Centre of Excellence in Sports Management

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The Centre of Excellence in Sports Management is established with the goal to develop leaders in the sports industry through education, research and collaboration. The global sports industry is estimated to be around $600 billion contributing around 0.5 per cent of the world GDP (it ranges to even 5 per cent in some countries) whereas in India it contributes only 0.1 per cent of the GDP. (Sujay Chaturvedi, 2019). The sports industry in India got a fillip in the last decade with the formation and success of various leagues such as the IPL, ISL and PKL. The heightened level of interest in different sports in India across every generation is a harbinger of hope. The increase in media viewership fuelled by enormous consumer demand is an indicator of a bright future for the sports industry in India. Another indicator of a rapidly growing sports industry is the Government of India’s thrust on grassroot development and initiatives like the Fit India movement. A report titled “The business of sports’ released in 2016 by KPMG states “The vastness of India’s sports sector and association with several other industries such as education, real estate, infrastructure, tourism, manufacturing and retail, makes it extremely attractive”. There is a huge untapped potential in the business of sports in India and the Centre of Excellence will promote initiatives that will help India to develop business leaders in the sports ecosystem.


To be a change maker in the field of sports management education.


  • Fostering analytical and critical thinking through education
  • Providing new and emerging perspectives in the sports industry
  • Enhancing the skills and capabilities of human resources in the sports ecosystem
  • Advancing knowledge in the sports management domain through multidisciplinary research
  • Developing networking and collaboration opportunities within the global sports community
  • Promoting entrepreneurship in the allied areas associated with sports

Aims and Objectives

  • To attain excellence in the field of sports management education
  • To provide knowledge and skills that will make participants competitive in seeking employment and establishing careers in the sports industry
  • To address the emerging complexities of the sports ecosystem and its management through research, networking and collaboration
  • To conduct seminars, conferences, summits and webinars to promote awareness and advancement in sports development
  • To disseminate and advance knowledge in sports management through research studies, projects and publications
  • To provide consulting on development of sports infrastructure and grassroot development of sport
  • To contribute to the growth and development of the sports eco-system and its allied fields
  • To promote entrepreneurship in the allied areas associated with sports
  • To develop new technologies in existing sports and create technological breakthroughs in the management of sports

Internal Advisory Committee

Dr. Priam Pillai

Management Representative, COO, MES’s Pillai Group of Institutions

Dr. R. Chandran

Director, Pillai Institute of Management Studies and Research
Mr. Franav Pillai

Mr. Franav Pillai

Director, PILLAI/FIFA/CIES Executive Programme in Sports Management

Dr. Celina Joy

Academic Coordinator, PILLAI/FIFA/CIES Executive Programme in Sports Management

Dr. Betty Sibil

Faculty, Pillai Institute of Management Studies and Research
Mr. G. Padmakshan

Mr. G. Padmakshan

Sports Director, Mahatma Education Society’s Pillai Group of Institutions

External Advisory Committee

Dr. Shaji Prabhkaran

Dr. Shaji Prabhkaran

CIES Co-ordinator, India
Mr. Kishore Taid

Mr. Kishore Taid

Co-founder & CEO at enJogo and Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools
Mr. Jitendra Joshi

Mr. Jitendra Joshi

Co-founder, Director Sportz Village
Mr. Tushaar Garg

Mr. Tushaar Garg

Founder @Irony Inc.

Facilities available at the Centre for Excellence in Sports Management

  • Wi-fi enabled classrooms with audio video facilities
  • Fully equipped Library and Computer laboratories
  • Access to the state of the art Auditorium and Conference Rooms in the Campus
  • 3D Printer
  • Access to co-working office space for pursuing entrepreneurship
  • Access to Hostel facilities of the Campus
  • Cafeteria
  • Gymkhana and Sports grounds
  • Mentors from academia and industry