Hailing from Khilnani family of Bhiria, a Sahiti town of Sindh, and settled in Mumbai, Pramila also holds Master’s degrees in Political Science and Social Work, and postgraduate Diplomas in Finance Management, Human Resource Management, Project Management and English Communication.
A doctoral degree is no mean feat. The years of hard work, exhaustion and tenacity culminate in the Ph.D., an achievement that requires great courage, skill and strength.
And Dr. Pramila Khilnani has done it making Sindhis around the world to hold their heads high as she is the first ever Sindhi girl having acquired the Ph.D. degree in Digital Transformation.
Digital transformation is the integration of digital technology into all areas of a business.
Dr. Pramila Khilnani has been awarded Ph.D. in Digital Transformation by the JJT University, Jaipur Rajasthan India.
Dr. Pramila, who is currently working as a Sr. Director at L&T Infotech, hails from Khilnani family of Bhiria, a Sahiti town of Sindh, Pakistan who migrated to India and settled in Mumbai during partition in 1947. She is born and brought up in Mumbai. She is daughter of Heman Topandas Khilnani who retired from the Central Public Works Department (CPWS) of Government of India and is now 82.
Dr. Pramila also holds following degrees and diplomas:
Master of Arts in Political Science from University of Mumbai; Master of Arts in Social Work (MSW) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai; Post Graduate Diploma in Finance Management (PGDFM) from Welingkar Institute of Management and Development, Mumbai; Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (PGDHRM) from IGNOU, Delhi; Project Management Professional (PMP) – PMI, USA; and Business English Communication (BEC) – University of Cambridge.
Apart from above she has many publications to her credit including – Membership – University College London Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL CBT); Patent on Knowledge Management – Applied registration in India; Disruption Caused by Digital Transformation and Critical Success Factors for Business – Research Journal; A study in ‘Building Self Confidence’ during uncertain times to move into New Horizons – Research Journal; Multi-Author Book Publication – Management and Industry (New Horizon Research Group); Microsoft Dynamics 365 – Best-suited in changing environment – An Article – L&T Infotech Blogs; IoT Propels Streaming Analytics into Mainstream – An Article – L&T Infotech Blogs; Transforming the Manufacturing Value Chain with Digital ERP – An Article – L&T Infotech Blogs.
She faced many challenges in achieving her doctorate degree.
Most of the research was conducted during lockdown due to Covid-19. The data gathering exercise was really tough, and had contacted 601 respondents who were Project Managers, Project Leads, and IT professionals working in Information Technology of whom only 400 responded positively. She contacted each of them through emails, social media, and by making personal calls to request them to fill the online questionnaire.
“The research topic is new and unique, and limited in-depth reading material was available. The Research Guide was also out-stationed, so could not meet her in person that brought in a lot of limitations,” Dr. Pramila told however she steered this research by seeking guidance through multiple online channels, telephone discussions with co-researchers and other scholars.
“Dr. Pramila’s courage and dedication have led her to earn this, and we are extremely proud of her,” her father Mr. Heman T. Khilnani and Uncle Dwarko T. Khilnani, said.
“The Sindhis around the world would surely feel proud to know that a Sindhi girl has been awarded this degree,” they said.
Mr. Heman is the elder son of Shri Topandas Tuljaram Khilnani, who had migrated to India in 1947. Shri Topandas was Abdar in Irrigation department of Sindh when the partition took place. Shri Topandas had joined a job in Textile Department in India after the partition. He had passed away on October 2, 1970. Her Uncle Dwarko T. Khilnani is the Secretary General, Sahiti Panchayat Mumbai and President of Reserve Bank Sindhi Sabha, Mumbai, and is the only Indian author of 36 editions of Foreign Exchange Management Manual. He is also Director of two companies – Privi Specialty Chemicals Limited and Blossom Industries Daman.