Uday Salunkhe


Introduction of WeSchool:

Established in 1977, the Welingkar Institute of Management (WeSchool) is among the older business schools in the country. Under the aegis of the Shikshan Prasarak Mandali, the governing Trust that nurtures 43 educational institutes from KG to PG, the Trust has had some illustrious persons such as Former Chief Justice of India: Hon Y V Chandrachud, who have contributed immensely to the trust and vision of Welingkar Institute

Introduction of Dr. Uday Salunkhe:

Prior to joining of Dr. Uday Salunkhe, WeSchool was known for providing qualitative knowledge through its regular management programs and was one among the many business schools.
It was then in 1995 that an alumnus from the Institute made a choice to join his alma mater. Young, with rich and relevant corporate experience and zeal to contribute, Prof Dr. Uday Salunkhe, now Group Director at Welingkar, took his first steps into the Institute.
Prof Dr. Uday Salunkhe earned his doctorate in ‘Turnaround Strategies for Sick Companies’, an achievement that helped him lead WeSchool, run by Shikshan Prasarak Mandali (SP Mandali). His commitment and dedication toward the institute made him the Group Director of WeSchool and he has not looked back since.

Prof Dr Uday Salunkhe’s Projects in WeSchool:

  • Project Netrutva: To include college drop outs into management education
  • Prayaas: For Urban Women Entrepreneurs
  • Gram Sabha: An initiative for sharing Collective Wisdom and developing sustainable Solutions to connect with the bottom of the pyramid
  • Twareit: A health care solution aimed at the Urban poor
  • Speak for Smiles: A Leadership talk series
  • Global Responsible Leadership Initiative: A movement of creating a new generation of globally responsible business leaders.

Prof Dr. Uday Salunkhe’s achievements at Welingkar:

  • After Dr. Uday Salunkhe was appointed as the Director, Welingkar Education Institute has climbed B-School rankings to be amongst the top 10 business schools in India.
  • Dr. Uday Salunkhe has helped introduce pioneering courses in Business Design, E-business and Retail Management.
  • Dr. Uday Salunkhe helped launch the new campus in Bengaluru
  • At WeSchool, Prof Dr. Uday Salunkhe has been instrumental in launching first of its kind Post Graduate Management Programs
  • Dr. Uday Salunkhe was recently selected as the President of the Mumbai chapter of National HRD Network.
  • Dr. Uday Salunkhe has been involved in the official bodies of the University of Mumbai and the Directorate of Technical Education, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Dr. Uday Salunkhe has served as the President of Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS)
  • He is also on the Executive Board of Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA) which is an initiative of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

In less than a decade, Dr. Uday Salunkhe has helped propel Welingkar institute to new heights. Welingkar has come a long way since Dr. Uday Salunkhe has been at the helm and is now ranked amongst the top B-Schools in India. The current Group Director of Welingkar, Dr. Uday Salunkhe has seen Welingkar ranked 16th in the Economic Times – India Inc's Preferred B Schools survey 2011. At that time, the Economic Times did a story on how students from non - IIM institutes, like Welingkar, were receiving prestigious offers from companies in the financial sectors and the IT sectors. Dr. Uday Salunkhe was quoted as saying that India Inc. was back on its feet and that sectors like IT, ITeS and finance were getting a lot of international business, which were creating opportunities for students.

Under Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Welingkar Institute of Management was ranked 7th in West India and 16th overall in India's Top 50 Business Schools by the Hindustan Times Best B Schools in India Survey in 2010. Under the guidance and stewardship of Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Welingkar has been ranked 8th in the private B-School category by Outlook in the B-School Survey in 2008, 3rd in Student Exchange Program category, 7th in Faculty Exchange Program category.

The Dewang Mehta Business Award in 2008 was awarded to Welingkar for the following categories: Business School which encourages Innovations that lead to better development, Business School Leadership Award, Business School with Best Academic Input (Syllabus) in Marketing and Retail / Services. The awards received by Welingkar were in recognition of leadership, development, innovation and industry interface of business schools. The Dewang Mehta Business Award recognizes talent and leadership amongst the best Business Schools across India.

Welingkar also received the JJ Irani Award as the Best Management Institute, in September, 2006 under Dr. Uday Salunkhe’s management.

Dr. Uday Salunkhe has initiated several international partnerships for Welingkar with universities across the globe to facilitate faculty & student exchange programs, study internships in the United States of America, United Kingdom, Sweden, France and others.

Dr. Uday Salunkhe has also helped launch the new Welingkar campus in Bangalore and has been instrumental in conceptualizing and introducing several new pedagogical approaches in teaching and in the curriculum at Welingkar.

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