Uday Salunkhe

Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Director - Welingkar Institute of Management

Dr. Uday Salunkhe - an educationist with the qualities of a leader is the Group Director of the Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, in Mumbai and Bangalore. It is because of his vision and result oriented thinking that Welingkar is now a name to reckon with, not only in India but at a global level too. He has been the guiding light in taking Welingkar to the level that it is at today. He has been nominated for and has won numerous awards.

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 a South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) initiative. Dr. Uday Salunkhe took over as the President of Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) for the year 2007-2008. AIMS is the 2nd largest body of management schools in the world with over 500 members. Jack Welch and Arya Chanakya are strong influencers of Dr. Uday Salunkhe’s work.

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 worked with Mahindra & Mahindra, ISPL and other companies before joining Welingkar in 1995. Subsequently, his inherent passion, commitment and dedication toward the institute led to his appointment as Director in 2000, only five years after he had initially joined the institute. Well respected at even the global level, Dr. Uday Salunkhe has been invited as visiting faculty to the Harvard Business School and the European University in Germany. Dr. Uday Salunkhe has also delivered seminars at the Asian Institute of Management, Manila. He 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

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. 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, 7th in Faculty Exchange Program category.

Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research was honored with The Dewang Mehta Business Award in 2008 in 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 are in recognition of leadership, development, innovation and industry interface of business schools. The Dewang Mehta Business Award recognizes talent and leadership amongst the Business Schools across India. Welingkar institute has received the JJ Irani Award as the Best Management Institute, in September, 2006. Dr. Uday Salunkhe has initiated several international partnerships with universities across the globe to facilitate faculty & student exchange programs, study internships in the United States of America, United Kingdom, Sweden, France etc. Prof. 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 prevalent.

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. WE School is ranked 16th in the Economic Times – India Inc's Preferred B Schools survey, 2011. Dr. Uday Salunkhe was quoted as saying that India Inc. was back on its feet. Sectors like IT, ITeS and finance were getting a lot of international business, which were creating opportunities for students.

A man who is well read and possesses great understanding and knowledge, Dr. Uday Salunkhe is continuously looking to find new and innovative ways to allow students of Welingkar to grow and equip 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. After all, nothing enlightens the human mind like good education.