Jay Bhatt

Assistant Professor
Department of Management Studies
Convener, Entrepreneurship Cell, VIT
Member - BMA
Qualification

M.B.A. (Marketing), Delaware University, USA 2010
P.G.D.M, ICFAI, Uttaranchal University 2007
B.Sc. (Statistics), University of Mumbai 1995

Experience

Teaching Experience: 8 Years
Entrepreneurial Experience: 14 Years
Industrial Experience: 3 Years
Research Papers Published: 07

I got into the academic field after an overall 17 years of industry experience. It was this industry experience for which I have been teaching subjects ranging from Marketing to Operations to International Business. Being born in an entrepreneurial family, it was only natural to follow the footsteps of my predecessors. I had joined my father in business long before I had graduated. We were into assembling and marketing of bio-medical equipment, mainly physiotherapy equipment. After having joined, I expanded the product range to include imported equipment mainly of American and Italian make. I also successfully entered into exports mainly through channels into the African markets! I managed to expand the annual turnover to three times the original size and sustained it at that level for more than half a decade! It was due to this experience that I have been successfully teaching Entrepreneurship Management and run an Entrepreneurship Cell. In the later stage, I moved into the job market to begin my career afresh.

I then joined Zycus Software Pvt. Ltd. as a Health Care Business Analyst as I had a rich experience of medical equipment and devices. My main role was UNSPC classification. My experience with an Indian MNC I.T. company helped to teach subjects like Technology Management. I realized that to go ahead I had to have a higher qualification. I worked on the side and enrolled for an MBA degree in an American University. I felt since I was out of the SME sector and into the bigger world, I had to have a global exposure. I took a sabbatical from work, used up my life savings and got into academics after a gap of 15 years! My stay in the U.S. and exposure to the American universities changed the course of my life and my thinking to a large extent. Earlier academics was something to leave behind…...I suddenly realized I loved academics and the academic environment! Continual interactions with the faculty and having spent a large time with American academics made my decision concrete of starting my second innings in academics and I continue to remain thankful for that.

On my return I started working with a medico marketing company and also started working as a visiting faculty at N.M.I.M.S. After a couple of years, I joined Vidyalankar as a full-time faculty. I then realized that it was due to my varied industry experience. My other professional interests which I am currently working on are business consulting and new product development. Being from the Biomedical industry, the new product ideas that I have in my mind are again medical devices which I intend to work upon, using my own capital, which I am currently accumulating, for using on R&D. Once an entrepreneur always an entrepreneur! The bug hasn’t left me still. Being the Convener of the Entrepreneurship Cell, I have almost made it my life’s mission to motivate students to become entrepreneurs. I am also pursuing my Doctoral program and looking to start new product development and consulting shortly.

Amongst my personal interests and hobbies, I love trekking and have been fortunate enough to have trekked the Himalayas and the Sahyadri range. I have trekked up the Gaumukh trail (the origin of the Ganges) twice. I swim very regularly and love long walks. I am passionate about cricket and had represented my school at various levels. That apart, I am also an avid reader, love to travel and a passionate foodie!