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Admissions - PGDM - National Insurance Academy

P Venugopal

Joined National Insurance Academy on 2nd December 2019 as Chair Professor (Life Insurance)

P. Venugopal carries with him 35 years of experience working in the Life Insurance Industry in India having joined Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) in August 1984. He has spent major part of his career on the marketing side - conventional, Bancassuarance and Pension & Group Schemes verticals. He has also managed LIC’s investments having worked in the Investment Department of LIC for four years.

He has a great passion to impart insurance awareness and insurance education to all in order to provide insurance protection and thereby increase the insurance penetration in the country.

He has travelled widely within India and abroad during the five years he was the Secretary General, Insurance Institute of India, Mumbai. He successfully coordinated the signing of MoUs by the Institute with many institutions within India and abroad notable ones have been the MoU with the Financial Regulatory Department (FRD) of the Government of Myanmar and subsequently with the Myanmar Insurance Association (MIA) of Myanmar to promote insurance education in Myanmar.

Suparna Bedakihale


Diploma in Industrial Electronics (Walchand College of Engineering, Sangli)
BA (Economics)
Fellow of Insurance Institute of India
Completed Post Graduate Executive Programme (PGEP-III) conducted at MDC, Borivli by LIC of India in collaboration with Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. The 1 year exhaustive course covered HR, Finance as well as Marketing


Worked for 22 years with Administrative side of Life Insurance Corporation of India in areas like Underwriting, Accounting, Claims Processing, Policy Servicing, NACH and Pension and Group Schemes
Worked for 3 years as Research Associate in Zonal Training Center of LIC of India at Akurdi, Pune. Amongst others, Research Report on ‘De-growth of Agency Force of LIC’ was submitted
In June 2019, joined National Insurance Academy as Research Associate on deputation from LIC of India

Areas of Interest:

Life Insurance, Finance


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Nirupma Chandra


MA (Eco) & Dip. In PM & IR


Joined LIC in 1984 as a Direct Recruit Officer.

1984 to 90 – As AAO /AO Worked as a programmer in Branch/ Divisional Office and Branch Support Unit.

1990 to 2003 – In the rank of ADM / DM held various portfolios as Manager of New Business, Claims, P&IR and Secretary Marketing.

2003 to 2013 – As Sr. Divisional Manager handled portfolios of Secretary Audit, RM (Inspection), RM (CRM), Secretary (OS), Gen. Manager (LIC Cards) and RM (Actl) in various locations of Delhi, Bhopal and Mumbai.

2013 to 2019 – In the capacity of Zonal manager was Regional Manager of OS in Western Zone followed by Estate and OS in Northern Zone.

2019 – Joined NIA in May 2019 as Faculty Member in the cadre of Executive Director.


Reading, Travelling and Music

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R Rajnikanth



M.Sc. (Physics), IIT Bombay; MBA, IGNOU


16th Batch Direct Recruit Officer in Life Insurance Corporation of India.

Promoted to Zonal Manager (O) Cadre this year

20l5 to 2019 – Secretary (Direct Marketing) at Central Office, Yogakshema, Mumbai – No. 2 Position in the department - Was the aide to the Executive Director in monitoring the department, which is the controlling office for all activities of Direct Marketing across the country. Formulating and implementing Marketing policies, provide facilities to the Salespersons of the Channel and development of Online Marketing in LIC

2013 to 2015 – Chief Executive Officer, LIC HFL Financial Services, Mumbai – No. 1 Position in the Company, Managing the affairs of the subsidiary Company of LIC HFL. HFSL is a Corporate Agent for LIC – Life Insurance, LICHFL – Home Loans and Fixed Deposits, all Mutual Funds, two General Insurance Companies, and Point of presence for NPS-accumulation stage. HFSL operates from around 40 Territories across the country and it sells all above products through field force consisting of Territory managers, Assistant Sales Managers and Sales Executives. During his time, because of the record Sales gave the then highest Dividend to its parent LICHFL.

2010 to 2013 – Regional Manager (Health Insurance), South Central Zone at Hyderabad. In-charge of the Channel for states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.  Co-ordinated with Field Force across 17 Divisions for marketing the Health Insurance Policies of the Corporation.

2008 to 2010 – Sr. Divisional Manager, Guwahati Division of LIC.  As SDM of Guwahati the largest Division in the North-East, was in-charge of the Division.  Led a team of 20 branches and 11 satellites offices, 14,000 Agents, 300 Development Officers and more than 1000 Employees.  During the period Guwahati excelled in the area of Bank assurance and Micro Insurance occupying top 20 position in the country. !0 satellite Offices were set up during my tenure.

2005 to 2008 – Marketing Manager – LIC, Mumbai Division II – N0. 2 position in the Division.  In-charge of marketing for 20 Branches & all servicing aspects of the Division was Chief Manager at CB-IV Secunderabad one of the largest Branches in SCZ ensured that the Branch brought its highest FP that year.

2000-2005- Manager (EDP), London. Was responsible for the operations and maintenance of all IT systems and later on all the administrative activities in the overseas Branch catering to Indian expatriates in UK. Ensured smooth handover when LIC opted for handing over Admn. to Third party Administrator. Converted the entire data of the Branch and the info Tech process to the new Team. Was also the Chief Compliance Officer for the LIC unit at London followed by a stint at Hyderabad as Manager (Info Tech), Hyderabad Division.

1988- 2000: After joining at Vasco-da-Gama as AAO in 1988, worked for 3 years in Goa, moving to Programmer Grade –I in 1989, followed by 1 year as Computer Operating Officer at EDP, Bombay. 1992-96 was System Analyst and Programmer for 4 years before becoming Manager EDP at Bombay. Responsible for operations and maintenance of Valuation and Jeevan Akshay Pension Portfolios.  Later as AGM (Management Services) at Corporate Office, LICHFL from mid-1998 to end- 2000 was head of the department looking after both software development, operations and maintenance and also Hardware requirements.


Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing, LMS and Customer Relationship Management and Technology Innovations, Marketing of Pension and Health Insurance Products.

Quizzing, Reading books, culture and history of places while travelling.  Cricket, Chess, Gaming, Apps.

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K K Das

Sri. K.K.Das joined the Life Insurance Corporation of India, in 1986 and over the 33 years of his service have gathered wide ranging experiences in different areas of the Life Insurance Industry. Having worked in Marketing for 20 years across Nine States and Four Zones of LIC, he has a deep understanding of the nuances of Life Insurance Marketing. He helped establish the Direct Marketing Channel- the Digital Marketing Initiative of LIC. In addition to marketing assignments he has also worked in New Business, Corporate Communications and the RTI Dept. of LIC.

Assignments held by him:

• Branch in Charge in 3 States under Eastern and Western Zone.

• Manager (New Business), Mumbai Div-II.

• Asst. Secretary (Corporate Communications), CO, Mumbai

• Regional Manager (Corporate Communications), Bhopal

• Marketing Manager, Bhopal

• Sr. Divisional Manager, Machilipatnam Division

• Sr. Divisional Manager, Satara Division

• Secretary (Direct Marketing) Central Office.

• Regional Manager (Marketing), Bangalore

• Chief (Audit). CO

• Chief (Inspection).CO

Joined NIA in May, 2019 as Faculty Member in the cadre of Executive Director

Areas of Interest:

• Marketing Strategies

• Branding.

• Channel Management

• Behavioural Science

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