ABOUT FLAME

Story of the pioneer of Liberal Education in India

Notable Guests

Ever year FLAME University hosts many renowned national and international personalities who have distinguished themselves in diverse fields. Each of these highly successful, respected and regarded personalities is an icon and represents the best in their respective field of endeavor. These are remarkable men and women whose stories of skill, ingenuity and determination inspire emulation from others. Interactive sessions with such leading lights in a wide range of fields go a long way in inspiring and influencing our students.

PERSONALITIES

FACULTY

Deepak Parekh

Deepak Parekh

Chairman, HDFC

"This is an exceptional institute and today is an exceptional day. To be part of an institute which is founded on the concept of liberal education, itself gives you a head start. FLAME has given you an indelible stamp. A stamp of differentiation, which I am sure will carry you all your life."

Dilip Shanghvi

Dilip Shanghvi

Founder and Managing Director, Sun Pharmaceuticals

“Having known the founders (of FLAME) over the years, and having witnessed their zeal for bringing about successful wholesome improvements for the benefit of the entire society, I am convinced that this “FLAME” too will continue to burn forever.”

N.R. Narayana Murthy

N.R. Narayana Murthy

Co-Founder, Infosys

Dr. R.A. Mashelkar

Dr. R.A. Mashelkar

Former Director General, CSIR

"You know about institutions, they say that there are two things that matter. The first is, ambience; and the second is ambition. Getting these two together makes the magic work of creating a world class institution. And what I am very happy to see is this very unique combination of ambience and ambition here. It’s terrific!"

Uday Kotak

Uday Kotak

Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Kotak Mahindra Bank

"Delighted to be at FLAME. What a wonderful campus! Makes me proud as an Indian. Look forward to the FLAME burning forever!"

Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan

Indian Film Actor

"I was so enamored, I wanted to enroll all over again. I hope the desire to learn exists with me through out. I would relish that. And recommend too. Learn. Just anything. How wonderful! The thought of preparing for examination again after having hated it 40 years ago!"

M.S. Dhoni

M.S. Dhoni

Captain, Indian National Cricket Team

"The best thing you can do is set your own benchmark."

Anil Agarwal

Anil Agarwal

Founder & Executive Chairman, Vedanta

“All of you have to promise that you cannot think small."

Aditya Puri

Aditya Puri

Managing Director, HDFC Bank

"I am absolutely delighted to be here, at a premier center of learning, among so much enthusiasm, that the kids have."

K.V. Kamath

K.V. Kamath

Former Managing Director, ICICI Bank and Former Chairman, Infosys

"I have a confession to make. I have not seen a better campus than this in India. I honestly mean it. I have done four convocations this year amongst several in the past. I have never ever seen a class, a graduating class, which is more effervescent, more ebullient, and more enthused by their graduation."

Shikha Sharma

Shikha Sharma

Managing Director & CEO, Axis Bank

“I don’t look back. I look at mistakes to learn from them, and move on. Making mistakes is okay, as long as you acknowledge them, learn from them.“

Sajjan Jindal

Sajjan Jindal

Chairman & Managing Director, JSW Steel

"Very, very beautiful and fantastic campus. I wish I was your age and studied here. It’s an absolutely fantastic campus and you are really the fortunate ones studying here."

Anu Aga

Anu Aga

Former Chairwomen, Thermax

R. Gopalakrishnan

R. Gopalakrishnan

Director, TATA Sons

“The FLAME School of Business is about the right brain, it’s about emotion, It’s about space, it’s about design. It’s not just about studying accountancy, strategy and going out into the world of business. It’s a different kind of school.”

Subhash Chandra

Subhash Chandra

Chairman, Essel Group

"It (FLAME) is really very, very unique. I have not seen or come across any institution that is imparting education in such a liberalised manner."

V.G. Siddhartha

V.G. Siddhartha

Founder-Owner, Café Coffe Day

“Don’t get upset with small failures. Destiny will drive you to the right place, at the right time. Don’t give up.”

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala

Partner, Rare Enterprises

"It's a great thing. All the students who are doing the course after 12th standard are doing a brilliant thing. Indian colleges, fortunately or unfortunately, don't really offer any scope for some good education. It's a different, innovative course. I am very bullish on this course."

Vindi Banga

Vindi Banga

Senior partner, Clayton Dubilier & Rice

"This is truly a unique institution. It's a true crucible of innovative education. It is an innovator that brings all these disciplines as we've just seen together truly unique. I have been to many universities but I have never come across anything like this before."

Sharad Pawar

Sharad Pawar

President of the Nationalist Congress Party

"Modern India needs such initiatives as FLAME in the field of education. We need visionaries who would help students to go ahead and face life without fear. An educated and dedicated workforce alone could constitute the bulwark for a strong India!"

Piyush Goyal

Piyush Goyal

Hon’ble Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy in the Government of India

Uddhav Thackery

Uddhav Thackery

Pramukh (Chief), Shiv Sena

Vinod Tawde

Vinod Tawde

Senior Leader, BJP

Agatha Sangma

Agatha Sangma

Former Member of Parliament of India

Shyam Rajak

Shyam Rajak

Food minister, Bihar

Satyabrata Pal

Satyabrata Pal

Former Envoy To Pakistan; Member of National Human Rights Commission

Arup Patnaik

Arup Patnaik

Former Mumbai Police Commissioner

Arun Bhatia

Arun Bhatia

President, People’s Guardian Party

Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag

Indian Cricketer

“Cricket has taught me how to live life, and that you have to give respect to each other, you have to give respect to your elders, give space to others."

Shaun Pollock

Shaun Pollock

Former South African Cricketer

R.P. Singh

R.P. Singh

Indian Cricketer

Harsha Bhogle

Harsha Bhogle

Indian Cricket Commentator and Journalist

Kiran More

Kiran More

Wicket-keeper, Indian Cricket team; Former Chairman of the Selection Committee of the BCCI

"FLAME is one of the best institutes in India. The amount of subjects offered, fantastic facilities most of all, the excellent faculty, makes me want to relive my college days all over again"

Geet Sethi

Geet Sethi

Former World Billiards Champion

Gagan Narang

Gagan Narang

Indian Shooter

Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan

Indian Film Actor

Imran Khan

Imran Khan

Indian Film Actor

“Coming from a film family, I got offers and opportunities that I wouldn’t have got otherwise. That being said, it’s up to you to make something of that, and if the audience doesn’t find you interesting, they don’t care who your father is.”

R. Madhavan

R. Madhavan

Indian Film Actor

Shraddha Kapoor

Shraddha Kapoor

Indian Film Actor

"The (FLAME) Campus is so beautiful, absolutely stunning, that makes you want to go back to studying."

Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap

Indian Film Director

“This is an amazing campus, seriously.”

Kalki Koechlin

Kalki Koechlin

Indian Film Actor

“I went to university in London, and I feel I should have stayed here. It’s very very beautiful.”

Rahul Bose

Rahul Bose

Indian Film Actor

"The journey of life is all about finding what makes you happy. That's where your personal success lies. It took me 20 years to understand this secret!"

Shruti Hassan

Shruti Hassan

Indian Film Actor

"The biggest lesson that I had in my life is failure."

Jackie Shroff

Jackie Shroff

Indian Film Actor

Sunil Shetty

Sunil Shetty

Indian Film Actor & Director

Rajpal Yadav

Rajpal Yadav

Indian Film Actor

Mahesh Manjrekar

Mahesh Manjrekar

Indian Film Actor & Director

Shubha Mudgal

Shubha Mudgal

Indian Singer of Hindustani Classical Music

"This is a fantastic place. I wish we had such a pIace when we were young."

Abhijeet Bhattacharya

Abhijeet Bhattacharya

Indian Singer

B.V. Doshi

B.V. Doshi

Noted Indian Architect

Yash Pal

Yash Pal

Noted Indian Scientist & Educationist

Jayant Narlikar

Jayant Narlikar

Noted Indian Astrophysicist

Kiran Datar

Kiran Datar

Former Advisor of National Knowledge Commission, Government of India

Indu Shahani

Indu Shahani

Principal, H.R. College

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Srikant Datar

Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard University

“I have come to realize how these same two qualities - the courage to act ethically and to have empathy and compassion - characterize so many of the great managers and leaders I have come to admire.”

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Narendra Jadhav

Noted Indian Educationist

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Y.S.P. Thorat

Former Chairman, NABARD

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Vivek Chand Sehgal

Chairman, Motherson Sumi Group

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M.M. Murugappan

Vice Chairman, Murugappa Group

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T.V. Mohandas Pai

Chairman, Manipal Global Education

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Ameet Desai

Chief Financial Officer, Adani Enterprises

"If you think you are so smart, that you will out smart other people, then good people will stop working for you.”

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Abhijit Pawar

Managing Director, Sakal Media Group

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Sanjay Kirloskar

Chairman and Managing Director, Kirloskar Brothers

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M.P. Taparia

Managing Director, Supreme Industries

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Satish Mehta

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Emcure Pharmaceuticals

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A.V. Dharmakrishnan

CEO, Madras Cements

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Kishore Chaukar

Managing Director, Tata Industries

“I was truly impressed with the approach FLAME is following for a holistic education in the field of management. I truly believe that a narrow ‘business’ oriented curriculum with emphasis on tools and techniques of improving performance is not adequate for building a competent manager and a durable business; and certainly not for improving the well being of the communities and the nation at large.
I was encouraged to see that FLAME tries to incorporate all these aspects, including experiences in movie-making, fine arts, developmental work and adventure sports in their training programmes for holistic education; besides of course the fact that they have accomplished faculty from various professions, and of course a very pleasant campus ambience.”

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Rajeev Dubey

President, Mahindra & Mahindra

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Sanjay Labroo

Managing Director & CEO, Asahi India Glass

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Pranay Chulet

Co-Founder & CEO, Quickr

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Radhakishan Damani

Noted Investor

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Raamdeo Agrawal

Co-founder of Motilal Oswal Financial Services

“Quality ideas will not come to you everyday.”

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Madhusudan Kela

Chief Investment Strategist, Reliance Capital

“I wanted to meet Tendulkar, to understand what drives that person for 20 years? He can just go to the same field every day in the morning, practice, play for India, be dedicated to cricket. So if you have the desire and passion, you can carry on for years and years.”

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Ramesh Damani

Noted Investor

“Thank you for inviting me to your wonderful campus. It is my first visit here and I am certain it will not be my last.”

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Sunil Singhania

CIO - Equity Investments at Reliance Mutual Fund

“For every asset management company, they at least have to have few products that are consistently among the best performing products, and that’s the challenge.”

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Prashant Jain

Chief Investment Officer, HDFC Asset Management

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Parag Parikh

Founder & Former Chairman, PPFAS

“Your self-knowledge and your self-awareness is ultimately the key to your success.”

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Sanjoy Bhattacharya

Founder, Fortuna Capital

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Nilesh Shah

Managing Director, Kotak Mahindra Asset Management

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Sanjay Bakshi

Noted Investor

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Chetan Parikh

Director, Jeetay Investments

“You don’t need to know the exact intrinsic or fundamental value of the company. You need to know whether it is significantly undervalued or significantly overvalued. You don’t need to know the exact weight of a person to know whether he is under-weight or over-weight.”

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Sampath Reddy

Chief Investment Officer, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance

"In the case of insurance if they increase the FDI limit, nobody is going to lose any jobs. More and more jobs are going to be created.”

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Bharat Shah

Executive Director, ASK Group

“The basic principles of investing has remained unchanged, over almost recorded history of centuries. Those fundamental principles have simply not altered. What has altered is, from time to time, our own interpretation of it."

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Manish Chokhani

Chairman, TPG Growth India

“Sometimes you just have to go opposite. In the times of distress, you may get great businesses.”

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Anirudha Dutta

Former Head of Research, CLSA India

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Sameer Koticha

Founder Promoter, ASK Group

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Mukarram Bhagat

Executive Director, ASK Investment Holdings

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Mahesh Chhabria

Partner, Actis

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Amit Goela

Partner, RARE Enterprises

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Vibhav Kapoor

CIO, IL&FS

“While theory is good enough, you have to know theory, it’s a very good basic tool. But it’s really the experience that ultimately makes the difference.”

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Abhay Havaldar

Advisory Director | General Atlantic

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Kalpraj Dharamshi

Founder, Dharamshi Securities

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Sandeep Kothari

Portfolio Manager, Fidelity

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Utpal Sheth

Partner, RARE Enterprises

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Megh Manseta

Noted Investor

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Prithvi Haldea

Founder Chairman, PRIME Database

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Govind Ethiraj

Founder and Former Editor-In-Chief of Bloomberg UTV

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Nikhil Advani

Indian Film Director

“When we walked in over here, we couldn’t believe this was a college."

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Mohan Agashe

Indian Theatre & Film Actor

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Atul Kulkarni

Indian Film Actor

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Ayushman Khurana

Indian Film Actor & Singer

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Kannan Mohan

Indian Singer

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Gaurav Dagaonkar

Music Director & Singer

“I am really going to miss this place. I am really going to miss my college.”

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Stevan Riley

Film Director

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Meghna Gulzar

Indian Film Director

“I wish we had such courses as interesting as film-making when we were in college."

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Madhav Roy Kapoor

Indian Film Producer

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Jeff Marx

Music Composer & Lyricist

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Nikhil Chinnapa

Indian Video Jockey

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Rahul Ram

Indian Bass Guitarist & Music Composer

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Chetan Bhagat

Indian author, columnist, screenwriter and speaker

"Obviously, you guys joined FLAME as you felt it was a little different from others. That means you are looking to do something in your life which you feel proud of."

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Ayaz Memon

Journalist

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Lynda Barry

American Cartoonist & Author

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Kumar Ketkar

Indian Journalist and Chief Editor of Dainik Divya Marathi

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Mridula Koshy

Indian Author

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Sudeep Chakravarti

Author & Journalist

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Anurag Batra

Chairman, Businessworld

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Raghu Dixit

Indian Singer & Composer

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Sandeep Bhagwati

Composer

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B.P. Bam

Noted Sports Psychologist

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Sudhir Kapadia

Partner & National Tax Leader, Ernst & Young India

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Viren Rasquinha

Former Indian National Hockey Captain

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Rafiq Dossani

Former Senior Research Scholar and Executive Director at Stanford University's Asian Pacific Research Center

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Sarath Sathkumara

Managing Director, Taiyo Pacific Partners

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Ramesh Sippy

Indian Film Director

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Justice P.B. Sawant

Former Supreme Court of India Judge

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E. Sreedharan

'Metro Man', Former Managing Director, Delhi Metro

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Mr. B. Muthuraman

Padma Bhushan recipient and former Vice Chairman of Tata Steel

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Navneet Munot

Chief Investment Officer, SBI Mutual Fund

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Kenneth Andrade

Former Head of Investments, IDFC Asset Management Co. Pvt. Ltd.

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Amay Hattangadi

Co-Lead Portfolio Advisor, Morgan Stanley

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Vetri Subramaniam

CIO, Religare Invesco Mutual Fund

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Russell Napier

Market Historian

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Javed Akhtar

Screenwriter, Lyricist

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Jatin Paranjpe

Former BCCI Selector

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Keki Mistry

CEO, HDFC

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Jagdish Sheth

Marketing Guru, Professor of Marketing, Emory University

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Saurabh Mukherjea

CEO, Ambit Capital

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Nandan Nilekani

Co-Founder, Infosys

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Anil Kumble

Former Captain and Head Coach, Indian Cricket Team

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J J Irani

Former MD, Tata Steel and Director, Tata Sons Ltd