Sambhav Shah

Chief Executive Officer, Cresta School of Management, Science & Arts

“There is clearly a dearth of good undergrad colleges in Mysore. Most of them lack the infrastructure and environment needed for the 21st-century learner. And many still work to produce a workforce and not to build responsible citizens who will drive the community ahead. 

Cresta, as an institution, defines education and qualification to be distinct entities. At Cresta, education is task-oriented, induces creativity, and is knowledge-driven. We strongly believe that learning is a life-long process and our campus and infrastructure have been designed so as to enhance learning in every possible aspect. 

The output is a set of Crestites who are ethical leaders, dynamic entrepreneurs, enthusiastic teachers, powerful speakers, and above all, responsible humans.”

Dr. Rakesh H. M.

Principal, Cresta School of Management, Science & Arts

Learning is a life-long process that happens not only in some pre-designated place but everywhere. At Cresta we aim to empower our students to grow as individuals with strong open discerning minds with a career perspective, preparing them to make a mark in the society. 

Cresta follows a process-oriented way of teaching wherein teachers provide students with the opportunities to explore. The students end up learning as much from this process as from their academics. 

The distinctive and firm underlying philosophy of Cresta is to provide Global Education while being steeped in the rich Indian educational tradition and core values. Our emphasis is to create a society of progressive, thinking individuals who will contribute to the intellectual development of the Global Community.

Kaushik Akiwatkar

Dean, Cresta School of Management, Science & Arts

India has the world largest tertiary-age population with the second-largest graduate talent pipeline globally. However, a major segment of graduates remains unemployable. This gap exists because academia and industry are two different worlds that operate on different pedestals. 

At Cresta, we have aligned our curriculum with the requirements of the industry and put emphasis on skill-based education. We are trying to offer workplace exposure through internships, live projects, and corporate interactions so that students get a taste of the world before they finally step out of college. 

At Cresta, we are concerned with not only teaching, research and consulting, but we actively engage in creating an environment where students know how to apply their knowledge in real-world situations.


The HoDs of CRESTA have vast industry and academic experience. Dr Srinivasan has worked in various leadership roles in the service industry for more than 10 years, in addition to teaching and mentoring thousands of MBA and UG students over another 10 years.
Prof. Praveen Kumar has consulted with numerous companies and has authored multiple research papers as well as a textbook on Organizational Behaviour. Prof. Shreyas Shivananjappa has trained, provided career guidance and mentorship to more than 10,000 students throughout his tenure in academia.

Dr. K Srinivasan

Vice Principal, HoD Commerce


Praveen Kumar

HoD Management

Management, Entrepreneurial Leadership

Shreyas S

HoD, Computer Applications

Computer Science And Engineering


The faculty at consists of a diverse group of talented and renowned professionals. They have ample experience in teaching and mentoring students along with relevant industry experience. Our faculty lead by example in all aspects of their lives – their professionalism, their subject matter expertise, their values as well as their approach to others.

Sumanth KP


Sports & Athletics

Chiranjeevi S





Commerce, Management

Kumara Swamy N


Sales, Marketing

Nethra V S


Human Resource Management, Industrial Relations

Raghavendra N


Commerce and Management

Saira Firdose


Accounting & Finance

Sumanth B


Accounts & Finance

Nayana P


Environmental Studies, Disaster Management

Keerthana Gopal


Company Law




Nisha Ghori



Mahavir Jain



Vijaya Vasudev

Student Counsellor

Richard Ruban

Student Counsellor

Amreen Saba


Computer Science and Engineering

Jasmine Shah




Our Industry Board of Advisors consists of renowned artists, respected professionals at leadership levels, Founders and CEOs of companies, as well as famous Educationists and artists.
Cresta’s Faculty and Management collaborate with this Board of Advisors to design an industry-led curriculum for all our programs, which helps ensure our courses are updated with current trend and knowledge.
Additionally, the Boad of Advisors interact with students through the program and help them through mentorship, learning sessions and industry interfaces.

Kumar Manish

State YuWaah Consultant (Gujarat) at UNICEF India


Abhishek H Singh

Growth Director – India, TradingView

Prashant Shah

Founder, Definedge Solutions


Founder & CEO at Kidvento


Dr. Chinmay Baxi

Faculty at Ganpat University


Asgar Ahmed

Founder, educeSTART

Ashwin Dange

Business Head, GRS Fantasy Park

Sandesh B Suvarna

Founder & CEO at 4Five Labs Inc

Vibhuti Bhatt

Director, One Advertising

Aniruddha Padmanabh

CEO, Thought School


Geeta Shah

Ivy League Consultant

Prasad Bidappa

Celebrity Fashion Stylist, Photographer

Harneet Singh Kharbanda

Financial Markets Trader



Bipin Shah

Chairman Emeritus, Shah Knowledge Foundation

Hitesh Shah

President, Shah Knowledge Foundation

Mayur Shah

Treasurer, Shah Knowledge Foundation

Cresta School of Management, Science & Arts is run by the Shah Knowledge Foundation, a venture by the Shah Group of Companies.
Shah Knowledge Foundation was founded by Mysore’s famous entrepreneurs and education enthusiasts, Shri Bipin Shah, Shri Hitesh Shah, Shri Mayur Shah, and Shri Sambhav Shah, with a vision to build the nation’s best institution of learning. It is also a humble attempt to contribute back to the community and society that they have grown with.
The Shah Family began their entrepreneurial journey in 1947 with Shah Cycle Mart, a small store in the Mysore city market. Later, the family started with one of India’s first 2-wheeler dealerships of Hero, Exide batteries, Honda generators and Indian Oil, supplying customers and dealers throughout Karnataka. The family then started a series of Honda car dealerships in the name of ‘Inspire Honda’ in 2008. Inspire Honda now has a presence in Mysore, Hassan, Mandya, Coorg and other surrounding cities as well.
The family has been in business for more than half a century, employing more than 1000 employees to give a delightful experience to more than 2,00,000 customers until now. Building upon this base, the family hopes to provide value to the people because of whom they’ve grown over the years through Cresta School of Management, Science & Arts and other non-profit initiatives through the Shah Knowledge Foundation.