Ohio State has been collaborating with universities and corporations in India since 1958, focusing on advancements in educational training and agricultural research. By 1962, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) enlisted the help of the Office of International Programs in Agriculture to assist in the creation of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Ever since this initial collaboration, Ohio State’s footprint has progressively expanded to include collaboration on a much larger scale, including those areas outside of agriculture. Building upon these established collaborations, Ohio State opened its India Gateway in March of 2012 to better serve the university and its partners both in Columbus and in India.
Nikhil Tambe, director of the India Gateway, is responsible for developing strategies to support Ohio State’s academic mission in India, serve as a liaison to Ohio State faculty and partner institutions, promote inbound and outbound student mobility, identify funding sources and negotiate contracts and oversee the university’s strategic engagement in India. Prior to joining the India Gateway, Tambe was a technology leader at Eaton’s Corporate Research and Technology based in Pune, India, and was responsible for strategic planning, technology portfolio development and execution, talent management and external partnerships. He also managed programs and led applied research in nanotechnology areas for GE Global Research Center in Bangalore, India. He holds 13 issued and pending patent applications and over 16 international peer reviewed journal publications. Tambe earned his PhD and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University and his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Maharashtra Institute of Technology in Pune, India.
Manoj Garai, business development specialist, is responsible for proposing strategies and analyzing business opportunities in India for the Fisher College of Business. He handles corporate clients, industry partnerships and relationships of clients in India. Previously, Manoj spent 10 years in sales and marketing with the Bombay stock exchange, and he held a position as business development manager for Customized, Retail and International Training on Capital Markets. Manoj holds an MBA in finance and marketing, with a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
Nikita Kharivale, operations specialist, is primarily responsible for managing the financials and maintaining accounting policies and procedures. She has four years of experience at Chartered Accountant Firm and a bachelor's degree in commerce from Mumbai University.
Vinod Rani is the alumni relations and administrative specialist at the Ohio State India Gateway. He manages alumni relationships, alumni events, Ohio State game watch events and works closely with The Ohio State University Alumni Association, creating a strong Buckeye network in India. He supports administrative work such as office management, office supplies, logistics, vendors, social media and faculty logistical support. Vinod holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and has 10 years of experience in business administration.
Mohan Davande, office assistant, is responsible for the reception area and engages visitors, faculty, alumni, students and partners who visit the India Gateway and manages the office supplies. Prior to joining the India Gateway, Mohan was an office aide at Bell Ceramics for 15 years.
Vishwajeet Phopale, business development specialist, facilitates Ohio State’s healthcare engagements in India and helps establish strategic relationships with partners at hospitals, industries and universities within India. He is responsible for initiating collaborations and faculty engagement and coordinating various projects and event planning in India.
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