Industry Leader Pankaj Bansal joins the Advisory Board of Sunstone Eduversity
New Delhi: Sunstone Eduversity (owned by Sunstone Education Tech. Pvt. Ltd.), an edtech startup offering industry-ready higher education programs, announced that Pankaj Bansal, Co-founder, and CEO, PeopleStrong, has joined the advisory board of the company with immediate effect. With his rich experience both as an entrepreneur and an HR Leader, Pankaj will play a key role in helping the company scale corporate relations. Pankaj will also contribute towards shaping a strong and compelling corporate brand for Sunstone within the HR community as it scales.
Pankaj is a seasoned entrepreneur who is passionate about human capital and how technology shapes the workforce today. He is the Co-Founder and CEO at PeopleStrong, a leading HR and Workforce Technology company in Asia. With over two decades of experience in the HR functions at large corporate houses, Pankaj brings broad experience in leading strategic initiatives in the HR domain. Before establishing PeopleStrong in 2005, Pankaj worked with the Aricent Group, where he was a part of the founding team of the company’s BPO division. Pankaj was previously the founder of The HR Fund, India’s first VC fund dedicated to investments in HR, and has now co-founded Work10M, a fund focusing on the new-age workforce. Pankaj is also a non-executive Director at Wheebox, the fastest growing talent assessment company in India.
The appointment comes at a time when Sunstone is looking to strengthen its efforts in creating industry-ready professionals and building its network of colleges across multiple cities. The company is hiring extensively across technology, growth, Instructional design, curriculum development, and corporate relations team to solidify its leadership position in delivering industry-ready higher education programs. Recently, Sunstone raised INR 24 crore in Series A funding to take complete accountability of a student’s career by operating on a Pay after Placement model. Due to the huge demand from students, Sunstone received 10,000+ applications this year compared to 2500 last year. Sunstone has enrolled 1000 students this year, a 3x growth over last year.
Sunstone works closely with corporates to develop industry-ready specializations such as BFSI, Logistics, Analytics, Sales Management, Digital Marketing, etc. The programs are designed to equip the students with the required expertise to tackle everyday business problems and build competencies across industry verticals. The industry-focused and constantly updated curriculum coupled with dual specializations ensures that the students at Sunstone Eduversity are job-ready and have the desired skill sets that are in sync with any industry’s requirements.
Founded by IMT-Ghaziabad alumnus Ashish Munjal and Piyush Nangru, Sunstone has eight partner institutions in six cities and will have 20 partners in 15 cities by July 2021. Sunstone Eduversity graduates of the batch of 2018-20 secured 100% placements. Some of the prominent recruiters were Axis Bank, HDFC, WNS, Genpact, Amazon, TCS, Karvy, Byjus, Reliance Retail, PolicyBazaar, and Swiggy, among others.