Nitte Vinaya Hegde can be described as an entrepreneur having made a successful foray into the field of education, a philanthropist, a technocrat, an avid sports lover, a family man and finally to describe in his own words a true human being. He towers over many others when it comes to his contribution in heralding the second renaissance in the field of education in undivided Dakshina Kannada district. Under the guidance of this great visionary, Nitte Education Trust (NET) run by him has emerged as the largest Mangalore-based educational institution catering to basic and professional education. Being the son of a famous father late justice K S Hegde , Judge of the Supreme Court of India and Speaker of Lok Sabha, was not a deterrent for him to carve out his own place of eminence
Mr. Vinaya Hegde also spearheads Lamina Group of Industries as the Group Chairman, which has a turnover in excess of Rs. 200 crores, employing more than 2000 people. The group has a export turnover in excess of Rs.100 crores with exports to countries like Germany, U.S.A, U.K, Korea, Finland, Belgium and others. The flagship company Lamina Suspension Products Ltd, which was founded in the year 1976, manufactures Automobile Leaf Springs. He was the Chief Promoter of Marmagoa Steels Limited, a Mini Steel Plant set up at Margao, Goa, in 1989. He was former Chairman of CII, Mangalore Chapter and was nominated by the Government of Karnataka as the Industrial Representative in the Governing Council of KREC, Suratkal, (now NIT Karnataka) and held this office till the institution was elevated as National Institute of Technology. He was appointed by the Government of Karnataka as Chairman of Coastal Agenda Task Force, constituted for drafting long term plan for the comprehensive development of the Coastal Districts.
He is also the former Chairman of the Board of Governors of National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal (by Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India) member of the Mangalore University Syndicate & Academic Council and member of the Governing Council of Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal. The Coastal Agenda Task Force headed by him played a key role in proposing the Special Economic Zone for this region, which is now becoming a reality. A great sports lover that he is, Vinaya Hegde was responsible for awakening the sporting spirit among Mangaloreans by conducting national sports for the first time in the district headquarters in 1984 under the aegis of Lamina Group. He had a part to play in the development of some national-level athletes from the district.
In memory of his late father, the Nitte Education Trust has established a Foundation in 1992 under his Chairmanship. The Foundation undertakes charitable works like village adoption, housing, education and healthcare, resettlement of displaced children and vocational training. In recognition of his distinguished and longstanding service in the fields of education and industry Mr. N. V. Hegde has been conferred with "Honorary Doctorate" by the Mangalore University. When the Nitte (Deemed to be University) was established in 2008, he became the Chancellor. Under his farsighted leadership, in a short span of just four years, Nitte (Deemed to be University) has been placed under category "A" by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, which is a rare distinction and achievement.
Prof. (Dr.) M. Shantharam Shetty completed his MBBS from the Government Medical College, Mysore in 1964 and MS (Ortho) from Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi in 1970. He also holds F.A.C.S , F.I.A.M.S, F.I.C.S.(Ortho) and has been conferred with F.R.C.S from the Royal College of Surgeons, England. He has over 40 years of experience in teaching medical students and has trained more than 300 post graduate students in Orthopaedics.
He started his career with the Nitte group as the first Dean of K S Hegde Medical Academy from 1998 to 2007 and later became the first Vice Chancellor when Nitte (Deemed to be University) was established with 5 constituent colleges viz., K S Hegde Medical Academy, A.B Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, NGSM Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nitte Usha Institute of Nursing Sciences and Nitte Institute of Physiotherapy. He held the post of Vice Chancellor from 2008 to 2012. An active academician, he has presented over 200 scientific papers at International, National and State Conferences with 47 publications to his credit. He has delivered expert lectures at National & International conferences and Symposia. He has received the Best Paper Award 4 times and has co-authored a book and written a chapter in one. He has occupied several important academic positions like Member of the Senate, Academic Council , Board of Studies of several Indian Universities, Inspector for the National Board and Medical Council of India. He is also the Post Graduate Examiner to the National Board, various Indian Universities and International SICOT Examiner in Orthopaedics held in different parts of the world.
Being a multi faceted personality he is associated with service and non-governmental organizations and has been responsible for their overall growth. He is the President of Vocational Rehabilitation Centre since 1980 which trains physically challenged children in computer education. He is also associated with the D.K Handicapped Association, Indian Red Cross, Lions Artificial Limb Centre, Indian Orthopaedic Association as their Presidents / Director. He was the AO Trustee Switzerland nominee from India during the period from 2005 to 2010. He has been nominated by AO Foundation, Switzerland as Chairman, AO Trauma India.
Prof. Shetty is the recipient of several honours and fellowships such as The Karnataka Rajyotsava Award for meritorious service in the field of Medicine in 1991, AO Fellowship to Germany in 1983, AADO Fellowship to Netherlands and U.K. in 1996, Ranawat Fellowship to USA in 1989, International Lions President Award for the work for physically handicapped, Indian Medical Association Award for meritorious service in 1999, International Lion President’s Award for Leadership in 1996, Rotary Vocational Service Award in 2000, Vandana Award (Rotary) for meritorious service in the field of Medicine 2004 etc.
Has been a regular faculty for AO Principal, ORP and Advanced and Masters Course held in India and various other Asia Pacific Countries. In short, Dr. Shetty has made a mark as a teacher, educationalist, administrator and a surgeon.
Mr. Vishal Hegde is an industrialist and academic administrator with more than two decades of experience in general administration. Mr. Vishal Hegde is a management graduate specializing in marketing. He has in his world of endeavour both enterprise and education.
Mr. Vishal Hegde holds the position of Trustee, Nitte Education Trust, which is a renowned premier educational organization in Karnataka managing over 30 institutions in 3 campuses at Mangaluru, Nitte and Bangalore. With a student base of over 25000 they include medical, dental, engineering, management, allied health sciences, hospitality and technical, liberal education institutions, a host of Schools and a large multispecialty hospital. Mr. Vishal Hegde is responsible for strategic planning, collaboration and quality management and oversees the philanthropic activities that include community development, health-care and insurance and empowerment. The stellar role that he has been playing has made the educational institutions under the Trust and the University one of the most sought after destination for studies by students not only from India but from other countries too.
He joined Lamina Suspension Products (Pvt) Ltd. in the year 1992 as a Director. As a the Director of Lamina Group of Companies which is a 2000 employee, Rs. 1500 Million group engaged in the manufacture and export of automobile leaf springs and brake-drums. He is in charge of the Marketing and New Product Development functions and admirably takes credit for the success of the group. He is also the Director of group companies, such as, Lamina International, Lamina Foundries Ltd., Manmet Engineering Product Ltd. and Lamina Leasing Ltd.
He is currently the Pro-Chancellor of the University with the responsibilities for financial administration, procurement management and global initiatives of the University. He is widely travelled in India and abroad.
Prof. Dr. Satheesh Kumar Bhandary, currently the Vice Chancellor, Nitte (Deemed to be University) since 10th November 2017 .
He was appointed as Professor & Head of the department of ENT, from 1999, for a period of 13 years followed by the Vice Dean, for a period of 5 years and as a Dean of K.S. Hegde Medical Academy for 5 years .
Dr.Satheesh Kumar Bhandary started his academic journey in Mysore Medical College from where he graduated, followed by a diploma and completed his post-graduation, MS in ENT from JJM Medical College, Davangere in 1986.
He has served for about 10 years as Assistant and Associate Professor in KMC, Mangalore.
He has held a long list of executive and non-executive posts, such as the President, IMA South Kanara branch, President, AOI, Karnataka Chapter and Karavali Branch.
He has contributed immensely to the advancement of his branch through numerous National and International publications and lectures.
He has vastly contributed to research and has received several external grants of more than 20 lakhs from BRNS, Government of India.
Dr.Bhandary is involved in many extension and social causes and was instrumental in establishing the “Mangalore Laryngectomee Club” at K.S Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore which is one among the registered member Club of “The International Laryngectomee Association (IAL)” in India.
He is the recipient various Honors and Awards, the most prestigious one being the “Arya Bhata Award”for Excellence in the field of Medicine by Aryabhata Cultural Association, Bangalore (2006). “Distinguished Alumni Award” from the Manipal Academy Of Higher Education, Manipal and the “Eminent Educationist Award” by the National & International Compendium, New Delhi. Samaja Ratna in Medicine by Jnana Mandira and samkrithi Trust Bangalore (2014) Saurabha Ratna Award in Medicine by Suma Saurabha state Awards in Bangalore 2015 “Achievement award” by Mantra Natyakala Academy Mangalore, Gurukul Ustav 2018.
Most important he was Awarded fellowship Ad Eundem(FRCS) from Darek Alderson, President Royal College of Surgeons of England during the convocation held at St. George’s Hall, Liverpool, U.K on 10th October 2018.
Dr. M S Moodithaya assumed charge as the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Nitte (Deemed to be University) on 10th November, 2017. He was earlier the Registrar of the University since November 2013 and Director-Global Initiatives of the University from January 2011 to November 9, 2017. He was the director of Justice K S Hegde institute of Management, Nitte for nearly 13 years, after being the Principal of Dr. NSAM First Grade College Nitte for two years. Dr. Moodithaya is a postgraduate in Cost Accounting from University of Mysore and a postgraduate diploma holder in Marketing and Sales Management from Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Bombay. Mangalore University has awarded him the degree of Ph.D. for his thesis on "The issue of Problems and Prospects of Rural Industries in the Context of Globalization". Before joining the Nitte Group in May 1997 Dr. Moodithaya had taught at SDM College of Business Management, Mysore University Post Graduate Centre at Davanagere and MGM College, Udupi.
During his teaching, consultancy and research career of more than three decades, Dr. Moodithaya has published six books, several articles in peer reviewed journals and completed more than a dozen research projects funded by organizations like Indian Institute of Banking and Finance, Karnataka State Agriculture and Marketing Board, Corporation Bank, NABARD, Ford Foundation, ICSSR, Indian Overseas Bank, Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India etc. He has also guided and produced Ph Ds on contemporary issues in management in the fields of Corporate Philanthropy, Quality Management System and Financial Inclusion.
Dr. Moodithaya has worked as an advisor to several organizations and is widely traveled in India and abroad and visited countries like USA, Japan, UK, France, Switzerland, Kenya, UAE, Ethiopia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, Uganda, Germany, Belgium, Oman, Philippines, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia, Netherlands, China etc. on teaching, research and consultancy assignments. He serves in the Boards of Universities, for- profit and not-For-Profit organizations. He has strong research interests in International Business Strategy, Financial Inclusion and Sustainable Development.
Prof. Dr. Alka Kulkarni, a Science graduate, completed MBA in 1985 and acquired Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications in 1991. Her doctoral studies on the topic 'Quality Management Systems in Higher Education - A Study in Karnataka' enabled her to obtain PhD.
Her career began as an Administrative Manager in industry and was followed by her moving to a teaching career in 1989, beginning as a lecturer and rising to the post of Professor. She was the First lady Special Officer of the Visvesvaraya Technological University and made a distinct mark in the administration of the University from 2002 to 2008. She was the Chief Co-ordinator of Post Graduate Common Entrance Test (PGCET) for Exam conduction and counseling for PG seats of MBA, MCA and M.Tech comprising all the nine universities of Karnataka. She has served as a Member of various committees/boards of VTU and was the First lady member of the Examination Squad team. Her exceptional abilities were responsible for her nomination as Advisor to various Management Institutions.
She served as a Co-ordinator of the Hubli Centre during the first ever decentralized counseling of Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA--CET CELL), Bangalore for allotment of Medical, Dental, Engineering, Architecture, Homeopathy, Ayurveda and Unani seats in the state of Karnataka from April 2009 to September 2010,
With a vast experience behind her in admissions, examinations and impeccable administration, she was invited by Nitte (Deemed to be University) to take charge as Controller of Examinations from 2011 which she carried out diligently till 13.11.2017. The Selection committee appointed her as Registrar of Nitte (Deemed to be University) taking into consideration her acumen in overall administration. She has taken charge as the Registrar on 13th November 2017.
Dr. Prasad B. Shetty, an alumnus of A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences , completed his Bachelor's degree in Dental Surgery under Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, in the year 2002. Soon after completing the graduation, he joined as staff in charge of Maranakatte rural satellite centre , under the department Community Dentistry of A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences . During his tenure, he has immensely contributed to the overall development of rural centre.
In 2005, he joined for Master's degree in Dental Surgery in the speciality of Periodontics at A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences. After completing his Master of Dental Surgery in 2008 under Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences , joined the department of Periodontics as Assistant Professor. During this period, he was posted to the department of Community Dentistry to monitor the functioning of rural satellite centre. He has presented papers /posters in the National / International conferences. He is the recipient of prestigious Dr. T. N. Chawla award for the best paper under dissertation category in the year 2008 at the National Conference of Indian Society of Periodontology held at Chandigarh. He has published papers in the reputed journals. He has guided the students for ICMR projects.
In December 2012, he was deputed to Nitte (Deemed to be University), as Deputy Registrar (Examinations) to assist the Controller of Examinations in smooth conduct of examinations and overall administration of Examination Section of Nitte (Deemed to be University). He has been appointed as I/c Controller of Examinations from 13th November 2017.
Vinutha J. Shetty is a qualified Chartered Accountant having the 19 years of fruitful working experience in the Nitte Group Companies.
Vinutha J Shetty is a Commerce Graduate from Mangaluru University and has become the member of prestigious Institute Of Chartered Accountants of India in the year 1995. She joined the Lamina Group of Companies in the year 1995 as an Executive (Audit & Finance) where she handled the Accounts & Internal Audit of Lamina Suspension Products Ltd., Padmashree Hospital & Research Centre, Lamina Leasing Private Limited and other Group Companies. In the year 2002, she has been taken to the wings of Nitte Education Trust as an Executive-Accounts and was responsible for Financial, Accounting and Audit matters of various institution of the Nitte Group. In the year 2008, when Nitte Education Trust has been awarded with status of Deemed University, she has been appointed as the Finance Officer of Nitte (Deemed to be University). she is responsible for the Preparation, verification and dissemination of Critical Monthly, quarterly and yearly financial reports coupled with budgeting and forecasting. She is also involved in monitoring the financial health of the various institutions coming under the Nitte (Deemed to be University) and Nitte Education Trust. She is responsible for Accounting, Finance and Tax related matters of the University and for monitoring and documenting various statutory returns. Vinutha J. Shetty is also an Ex Officio Secretary of the Finance Committee of Nitte (Deemed to be University).
Mrs. Sayi Prasanna Hegde is a graduate in Commerce. She also holds a Diploma in Investment Management. She has more than 2 decades of experience in educational administration and has been with the Nitte Group since 1990.
She is also the Administrative Officer of the Nitte Education Trust which has a number of schools and colleges under it. As Deputy Director (Admin) of the Nitte (Deemed to be University), she is in charge of admissions and assists the Pro-Chancellor in general administration. She is also in charge of publicity for the Trust and the University.
Mr. N. Deepak Shetty is a graduate in Business Management from S.D.M College of Business Management and Bachelor in Law from S.D.M Law College. After his education, he was involved in family business for a few years.
He joined the Nitte group in the year 2001 as Personnel Officer. Currently, he is functioning as the Assistant Director (H.R) and heading the Human Resources department of the Nitte group comprising of 4500 staff members.
Prof. Indrani Karunasagar, an internationally renowned scientist is the Director-Research & Development of Nitte (Deemed to be University) and also heads the Centre for Science Education and Research. She is actively promoting 'One health' research and education for over four decades. She has excellent publications with a cumulative impact factor of over 300, H -index of 40 and strives to bring about inter and multidisciplinary research at Nitte.
She has developed and commercialized biotechnologies in the area of diagnostics and health management. Through Biomedical Science, Food Safety and Biotechnology academic programmes which the centre is pioneering, she has been an inspiring force. Prof. Indrani Karunasagar has carried out several research projects with external funding and received many awards and recognition at national and international level.
Harsha Halahalli oversees curriculum development and quality assurance at NITTE (Deemed to be University).
He received his M.B.B.S degree from Karnatak Medical College, Hubli and post-graduate degree M.D degree in Physiology from Jawaharlal Institute of Post-graduate Medical Education & Research, Pondicherry. He subsequently perused MPhil and PhD studies in Neurophysiology at the National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore. He joined KS Hegde Medical Academy in 2004 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and is currently a Professor. As an educator, he is interested in the use of technology in medical education.
His research interests are in cognitive neuroscience and neurobiology of psychiatric disorders. His published work, with a Cumulative Impact Factor of 34.3, is related to neuroimaging and electrophysiological correlates of Schizophrenia and neurobiology of high-altitude induced cognitive deficits.
Ashutosh Shetty oversees accreditations and rankings at NITTE (Deemed to be University) He received his B.D.S degree in 1998 and M.D.S degree in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics in 2001 from A.B.Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore. He joined Bapuji Dental College & Hospital, Davangere as an Assistant Professor in 2001 and is currently a Professor in Department of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics, A.B.Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore.
Sadhana Deshmukh, A post graduate in Psychology from University of Bombay has more than 2 decades of experience in Training and Learning & Development. She has worked both in the Industry as well as Education sector. Her Industry experience ranges from assignments in Banking, Manufacturing, Automobile, Telecom and many other sectors.
She has been instrumental in curriculum development for training & development in her previous assignments. Apart from being an effective trainer & motivational speaker, in her 13 years experience in Education sector, she has build the strong teams of trainers across India, has set up the language labs successfully and created training modules as per the training need analysis for the faculty as well as the students.
As the Director of Staff Development Centre at NitteDU she is in charge of Training and Learning & development of the staff.
Prasanna R Kailaje, Innovative professional with over 34 years of progressive management expertise with demonstrated skills Public Relations, negotiation, networking, initiative, creativity in the domains of Pharmaceutical Sales, Marketing and Training, Education Administration Business Development. Expertise in administrating Training & Development Expertise in organising professional meetings, work- shops, symposiums developing speakers, Currently working as the Director, Student Welfare and Alumni Relations,
Mr Mahesh Kumar Chowta holds a Master's degree in Business Administration. He joined the Nitte group in the year 2008 as Systems Administrator.
He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of open source technology, programming, computer networking and Information Technology administration. Extremely passionate about computer programming, he currently heads the Information Technology Department of the Nitte University and Nitte Education Trust.
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