• Overview
  • Vision and Mission
  • Values
  • Uniqueness of KIAMS


“The road is clear. It is up to the younger generation now to take up the challenge.” – Shantanurao Laxmanrao Kirloskar

Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS) was set up in 1991 by the Kirloskar Group in Harihar to put its illustrious leader Mr. Shantanurao Laxmanrao Kirloskar’s thoughts to practice.

A pioneer of Indian industry, Mr. S. L. Kirloskar was a visionary who possessed the drive and determination to accomplish his vision.

The emergence and subsequent success of the Kirloskar Group companies in the engineering industry in India marked the realisation of one of his visions. KIAMS dedicated itself to the task of Management Development in the Kirloskar Group and other companies by understanding the need to promote managerial and organisational excellence.

In 1998, KIAMS ventured into training bright, young minds in high-quality management education to meet the managerial leadership needs of the country. This was offered as a two-year fully residential Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) in Harihar. Encouraged by the success of its alumni in the industry, KIAMS opened its second campus in Pune in 2010. Both the campuses are approved by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi.

To provide society a centre of learning that excels in management education and professional development.


  • Offer contemporary, progressive, technology and heritage driven management education
  • Facilitate strong networking with professionals and industry
  • Develop competent professionals to lead businesses
  • Contribute to the expanding body of knowledge in management
  • Provide management and training solutions to industry
  • To undertake only those activities where we have potential to excel
  • To work with trust and transparency while eschewing indiscretion
  • To operate collective decision-making and collective responsibility
  • To institutionalize the processes that lead to academic excellence
  • To teach to think
  • To value the good in ourselves, while saluting the better in others
  • To nurture self-worth in all our members and use it to drive performance

KIAMS has an Industry Coordinator Committee (ICC), which consists of members drawn from different companies as well as academics. The ICC provides guidance on changes necessary to make the curriculum industry oriented. Besides inviting practicing managers to share experiences with students, the ICC also ensures that regular events like seminars, workshops and panel discussions are held to keep students abreast of the latest developments and practices in the industry.
At KIAMS several initiatives are in place to ensure that well rounded executives emerge out of the PGDM program. StEP or Student Enhancement Plan is a unique practice at the Institute designed to strengthen the fundamentals needed of a manager to flourish in the corporate work place. This is executed through the Mentor-Protégé groups formed. The professors (mentors) handhold students (protégé) in improving the latter’s soft skills as well as technical cum managerial skills. As a result of the Student Enhancement Plan, at the end of the two-year PGDM programme, several skillsets of a student are considerably enhanced. These include communication skills, attitude development, critical analysis ability, current affairs knowledge, quantitative & qualitative aptitude and domain knowledge.
A Current News and Business Analysis Forum exists which supports students in multiple ways to become aware of happening in the environment. Sessions are scheduled regularly to expose students to analyses of industries, news analysis, quizzes, video clippings, etc. to groom students into industry-ready professionals.

Kirloskar Legacy

Governing Council

  • Mr. Atul Kirloskar

    Executive Chairman,
    Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd.

  • Mr. Rahul Kirloskar

    Executive Chairman, Kirloskar Pneumatic Co. Ltd.

  • Mr. Amarshekhar Bhonagiri


  • Mr. N. Luthra

    HR - Advisor,
    Kirloskar Group

  • Wg. Cdr. A. Raghunath

    Advisor - Kirloskar Group,
    Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd.

  • Mrs. Alpana Kirloskar

    Chairperson and Managing Director, Kiara Lifespaces Private Limited

  • Dr. V. S. Pai

    Director - KIAMS, Harihar and Sr. Professor - Strategic Management

  • Mr. Mahesh Revankar

    Head - Administration, Harihar and Professor - General Management


Dr. V. S. Pai
Director, KIAMS - Harihar and Sr. Professor - Strategic Management
Prof. Pankaj Roy Gupta
Programme Director, Campus and Corporate Relations,
Dr. Subhadip Roy
Associate Professor - Marketing,
IIM Udaipur
Dr. S. Subramanian
Associate Professor - Strategic Management,
IIM Kozhikode
Dr. Mathew Manimala
XIME Bangalore
Dr. M. J. Xavier
Vice President - FWA, CEO,
Karunya Group of Institutions
Prof. Manasi Phadke
Freelance Journalist and Economist
Mr. Partha Iyengar
Vice President and Gartner Fellow, CEO Research Team and Country Leader - Research,
Gartner India
Prof. Amarshekhar Bhonagiri
Mr. Vishwanath Joshi
Head - Practice of Journey Programme,
Great Place to Work India

Special Invitees

Mr. Atul C Kirloskar

Executive Chairman,

Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd.

Mr. Rahul C Kirloskar

Executive Chairman,

Kirloskar Pneumatic Co. Ltd.


  • Our Rankings
  • Awards
  • KIAMS has been ranked No.4 in India, just behind the IIMs, in the NHRDN-People Matters B-School Ranking 2016 for Leadership and Governance. Also, KIAMS was highly rated on many other aspects including:
    • 16th in Corporate Connectedness
    • 21st in Accreditation and Linkages
    • 26th in Faculty Profile
    • 28th in Infrastructure
  • Ranked A++ consistently by Business India

  • Ranked 10th among best private B-Schools in Karnataka by GHRDC

  • Ranked 43rd among top private B-Schools in India by Business World

  • Ranked 32nd among best private B-Schools in India by Careers 360
    Ranked AAA+ among best private B-Schools in South India by Career 360
    Ranked AAA among India’s Best B-schools 2018 by Career 360

  • Ranked 48th among top B-Schools in India by Outlook

  • Ranked 25th in ‘What If Not IIMs B-School Survey 2016’ by Silicon India

  • Received National Education Award of ‘B-School with Industry Related Curriculum in Market’  by ABP
    Received ‘Outstanding Education Institute Overall’ by ABP

  • Received Knowledge Management Leadership Award at Taj Dubai Asia Education Award 2015 ALA-Dubai

  • Received Knowledge Management Leadership Award 2016 at Malaysia by Gp TGGTA-2015

  • CSR Top Institutes of India Award for the year 2016

  • Ranked B among India’s Top150 B-schools 2017 in MBA Education & Careers published by T.I.M.E.

    • National Education Award for the “B-School with Industry Related Curriculum in Marketing” by ABP News.
    • Knowledge Management Leadership Award by World HRD Congress and Endorsed by World Thought Leaders.
    • The Golden Globe Tigers 2016 Education Leadership Knowledge Management Leadership Award at a ceremony in Malaysia.
    • The Competition Success Review awarded KIAMS the ‘Top Institutes of India’ award in April 2016.
    • ABP News also awarded KIAMS as an Outstanding Education Institute Overall.
    • Educational Excellence Award by Indo American Education Summit 2016.

  • Dr. V.S. Pai Director - KIAMS, Harihar and Sr. Professor Strategic Management
    • Won second prize for the Case study “Tata Teleservices Ltd and NTT DoCoMo: A Strategic Tie Up” at the International Case Study Competition organized by John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada in January 2012.
    • ★ Won second runner up prize for the case study, “Hero Honda Motor Ltd.: A Long Lasting Joint Venture”, at the International Case Study Competition organized by John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada in January 2012.
    • ★ Won second prize in the “Best Research Paper Competition” for the paper titled “Trends in Handloom Exports: A Strategic Analysis”, organised by the Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS), and Canadian Consortium of Management Schools (CCMS), Canada, at MDI, Gurgaon, on 26th Aug 1994.

  • Prof. Bidyanand Jha Associate Dean - Academics, Pune and Associate Professor - Marketing
    • Received second prize by presenting the paper titled “Perception towards usage of Mobile Internet for E-Commerce: Study of Indian Teens” at the 7th Annual International Research Conference on Management & Finance held on 14th December 2012 at Centre of Banking studies of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, University of Colombo.

  • Prof. Vinay Bhushan Assistant Professor - IT & Systems
    • Received Best Faculty Award from Karnataka College, Dharwad in 2004.
    • Received Best Academic Coordinator Award in Nation Level Conference held at ICFAI National College Mysore in 2008.


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Dr. V. S. Pai

Director - KIAMS, Harihar

With over 32 years of experience, Dr. Pai holds expertise in various areas of management teaching like Corporate Strategy, Business Strategy, and International Business.
Besides KIAMS, he has worked with T. A. Pai Management Institute - Manipal, ICFAI Business School - Hyderabad, and the Royal Government of Bhutan.
His publications, which number around 80, have been published in reputed journals in the US, Canada, UK, Singapore, and other countries. Dr. Pai has also been actively involved in delivering executive education programmes for many organizations. Also, he has held academic and administrative positions such as Associate Dean and Dean, before taking over the Directorship of KIAMS, Harihar.
Dr. Pai has visited various countries including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia to present his research papers and for academic tie-ups.
Dr. Pai has a Ph.D in Bank Management from the Guwahati University, Assam (1987) and Masters in Business Studies from Sri Sathya Sai University, Andhra Pradesh (1984).

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Dr. Amit K. Sinha

Director - KIAMS, Pune

Dr. Amit K. Sinha is an MBA from Utkal University and a Ph.D. in Marketing from FMS, University of Delhi. His Doctoral thesis was well received and acclaimed for providing a new model in the area of family purchase decision making. It simplified the complicated Engel-Blackwell-Kollat Model and Howarth-Sheth Model. He is a university rank holder at graduation and post-graduation .

He has been invited to participate as a speaker by institutions like NITIE, AIMA, INFOMS, RMAI, FMS, IIML, MDI. He has an experience of over three decades in academics and corporates. Before joining the KIAMS Pune campus, he has worked in various reputed B-Schools like ICFAI, NMIMS-Mumbai, ISB&M-Pune (as Director ) and MIT School of Business, Pune (at the Associate Director Position) and MIT World Peace University (as Director - Admission ). He was adjudged as the Best Faculty in the area of market research and acclaimed for his marketing faculty team , by winning the Best Department Award of NMIMS. He was given the Best Leadership Award by WCRC Leaders Excellence Award, Delhi and was recognised for his contribution in management excellence by Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune.

He is inclined towards research and consultancy, and has many publications in national and international Journals. His research papers are cited in journals published by the American Marketing Association. His paper “Recession-Time to Innovate” published by the Nielsen Media Research Group Publication, USA was acclaimed by corporates all over the world.

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Prof. Somashekhar Krishnamani

Director - SLKCEE

Mr. Somashekhar Krishnamani is the Director of S. L. Kirloskar Center for Executive Education in Pune. He is a Learning and Development professional, academician and research scholar who has 28 years of work experience. A decade and half of his experience has been devoted to consulting and providing Leadership Development solutions. His clients include some of the top multinational companies and Indian companies across telecom, manufacturing, technology, e-commerce, and food businesses.

In his earlier assignment with Indian School of Business, he was the Key Account Manager for international relationship with Global Schools like Kellogg School of Management (USA), NUS (Singapore), Macquarie University (Australia), Strathmore University (Kenya) and Coursera. His expertise includes designing programmes for independent and whole-time members of the Board and C-suite level leaders on corporate governance, triple bottom line, and compliance.

Somashekhar has an MBA and M. Phil in Management and has authored two business cases and three articles in Scopus rated Journals. He is also currently completing his doctorate.


Dr. V. S. Pai

Director - KIAMS, Harihar and Sr. Professor - Strategic Management

"I am delighted to have taken over as the Director of KIAMS Harihar in early July 2017 and would endeavour to enhance the stature and ranking of this reputed B-school. I have occupied the hot seat at a time when the global economy is experiencing turbulence. This is owing to several events shaping the world, prominent among these being Brexit, the appointment of the new American President and his nationalistic policies, the slowdown of the Chinese economy, the European refugee problem and global terror with its hub in the Middle East. All of these are having a telling impact on the global GDP growth rate and consequently employment. Repercussions of these developments are being felt by the Indian economy as well. While the global economy is facing tectonic shifts, the corporate sector is becoming more competitive and demanding. Need for new skill sets (e.g. analytics), design thinking, knowledge of foreign languages, parallel processing ability and soft skills are increasingly becoming the need of the hour. These are impacting the education sector especially management schools. KIAMS is seized of these changes and demands and has carved out a curriculum designed to instil in students’ knowledge, skills, competencies and attitude to manage in the emerging scenario. Competent and qualified faculty resources are drawn in to deliver courses, infrastructure is state-of-the-art, required software is in place and linkages with industry are established. The result oriented work culture created at the Institute has brought in its wake several rewarding outcomes. On the placement front students have been placed in several blue chip companies including Amazon India, Oracle Financial Services Software Limited, Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd., The Nielsen Company, HDFC Bank Ltd., Airtel Ltd., Coffee Day Beverages and Deloitte Consulting India Private Limited. Academic research has resulted in publications in reputed refereed journals in the US, Canada, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and India published by Springer, SAGE, World Scientific and Elsevier. Management consulting and development services have been rendered for several organizations such as Jindal Steel Works, Grasim Industries Ltd, Mitsubishi Trading Company, Tata Motors, India Adecco, Al-Horaibi, Dubai and Abdullah Hashim Co. Ltd., Dubai. To top all these capabilities, support that KIAMS receives from the prestigious Kirloskar Groups of Companies ensures that the future of students who enter the portal of KIAMS is extremely bright."

  • As per the directives of AICTE, we have already conducted an online test which included an aptitude and a communication test.