Symbiosis School of Media and Communication

Symbiosis School of Media and Communication, Bengaluru

(Established under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956 vide Notification No. F.9 12/2001-U.3 of the Government of India)
Accredited by NAAC with ‘A’ Grade

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Triveni Goswami Mathur

Designation : Director
Qualification : Ph.D
Total Experience : 27 Years (Industry and Academics)
Dr. Triveni Goswami Mathur is a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar, with a total experience of 27 years in the field of academics and the media industry. A Ph.D in Media and Communication from University of Pune, she held the position of Deputy Director, Symbiosis Centre for Media and Communication, Pune. A recognized Ph.D guide of Symbiosis International University, Dr Mathur has been teaching core courses in Journalism, Media Research Methods, Contemporary India and Media Perspectives and Gandhi and Peacemaking to both undergraduate and post-graduate level students in India and the USA.

During her tenure as a Fulbright Scholar affiliated to the Mary Baldwin University, Virginia, she designed and delivered an Asian Studies course on Contemporary India with special focus on ethnic and cultural diversity and media perspectives on social action. Besides taking courses in Communication and Gandhi and Peacemaking (Philosophy), she also designed a pedagogy guide in delivering a peacemaking course in the University. Additionally, she was invited to address students and the community on several aspects of the Indian society and culture. She was also invited to deliver lectures on “Media and India” at leading Universities like Winthrop University, James Madison University, among others.

Also a Rotary International Scholar, she has held senior academic positions including member of the Board of Studies of leading educational institutes like Symbiosis International University, Dibrugarh University – Assam, St Mira’s College for Girls, Syllabus Committee member for Vocational Course in Fergusson College, Pune and has been a visiting faculty and a faculty research guide at the Alliance for Global Education ( H Q – Washington DC) – a study abroad program in India; and other institutions affiliated to Pune University. She is an Editorial Board member of the Virginia Review of Asian Studies.

A former Independent Director on the Board of Directors of Johnson Controls Automotive Ltd, a leading automotive component multi-national company, Dr Mathur is an author, translator, editor with published work.

Prof. Ketan Vaidya

Designation : Deputy Director and Head, Placements
Qualification : MMC, MA
Total Experience : 13 Years
Prof. Ketan Vaidya comes with nearly 14 years of experience in Broadcast Journalism, International relations, Public Diplomacy, Governmental PR and Public Affairs. He is a Psychology graduate from K.C. College, University of Mumbai and a Masters in Mass Communication from Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication from Symbiosis International University, Pune, and Master of Arts in International Relations (Political Science) from University of Mumbai. Prof. Ketan started as a journalist and worked with three leading television networks NDTV, TV Today Network Limited and Star News (now ABP news).

As a political and a developmental journalist he has reported from Mumbai as well as the rural heartland of Maharashtra on environmental, tribal and rural issues. He has closely covered day to day politics and local and national elections. He has served the US Consulate, Mumbai as the Media Advisor to the US government in Western India. Here he lead a team which handled internal and external communications needs of the US consulate in Western India, and advised and sensitized US diplomats particularly about Indian media sensitivities. Following his Mumbai stint, he moved to serve as the Political Advisor on Global issues at US Embassy, New Delhi where he was the mission’s prime advisor on issues of human rights, trafficking in persons, international religious freedom, refugees, youth and Narcotics. He was also the primary drafter for congressionally mandated reports on these issues and the post’s sole Indian advisor on Bhutanese and Tibetan issues.

He is the recipient of Rotary Club of Shivaji Park award for vocational excellence in Journalism. The US Department of State in Washington has awarded him with Extra Mile award for increasing vernacular programming at US Consulate, Mumbai, Eagle Award for carrying out media sensitizing training of more than 45 entry level diplomats, and the International Superior Honor Award for providing overall media support to President Obama’s 2010 India visit.

He has published a book of an anthology of his Marathi poems named ‘Atta Deep Bhavachya Dishene (In the direction of self-enlightenment)’. A Delhi publisher has signed him to publish his first fictional work in English based on Mumbai’s changing working class milieu.

Ketan is also a trained Hindustani classical singer trained under the tutelage of gurus belonging to Gwalior and Banaras Gharanas or singing styles.

Prof. Shabista Bhooshan

Designation : Asst. Professor
Qualification : BA, PGD PR, MBA
Total Experience : 11 Years
Ms Shabista Booshan is a Management professional with diverse experience in corporate and academics. She has worked for companies like, ETC Channel, Infomedia – a Network 18 group and Getit. In the Education sector, she has been with Institutes like T John and Intech Institute of Management. She holds a PG degree in MBA with HR as her specialization. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in PR. She is a graduate in Journalism, Psychology and English Literature.She is currently pursuing her Doctoral Studies. She has successfully completed certificate courses on ISO, SAP – HR and Corporate HR executive Program. Ms Shabista has presented papers at National and International conferences, and has published research papers in peer reviewed academic journals.Theater, dancing and singing are her passion and she has taken her primary level training in all three.

Dr. Shashikala Patil

Designation : Asst. Professor
Qualification : M.A, Ph.D
Total Experience : 11 Years
Shashikala Patil holds a doctoral degree in English Literature with Masters in the same discipline. She has more than a decade experience in teaching and her subject expertise being Business communication, Soft Skills, Research Methodology and Literature. She is a recognized Research Guide from Symbiosis International University, SIU in the areas of Communication and English Literature. She has a proficiency in guiding the students through research by using interactive discussions and hands-on approaches to help them learn and get a better understanding of the concerned subjects. She guides students for their internships, dissertation work and live projects. She has participated and presented papers at national and international conferences and has publications in peer reviewed journals. She is an avid reader and has keen interest in writing articles.

Dr. Thilaka N

Designation : Asst. Professor
Qualification : M.A, MPHIL, Ph.D, APDPP
Total Experience : 20 Years
N. Thilaka holds a doctoral degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Manonamanium Sundaranar University prior to which she obtained her MPhil degree in the same discipline from Madurai Kamarajar University. She has almost 15 years of academic experience, teaching at the post graduate and undergraduate levels and actively participating in research in communication and media studies. Her specialization is in the area of new media,advertising and online journalism. She had a rich experience in the industry before moving on to academics in the provinces of Merchandising, and Advertising. She has also taught in the online platform for Southern New Hampshire University.

Dr. Priyanka Shrivastava

Designation : Asst. Professor
Qualification : B.E. (Electronic & TC), PGDM (Marketing), Ph.D
Total Experience : 10 Years
Priyanka Shrivastava is a seasoned professional with 9+ years of corporate & academic experience. She has proven ability in conducting market research and developing strategies which are well accepted in the industry. She is actively involved in research on Strategic application of customer relationship management in the Services Industry and has published papers in leading international journals and presented them in international conferences thus receiving wider acceptability of the proposed framework and theories. She attended FDP on “Workshop for research proposal development for faculties in Marketing Management” at IIM, Kozhikode. Her doctoral research work consists of progressively developing and refining model of effective customer involvement in the innovation process in Hotel Industry. The study provides valuable insights to industry practitioners seeking to improve customer satisfaction by engaging customers in new services development process. She is enthusiastically involved in conducting workshops on data analysis using SPSS, AMOS, Rtool and developing new research techniques

Dr. Vasudevan Sundararajan

Designation : Associate Professor
Qualification : B.E., MBA, Ph.D
Total Experience : 28 Years
Vasudevan Sundararajan holds a doctorate degree in marketing from Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, USA. He completed his MBA degree in marketing and strategy from IIM Bangalore. With 26 years of marketing and analytics experience under his name, he is the founder of Shodh – a marketing research and analytics consulting firm. He worked as Vice President – analytics for HSBC Bank; he also worked as GM Marketing for a multi-products durables company BPL Limited and worked for Mudra Communications as GM-Special projects. He served as a consultant for GE Capital International, Genpact and Fidelity USA and done marketing research and analytics work for Blue chip companies like Pepsi Foods, Unilever, ITC Foods, Johnson & Johnson, Tata Motors, Maruti Suzuki, Halo Source, Airtel, AO Smith etc.. Currently, he is writing a book on Market Research and market planning.

Prof. G Nikita

Designation : Asst. Professor
Qualification : NET, PGD (ADPR), MA, BA
Total Experience :
Ms. G.Nikita comes from the background of Mass Communication and Journalism. Her specialization is in the area of Public Relations and Advertising. Holding prior academic experience in teaching at Loyola Academy Degree and PG College, she has also worked as a writer and verbal trainer at Confluence Educational Service. Having a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations and Advertising from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Delhi, she is also qualified under UGC NET. She holds a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) and a graduate in Journalism, Psychology and English Literature. Apart from academics she is into public speaking and has won various awards in the same.

Mr. Venugopal. N

Administrative Officer

Ms.Chandana N Reddy

Office Superintendent

Ms. Manjiri Pandit


Ms. Aparna Joseph

Executive, Corporate Relations

Ms. Antara Tarafdar

Senior Co-ordinator

Mr. Babu R Phayde


Ms.Varsha D Chhabria

EA to the Director

Mr. Suresh K

Examination Co-ordinator

Ms. Sindhu

Assistant Accountant

Mr. C. Murali Mohan

Office Attendant

Mr. Ravi Kumar A

Office Attendant

Mr. Rama Naik R

Office Attendant

Mr. Anand C

Office Attendant

Mr. Raghavendra H G


Guest Faculty NameCompanyDesignation
Mr. Surajit BanerjeeFreelancer
Mr.Rishiraj DasguptaFreelancer & Visiting Faculty @SSMC-B
Ms. Vikku AgarwalFreelancer & Visiting Faculty @SSMC-B
Mr. Vijay Francis RegoFreelancer & Visiting Faculty @SSMC-B
Ms. Abha SaxenaSocial Equity Advisory ServicesFounder & Director
Vinay GopinathVice PresidentMobikon
Himanshu AroraSocial PangaCo-Founder
Aaditya VidyarthiSIEMENSSales Manager- Enterprise Accounts
Dathesh RaoIBMManager- Consolidated Advertising & Media
Sudarshan SrinivasPrognosys Marcom Services Pvt LtdCEO & Chief- Content and Coaching
Peter YorkeYorke Communications Pvt. Ltd.CEO
Sunita VenugopalVice President-CommunicationsSwiss Re
K S NarahariDirector - CommunicationsTexam Instruments Ltd
Siddhartha DubeyOwnerKSK Communication
Suhas JTeam LeadSprinklr Solutions
Vasanthi HariprakashIndependent Journalist, Media Trainer
Ganga GanapathiHead of OfficeSOHO Square
Anisha ChandrasekharanSenior Network Test EngineerMicrosoft
Deeptha Rao V NResearcher, Litigator & Internships CoordinatorAlternative Law Forums
Prakash NagabushanamFounder & DirectorBFSI Software Consulting Pvt. Ltd.
Rakesh KhannaFounder & Creative DirectorSpawn Communications
Mahesh NarayanAnalytics Senior ManagerAccenture
Anuja ChauhanAuthor & Advertiser
Krishna B MariyankaPR & Communications DirectorAjira Global
Anandan PillaiSenior Manager (Digital Campaign Planner & Social Media Lead)HCL
Tadepalli SirishaSenior Brand ManagerTATA Global Beverages Limited
Pandrang RowHeadPandimonium Advertising Lab at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology
Rajeev NairIndependent Branding, Marketing & Communication Consultant
Aakriti KaushikPR & Advertising ManagerRS Components
Shibu GeorgeClient Lead-PlanningMAXUS
Suhas AathreyaAssociate DirectorSprinklr Solutions
Piyush PandeyHEADPandimonium Advertising Lab at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology
Ulaganathan GanesanDirectorMediabuzz
Sam PanchmukhiCreative Strategist