Dr Uday Salunkhe Speaks To The Financial Express

Dr Uday Salunkhe Assocham’s 9th Higher Education SummitWeSchool bagged two awards at Assocham’s 9th Higher Education Summit in New Delhi for the ‘Best Innovative Institute’ while Dr. Uday Salunkhe was honoured as ‘Best Education Entrepreneur’.

Here are some bytes from his interview with Vikram Chaudhary of The Financial Express:

Expectations from the upcoming Union Budget:
Education needs more resources, funds and focus. The government must spend more on infrastructure with intense focus on quality and expanse.

“Higher Education creates professionals who can fuel the growth engine,” says Dr. Salunkhe.

Views on Start-up India:
Start-ups are going mainstream as they create wealth and generate employment. This is fourth industrial revolution. During such times, the start-up culture is bound to grow, and must grow.

Universities’ role in Start-up India and Skill India:
Universities will help create an atmosphere to promote entrepreneurial mindset, risk-taking and, most importantly, an attitude that is not averse to failures. A few institutions, like IIT Bombay, The Munktell Science Park of Malardalen University in Stockholm are good examples.

Entrepreneurship cannot be taught in just two years at a business school. Thoughts?
The statement is partially true. Entrepreneurship is a culture, not a workshop. It needs to be imbibed from an early age. Training is pivotal here. Two years of business school provides live projects, industry interface, EQ training, soft skills, internships and much more that help in creating entrepreneurs.

On the experience of working at the Nashik Kumbh:
It was launched in collaboration with the MIT to resolve several civic issues. The initiative gave students a platform to complement technological solutions with management innovation. Students worked on several projects ranging from basic amenities to traffic management and health services.

Association with MIT:
WeSchool has signed an MoU with MIT’s Venture Mentoring Services that gives access to methodologies used by them for mentoring ventures on their campus.

On Welingkar’s Venture Mentoring Platform?
Welingkar has a mentor board comprising entrepreneurs, investors and attorneys. They interact with student to provide views on the concepts of ventures, the business model, and target groups. There are over 33 successful ventures that have taken off from this platform in the past three years.

On training corporates:
Our MDPs cater to over 70 corporate houses, training personnel at different levels of their career.

Efforts on assimilating youth from Northeast India:
We are working on enhanced interaction, representation and academic connectivity with the Northeast. The region has about 36 business schools. WeSchool will devise a plan on how to give them a bigger and meaningful exposure.

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Dr. Uday Salunkhe Recognized With Best Teacher Award by Higher Education Forum

In a welcoming moment for Welingkar, Group Director and Prof. Dr. Uday Salunkhe has been recognized by Higher Education Forum for his contribution to the management education in India. He was awarded the ‘Best Teacher Award’ in Global Leadership category. The award was presented by Ms Jaya Row, Founder of Vedanta Vision.

“WeScool Awarded With Best Management Institute Award 2015”- Dr Uday Salunkhe

Best Management Institute Award 2015-Welingkar

Earlier this year, Bombay Management Association (BMA) bestowed Welingkar Institute Of management Development School (WeSchool) with the “Best Management Institute The Year 2015” award.

Among India’s top business schools, WeSchool is a pioneering management education institution in India which emphasises on design-led innovative management education for shaping vision and mission of global citizen leadership. WeSchool has also only taken initiatives to help solve socio-economic issues by providing man power management and also trained budding entrepreneurs. Taking this into account, BMA awarded WeSchool with the prestigious award.

Prior to this, BMA had awarded Welingkar with “Outstanding Institute of The Year” award in 2010 and 2013. At WeSchool, the students are groomed in several aspects such as the importance of design thinking and new technology.  The institute takes special efforts to provide education on par with international standards as well as continuously researches to improve the syllabus.

“At Welingkar Institute, we prepare students as stable social and commercial leaders” said Prof Dr. Uday Salunkhe while accepting this award.

Uday Salunkhe Speaks On Nurturing Leaders For Innovation, Execution, Empathy And Affordability

As per the 2015 Global Risks Report, water crisis, rapid and massive spread of infectious diseases, failure of climate-change adaptation and High structural unemployment are some of the top global risks in terms of likelihood.  To counter these risks, we need talent that is trained in innovative ideas as well as understands the needs of emerging nations. While doing so, the talent should take into account the depleting natural resources, environmental changes and economic shifts. “The need of the hour is to have global perspective, social consciousness and courageous leadership that are offered by Welingkar’s business management programs.” says Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director.

We Need More Research In Green Energy Space – Says Uday Salunkhe

WeSchool students recently visited Sweden to understand the innovation systems under India-Sweden Innovation Accelerator (ISIA) programme. Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director of Welingkar Institute stated, “Our students have gotten exposed to the latest international developments in the fields of renewable energy and a detailed picture of the green energy space in India. Such projects will open new career opportunities for them.”

Pressing Issues Of Higher Education In India – Thoughts By Dr. Uday Salunkhe

DR-UDAY-SALUNKHEGROUP-DIRECTOR-WeSchool-FELICITATED-BY-JAYA-ROW-AT-A-FUNCTION-ON-TEACHERS-DAYWith so many management schools cropping up in India, Dr Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, WeSchool, stresses on a few issues faced in India in this regard. After the establishment of four premier IIMs between 1961 and 1984, the number of management schools rose phenomenally across the country and today the number is close to 2500.

This burgeoning number has made quality control a difficult task, says Dr Uday Salunkhe, with the result that the structure and content of these B-school curricula today face issues of relevance. The old style has to be shunned as many schools are not adequately equipped to solve the business needs of advanced organizations.

The traditional managerial approaches to address these challenges do not work. The solution to this problem is focusing on the art of design thinking. Design Thinking, one of the core subjects at Welingkars Institute, says Dr Uday Salunkhe, is a tried and tested instrument, and laterally and holistically innovative in its approach which equips the manager to overcome these hurdles and move closer to the solution.

The distinctive traits of design thinking are that it demands inquiry into accepted notions, multisensory perceptions, cross domain application and prototyping , which are important in today’s advanced organizations, says Dr uday Salunkhe. Welingkar Institute understands the importance of design thinking and puts special focus on this subject to help the aspirants to grasp the idea by illustrating scenarios with live examples.

By quoting Tim Brown who is the MD & CEO, IDEO, Dr Uday Salunkhe concludes “I believe that design thinking has much to offer a business world in which most management ideas and best practices are freely available to be copied and exploited. Leaders now look to innovate as a principal source of differenciation and competitive advantage.

Explore, Develop And Incubate Business And Design Ideas, Says Uday Salunkhe


Vidisha Chhajer is one of the many happy students of Welingkar’s Institute of Management to have secured placement in reputed firms. She recently received a job offer at Infosys, a well known IT giant. It is a dream come true for her. What does she attribute her success to?

‘I thank Welingkar’s Institute and Dr. Uday Salunkhe for my success’, she says. Dr. Uday Salunkhe is the Group Director of Welingkar’s Institute of Management. ‘My institute helped me immensely and the guidance of Dr. Uday Salunkhe has been influential on all students’.

There are many such success stories coming from Wellingkar’s Institute of Management, which is now commonly known as WeSchool. So what sets it apart from other institutes? One such quality is the location of the Institute. The institute is situated in Bengaluru’s Electronic City, and is flanked my Siemens, Infosys, and Wipro – three companies that are considered as giants of the industry.

Group Director Dr. Uday Salunkhe informed us that the institute organizes various programmes related to human resources, finance and marketing. Welingkar’s Institute is known for its innovation and design thinking. Under the leadership of the dean and Dr. Uday Salunkhe, the institute has soared to new heights.

Classroom programmes follow a hands-on approach to drive theoretical learning through live projects. Welingkar’s Institute has recently launched InnoWe, an innovative new lab. The objective of InnoWe, according to Dr. Uday Salunkhe, is to provide a platform for students to explore, develop and incubate business and design ideas.

Additionally, the institute has also developed a state-of-the-art, prototype lab where students can experiment freely. They can give real form to their concepts and test them in the prototype lab. The Welingkar staff actively encourages students to conceptualize ideas and experiment with them, says Dr. Uday Salunkhe, with a proud expression on his happy face.