Management Board

Prof. Gauri MahulikarProf. Gauri Mahulikar
Dean & Vice Chancellor in Charge, Chairman

  • Former Head of Department of Sanskrit, Mumbai University
  • Doctorate in Sanskrit on ‘Vedic Elements in Puranic Mantras and Rituals’
  • An author, who has published six books and over 80 research articles in English, Marathi, Hindi and Sanskrit,
  • Maneckji Limji Gold Medal awardee for her dissertation on ‘Ancient Greek Dramas and Bharata’s Natyasastra’ from Mumbai University
GeervaniProf. Pasala Geervani
Pro Chancellor, Permanent Invitee

  • Former Vice Chancellor, Sri Padmavathi Mahila Visvavidyalaya, Tirupati
  • Academic Adviser, Chinmaya International Foundation
  • Academic Advisor, Central Chinmaya Mission Trust Education Cell

Prof B. Mahadevan
Chancellor Nominee, Academic Expert

  • Former Dean, IIM-Bengaluru (IIM-B)
  • Professor – Operations Management, IIM-B
  • Special expertise in Management and Leadership Education through Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads
  • Author of the best-seller ‘Operations Management: Theory and Practice’
VarakhediProf Shrinivasa Varakhedi
Chancellor Nominee, Academic Expert

  • Vice Chancellor of Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek, Maharashtra
  • Eminent scholar in Sanskṛt, Vedānta and Nyāya and has undertaken significant research in Natural Language Processing
  • Maharshi Badarayan Vyas Samman awardee by the President of India, for contributions in interdisciplinary research
Dr Ajay Kapoor Dr Ajay Kapoor
Chancellor Nominee, Academic Expert

Swami AdvayanandaSwami Advayananda
Trust Nominee

  • Scholar and teacher of Vedanta
  • Author and editor of several books in English and Sanskrit
  • Director of research and publications at Chinmaya International Foundation
K. K. RajanShri K. K. Rajan
Trust Nominee

  • Educationist
  • Social worker for over 5 decades
  • Pioneer in the Higher Education movement of Chinmaya Mission in Kerala
  • Chief Sevak at Chinmaya International Foundation and Trustee of Chinmaya Mission Education Trust Kannur
  • Retired Executive, PWD of Govt. of Kerala
Dr Apparao MukkamalaDr Apparao Mukkamala
Managing Trustee, Trust Nominee

  • Doctor and Radiologist with over 5 decades expertise in healthcare
  • Founder-trustee of Chinmaya Vijaya, an all-girls orphanage at Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
  • Extensively involved in community development activities of Chinmaya Organisation for Rural Development (CORD), USA
Swami RamakrishnanandaSwami Ramakrishnananda 
Chancellor Nominee

  • Swami Ramakrishnananda specializes in Ramayana studies. He has researched deep into the Ramayana and has brought our books with important learning specific for youth/children/ elders. 
  • Being passionate about Sanskrit Language, Swamiji has brought out books for Sanskrit Learning for school at all levels.
  • Swamiji’s lectures on Vedanta and Sanskrit learning have packed houses even in the USA.
anitaDr. Anita Raina Thapan
Teachers’ Nominee

  • PhD in History from University of Delhi
  • Diploma in Piano Playing from Trinity College, London; Diploma in History of Cinema and Art, Sorbonne University, Paris; Yoga Shiromani from Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Canada
  • Freelance Writer
  • Conceptualised and coordinated the Chinmaya Youth Festivals over several years
Smt. Pramodini Rao (Academic Director - Pune Campus)Smt. Pramodini Rao
Academic and Campus Director – Pune Campus, Teachers’ Nominee

  • Music teacher and Director
  • Director of several music festivals
  • Creative guru for over 2 decades
  • Teacher of Religion, Culture & Critical Life Skills to children, youth and adults for over 30 years
Prof Ramakrishna PejathayaProf Ramakrishna Pejathaya
Assistant Professor, Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula

  • Assistant Professor in School of Ethics, Governance, Culture and Social Systems
  • Teacher of Sanskrit literature and Jyotisha for over a decade with research interested in Siddhanta Jyotisha, Contemporary Sanskrit and its pedagogy, and Arthashastra
  • Principal Investigator in the research project “Idiomatic expressions from classical Sanskrit plays”
  • One of few practitioners of the art of Aṣṭāvadhāna in Sanskrit and classical Kannada

Dr. B. AshokDr. B. Ashok
Registrar, Secretary

  • Graduate of Veterinary Science from Mannuthy (1990 batch) who joined the IAS while undergoing research training in Biotechnology in IVRI, Uttar Pradesh in 1998
  • Alumnus of London, Turin and Duke Universities in various postgraduate programmes
  • Former Private Secretary (Chief of Staff ) of Union Minister for Agriculture and Food and Deputy Director and Course Director in the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie
  • Former Executive Director Jalanidhi and District Collector Pathanamthitta and Secretary to Government looking after departments of local self government and Sports

Unless we have a definite faith in the goal of our existence, and unless we believe, work for, and actually come to experience the goal positively as an existent factor, there is no hope of any plan becoming successful. —Swami Chinmayananda
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