The 39 offerings of the FDP have resulted in a 835-strong alumni network. Many alumni are in senior teaching and administrative positions. Several FDP alumini members who teach various reputed institutions such as IIM Indore, IIM Shilong, IRMA, NITIE Mumbai. 

No Name Photo Testimony Bio data FDP Year

Dr. Neeraj Pandey, Associate Professor

NITIE, Mumbai

The time spent at IIMA during my FDP was one of the brightest periods of my academic life. It taught me not only nuances of handling case-based pedagogy but also gave me holistic insight about how to undertake research, publishing in quality journals and perspective on how to create new knowledge. After my FDP, I knew clearly what & how I had to strive for excellence as an academician. I highly recommend the management faculty to undertake this meticulously designed rigorous program.

Dr. Neeraj Pandey is Associate Professor of Marketing at NITIE Mumbai. He did his Post-Doc at Johns Hopkins University, USA in the area of Healthcare Pricing. He has authored two Books (Pearson and PHI) besides publications in reputed international journals. A prolific case writer and teacher, he has published case studies in Asian Case Research Journal, Ivey Publishing, The Case Centre, Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies and Case Unit of IIM Ahmedabad. He received ‘The Best Teacher' award by NITIE Mumbai; ‘AIMS-IRMA Outstanding Management Researcher Award' by AIMS international and ‘Young Management Researcher' award by Higher Education Forum (HEF).

He has trained senior executives of HPCL, BEL, SPMCIL, PSEB, etc. and done consulting assignments for various organizations including Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, BPCL, GSFCL, ONGC, HPCL, Diligent Media Corporation, Owens Corning Ltd, Board of Apprenticeship Training (under Ministry of HRD) and MRF Ltd. His research and teaching interests are Pricing, Digital Marketing and B2B Marketing.



Dr Rajeshwari

Director, Academy of HRD

If something calls for a eureka moment for my professional journey to become more meaningful then it was FDP 2009. As said by Zen Guru Lao Tsu that a journey of thousand miles begins with a single step, so for me the first step was the FDP at IIMA which was the turning point in my life and helped me achieve unthinkable.


The well-structured course with prime focus on quality research, publication, case method and participatory teaching methodology has given the edge to stride in the right path of academia. The brilliant faculty members who have left a mark not only by their humble and gracious teaching style but also have pushed each participant into a next level of enlightenment and have helped in moulding us to an ever evolving progressive journey of excellence exploring the wheel of academic excellence created by none other than great Dr Ravi Mathai.


The icing on the cake was to attend classes of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam who invoked in all of us his golden words - dream, think and act as catalysts of change and be a role model in character and nation building.

Words fail me to express my gratitude to all my mentors, gurus and inspiring environment at FDP-IIMA.

Dr Rajeshwari Narendran is Ph.D. in Management & MBA, Andrew Towl Scholar- Harvard Business School (GloColl and CWW), Boston, USA & FDP IIM-A. She has the distinction of being the first ever woman and youngest National President of Indian Society for Training & Development, New Delhi, India (2013-14). She is Professor HR/OB, M L Sukhadia University, Udaipur and Visiting Professor to IIM Udaipur , IIM Ahmedabad in FDP  and many Universities across the globe including Harvard on invited lectures/interactions.

Her work for emancipation of rural and tribal women and Make a difference (MAD) initiative for rural and youth development have been greatly appreciated by Government of Rajasthan, India

Dr Rajeshwari is a popular trainer/ HRD Consultant and so far trained 55000 plus aspirants in India and abroad.

National/International awards- ISTD National Fellow, Vivekananda National Award for Excellence in HRD & Training 2009, International Case Research Fellowship 2011 from SGBED, (USA), Maharana Raj Singh Award and Ambassador of Goodwill, GSE, California, NEBAA (USA) International Best Paper Award on HRD practices. Samarpan Award -excellence in empowering women. She was recently awarded as Super Achiever Award for women in HRD research and development for her 25 years of contribution in the World HRD Congress.

Research Publication/Articles-173+

Books- "Innovations in HRD and Training" Excel Books 2014. Currently she is writing for two books on Indian Women in Leadership to be published by Palgrave McMillan, USA and also the history of a large Public sector bank in India to be published by SAGE. She is also on the advisory editorial board of International Journal of HRD Practice Policy and Research, UK and ECNR, Canada.

She has been Board Member International Federation for Training and Development Organizations (IFTDO) and served as member, Developing Countries Concern Committee IFTDO representing in UNO. She is working for development of Women in Leadership and Diversity policies at Global Level.



Dr. Vivek Ranga, Dean & Campus Head at ICFAI Business School, Ahmedabad

I was participant of 33rd FDP at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in the year of 2011.  Participation in FDP has significantly contributed in improving my teaching and research skills. I  had 10 years of teaching experience and had submitted PhD thesis before joining FDP. The IIMA campus offers an intellectually stimulating environment with state of art library and abundant online resources.

The professors at  IIMA were incredible with rich research experience and industry knowledge . They keep the class highly engaged and participative with their unique style of teaching. Every course was taught  in combination of classroom instructions, field project with individual and group work. The Case discussions were immersive and oriented on techniques on class room management, board plans for leading case discussions. Most of the cases discussed were written by the Professors themselves and hence provided valuable insights on case writing alongwith the Case Writing Module. Throughout the program we were oriented to various research paradigms and techniques in the management domain and directions for quality publications. The teaching styles demonstrated high academic standards adopted by the faculty members. It was  insightful to witness the way Professors  introduced the course, conducted classes, conducted evaluation and provided feedback on participants performance. Overall for me FDP was very enriching  and has immensely helped me to identify and focus on my research for publications and developed my abilities as Case Writer.

I strongly recommend FDP at IIMA to anyone who is keen to learn and improve teaching and research skills in management teaching.  Joining FDP at earlier stage of teaching career would be more beneficial as it would help in upgrading teaching skills and identifying research direction. The FDP provides an opportunity to learn from the best practises of IIMA and adopt them appropriately to your own institutional contexts.

At present I am Dean & Campus Head at ICFAI Business School, Ahmedabad since July 2012.  IBS offers two years management programme at nine locations in the country since 1995 and has been one of premier business school with more than 38000 alumni members.


It has been long and fulfilling journey at IBS, I joined the institute as Faculty Associate in July 2001 after a brief stint of 2 years with industry after my post-graduation in management. I got promoted as Faculty Member in 2003 and as Associate Dean in 2008. Over the years I had been teaching subjects in marketing at IBS and has been associated as Visiting Faculty at NID, Ahmedabad and University of Paderborn, Germany. I had been conducting Faculty Development & Case Workshops in India and Middle East on management teaching.  I am the editor of ICFAI Journal of Entrepreneurship Development and was the reviewer of 7th IIMA Marketing Conference. I am on the board of studies of AISECT University, Bhopal, Case Centre of GTU and CII Western Region. I was awarded Best Teacher for Institutional Building by IBS Alumni Federation in the year 2015.


During my journey with IBS, apart from teaching I had handled various additional responsibilities as co-ordinator. The most significant had been as Coordinator of Corporate & Alumni relations for 12 years for generating placements of the students. In this role I had an opportunity to interact with industries in India and abroad. Also as part of industry and academic partnership I had travelled to Middle East, Europe, South Africa and United States.


In  my current role as Dean the exposure at IIMA had given dimensions of academic leadership which is critical for managing and meeting expectation of intellectual faculty pool.



Dr. Bijal Mehta – Assistant Professor; Ahmedabad University

The Faculty Development Programme in Management (FDP – M) at IIM – Ahmedabad, was one of the most memorable and professionally transforming experiences for me. The programme included various aspects of management in a short yet crisp format from the perspective of teachers / faculty. The iter-area exposure in terms of classmates and courses is one of the many highlights of the programme. . It is through the interaction with various faculties that I realized the importance of research for an academician in ways more than one.  Two of the biggest take homes for me from the programme were the case based teaching method and the pedagogical diversity. I would strongly recommend this programme to serious academicians and academic researchers who wish to truly excel in their field.

Dr. Bijal Mehta has been actively involved with higher education institutions as an academician since the year 2004 with institutions namely the AMA as visiting faculty, IIM – A as Research Associate,  the Gujarat University and the Ahmedabad University as a full time faculty. She has worked in industry in marketing, consulting and training areas for 4 years prior to joining the academic profession. Her industry experience at India and the south-east encompasses knowledge management, training & development and business development.

Bijal ‘s research work is primarily in the areas of Marketing Communication, Entrepreneurship and Services viz. Financial services, tourism and hospitality services , heritage management, and marketing on the digital and  social media platforms. Bijal has written several research papers in various national and international publications, developed case studies and has published material in the form of chapter(s) in books on entrepreneurship and social media. She is on the Editorial Board and is associated as reviewer with National and International Journals. She is also guiding and mentoring candidates at the post graduate and doctoral level programmes. Bijal is an Alumna of the Assumption University of Thailand, the IIM-A Faculty Development Programme in Management (FDP-M) and has recently been to Cranfield University and Cambridge University as an Academic Visitor from Ahmedabad University.




Dr. Nalini Bikkina, Director In-Charge, GITAM School of Gandhian Studies

I feel privileged to have been in the FDP 2012 at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. The four months of the programme have been a profoundly enriching experience on the academic front and an equally transformative experience on the personal front.

As Prof. Mukund Dixit had promised during the orientation that if we apply ourselves to it, the FDP would enrich us with knowledge, attitude, skills and habits, thereby making us KASH rich. Knowledge was lavished on us by the extremely accomplished set of instructors we had in the programme. Not only was their classroom presence awe inspiring in terms of their expertise, their course material portrayed a structure, focus and rich content above par. The schedules while being hectic provided for an intellectual and introspective roller coaster ride, creating a kaleidoscope of perspectives, experiences and personal-professional landscapes over the horizon.

There have been periods of intense psychological turmoil, at times due to the sheer pressure of schedules and a lack of sleep; other times owing to the dynamics in the group. However, a small group of teachers anchored my moorings at IIMA and have resurrected a failing belief in the nobility of this profession. Beyond the tangibles of training at IIMA, I took away priceless intangibles I hold very close to heart.

Currently, Director In-Charge of GITAM School of Gandhian Studies, I have been in the teaching and research arena from 2004. An ICSSR Doctoral Fellow, my research interests have been in the interdisciplinary social sciences with an emphasis on public policy. Being UGC NET qualified, I have worked on research projects funded by various national agencies like the UGC and the ICPR in my capacity as a Project Fellow and as Principal Investigator in projects funded by the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. My current research is on Displacement and I am working on a related project for which I have been awarded the Fullbright Fellowship. I have worked extensively in collaboration with national agencies like the National Institute of Rural Development, the All India Radio, the Ratan Tata Trust and the Indira Gandhi National Open University and with the industry including Mylan Laboratories, Ebony Shipping and Vijay Nirman in a consultative capacity. With an interest in extension and  community engagement, I work in active collaboration with Social Sector agencies like the Akshaya Patra Foundation, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development, Dhaatri and Samata and have documented several case studies.


Having started a career in teaching, in 2000 albeit, in a freelance manner, I have moved into active research while working on research projects sponsored by the UGC and the ICPR, post my Ph.D, in 2004. My interdisciplinary interests in research and a brief stint in Andhra Pradesh Public Service as a Group I Officer in 2007 brought me closer to issues related to public policy which had formed an active domain of research in my career. I have joined GITAM University as an Assistant Professor in 2009 in Department of HRM and attended the FDP Programme in 2012. Owing to my passion in public policy, I have chosen all four electives in the FDP Programme from Public Systems, which had helped charter my career ever since. Having been promoted as Assistant Director, GITAM School of Gandhian Studies in 2013, I am currently also in charge of the Centre for Research in Public Policy at GITAM University. 



Dr. Suresh Malodia, Faculty, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad


I completed ‘Faculty Development Program' at IIMA in 2013. FDP is a great platform for B-school faculty members in India to connect with the academic fraternity across the country. This programme offers wide range of relevant activities including case writing & teaching, research seminars & workshops, and use of innovative teaching pedagogy. There were lots of indelible lessons and experiences both inside and outside the classroom with my fellow classmates and faculty members that completely transformed by approach towards academics. I truly believe that not only during the program but even post FDP I've been the beneficiary wherein my academic endeavour with IIMA enabled by knowledge, skills and strengths in different aspects of academic life. Currently I am work as a Faculty at Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India. I am happy to share few of my recent publications and I proudly say that this has all happened due to my training at IIMA.


  • Malodia, S., & Singla, H. (2016). A study of carpooling behaviour using a stated preference web survey in selected cities of India. Transportation Planning and Technology, 39(5), 538-550.
  • Malodia, S., Singh, P., Goyal, V., & Sengupta, A. (2017). Measuring the impact of brand-celebrity personality congruence on purchase intention. Journal of Marketing Communications, 1-20.
  • Malodia, S., & Singla, H. (2017). Using HOLSAT to evaluate satisfaction of religious tourist at sacred destinations: the case of religious travellers visiting sacred destinations in the Himalayas, India. International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research, 11(2).

Prof. Suresh Malodia is Faculty at Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad. He has to his credit over twelve years of work experience ranging from industry, consulting to academics. He started his career as an entrepreneur by starting a publishing house. He has served at various institutions of repute such as MITS University, Lakshmangarh (Raj.), ICFAI Business School and University of Petroleum Energy Studies (UPES) Dehradun and Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune.

He has been the Principal investigator and lead consultant for many social research projects for organizations such as Planning Commission, Agriculture Finance Corporation, Department of Industries, Uttarakhand and MANAGE. He has conceptualized and executed several sessions on Commercial Acumen, Key Account Management, Marketing Research and Retailing for Public Sector Organizations like HPCL, IOCL, Oil India Ltd. and Mt. Meru Tanzania. He is also regarded as an effective motivational speaker and has delivered several invited talks at reputed forums across the country, he has has addressed Teachers, Counselors, Principals and Students across the country on issues such as Child Sexual Abuse, Discipline, Substance abuse. He has mentored several student startups at University Incubation center, some of the successful startups that got converted into real companies and working successfully are: Kraftlooms Overseas Pvt. Ltd., Acroon Consulting Pvt. Ltd.


He has published his work, and participated in conferences at national and international level. His academic assets include a Bachelor Degree in Commerce, an MBA with dual specialization in Marketing and Finance, Ph.D. in Consumer Behavior and FDP from IIM Ahmedabad with concentration in Marketing Research & His research interests includes Sustainable Consumption, Rural Marketing andEnvironmental Psychology. He was also awarded as best professor teaching marketing management by Danik Bhaskar group in 2010.


Recent Publications


  • Malodia, S., & Singla, H. (2016). A study of carpooling behaviour using a stated preference web survey in selected cities of India. Transportation Planning and Technology, 39(5), 538-550.
  • Malodia, S., Singh, P., Goyal, V., & Sengupta, A. (2017). Measuring the impact of brand-celebrity personality congruence on purchase intention. Journal of Marketing Communications, 1-20.
  • Malodia, S., & Singla, H. (2017). Using HOLSAT to evaluate satisfaction of religious tourist at sacred destinations: the case of religious travellers visiting sacred destinations in the Himalayas, India. International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research, 11(2).


Consulting/Research Projects


  • Advanced Manufacturing Technologies – Understanding the Implementation Barriers and Model for Promoting Technology Entrepreneurship in India, Funded by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, 2017
  • Research reported submitted to R&P department, IIM Ahmedabad on "Determinants of User Acceptance of Information Kiosks: An Extension of Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology Using Trust and Computer Self-Efficacy." Received research grant from Research and Publication department, IIM Ahmedabad. (October 2013 – October 2014)
  • Principal Investigator – Site potential assessment for opening petrol pumps at various sites. Client: Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (April-June 2013)
  • Principal Investigator - Impact assessment of Cattle Breed Improvement Program implemented by JK Trust – Gramin Vikas Yojna. (May – October 2012).
  • Hon. Consultant - Conducted Mid-term review of "Customized Farmer Training Programme", Implemented by AFC under RKVY, Uttar Pradesh, 2011.
  • Principal Investigator - Received Grant to conduct research for Uttarakhand Handloom & Handicraft Development Council, Dehradun "Detailed analysis of positioning of Himadri's products and its comparative study in domestic market" and suggest effective market positioning strategies for UHHDC. (June 2010)
  • Hon. Consultant - Conducted research on "Evaluation of Rural Telephony" with Council for Social Development, Southern Regional Centre, Hyderabad in the state of Uttrakhand, 2009.
  • Consultant - Provided consultancy for market feasibility of retail store to Fresh-n-Green, a newly set up retail store at Jodhpur, 2007.




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