Dr. SMARAJIT DEY

Higher Ed and Ed-Tech expertise in both Academia and Corporate enterprises, including many successful start-ups

During his 40 years of professional experience he has led corporate units at all stages of the life-cycle, guided several entities as Consultant and Leadership Coach, and worked extensively with both for-profit and not-for-profit institutions at all levels of Education.

As an Independent Consultant for the last 7 years, Dr Dey’s work mirrors the diversity and depth of his experience. Recent associations include an Education company for School and Higher-ed Management Services (conception to ongoing operations), a US PE firm (Investments in the Education Sector, Myanmar), an FMCG MNC (Business Coach for senior executives), a family-owned business group in real-estate (plan for quantum jump in business and diversification to other domains), one of the top-ranked day-schools in the country (franchising strategy), a full-services legal portal (strategic roadmap leading to funding), a mid-tier Services business (strategic HR including redesign of Performance Management and Compensation), a top-tier Management School (re-engineering Distance Education), a Sports Academy with international affiliation (growth strategy), an international school at Bangalore and a private University (both for initial project planning), Team Indus (support during conception of the moonshot mission), a loyalty company, a training institute with Japanese partnership, a leading Recruitment Agency, and others.

Dr Dey is a member of the Board of Management and a Member of the Academic Council, NIIT University Neemrana, Member of the Board of The Information Company Pvt Ltd, Member of the Academic Forum of the SK Birla Group of Institutions, Member of the Advisory Board for a proposed private University in Kanpur, and Chief Mentor to speakforsure.com (an edtech company) and Purplewinds Inc (a consulting firm). In the past, Dr Dey has been a Member of the Executive Board of the Association of Indian Management Schools, an Adviser to the IMT Group, an Adviser to the ISC Council (CISCE), a Consultant to the Ministry of HRD, a member of West Bengal government’s IT Task Force, and a member of the PM’s corporate delegation to the SAARC Summit.

Among other honours and achievements, Dr Dey authored the first study in India on Areas of Computerisation in Indian Commercial Banks (NIBM, 1979), co-authored 2 books, and published numerous research papers and articles on Computer Science, Quantitative Modeling, Collaborative Education and Managerial Decision Making. His latest off-beat publications are on Covid-19 Modeling and the Comparison of the Business Dynamics of Hindi TV and Cinema! Dr Dey was awarded the Gold Medal for ranking first among all graduating Masters’ students at BITS Pilani, and School Colours at La Martiniere for Boys, Calcutta. He features in the Directory of Distinguished Computer Professionals of India, and the International Wo’s Who of Professionals.

Dr Dey was a member of the founding teams of NIIT Online Learning Ltd (Founder-Director of India’s first eLearning company set up in 2000), Institute of Finance, Banking and Insurance (Founder-Director of NIIT’s JV with ICICI Bank Ltd, currently India’s largest BFSI manpower training company), and NIIT Imperia (technology-enabled remote classrooms in partnership with premier Management institutes, set up 2006). As Head of Education Services at NIIT, Dr Dey successfully implemented a fundamental restructuring and turnaround strategy. Dr Dey was instrumental in setting-up NIIT University at Neemrana, Rajasthan, and catalysed the Management School to introduce several widely-acknowledged programs in collaboration with industry.

Experience. Expertise. Excellence

  • Dr Dey was associated with NIIT Ltd – one of the largest for-profit education and training companies in the world -- for over 20 years and served as President during 2003-12.
  • Dr Dey was on the faculty of BITS Pilani for over a decade, where he was Group Leader (HOD) Computer Sciences, and was closely involved in Collaborative Education – education co-created with industry – and also headed the Off-campus Centre at Bombay.
  • Dr Dey holds degrees in Electronics Engineering, Industrial Management, PhD work in Information Systems, and is a Certified Lead Assessor of the ISO Quality Systems.
  • Dr Dey has been a broadcaster on All India Radio & Doordarshan, an awarded photographer, a producer of TV features, directed plays for public performance, and a freelance journalist.