Advisory Council


The Educational and Research Divisions of the Trust / Society i.e. Finolex Academy of Management and Technology (FAMT), Ratnagiri; International Institute of Information Technology (I²IT), Pune and the Pralhad P. Chhabria Research Center (PPCRC), Pune  are entering a challenging and exciting phase in the field of higher education and research.

The Advisory Council of the Hope Foundation and Research Centre (Hope Foundation) has been set up comprising of eminent personalities with respected knowledge and rich experience to provide the right impetus to our educational and research divisions to strengthen the academic, research and development in India.

Members of the Advisory Council

Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, FRS

Padma Vibhushan Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, National Research Professor, is presently also the President of Global Research Alliance, a network of publicly funded R&D institutes from Asia-Pacific, Europe and USA with over 60,000 scientists.

Dr. Mashelkar served as the Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), with thirty-eight laboratories and about 20,000 employees for over eleven years. He was also the President of Indian National Science Academy and President of Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK). Deeply connected with the innovation movement in India, Dr. Mashelkar is currently the Chairman of India’s National Innovation Foundation, Reliance Innovation Council, KPIT Technologies Innovation Council, Persistent Systems Innovation Council and Marico Foundation’s Governing Council. He co-chairs the Maharashtra State Innovation Council.

Dr. B. B. Ahuja

Prof. B. B. Ahuja is the Director, College of Engineering, Pune and Professor at Department Production Engineering & Industrial Management.

Prof. B. B. Ahuja is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering with a post-graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. For his doctorate, he did his research in the area of Hybrid Bearing Design for High Speed Spindles at College of Engineering, Pune (COEP). He also holds a Master’s degree in Management Science. He has to his credit over 130 technical published papers in National & International Journals and Conferences.

For his zeal and commitment recognizing his excellent teaching skills he was honoured with Best Teacher Award by Government of Maharashtra in the year 2009-10.


Dr. Ashok Kolaskar

Dr. Kolaskar is currently the Vice Chancellor at The Neotia University (TNU), Kolkata. He was a Former Consultant, Internet 2 USA, Former Vice Chancellor, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Former Advisor, National Knowledge Commission, New Delhi & Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Pune.

His career of over 35 years is marked by numerous accomplishments in bioinformatics and biotechnology research, teaching, mentoring, higher education reforms, knowledge management, industry, and managing large institutions with outstanding success. He has extensive international experience as researcher, teacher, administrator, and has been a member/chairman of many international scientific committees.

Mr. Nanik Rupani

Nanik Rupani is an Indian Entrepreneur and Philanthropist who is the Chairman of Roopmeck Electricals Pvt. Ltd. He is also the Chairman, Emeritus of Priyadarshni Academy, Mumbai; a prominent NGO which provides educational scholarships to needy and deserving students.  He is also Director of Echo Valley Developers, Points Projects Pvt. Ltd. and Aon Global Insurance Brokers Pvt. Ltd.

Nanik Rupani was honoured with an opportunity of addressing the Central Hall of Parliament where the Academy paid a tribute to the nation’s beloved leader, late Mr. Rajiv Gandhi. He has arranged Film Talent Contests and contributed large amounts for the welfare fund of three wings of India’s Defence Forces – 1971. He was also conferred with H.H. Jagadguru Sankaracharya Sri Jayendra Saraswati 3rd National Eminence Award 2003, the first Kriyasheel Global Award from Sadguru Shri Mangeshda Kriya Yoga Foundation and many more awards in his credit.

Mr. Shyam G. Raheja

Raheja Realty has been an integral part of India’s real estate landscape over the last six decades. With three generations into the business, the group has truly perfected its craft and developed numerous landmark projects. Ethics, Experience and Expertise are the pillars that sustain S. Raheja Realty Pvt. Ltd.

In the corporate development vertical, S. Raheja undertakes the designing, building, and interior work as per the client’s specification and hands over a completed, ready to use work environment. The group also strongly believes in multiple uses of one space. An example of this is the Hinduja Healthcare and Surgical, Khar (W) which blends healthcare and hospitality to create a boutique experience.

Today, S. Raheja paves the way forward with a vision to incorporate evolved architectural practices and develop projects that are both sustainable and secure. Civil engineers and architects at the management level coupled and an integrated team of experts; enable the group to deliver on its commitment to quality and efficiency.

Dr. Ganesh Natarajan

Dr. Ganesh Natarajan is the Executive Chairman and Founder of 5F World, a platform for Digital Start-ups, Skills and Social Ventures in the country. He is also the Chairman of Global Talent Track and Skills Alpha and a Co-Founder of two Indo-US Joint Ventures – Kalzoom Advisors and the Center for AI and Advanced Analytics.

Ganesh is also the Global Board Director and Chairman of the India Board of Social Venture Partners and Chairman of Pune City Connect, a unique collaborative platform that enables corporations to work with the Government on social and city innovation.


Dr. SrikanthThiagarajan

Dr. SrikanthThiagarajan is a Medical devices expert and an academic researcher in applied computation related to bio-signals and images. Previous academic and research experience in IIT Chennai, University of California, San Diego along with academic teaching and management experience at I²IT shaped the teaching and research expertise of Dr. Srikanth Thiagarajan.

Dr. Srikanth is currently in a leadership role in research and development in Philips Healthcare, North America, as part of Connected Sensing group. He is the author of more than 30 Journal and conference publications and 5 International Patents on Bio-signal processing.


Dr. Sujata Naik – Tolani

Dr. Sujata Naik – Tolani by profession is a medical doctor since 1985, with a Master of Surgery in Otolaryngology. Later, she moved to the US and obtained professional certifications from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Sujata Naik – Tolani  has also been on the Board of Tolani Group of Companies since 1984, often participating in the activities of development of higher education by the group companies and charitable trusts promoted by the Group.

In 2007, she was elected Vice Chairperson of the Board of Tolani Shipping Company Limited and in 2009; she was appointed Chairperson of the Board of Tolani Shipping Company Limited. Since then, she is actively steering the growth and well-being of the Company. Dr. Sujata Naik – Tolani is also the Chairperson of the Governing Body of Tolani College of Commerce and the Governing Council of the Tolani Maritime Institute.

Mr. Rajiv Vaishnav

Rajiv is heading the Ecosystem & Partnerships Development at GenNext Hub, a Reliance Enterprise. In this role, Rajiv is responsible to evangelize the Start-Up ecosystem, identify and connect with the deserving start-ups, academia, government agencies, mentors, angel investors and VC networks globally.

He was the Vice President – Member Outreach at NASSCOM for over 13 years.   He has been an integral part of NASSCOM’s Trusted Sourcing Initiative and has led the Cyber Labs and cyber awareness initiatives in Mumbai, Thane and Pune in partnership with the enforcement agencies.



Narendra Goidani

Narendra is the Founder of Life School and has been conducting inspirational training programs for people from all walks of life, for more than 14 years now. His main focus is training people on “EMPOWERED LIVING”. He has a magical ability to identify talent and nurture it. He is a mentor to thousands across the globe. His emphatic long standing ‘Life Value’ has been these three words, ‘Inspire OR Expire’.

He believes the youth of this country have the potential to bring India its deserved pedestal in the world. To empower students towards this destination, he has started a social initiative – “Keep Moving Movement”.



Dr. Samir Kumar Das

Dr. Samir Das is a Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics, Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), Pune.  He was associated with the International Institute of Information Technology (I²IT) as a Professor and Head, Department of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and has been a JSPS Fellow (Invited Professor), Tohoku University, Japan.

His professional service tenure also included reputed organizations and institutions like SECG, C-DAC, Pune; Visiting Research Fellow, National Taiwan University, Taiwan; Senior Research Officer.


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