Orientation week (Day 1) – Speaker Bios

Nandini Uchil

Nandin Uchil, Director Admissions, Sai University has 30 years of experience, with 17+ years in the field of higher education. A Master of Education (International Management and Policy) degree holder, she has worked with OP Jindal where she led admissions for Jindal School of International Affairs (UG and PG) and prior to that, she handled admissions for UG programmes – global affairs, liberal arts and humanities, media and communication, economics and architecture.  Prior to Jindal, she was based out of UAE where she spent 10 years at The British University in Dubai (BUiD) as the Head of Student Administration. 

Nandini finds interacting with young aspirants and students very inspiring, and there is never a dull moment when she spends time with them. 

KV Ramani

KV Ramani is the Founder and Chancellor of Sai University. A former telecom and software entrepreneur, he is also one of the co-founders of NASSCOM. After years of entrepreneurial, corporate and philanthropic accomplishments, Ramani founded Sai University in 2018 with a vision to build an eminent, multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary Indian university of global eminence in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

As a visionary, Ramani created three trusts in the name of Indian spiritual guru Shirdi Sai Baba (Sai), for philanthropic activities contributing to the welfare of disadvantaged members of society.

Dr Madhav Khosla

Madhav Khosla is the Ambedkar Visiting Associate Professor at Columbia Law School. He is also an Associate Professor of Political Science at Ashoka University and a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. He studied political theory at Harvard University, where his dissertation was awarded the Edward M. Chase Prize for “the best dissertation on a subject relating to the promotion of world peace”. His research interests lie in the fields of public law and political theory, and much of his work is on the theory and practice of constitutionalism under conditions of rapid democratization, weak state capacity, and low levels of socio-economic development. His most recent book India’s Founding Moment: The Constitution of a Most Surprising Democracy has been widely acclaimed across circles.

Dr Jamshed Bharucha

Dr Bharucha is the Vice Chancellor of Sai University. He previously served as Distinguished Fellow and Research Professor at Dartmouth College, where his research and teaching were focused on education data science. Previously, Dr. Bharucha was Provost and Senior Vice President of Tufts University and Professor in the Departments of Psychology, Music and in the Medical School’s Department of Neuroscience. His research is in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, focusing on the cognitive and neural basis of the perception of music. He was editor of the interdisciplinary journal Music Perception and was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.




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