Dicovery ELS – ELS India

ELS effectively launched operations in India in October 2011, establishing its headquarters in Chennai. With this in place, ELS aims to open counseling centers in all major Indian cities within the next few years. Students from anywhere in India can avail of our services through remote counseling.

ELS-certified counselors with advanced international degrees will meet interested students and help them find suitable universities abroad, based on their academic history, goals, program interests, and financial resources. ELS India will assist students with their university selection, document processing, and acceptance notification. All this is done at no cost to the applicant.

ELS Educational Services also operates ELS Language Centers in 55+ locations internationally. It is the largest network of university campus-based English language instruction centers in the world. Indian students can study English at one of these Centers should they need to gain additional proficiency prior to beginning their university studies. More than 600 North American colleges and universities accept the completion of an advanced ELS level as proof of English proficiency for admission purposes.

India ELS Team

Mallik Sundharam

Director of Recruitment & Partner Support – India

Mallik joined ELS with more than 10 years of diverse and rich education industry and study abroad experience from Saint Joseph’s University (SJU) in Philadelphia. Being an international student himself, Mallik established many student groups and peer mentor student organizations for international students. He has been instrumental in establishing the ELS office in India, where he oversees the establishment and operations of the direct advising and recruitment network at schools, colleges, and universities throughout India for students interested in higher education abroad. Mallik holds an MBA from The Haub School of Business at SJU as well as an MS in Organizational Development.

R. Swaminathan

Head of Business Development

Swaminathan joined ELS India in December 2011 as Head of Business Development. He is responsible for forging partnerships with colleges and universities and facilitating collaborations between Indian and U.S. Universities. He is also responsible for setting up English Language Centers in India. Before joining ELS, Swaminathan worked with private, public and government sectors for over 35 years. Immediately before joining ELS, he worked with the U.S. Commercial Service in Chennai. He spent his entire career in marketing, business development, market development, and business collaborations. Swaminathan did his PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management- Bangalore, specializing in HR and Management Control.

Madhu Velayudhan

Territory Manager – Tamil Nadu

Madhu joined ELS in April 2011 as the first employee in ELS’s Chennai office. Prior to joining ELS, Madhu was working with a health care analytics firm in the USA as a Business Analyst after having completed his MS in Information Science from SJU, Philadelphia. While being an international student at SJU, he served as the International Student Coordinator, mentoring incoming international students throughout their transition process. Madhu oversees Chennai and Coimbatore student services’ operation and runs the partner engagement programs for schools, colleges, and universities in India. He enjoys traveling, cooking and of course mentoring students.

Tanya Lal

University Counselor

Tanya joined ELS as counselor in 2011. She completed her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with honors from Saint Joseph’s University in 2009. In undergraduate school, Tanya participated in business competitions and was actively involved in extra-curricular as well as service activities. She also participated in research and completed an internship in the insurance industry. Tanya has helped establish the counseling department as ELS. Owing to her U.S.-based education, she skillfully assists and guides students with their university selection and admission procedures.

U.S. Advising Team for ELS India

Susan Kassab

Director of University Enrollment and Advising Services

Susan joined ELS as the Director of University Enrollment and Advising Services after working for the past 23 years in Enrollment Management at Liberal Arts Universities. Her most recent position as Director of Undergraduate, Graduate and International Admission at Saint Joseph’s University, afforded her the opportunity to work in both the domestic and international recruitment arena. Susan has been responsible for growing both the domestic and international student population; overseeing the operations of offices in India and Singapore and creating joint degree opportunities for the university. She currently chairs NAFSA’s International Enrollment Management Task Force.

Jim Crawley

Director of University Partner Relations

Jim joined ELS in 2008, after spending 17 year in university admissions, of which 13 were spent in international recruitment. With a strong background in domestic and international recruitment, at the undergraduate and graduate level, immigration advising, and international student programming, he presents regularly at regional and national conferences on various topics related to international recruitment. Jim uses this knowledge and experience to assist ELS partner universities with their international recruitment strategies as well as advising students and families about university choices.