SEED Management Profile
CEO & MD
Narendra Barhate is the co-founder of SEED Infotech. He is the Managing Director and CEO of the company. He spearheads business development and expansion initiatives of SEED Infotech. A complete techie, he has been instrumental in the keen selection of technologies to be added to the company’s portfolio. Moving towards his pursuit to build the ‘Nalanda’ of modern IT training, he has endeavored to add BFSI, Engineering Services and Healthcare Management practices at SEED Infotech.
In his career spanning over 25 years in the IT industry, he has conducted more than 15,000 hours of high-end technology training for students and corporate clients. Developing his team into a world-class team of technical and non-technical team is his passion, and over the years he has pursued it by conducting several mentoring sessions for the employees on Management, Team Building and Leadership.
An avid reader with spiritual bend, he exudes superior people management and analytical skills. His natural charisma and the honesty in his approach have today made him a noted figure in the IT circles of Pune and Maharashtra. He has won several awards instituted by several social and industrial bodies, for his entrepreneurial ventures.
He is an alumnus of two of the most renowned educations institutions of India namely – College of Engineering Pune (COEP), and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai. Prior to establishing SEED Infotech, he has worked as a researcher at the DRDO.
His obsession for uncompromised customer satisfaction and quality of services has today made his company the partner of first choice.
Co-Founder & Director
Shrikant Rasane is the co-founder and Executive Director of SEED Infotech. He has a strong passion for technology and has played a key role in developing the technical strength of SEED Infotech in terms of latest software, hardware, network infrastructure and instructional system design techniques for improved training effectiveness. He is the strategic brain behind the company’s technology, business and people ventures.
In his leadership the company has garnered the partner status of few of the high rung technology principals like Microsoft, Oracle, and Redhat etc. He holds mastery over the art of rapport building and has extraordinary articulation skills, which are evident in the long term relationships that SEED Infotech enjoys with a number of national and international IT companies.
He specializes in IT Infrastructure, Database & Web Technologies, has conducted more than 12,000 hours of training for students, professionals and corporates in the topics based on Oracle, Microsoft, Internet and Data-warehousing technologies and tools. Shrikant has more than 22 years of extensive experience that span across areas like technology training, business planing and management, strategic business planning and investments, IT infrastructure management and software development.
A regular in the IT circles of Pune, he believes in developing individuals by giving freedom of thought, opportunity to work independently and in suitably appreciating the results thus accrued.
He has done his graduation in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from the Univeristy of Pune, and has masters of Technology in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai. He worked with DRDO as a researcher before co-founding SEED Infotech with his DRDO colleague.
A critical thinker, he has the rare ability to very quickly assimilate and present both sides of a coin, with extreme finesse.
Bharati Barhate is the Executive Director of SEED Infotech. She leads the company’s visual creativity, customer support and CSR initiatives. Suave and soft-spoken, her interpersonal relationship skills have been an anchor for the company to win credibility.
She has a Masters in Environmental Science, has completed formal qualification in Education and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education.
In her over 10 years of professional practice in the field of education she has worked on various educational initiatives and has conducted television programs for Doordarshan, a Government of India run national channel.
An empathetic listener, she is seen as the source of guidance and right advice.
CTO & Executive Director
Rajesh Vartak is the Chief Technology Officer and Executive Director at SEED Infotech. A hard core technology enthusiast, he ably handles the building trainers’ delivery capability and technology upgradation challenges of the company.
Sitting in the CTO’s seat of a fast growing IT intensive training organization his major focus area is to upgrade trainers on niche technologies and develop their skills on the Instructional System Design formats. He develops the trainers, by coaching them on training delivery and modulation techniques to tune in to the varying audience of students, professionals and experts.
He has over 15 years of experience IT Industry that includes portal development, business process management and middleware like MQ Series and TIBCO. His areas of expertise include J2EE architecture, web services and performance testing.
He is a career guidance expert and has striven to always keep himself within the reach of students. He is the brain and voice behind the mega hit ‘IT TIPS BY SEED INFOTECH’ for career guidance. People have always thronged at his seminars and lecture sessions.
He is a graduate in Computer Science from the University of Pune and holds Master’s degree in eBusiness from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani.
He is the backbone of the company’s ambitious technology ventures and startups.
SEED Infotech – Independent Board of Directors
Dr. Arun Nigavekar
Raja Ramanna Fellow, Former Chairman, UGC, Former VC, Pune University, Founder Director NAAC, Senior Advisor, Science & Technology Park
Dr. Arun Nigavekar is a stalwart of the Indian Education community. He is the former Chairman of the University Grants Commission and ex-Vice Chancellor of the University of Pune. He has been instrumental in several initiatives in the education industry which includes among others – use of IT in Indian Universities and reforms in the accreditation of colleges. He was the founder Director of the National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC). He has over 40 years of experience in academics.
He was a Dakshina Fellowship holder of Rajaram College in Kolhapur and got educated in Pune and Uppsala in Sweden where he held SIDA Fellowship.
Due to his vast experience and experience in the field of education, he is one of the most respected personalities in the education and industry fields. He provides deep insight into the mechanism of education and its impact on various student communities.
Mr. Venkatesh Iyengar comes from an entrepreneurial background build over 25 years of focused work in the HVAC industry. He has vast experience in designing and implementing solutions for testing HVAC systems for the automobile sector.
He holds two most coveted academic qualifications that of a BE in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering Pune (COEP), and Post Graduation from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.
His understanding of managerial techniques contributes towards efficient management of the company.
Dr Deepak Shikarpur
Dr Deepak Shikarpur is a well known IT Evangelist based in Pune. He is a versatile IT professional, who contributes constantly to various aspects of IT business. This widely known IT professional, has contributed extensively to the profession and in the development of many professionals.
He has been recognized by the Maharashtra Government for his outstanding contribution towards proliferation of IT and ITeS industry in Maharashtra. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Walchand College of Engineering, Sangli – Shivaji University , PGDM (IT) from AICTE approved VGBS and PhD from Bharati Vidyapeeth University. He was Rotary District Governor 2013-14. He has been recognized by various governmental , social and literary bodies with recognition and awards.
He has excellent communication skills and is a great writer too. His thorough and far-reaching understanding of the IT industry is revered highly by SEED Infotech.
Dr. Shailesh Mehta
Dr. Shailesh Mehta is a Managing General Partner of Granite Hill Capital Partners and is on the BOARD of several companies of repute. He serves as the non executive Chairman of the Board of – First Source Solutions Ltd, a listed Bombay stock exchange company.
He holds an M.S. in Operations Research and a Ph. D. in Operations Research and Computer Science from the Case Western Reserve University, a Ph. D. (Hon) Doctor of Humane Letters and a B. Tech. (Mechanical) from IIT, Bombay.
Dr. Mehta is serving or has served on many philanthropic and not for profit organizations. He has received several awards for excellence in leadership as an individual and as a community leader including, Leadership for Excellence in Business and Technology, Excellence in Corporate Citizenship, Excellence in Philanthropy, Leadership and Friendship, Special Community Awards and the Millennium Award.
Dr. Mehta is also known for his philanthropic activities. He has formed the Shailesh J. Mehta and Kalpa S. Mehta Charitable Foundation, which has given millions of dollars in grants to various institutions and causes such as Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay – Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, Asian Art Museum, American Indian Foundation, Case Western Reserve, California State University at East Bay, UC Berkeley.
As an Independent Director, Dr. Mehta through his excellent technological acumen and vast experiential knowledge, plays a crucial advisory role at SEED Infotech.