To become an independent, multi-disciplinary, globally acclaimed university which facilitates learner-centricity, builds pathways to groom holistic individuals, and fosters innovation and scholarship to impact practice and communities.


Nurture holistic, socially responsible and continuously employable professionals.

About Vijaybhoomi university

Vijaybhoomi University is India's first liberal university, which aspires to offer relevant and quality education and engage in high-quality research in engineering, business, law, science, and liberal arts. Our university, based in Karjat, Raigad, is devoted to nurturing holistic, socially responsible, and continuously employable professionals who make a positive difference in the world. We do not just focus on making an individual "industry-ready" instead we focus on developing his personality to face and transcend any challenge in any niche.

The Vijaybhoomi Difference

Here is what helps our university stand out amongst 700+ academic institutions in India

  1. Design thinking principles and a liberal curriculum to create a strong foundation for every program
  2. The multimodal experiential learning-based approach in teaching pedagogy
  3. Work-based learning programs
  4. The provision of lateral movement between vocational and formal degree programs
  5. Incubation facilities for Innovation and Business Ventures
  6. Blended asynchronous and synchronous course delivery


Vijaybhoomi University is inspired by the lives and ideologies of two great men – one from the annals of history, the other an idol for modern day entrepreneurs.

Our Founder

Shri V B Padode founded the Dalal Street Investment Journal (DSIJ) in 1986 (a leading financial magazine with a loyal following of more than 150,000 readers). During his successful journey of being an accomplished journalist, educator and entrepreneur, he earned his reputation to be a hard worker, a solution seeker, a solution provider, a super negotiator, a strong observant, a meticulous analyst, a patriot, a perennial optimist, an entrepreneur, and a fine human being with a die-hard attitude. Shri Vijaysingh B Padode departed for the heavenly abode on August 13, 2019.


The founder of the Maratha Empire, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, dominated much of the Indian Subcontinent in the 17th and 18th century, extended from Tamil Nadu in the south, to Peshawar, Pakistan in the north, and Bengal in the east. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was fearless, agile, intelligent, a believer of meritocracy, ambitious and had a die-hard attitude.

Spirit of Vijay

  • Value integrity and earn others’ trust
  •  Innovate continuously and be agile
  • Jettison fear of failure and learn from mistakes
  • Appreciate your origins and build on them to be a good citizen
  • Yield not to unethical shortcuts and be socially responsible

Vijay or Victory and the spirit of Vijay will be the beacon to help our students emerge victorious over:

Genesis of the Idea


Established in 1995, IFIM Business School, Bangalore is the sixth business school in India to have been awarded the AACSB accreditation. The success of building a business school, which is rated amongst the top 5% of the global business schools, encouraged the founders to develop and build the Vijaybhoomi University for propagating the “Spirit of Vijay” and its mission.

IFIM Business School’s mission is to groom holistic, socially responsible, continuously employable professionals.

It positions itself for “Beyond Tomorrow” by:

  • Grooming ‘T’ shaped professionals aligned to the needs of industry 4.0, through its unique Bespoke Curriculum
  • Best-in-class faculty: A blend of PhD trained and experienced practice-oriented professionals
  • Global connect through partnerships with top global business schools offering courses in new-age areas
  • Award winning Practice Driven Initiatives:
    • Research Incubation
    • Social Immersion
    • Personality Enhancement Programme
    • Long-duration Industry Internship
    • Corporate Mentoring

Liberal Professional University


Vijaybhoomi University is all set to liberate education from its shackles by deploying new systems and evolving curriculums that are bespoke and customized to suit our students’ aspirations and appetite for learning. In the past this privilege applied to liberal arts streams since art was never ever regulated and always advocated freedom. Vijaybhoomi University has evolved a curriculum that extends this privilege to professional qualification.

We need a liberal professional university to develop professionals for “Industry 4.0”. These professionals are expected to be omniscient, socially responsible and what specialists famously referred to as ‘T’ shaped professionals. Vijaybhoomi is the first in the country to successfully blend the liberal framework into professional streams thereby making it the only one of its kind “Liberal Professional University”.

The Founding Team

Engineering and Postgraduate from BITS Pilani Shri Sanjay Padode studied at BITS Pilani for his engineering and post graduate degrees. After a thriving entrepreneurial career, he turned to be an educator for enabling society to be happy, prosperous and productive. He founded the IFIM Business School which was the sixth school in the country to have been accredited by the AACSB. He is presently building India’s first and only Liberal Professional University namely Vijaybhoomi University.

Sanjay Padode,
President & Chancellor

Dr. A Parasuraman is a pioneer in service research and developer of the SERVQUAL methodology for measuring service quality. He is also the developer of a scale for measuring electronic service quality (E-S-QUAL) and a scale for measuring the technology readiness of people [Technology Readiness Index (TRI)]. He has published over a hundred articles in leading scholarly journals as well as several books. His publications have garnered over 160000 Google-scholar citations in total. Dr Parasuraman is Emeritus Professor of Marketing and James W. McLamore Chair Emeritus at Miami Business School, University of Miami.

Dr A Parasuraman,
Pro-Chancellor Academics

Known as ‘Man of Process re-engineering’ in India, Dr. Sharma is an engineering graduate from MNNIT, Allahabad with MTech in Computer Science and PhD in eGovernance. He has over 35 years of work experience in organisations of repute like ISRO Ahmedabad, BARC Mumbai and Toshiba Corporation, Japan. He headed state PSU, engaged in the execution of State IT and e-Governance projects as Managing Director for 7 years and then as Director General for 5 years of national level organisation engaged in skilling, capacity building and education in formal and non formal sectors in IT and Electronics with PAN India presence.

Dr Ashwini Kumar Sharma,
Pro-Chancellor Compliance and Administration

An entrepreneur and educator, Dr. Atish is a keen proponent of globalization of Indian business schools. He has previously held leadership positions at top institutions — SPJIMR Mumbai, MICA Ahmedabad, and IMT Ghaziabad. Under his leadership, schools have initiated pioneering pedagogical innovations which won accolades globally, including AACSB’s ‘Innovations that Inspire’ list. As professor of Marketing, Dr Atish has published in top journals and consulted with top MNCs covering the Asia Pacific and Latin America. At IFIM, he has pioneered a study in association with industry to curate a graduate management curriculum that caters to the needs of Industry 4.0 to groom Leaders 4.0.

Dr Atish Chattopadhyay,
Vice Chancellor

Prof. Rakesh Mediratta worked as senior business development professional experience include critical positions like National Sales professional before joining academia. His three decades of Head - Park Avenue for Raymond Ltd. and Vice President-Retail at Vodafone. A BITS Pilani graduate, Prof. Mediratta also worked as an Associate Professor at IMT Ghaziabad. Prof. Rakesh’s subject matter expertise is in Services Marketing, Strategic Marketing and Sales and Distribution.

Prof Rakesh Mediratta,
Dean – Business School

Dr. Navneet Sharma, VB Padode Chair Professor of Business Responsibility and Dean, IFIM Business School at Vijaybhoomi, engages in issues relating to market regulation, CSR and corporate governance. At Vijaybhoomi, he is involved in development of new age curriculum and pedagogy in business studies area to produce future-ready graduates.

Dr Navneet Sharma
Dean – Business School, Navi Mumbai

Prof. Pravin Mishra is an award-winning filmmaker and an accomplished painter. His numerous accolades include ‘National Critics Award’ at the prestigious Mumbai International Film Festival by Government of India. An alumnus of National Institute of Design, Prof. Mishra has been a weekly columnist with TOI’s Ahmedabad Mirror for over 5 years. He was also the Director of Crafting Creative Communication (CCC) programme at MICA. At Vijaybhoomi University, Prof. Mishra brings in creativity and design thinking to nurture future-ready professionals.

Prof. Pravin Mishra
Dean – School of Design

Dr. Pankaj Jain is co-chair of India Initiatives Group and Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Texas. He has compiled the history of Jains and Hindus in America for his latest monograph, Dharma in America: A Short History of Hindu-Jain Diaspora. Currently, he is translating Jain Darshan, a monumental text on the philosophy of Jainism, and is working on his fourth monograph, Makers of Modern Jainism. He is co-editing the Encyclopedia of Hinduism as well as a volume on Indian and Western Philosophical Concepts in Religion. He is also the author of award-winning Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability. His articles have appeared in several academic journals and on the Huffington Post, Washington Post's forum On Faith, Times of India's Speaking Tree, and Patheos. Dr. Jain is widely quoted in various American and Indian media outlets, and Morgan Freeman interviewed him for the section on Jainism in the TV series The Story of God. He tweets at @ProfPankajJain

Dr Pankaj Jain
Dean – School of Humanities

The University Organization

The University is organized into independent schools for developing and delivering industry relevant curriculum associated with the respective professional degrees.

Each of these schools is led by a Dean who is an accomplished academician and scholar and each school enjoys the patronage from an advisory board consisting of the best experts from the industry and academia.

These schools are listed as follows:

  1. IFIM Business School
    Management and Accounting programmes
  2. Vijaybhoomi Law School
    BCI approved integrated BBA LLB programme
  3. Vijaybhoomi School of Design
    BDes and MDes in communication design
  4. INSOFE School of Data Science
    Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
  5. Vijaybhoomi School of Arts and Humanities (To Be Operationalized)
    Music, Performing Arts