Shivku R

Chief Academic Officer

Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta

Shivku's Mantra

  • The only way to mentor people is to listen to their story; and be a clear mirror to their thoughts.
  • Don't overcomplicate your story in the interview by using fancy vocabulary. Stop fooling around; and stick to your point.
  • You don't necessarily have to be witty. Humorless, yet sincere, answers are equally appreciated.

Students' Feedback

Knowledge 97%
Openness 100%
Responsiveness to doubts and queries 97%
Motivating spirit 100%

Students Speak!!!

If Shivku were interviewed - "Who is Shivku?"

Epithets by Students: "To you, Shivku is..."

"The one willing to walk the extra mile"

"Mr 'Know it All'"

"On-the-toes thinker"

"Mr 'Modest'"

Favorite Author

Shashi Tharoor

Reason: Because of his amazing language skill and witty style. His ability to express thoughts, build in the right amount of humor, the right amount of wit, and yet be knowledgeable - that's a unique combination.
Other notable authors: Leon Uris for historical fiction like 'Exodus' and 'The Haj'; Dominique Lapierre for biographical history like 'Freedom at Midnight', and J K Rowling's Harry Potter series for her ability to imagine even the smallest details of a vast magical universe and get inside a kid's mind.

Role Model

Every day, you meet so many great people you want to emulate. I seek wisdom from the experiences different people in my life have given me. My dad, being my earliest role model; one of my first students, Pranav Lal, who is a visually impaired photographer; my friends, who instilled in me the spirit of 'taking things easy'; my school teacher, whose simplicity in teaching I am still trying to emulate; and people like Gopichand, who is much more than a talented sportsman - he is a man of supreme values.

Know him like you "know him"


Plays badminton with friends on weekends; also follows cricket, football, and hockey.



Big fan of 'Good Will Hunting', a classic case of breaking walls built around oneself.


Bucket list

To travel the world on road; and provide free education to those who are unable to access it.



Has keen interest in historical fiction, 'Exodus' by Leon Uris being one of his favorites.



Loves Denzel Washington's 'Malcolm X' - a dramatic movie about race relations and the struggle of colored.



Likes to capture people's minds through their moods and emotions via photography.