Dr. Ramesh Bhat took over as the Vice Chancellor of SVKM's NMIMS Deemed to be University, a legacy institute of higher education, on 17th December 2020. He had been acting as the University's Officiating Vice Chancellor since March of this year and as the Dean and Provost, School of Business Management, NMIMS since 2017.
Speaking on his appointment, Dr. Bhat said, "I look forward to working with our esteemed faculty, our hard-working staff, and our student body to maintain NMIMS' commitment towards academic brilliance. We will further strengthen our research-based approach as our focus shifts towards the timely implementation of the National Educational Policy."
Dr. Bhat has led a long and distinguished career as an educator and academician. He has been the vanguard of leading academic excellence in management education in India. An alumnus of the Delhi School of Economics and Harvard University, Dr. Bhat has worked in some of the nation's top business schools. Prior to NMIMS, Dr. Bhat served as Professor of Finance at IIM, Ahmedabad, from 1986 to 2008 and 2014 to 2016. While working at IIM, Dr. Bhat was affiliated with some of the institute's key initiatives, including the Management Development Programs, which he headed. He has served on adjunct and visiting faculty positions at ISB Hyderabad, the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill, and IIM Udaipur. He has also worked at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, and Shri Ram College of Commerce.
Apart from his academic background, Dr. Bhat has been part of several policy-making committees at the national level. He served as an Advisor to the Ministry of Human Resource Development and has been a member of various committees of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Planning Commission. He has worked on multiple long-term consulting assignments with the Abt Associates India, DFID New Delhi, Royal Netherlands Embassy India, and various short-term consulting projects with the USAID New Delhi, CDC India, ADB, European Commission, and the WHO.
He has been closely associated with financial institutions, serving as an independent director at National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), BEML, ITI Ltd, Corporation Bank, Ahmedabad Stock Exchange, and various other companies in India. From 2009 and 2014, he served as Executive Chairman of WOne Management Systems, a co-founded company.
In addition to his current responsibilities, Dr. Bhat is currently a board member of Basic Healthcare, a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the health of the last-mile population in rural areas.
Dr. Bhat holds a Ph.D. and Master's Degree in Finance from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, and a Bachelor's Honours Degree in Accounting and Finance from Hans Raj College, University of Delhi. He is also a Takemi Fellow in International Health from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston.
He has contributed to various academic journals and papers. He has served as a member of the editorial boards for the Health Policy and Planning, Journal of Insurance and Risk Management, Journal of Health and Population in Developing Countries, and Journal of Health Management. The fourth 2020 edition of his book, A Casebook in Financial Management, co-authored with Prof IM Pandey, is published by McGraw Hill Education.
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