Dr. Daphne Pillai is the Chairperson of the Management Board of Mahatma Education Society and Co-Founder of the Pillai Group of Institutions. In her role as the co-founder in the Pillai Group expansion program, Dr. Daphne Pillai sees herself as both, a custodian of old-world values and an initiator of new-generation change. She is responsible for many collaborative programs with reputed universities in US and other countries. She set up the Research Forum in several campuses of the Pillai Group and is actively ushering in community initiatives for meaningful social change.

Dr. Daphne Pillai holds a doctorate in English Literature from Mumbai University. She is the Campus Rector of Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai Campus Panvel. Prior to this, she was Head, Department of English at Hinduja College, Mumbai. She is currently on the Committee of the Women’s Development Cell, University of Mumbai.

She is an Honorary Advisory Member of the scholarly Social Science & Humanities Research Association (SSHRA) which organizes its international conferences and events under the banner of ‘Eurasia Research’.

She has been the recipient of several University of Mumbai, Department of Commerce Awards for her contribution to the field of education.

She was the Principal of Pillai College of Arts Commerce and Science, Panvel from 2002 to 2017. Some of the achievements of the college during her tenure are listed below:

  • The college was accredited with an ‘A’ grade for the past three cycles of four years each.
  • The college was awarded the “BEST COLLEGE” by The University of Mumbai at the Independence Day celebrations of the University at the Kalina Campus in August 2016.
  • ISO has certified the college’s Quality Management Systems as ISO 9001:2015 compliant.

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