It is said that three-fourths of a person’s learning takes place ‘beyond the classroom’. Diksha is a process of transfer of knowledge from the Guru to his disciples, whereby the latter become more enlightened in life. Keeping with this Indian tradition, we at Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay invite doyens from the industry and academia to impart valuable learning and insights from their rich experience.

Diksha, which attracts captains of the industry and eminent academicians, acts as a forum wherein contemporary business issues are discussed and dissected to the fullest. These leaders, known for their contribution to their respective fields, bring with them first-hand perspectives on the topics of concern and share their thoughts and views with the students. Attending these sessions provoke the students to understand & appreciate the challenges these business leaders are posed with and how they dealt with it.

Some of the distinguished speakers whom the students had the opportunity to interact in the past include:

Mr. Thomas Kuruvilla, Managing Director, Arthur D. Little

Mr. Anup Bagchi, Executive Director, ICICI Securities

Mr. Natarajan Radhakrishnan, Vice President, Business Consulting at Cognizant Business Consulting

Mr. Sidharth Rath, President, Corporate Banking, Infrastructure Business, Axis Bank

Mr. Sabyasachi Chaudhury, India Head, Capgemini Business Consulting

Mr. Somak Ghosh, Group President - Corporate Finance  YES Bank

Mr. Krishna Mathija Director, Citibank N. A.

Mr. Prachetas Raykar, Senior Vice-President, Credit Risk, HSBC

Ms. Rupa Kudwa,  CEO, Crisil

Mr. Suneel Iyer, Principal Consultant, ECS

Mr. Steve Mulaik, Partner, The Progress Group

Mr. Gaurav Sharma, Head HR, Western Zone Pepsi

Mr. Anootam Ghosh, CEO ICI - Uniqema India

Prof. S. P. Kothari, Head of Department of Economics, Finance & Accounting and Gordon Y Billard Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management,

Prof. Yasheng Huang, MIT Sloan School of Management

Mr. Chandarshekhar, Head HR, Capgemini

Mr. R. Rengarajan, Retired GM, Reserve Bank of India

Mr. Subinder Khurana, CEO - MarketRx

Mr. Prakash J., Senior Business manager , Olam International

Mr. Kishore Gandhi, Vice President, JPMC

Mr. Azfar Hussain, HR-head, Delloitte Consulting

Mr. Arvind Agrawal, President & Chief Executive, Corporate development & HR, RPG Group

Mr. T. S. Siva Shankar, Director of the Structured Finance and Syndication group, Citigroup

Mr. Kuldip K. Kaura, CEO, Vedanta Resources plc

Mr. Nishant Kolgaonkar, Director, HR, Computer Associates

Mr. Shantanu Prakash CEO, Educomp Solutions Ltd.

Mr. Indy Sarker Managing Director, Analec Infotech

Mr. Minoo Dastur, Executive Vice President & COO, Nihilent Technologies

Mr. R. Sriram, CEO & MD, Crossword Book Stores

Mr. Dinesh Keskar, Sr. Vice President Boeing

Mr. Viju Parameshwar, CEO Freudenberg India

Mr. Harsh Mariwala, Chairman, Marico

Mr. Mike Sweney, Head, Training and Leadership, UBS

Mr. Anootam Ghosh, MD - Croda India

Prof. Stepen Eppinger, Dy. Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management, USA

Prof. John Nesheim, Adjunct Professor, Cornell University USA

Prof. Kulwant Pawar, Professor, Nottingham Business School, UK

These highly interactive sessions have not only helped the students build current management awareness, but also brought their books alive with practical cases and anecdotes.