Uday Salunkhe

Achievements on a personal front

As a young faculty member in 1995, Prof. Dr. Uday Salunkhe saw the immense opportunity that lay ahead for business and management education to make a difference in society and transform lives.  One of the key thoughts that Dr Uday Salunkhe shared was a quote by Joel Barker,

“Vision without action is merely a dream.
Action without vision just passes the time.
Vision with action can change the world.”
- Joel Barker

Prof. Dr. Uday Salunkhe in WeSchool

While the institute was known for providing quality knowledge through its regular management programs, it was still 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, Dr. Uday Salunkhe now Group Director at Welingkar took his first steps into the institute.

Dr. Uday Salunkhe was certain that Welingkar’s future would come from identifying new areas that would create new career paths for students in sunrise industries. Most importantly, Welingkar as an educational institute would make meaningful contribution only by intentionally choosing to stay ahead of the curve and find a new turf.

Dr. Uday Salunkhe on e-Business

One such area was e-Business and leveraging technology.  When Dr. Uday Salunkhe and the team at Welingkar comprising of students and faculty were discussing this, the dot-com bubble had just burst. The team however, was very confident that technology and e-Business are here to stay. Eventhough a few early business models went wrong, it couldn’t mean the principle of e-Business was not going to survive. They were all the more sure that it was the best time to design a program around e-Business. With some skeptical support and criticism, Dr. Salunkhe championed India’s first ever Post-graduate program in e-Business.

Prof. Dr. Uday Salunkhe’s innovation in education

Dr. Uday Salunkhe has taken lead in undertaking several projects to connect with people from various sections of the society and go beyond stereotypes.

  • 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 healthcare solution aimed at the urban poor

Speak for Smiles (Leadership talk series) is also one of such projects. Global Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) is a movement aimed at creating a new generation of globally responsible business leaders and to be a catalyst for changed values and practices regarding global responsibility. WeSchool is the only Indian member of GRLI. GRLI was founded by the UN Global Compact, EFMD and a group of global corporations and B-schools.

He has also established linkages with several world class universities and leading institutes across the globe in the innovation and leadership space. This has helped to create a compelling environment for WeSchool to set new benchmarks for excellence.

Prof. Dr. Uday Salunkhe’s awards and achievements: -

  • Member of Board of Governors, College of Engineering, Pune.
  • Prof. Dharni Sinha Memorial Award for “Excellence in Management Education” 2010.
  • Ravi J Matthai National Fellow Awards for ‘Innovative management education for sustainable development’ at the 24th AIMS Annual Management Education Convention 2012.

Prof. Dr. Uday Salunkhe’s work in literature: -

  • Co-authored a Book titled ‘Productivity Techniques’ published by Himalaya Publishing House First Edition in 2002; Reprint 2004-2010.
  • Co-authored the chapter titled ‘New Approaches to Design Management in India’ in “The Handbook of Design Management”, published by Berg Publishers, UK in 2011.



Achievements on a personal front

Dr. Uday Salunkhe is a mechanical engineer and has a management degree in ‘Operations’. He has completed his doctorate in 'Turnaround Strategies'. Dr. Uday Salunkhe has over 12 years of experience and has a worked at a number of well known organizations like MahinDr.a and MahinDr.a and ISPL among others before joining Welingkar in 1995. His Dr.ive and passion have seen him climb the ladder of success and Dr. Uday Salunkhe was appointed Director of Welingkar within just a few years of joining. Now the Group Director of Welingkar, Dr. Uday Saunkhe has helped take Welingkar to the next level and has seen it ranked in the top B-Schools in India.

Dr. Uday Salunkhe has been invited as visiting faculty to the Harvard Business School and the European University in Germany and has also delivered seminars at the Asian Institute of Management in Manila.

Dr. Uday Salunkhe is currently the Chairman of Adhoc Board of Studies in Management Courses of the Mumbai University and Chairman of the Local Management Committee of the Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA) which is a South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) initiative. Dr. Uday Salunkhe took over as the President of Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS), which is the 2nd largest body of management schools in the world with over 500 members, for the year 2007-2008.

Dr. Uday Salunkhe has also been awarded ‘The Young Achievers Award’ in the field of Academics by the Indo American Society.

Recognizing his excellence and contribution to management education, the 12th Annual Convention on Leadership has conferred the 'Professor Dharni Sinha Memorial Award for Excellence in Management Education' to Dr. Uday Salunkhe for his outstanding work.

Dr. Uday Salunkhe has also been involved in the official bodies of the University and the Directorate of Technical Education to improve the quality of management education.

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