Indu Shahani

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Indu Shahani
Born (1954-07-17)17 July 1954
Residence Mumbai
Nationality Indian
Education PhD in Commerce
Occupation Educator
Title Former Sheriff of Mumbai
Term 1 year
Predecessor Vijaypat Singhania
Spouse(s) Ranjit Shahani
Children Siddharth Shahani

Indu Shahani ( इंदु शाहानी )(born July 17, 1951) Principal of H.R. College, was appointed the Sheriff of Mumbai on Jan 5, 2008. She is the principal of H R College of Commerce and Economics in South Mumbai since 2000. As Director, Academics of Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board (HSNCB), she is responsible for enhancing the academic standards of all the 29 educational institutions managed by the HSNC Board in Mumbai, including the Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, Mumbai. Dr Shahani graduated from Sydenham College in Mumbai and holds a Ph.D. in Commerce from the University of Mumbai and has a teaching experience of 31 years.[1]

On January 5, 2008 she was sworn in as the Sheriff of Mumbai, an honorary post which links between the citizens and the Government, providing an opportunity to make a difference within the communities of Mumbai, by the Governor of Maharashtra, S. M. Krishna.[2]

Dr. (Mrs.) Indu Shahani's nomination to Boards of large National and Global Companies has provided the impetus to the platform for significant collaboration between Industry and Academia, as well as bringing diversity to the Boards of these Corporations given the width of her experience.

On assuming charge as Sheriff, Dr. Shahani immediately launched the Women's Helpline 1298 with the support of twenty leading NGO’s, promoted voluntary blood donation for the citizens to free the patients from the pressure of procuring blood, harnessed student energy for the Municipal Corporation's Clean-Up Mumbai Campaign where the student volunteers would blow the Sheriff’s whistle to keep Mumbai city clean, initiated the much-needed Green Mumbai Project and provided for clean drinking water in the Mumbai district jail. Dr. Shahani has led Sheriff’s delegations to interact with premier institutions and universities abroad.

A doyenne in the field of academics, Dr. (Mrs.) Indu Shahani has over three decades of teaching experience at the college and university level where she has played the lead role in nurturing future leaders. She is a firm believer of a student empowered teaching-learning model which places the responsibility of learning on the learner and which also promotes creative faculty development.

Dr. Indu Shahani who is the first Indian to be appointed Vice-Chair on the Board of the Governors of the International Baccalaureate and has over a decade of experience with the IB. Recognised as an international academician Dr. (Mrs.) Indu Shahani was Advisor - India, for IBO. The IBO has over 3000 schools in 140 countries and provides education across the world. In India there are over 70 schools run by IBO.

Dr. Shahani holds a PhD in Commerce from University of Mumbai on enhancing Academia-Industry linkages. At the University level, Dr. Shahani holds key positions at the Academic Council, Faculty of Commerce and Board of Studies in Business Management.

Dr. Shahani is a Visiting Faculty Member at the University of California, Berkeley; New York University Stern School of Business, USA and she is a Lead Speaker at various conferences in India and abroad. She has also developed many linkages for student and faculty exchanges with leading universities in USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Dr. Shahani has received many awards, prominent among them are Mumbai Women of the Decade Achievers Award by ASSOCHAM Ladies League,[3]‘Citizen of Mumbai Award’ by Rotary Club of Bombay; ‘Sindhu Gaurav Award’ by International Sindhu Chamber of Commerce; ‘Women's Achievers’ Award’ by Young Environmentalists Programme Trust, ‘Woman of the Year Award’ by Junior Chamber International, ‘Excellence in Education Award’ at the FLO Great Women Achiever Awards; ‘The Giants International Education Award,’ and ‘Achiever of Excellence - Women Achievers 2012’ by Bombay Management Association recognising her contribution to society at large.

Dr. Shahani was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Westminster in London on November 16, 2009. As a tribute to Dr. Shahani the University has instituted the Sheriff of Mumbai’s Scholarships for Women from Mumbai to study a Master’s programme in the years 2008 and 2009.

A visionary and a thought leader, Dr. (Mrs.) Indu Shahani has been acknowledged worldwide for her significant contribution to education and value-based leadership.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Indu Shahani". IB Council Foundation Members. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  2. ^ "New Mumbai Sheriff sworn in". 2008-01-05. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  3. ^ "Women of the Decade". 
Preceded by
Vijaypat Singhania
Sheriff of Mumbai
2008-01-05 to 2008-12-19
Succeeded by
Current incumbent