Core Faculty

Dr. Nigam Dave
Communication, American English Literature, Leadership

nigam dave
Dean and I/C Director School of Liberal Studies Professor
Ph.D., Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar

Dr. Nigam Dave is currently working at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University as Dean and I/C Director School of Liberal Studies. He is also a member, Board of Governors and Member, Academic Council. Prior to joining Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University in 2008 Dr. Dave was working with a women’s Commerce College in Ahmedabad from 1993.Dr. Dave specializes in Communication, Literature and Leadership. Dr. Dave has presented 15 papers in International, National Conferences and has successfully guided two M.Phil. researchers. Dr. Dave has visited US with top delegation of PDPU in 2009 and visited University of Tulsa, University of Houston, Texas A&M University and University of Oklahoma, leading to successful MOUs of PDPU with these universities and Australia with Government of Gujarat Delegation in 2012 where he visited and interacted with officers of Macquarie University, TAFE, NSW, University of Melbourne, India-Australia Institute, University of Wollongong, University of Adelaide, Central TAFE, Murdoch University, Curtin University and Edith Cowan University. Dr. Dave has also attended a Master Class by the Former World Bank expert Jamil Salmi in Malaysia. Dr. Dave has facilitated the International Round Tables for (1) Visit of the Saskatchewan Premier to PDPU and India-Canada Round Table (2) Visit of the Minister for International Trade and Asia Pacific, Mr. Edward Fast from Canada and India-Canada Round Table (3) India-US Round Table (4) India-Canada Round Table on 3E – Energy, Education and Entrepreneurship in the presence of President of Alberta University Canada (5) India-Singapore Round Table on Trade and Economic Opportunities (6) India-Australia Round Table in the presence of the Vice Chancellor of Wollongong University and Mr. Adam Gilchrist (7) India-Japan Round Table on Investment Opportunities in Solar Energy. Dr. Dave has also facilitated the visits of Premier of Manitoba, Canada; Consul General of Spain, Consul General of Japan, Consul General of Canada, Minister of Trade and Under Secretary of US and H.E.High Commissioner of Canada to the university. Dr. Dave is invited as a Resource Person to speak on Body Language and Campus Novels. Prior to his office as Dean, Dr. Dave was advisor to number of students clubs in PDPU and was the coordinator of the University Fest ‘Flare’ twice.

Specialization: American English Literature
Research Interest: Adolescent Psychology in Literature, Indian Literature

Mr. Anurag Srivastava
Public Administration



Pursuing Ph.D (University of Rajasthan)
M.P.A, U.G.C NET, B.Sc


Lecturer, Public Administration at, the Department of Social Sciences, School of Liberal Studies, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Mr. Anurag Kumar Srivastava, is a First class Science graduate from the University of Lucknow, got Central Government’s Departmental Scholarship till his graduation. Completed Master’s in Public Administration from the Department of Public Administration, University of Lucknow in the year 2008 with First class. He Cleared the UGC NET (Public Administration) in the year 2009. Currently pursuing his Doctorate from the Department of Public Administration, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur and the topic of his research is ‘Service Quality Management –Through E- Urban Governance’. Taught Public Administration and Indian Polity for UPSC and Provincial Civil Services. Attended National Seminars and presented paper on the ‘Good Urban Governance’ in the year 2011 at the National Seminar, conducted by University of Rajasthan, Jaipur Under U.G.C Special Assistance Programme (SAP).

Paper Publication: International Journal-paper titled ‘Climate change: Global response’ in the Scholarly Journal of Engineering Research (Vol. 1(2), pp. xx-xx, June 2012 issue.)

Specialization: Public Administration
Research Area: E-governance, Urban and Rural Governance
Interest Areas: Economic and Financial Administration, Environmental Management ,Good Governance, Administrative Reforms and Ethics, Personnel Management and Industrial Relations.

Dr. Ritu Sharma

Assistant Professor
Tel. (Off): +91 – 79 – 23275283 (O)

Dr. Sharma, is engaged as an Assistant Professor with School of Liberal Studies, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) Gandhinagar. She is a gold medalist and holds a Ph.D. in Psychology. She has received professional training at National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore.

She has over 9 years of work experience in teaching, handling various psychological issues, and providing training in holistic personality development and to encourage the move towards actualizing one’s potential. She has been extensively involved in honing skill sets for management students to make them suitable for the job market. Dr. Sharma has worked in several research and training assignments in the areas of human behavior, personality development & psychometric profiling. She has conducted several workshops, MDPs and training programmes for the academia, corporate & NGOs in various areas of behavior and interpersonal effectiveness.

She has participated in various conferences and workshops with publications in academic journals. She was the speaker at TEDx conference-2010. She is a member of National Academy of Psychology and Indian Society for Training and Development, New Delhi. She is a Senior Member, International Economics Development and Research Center (IEDRC).

Subject Area:
Psychology and Organization Behavior

Dr. Himani Baxi

Assistant Professor
M.A., Ph.D. in Economics
Phone: 079+23275280

Dr. Himani Baxi is an Assistant Professor in Economics at School of Liberal Studies, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University. Her areas of expertise are Econometrics and Public Finance. She has twelve years of experience into the field of Academics and extensive research. Prior to SLS-PDPU, she was associated with Stevens Business School as an Assistant Dean; with ICFAI Business School – Ahmedabad, with Entrepreneurship Development Institute as an Academic Associate and has been invited as a guest faculty at AMA, MGLI and various other Management Institutes.

To her credit, Dr. Himani has many research papers published in National and International journals and books. Recently she has worked on a research project sponsored by Third State Finance Commission, Government of Gujarat where she extensively analyzed the fiscal performance of Gujarat state and provided revenue and expenditure forecasting for the award period of third state finance commission. She was also involved with the projects sponsored by World Bank, ILO, EU in the area of environment economics and entrepreneurship.

She has been invited to deliver sessions at various research workshops and Faculty Development Program organized at GIDR, IBS Ahmedabad, St. Kabir Institute of Professional Studies and R B Institute of Management. She is also associated with many NGOs and Research Bodies.

Ms. Neeta Khurana
Communication, Literature, Film Studies, Fine Arts

School of Liberal Studies

Phone: +91-79-2327 5343

Ms. Neeta Khurana has been teaching Communication, English Language and Literature to students of Humanities, Commerce, Science and Management. She is a gold medalist from Gujarat University and held 2nd Rank in GPSC Examination. With an MPhil degree on Women’s Writing and ongoing research in Masculinistic Studies in India, her field is interdisciplinary .She has worked on psychological, sociological, cultural, and economic, aspects of Gender across India and the World.

She has participated extensively in National - International Conferences/Seminars and workshops. She has also presented 3 papers at such conferences and 1 at Singapore with focus on ELT. She has worked in the capacity of core member in various state level committees formed by Government of Gujarat. Ms. Khurana is also a painter and a creative writer.

Specialization: Gender Studies
Areas of interest: English Literature, Translations, Indian Writing in English, American Literature, World Civilization ,Communication and Soft Skills.

Details of Published Articles:

  • “Blue-Blooded Marginality: A Glimpse into Indian Maharanis’ Private Worlds through their Self-Narratives”. In Shakti Multi-disciplinary Perspectives on Women’s Empowerment in India. Ed.Ranjana Harish & V Bharti Harishankar.Jaipur:Rawat Pub.,2003.(p44-55)
  • “Ranjana Harish in conversation with Lakshmi Kannan” in Indian Women Writers. Ed. R.K.Dhawan. New Delhi: Prestige Books, 2001. (41-55)

Ms. Niyati Shah
Communication & English Literature, Folk Dances

facultyAcademic Coordinator(SLS)
M.A., M.Phil (L)

Phone: +91-79-23275343

Ms. Shah has been teaching communication and English to the students of Arts, Commerce and Management for the last five years. She has researched on the interdisciplinary forms of art by exploring the issues of Women’s Writing, English Literature and Performing Arts. She has participated in the conferences of National and International level.
Ms. Shah is also an Indian Classical Performing Artist. She has given various State and National level dance performances.

Subject Area: (English/ Communication) Arts/ English/ Humanities

Specialization: Women’s Writing

Research Interest: English Literature, Gender Studies, Translations, Indian Writing in English, Communication, Business English Performing Arts.

Ms. Urmi Satyan
Communication , Literature in Indian Diaspora. Post-colonial Indian Women Writing


M.A, LL.B, M.Phil
Faculty-Arts and Humanities
School of Technology

Ms. Urmi is dealing with the subject of Communication Skills at School of Technology. She is also teaching Indian English Writing (Elective) at School of Petroleum Technology. She has authored a book on Communication Skills and has also prepared a workbook for the same text. She has been in the teaching field since last 11 years. She has various research papers published / presented at International Publication and State/National/International level seminars and conferences. She has also coordinated a state level seminar.

Ms. Urmi Satyan is also holding a post of a Convener, Women*s Cell, PDPU.

Specialization: English Language Teaching and Indo-English Literature

Teaching Interest: (English/Communication) arts/English/Humanities

Research Interest: Literature in Indian Diaspora. Postcolonial Indian Women Writing

Dr. Prashanta Panda

facultyAssociate Professor,
M.A. (HCU), M.Phil. (JNU )
Ph.D.(UU), JRF (UGC)

Dr. Prashanta Chandra Panda is Associate Professor of Economics. Dr. Panda completed his M.A. from Hydearabad University, M.Phil from CSRD (Eco), J.N.U. and Ph.D. from Utkal University. He was awarded with JRF (UGC) scholarship in Economics. Before joining the PDPU, he served as Associate Professor in Economics in the School of Management in KIIT University, Bhubaneswar. He served there for more than six years. He taught Micro-Economics, Macro-Economics, Indian Economics, International Business, Public Finance, Debt Market Management there. He served there as Area Chaiperson in Economics and Professor-in –charge Students’ Affair. One of his major achievements has been the Local Organising Secretary for 92nd Annual Conference, 27-29 December, 2009. The Conference was inaugurated by Honourable Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and attended by 2000 delegates. Around 50 leading economists attended the conference.

Dr. Panda has rich administrative experience as well. Dr. Panda also served School and Mass Education Department, Governemnt of Orissa as Assistant Director (Planning) in Orissa Primary Education Programme Authority for a period of six and half years (between March 1998- September 2004 ) . Job profile includes academic (Research and Module Preparation), managerial and administrative functions. Preparation of Budget, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of Activities, Training to functionaries on participatory and decentralized planning, Conduct surveys and analysis, disbursement of funds, recruitment of functionaries at District level, Policy Intervention and Administrative Reforms, sutanability plans were some of his responsibilities.

In his M.Phil. and Ph.D. he has worked extensively on development economies. He has more than fifteen publications. Under Dr. Panda’s guidance one Ph.D. scholar has already submitted his Ph.D. thesis.

Dr. Rupakjyoti Borah
International Relations

facultyPh.D (JNU, New Delhi)
Assistant Professor



Dr Rupakjyoti Borah has been working as an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the School of Liberal Studies, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gujarat, India since September 2011.

He has completed his M.A, M.Phil and Ph.D from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. Dr Borah has published in prestigious international publications like the New Zealand International Review and the Peace and Conflict Monitor, published by the United Nations-mandated University of Peace, Costa Rica, besides in journals, books, newspapers and magazines all across India and the world. His works have been published in The Korea Times (South Korea), the Nikkei Weekly (Japan), The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), CSIS Pacific Forum (USA), Future Directions International (Australia), RSIS Commentaries(the Rajaratnam School of International Relations) Singapore, Jerusalem Post(Israel), Jakarta Globe(Indonesia) among others. In India, he has published in the edit pages of national newspapers like The Times of India and the Hindustan Times.

He has been interviewed on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), on SBS Australia, DNA (India), the New Indian Express (India) and many other publications in India. Dr Borah has travelled to Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan, Japan, U.K, Singapore, China, Turkey, the United States, Malaysia and Indonesia for academic purposes. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge (U.K), a Visiting Research Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) in Tokyo and a Visiting Fellow at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, the Australian National University (ANU), Australia.

Dr Borah in cooperation with the Public Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India has organized the Public Diplomacy Lecture Series at PDPU. As part of the same, Ambassador Navdeep Suri(currently Ambassador of India to Egypt), Mrs Riva Ganguly Das(Former Joint Secretary, Public Diplomacy Division) and Retired Ambassador A Gopinathan, former Indian permanent representative to the UN(Geneva) have delivered lectures at PDPU.

As a two-time fellow of the Australian Government’s Australia-India Council Fellowship (once in the senior category and once in the junior category), Dr Borah has undertaken research at the University of Western Australia, Curtin University of Technology, University of Queensland, Australian National University, La Trobe University, Monash University and the University of New South Wales. While in Japan, Dr Borah has delivered lectures in prestigious universities like Chuo University, Gakushuin University, Dokkyo University, Waseda University, the International Christian University and the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals. In October 2012, he presented a paper at the CSIS (Centre for Strategic and International Studies) in Washington D.C.,U.S.A. one of the world’s pre-eminent think tanks. In Singapore, Dr Borah has delivered talks at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), NUS, Singapore and at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS).

In March 2014, Dr Borah was an invited speaker at the Jakarta International Defence Dialogue (JIDD) 2014.

This conference was a gathering of select international leaders, military heads, academics and policy-makers from all over the world with representation from the U.S.A, China, Japan, South Korea, India, the Philippines, the European Union, Indonesia, Germany, NATO, Australia among others. It was inaugurated by the Hon'ble Defence Minister of Indonesia while the keynote speech was delivered by the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, H.E. Mr Xanana Gusmao.

Other speakers included Masanori Nishi, Administrative Vice-Minister of Japan, Admiral Sun Jianguo, Deputy Chief of General Staff for the Chinese People Liberation Army, Admiral Harry B Harris, Commander of the US Pacific Fleet, Admiral Dr Marsetio, Chief of Navy, Indonesia, General Jagath Jayasuriya, Chief of Defence Staff, Sri Lanka, Commodore Rafael Mariano, Armed Forces of the Philippines(AFP), Mr Baek Seung Joo, Vice-Minister of National Defence, Republic of Korea, the Australian Defence Minister, David Johnston, Rear Admiral Samuel Perez Jr, US Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, USA among others.

Dr Borah researches and writes on India’s strategic ties with countries in East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania, India’s “Look-East Policy”, maritime security, peace and conflict studies(especially in Northeast India), India’s defence forces, India’s energy security besides on India-European Union and India-Turkey relations.

Dr Sanjay Kumar Pradhan
Assistant Professor

facultyPh. D (JNU, New Delhi)
Area: International Relations & Political Science
Phone: +91-79 23275228, +91-9727375260


Dr. Sanjay Kumar Pradhan completed his M.A., M. Phil and Ph.D. from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi), and awarded with NET (UGC, Government of India) and Centrally Sponsored Doctoral Fellowship (ICSSR, Government of India) during his study. Before joining Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, he worked as Junior Project Fellow in the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT, New Delhi) and Assistant Professor in Political Science in the Faculty of Arts, Science and Commerce division of Mody Institute of Technology & Science (MITS, Rajasthan, India). With post-Ph.D. research and teaching experience of 9 years, he has, till date, 31 publications in various journals of repute such as Indian Foreign Affairs Journal, World Affairs, The Indian Journal of Social Work, Asian Studies, Asian Profile, World Focus, Geopolitics and Journal of Peace Studies. One of his two books has been published by Scholars’ Press (international publisher) and another is in print. Apart from this, he has conducted (as Convener) and  Chaired/ Co-Chaired Seminars and presented 20 research papers on international relations and socio-economic and political issues of importance in various national and international seminars/conferences at different platforms such as JNU, MLSU (organized by MLSU & ASA-India), GNLU, JMI, IMS, IMT, UR, EDI, GTU and IIC (organized by IAIS& IRIIS). Out of his total no. of 20 seminar papers presented, 6 of them have been published in the Conference Proceedings, and has delivered a Talk on Energy Security at the National Defence College, New Delhi, India.  

Dr. Pradhan has keen interest and deep inclination in the areas of Hydrocarbon Politics & Economy, Energy Security, Political Economy, Problems and Issues in Africa, Bilateral Relations, Peace & Conflict, Indian Diaspora, Indian Foreign Policy and Gender in International Relations.


Dr. Chaitanya Vyas
Assistant Professor

facultyBusiness Administration
MBA, PhD – Marketing
Phone: +91-79 23275229, +91-9898225271

Dr. Chaitanya Vyas is MBA and PhD with Marketing major and has over eight years of teaching experience. He has taught at Nirma University and at E.D.I. and worked as Academic Associate with I.I.M.-Ahmedabad. He has qualified UGC-NET with Management subject. He has published two books and four research papers and presented papers in international and national conferences. He has won prize for paper presentation at BITS-Pilani. Dr. Vyas has trained participants from 17 countries under an International Program sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India, and has trained women Scientists and technologist working with the govt. sector in a National Training Program on Entrepreneurship Development Management, Sponsored by Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India and Organized by E.D.I. He has done research projects for Directorate of Handloom, Govt. of Assam, for Emporia of Gujarat State Handloom & Handicraft Development Corporation, Gujarat, for Siemens Ltd., and for Satyam Online. He is Faculty Mentor with Entrepreneurship Cell at I.I.T. Kanpur, and is Founding Member of The Asia Pacific Writers & Translators Association. He has been Senate member of Sardar Patel University, Gujarat.

Specialization: Marketing Management
Teaching Interest: Marketing Management, Principles of Management, M.I.S.
Research Interest: Marketing communications, online media, professional networking, digital media.

Dr. D. Sriram
Assistant Professor

facultyPublic Policy and Administration
Phone: +91-9687858749,


Dr. D Sriram has completed his M.A., M. Phil and Ph.D. from the Department of Public Administration, Osmania University, Hyderabad and awarded Centrally Sponsored Doctoral Fellowship (ICSSR, Government of India) during his study. He has awarded Gold Medal for standing in first place in his Bachelors Degree. Before joining this University, he worked as Junior Project Fellow in the National E-Governance Research Project (Sponsored by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India) with post-Ph.D. research and teaching experience of two years, till date he has 5 publications in various journals
Specialization: Public Private Partnerships.

Teaching Interest: Indian Administration, ICT & E-Governance, Personnel Administration
Research Interest: Public Private Partnerships, Health Administration.

Dr. Neeta Sinha
Assistant Professor

faculty Ph.D, Psychology
Ph: 079 23275227, 9712150720

Dr. Neeta Sinha is a Behavioral Psychologist, Academician and Corporate Trainer.  She completed her Ph.D in the interdisciplinary area of Psychology and Management from DDU Nadiad. She has done Diploma in Mental Retardation from NIMH Delhi and M.A. Psychology from Patna University. She has over 12 years of Industry experience and more than 8 years experience in teaching, training, psychological counseling and personality development

A qualified, experienced and professionally oriented person with an applied approach to analyze and evaluate broader issues of the existing and emerging facades of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Development and Psychological concerns, she has exposure in training, teaching and research she is visiting faculty at several academic and research institutions in Ahmedabad.
She has presented papers at various national and International conferences, workshops and seminars and has several publications in National and International journals, besides articles in books and 2 books to her credit. She is guiding several Ph.D students and is reviewer for reputed Research Journals

Dr.Sinha specializes in the area of psychometric assessment, psychological profiling and organizational development. She works as a corporate trainer and has worked with various organizations in the area of training and development.

Her work includes HR Consultancy, business development, key account management; training; assessment consultancy; design and implementation of selection and development processes; recruitment processes; assessment and development centers.
Dr.Sinha has keen interest and inclination in the area of Stress Management, Emotional Intelligence Gender, Organizational Development, Culture and Environmental concerns


Prof. Santosh Kumar
Public Administration

Ph. D (JNU, New Delhi)
Area: Public Policy and Public Administration

Phone: 079-23275210, +919662080741

Dr. Santosh Kumar is Professor of Public Administration. He was awarded Doctorate in Politics from JNU, New Delhi on the topic “Theory and Practice of Federalism in USSR since 1985”. He was awarded UGC- sponsored JRF and SRF in Political Science, and visited IREES, Department of Political Science, University of Glasgow on a short-term Fellowship to complete his doctoral thesis. Prior to joining SLS-PDPU, he has taught as in the School of Rural Development, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and Post Graduate Programme of Development Sector at Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI), Ahmedabad, with total teaching experience spanning to 14 years. He specializes in Development Politics and has wide-ranging experiences in teaching and training from the grass roots to policy advocacy.

He is member of the International team of resource persons associated with the World Bank Institute on various Social Accountability Tools viz. Social Audit, Community Score Cards, Citizen’s Report Cards, Citizen’s Charter, etc. In this capacity, he has been part of the team in implementing various Community Driven Development (CDD) Projects within the Macro Context of Human Development and Growth in association with the various state governments of India (Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, etc.), and Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh in South Asian. Dr. Kumar is a policy analyst in the context of Governance in the Development Sectors such as Local Self Governance, NREGA, Health including ICDS, Water and Sanitation, Education, Unorganized Labour, etc.

He is associated with a several national and international Universities and Development Organisations in various capacities, especially in South Asian countries. He has about four books, fifteen referred papers published in reputed journals, and several research and field action project reports to his credit. He is also on the advisory board of a number of academic institutions and professional bodies. He is currently working on his next publication on a Comparative Perspectives in Community Driven Development Approach in the South Asian Context.

Subject Area: Public Policy and Public Administration

Specialization: Decentralization and Good Governance, Social Accountability Mechanisms in the Service Delivery Context, Community-based monitoring and evaluations.

Research Interest: Democratic Governance and Institutions of Development, Political Economy of Development and alternative paradigms (with special reference to Issues of Livelihood and Agrarian Crisis), Community Driven Development Approaches, Tools and Techniques and M & E frameworks for the development projects.

Ms. Supriya Pal
Business Administration

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