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Krea University commences academic instruction online

A new paradigm of interwoven learning to create relevant, meaningful jobs in the future – Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw


Krea Mission

Krea University’s mission is to help humanity prepare for an unpredictable world.

We do this by developing a view of the future through rigorous and interdisciplinary research and education that continuously feeds the design of Interwoven Learning.

In doing so, we enable high potential individuals to learn to create positive, catalytic impact ethically.


  • Innovation is our DNA.
  • Interwoven Learning brings together thought with action, arts with sciences and ultimately, connects our learnings from the past with our preparedness for the future.
  • In a world shaped by the evolving balance between humans, machines and the environment, Interwoven Learning is a journey, not a destination; and hence the need to constantly innovate.

Krea Values

Krea University’s core values are ethics, excellence, inclusivity and accountability. Every decision and action we take each day must, without exception, be ethical and transparent, strive towards extraordinary standards of excellence, celebrate diversity and inclusivity, and represent the most efficient and accountable use of scarce resources.

Vice-Chancellor's Note


The challenges of the 21st century are substantially different in scale, scope and pace. The language of machines is becoming predominant, as we step into the fourth Industrial revolution, where many manual jobs are on the verge of becoming things of the past. Climate change and vagaries of nature are creating newer challenges too. Re-imagining our education systems and enabling our students to become agile, adaptable, ethical and purposeful leaders is extremely important today.

At Krea, we believe in a holistic approach to education we call interwoven learning, based on a set of guiding principles we see as essential for a transformative, cutting-edge university experience. Though global in aspiration, our roots are in India - a country with 1/6th of the world’s humanity which provides a wonderful canvas for us to experience and educate the next generation about the interplay of Man, Machine and Nature.

It is against this backdrop, that I invite you to explore the various opportunities offered by the School of Interwoven Arts and Sciences and IFMR Graduate School of Business at Krea.

The School of Interwoven Arts and Sciences weaves together the traditional humanistic approach of liberal arts with a recognition that quantitative and technical skills are increasingly important – as the mark of a well-rounded mind and individual. So, while the emphasis is on courses such as literature and philosophy, we also ensure that our students are comfortable with data analysis, quantitative reasoning, computational concepts, and so on. Liberal arts have traditionally been about broad ways of thinking, and here at Krea we combine it with the recognition that specific, hard skills are also important in this day and age.

The IFMR Graduate School of Business has already established itself as a leader in the MBA and research space, with a rich array of distinguished professors, internships in industry, and other collaborative learning opportunities to develop business and leadership skills. The school’s Placement office has an excellent track record and is continually working to expose newer and varied companies to the rich array of IFMR GSB student talent.

LEAD - a preeminent research and action institute in India with a portfolio of more than 200 studies and evaluations, and a global network of over 300 partners ranging from NGOs, academics, corporates, governments and donors - further enriches the Krea ecosystem. It presents an excellent opportunity for students, researchers, and experts to collaborate on interdisciplinary and interwoven research and capacity building initiatives in the domains of financial inclusion, small business and entrepreneurship development, governance and health.

At Krea University, our professors are not only excellent researchers but also dedicated teachers who mentor students through their course work and study. We also host a number of adjuncts and practitioner professors who bring the ‘real world’ directly into the classroom.

Exposed to the essential skills of Comprehension, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Computational Ability, Creativity, and Communication, students at Krea are trained to make connections across disciplines. They also develop strong roots within a discipline, with firm connections between the ‘real world’ and the classroom led academic world. Most importantly, they become self-directed learners and doers.

I welcome you to be a part of this journey at Krea.

Sunder Ramaswamy, Ph.D.
Vice-Chancellor, Krea University


Governing Council

N Vaghul

Chancellor & Member

R. Seshasayee

Chairman, Executive Committee & Member

Sunder Ramaswamy, Ph.D.

Vice-Chancellor & Member

Kapil Viswanathan

Vice Chairman, Executive Committee & Member

Academic Council

Manjul Bhargava,

R. Brandon Fradd Professor of Mathematics, Princeton University

Vishakha N. Desai,

Senior Advisor for Global Affairs, Columbia University

John W. Etchemendy, Ph.D.

Stanford University’s 12th Provost and Patrick Suppes Family Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences

Akash Kapur, Ph.D.

Writer and Journalist. Former Columnist, International New York Times. Senior Fellow, New York University (NYU) GovLab

TM Krishna

Renowned musician and public intellectual

Srinath Raghavan, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Gaurav Raina, Ph.D.

Faculty, IIT, Madras

Raghuram G. Rajan, Ph.D.

Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor, Chicago Booth; 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.

Jessica Seddon, Ph.D.

Global Lead,Air Quality
World Resource Institute .

Prof. Rangarajan (Raghu) K. Sundaram

Dean, Stern School of Business, New York University

Tara Thiagarajan, Ph.D.

Chairman and Managing Director, Madura Microfinance Ltd. Founder and Chief Scientist at Sapien Labs

Board of Management

Sunder Ramaswamy, Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor - Krea University

Chairman – Board of Management, Krea University

Anita Arjundas

Mission Director - Krea University

Member – Board of Management, Krea University

Kapil Viswanathan

Vice Chairman, Executive Committee - Krea University

Member – Board of Management, Krea University

Sandeep Gokhale.

Group President, Business Development - JSW Steel Ltd

Member - Board of Management, Krea University

Vivek Khemka

Consultant - Egon Zehnder International Pvt. Ltd

Advisor – Board of Management, Krea University

Rajiv C. Lochan

Managing Director and CEO (Former) - Kasturi & Sons Ltd

Member – Board of Management, Krea University

Ramesh Mangaleswaran

Senior Partner - McKinsey and Company

Member – Board of Management, Krea University

Paula Mariwala

Managing Director - Hinditron Group

Member – Board of Management, Krea University

Rajeev Mecheri

Managing Director - Mecheri Smart Capital Pvt. Ltd.

Advisor – Board of Management, Krea University

Bishnu Mohapatra

Dean, School of Interwoven Arts & Sciences (SIAS)

Member - Board of Management, Krea University


Akshay Jain

Senior Associate Director - Student Life

Anuradha Iyer

Director - Development

Janaki Ramachandram

Director - Academic Administration

Kala Anand

Director -
Communications, Partnerships & Career Services

Kshitij Amodekar

Associate Director – Design and Sustainability

Lalitha Janakiraman

Chief Financial Officer

P Ramesh

Chief Administrative Officer
Sri City campus

Rangashri Kishore

Dean – Library Service

Shankar Narayenen

Chief Information Officer

S. Sundara Rajan

Registrar and Chief of Staff

Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan

Sports and Wellness Consultant

University Status

Krea University has been enacted by the Legislature of the State of Andhra Pradesh as per The Andhra Pradesh Private Universities (Establishment and Regulation) (Amendment) Act, 2018 vide the gazette notification published on April 30, 2018.

Krea University is listed on the UGC website under State Private Universities.

University is authorised to confer degrees as decided by the Faculty of the University.

IFMR Society is the sponsoring body of the University. Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) has wide and deep experience in education and research for the past 48 years.


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