Mentor Pool

Dr. Subir Kumar Chaudhuri served as Director, Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, Government of India. After his retirement he continues to be Visiting Professor at IIT-Bombay and Consultant at start-up companies in the areas of AI, RFID, Robotics, 3D Printing, etc. He is a recipient of prestigious ‘Vikram Sarabhai Research Award’ in the field of electronics and was also honoured as ‘Scientist of the Year’ awarded for path breaking research in two successive years from the Prime Minister of India. He was invited for discussions and delivery of lectures at NASA and Multinational Companies such as APPLE, MICROSOFT and other leading Aerospace Companies in California, USA. He did his B. E. in Electrical Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, M. Tech in Electronic Control Systems from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Madras) and Ph. D in Aerospace Electronic Systems from Cranfield University, United Kingdom with Common Wealth Scholarship from the British Government.


Shri. Mihir Kumar Parial served as an officer in Indian Skill Development Services (ISDS) cadre and retired as a Director at the Directorate General of Training (DGT) New Delhi, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India. He was earlier Managing Director, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and prior to that Director, National Skill Training Institute (NSTI) Hyderabad which was earlier called as Advanced Training Institute (ATI) Hyderabad. He was involved in the inspection of Government Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and responsible for granting affiliation to National Council of Vocational Education and Training (NCVET). He even represented the Indian delegation led by Hon. Minister of Skill Development during official visit to Germany in June 2018. He did his Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from JNTU Anantapur and later did courses in Project Management from IIM Kolkata, Leadership Development from IIM Trichy and Administrative Training from ISTM New Delhi.


Dr. Umakanta Choudhury started his career as Engineer Trainee at Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) Ltd. and went on to become Executive Director – Corporate Research & Development and later Executive Director – Corporate Technology Management before retirement. He also served as Chairman of the Board at Kasaragod Electrical Machines Ltd., Kerala and Part Time Director at Pharmaceutical Products of India Limited (PPIL), Maharashtra. He is presently working as Professor & Director – Innovation & Incubation and also taking care of NITI-Aayog funded Atal Community Innovation Centre (ACIC) at Chaitanya Bharati Institute of Technology (CBIT) Hyderabad. He did his Bachelor of Technology from National Institute of Technology (NIT Rourkela) and Ph. D from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Kharagpur) and continues to be in the Board of Studies of Osmania University and JNTU Hyderabad, and Member of Governing Body, Engineering Staff College of India (ESCI), Hyderabad.


Shri. Varla Bhanu Prakash Reddy is a Partner & Director, Graylogic Technologies Pvt. Ltd. and Co-Founder of Edifypath. He earlier co-founded Bartronics in India where he was instrumental in leading it to the National Stock Exchange of India and the Bombay Stock Exchange. He has over 20 plus years of experience in the development and execution of IT & ITES related projects and he is highly credited for starting the first ever online examination platform along with TCS called Grace Technologies as Director. He did his Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) in Industrial and Chemical Technology; Master of Science (M. Sc.) in Mathematics and Computer Science; and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Osmania University. He later did his Master of Technology (M. Tech) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Bombay) and Post Graduate Program in Management from Indian Institute of Management (IIM Bangalore). He is presently pursuing his Ph. D in Entrepreneurship Management from Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH).


Shri. Sudhakar Rao is a brand strategist, startup mentor and social media advisor who is currently helping companies get their business model right and help them focus on product innovation and marketing. He is presently spearheading the ICFAI Group as Director Branding that includes 11 ICFAI Universities, 9 ICFAI Business Schools, 7 Tech Schools, 7 Law Schools and a huge Flexible Learning Program. He did his B. E. in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University, Post Graduate Program in Management with specialization in Marketing from Indian Institute of Management (IIM Bangalore) and completed a special program Mastering Design Thinking from MIT Sloan School of Management. In a career spanning over 20+ years he played multiple roles of Branding, Marketing, Corporate Relations, International Operations, etc.


Ms. Rashida Adenwala is the Founder of R&A Associates, Legal and Secretarial firm with an experience of over 26 years in the field of Corporate Laws. She is recognised for her Innovative Thinking and Professional approach. Her practice encompasses Corporate Consultancy, Legal Advisory, Finance & Internal Audit. She heads the fund raising practice for R&A’s clients both in Domestic and International markets.

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