Team

Director’s Message

Welcome to the Vedatya Institute.

At Vedatya, we believe that the true strength of any academic institution comes from its faculty, contemporary curriculum and most importantly, the learning environment. A faculty team that brings with it a rich mix of industry-academic experience and is engaged in research and consulting, enables us to offer a qualitatively superior program delivery. Our faculty has authored books and published their research in reputed international and national journals. We are passionate about providing an outstanding student experience. Industry visits, international trips, cultural immersion and involvement with NGOs are all elements that contribute to the student’s overall development during their tenure at the institute. A strong industry interface allows us to draw valuable insights in terms of development of curriculum and also ensures that our program always remain industry relevant.

A new state-of-the-art campus, equipped with all student facilities and an executive education center adds to the student’s experience at Vedatya, making it enriching and rewarding.

Sandeep Munjal - Director

Faculty
Leadership
Sandeep Munjal Director
Shweta TiwariAssociate Dean and Professor
Anjana SinghProfessor & Head of School | Hospitality & Tourism Management
Sanjay Sharma Head of School | Culinary Excellence
Usha Iyer Head of School | Design & Creative Arts
Sudhanshu Bhushan Professor
Debpriya De Associate Professor
Rekha Sharma Assistant Professor
Prashanti Jaykumar Assistant Professor
Jayant Sharma Assistant Professor
Rashmeet Kapoor Assistant Professor
Jasmin Jose Assistant Professor
Ankit Gupta Assistant Professor
Navdeep Kaur Kular Visiting Professor
Nitika Das Visiting Professor
Rati Shukla Visiting Professor

Sandeep Munjal - Director
Sandeep Munjal

Director

Master Course in Business, Temple University, USA

Masters in Tourism Management, IGNOU, India

BSc (Hospitality), Widener University, USA

Hons Diploma (Hospitality) AH&MA, USA

Diploma (Hospitality), (Best All Round Performance Medal), IHM, Aurangabad

Certificate for Teaching in Higher Education, Oxford Brookes University, UK

Prof. Munjal brings in a diverse experience of over 25 years in both industry and academia. During his early career he worked in management positions in the hospitality and retail sectors both in India and internationally. Taj Group of Hotels, Aramark Corporation (USA) and Compass Group are some of the prominent companies he has worked for at various management positions. In academics, his strengths lie in the domain of ‘Strategic Management’, ‘Operations Management’ and ‘Sustainable Tourism’. He is an active researcher who has published widely in international and domestic journals of repute in the areas aligned with his teaching interests. His recent book(s) entitled ‘The Indian Hospitality Industry: Dynamics and Future Trends’ and ‘The Food and Beverage Hospitality Industry in India-An Emergent Segment’ both published in New York by Apple Academic Press have received an overwhelming response.

He has been associated with Vedatya Institute for over fifteen years and has held various positions during his tenure at Vedatya prior to being elevated to his current role as Director since 2014.

Strategic Management

90%

Operations Management

90%

Tourism & Hospitality

90%

Shweta Tiwari

Associate Dean and Professor

PhD, Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Rajasthan

MBA, Pt. Ravi Shankar Shukla University, Chaattisgarh

BSc, Pt. Ravi Shankar Shukla University, Chaattisgarh

Certified Lead Auditor from ICS Mumbai

Prof. (Dr.) Shweta Tiwari is Associate Dean and Professor HRM at Vedatya Institute, Gurgaon.
She has completed her Ph.D. from Mohan Lal Sukhadia University,(Rajasthan). Also, she is a Certified Lead Auditor from ICS Mumbai, proficient in updating ISO manuals, and a PG Diploma holder in Labour law & Administrative Management.

She launched her academic career in 2003 and has seventeen years of rich experience in teaching, training, and academic administration in Higher Education Institutions in India and the International University Indian campus. There is work published and presented in the areas of training and employee retention, employee engagement, human resource planning, business education, skill development, and performance management in various national and international journals & conferences.

She is also a guest editor to two special issues of a Scopus-indexed journal “Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes” published by Emerald Publishing, U.K.(Years 2019/21)

Human Resource Management

90%

Academic Administration

95%

Leadership

90%

Anjana Singh

Head of School | Hospitality & Tourism Management

PhD IGNOU in area of Revenue Management

MSc (Hospitality Administration), IHM Pusa, Delhi

Post Graduate diploma in Training and Development, ISTD, New Delhi

BA, Delhi University

Diploma in Hotel Management, IHM Mumbai

Dr. Anjana Singh has over 15 years of cumulative experience in the hospitality industry and academia, with almost 12 years in academia and 3 years in hotel operations.

Her area of expertise is Revenue management and Hospitality Operations and she strengthens the same through Research, Teaching, Consultancy, and Training. She has co-authored more than 30 research papers that have been published in national and international journals and presented several papers in conferences including the ones at IIT-Delhi; IMT Gaziabad; Services Conference by Pennsylvania State Univ and Virginia Tech University (USA).

She has held various operations and decision-making positions with some of the major players of the hospitality industry – Taj Groups of Hotels, Hyatt Regency, and The Imperial, New Delhi, India.

She holds an All India First Position in the Annual examination for M.Sc. Hospitality Administration and has also been awarded a Gold Medal and Certificate of Excellence from the Ministry of Tourism. She was guest editor to the special issue of an international journal “Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Theme – 2021” published by Emerald and Assistant Editor of the Journal of Services Research, an International Journal of Vedatya Institute Gurgaon. She is currently working on the book in an area of Revenue Management

Revenue Management

95%

Team Building & Collaboration Skills

90%

Research Skills

90%

Sanjay Sharma

Head of School | Culinary Excellence

MBA, Birmingham City, UK

BSc in Hotel Management, IHM, Lucknow

Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education, Oxford Brookes University, UK

Certified Food Handler from Whitbread Academy, NEC Birmingham, UK

Sanjay Sharma is a certified hospitality professional from Oxford Brookes University, UK and has over 18 years of work experience in the hospitality industry and academia. A graduate from the Institute of Hotel Management, Lucknow, he brings rich national and international work experience. Sanjay upgraded his education and honed management skills through an MBA from Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK and subsequently worked with Whitbread, UK at various positions.

His first academic interface was with IHM PUSA, New Delhi and some of the prominent names that he was associated with include Taj Group of Hotels, The Park, Apeejay Surendra Hotels, Premier Inn, UK, Whitbread, UK, Brewers Fayre, UK, and IIMT Oxford Brookes University. He is also a certified food handler from Whitbread Academy, Birmingham, UK.

Sanjay Sharma is also an avid researcher, published books, presented papers in International conferences and has published widely in the area of gastronomy, culinary heritage, slow food and culinary tourism.

Analytical Skills

85%

Operations Management

90%

Research & Development

90%

Usha Iyer

Head of School | Design & Creative Arts
Usha Iyer has been a teacher and mentor in Design since the year 2000. After graduation from the Delhi College of Art, Usha worked in advertising and as a freelance designer on various prestigious accounts, such as Luxor Pen Company, Taj Group of Hotels, Indian Airlines etc. Work included complete design and execution of catalogues, exhibition collaterals, packaging and advertising material.

In the 18+ years as faculty, Usha has been associated with Apeejay Institute of Design, IILM School of Design, Pearl Academy and Indian Institute of Art and Design. Heading the Communication Design department, teaching Foundation and specialisation classes alongside curriculum development and design are some of the various hats Usha has donned recently.

The experience and passion for value added design education and student interaction keeps Usha going. Constantly keen on learning more, Usha is learning to be a trained counselor now.  Her free time is spent on long walks, listening to music, gardening, cooking and drawing. Her brand by the name Chittu Kuruvee Designs is an extension of her creative endeavors. Her ongoing pet project is a personalised, illustrated recipe book for her daughter.

Communication Design

95%

Curriculum Development

80%

Illustration

85%

Sudhanshu Bhushan

Professor

Dr. Sudhanshu Bhushan has traveled extensively around the world and has gained corporate and academic experience in USA, Europe, and Asia. A gold medalist in management education, he is a mystic, poet, philosopher, management consultant, and an academician. He has published many papers in diverse subjects ranging from economics, globalization, risk management, ethics, leadership, retail, and hospitality. Dr. Bhushan is also advisor and facilitator for management ethics programs with many NGOs and corporate businesses. He is developing programs in motivation, leadership, organizational behavior etc., based on rich cultural heritage of India and other Asian cultures.

Dr. Bhushan is a thought leader on alchemy of western management concepts and oriental thought, leading to management transformation, which is a blend of culture of self and organizational discipline and business ethics. He has authored – From Chaos to Serenity – The Divine Perspective on Management, a treatise on synergy between modern management best practices and wisdom from rich ancient cultural & spiritual heritage of countries like India, China, and Japan etc. He has also authored a book on Innovation Management – a comprehensive textbook, designed to meet the needs of post graduate management students, published by Oxford University Press.

He is the Director of Convergence Management Advisors , Gurgaon, a business consultancy outfit. Previously he has held the positions of Dean – IIMT (Oxford Brookes University, UK) and of Associate Dean, GD Goenka World Institute (Lancaster University, UK). He was also Founder Director, JK Padampat Singhania Institute of Management and Technology, Gurgaon. He is Ex-Vice Chancellor Shri Venkateshwar University, Gajraula (UP) India. He has also worked as an Economist with Indian Cotton Mills Federation – FICCI. Dr. Bhushan’s international assignments include a stint as International Finance Manager with SAMA group of Industries at Verona, Italy; and a stint as Advisor for Development Programs at Asian Development Bank, Manila.

Skill bar 1

75%

Skill bar 2

90%

Skill bar 3

85%

Debpriya De

Associate Professor

Masters in Hospitality Management from Sai Nath University, Ranchi

Diploma in Hotel & Catering Management, International Institute of Hotel Management, Kolkata

Debpriya De, Associate Professor at Vedatya Institute, completed his Diploma in Hotel Management from IIHM Kolkata. He has a total of 18 years of work ex out of which 10 years in the industry at various operational positions and 8 years in academics. He has worked with some of the prestigious hotels & restaurants in India, namely Carlson India Ltd, The Park Hotels, The Choice Group etc. He has spearheaded the food and beverage operations of Picadilly Hotels & Resorts before moving into education. His last teaching assignment was with UEI Global as Head Academic Coordinator.

Skill bar 1

75%

Skill bar 2

90%

Skill bar 3

85%

Rekha Sharma

Assistant Professor

Post Graduate in English, HP University, Shimla

BA, Delhi University

BSc in Hotel Management, IHM Gwalior

Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education, Vedatya Institute

Rekha Sharma has over 15 years of enriched experience in the hospitality industry and academics, with almost 7 years in hotel kitchen operations and 8 years in academics. She rediscovered her passion for the science of baking and the art of designing. Specialising in Chinese Cuisine, she stresses on the importance of using fresh ingredients in every dish which can enhance the gastronomic values.

She has published a research paper on Skill Development through training and has co-authored a research paper on Culinary skills as well.

She has worked with some of the prestigious hotels & colleges in India, namely Hyatt Regency, ITC Marriot Welcome, Holiday Inn,  JayPee Palace, SRM University, IILM Gurgaon and UEI Global.

In Hyatt Regency, Rekha was a part of the core team responsible for opening their speciality restaurant, The China Kitchen. Here, she gained immense knowledge and experience under the able guidance of the well – known international Chefs. In her capacity as CDP she has done menu planning for various functions. She has also successfully executed “Train the trainer” programme.

In IIHM Delhi, Rekha has done budgeting, planned various theme lunches and food festivals apartf rom her duty as the HOD food production. Here too, training the students on the intricacies of food production (both theory and practical) was her core responsibility.

Skill bar 1

75%

Skill bar 2

90%

Skill bar 3

85%

Prashanti Jayakumar

Assistant Professor

Pursuing Masters in Travel & Tourism Management from IGNOU

Bachelors in Tourism Studies from IGNOU

Diploma In Hotel Management from IHM, Mumbai

Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education, Vedatya Institute

Prashanti Jaykumar has over 6 years of experience working in 5 star hotels. She started her career as an Asst. Housekeeper in Hotel The Taj Mahal, Mumbai after passing out from Institute Of Hotel Management (IHM). During her tenure with The Taj hotel, she was deputed as Housekeeper-in-charge of Hotel Taj, Aurangabad, where she was not only responsible for the Housekeeping Dept. of the hotel, she was also in charge of in-house training for the students of IHM, Aurangabad (The Taj Group Of Hotels) – both theoretical as well as practical.

Prashanti has also worked in the capacity of Executive Housekeeper in Hotel Fortune Landmark, Indore. She was a member of the core team of the hotel which planned, worked towards and successfully attained 5 star classification for the above mentioned Hotel. It was under her leadership and guidance that the hotel started operating an in-house laundry. Training her departmental staff as well as college student trainees was one of her core responsibilities.

Prashanti also held the position of Reader and HOD, Housekeeping Dept. in Mashal College of Hotel Management, IPS Academy, Indore. Here she brought in the much required discipline and correct attitude towards service within the students. She was responsible for Accommodation Operations, Accommodation Management (both Theory and Practicals) and Development of Soft Skills and Spoken English.

Prashanti passed out as one of the toppers from IHM, Mumbai, coming 2nd in the college and 7th in All India Level.

Skill bar 1

75%

Skill bar 2

90%

Skill bar 3

85%

Jayant Sharma

Assistant Professor

PGDBA in Business Administration, SYMBIOSIS, Pune

B.Sc. in Hotel and Hospitality Administration, IHM Bangalore

Jayant Sharma has completed his degree in Hotel and Hospitality Administration from IHM Bangalore. He has an extensive experience of 10 years with reputed brands like J. W. Marriott, Sheraton, Lalit and Hilton. He started his career with J. W. Marriott Juhu, Mumbai, where he discovered his passion and drive for Cocktails and Food and Beverage Management. His name is also mentioned in the Limca Book of Records for the ‘Longest Cocktail Domino’.

Skill bar 1

75%

Skill bar 2

90%

Skill bar 3

85%

Rashmeet Kapoor

Assistant Professor

Pursuing Masters in Travel & Tourism Management from IGNOU

Post Graduation Diploma in Business Administration From Symbiosis University, Pune

BA Honours, English from Delhi University

Diploma in Aviation & Hospitality Management from Air Hostess Academy

Ms. Rashmeet Kapoor has over 9 Years of experience working in Hospitality Industry with an expertise in Front Office Operations.

She started her career as a Guest Relations Executive with The Imperial, New Delhi and thereafter moved on to Taj Group of Hotels where she held various operational and decision making positions. Her last tenure was with The Leela Group of Hotels as an Assistant Front Office Manager.

She has been responsible for training of the new team members, continuous monitoring of budgets & projections, analysis of the guest complaints for improvement and strategically control of inventory and price to maximize Revenue per available room (REVPAR).

She has been awarded the Role Model for 2 Quarters in Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi and Shining Gem of the 1st Quarter, Executive Level (pre-open

Skill bar 1

75%

Skill bar 2

90%

Skill bar 3

85%

Jasmin Jose

Assistant Professor

BSc. in Hospitality and Hotel Administration, Kozhikode

Chef Jasmin Jose completed B.Sc. in hospitality and hotel administration from IHM Kozhikode. She started her career with Hotel Marriott Jaipur and then worked in Hotel Fairmont, Jaipur. She later moved to Dubai where she worked in Hotel Steigenberger, Dubai and Hotel Marriott Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi.
Chef Jasmin started her career as a lecturer in Jaipur National University after her industry experience.

Skill bar 1

75%

Skill bar 2

90%

Skill bar 3

85%

Ankit Gupta

Assistant Professor

Pursuing PGDBM in Travel & Tourism from Welingkars (Mumbai University)

B.Sc. in Hotel Management & Tourism from LBIIHM Delhi

Certified WSET level 3 award in Wines

Certified WSET level 2 award in Spirits

Certified Hospitality Trainer from AHLEI

Certified Bartender from Ultimate bartenders training program, ITC

Ankit Gupta has a versatile and enriched experience of 10 years in various fields like Hospitality Industry, Liquor Industry, Food Trading & Processing Industry and Academics.

He has a vast experience in luxury hotel brands like The Grand New Delhi and ITC Maurya New Delhi Luxury Collection and has upgraded his beverage skills of wines, spirits and bar by working with Luca Wines and Nature Bounty Wines as wine trainer cum sommelier. He designed his own curriculum and founded Robust School of Wine to provide quality wine knowledge with practical exposure.

He has also worked as Project Manager at Ritual Foods Pvt Ltd. to execute setup of food processing plant and machinery, SOP’s, HACCP standards and recipes.

At IIHM Delhi, Ankit has evaluated curriculum of all years, designed MT program, created FAQ for final year students and conducted mock psychometric test. He also played a vital role in international and domestic competitions, fests and events and conducted WSET wine training and tasting sessions.
He is a proud member of Indian Culinary Forum.

Skill bar 1

75%

Skill bar 2

90%

Skill bar 3

85%

 

Navdeep Kaur Kular

Visiting Professor

MBA, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana (Gold Medalist)

B.E. (Electrical), Panjab University, Chandigarh (Silver Medalist)

UGC – NET qualified

SLET (Master’s Level; accredited by UGC), Panjab University

Navdeep Kaur Kular has an impeccable academic record. She started her career in a wealth management firm and moved to teaching after qualifying the UGC-NET exam. She has been associated with Vedatya since 2004 and has taught a vast array of subjects. Her strong background in quantitative analysis and keen interest in current business developments round the globe brings in high quality insights to the classroom.

Wealth Management

95%

Finance

80%

Business Development

85%

Nitika Das

Visiting Professor

MBA, IIM Kozhikode

Diploma in Digital Marketing, NIIT

BCom, Delhi University

Nitika has a work experience of over 12 years in the industry with organizations like Barclays, HP, SP Jain and American Express. In her assignment with Barclays as Service Manager – Retail Liabilities, she headed the customer service and complaints department for the Delhi region and managed the prestige customer base for Barclays, Delhi. She has also worked with HP in Malaysia and SP Jain in Singapore as Account Manager and Business Development Manager respectively. She has been associated with institute for the last 3 years, heading the marketing and communications function.

Services Management

95%

Business Development

80%

Marketing

85%

Rati Shukla

Visiting Professor

MBA (Finance), Nagpur University

Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education, Oxford Brookes University, UK

Rati has 10 years of teaching experience and prior to joining Vedatya Institute, she was working with Institute of Professional Excellence and Management, Ghaziabad. She has been with Vedatya Institute for last 5 years. Her expertise lies in elements of Business law, Foundations of Business, Business in Context, Ethics in Business, International Business and Marketing, Advertising, and Consumer Behavior.

Business Law

90%

Advertising

80%

Consumer Behaviour

85%

Dr. Ramesh Kapur Founder
Amit KapurManaging Promoter
Governing Council
Academic Council

Dr. Ramesh Kapur

Founder, Vedatya

PhD, IIT, Roorkee
ME, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
BE (Civil), Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, Bangalore

Dr. Ramesh Kapur, along with the other partners, was instrumental in promoting a company in 1972, called Unitech Ltd. Unitech is now one of India’s largest Real Estate, Construction, and Hospitality ventures. This conglomerate is a true entrepreneurial venture that started with an initial investment of merely Rs. 50,000. By the time Dr. Kapur divested his interest in Unitech in late 2005, this initial investment had been converted to Rs. 700 crores in revenue.

During his 33-year tenure as Promoter Director of Unitech Limited, Dr. Kapur first led Unitech’s expansion in the southern part of India on various construction projects and then went to Libya in 1978 to spearhead the company’s first international construction assignment. He also lead Unitech’s foray into the Hospitality industry with the conception, inception and operation of Radisson Delhi in 1998 with an outlay of Rs. 90 crores. Under his leadership as the Managing Director of Radisson Delhi, the hotel has established itself as the Carlson group’s flagship hotel in India. In short, Dr. Kapur’s business acumen and leadership has been one of the key factors in growing Unitech’s revenue from Rs. 20 lakhs in 1983 to Rs. 700 crores in 2005.

In 2008, Senior Editors of Business Sphere Magazine, awarded Dr. Kapur the “Hotelier of the Year” title.

Civil Engineering

95%

Business Development

90%

Entrepreneurship

95%

Amit Kapur

Managing Promoter, Vedatya

MBA, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA
MS (Electronics Engineering), University of Southern California, USA
BS (Electronics Engineering), Arizona State University, USA

One key business lesson that Amit has learned through his career is that it’s a person’s incompetence that gets him into trouble. And it’s the person’s lack of ability to identify this incompetence that gets him into even more trouble.

He therefore focuses his effort at Vedatya on his dwindling list of competencies that include marketing, business development, and effective use of technology to serve a business purpose.

Amit’s past experiences include designing microprocessors and computer systems at Intel in the Silicon Valley in California, working in a marketing and business development entrepreneurial role in a mid-cap semiconductor company, and being an apprentice to a CEO of a $300 million revenue company across multiple roles. He also worked at a venture capital firm based out of Philadelphia, USA, where he advised the principal investor on investment strategies for Information Technology start-ups.

He is extremely committed to the concept of providing not just good quality education, but also applied skills that are immensely helpful for success in the real world.

Amit has also been living his life with the goal of pushing boundaries as an introspective tool. He is an endurance athlete (has completed an Ironman, climbed high altitude mountains in South America, ran ultra marathons, and swam for 10k), is learning Indian classical music (an inspiration from his two sons) and wants to learn more about human psychology.

He relates to the quote “Reality continues to ruin my life” by Calvin & Hobbes.

Marketing

90%

Entrepreneurship

95%

Electronics Engineering

85%

 

Governing Council

 

Prof. Abad Ahmad | Ex Pro-Vice Chancellor, Delhi University

Mr. Ashwani Kakkar | CEO, Mercury Travels

Mr. Atul Punj | Managing Director, Punj Lloy

Mr. B.K. Goswami | IAS, Ex Secretary, Govt. of India

Mr. Harshvardhan Neotia | Managing Director, Bengal Ambuja Housing Development Ltd. | Chairman, Ambuja Realty Development Ltd.

Prof. John Raftery | Pro-Vice Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University, UK

Mr. Jasminder Singh | Chairman, Radisson Edwardian Hotels, UK

Dr. Naresh Trehan | CEO, Medicity NCR, Delhi

Mr. Rajan Jetley | President, Radisson Hotels Asia Pte. Ltd.

Mr. R.K. Puri | Secretary General, HAI

Prof. S.S. Kushwaha | Ex Vice-Chancellor, Ranchi University and MGKV, Varanasi

Prof. T.K.N. Unnithan | Former Vice Chancellor, Rajasthan University

 

Executive Management Committee

Dr. S. P. Shrivastava

Mr. K. B. Kachru

Dr. Ramesh Kapur

 

Executive Coordinators

Mrs. Neelam Kachru

Mrs. Madhuri Kapur

 
 

Academic Council

Prof. Abad Ahmad | Ex Pro-Vice Chancellor, Delhi University

Prof. Sandeep Munjal | Director, Vedatya Institute

Dr. Shrikant Gupta | Director, NIUA

Mr. Robert Fox | Vice President, Human Resources, Carlson Hospitality Worldwide

 

Industry Advisory Committee

Mr. Rohit khattar | Managing Director, Old World Hospitality (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Sandeep Gupta | Executive Director, Choice Hospitality (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Manav Thadani | Managing Director, HVS International

Mr. Sandeep Tyagi | Consultant

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