Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

Faculty Profile

Sunil Shukla

Director General
Academic Qualification

Ph.D. (Psychology), M.Phil. (Psychology)

Professional Qualification
Areas of Specialization
Entrepreneurship, Organization Behaviour & Human Resource Management, Organizational Psychology
Courses taught/projects handled
Courses Taught:
Corporate Entrepreneurship, Organization Behaviour & Human Resource Management, Family Business Management and Entrepreneurial Management
Projects Evaluated:
  • Evaluated Project Proposals for establishment of Entrepreneurship & Business Development Cells for the Ministry of Small Scale Industries and Agro and Rural Industries, Govt. of India, 2005-06.
  • Jury Member for proposals submitted for Anveshan I: National Search for Innovation, organized by Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship, IIM Ahmedabad, 2004.
Projects Handled/Managed:
  • National Team Leader - Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) India; led multi-country research project titled, ‘Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2012-till date.
  • ‘Review of Curricula on Entrepreneurship in Institutions of Higher Learning’: The project analysed Entrepreneurship Curricula of about 40 universities and engineering colleges of India, besides undertaking a comparative study of the curricula of Indian and US institutions. The study served as a critical input for University Grants Commission (UGC)'s review of curriculum on Entrepreneurship for Vocational Education (Year 1998).
  • ‘Entry Barriers to Entrepreneurship: As Perceived by Youths’ (jointly with Dr. Dinesh Awasthi) based on perceptions of 1,625 graduates and young employees from four Indian states the study aimed to identify factors that facilitated and/ or hampered their choice for Entrepreneurship as a Career Option (Year 2003).
  • Country Director (Lao PDR), UNIDO-GoI sponsored Inter-Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship and Investment Training. Monitored the project and conducted number of programmes in the country on ‘New Enterprise Creation’, ‘Enterprise Up gradation’ and ‘Family Business Management’, during 2004-08
  • Anchored Multi-country Project on ‘Entrepreneurship Development’ in Greater Mekong Sub-region Countries (GMS) involving Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand and selected provinces of China, during 2006-2011
  • ‘Entry Barriers to Entrepreneurship for Greater Mekong Sub-region Countries as Perceived by Youth (Young Employees and Students)’ sponsored by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Berne, Switzerland, 2009.
Teaching and training interests are in behavioural science, entrepreneurship education and corporate entrepreneurship. Research and consulting interests include entry barriers to entrepreneurship, curriculum development, intrapreneurship, family business management and organisational culture. Has been helping various organisations and corporates in strategic planning and capacity building of employees besides grooming their managers as intrapreneurs, leading to a conducive climate for corporate entrepreneurship. Currently, the national team leader of Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) India.
Work Experience
  • More than 23 years of professional experience in entrepreneurship teaching, training, research and consulting, including over 10 years of experience in heading academic programmes, both through regular and ODL modes.
  • Research study ‘Review of Entrepreneurship Curricula in Higher Learning Institutions’ helped University Grants Commission (the apex body of higher education), Government of India in developing entrepreneurship curriculum. Another research ‘Entry Barriers to Entrepreneurship: As Perceived by Youth’, helped the then Ministry of SSI & ARI (Now Ministry of MSME), Government of India frame a policy to establish Entrepreneurship and Business Development Centers in Universities.
  • Steered growth of the Institute’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Research (CEER) and acted as the Chairperson (PG Programmes).
  • Under his leadership the PGDM-BE programme was accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA),  granted equivalence to MBA by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and it also made a beginning in attracting international students.  Launched AICTE approved ‘Fellowship Program in Management (FPM)’, a pioneering research course, focusing on Entrepreneurship Research.
  • Has been leading the acclaimed Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) India National Team, from 2012 onwards.
  • Offered Career Guidance and Succession Planning for young generation from renowned business families.
  • Core group member of Institute’s resource team, to train Master Trainers of Technical and Vocational Training Organization, Government of Iran, during 2008-2015
  • Helped Rajasthan State organization ‘Entrepreneurship and Management Development Institute’ (EMI) with its vision and strategic planning document after a critical review of its performance and potential.
  • Monitored a number of academic, long and short term collaborative programmes with different universities and institutions.
  • In-charge of EDII offices of Lucknow, Bhubaneswar and Bhopal, besides Sino- India Entrepreneurship Development and Research Center, Kunming, China.
  • As part of Initiative for ASEAN Integration in institutionalizing entrepreneurship activities in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam, actively involved in various activities of Entrepreneurship Development Centres (EDCs) of these countries and have also conducted a series of entrepreneurship sensitization workshops for policy makers and key officials of industry departments in these countries (except in Myanmar), since 2004.
  • Initiated International Management Education Programme in 2002-03 with support from ITEC Division of Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India.
  • Introduced entrepreneurship courses at premier national academic Institutions.
  • Convener, Bharti Centre for Entrepreneurial Initiatives at EDII since its inception in 2002, till 2010.
  • Launched Summer Camp on Entrepreneurial Stimulation for Children in 1994.
  • Won USASBE’s Outstanding Entrepreneurship Programme Abroad Award-2014 for PGDM-BE Programme during Annual Conference of United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), the world’s largest association of entrepreneurship scholars, professional and practitioners, Fort Worth, USA.
  • Author of Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2014: India Report, published by Emerald Group Publishing (India) Private Limited (2016)
  • Author of Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2015/16: India Report, published by Emerald Group Publishing (India) Private Limited (2017)
Chapters in Books:
  • ‘Dynamics Of Collaboration And Building A Team’ in Managing Organisations for Sustainable Development: A Training Manual for Non-Government Organizations, EDI, 1996.
  • Chapters on ‘Entrepreneurial Motivation’, Open Learning Programme in Entrepreneurship: Unit 5, EDI, 1995.
  • 'Maternal influence on Development of Speech Style in Hindi Children', in B. Laxmibai and D.Vasanta (Eds.), Language Development and Language Disorders: Perspectives from Indian Languages, New Delhi: Bahri Publications, 1994.
  • Research Paper with Veronica Scuotto, on ‘Being Innovator or ‘Imovator’: Current Dilemma?’ published in Journal of the Knowledge Economy, Pp 1-16. (Springer) (Year 2015)
  • A study on ‘Survey of Personal Beliefs and Attitudes’ conceptualized and started in collaboration with James Hayton, Warwick Business School: Entrepreneurship Research Centre, UK; (in progress).
  • Published a paper on ‘Gen Y and Entrepreneurship: The Enablers, The Killers and the Eco-system’, in Perfect Professional: Enabling Managers to Make a Difference, 2012.
  • Conducted a research study on ‘Psychometric Profile of Regional Business Managers (RBMs) and Product Managers (PMs)’ for Zydus Cadila, Ahmedabad in March 2008.
  • Conducted a research study on ‘Identifying Drivers and Barriers of Performance: Analyzing Performance Appraisal Data to Gain Strategic Insights’  for Business Officers and Area Business Managers of Zydus Cadila, Ahmedabad, March 2005
  • Anchored and contributed in 11th and 12th grade text books on entrepreneurship for Gujarat State Textbook Board (Gujarati Medium), 2004 and 2005.
  • Contributed in ‘Guidelines for Implementation of Work Education Programme in Schools’, published by PSS Central Institute of Vocational Education, NCERT, 2003
  • Developed Psychometric Instruments: ‘Entrepreneurial Motivation Test’ and ‘Typology of Leadership Styles’ to measure entrepreneurial and leadership potential of respondents, 2001.
  • Developed Entrepreneurship Curriculum for UGC; it was approved, published and recommended for adoption by UGC to about 1500 degree level vocational institutions in India,1999.
  • Completed a research project on ‘Review of Curricula on Entrepreneurship in Institutions of Higher Learning’, 1998.
  • Published a paper on ‘Maternal Influences on Development of Speech Style in Hindi Children’, International Journal of Communication, Jan. – Dec. 1993.
  • Published a paper on ‘Language and Social Class’, Social Science International Journal 1987.
  • Published a paper on ‘Development of Syntactic Ability Among Hindi-Speaking Children’ in Social Science International Journal, 1986.
Book Reviews:
  • 'Organization Development: Interventions and Strategies' by S. Ramnarayan, T.V. Rao and Kuldeep Singh (Year 1999).
  • ‘Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Models for Development’ by Rabindra N. Kanungo, (Year 1999).
  • ‘Reclaiming Higher Ground: Creating Organisations That Inspire The Soul’ by Lance H.K. Secretan (Year 1998).
  • ‘Effective Organisations and Social Values’ edited by Henry S.R. Kao, Durganand Sinha and Ng Sek-Hong (Year 1996).
  • ‘Corporate Ethics’, edited by T.A. Mathias (Year 1995).
  • ‘Ancient Indian Wisdom for Motivation’, edited by V. K. Sharma, (Year 1994).
Chaired Conferences/ Panellist:
  • Panellist for Panel ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development in Non-IT and Rural Areas’ under Innovation & Entrepreneurship Summit 2015, 14-15 December 2015, New Delhi.
  • Chaired International Conference on ‘Entrepreneurial Approaches to Librarianship’ conducted by Management Library Network (MANLIBNET) held at EDII, during December 2013
  • Panellist for Panel ‘Entrepreneurial Ecosystem - The ease of doing business’ under The Economic Times Entrepreneurs Summit, 16th December 2015, New Delhi.
  • Keynote address in a seminar on ‘Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Sustainability in Higher Education’ organized by JD Birla Institute, Kolkata on April 05-06, 2013
  • Invited for faculty support in conference on ‘Capacity Building for Entrepreneurship’ organized by ISB, Hyderabad, March 2012
  • Invited for ‘Sichuan (India) Trade & Economic Cooperation Promotion Seminar’ organized by Sichuan Provincial People’s Government and FICCI, New Delhi, April 2011
  • Conducted DST, GoI sponsored three workshops on ‘Introducing Entrepreneurship in Institutions of Science and Technology’ for Senior Professors and Directors, at Agra, Nainital and Shillong, during 2008-10
  • Delivered a talk on the ‘Role of Academic Institutions for Promotion of Women Entrepreneurship’ in the National seminar on ‘Entrepreneurship and Venture Creation by Women’ organized at SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai 22nd February 2007
  • Coordinated training for entrepreneurship educators and researchers from South Asian countries, as a part of South Asia Professional Exchange and Training Programme, jointly with the Beyster Institute, USA, at EDI in January, 2006
  • Conducted a Seminar for Vice Chancellors, Heads and Senior Professors from Educational Institutions on ‘Approaches to Entrepreneurship Education’ organized at IIC, New Delhi, June 2005
  • Key speaker on ‘Understanding the Successors Phenomenon’ in a National Seminar organized by CII, Chennai in February 2005
  • Visited Malaysia on invitation from Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), Kuala Lumpur to conduct seminar for their top and senior level management team, in 2005.
  • Coordinated an International Seminar and Exhibition on ‘Managing Low Cost & Innovative Housing Technologies’ sponsored by Building Material Promotion Technology Promotion Council and UNIDO-ICAMT, at EDII during August 2004
  • Conducted on behalf of Federation of Entrepreneurship Development Institutions (FEDI), a Capacity Building Programme in Organising New Programmes in Entrepreneurship Training from UP and Bihar state institutions, at IED-UP Lucknow, during July 2000 
Conference Participated:
  • Two-Day National Workshop on ‘Role of Higher Education in the Development of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship in India’, Banaras Hindu University, 20th & 21st February, 2016
  • Presented a paper titled ‘Entrepreneurship Education in India: Emerging Trends, Challenges & Opportunities’ in Annual Conference on United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Fort Worth, Texas January 2014.
  • Represented the GEM India Team in GEM Annual Conferences held in in San Francisco (2012), Santiago (2014) and Boston (2016).
  • Presented a paper on ‘Entrepreneurship in GMS Countries’ in International Conference on ‘Entrepreneurship in Socially Responsible Business for Development in Asia and the Pacific’ held at Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, October, 2013
  • Invited to present the findings of National Expert Survey of Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Study-2012 in Tenth Biennial Conference organized by EDII at EDII, Ahmedabad 2013.
  • Presented a paper on ‘Entrepreneurship Curricula in Institutions of Higher Learning, with special reference to B-Schools, during Nirma International Conference on Management (NICOM) January 2007.
  • Coordinated and also presented a paper on ‘Approaches to Entrepreneurship Education’ in a National Workshop for Vice-chancellors, Directors, Deans and Senior Professors at New Delhi, in 2005.
  • Presented research findings on ‘Entry Barriers to Entrepreneurship, with specific reference to Gujarat’, in a specifically organized meet of Vice Chancellors of Gujarat state, at Raj Bhavan, Gandhinagar, in 2005.
  • Presented a paper on ‘Intrapreneurship and Corporate Governance’, in the National Seminar on Corporate Governance, ICSI-CCRT, Mumbai, 2001.
  • Presented a paper on ‘Curriculum of Entrepreneurship in Institutions of Higher Learning’, in the National Workshop on Approaches to Entrepreneurship Education, EDII, 1997.
  • Presented a paper titled as ‘Some Reflections on Entrepreneurship Development Programmes’, in National Seminar on Current Research in Indian Entrepreneurship, EDII, 1994.
Association with Academic and Training Institutions: Key Resource Person for courses in Entrepreneurship and Management with several Institutions including: 
  • Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA)
  • Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management, Ahmedabad
  • Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi
  • Nirma University, Ahmedabad
  • Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), Raisan, Gandhinagar
  • National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad
  • Mudra Institute of Communications (MICA),  Ahmedabad
  • Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DAIICT)

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