Nitte Vinaya Hegde can be described as an entrepreneur having made a successful foray into the field of education, a philanthropist, a technocrat, an avid sports lover, a family man and finally to describe in his own words a true human being. He towers over many others when it comes to his contribution in heralding the second renaissance in the field of education in undivided Dakshina Kannada district. Under the guidance of this great visionary Nitte Education Trust (NET) run by him has emerged as the largest Mangalore-based educational institution catering to basic and professional education. Being the son of a famous father late justice K S Hegde , Judge of the Supreme Court of India and Speaker of Lok Sabha, was not a deterrent for him to carve out his own place of eminenceMr. Vinaya Hegde also spearheads Lamina Group of Industries as the Group Chairman, which has a turnover in excess of Rs. 200 crores, employing more than 2,000 people. The group has a export turnover in excess of Rs. 100 crores to countries like Germany, U.S.A, U.K, Korea, Finland, Belgium and others. The flagship company Lamina Suspension Products Ltd, which was founded in the year 1976, manufacturing Automobile Leaf SpringsMr. Vinaya Hegde was the Chief Promoter of Marmagoa Steels Limited, a Mini Steel Plant set up at Margao, Goa, in 1989. He was former Chairman of CII, Mangalore Chapter and was nominated by the Government of Karnataka as Industrial Representative in the Governing Council of KREC, Suratkal, (now NITK) and held this office till the institution was elevated as National Institute of Technology. He was appointed by the Government of Karnataka as Chairman of Coastal Agenda Task Force, constituted for drafting long term plan for the comprehensive development of the Coastal Districts. He is also a former Chairman of Board of Governors of National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, by HRD Ministry of Govt. of India, member of Mangalore University Syndicate and Academic Council, and a member of Governing Council of Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal.The Coastal Agenda Task Force headed by him played a key role in proposing the Special Economic Zone for this region, which is now becoming a reality.
A great sports lover that he is Vinaya Hegde was responsible for awakening the sporting spirit among Mangaloreans by conducting national sports for the first time in the district headquarters in 1984 under the aegis of Lamina Groups. He had a part to play in the development of some national-level athletes from the district. In memory of his late father, under the chairmanship of Mr. Hegde , the Nitte Education Trust has established a Foundation has been established in 1992, which he heads, and the Foundation undertakes charitable works like village adoption, housing, education and healthcare, resettlement of displaced children and vocational training
In recognition of his distinguished and longstanding service in the fields of education and industry Mr. N. V. Hegde has been conferred with “Honorary Doctorate” by the Mangalore University.
When the Nitte University was established in 2008, he became the Chancellor. Under his farsighted leadership, in a short span of just four years, Nitte University has been placed under category “A” by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, which is a rare distinction and achievement.
Prof. (Dr.) M. Shantharam Shetty completed his MBBS from the Government Medical College, Mysore in 1964 and MS (Ortho) from Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi in 1970. He also holds F.A.C.S , F.I.A.M.S, F.I.C.S.(Ortho) and has been conferred with F.R.C.S from the Royal College of Surgeons, England.He has over 40 years of experience in teaching medical students and has trained more than 300 post graduate students in Orthopaedics.
He started his career with the Nitte group as the first Dean of K S Hegde Medical Academy from 1998 to 2007 and later became the first Vice Chancellor when Nitte University was established with 5 constituent colleges viz., K S Hegde Medical Academy, A.B Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, NGSM Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nitte Usha Institute of Nursing Sciences and Nitte Institute of Physiotherapy. He held the post of Vice Chancellor from 2008 to 2012.An active academician, he has presented over 200 scientific papers at International, National and State Conferences with 47 publications to his credit. He has delivered expert lectures at National & International conferences and Symposia. He has received the Best Paper Award 4 times and has co-authored a book and written a chapter in one. He has occupied several important academic positions like Member of the Senate, Academic Council , Board of Studies of several Indian Universities, Inspector for the National Board and Medical Council of India. He is also the Post Graduate Examiner to the National Board, various Indian Universities and International SICOT Examiner in Orthopaedics held in different parts of the world.
Being a multi faceted personality he is associated with service and non-governmental organizations and has been responsible for their overall growth. He is the President of Vocational Rehabilitation Centre since 1980 which trains physically challenged children in computer education. He is also associated with the D.K Handicapped Association, Indian Red Cross, Lions Artificial Limb Centre, Indian Orthopaedic Association as their Presidents / Director. He was the AO Trustee Switzerland nominee from India during the period from 2005 to 2010. He has been nominated by AO Foundation, Switzerland as Chairman, AO Trauma India.
Prof. Shetty is the recipient of several honours and fellowships such as The Karnataka Rajyotsava Award for meritorious service in the field of Medicine in 1991, AO Fellowship to Germany in 1983, AADO Fellowship to Netherlands and U.K. in 1996, Ranawat Fellowship to USA in 1989, International Lions President Award for the work for physically handicapped, Indian Medical Association Award for meritorious service in 1999, International Lion President’s Award for Leadership in 1996, Rotary Vocational Service Award in 2000, Vandana Award (Rotary) for meritorious service in the field of Medicine 2004 etc.
Has been a regular faculty for AO Principal, ORP and Advanced and Masters Course held in India and various other Asia Pacific Countries. In short, Dr. Shetty has made a mark as a teacher, educationalist, administrator and a surgeon.
Mr. Vishal Hegde is an industrialist and academic administrator with more than two decades of experience in general administration. Mr. Vishal Hegde is a management graduate specializing in marketing. He has in his world of endeavour both enterprise and education.
Mr. Vishal Hegde holds the position of Trustee, Nitte Education Trust, which is a renowned premier educational organization in Karnataka managing over 30 institutions in 3 campuses at Mangaluru, Nitte and Bangalore. With a student base of over 25000 they include medical, dental, engineering, management, allied health sciences, hospitality and technical, liberal education institutions, a host of Schools and a large multispecialty hospital. Mr. Vishal Hegde is responsible for strategic planning, collaboration and quality management and oversees the philanthropic activities that include community development, health-care and insurance and empowerment. The stellar role that he has been playing has made the educational institutions under the Trust and the University one of the most sought after destination for studies by students not only from India but from other countries too.
He joined Lamina Suspension Products (Pvt) Ltd. in the year 1992 as a Director. As a the Director of Lamina Group of Companies which is a 2000 employee, Rs. 1500 Million group engaged in the manufacture and export of automobile leaf springs and brake-drums. He is in charge of the Marketing and New Product Development functions and admirably takes credit for the success of the group. He is also the Director of group companies, such as, Lamina International, Lamina Foundries Ltd., Manmet Engineering Product Ltd. and Lamina Leasing Ltd.
He is currently the Pro-Chancellor of the University with the responsibilities for financial administration, procurement management and global initiatives of the University. He is widely travelled in India and abroad.
Dr. S. Ramananda Shetty, completed his BDS from Government Dental College, Bangalore and MDS (Prosthodontics) from KMC, Manipal.
He started his teaching career in 1977 and joined Government Service in 1978. Thereafter he joined the Government Dental College, Bangalore as teaching faculty and was appointed as its Principal in 2001. Dr. Shetty is in the academia as a teacher, researcher and administrator for the last 35 years.
In recognition of his exceptional work and leadership he was elevated to the post of Director of Medical Education of Karnataka, in 2004. Forward thinking and always ahead of his times, Dr. Shetty infused the much required impetus in the medical education system through administrative changes. He considered the starting of 6 new government medical colleges, 1 government dental College and 3 government nursing colleges during his tenure as Director of Medical Education which is a record by any state government in the country. He has delivered several orations, lectures, key note addresses in the subject of prosthodontics throughout the country.
He was Member of Syndicate in 8 Universities in Karnataka and a Member of Academic Senate of 10 different Universities in the country. In the past 35 years he led several committees and councils constituted by the Government of Karnataka for regulating medical, dental and other health science education in the state. To name a few he was the Chairman of the Karnataka Medical Council, Chairman of the Para Medical Board, Chairman of the Selection Committee for PG and UG candidates for Para Medical Courses, and Member of Karnataka Nursing Council. He was President of Indian Prosthodontic Society, President of Prosthodontic Forum and Member of Dental Council of India. He was also Director in-charge of Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bangalore the second biggest cancer institute in the country, for a short period.
In July 2008, he was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences which position he served till July 2011. He was instrumental in the certification of the University to the international standards ISO/IEC 27001: 2005 for information security management by the British Standards Institution India. He was conferred with the Honorary Doctorate by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences for his outstanding service in the field of Medical Education and Administration.
He was the President of India’s nominee to the Banaras Hindu University to serve till December 2012. Since August 2011, he is appointed as an expert member of dental subcommittee of CSIR -NMITLI Project on Medical implants. In Dr. S Ramananda Shetty, one finds a rare and a happy blend of a persona who is an excellent teacher, an efficient administrator and a compassionate doctor. He joined Nitte University as the Vice-Chancellor in July 2012.
Dr. Alka Kulkarni is a science graduate who later did her MBA in 1985. On the onset of the computer era in 1980’s & 1990’s, she did her Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applicationsin 1991 and later completed her Ph.D submitting her thesis entitled ‘Quality Management Systems in Higher Education – A Study in Karnataka’.
She started her career as an Administrative Manager in an industry and later shifted to teaching career in 1989, first as a visiting faculty and then as a lecturer and through the years graduated to the post of Professor. She was the first lady Special officer of the Visvesvaraya Technological University and made a distinct mark in the administration of the University from 01 June 2002 to 31 Nov 2008. She was a part of the first ever decentralized counseling of Karnataka Examinations Authority (CET CELL), Bangalore for allotment of Medical, Dental, Engineering, Architecture, Homeopathy, Ayurveda and Unani seats in the state of Karnataka from 01 April 2009 to 30.09.2010 as the Co-ordinator of the Hubli Centre. She was the Chief co-ordinator of Post Graduate Common Entrance Test (PGCET) for Exam conduction and counseling for PG seats of MBA, MCA and M.Tech. in all the nine universities of Karnataka.
She was a Member of various committees/boards of VTU like Local Inquiry Committee, Convocation Committee, NSS Advisory Committee, Board of Studies, Board of Examinations etc. She was the first lady member of the Examination Squad team. She has also been an Advisor to various Management Institutions.
She has a vast experience in admissions, examinations and administrative work and was thus invited by Nitte University to assume the post of Controller of Examinations. She has joined this University on July 1, 2011.
Vinutha J. Shetty is a qualified Chartered Accountant having the 19 years of fruitful working experience in the Nitte Group Companies.
Vinutha J Shetty is a Commerce Graduate from Mangaluru University and has become the member of prestigious Institute Of Chartered Accountants of India in the year 1995.
She joined the Lamina Group of Companies in the year 1995 as an Executive (Audit & Finance) where she handled the Accounts & Internal Audit of Lamina Suspension Products Ltd., Padmashree Hospital & Research Centre, Lamina Leasing Private Limited and other Group Companies.
In the year 2002, she has been taken to the wings of Nitte Education Trust as an Executive-Accounts and was responsible for Financial, Accounting and Audit matters of various institution of the Nitte Group.
In the year 2008, when Nitte Education Trust has been awarded with status of Deemed University , she has been appointed as the Finance Officer of Nitte University. As a Finance Officer of the Nitte University she is responsible for the Preparation, verification and dissemination of Critical Monthly, quarterly and yearly financial reports coupled with budgeting and forecasting. She is also involved in monitoring the financial health of the various institutions coming under the Nitte University and Nitte Education Trust. She is responsible for Accounting, Finance and Tax related matters of the University and for monitoring and documenting various statutory returns. Vinutha J. Shetty is also an Ex Officio Secretary of the Finance Committee of Nitte University.
Mrs. Sayi Prasanna Hegde is a graduate in Commerce. She also holds a Diploma in Investment Management. She has more than 2 decades of experience in educational administration and has been with the Nitte Group since 1990.
She is also the Administrative Officer of the Nitte Education Trust which has a number of schools and colleges under it. As Deputy Registrar of the of the Nitte University, she is in charge of admissions and assists the Pro-Chancellor in general administration. She is also in charge of publicity for the Trust and the University.