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Kautilya Entrepreneurship and Management Institute (KEMI)

Kautilya Entrepreneurship and Management Institute (KEMI) is a path-breaking initiative of Jain University, which provides an engaging platform for the innovators who yearns for the best. It aims to sustain and advance the entrepreneurial agenda in a focused manner, through meaningful endeavors in entrepreneurship and business formation. KEMI aims to blend the best of eastern and western thoughts and practices for promoting agile, action-oriented, and conscientious wealth creators.


Making a difference through enterprise creation and growth


          Practicing the basic principles of sustainability in terms of recycling and reusing resources. From entrepreneurial viewpoint it will help us to focus            on viability and continuous renewal.

          It will guide our knowledge creation effort by making it contextual and relevant and introducing propositions that are grounded in reality.

   Blending the best of Eastern and Western thoughts and practices
          To promote Agile, Action-Oriented and Conscientious wealth creators.

The Initiation of KEMI

Jain University, one of India’s leading private universities located in Bangalore, is known for nurturing entrepreneurship among its students and ushering in innovation in the study of entrepreneurial behavior and cognition. It has incubated more than fifty innovative ventures using its own unique model in a short span of time and has impacted growth of several businesses, thereby promoting employment for the youth. It also offers educational and training programs of short and long duration, along with professional guidance and support for promoting entrepreneurship.

Inspirations from Kautilya - The Great Indian Strategist

We at KEMI believe that Kautilya (Chanakya) is the pioneer of strategic interventions, applicable for the government, society or the industry, and this is amply detailed in his book titled ‘Arthshastra’. Regarded as a great thinker and diplomat, Kautilya’s wisdom and knowledge has been found to be influential in broadening the vision on strategic issues for many enterprises.

The Leadership Team

To provide the right impetus and direction, KEMI’s leadership team comprises of stalwarts in the field of management and entrepreneurship with over 100 man years of academic and industry experience.

Prof. Mithileshwar Jha

Prof. Jha is the co-author of Marketing ‘Bible’- the globally bestselling marketing text, with Prof. Philip Kotler and others. Prof. Jha did his post-graduation and doctorate from IIM Ahmedabad and taught in IIM Bangalore and IIM Lucknow for close to three decades before joining Jain University in 2015 to conceptualize and lead this initiative.

Prof. Amit Gupta

Prof. Amit Gupta is an engineer, MBA and PhD with about 27 years of corporate, start-up and academic experience in prestigious organizations like ITC. He is the Founding Director of ISBR Business School. Prof. Gupta also owns a social entrepreneurship venture and is a consultant to various edutech startups.

Prof. K. Ravi

Prof. Ravi has about 35 years of industry and academic experience, including running a profitable advertising agency for about a decade. He completed his PhD from NMIMS and PGDBM from XLRI Jamshedpur.

Prof. Premchander

Prof. Premchander has a combined academic and industry experience of over three-and-half decades, having served as a finance faculty at both IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore, and worked with leading companies like SBI, ILF&S and MU-Sigma. Prof. Premchander did his masters from Delhi University and doctorate from IIM Ahmedabad. He also headed the incubation initiative of IIM, Ahmedabad for the last several years.

Prof. Arun Bhattacharyya

Prof. Bhattacharyya holds degrees in B.E. (Mech.), PGDBM (IIMC), FPM (IIMB) and has 17 years of corporate experience and 5 years of academic experience.

The Advisory Board

The advisory board of KEMI comprises of doyens of the Indian academia whose incisive insights and contributions have made this country proud.

Dr. K. R. S. Murthy

Ex-Director, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

Dr. Y. S. Rajan

Distinguished Scientist ISRO, and co-author of “India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium” with Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


The faculty members at KEMI have been drawn from the best institutions of the country and have varied and rich credentials. The distinguished faculty members, spanning across various disciplines of entrepreneurship and management has over 2 to 3 decades of entrepreneurship, industry and academic experience. KEMI has also empanelled practicing managers and entrepreneurs to enrich the core offerings through their diverse real-time experiences. A partial list of the faculty members include:

Name Specialization Experience
Amit Gupta
Ph.D., PGDM, IRM Ahmedabad Readmore
Strategy and Entrepreneurship 27 years
Arun Bhattacharyya
FPM (Ph.D.), IIM Bangalore; PGDBM, IIM Calcutta Readmore
Marketing and Entrepreneurship 22 years
Chandrika Soyantar
Ph.D., University of Pune; PGDBM, IIM Ahmedabad, MA (Economics), Gujarat University Readmore
Finance and Economics 36 years
K. Ravi
Ph.D., NMIMS, Mumbai; PGDBM, XLRI Jamshedpur
Marketing 35 years
Mahesh M V
FPM (Ph.D.), IIM Bangalore; M.Tech, College of Engineering, ThiruvananthapuramReadmore
Production and Operations Management, Quantitative Methods 21 years
Mithileshwar Jha
FPM (Ph.D.) and PGDM, IIM AhmedabadReadmore
Marketing, Strategy and Entrepreneurship 35 years
FPM (Ph.D.), IIM Ahmedabad; Masters, University of DelhiReadmore
Finance and Entrepreneurship 36 years

* In order to ensure that the students get the best of entrepreneurial and management education, KEMI is looking to strengthen its faculty base by inducting eminent faculty from reputed academic institutions