The Government of India's new education policy has opened up opportunities for growth and innovation in higher education. Privately-owned GITAM University, with sprawling campuses in Visakhapatnam, Bangalore, and Hyderabad, is growing and scaling up its ambitions under President M. Sri Bharat, whose grandfather founded the university more than forty years ago. President Bharat, educated at Purdue and Stanford, shared his thoughts on where higher education is headed in India and how GITAM is transforming itself with the goal of becoming one of the top global universities.

About the speaker

Mr. Sri Bhara, GITAM University, President

M. Sri Bharat holds an undergraduate degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette in B.S.in Industrial Engineering Class of 2010. He also completed a joint degree MBA / MA Education Class of 2016 in Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA USA.

After returning to India from Stanford in 2016 he established a 3.5MW solar power plant and led the company's foray into Solar Power generation. He is also diversifying into Hydro energy and Chemical Waste treatment. He is deeply passionate about utilizing his knowledge and skills to develop renewable energy, sustainable growth and waste management solutions.

Bharat currently serves as Board Member of TiEAmaravati and Board member and Learning Chair of EO Andhra Pradesh. He is an active member in Hyderabad Angels and Andhra Angels. He is an investor in and advisor of a select group of promising startups.

His past experiences include commissioning of a 460MW Gas based power plant, quality control and operations in Lia Sophia Inc. Chicago, Investment banking at KARVY Financial services, Hyderabad, Telangana. His most recent stints during his MBA were in the Innovation Delivery team of the Atlanta Mayor's office, USA and a marketing immersion in Sheraton Hsinchu, Taiwan.