowledge of Quantitative Techniques, Management Science, Discrete Mathematics, Numerical Analysis, Theory of Computation, Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence and Data Science. In addition to his academic credentials, Prof Venkatesh also had a consulting assignment as the Chief Technical Officer and Head – HR for I-Source World-Wide (I) Pvt Ltd . He has handled international assignments as a Professor at MIIT, Mandalay at Myanmar while on deputation from IIIT Bangalore.
Prof Venkatesh also coordinated the e-iTech Program-Big Data Analytics conducted by IITM (Economic and Technology Co-operation for Friendly Nations, Ministry of External Affairs, GOI), in addition to coordinating the program for Spoken Tutorials of IITB in Myanmar. He served as the Registrar, Dean-Research & Consultancy and as the Professor of Math and Computer Science, Presidency University, Bangalore. Another notable assignment was at Alliance University Bangalore, where he was the Professor & Head of Computer Science Engineering and IT.. He also served as a Principal in Alliance School of Management for a period of 4 years.
Amongst his numerous achievements, Prof. K A Venkatesh was awarded with the Research Excellence Award at Indo-American Education Summit 2016. He was considered to be amongst the top 10% of authors in the Social Science Research Network (SSRN, Elsevier). Additionally Prof Venkatesh was a Visiting fellow conducting sessions on Algorithmic Graph Theory in Karnataka University, Dharwad. To his credit, he has more than 75 publications and has also published and applied for a patent in the field of Smart Muzzle ID. He also served as a Review Committee member for the Future Skills -Karnataka Skill Development Corporation- Government of Karnataka, 2020-2021.
Dr Manasa is a young researcher who aspires to explore research in Plant Physiology, climate change research, abiotic and biotic stress physiology by striking a balance in theory and practice while generating significant results
She has Cleared her NET national level examination conducted by Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, New Delhi for Lectureship.
Dr Manasa has secured 16th rank in ICAR, SRF for doctoral degree. A Recipient of DBT- UAS Biotech HUB fellowship, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India. She was the member of the project- International Mungbean Improvement Network, World Vegetable Centre.
Qualifications: MSc (Microbiology), MSc (Botany), MPhil (Microbiology), (PhD)
Area of Specialization: Microbiology, Instructional NCC Training as Associate NCC Officer.
A dedicated, goal-oriented personality who is committed to overall academic growth and development of every student. She is adaptable to diverse student learning styles. She has an enriched satisfying teaching career of over 16 years in Microbiology and foundation courses. Instructional NCC training experience as an Associate NCC Officer commissioned as a Lieutenant in 2007 from Officer’s Training Academy (OTA), Gwalior; promoted to the rank of Captain in the year 2013. Ms Chaithanya has achieved “Young Scientist” gold medal, in the 5th Annual meeting of International Association of Zoologists” and 2nd International virtual Seminar Dec 2021. She has successfully entered the “Guinness Book of World Record” and “Limca Book of World Record” for participating and training blind students in the largest “Tarangam Dance “in 2013.
Sri Usha Subramanian is an alumna of BITS, Pilani with two master’s degrees, in Computer Applications and in Software Systems. Her strength lies in demystifying concepts and techniques to students at the undergraduate level, and challenge learners at the postgraduate level to make them excel.
In her career of 33 years, she has served as an educator in universities and in senior executive positions in the industry in the area of Learning & Development. She has taught in BITS, Pilani and in Myanmar Institute of Information Technology (MIIT), Mandalay, Myanmar. At MIIT, Usha also served as CIO of MIIT Internal Systems. She had held senior positions in her corporate roles at Ascendum Systems Pvt. Ltd. and Mphasis Ltd. Usha is very process-oriented with her biggest achievement in getting Mphasis certified PCCM Level 5 certification.
Dr. S M Prakash
Adjunct Professor / Director of Sports
Qualifications: Ph.D., M.P.Ed., B.Sc
Area of Specialization: Exercise Physiology, Research Methods, Statistics, Cricket, Tennis and Yoga.
Dr. Prakash comes with a very rich experience of over 35 years in Sports and Sports administration and has vast functional knowledge and understanding in physical education. Prior to joining us, Dr.Prakash was working with Kuvempu University and was responsible for looking after Sports, infrastructure development, teaching and research activities. Some of the highlights of his experience were that he served with distinction as Dean Education Faculty (2 and ½ terms), as a Director of Physical Education and also as the Chairman of the Department of Sports. In his long and distinguished career, Dr. Prakash has been associated with many offices and has significantly contributed either as a member or as a Chairman in bodies like NAAC, NCTE, BOS, BOE, BOAE, UGC subject expert, UGC syllabus framing, Inter University/ Inter collegiate sports/Coaching classes. Dr. S.M. has completed his Ph. D. in the subject of Physical Education, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, M. P. Ed., B. P. Ed, and B. Sc. of Bangalore University and 6-weeks NIS Certificate Course in Cricket Guiding the students and junior faculty at Chanakya University to achieve sports excellence and inculcating a culture of sports. Dr. S.M. Prakash focusses on faculty and students’ physical fitness, well-being, and a healthy lifestyle. Over 35 years of experience in sports administration, organizations (State and National levels competitions), infrastructure development, teaching, and research activities. Worked as Dean Education Faculty, Director of Physical Education and Departmental Chairman. An expert in NAAC, NCTE, BOS, BOE, BOAE, UGC subject expert, University Observer, Selector, and cricket coach.
Sri Hemanth, an accomplished sportsman has completed his Master of Physical Education from Pondicherry University. He has endeavoured to get certified as a badminton coach from the Sports Authority of India (6 weeks certification from NIS) which clearly indicates his keen interest in wanting to contribute in developing youngsters to excel in the field of sports. In addition to the above, Hemanth has twice represented Karnataka State in Atya Patya Sub-Junior and Junior National Level and has won the Bronze Medal In the year 2012. He has also represented Annamalai and Pondicherry University twice in the South Zone inter-university championships and the South Zone Badminton Men’s Championship, respectively. In addition to that, he has represented Annamalai University in the All India Inter University Ball Badminton Championship. Hemanth is also an all-round sportsman and has represented the Bangalore University softball team three times at the All India Inter-University Softball Championship and represented Pondicherry University In Tennis at South Zone Tennis Men Championships. He takes keen interest in Trekking and cycling.