• Governing Body
  • Board of Advisors

The Governing Body at the Collegiate Schools in India is made up of people with a wide range of experience and expertise including: education, public policy, banking, medicine, law, accounting, business and engineering. The members of the Governing Body have been drawn from a wide cross-section of the community, in order to provide the best possible leadership in executing the Schools vision, mission and values.

The Governing Body has three main areas of responsibility:

1. Policy making

The Body determines the school's objectives and sees that those objectives are appropriately achieved.

2. Finances

The Body sets the budget for each year, authorizes fund-raising activities and makes certain that the schools operate within its fiscal limits. The Body is also responsible for the proper management of School's endowment funds.

3. Appointment of the Head of School

The Body delegates all administrative functions to the Head of each Collegiate School.

The Governing Body meets four times every year and all members sit on at least one sub-committee. These include:

  • Executive Committee
  • Development Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Facilities Committee
  • Audit and Finance Committee
  • Investment Committee
  • Personnel Policy Committee
  • Law Committee
  • Compensation Committee
  • The Uniform Committee

Members of the Governing Body work hard to ensure that Collegiate Schools in India evolve into centres for excellence for K-12 education in India.

Vijay Shukla
Member, Governing Body

Mr Vijay Shukla is the founding member of Collegiate Schools, India. Having established multiple K-12 schools for his clients across the country, Mr Shukla is a leading figure in Education sector in India. Collegiate Schools (India) is an initiative close to Mr Shukla's heart wherein he envisions to establish schools which prepare talented, diverse students to pursue a college education and a lifetime of learning in order to make a difference to their country and to engage the 21st century world. He strongly believes that every child, regardless of socioeconomic status, or incoming academic level is capable of achieving academic success and it is every child's fundamental right to be provided with a academically rigorous education. Mr Shukla's credentials include: (1) Managing Partner of Eduvisors, India's leading education sector focused consulting firm, (2)Founder of a leading Telecom VAS firm, Valuefirst, (3) Work experience: Ernst & Young, Glaxo SmithKline Beecham and SAIL, (4) Education qualifications: B-Tech from IIT-BHU, MBA from XLRI. Vijay can be reached at vijay.shukla@collegiateschool.in.

Bharat Parmar
Member, Governing Body

Mr Bharat Parmar is the founding member of Collegiate Schools, India. Having worked as a project management consultant for establishing higher education institutions and K-12 schools in India, Mr Parmar is passionate about Education sector in India. Collegiate Schools (India) is an initiative close to Mr Parmar's heart wherein he believes that college preparation starts in school and high academic standards require a "No Excuses" approach. He strongly believes that every student at Collegiate Schools will understand that their hard work and dedication will prepare them to attend, succeed in and graduate from the college or university of their choice. Mr Parmar's credentials include: (1) Partner of Eduvisors, India's leading education sector focused consulting firm, (2) Work experience: Business Consulting roles with Wipro, Keane and BMR Advisors, (3) Education qualifications: B-Tech from IIT-BHU, MBA from IIM Lucknow. Bharat can be reached at bharat.parmar@collegiateschool.in.

Partho P Kar
Advisor

Mr. Partho P Kar is the Managing Director of Brookes Enterprises Pvt. Ltd., an investment and strategy Consulting Company. Mr. Kar advises large Indian corporates in the area of Strategy, Business Plan and Execution. Mr. Kar has held leadership roles with leading industrial groups like Aditya Birla Group and Arvind Mafatlal Group. Mr. Kar has contributed substantially to national Textile Policy and has been recognized for it by the Government of India. A remarkably talented and respected civic leader, Mr. Kar sits on the boards of several prestigious educational institutions and trusts amongst them are Sarvodaya Ashram Etah, and The Indian Institute of Management (Lucknow). He is a member of IIM Bill 2012 committee of the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. Mr. Kar is educated at the London School of Economics & Political Science, International Management Institute, XLRI Jamshedpur and the St Xavier’s College Kolkata.

Amit Kaushik
Advisor

Till recently, Amit was the Managing Director of Educomp Infrastructure and School Management Ltd (EISML), a subsidiary company of Educomp Solutions Ltd, India’s largest publicly traded private education company. Amit Kaushik joined the Indian Railways as a civil servant in 1987 after obtaining a postgraduate degree in Economics from the Panjab University Chandigarh. From 2001-2006, Amit was Director, Elementary Education, in the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, where he was associated with the development and implementation of various policies related to Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. Among other things, he worked closely on the 2005 draft of the Right to Education Bill, based on which The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, has recently been passed. He has been a consultant to UNESCO Paris, Nigeria, Iraq and Lebanon, as well as to UNICEF Iraq, working with them from time to time on assignments related to literacy, planning for Education for All, non-formal education and accelerated learning. In 2007, Amit took early retirement from the civil service to work in the private sector. He has been Director of the SRF Foundation, running the well-known Shri Ram Schools in Delhi, as well as Chief Executive Officer of Shri Educare Pvt Ltd, a newly incorporated education services provider. He has also worked as the Chief Operating Officer of the Pratham Education Foundation, and as Director, Education Strategy, India & SAARC, for Cisco Systems India (P) Ltd.

Thor Clausen
Advisor

Thor Clausen brings 15 years of experience in an international business and educational setting. He holds a Masters degree in finance and strategy. He runs his own consulting company, MENTOR Education Consulting, where the focus is on various aspects of business and academic consulting to the education sector. Thor works also as a contracted executive consultant in mergers and acquisitions within Laureate Universities International, who own dozens of higher education institutions around the globe. Previously he worked as managing director of the European operations of Boston based consulting firm Eduventures, who focus on consulting and market research for colleges and universities. In 2008 Thor worked as a investment director for an Icelandic investment company SALT Investment, focusing on acquiring private business schools in CEE countries and also worked on a project within the healthcare sector in Bangalore, India where he developed a feasibility study on building a hospital. From 2002 to 2008 he was Executive Director of executive education and continuous education at Reykjavik University, as well as being a faculty member there. Thor has also worked on several consulting projects, e.g. making a business plan for an American University offering an online MBA degree in selected markets it Europe. Also in 2006-2007 he was a part of a team developing entrepreneurship seminars in Uganda in association with The Icelandic International Development Agency.

Raj Grover
Advisor

Raj is a proficient CEO turned entrepreneur with extensive experience across global corporations viz. Nestle, Wrigley’s, HMV, Star TV and now education. In 25 years of his illustrious career, Raj has built global brands; incubated new business; led aggressive growth, financial and operational turnarounds, technological innovation and path breaking initiatives in education space. Early 2000, Raj identified the need of a boutique model, “International Concept School” and took the entrepreneurial leap to launch a chain of mid-market, multi-disciplinary international school model. Today, it is the largest, most preferred and financially attractive sub-segment within K-12. Late 2008, Raj took another leap, this time in the “Affordable Private School” segment demonstrating a whole new opportunity to build high quality, profitable and scalable business.

Prof. Madhukar Shukla
Advisor

Professor (OB & Strategic Mgt) at XLRI Jamshedpur, Prof Shukla has been a guiding force and an advisor to Collegiate Schools, India. Prof Shukla is the Chairperson, Fr Arrupe Centre for Ecology & Sustainability with keen research and teaching interest in the development sector and social entrepreneurship. He has worked with the National Productivity Council and Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, prior to joining XLRI in 1990, and was a Visiting Professor at ESADE (Barcelona), Spain during 1993-94. He serves on the board of Advisory Council of University Network for Social Entrepreneurship (founded by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public and Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Oxford University), Advisory Board of National Social Entrepreneurship Forum, Livelihood India Advisory Board, and is on the Research Advisory Committee of IRDC funded project on "Learning from Pro-Poor, Market-Driven Innovation in India" at Villgro Innovation Foundation. His fields of interest include Social Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Social Innovation, Sustainable Development and Livelihoods. Authored two books: "Understanding Organisations" and "Competing through Knowledge" and has about 30 papers to his credit in professional journals.

Lt Gen SPS Dhillon
Advisor

Lt Gen SPS Dhillon retired as the Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Information Systems and Training); the senior most advisor to the Chief of Army Staff. Besides other responsibilities, he was responsible for the conceptualization, development and implementation of Information Systems in the Army. He was also responsible for the training of more than 8,500 Indian troops operating under the aegis of United Nations in various parts of the world. He was in charge for the conduct and supervision of education and training in the Indian Army including pre-commission training of Indian Army officers, education and training of Indian officers abroad and training in India of defence personnel from foreign countries. While in service, Lt Gen SPS Dhillon was also part of several governing bodies. Amongst others, he was the Chairman of Army Technology Board and Army Management Board; and was a member of Board for Management of Centre for United Nations Peace Keeping. He has also been a member of Board of Governors of one of the most prestigious schools in India – The Scindia School, Gwalior. Lt Gen SPS Dhillon was the Joint Director General in the Organizing Committee, Commonwealth Games that were conducted in New Delhi, in the year 2010. He is currently the Chairman of the Heritage Girls School, a state-of-the-art residential school in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

Sanjay Sharma
Advisor

Sanjay Sharma is Country Manager China for ArcelorMittal and additionally serves as the COO of Hunan Valin Steel (JV of ArcelorMittal in China). Hunan Valin Steel is the JV of ArcelorMittal and Chinese Government, with three integrated steel plants producing annually 15 million MT, turnover of USD 10bn, and listed on Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Sanjay was the part of the first team on the ground to build China operations of ArcelorMittal from scratch. Sanjay has also worked with McKinsey & Company and Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). Sanjay has co-authored business teaching case studies, which are published by INSEAD and Cambridge University and has been a speaker on various forums, including as a guest faculty at leading universities (such as Tsinghua University, CEIBS). Sanjay is an Indian national with an MBA from INSEAD in France and B. Tech (Honors), Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).

Dr. Amitava ‘Babi’ Mitra
Advisor

Dr. Amitava ‘Babi’ Mitra is the founder President and Vice Chancellor of a newly created VIT University, Jaipur. A proven international leader in delivering technology-enabled educational solutions in demanding environments in the US and India, Dr. Mitra has successfully led ventures at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, at BITS, Pilani and at NIIT, Inc. Babi has over 26 years of experience in institution building, higher education, corporate e-learning, and distance education. His strategic leadership experience includes: NERCOMP Board; Sakai Project Board; Gerson Lehman Group (GLG) Research; Guidepoint Global; Gilfus Advisors; Learning Technologies, Consulting Services for Education, Inc., Boston, MA, USA; Council of Governors, Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation; and, Royal Roads University, Victoria, Canada. ‘Babi’ earned his PhD in chemical engineering from BITS, Pilani and undertook his research work at MIT, USA.

Abhishek Tripathi
Advisor

Abhishek Tripathi is the co-founder and partner of Sarthak Advocates & Solicitors, a firm specializing in education laws. Abhishek advises several schools and higher education institutions on legal issues. He has also worked with a committee appointed by the Government of Delhi to review the Delhi School Education Act, 1973 in line with the Right to Education Act, 2010. He has been invited by Parliament’s Standing Committees, including the Standing Committee on Human Resource Development to make depositions on several legislations. Abhishek is a prolific writer and has authored several articles on a range of legal issues, including the Right to Education Act. He is a graduate from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

Prof Sayee Raghunathan
Advisor

Prof Sayee Raghunathan is currently an Associate Director at TWI Ltd, a leading Research and Technology Organisation based in Cambridge, UK. Prof Raghunathan has managed inputs at global and organisational levels on wide reach of initiatives such as technology fore-sighting and inter-industry technology adoption, policy compliance, training needs development and ‘green’ manufacturing across energy and manufacturing sectors. Prof Raghunathan's life is governed by the axiom: "Education is all that you remember after all that you have learnt is forgotten". He strongly believes that education is about equality of access, which implicitly means that everyone should have the right to learn at their own pace and as per their individual learning capabilities. The current education systems globally are based on a framework to cater to the bulk of the class and this hampers the education that everyone can potentially gain from the system - this needs change. Prof Raghunathan's credentials include: (1) Recipient of the 2012 Leslie Lidstone Medal (2012), for R&D in welding, (2) Visiting Professor in the Dalton Nuclear Institute (The Manchester University) within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences for the term May 2011 to March 2015, (3) Member of reading Committee, Chevening Scholarships, ACU, (4) Work experience: TWI Ltd, J Ray McDermott, Godrej & Boyce, Advani Oerlikon, Esab (4) Education qualifications: B-Tech from IIT-BHU, MBA from TRIUM (LSE, NYU and HEC).