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 - Vedatya Institute

Sandeep MunjalDirector
Anita SharmaAssociate Dean and Professor
Anila RattanProfessor & Head of School | Hospitality & Tourism Management
Sanjay Sharma Professor & Head of School | Culinary Excellence
Sasi MenonHead of School | Design & Creative Arts
Debpriya DeAssociate Professor
Rekha SharmaAssociate Professor
Rashmeet KapoorProgramme Director
Geetika ManchandaAssistant Professor
Pushpender YadavAssistant Professor
Apurva KapurAssistant Professor
Manoj ShahAssistant Professor
Jyotishikha SinghAssistant Professor
Navdeep Kaur KularVisiting Professor
Nitika Das Visiting Professor
Mridula DwivediVisiting Professor
Rati Shukla Visiting Professor
Sandeep Munjal - Director
Sandeep Munjal


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


Operations Management


Tourism & Hospitality

Anita Sharma

Associate Dean and Professor

Pursuing Data Analytics in Business and Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency,  IIT, Madras.

Ph.D. Management, Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Sonipat, Haryana

Masters in Finance and Accounting, Central College, Bangalore

B. Com, Bangalore University

UGC NET (Management) Qualified

Prof. (Dr.) Anita Sharma has worked with Presidency University, School of Management, Bangalore, and prior to that she worked with IITM, New Delhi, and K.R Mangalam University, Gurgaon. She has been into teaching and research for the past 14 years. She has also worked with corporate under the domain of accounts and finance for 4 years. Other than teaching she has played various other roles like Personal counselling, Industry-academia tie-ups, Training & placement, and students welfare activities. She was an active member of the editorial board and IQAC. She has worked for NAAC accreditation and assessment for some of the institutes.

During her tenure in corporate, she also went through the training of SAP in Finance & Controlling module with SAP Germany way back in 2008. Her research areas are crowdfunding, Social Media Marketing, and Behavioural finance. She has a good number of publications in national and international journals of repute. She has participated in and presented a various research papers in conferences held at the national and international levels. She also has a few patents to her credit with Australian and South African Intellectual Property rights.

Finance and Accounting


Academic Administration



Anila Rattan

Head of School | Hospitality & Tourism Management

Professional course in Hotel Management and Catering technology (full time 3 years) from Indian Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad (Taj Group of Hotels). Additionally, a (full time 1-year) fast track management trainee program.

Diploma in Hospitality Management from American Hotel & Motel Association (AH&MA) USA

Diploma in Teaching and Training – International Vocational Qualification from City &Guilds UK – Got a Distinction and was felicitated by the council.

Certificate level course “Leaders of Learning” from HarvardX: Harvard online education arm.

ICF (International Coaching Federation) accreditation at PCC (Professional Certified Coach) level (500+ coaching hrs.)

Master Trainer “Extended DISC System – Personality Profiling” by Yukka Sappien (a psychometric assessment tool) in India with a CEDA (Certified Extended DISC administrator) certification

“Phillips ROI Method of Evaluating HR Interventions” from ROI Institute Inc

Author “The Alchemy of Coaching: Maximize self & team performance as first-time managers”

Research Paper: Empirical Study on the power of coaching in the VUCA environment

Research Paper: Gender Micro Aggressions in corporate India – WomenLead

Anila is an internationally certified L&D leader with 26+ years of professional experience in various facets of adult learning across industries, geographies and assignments as well as an ICF accredited PCC level executive coach. As a seasoned learning professional, Anila has successfully and effectively combined her experience in facilitation, psychometric assessment, L&D operations, executive coaching, and L&D consulting for business and P&L impact, with a global perspective. Over the span of her career, she has gained both experience and competence in leading the complete lifecycle of learning.

Her range of exposure allows both benchmarking and cross pollination of ideas for new learning approaches to impact our students learning experience and development. Her uniqueness lies in the fact that she has a rare combination of on one hand a deep understanding of the learning and coaching processes and on the other hand an understanding of business and P & L with a special interest in technology led learning.

She has been associated with IIMT- Oxford Brooks University: Vedatya as an assistant professor for the hospitality school and with Sushant University as visiting faculty for Soft Skills training for the MBA, MCA, BBA as well as Hotel graduates. Worked with Raffles University students on behavioural skills and DISC assessments for the students of The Shri Aspen Leadership School – a collaboration of The Shri Ram school, Aspen group, Snow Leopard adventures and the Aspire group. With City & Guilds created Contact Centre Certificate Level Qualification and with AIMA created the “Business communication Module” for AIMA MBA course among others.

Anila is an alumnus of IHM- Aurangabad and worked with Taj Group of hotels in her initial
career journey.

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


Operations Management


Research & Development




Sasi Menon
Sasi Menon

Head of School | Design & Creative Arts

M.Des, National Institute of Design, Gujarat, India

Strategy Execution, Harvard Business School Online, USA

Trained with a strong base in strategic thinking and ideation from the National Institute of Design
Ahmedabad, Sasi has been working both as a design practitioner and a design educator /
academician since 1998. After his graduation in Industrial Design with a specialization in Product
Design, he ventured into academics early on in his career. While his experience in academics
gives him the necessary skills to strategize and roll out programmes with a focus on Design
Thinking, Design Methods, and Design Research, his exposure in the field enables the translation
of those strategies into real-time, responsive design projects.

Sasi believes that design is going to be an integral part of all future enterprises and will act as the
binder that holds technology, human values, commerce, and sustainability together. It will also
become the bridge that connects diverse professions together, in order to address emerging
macro challenges.

As an educator, Sasi has been instrumental in creating, setting up, and successfully administering
programmes in design for livelihoods, design foundation studies, product design, design strategy
as well as training programmes for artisans and non-design students. As a design educator and
strategist, his focus is on higher education and its relevance in creating responsible professionals
for future needs and challenges. As an administrator, he is passionate about building an
academic culture that is not only robust and relevant but also takes the needs of all stakeholders
into account.

Sasi has been part of many educational institutions in the past 20+ years, including IICD Jaipur,
Pearl Academy, GD Goenka University as well as Sushant University. He has also been part of
prestigious bodies like the CII National Committee on Design, and as a jury member for India
Design Council’s I-Mark Awards.

At Vedatya, Sasi intends to create a new-age design school that brings together design, creative
arts, ecology & sustainability along with a strong industry focus which will enable the next
generation of creative professionals to tackle the macro challenges that the world is facing today.

Product Design


Curriculum Development






Debpriya De

Associate Professor

Pursuing PhD (Hospitality Management) from SaiNath University, Ranchi

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. With a total of 24 years of work experience, he boasts 10 years of experience in various operational roles within the industry and 14 years in academia.

He has worked with some of the prestigious hotels & restaurants in India, namely Carlson India Ltd, The Park Hotels, The Choice Group, etc. He 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.

Rekha Sharma

Associate 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.

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Rashmeet Kapoor

Programme Director

Masters in Travel & Tourism Management from IGNOU

Post Graduation Diploma in Business Administration from Symbiosis University, Pune

BA Honours, English from Delhi University, India

Diploma in Aviation & Hospitality Management from Air Hostess Academy

Ms. Rashmeet Kapoor has over 14 years of experience working in the Hospitality Industry and Academia with expertise in Accommodation Management – including Operations, Pre-opening, and Skill training.

She started her career with The Imperial New Delhi and, then took on an opportunity with the Taj Mahal Hotel New Delhi, where she held various operational and decision-making positions. Her last hotel assignment was with The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel and Residences as the Assistant Front Office Manager.

She has been responsible for departmental and cross-functional training, continuously monitoring budgets & projections, analyzing guest complaints for improvement, and strategically controlling inventory and price to maximize Revenue per available room (RevPAR).

She is a certified trainer from the Taj Hotels Group and The Leela Group, has successfully completed the Situational Leadership workshop by Blanchard International (2012), and was a Certified Internal Auditor of ISO 14001:2004 with The Leela Ambience, Gurugram. She has received various accolades during her career – including ‘Role Model, Executive Level for two consecutive quarters in the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi’ and ‘Shining Gem, Executive Level (pre-opening) with The Leela Group.

She has completed her master’s with an A grade from IGNOU.

Geetika Manchanda

Assistant Professor

Pursuing Masters in Travel & Tourism Management from IGNOU

Degree in Hotel Management from Kurukshetra University

Ms. Geetika Manchanda has over 10 years of experience working in the industry with an expertise in Digital Marketing Domain.

She started her career as an E-commerce Coordinator with The Park Group of Hotel, New Delhi and thereafter moved on to JHM Group of hotels she held various operational and decision making positions. Her last tenure was with The Accor Group of Hotels, Aerocity as an Assistant Manager- Digital Marketing.

Skill bar 1


Skill bar 2


Skill bar 3




Pushpender Yadav

Assistant Professor

Masters in Hospitality Management, J.S. University, Uttar Pradesh.

BSc Hospitality Management, IHM Gwalior.

Pushpender Yadav has over 11 years of overall job experience, 7+ of which have been in industry, and 3+ of which have been in academia. He has worked in supervisory role with The Oberoi Hotel Gurgaon and team associate role with Jaypee Hotel Agra, two renowned hotel brands in India. After that, He decided to switch from industry to academia and worked as a lecturer for The Lalit Suri School of Hospitality and Management for more than two years. He is also a WSET Level 1(in wines) and passionate about creativity in service as a topic. He loves to watch cricket and cook at home in his free time.



Food & Beverage Service






Chef Apurva Kapur
Apurva Kapur

Assistant Professor – Food Production

Post-Graduate Diploma, Food Production: Bakery & Confectionery, IHMCS

(B.Tech.), Electronics and Communications Engineering, Suresh Gyan Vihar University

Apurva brings nearly 7 years of experience in the hospitality industry, working for brands like the Taj Hotels ( Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur and other Taj properties). Her most recent role was with ‘Petite Pie Shop’ as head of Pastry. Apurva is a qualified engineer (electronics & communications) who chose to follow her passion for a career as a Chef, she has done a Diploma in Bakery & Confectionary from IHMCS, Jaipur.



Culinary Skills


Food Hygine




Chef Manoj Shah
Manoj Shah

Assistant Professor – Food Production

 Master’s Degree in Hotel Management from Punjab Technical University

 Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Tourism Management

Chef Manoj is a passionate culinary enthusiast and his profound love for culinary arts brought him to the culinary domain of the hospitality industry. A young and dynamic chef with over a decade of work experience in India and abroad, some of the prominent brands include Carnival Cruise, The Leela, The Lalit, TGIF, etc.

His research area and interest lie in fostering novel concepts and initiating research and development in continental cuisine.



Jyotishikha Singh
Jyotishikha Singh

Assistant Professor – Accommodations

 M.Sc. in Hospitality Administration, IHM Pusa

 B.Sc. in Hotel Management, IHM, Lucknow

Ms. Jyotishikha Singh completed her Master of Science degree in Hospitality Administration from IHM PUSA New Delhi and Bachelor of Science in Hotel Management and Catering Technology from IHM Lucknow. She brings in a considerable experience in academia and industry specialising in Housekeeping Operations, Accommodation Management and Facility Management.

In the past she has been associated with Amity School of Hospitality, Amity University, Lucknow and St. Soldier Institute of Hotel Management, Jalandhar as an Assistant Professor.



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




Business Development




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


Business Development






Mridula Dwivedi

Visiting Professor

Ph.D, IIT Kanpur

Dr. Mridula Dwivedi has 13 years of teaching experience. She held the position of the Program Director for M.Sc at Oxford Brookes and Lancaster University programs in India. Her work was awarded as the best portfolio for teaching and learning by the Oxford Brookes University. She earned a Certificate in Teaching from the Lancaster University.

She has published her papers in International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Research Methods for Business Students, Asian Education and Business Studies, Information Technology and Tourism among others. She has presented papers at IIM Lucknow, EuroCHRIE Leeds, University of Modena, Italy etc. She is a reviewer with the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. She has a gold medal for standing first in MA Economics at Banasthali Vidyapith. Her research interest focuses on use of social media in business.

She also maintains a travel blog and visited 32 countries till date. In her blogging/social media journey she has worked with Spain Tourism Board, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Jordan Tourism Board and companies like Singapore Airlines, Air Arabia, Taj Safaris and many more.

Social Media


Travel & Tourism






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




Consumer Behaviour




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


Business Development



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.





Electronics Engineering


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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