Visakhapatnam Campus

Year of Establishment: 2010

It is strongly felt that Gandhian ideas are more relevant during these troubled times of global terror, the divided humanity tormented by conflicts of identity, and erosion of values that bind people for common good. The Center for Gandhian Studies (CGS) is established with the explicit purpose of promoting Gandhian thought through teaching and research in the context of current socio-political, economic and educational concerns. Translation of Gandhian ideas into policy guidelines are required to reorient the rural sector. Gandhian ideas of governance, decentralization and localization have great relevance to check the impact of globalization in the areas of exploitation and dehumanization. This involves revitalization of local communities to enable individuals to consciously and intelligently participate in conjoint activities and gain.


The centre is established with the following objectives:

  • To undertake research projects on Gandhian philosophy in the context of contemporary socio, political, economic and educational concerns.
  • To examine the relevance of Gandhian philosophy to resolve conflicts and maintain peace in the present context of naxalism and international terrorism.

Centre for Research in Public Policy was established in 2013 as a centre for interdisciplinary research with a focus on research and dissemination of issues of development with reference to formulation and implementation of policy, functioning of public systems and governance, and their impact on business and economy in particular and society in general.


The centre is established with the following objectives:

  • To sensitize the leaders of tomorrow to the social and developmental determinants and consequences of public policy on business in a democratic society.
  • To familiarize managers and administrators of the future with effective public systems management practices.
  • To conduct research on the public policy context of business and management with a special focus on the socio-ecological impact of development.
  • o disseminate the research of the Centre through publications, conferences and academic events.


  • The Centre was represented in a multi-institutional team which conducted an impact assessment for a project sponsored by the Ratan Tata Trust in Pune in July 2013.
  • A report on the Impact of Development Induced Displacement on Women’s Psychosocial Functioning was prepared by the Center with field data collected from the villages of Umravan and Nayi Basti alongside the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh in June 2015. The report was submitted to the NGO Dhatri and formed one of the documents for policy recommendations.
  • The Centre for Research in Public Policy conducted a market survey in November 2015 for a social enterprise mobile app called Tapp Me, being set up by Vijay Nirman and Bothra Shipping in Visakhapatnam to connect consumers of home appliances and domestic hardware to service providers directly.

Papers Published :

  • The research paper titled Vedanta Mining Controversy: Conflict Resolution in the Spirit of Gram Swaraj was published in the GITAM Journal of Gandhian Studies.
  • The research report titled The Hudhud Disaster: A Study on Preparedness and Prevalence of Psychosocial Trauma was published in the Journal of Indian Psychology.

Papers Presented :

  • A paper titled Issues in Access to Agricultural Credit and Weather Based Crop Insurance: An Exploratory Study of Farmers from the Kachchh region of Gujarat was presented in the 9th International Conference on Public Policy and Management, organized by the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore from 11th to 13th August 2014.
  • A paper titled Handloom Based Social Enterprises: Economic and Psycho-social Impact was presented in the XXIV Annual Conference of the National Academy of Psychology, organized by the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal from 12-14 December 2014.

Cases Published :

  • A Case titled Sajjata Sangh: Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme was published in Ushus Journal of Business Management of Christ University, in collaboration with the Development Support Centre.
  • A Case title Novartis Glivec Patent in India was published in GITAM Journal of Management.
  • A case titled Connecting the Shandy to the Rythu Bazaar was entered in the 4th International Case Competition organized by ICBM School of Business Excellence, Hyderabad. The entry won the first prize in the Special Category at the Competition. The case was published in the journal Udaan.

Representation in Seminars & Meetings :

  • The Centre participated in the Seminar on Conservation of the Eastern Ghats from 28th to 30th August, organized by Samata, an NGO involved in action research.
  • The Centre was also represented in the CII session on Inside Out India and China: Local Politics Go Global, a special lecture and interaction session by Dr. William J. Antholis, Managing Director, Senior Fellow (Governance Studies), The Brookings Institution, USA on 10th September 2014.
  • The Centre was represented in Smart India: Smart Solutions for Smart Cities, a Seminar conducted by Confederation of Indian Industry in collaboration with Andhra Pradesh Technology Development Corporation on 26th June 2015./li>
  • The Centre participated in the UN Global Compact’s Network India Focus Group Discussion on Promoting Transparency in Smart Cities: 10th Principle in 10 cities on 15th December 2015.
  • The Centre participated in the state-level consultation on District Mineral Foundation organized by the NGO Mines, Minerals & People on 16th March 2016.

Workshops/Discussions Organized :

  • An exposition on the 4th Edition of the Resource Book for Livelihood Promotion co-authored by Sankar Datta, Rama Kandarpa and Vijay Mahajan were organized by the Centre. The discussants included P. Kiran Kumar of Fisherfolk Foundation and K. Ramadevi from DHAN Foundation.
  • The Centre organized a Workshop on Civic Leadership on 29th July 2015 at GITAM Institute of Management. The key resource person was Dr. Patrick McNamara from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Dr. Manohari Velamati shared her experiences on the field related to the promotion and practice of Civil Leadership.

Student Live Projects :

  • Livelihood issues of tribal communities about to be displaced in and around the Papikonda National Park.
  • TImpact Assessment of the Interventions of Rural Development Trust among village communities in Anantapur District.
  • Self Help Groups in Sand Mining in the Godavari Districts of Andhra Pradesh.

Name of the Center: Center for Banking and Finance

Year of establishment: 2013

The following are the specific objectives of the Centre.

  • To conduct applied research, curriculum development, and collaborative interactions between academia, the industry and research organizations.
  • To provide students with lectures on current trends in consumer banking, mortgage banking, personal and business credit, and business financing.
  • To conduct programs for area business leaders on new venture evaluation.
  • To conduct research and consultancy on current trends, innovations and issues affecting the national and international economy, banking, and monetary policy.
  • To organize management development programmes to the executive of banking and financial services and professional personnel.
  • To organize national/international seminars, conferences and workshops to create a common platform to deliberate the latest trends in finance and banking.
  • To undertake sponsored research and consultancy projects in the areas of fiancé and banking.
  • The Centre carries out advanced research and consultancy by Distinguished Professors having expertise in financial and banking fields, who will be assisted by research fellows and adequate supporting staff and infrastructural facilities.
Interdisciplinary programmes and departments involved:
  • Finance
  • Banking
  • Marketing
  • Operation.

Courses in collaboration with other universities, industries, foreign institutions, etc. :Nil

The courses offered by the Center: PG Diploma in Banking and Finance

Faculty profile with name, qualification, designation, area of specialization, experience and research under guidance.
Name Qualification Designation Specialization No. of Years of Experience No. of Ph.D./ M. Phil. students guided for the last 4 years
Prof. P. Sheela Ph. D Principal Finance 23 5
Dr. SS Prasada Rao Ph. D Professor Finance 25 5
Dr. MSV. Prasad Ph. D Associate Professor v 20 5

List of Senior Visiting Fellows, adjunct faculty, emeritus professors: Mr. M. Sudhakar Reddy, Chief Manager- Indian Bank, Zonal Office -Visakhapatnam

Number of academic support staff (technical) and administrative staff: None

Research thrust areas: Retail Banking, Financial Markets, bank financing and Banking Technology

Number of faculty with ongoing projects from a) national b) international funding agencies and c) Total grants received. Give the names of the funding agencies, project title and grants received project-wise.

Project proposal is under preparation

Inter-institutional collaborative projects and associated grants received;NIL

a) National collaboration b) International collaboration

  • Number of papers published in peer-reviewed journals (national/international): 06
  • Monographs: None
  • Citation Index – range / average None
  • Impact Factor – range / average None
  • h-index None

Details of patents and income generated: Nil

Areas of consultancy and income generated: NIL

Awards/recognitions received at the national and international level by
  • Faculty: Nil
  • Doctoral / post doctoral fellows:Nil
  • Students:Nil
Seminars/ Conferences/Workshops organized and the source of funding (national/international) with details of outstanding participants, if any: 03.

i. National conference on Financial Inclusion in India sponsored by Indian Bank held on 12th October 2012.

ii. National Conference on Micro Finance in India sponsored by Indian Bank leaders on 11-12th December 2014.

iii. National conference on Retail Credit in India sponsored by Indian Bank held on 31st October 2015

Present details of Center infrastructural facilities with regard to equipment - No separate infrastructure – Infrastructural facilities of the GITAM Institute of Management are utilized.

List of doctoral, post-doctoral students and Research Associates - Nil

State whether the center is accredited /graded by other agencies? If yes, give details. - No

Briefly highlight the contributions of the center in generating new knowledge, basic or applied. sector are being documented.

The purpose of this Centre is to give impetus to education and research in the area of finance and banking with an objective of enhancing employment opportunities to the students in the banking and finance sectors. Banking and finance club is formed with students groups to share new knowledge on banking and finance news every day.

Impact of the Center on Community.

Students community was benefited a lot with the activities of the center, where every student is provided information about recent openings in banking and finance sectors and about trends in banking and finance disciplines.

Future plans of the Center

The Centre proposes to apply for major research grants from agencies RBI, NAABARD, UBI and Indian Bank. to initiate a chair professorship in the center and to sponsor center activities to strengthening linkages between the classroom and industry at the level of the students.