Manek N. Daruvala is a B.Sc. (Chemistry) graduate from the Bombay University where he was a rank holder. He completed his postgraduate program in management from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad specializing in Marketing and Finance.
After completion of his post graduation, he worked for six years with Godrej and Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd. in the field of Marketing and Sales. He handled a number of positions while in Godrej. He worked as Executive Assistant to the Vice President Marketing and also as All India Product Executive for Godrej Locks. He was the Sales and Service Manager for their Godrej GE Appliances Ltd. when he left the company. Subsequently, he worked for one and a half years with M/s. VJ Info Systems Ltd. in Hyderabad as head of their Education and Training Division.
After seven years of corporate life, he took the entrepreneurial plunge and joined a friend and senior from IIMA to start a coaching institute for CAT – Triumphant Institute of Management Education – better known by its acronym T.I.M.E. Headquartered in Secunderabad, T.I.M.E. is today a formidable brand in the field of education training across the country. T.I.M.E. has successfully countered the widespread belief that educational institutes lose out on quality when expand across the country. With 230 offices in 110 cities and training over 150,000 students every year, it is the leading test prep institute in India. T.I.M.E. trains students for CAT, GATE, Bank Exams, IITJEE, GMAT, GRE, and a number of other competitive entrance exams. The group also includes T.I.M.E. Kids, a pre-school chain with over 200 centres all over the country and T.I.M.E. Schools consisting of two large-format CBSE schools in Hyderabad and Secunderabad.Manek has been associated full-time with T.I.M.E. for the last 23 years – training and guiding students in preparing for a large variety of entrance exams. Even today, he enjoys taking a personal interest in the careers of young people and guides students in their exam and GD and interview preparation as well as in selecting the right B-Schools to apply to. He also provides career counseling to many a confused youngster and their even more confuse parents. Manek has been associated with a variety of functional areas at T.I.M.E. – from accounting and financial planning to advertising and field sales. Like all first generation entrepreneurs he believes that if a job has to be done, it has to be done.
Manek has also been closely associated with Hyderabad Round Table No. 8 – a fellowship and public service organization where he has been involved in the building of schools for the under privileged and helping upgrade the facilities available in Government schools in Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Manek was also the Chairman of Hyderabad Round Table No.8, Chairman of Round Table India Area 9 covering the whole of the states of AP and Telangana and a Trustee of Hyderabad Round Table No. 8 Charitable Trust. He is presently on the Advisory Board of Manthan – a forum for public discourse based in Hyderabad.
Manek is a keen follower of a wide range of sports and is happiest watching cricket, Formula 1 or tennis on television. He also enjoys listening to music and is an avid reader. Wodehouse remains his all- time favourite author.