Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director - Welingkar Institute of Management
A leader and visionary, Dr. Uday Salunkhe is the Group Director of the Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, in Mumbai and Bangalore. At Welingkar since 1995, Dr. Uday Salunkhe previously worked with Mahindra & Mahindra, ISPL and other well known and prestigious organizations before joining Welingkar at his appointed post as faculty member for Production Management. Dr. Uday Salunkhe’s inherent passion, commitment and dedication toward the institute led to his appointment as Group Director of Welingkar and he has not looked back since. A mechanical engineer with a management degree in 'Operations' and a Doctorate in 'Turnaround Strategies', Dr. Uday Salunkhe has more than 12 years of experience in the corporate world. He has brought that and more to the table at Welingkar ever since his appointment.
Well respected, both home and abroad, Dr. Uday Salunkhe has been invited to the Harvard Business School and the European University in Germany as visiting faculty. He has also delivered seminars at the Asian Institute of Management in Manila. Recognizing his excellence and contribution to management education, the 12th Annual Convention on Leadership 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 awarded "The Young Achievers Award” in the field of Academics by the Indo American Society. Dr. Uday Salunkhe is continuously looking to find new and innovative ways to allow students of Welingkar to grow and also find means of equipping them with the necessary tools required to, not only compete on a global playing field but also, succeed on it with the help of a quality education.
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 is currently the Chairman of the Ad-hoc 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 an initiative of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC). The teachings of Jack Welch and Arya Chanakya are strong influencers in Dr. Uday Salunkhe’s life and that reflects in his work.
Under Dr Uday Salunkhe’s visionary leadership, Welingkar Institute 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 and 7th in Faculty Exchange Program category. Through the leadership and vision of 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.
In February of 2011, 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. Welingkar was ranked in the top 16th in the Economic Times – India Inc's Preferred B Schools survey 2011. Dr. Uday Salunkhe was said that India Inc. was back on its feet. Sectors like IT, ITeS and finance were getting a lot of international business, which was creating opportunities for students. Something that only bodes well for Welingkar and everyone that is associated with it.
The Dewang Mehta Business Award, an award that recognizes talent and leadership amongst the Business Schools across India, was awarded to Welingkar in 2008 in the following categories:
1) Business School which encourages Innovations that lead to better development,
2) Business School Leadership Award,
3) Business School with Best Academic Input (Syllabus) in Marketing and Retail / Services.
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 USA, UK and parts of Europe that include Sweden, France etc. Dr Uday Salunkhe has also been part of the official bodies of the University and the Directorate of Technical Education to improve the quality of management education that is currently prevalent. The awards that Welingkar won are in recognition of leadership, development, innovation and industry interface when it comes to business schools and was due to the positive influence of Dr. Uday Salunkhe. Welingkar Institute was also the recipient of the JJ Irani Award as the Best Management Institute, in September, 2006.