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A platform for the 21st century and beyond,
Krea University continuously seeks to reimagine learning.


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. We are increasingly looking at the language of machines, in addition to our languages of daily interactions, becoming a predominant one. We are seeing the fourth Industrial revolution unfold, where many manual jobs are on the verge of becoming things of past. As we brace ourselves for this, re-imagining our education systems and enabling our students to become agile, adaptable and purposeful leaders is extremely important.

At Krea, we are not looking at repeating, or importing, any existing model, but re-imagining the Liberal Arts & Sciences education for the 21st century, and beyond. What does this mean in practice? It means weaving together the traditional humanistic approach of liberal arts (e.g. focus on literature and philosophy) with a recognition that quantitative and technical skills are increasingly important and the mark of a well-rounded mind and individual. So, while we will certainly emphasize on courses such as literature and philosophy, we will also work to ensure that our students are comfortable with data analysis, quantitative reasoning, computational concepts, and so on. Also, liberal arts has traditionally been about broad ways of thinking. We think this has a lot of value and we embrace it, but we combine it with the recognition that specific, hard skills are also important in this day and age.

One other way we’re different - liberal arts is traditionally a western concept, but we want to reimagine it in an Indian and, more broadly, Asian context. We live in a global world where the centre of gravity is shifting toward Asia. Our education should be similarly global. So, for example, in studying ethics, it’s important that students be familiar with Aristotle and Kant, but they should also know what the Gita, the Vedas and the Tirukkural have to offer. We aim to combine these various bodies of knowledge and apply them to contemporary dilemmas.

We intend on hiring faculty who teach individually, and in collaboration with their colleagues, and transmit their passions and expertise. Professors will act as mentors, advisers, coaches and instructors. On the other hand, we will be admitting high potential students after a holistic review process, which will have multiple components. This is to ensure that we have great diversity on the campus, where each student has something to contribute to the Krea community.

Students during their time at Krea will develop a sense of purpose. There will be a sharp focus, through the programme design, on the essential skills of Comprehension, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Computational Ability, Creativity, and Communication. In short, students at Krea will make connections across disciplines; they will develop strong roots within a discipline; they will make firm connections between the ‘real world’ and the classroom led academic world. Most importantly, they will become self-directed learners and doers.

I welcome you to be a part of this journey of “interwoven learning” 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, Centre for Policy Research

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.

Director of Integrated Urban Strategy at the World Resource Institute.

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

  • Vivek Khemka

    Consultant - Egon Zehnder International Pvt. Ltd.

    Advisor – Board of Management, Krea University

  • Rajiv C. Lochan

    Managing Director and CEO - Kasturi & Sons Ltd.

    Member – Board of Management, Krea University

  • S. Mahalingam

    Former Chief Financial Officer & Executive Director - Tata Consultancy Services 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

  • D. Sundaram

    Vice Chairman & MD - TVS Capital Funds Ltd.

    Member – Board of Management, Krea University

  • V. Anantha Nageswaran, Ph.D.

    Dean - IFMR Graduate School of Business

    Member - Board of Management, Krea University


Anita Arjundas

Mission Director

Akshay Jain

Acting Head - UG Admissions


Lalitha Janakiraman

Chief Financial Officer

Kanchi Khanna

Communication and Outreach


Rangashri Kishore

Dean – Library Service

C. Krishnan

Director Financial aid, UG Programme & Senior Advisor
IFMR Graduate School of Business

V. Menaka


Vikram Patel

Senior Manager
Communication & Outreach


Gaurav R. Pradhan

Project Manager


S. Sundara Rajan

Registrar and Chief of Staff

G. Janaki Ramachandram

Head of Academic Administration and Admissions


P Ramesh

Chief administrative officer – Sri city campus

Krishanu B. Singh

Senior Manager


Venkat Subramaniam

External Relations

Balaji Venkatesan

Chief Information Officer



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