Dr. Rajani Gupte
Dr. Rajani Gupte is the Vice Chancellor of the Symbiosis International (Deemed University). A distinguished academic, she received her Doctorate degree in Economics on the topic “The impact of trade liberalization on the level of protection of Indian Industry”. She has done her M.A, M. Phil, and Ph.D. in Economics from the reputed Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune.
She started her career as a Research Assistant at the Indian School of Political Economy with Prof. V. M. Dandekar in 1978 and after 2 years, joined the teaching profession as a lecturer at Loyola College, Madras. Over the last 30 years, she has taught Economics at postgraduate level at various colleges including Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune University, Symbiosis Institute of Business Management and Symbiosis Institute of International Business, Pune. She has taught at many foreign universities as well, including the Oakland University, Michigan US, and Bremen University for Applied Sciences, Germany.
A six-year stint as a Director – Finance in a Private Limited company with a dealership of Cummins Diesel Sales and Services at Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh helped her understand the nuances of doing business.
Before she joined Symbiosis in 1993 she spent two years as a Research Fellow at the Times Research Foundation, a think tank for Economics and Media.
She has been a part of the leadership team at Symbiosis for over two decades. She joined Symbiosis as a founding member of the Symbiosis Institute of International Business. She was the Director of the Institute between 2004 and 2012. Her headship led the Institute to be established as one of the top-ranking business schools in India. A capable institution-builder, Dr. Gupte has also earlier held the positions of Dean – Faculty of Management, Dean-Academics and Pro-Vice Chancellor at the Symbiosis International (Deemed University).
She is an independent Director on the Board of L& T Finance Limited and L& T Housing Finance Limited. She has been frequently invited on committees of important organizations, such as International Trade Panel – Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), World Trade Organization Committee, Govt. of Maharashtra. She has also served on committees appointed by the UGC and on working groups on higher education.
Dr. Gupte is one of the ten women selected from across Asia who has attended the ‘Women in University Administration programme’ sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
She has won numerous awards for her outstanding contribution to Education. Some of them are – Lokmat National Education Leadership Awards 2015, the “Swayamsidha Puraskar 2015” , the ‘Think Pure Award’ by the ‘Think Pure Social Welfare Foundation’ in 2016, “The Iconic Leader Award – Creating a better world for all” at the WOMEN ECONOMIC FORUM 2017 and recently was awarded as a “Visionary Eduleader of India” for being an excellent institution builder, at the hands of Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Former President of India.