Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences | Faculty


  • Dr. Nayana Nimkar
  • Dr. Abhijit Deshpande
  • Dr. Amritashish Bagchi
  • Col. PS Cheema, VSM
  • Major Gaurav Godbole
  • Dr. Shashikala Gurpur
  • Ruchi Jaggi
  • Shushobhan Patankar
  • Vedant Patwardhan
  • Dr. R Raman
  • Dr. Adya Sharma

Dr. Nayana Nimkar

  • PhD MS in Sports (5 Credits) (USA)
  • Director

Dr Nayana Nimkar holds a Doctorate in Physical Education from Mumbai University, Maharashtra and is a recognized Ph.D. Guide with Savitribai Phule University of Pune, Maharashtra. She holds three master's degrees from Pune University, She also completed 5 credits in MS in Sports from Springfield University Massachusetts, in USA.

Her academic and administrative experience of 38 yrs started with Chandrasekhar Agashe College in Pune, which she headed for 20 years. She also held prestigious positions as Director, Board of College and University Development for Pune University, and as founder HOD of the Department of physical education in the same University, where she was awarded the Best Principal's award. She has represented the state in several games in her time.

She has worked on several National committees, like the Steering committee for sports in the 12th Planning Commission, Government of India, and for NAAC and NCTE. She has represented India on professional bodies like ACESS (Asian Council for exercise and Sports Science) and NAPESS ( National Association for Physical Education and Sport Sciences) .She has been a keynote speaker in several conferences and has several publications to her credit.

Dr. Abhijit Deshpande

  • PhD (Management)
  • Associate Professor

Dr Abhijit Deshpande has a total combined industry and academic experience of 20 years. His academic experience includes a five-year stint in Bahrain, where he won the Best Teacher Award.

Currently he holds the managerial position of Director, Board of University Development and the academic position of Associate Professor at the Symbiosis International University. At Symbiosis International University he has twice held the position of Officiating Registrar.

His academic credentials include a PhD in Management from the Symbiosis International University two masters degrees , a marketing diploma from UK and a certificate in instructional techniques from Bahrain Training Institute. He has worked on a number of important committees, including the NAAC subcommittee of the SIU. Dr Abhijit Deshpande has published research papers in reputed journals and made presentations, including one at the FICCI conference in New Delhi

He was a cricketer of repute, representing Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy and captaining championship-winning Maharashtra and West Zone teams in the U-19 competitions.

Dr. Amritashish Bagchi

  • Assistant Professor
  • PhD, M.P.Ed, B.P.Ed, NET/JRF/SRF

Dr. Amritashish Bagchi completed his PhD, Post – Graduation and Graduation in physical education from Lakshmibai National University of Physical Education (LNIPE), Gwalior. He has qualified UGC - NET/JRF examination conducted in the year 2013 and awarded SRF (Senior Research Fellowship) in the year 2015. His area of specialization is sports biomechanics (theory) and Cricket (Sport). In cricket he has represented LNIPE, Gwalior in Interuniversity tournament for three years. In research he has published 16 research papers in various national and international journals.

His area of interest is in Basic Statistics, Research methodology, Sports Biomechanics, Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology.

Col. PS Cheema, VSM - Honorary Visiting Faculty

  • Graduate from JNU
  • Msc in Defence and Strategic Studies from MADRAS University
  • MBA in Sports Management from Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University
  • Awarded General Officer in Chief Commendation Card-1995
  • Awardeded Vishisht Seva Medal by Hon'ble President of India in 2012
  • Commandant Army Sports Institute since Aug 2013 dealing with Nurturing Elite Athletes by proving them world class Infrastructure, scientific training and evaluation through applying Sports Physiology, Psychology, Nutrition, Bio statistics, Biomechanics, Rehabilitation Physiotherapy & low oxygen performance enhancement hypoxic systems
  • Athletes during his tenure so far have won Twelve Qualifications for Rio Olympics 2016 and 270 International & 1560 National Medals
  • Represented as Chef-de- Mission of Services Marathon Team in Oct 2014 in Eindhoven , Netherlands
  • Deputy Chef-de- Mission of winning Services Team in National Games 2015
  • Participated in Rio Olympics 2016 as Mentor and Manager of Men’s Marathon Team.

More than 23 Years of Leadership experience in Human Resource Management, Operational Management, Resource Management and Relationship Management.

Major Gaurav Godbole

A sportsman and an adventurer with an illustrious armed forces career of 14 years as part of the elite Special Forces, of the Indian army with a varied experience of multiple fields ranging from Sports/Event Management, Adventure Sports to Logistics Management. An alumni of IIM, Ahmedabad. He is a sportsman and has represented state in cricket and Badminton.

Career Brief

Presently working as Senior Manager, Business Development at STEPS SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT Pvt Ltd. since 4th January 2016. Instrumental in leading the Sales team for the PUNE INTERNATIONAL SPORTS EXPO, the first ever Sports Industry Expo held in the Country at Pune. The responsibility also entails getting Sponsorships for the event conducted by the Company. Earlier worked as Marketing Head, of the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association, Mumbai where I played a stellar role in getting Sponsorship for players and many International events conducted by the Association.

Sports Events Management

  • PUNE INTERNATIONAL SPORTS EXPO: Lead a dynamic team of Sports Marketing Professionals for successful conduct of the First Ever Sports Expo which comprised of all verticals of Sports in INDIA.
  • IPL 2015: Worked on the Marketing and sponsorship Team for the Delhi Daredevils Franchise in the 2015 IPL season which entailed getting Major sponsors for the Franchise in tandem with the Marketing team of the IPL 2015.
  • World Military Games 2007: Handpicked to organize and conduct World Military Games in 2007 at Hyderabad. Coordinated administration and logistics of the Games village setup.

Special Achievements

  • Awarded Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card in 2009
  • Awarded Distinguished Service medals on three occasions, twice in 2004 and once in 2006.
  • Awarded the Paratrooper Medal by the US Marines at West Point in 2003.

Dr. Shashikala Gurpur

  • Dean, Faculty of Law, SIU
  • Ph. D., LL. M., B. Sc., LL.B, NET, PG Dipl in German , RBP( Hindi), Competent Toastmaster

  • Fulbright Scholar, B.Sc., LL.B., LL.M., NET, Ph.D.
  • Professor of Law & Director, Symbiosis Law School Pune
  • Dean, Faculty of Law, Symbiosis International University (since 2007)
  • Former Member, Law Commission of India
  • Member of Academic Council ,National Judicial Academy, Bhopal
  • Member of Curriculum Development Committee and Equivalence Committee, Bar Council of India
  • Ex Officio Member Academic Council Board of Studies, IQAC, SIU
  • Member of Planning & development Board SIU.
  • Member, Board of Management, Symbiosis International University
  • Former Board Member, IGNOU School of Law & Governing Council, NALSAR, Hyderabad, India
  • Life Member, Indian Law Institute, Delhi
  • Editor-in-Chief: SCLJ, SSLR with LexisNexis Butterworths
  • International Editorial Board of Law and Policy Journal of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, Chair, IALS International Journal on Legal Education, USA
  • Member of scientific editorial board for Journal : Polish Law Review
  • Member, Academic Council, BPS Mahila University, Sonipat, Haryana, MNLU,Mumbai and MNLU , Nagpur
  • Member, Board of Studies , Faculty of Law,Goa University ,South Gujarat University and Mangalore University.
  • Member of Journal Editorial Committee , National Law School, Assam
  • Member, Research Committee, Maharashtra National Law School, Mumbai and National Law University, Assam.
  • Member, Research and Recognition Committee of Law, BPS Mahila Vidyalay Haryana and IGNOU
  • Life Member, Kannada Sangha Pune

Areas of Specialisation and Interest:

International Law, Human Rights, Jurisprudence, Legal Education and Legal Research, Innovation Law, Comparative Law, Global Justice.

Educational Qualification:

B.Sc., LL.B., LL.M., NET, Ph.D.PG Diploma in German, Rashtra Bhasha Praveen (Hindi), Reiki Master

Teaching Experience:

Teaching experience of 24 years including Post Graduate Teaching and Research and guiding Master's and Ph.D. students

Other Experience:

Co-Director of NGO on Gender Advocacy for 1 year and as consultant on Asian Network on Women in Communication; 3 years as Head of HR/Administration in an MNC in UAE


  • 2016 - Listed in book 100 Legal Luminaries of India, LexisNexis
  • 2014 Delivered a public lecture on Constitutional law, human rights and the challenges of globalization in India at UCC, Ireland on 22nd October, 2014 and Nani Palkhiwala Memorial Public lecture in cities of South India.
  • 2014 Conferred with "Adarsh Mitra Mandal - Vision Crime Free Society "award for Integrating Community Legal Service into Legal education to serve the Ideal of Justice"
  • 2014 Conferred with Global Ethics Award for Equality by Global Ethics Forum Geneva
  • 2013 Vijaya Award for Legal Excellence, by Vijaya Foundation, Akluj, Maharashtra
  • Legal Education Innovation Award of SILF-MILAT in 2011
  • Fulbright Fellowship 2010-2011
  • Visitor at Foreign Service Institute, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India, 2008
  • Master M. Phil ,PhD Referee NLU Jodhpur, Mumbai University , Nagpur University and IGNOU, NUJS, Kolkata since 2008
  • Competent Toast Master Award in 2005
  • Won the Karnataka State Youth Award for outstanding achievement in 1992
  • Won two Gold Medals and a cash for topping LLM in Mysore University in 1990
  • Visiting Fellowship of AHRB to Edinburgh Law School in 2004
  • PNPS-Ford Foundation Grant for Third Sector Research 2001


  • Co-authored two books:-
    • Impact of Genetic Engineering and Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation Lambert Germany, 2013
    • Women Friendly Pune Safety Information Booklet for Women, published by Janwani Maratha Chamber of Commerce, Industries & Agriculture (MCCIA), 2014 and Pune Police.
  • Published 51 papers in Journals of National and International repute
  • Published 9 book Chapters of which two are international publications
  • Presented in 60 National/International Seminars including 12 International Seminars
  • Engaged in legal literacy and development education for women, paralegal training (1990-95, 1999-2000), as well as media literacy for women (2000-2002) through numerous workshops and lectures.
  • Resource Person to various Faculty Development Programmes of UGC, MILAT - IBA Chair (2001 till date) , District Training Institute(1992-95) and Core Committee Member, Maharashtra Judicial Academy on training women panchayat members (1994-95)
  • 2013-14 Invited to deliver Nani Palkhiwala Memorial Lectures on Indian Heritage by the Foundation and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan across India
  • 2013 Distinguished speaker at Justice Krishna Iyer's 99th Birthday at Kochi

International Assignments:

  • Core Team Member, Erasmus Mundus Global Legal Consortium, 2007-11
  • Taught in National University of Ireland in Cork,1996-1998
  • Advised Asian Network of Women in Communication, 1999-2004
  • Worked as Head of HR and Administration in Abu Dhabi UAE,2004-2007 and trained multinational workforce.
  • Member, International Editorial Board of three Journals
  • Visited China, Bangkok, Germany, Australia, Canada, UK, Spain, Singapore to represent ANWIC, Erasmus Mundus, Asian Law Deans Round Table and IALS international conferences ,2003, 2007- 2011,2012,2015 visited New York, Washington , Pennysylvania and Higher Education Centres in USA (2015) as Fulbright Fellow
  • Post Doctoral Fellow, AHRB Center for IPR, Edinburgh University, 2014
  • Key Note speaker at public lecture on Law in India and Emerging Global Challenges at University College Cork, Ireland 2015
  • Participated in the IALS Global Deans forum and IALS annual meeting at Spain in 2015

Other Achievements:

  • Member, Core Committee, Safety of Women at Work place, CII, Pune
  • Adviser to Gurpur Panchayat Development Team, Karnataka, 2012
  • Adviser to Kaveri Group of educational institutes, Pune,2011
  • Adviser to VVET Group of Educational institutes, Mysore,2011
  • Resource Person Advisory role and Ph.D Referee in Bijapur Women's University, Karnataka (since 2004)
  • Adviser to various NGOs on development, Gender, Human Rights since 1992 and Co- Director, Samvedi Gender and Law Network - DEEDS, Mangalore in 1999-2000
  • Radio-journalist from 1981-2004 presented programs in and English Tulu, Kannada , B-grade drama artiste since 1987, selected to AIR Advisory Committee in 2003
  • Listed among notable authors in Kannada in 1992 and in 2007; I have published poems, short stories and articles in Kannada (most distinct is the cover page article in Sudha Weekly 28 nov.1998, on Ireland, a green isle in the west). (a) Top Mooter in Mangalore and Karnataka 1988 (b) Topper in Karnataka Student Poetry Contest 1988
  • Topped Karnataka State in Science Teaching competition in 1985
  • Topper in Extempore and Second Topper in Karnataka State Debating Competition in 1985

Ruchi Jaggi

Academic Affiliation:
  • Masters in Mass Communication - 2001 - Panjab University
Academic Affiliation:
  • SIMC, SIU (2009 - going on )
  • Amity University (2005 - 2009)
  • Institute of Management Studies, Noida (Jan 2005 - July 2005)

Prof. Ruchi Jaggi completed her post-graduation in Mass Communication from Panjab University Chandigarh. She qualified UGC-NET in the year 2004 and is currently pursuing her PhD at the Department of Communication Studies, Savitribai Phule Pune University. Prof. Jaggi has been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses for almost 12 years now. Her areas of specialization are Culture Studies, Communication Theories and Qualitative Research Methodology. Her research interests include media representations, popular culture analysis, gender studies, television studies, and emerging discourses of identity on new media.

She has authored two text books, several book chapters and has published her research work extensively in national and international journals. She is a member of several international consortiums on media and communications research as well as on the editorial boards of reputed journals and conferences.

Shushobhan Patankar

Educational Qualifications:
  • Masters in Communication Science from University of Pune
  • NET

Sushobhan holds a Masters Degree in Communication science from Department of communication studies, Pune University and he is a science graduate Sushobhan has more than 12 years of industry experience; and in last 12 years he has got hands on experience in TV Journalism. He has worked with TV18, ESPN STAR Sports, CNN IBN & IBN7. As a Television sports journalist, he has covered cricket, football and other Olympic related sports and also did television features on number of athletes from various sporting disciplines. Sushobhan has interviewed some of the legends of Indian cricket such as Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, and number of distinguished international players. As a journalist he has witnessed 2007 T20 world cup victory celebration in Mumbai, Indian Premier League player's auction in Mumbai, India U19 Cricket world Cup victory in 2008, World Cup 2011 Finals at Wankhede Stadium Mumbai and numerous events related to BCCI, ICC and Indian Cricket. Along with sports, he has covered Lok Sabha & Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha Elections of 2009, Mumbai Municipal Elections 2007 and 2012. Sushobhan has got an experience of reporting in various parts of Maharashtra and India. He has also travelled to Malaysia, Srilanka and South Africa.

He has worked with some of the well known Television Journalists like Rajdeep Sardesai, Ashutosh, Prabal Pratap Singh and Mrityunjay Kumar Jha.

Previously, Sushobhan was working as Deputy Bureau Chief of IBN7 Mumbai Bureau before he joined Symbiosis.

Sushobhan has cleared the NET exam conducted by UGC in 2011 and presently he is pursuing PhD from Pune University.

Sushobhan always loved teaching and has conducted guest lectures at Pune University & Mumbai University's Masters Courses. He was also a visiting faculty at KC College, SIES College and Sommaiyya College Mumbai.

Vedant Patwardhan

  • Graduate Diploma in Sport Business
    Institute: Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Bachelor of Commerce
    Institute: B.M.C.C., University of Pune, Pune, India.

  • Highly skilled marketing professional with ~13 years of marketing and senior level management experience across various industries (Sports, Market Research, Vocational Education, Yoga) and geographies (India, Middle East, Australia).
  • Certified Yoga Teacher from Yoga Vidya Gurukul University, India.
  • Certified Advanced Yoga Sports Coach TM from Yoga Sports Science (offices in USA and UK). Currently, also a senior faculty at YSS delivering online training to aspiring Yoga Sports Coaches.
  • Deep expertise in Digital Marketing. Have an Advanced Certification in DI-MA and have used these skills extensively across my current and previous job roles.
  • Excellent research skills, honed during my research oriented roles at MEMRB & SEED Infotech.
  • Highly skilled marketing professional with ~13 years of marketing and senior level management experience across various industries (Sports, Market Research, Vocational Education, Yoga) and geographies (India, Middle East, Australia).
  • Post Graduate qualification in Sport Business from Victoria University, Melbourne. Also worked in the sport sector in Australia with the Sport Federation of Victoria.
  • Played Ranji Trophy (first class) Cricket for Maharashtra
  • Delivering the UK based Yoga Sports Specialization, YSS course to trainee coaches.
  • Last 4 job roles:

    • Head–Marketing (India) at SEED Infotech Ltd. (2012-2013).
    • Head–Product Management & Market Research at SEED Infotech Ltd. (10-12).
    • Business Head–Western India (Grade: Associate Vice President) at IIJT (07-10).
    • Client Service Manager – Middle East & North Africa at MEMRB Gulf Co. (03-07).

Dr. R Raman

  • Dean, Management Faculty, SIU
  • Ph.D., MPhil, MBA, PGDSM, BE

Dr. R Raman has a blend of corporate and academic experience. He started his career with Godrej and Boyce and then ventured into the area of consultancy with - The Leading Edge Consulting Services.

His Passion for academics led him into teaching assignment at Vellore Institute of Technology. Carleton University's Sprott School of Business, Canada gave him the platform for global exposure in teaching Information Technology while he was handling the teaching assignment with Kohinoor Business School along with the consulting assignment as an Information Technology Architect with the Kohinoor group of companies for the various verticals including Real Estate, Hotels, Hospitals, Education and Power Generation. He also taught at S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research Mumbai.

Dr. Raman is a Computer Science and Engineering graduate from Madras University, he completed his MBA in Information Systems from the same University. He furthered his education by completing his Postgraduate Diploma in Software Marketing, M.Phil (Management) and Ph.D in Information Technology Enabled Services Strategy. He is a Six Sigma Green Belt and Six Sigma Black Belt Certified by RABQSA (Registrar Accreditation Board Quality Society of Australasia). He is also an Accredited Management Teacher, (a prestigious national recognition conferred by AIMA) and Green IT certified by ISEB.

His teaching and research area include Management Information Systems, Six Sigma for Business, IT Infrastructure Management, Market Research, IT Project Management, Management of Information Technology Enabled Services and Green IT. He has published his research finding in several refereed journals and also has presented several papers in Indian and International conferences.

Dr. Adya Sharma

Dr. Adya Sharma has more than 20 years of professional experience. She worked with leading trade house of India for more than 10 years as Senior Marketing Manager before joining the academic world. She has now been associated with Symbiosis for almost 10 years. She was Head-Marketing department at Symbiosis Institute of International Business before joining Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies as Deputy Director.

She is also a regular corporate trainer and has conducted training sessions/ modules for various corporate including Goldman Sachs Women Entrepreneurship program, Amdocs, Godrej ,McDonalds, Tata motors Development Centre among others. She has various case studies to her credit and some of them are available at European Case Clearing Centre now known as Case Centre. She has also written research papers in reputed journals including Scopus indexed journals. She has also been the second supervisor for Master thesis of students conducted under Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany. Her areas of research include Consumer Behaviour, Sales Management and Services Marketing. She is PhD, NET qualified, double Post Graduate and an alumni of St Stephens College.