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Chairperson & Chief Mentor Profile

Dr. Tarita Shankar
Shree Chanakya Education Society
Chairperson & Chief Mentor, Indira Group of Institutes

The Indira Group of Institutes (IGI) since its inception in the year 1994 has been earning considerable appreciation for imparting value-based education in response to demands of the corporate world and imbibing ideals of academic excellence among both, faculty and students alike


“A leader is the one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way”

The name Indira Group of Institutes (IGI) is synonymous with its driving force- Chairperson & Chief Mentor, Dr Tarita Shankar, a dynamic, passionate and caring leader who has shaped IGI from scratch. Dr.Tarita Shankar holds a Degree in Arts and Law and is an alumnus of the prestigious Harvard Business School, USA having completed the ‘Owner/President Management’ program (OPM).

Realizing during the early 1990’s that Liberalization and Privatization of the Indian economy and consequently the education sector would open the door to innumerable opportunities, inspired by the wisdom of Chanakya, the legendary statesman, our iron-willed Prime Minister, late Mrs Indira Gandhi and backed by the encouragement and blessings of her parents and well-wishers, Dr Tarita Shankar sowed the seeds of the parent trust, Shree Chanakya Education Society, Pune.

Unwavering vision, meticulous planning, over two decades of countless hours at work, unflinching support from her family and a well-groomed leadership team comprising of seasoned academicians has seen the IGI group blossom to over 16 Institutions delivering cutting edge learning, to more than 18000 students from KG to PG level.


Dr Tarita Shankar has always believed that her work speaks for itself. She has been a recipient of numerous awards and citations over the last two decades on the national and international level. A few prestigious ones being:

As Dr Tarita Shankar says “Awards are a recognition of your achievements, however what matters more is your lasting, positive impact on the thoughts of the people that you work with, a sense of fulfilment that your work is improving the quality of others’ lives.

INDIRA CARE CLUB “Compassion is an expression of strength…You are so confident that you can allow the sorrows of other people to touch you”

CARE-Counsel, Advise, Rise and Evolve, an initiative by Tarita Maam, whereby students’ staff in all Indira Institutes and also alumni seek her guidance on professional and personal issues and in return benefit from her rich experience in work and life. As Dr. Shankar puts it “My dream of starting this initiative was through daily interactions that I used to have with the students, staff at our campuses and our large alumni community that’s connected with me on my social media 24 by 7. Tarita maam counsels students at least 10 students weekly on a one to one basis…. helping them to transform into better and caring human beings and spreading happiness in society. Care Club is registered as a Trust under Maharashtra Public Trusts Act 1950, on 17th October 2022 and all donations to it are fully exempted under the Income Tax Act 1961. Care Club was awarded the NGO Leadership Award at World CSR Congress Awards-2023 on 18th February 2023 at Mumbai.


Achieving excellence, surpassing ordinary standards and striving for the highest quality in everything you do, is the philosophy imbibed by Dr. Tarita Shankar, Chairperson & Chief Mentor, Indira Group Of Institutes, Pune. Her visionary thinking and commitment to student centric growth has led to the Indira Group Of Institutes being amongst the top ranked educational institutions in India

With this theme at its core, the Dr. Tarita Shankar awards were instituted in the year 2019 (the year also being ‘Silver Jubilee year' of Indira Group Of Institutes), its objective being to honour excellence and celebrate outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations who have excelled across various fields and thus serve as a testament to the dedication, innovation, and hard work. By acknowledging exceptional accomplishments, 3 these awards aim to inspire others to strive for greatness and push the boundaries of their respective domains.

This year being its 5th consecutive year, the Dr. Tarita Shankar awards will be conferred at five National venues i.e Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai and two international venues, Dubai and Singapore, aiming to serve as a beacon of recognition, inspiring individuals and groups to pursue their passions with dedication, perseverance, and the aspiration to leave a lasting positive impact on their fields and the world at large.


Indira Group of Institutes (IGI) recently celebrated its 30 years of excellence, innovation and growth in the field of education on 5th Sept 2023. Last three decades were an incredible and inspiring journey of empowering minds and elevating lives. Looking ahead, we are excited about the immense potential for future development. Under Dr. Tarita Shankar's leadership IGI has embarked on its journey into the future-A team of 40 potential leaders who will play a crucial role in development of IGI for next 10 years. We believe the unique blend of experience, energy and expertise of young individuals will be instrumental in driving our success for next decade.

Team members of Indira at 40 will have an opportunity -

  • To contribute to future planning, ideation and execution in order to ensure that IGI remains at the forefront of our industry.
  • To work with future leaders of IGI - Mr. Shaan Mehendale and Mr. Sahil Mehendale and Core Team of key experts who are associated with IGI since decades.
  • To engage in decision making process and to have an opportunity to influence the long-term direction of our organization.
  • To gain an excellent platform for personal & professional growth and to hone their leadership skills.
ON A PERSONAL FRONT ‘Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty, rather than the difficulty in every opportunity’.

Dr. Tarita Shankar’s meteoric rise from a young family-oriented girl to an exemplary leader was marked by several hurdles, personal and professional challenges. However, her remarkable ability to overcome these obstacles through pure grit and determination, adaptability to changes, and an unending quest for excellence helped her stand out as a leader in her field. An avid reader, an excellent orator renowned for her free, frank and fearless expression of her views shows she stands up for what she believes in. Also, her love for travel and having visited all major countries around the world reveals an adventurous spirit.

Philanthropy and concern for the less fortunate in her leisure time shows her desire to make a positive impact in the world. Above all, she’s a doting mother, an affectionate family woman, and a fun-loving and down to earth personality.

Institutes under Indira Group (IGI)

Indira College of Pharmacy (ICP)


Indira School of Business studies (ISBS)


Indira Institute of Management Pune (IIMP)


Indira Global Business School (IGBS)


Indira College of Commerce & Science (ICCS)


Indira College of Engineering & Management (ICEM)


Indira College of Architecture & Design (ICAD)


Indira School of Communication’s Acting Academy (ISCA)


Indira School of Communication (ISC)


Indira Global Study Centre (IGSC)


Indira National School (INS) Tathawade


Indira National School Parandwadi (INS)


Indira Kids (IK) (Baner, Aundh, Tathawade)


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