Inspired by the traditional Indian concept of "Diksha," the Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay, welcomes industry and academic experts to share valuable knowledge and insights with students. Diksha is a forum where industry captains and esteemed academicians discuss and analyze contemporary business issues in depth. These leaders, renowned for their contributions, provide firsthand perspectives on topics, encouraging students to understand the challenges faced by leaders.

Diksha, a prestigious gathering that draws industry leaders and renowned academicians, serves as a platform for thorough discussions on current business matters. These distinguished leaders, recognized for their achievements in their respective areas, offer valuable insights and opinions, sharing their personal experiences with the students. These interactions stimulate the students' understanding and appreciation of the challenges faced by these business luminaries, and the strategies they employed to overcome them.

The list of recent esteemed speakers with whom students have had the privilege of engaging sessions includes:

Mr. Anuj Bansal, Vice President – FP&A, Mastercard

Mr. Akash Agrawal, Director – Data Analytics, Tata Consumer Product Ltd.

Mr. Sandeep Pal, CBO Pantaloons, ABFRL

Ms. Varsha Varadarajan, Manufacturing Excellence & Transformation – Global Supply Chain, Castrol

Mr. Nitin Jain, Co-Founder & CBO, OfBusiness

Mr. Madhur Maheshwari, COO, NPCI

Mr. Sunil Hardikar, Director – Consulting Practice, Hitachi Vantara

Mr. Rajeev Kumar, Head Program Management – SCM, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories

Mr. Madhusudhan Krishnan, Princiapal Consulting Services – South Asia, IQVIA

Mr. Gaurav Kejriwal, Vice President, EXL Analytics

The list of past esteemed speakers with whom students have had the privilege of engaging in sessions includes:

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. 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, Deloitte 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, Senior 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, Managing Director, 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 exceptionally interactive sessions have not only enhanced the students' understanding of contemporary management concepts but also enriched their academic knowledge with practical case studies and real-world anecdotes.