Shri Santosh Kumar Mohanty

WTM, SEBI and Director, NISM

Shri Mohanty has taken over as Director of National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM), an educational initiative of Securities and Exchange Board of India on August 5, 2019. He is an IRS Officer of 1991 Batch and is presently posted as a Whole Time Member, Securities and Exchange Board of India in Mumbai.

Prior to taking charge as Whole Time Member, Shri Mohanty held the position of Executive Director, Securities and Exchange Board of India, on Deputation. As Executive Director, he has handled the Commodity Derivatives Market Regulation Department, Department of Debt and Hybrid Securities, Corporate Finance Department and Office of Investor Assistance and education etc.

As a Whole Time Member of SEBI, Shri Mohanty looks after the Market Regulation Department, Commodity Derivative Market Regulation Department, Office of International Affairs, Regional Offices apart from discharging quasi-judicial responsibilities.

Prior to joining SEBI on Deputation, Shri Mohanty served as Director at the erstwhile Forward Markets Commission where he was in-charge of the Market Policy and the Legal Affairs Division. As an IRS officer he has served for more than 25 years at Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur and Jamnagar in various capacities.

Shri Mohanty is an MA in International Studies from JNU, New Delhi and holds an L.L.B. and PG Diploma in Securities Law from Mumbai University.



Prof. (Dr.) Dilip Ukey,

Vice – Chancellor, MNLU, Mumbai

Dr. Ukey is the Vice Chancellor of Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai from 01st January 2019 onwards.

Prof. Dr. Ukey after completion of his LL.M. in 1991 from the PG dept. of Law, Nagpur University, was awarded JRF by University Grants Commission and pursued research in the area of constitutional law, jurisprudence and human rights. He has a distinction, to be the first and only candidate in the University, to be awarded with this fellowship. In 1992 he had decided to work for his Ph.D. in the area of Secularism and compare the concept with that of the US Constitution and some other countries. As a faculty at the Dept. of Law, Nagpur University, he started his teaching career with Indian constitution as a basic subject.

His academic endeavours and insights rewarded by his appointment as faculty in the prestigious Dept. of law, the University of Pune in 1993. Immediately he was acclaimed as a distinguished and popular teacher and an academician by legal fraternity in and outside the University. Similarly, he was instrumental in redesigning the curriculum of LL.M. for Pune University. His hard work and research output has paved the way for his appointment as a Reader in the Dept. of Law in 1997.



Mr. Sunil Kadam

Registrar, NISM

Shri Kadam is the Registrar of National Institute of Securities Markets(NISM), an educational initiative of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). Shri Kadam holds a degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Pune. Prior to taking over as Registrar of NISM, Shri Kadam was Regional Director of Northern Regional Office of SEBI. Shri Kadam has joined SEBI in 1996 and during his tenure in SEBI he has worked in various departments in SEBI and handled the work relating to administration and inspection of Market Infrastructure Institutions (MIIs) and SEBI registered intermediaries, surveillance and investigations, corporation finance, forensic accounting, corporate governance, Business Responsibility Reports, Indian Depository Receipts (IDRs), E-voting, search and seizure, treasury and accounts, enquiry and adjudications, litigations, etc. Shri Kadam was also a member of SEBI Committee on Disclosures and Accounting Standards (SCODA) and Auditing & Assurance Standards Board of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). He has also represented SEBI in Asian Roundtable on Corporate Governance meetings organized by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and was also part of OECD report on “Related Party Transactions and Minority Shareholder Protection”.



Dr. V.R.Narasimhan


Dr. Narasimhan has started 40 years of work experience in Financial and Capital Markets in India. He started his career as a lecturer. Thereafter he joined AP State Finance Corporation (APSFC) and worked for about 11 years. During the period 1984 to 1987 (very early days of computerization in India) he played a leading role in developing an integrated financial accounting and MIS system for APSFC. While he was in APSFC, he was deputed to work with Public Enterprise Management Board of Government of Andhra Pradesh as Officer on Special Duty (Finance). He also has worked as General Manager and Company Secretary of AP State Film Development Corporation.

In 1992-1993 he joined Capital Market Regulator – SEBI as Division Chief, Secondary markets. At SEBI he was in charge of Broker Registration, inspection of Stock Exchanges and also worked on drafting regulations for custodians and depositories.

In 1996, he joined India’s first securities depository viz., National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) and worked with it for 10 years. In his stint with NSDL he was responsible for spreading the demat concept amongst all issuers and investors in the country. In addition to being a part of senior management team of NSDL, he played key role in new products and services like setting up National Skill Registry for NASSCOM, biometric based investor registration system called MAPIN (now abandoned), conceptualization of Central Record Keeping Agency for PFRDA etc.

In 2006, he joined Kotak Mahindra Group and played multiple roles including setting up Kotak Mahindra Pension Fund Company, setting up Kotak Commodity Derivatives Exchange, Group head for capital market compliance etc.

IN 2013 – the year in which the SEBI regulations for stock exchanges and clearing corporations was made effective (SECC Regulations) - he joined as the first Chief Regulatory Officer of National Stock Exchange and retired from that position in April 2018.

As a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, he plays an active role in the academic activities and contributed articles to their professional journal.

Dr Narasimhan is a post graduate in Commerce, MBA (Finance) and a Ph.D. At NISM he organises and conducts sessions role of compliance, secondary market and depositories regulation vis-à-vis practices in India



Dr. Latha Chari

Associate Professor, NISM

Dr. Latha Chari is a Doctorate in Finance from BITS Pilani, Post Graduate in Commerce and a FCMA (Fellow Member of the Institute for Cost Accountants of India). She has an experience of about two decades equally divided between academia and industry. She started her academic career as a Fellow with IILM, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

Before joining NISM, Dr. Chari has worked with Institute for Technology and Management and ITM Institute of Financial Markets for more than a decade. She joined ITM as lecturer and grew up the hierarchy to become the Deputy Director, heading ITM Institute of Financial Markets. During her academic tenure she has published papers in various national and international journals and has conducted MDPs in the areas of financial asset valuation, strategic cost management, trading and operations in equity markets, performance evaluation of mutual funds and the like.

Dr. Chari’s areas of research interests include strategic cost management, corporate valuations, shareholder value enhancement and similar studies. She has special interests in establishing finance labs and in design, development and delivery of lab based courses in the areas of banking and financial markets.



Dr. Rajesh Kumar

Program Director and Associate professor, NISM

Dr. Rajesh Kumar is a skilled and qualified teacher of law with more than fifteen years of teaching experience at Different Universities and Colleges. After completing his LL.B., LL.M and Ph.D. (Securities law) from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi and Qualifying his U.G.C Net Examination in December 2003, he remained actively engaged in teaching corporate and investment laws at various law colleges and universities starting from IMS Unison Law School, Dehradun and ICFAI Law School, Dehradun, VIPS (affiliated with G.G.S.I.P .University, Delhi) , Amity Law School, Delhi (affiliated with G.G.S.I.P .University, Delhi) and National Law University, Ranchi. Before Joining this institute, he worked as Assistant Professor (Selection Grade) and Assistant Dean of NLU, Ranchi.

He has written four books on various topics including securities law and Competition Law. His areas of expertise include Corporate Laws, Securities Laws, Corporate Finance, Competition Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking and insurance and International Investment Law. He has also participated in various conferences and seminars organized by various institutions and has also been a speaker in many such conferences and seminars.

His teaching interest lies in various subjects and areas related to Securities Laws and regulations, Competition Law, corporate laws, Banking and Insurance, mergers and Acquisitions, and International Investment Law. He teaches in various academic programs and courses conducted by NISM. He has also undertaken various training programs related to the topic of investment laws and practice.



Prof. (Dr.) Anil G. Variath,

Professor & Director of CRCJ, MNLU, Mumbai

Dr. Anil G. Variath is a rare blend of Legal practice, Corporate Legal exposure and Academic Legal flavour. In the Academic front he has headed the Law School, SNDT Women`s University, Mumbai, Asmita Law College and Sandesh College of Law, Mumbai as its Principal. He is one of the architect of the concept of Legal Auditing. He is also member of various Professional & Academic bodies.

Dr. Anil has attended more than 60 National & International Conferences and has been a speaker on Corporate & Banking Laws in these seminars and has presented his research papers on the allied field.

Dr. Anil an Advocate practicing in the High Court of Bombay and Supreme Court of India. He has graduated from Osmania University, Hyderabad, and Post graduated in Law from University of Kerala, Trivandrum, Post Graduated in Management from Alagappa University, Karaikudi, Tamilnadu. Done his Ph.D. from Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, U.P. LL.D. from Chanakya National Law University, Patna.

An experienced professional with over 27 years of experience in Litigation pertaining to Civil, Criminal & Corporate Laws. He is also very good at managing Recovery, Arbitration, drafting legal / commercial documents and representing companies before various courts. An effective communicator with exceptional relationship management skills & adept at maintaining cordial business relations with legal counsels and other external agencies.

His areas of specialization include appearing practically in all the courts and various forums & Tribunals across the country, Dr Anil G Variath has developed a strong insight in Corporate & Banking Laws, International Arbitration and Commercial Negotiations.

Advising for planning the strategies and formulation of legal policies for various Corporates especially with respect to Mergers & Acquisitions, Public Issue, External Commercial Borrowings, Joint Ventures and Collective Investments.



Dr. Kiran Rai

Associate Professor, MNLU

Dr Rai is Head of Post Graduate department at MNLU Mumbai. A university gold medalist in LL.B. & LL.M., she specializes in the area of Business Laws. She has a rich experience of teaching graduate & post-graduate students, as well as guiding them in their research projects. She also has wide experience in handling diverse administrative responsibilities. Before joining MNLU Mumbai, she has worked as Dean at School of Law, Galgotias University, Greater Noida and has also worked with Amity Law School, Amity University, Noida; Institute Of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad; & ICFAI Business School (IBS), Ahmedabad. She has many awards &recognition to her credit. Besides having authored numerous research papers & a few books, she has done extensive research in the areas of Corporate Governance, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code, & Law for Surrogacy. She has mobilized funds & collaborated with prestigious Government organizations - NCW & NHRC - for organizing workshops & seminars.

Courses Taught: Company Law, Law of Contract, Corporate Governance, Cyber Law, Property Law, RTI, Comparative Public Law & Legal Research.



Dr. Pradiptarathi Panda

Assistant Professor, NISM

Dr. Panda is having more than seven years of research experience and five years of teaching experience in the field of finance. Currently, he is working as a lecturer at the National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM). Prior to the current position, he has worked as a research associate of NISM and research Scholar of Indian Institute of Capital Markets. He holds a Master's in Finance & Control (MFC) from Berhampur University, an M.Phil. in Finance from Pondicherry Central University and Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Mumbai. His area of Ph.D. is on International Capital Markets spillovers. He has qualified UGC NET for Assistant Professor in management. His areas of research interest’s Include-International Capital Markets, Interest Rate Futures, Innovative financial instruments and Financial Economics. His teaching interests are Applied Financial Econometrics, Financial Computing using R, Financial Derivatives, Global Financial Markets, Investment Management, and Trading in equity and derivatives (equity, commodity, and currency).

He has published a number of research papers in indexed journals like Springer, EBSCO, Econopapers, Jgate, Inderscience, Scopus, Ideas repec, IGI Global etc. He has worked in the areas of volatility spillovers, equity markets, foreign exchange markets, derivatives markets, interest rate futures, green bonds, market microstructure, circuit breakers, etc. He has presented research papers in several international and national conferences; has participated in a number of workshops and organised several Faculty Development Programmes (FDPs) and Workshops.

He is currently a member of the editorial board for a number of journals and a reviewer for several Journals as well as World Finance Conferences.



Dr. Anand Raut,

Associate Professor of Law, MNLU

Dr. Raut has more than four years of teaching experience and has taught Law of Contracts, Law of Crimes, Environment Law, IPR and Human Rights etc. He has participated and presented papers/articles in a number of seminars and conferences.

Courses Taught: Contract-I and Contract-II



Abhijit Rohi

Assistant Professor(Law), MNLU

Shri Abhijit is teaching at MNLU Mumbai since October 2016. Prior to joining MNLU Mumbai, has a teaching experience of two and half years at the School of Law, Christ University (SLCU) Bangalore and is pursuing PhD from National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore in the area of Digital Privacy and Law.

Courses Taught: Legal Methods, Family Law-I, Human Rights Law, Jurisprudence, Intellectual Property Law, Media Law, Data Protection Law.



Anand Shrivas

Assistant Professor(Law), MNLU

Shri Anand holds Bachelor of Laws from RTM Nagpur University and Master of Laws from Hidayatuallah National Law University, Raipur.

He has worked with different prestigious organizations on diverse practice areas including policy practice at Planning Commission of India, Corporate Practice at Acuity Law, Desai Desai & Carrimjee Mulla, Ramnath Developers and litigation, before venturing into the field of research and academia starting with Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar and then continuing with National Law University, Assam.

He has undergone training as intern/trainee at different leading law firms such as Vaish Associates Mumbai, Fox Mandal Bangalore, Fox Mandal Noida, Singhania and Co Hyderabad.

He possesses basic understanding of various complex corporate transactions. He is an avid enthusiast in capital markets law and banking & finance law. He has taught subjects like Company Law, Corporate Finance Law, Corporate Governance, Insolvency Law, Securities Law, Banking Law, International Investment Law, M&A and competition law at different national law universities in the country.

Courses Taught: Securities Law, Corporate Governance, and Insolvency Law.



Ashok Chikte

Assistant Professor(English), MNLU

Shri Ashok has published many articles in reputed national and international Journals. He has also participated in several national and international conferences and seminars. Ashok strives to promote an interest in literature and literary thinking among his students. He is also interested in Creative Writings, Fine Arts and Music. He is also the coordinator of Spanish Course.

Courses Taught: Law and Literature, Legal and Constitutional History of India, Political Science-I, Legal English and Semiotics, Bridge Course (English).



Prof. Dr. Bhavani Prasad Panda

Founding Vice-Chancellor, MNLU

Dr. Panda completed his LL.M. from Andhra University, he went on to secure a doctorate (Ph.D) and a post-doctorate (LL.D) degree from Behrampur University, Odisha. In a career spanning over four decades, Prof. Panda has worked in various academic and administrative capacities at Utkal University, Behrampur University and the W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. In 2016, he was conferred the N.R. Madhava Menon Best Law Teacher Award in recognition of his contribution to the field of legal education in India. Prof. Panda’s areas of expertise include criminal law, disaster management studies and ADR studies.Courses Taught: Legal Method, Law of Crimes-I



Chirag Balyan

Assistant Professor of Law, MNLU

Shri Chirag, prior to this, he worked as Law Clerk cum Research Assistant at the Supreme Court of India. His research interests include Over-criminalization in India, Problems of Justice System and Humanization of Criminal Law. He is Deputy Director of Centre for Research in Criminal Justice (CRCJ) and Faculty-In-Charge of Alternative Dispute Resolution Society.

Courses Taught: Law of Crimes, Code of Criminal Procedure, Law of Evidence and ADR



Milind B. Gawai

Assistant Professor(Law), MNLU

Shri Milind has ten years of experience as an Assistant Professor (Law) He also worked as Research Fellow (Faculty) at National Judicial Academy, Bhopal for more than a year. He is committed to disseminate knowledge of law especially Constitutional Law amongst his students and promote them towards professional career with the sense of ethics and social responsibility.

Courses Taught: Constitutional Law- I, Constitutional Law-II, Administrative Law and Code of Civil Procedure.



Raghav Pandey

Assistant Professor(Law), MNLU

Shri Raghav is an Assistant Professor in the University. He is also a Visiting Fellow at a prominent think tank of the country, India Foundation, New Delhi. His ongoing doctoral research at the the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, focuses on an interface of economics and law, where he focuses on the study of evolving Insolvency regime in India. He is widely published in national news dailies and academic journals.

Courses Taught: Labour Law - I , Labour Law -II , Public International Law and Law and Justice in a Globalizing World.



Dr. Rahul Suresh Sapkal

Assistant Professor (Economics), MNLU

Dr. Sapkal is an Assistant Professor (Economics) at Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai. He holds Ph.D Degree in Law and Economics from European Doctorate Program in Law and Economics (Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands; University of Bologna, Italy; and University of Hamburg, Germany). He works in the areas of labor economics, law and economic, corporate governance, industrial relations, development economics, micro-econometrics, and institutional economics. Prior to joining MNLU Mumbai, Dr. Sapkal has worked as a researcher with CORD-UNICEF; International Labor Organization, New Delhi and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Dr. Sapkal has widely published and is a referee to various international economic journals of repute such as European Journal of Law and Economics, Economic and Political Weekly, Research in Sociology of Work, International Review of Income and Wealth, and Asian Journal of Law and Economics. Dr. Sapkal nominated as the governing board member of Workers Solidarity Network of Action Aid (India) and International Labour Organization (New Delhi). Recently, he was awarded the prestigious Reserve Bank of India, Faculty Research Fellowship – 2017 and is a recipient of Azim Premji Research Grant for the academic year 2018-19 for the project titled,” ‘Judicial Quality, Contract Enforcement and the Firm Performance: Empirical Evidence from India”. Dr. Sapkal is working as an advisor to Aajeevika Bureau's legal aid, education and advocacy work that works with migrant and informal workers in the state of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Courses Taught: Intermediate Microeconomics; Macroeconomics; Law and Economics; Indian Economy and Economic Policies; Money, Banking and Fiscal Policies; International Economics, E-Commerce.



Rohit Bhaskar Jadhav

Assistant Professor (Economics), MNLU

Shri Rohit is working as Assistant Professor in Economic in Maharashtra National Law University since October 2016 as on regular basis. He teaches Economics to B.A. LL.B. (HONS) Students at MNLU MUMBAI. He is a member in various Committees and cells in university. Apart from this, he is also pursuing a Doctorate in International Relation, International Economics in Dr. B.A.M.U, Maharashtra. Besides, he is also interested in various areas of research and also published various research papers on International Relation, Indian Polity, Indian Economy, Women’s Studies/Gender Budgeting, Public Finance etc. He has qualified NET and NET-JRF in Economics and Political Science.

Prior, joining to MNLU Mumbai Shri Rohit Jadhav had worked as Assistant Professor in M.P. Law College and Dr. Ambedkar College, Aurangabad, MH. He has also worked as a guest faculty and core faculty in PRE-NET/SET and PRE IAS/IPS centre of Dr.B.A.M.U, Aurangabad and various others Competitive Institutions. He has mainly engaged into to develop various plans viz. special Study plan, Test plan, Analyse plan, and Revise Plan etc. for Civil Services, Indian Economic Services, State Services and NET/SELT Exams.

Courses Taught: Micro Economics, Macro Economics, Indian Economy and Economic Policies, Money, Banking, Fiscal Policy and Public Finance.



Sadashiv Deshmukh

Assistant Professor of Law, MNLU

Shri Deshmukh started his career practising as an Advocate at the Kolhapur Court, Maharashtra Co-operative Tribunal, Divisional Commissioner at Pune. He then went on to join as a Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate First Class. He has also worked as Judge in the City Civil and Sessions Court, Greater Bombay. He worked as Registrar Personnel at Bombay High Court till March 2017. Thereafter, he has worked as a Member of Maharashtra State Sales Tax Tribunal and also as Chairperson, Consumer Grievance Redressal (Electricity) at Kalyan. He is a member of Maharashtra State Legal Services Authority’s High Court Panel of Arbitrators.



Sajid Sheikh

Assistant Professor (Law), MNLU

Shri Sajid obtained his LL.M. (Hons.) specializing in Intellectual Property Rights from National Law University, Jodhpur and is pursuing his Ph.D. from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. His contributions to various law journals focus on issues such as Intellectual Property Rights, Women and Law, Social Issues etc. He holds the additional charge of Assistant Registrar (Academic).

Courses Taught: Intellectual Property Law, Legal Methods, Communication and Advocacy Skills, Legal Drafting.



Upamanyu Sengupta

Assistant Professor (English), MNLU

Shri Upamanyu - doctoral dissertation examines the hermeneutics of travel writing. He was awarded a DAAD Fellowship for a semester’s study at the Technische Universität, Dresden, Germany. Upamanyu’s research interests on studies of space and place, Anglo-Indian Studies and affective mapping are reflected in his publications.

Courses Taught: Law and Literature, Philosophy of Law



Varada Sambhus

Assistant Professor (Political Science), MNLU

Ms. Varada is an Assistant Professor (Political Science) at the Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai. She has more than 4 years of teaching experience in prestigious institutions of Pune and Mumbai. She has taught papers on Indian Politics, Political Theory and International Politics. She is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has presented papers at various international and national conferences and has published a chapter in a book on ‘Redefining Identities, Cultures and Literatures’.

Courses Taught: Political Theory, Political Ideologies, International Politics.



Tanu Mehta

Director (CMR), MNLU

Ms. Tanu received her license to practice law in 1997 and has been an advocate practicing in Constitutional, Administrative, Service, Environment and Labour laws in the High Court of Bombay. She has also been a legal advisor to CBFC, Sahara Amby Valley and J.M Baxi group of companies.

She received the distinguished IVLP fellowship from the Government of USA in 1999. She has completed an International Master’s Degree in ‘Conflict Resolution and Mediation’ from the Tel Aviv University, Israel in 2011. Thereafter, she was empanelled by the High Court of Bombay and the City Civil Court of Bombay in their Mediation Panel. She has also been empanelled as a Mediator by the Indian Merchants Chamber, CADR Mumbai and IICA (Ministry of Corporate Affairs). She has been a co-founder of Association of Mediation Practitioners (AMP). She has also been a mentor and advisor to PreSolv360, India’s first online platform for dispute management. She now primarily practices Mediation


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