We are India's first counselling firm founded in 1989

Madhavi Desai best career counsellor

Madhavi Desai Counselling is a professional firm that counsels students who desire to study abroad and in India. Madhavi Desai has been counselling students since 1986 while she was pursuing her Master’s in Industrial Sociology & Management at Purdue University in America. After completing her Masters in USA she set up the Bombay office in 1989, followed by the Baroda office in 2002, then the Surat office in 2010. Today the firm has grown to 55 young women professionals and we have counselled over 24,000+ students.


Our experience has been considerable. Since 1989, we have been advising Parents and Students about their decisions to apply to High School, Bachelor’s Degrees, Master’s Degrees, MBA programs, and PhD programs across the globe.

We counsel students from all over the world

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Vision & Mission

Our organization has a single-minded focus, to guide students to the best possible schools, thus enabling them to build their future. Using our expertise and vast experience we can identify the most suitable universities for you. We are the stepping stones to your future and remember your success is directly linked to our success.

Our Counsellors

live by a strict code of ethics and a set of values that are not merely etched in stone but are woven into the very fabric of the organization.


We do not represent any university nor accept any commissions from them. Our interest lies in YOU, and finding the University best suited to you. This means that there may be times when we disagree with your choice or need, and counsel you based on our experience and knowledge.


We assure complete confidentiality in all our dealings with you.

Madhavi Desai counselling team

Meet the team!

Madhavi Desai

Madhavi holds a Masters in Industrial Sociology & Management from Purdue University, USA.

She had the honor of being invited by the Greenwood Press, New York, to publish her thesis in their textbook called, “The Politics of Industrial Recruitment”, 1990. Her study focused on the Japanese automobile industry in the USA.

Madhavi pioneered education consulting in India and created the 1st ever counseling firm in India. 

Several Universities world wide regularly fly her to their institutes expressing their research facilities, pedagogy and facilities.

While many counselors double up as agents by representing universities, from day one Madhavi refuses to ties up with any universities whereby her guidance remains completely unbiased

Iris Madeira

Iris Madeira is the founding partner and COO 1992.  Her experience spans over 10,000 students, across all degrees and numerous major's.

Iris Madeira's personal passions have engaged her voluntary efforts as a member on the Board of Advisor's and as a Supporter to many non-profit organizations viz. Centre for Civil Society, India-FNST Alumni, Liberal Youth Forum-India, Praja Foundation,  Association of Youth for a Better India....to name a few.

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Sharon Basak holds a Bachelors in Art (specializing in dual majors of Psychology and Sociology),  In addition she completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from The Xavier's Institute of Management. In 1997 she joined MDCPL and has been with us for 12 years.  She has diverse knowledge and experience and successfully managed applicant profile across all practices – UG, MS, PHD, MBA. Today she Heads the Department of Life Sciences. She has successfully helped applicants to programs in the fields of Oral Biology, Biological Sciences, Pharmacy, Architecture, Physical Therapy, Biotechnology etc. In addition she is an MBA Specialist too and successfully assisted students in countries like US, UK, Australia, Canada, Europe and the likes. Overall she has successfully counselled over 1,200 students in the last 12 years.

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Nicole Rodrigues, has worked with Team Madhavi Desai since the turn of the century and she has garnered immense knowledge of many Universities and their application procedures all over the world.  She has periodically visited the United States to familiarize herself with the requirements of most of the Universities abroad. Throughout her distinguished career, Nicole has encouraged and guided a great number of students in search of UG/MBA/MS/Diploma/ and Associate Degrees in almost every field, be it Business Management, Engineering, Humanities or Social Sciences, successfully finding the appropriate niche for each and every hopeful student. Armed with this vast repertoire of knowledge, Nicole has now chosen to focus primarily on Undergraduate Students. Her gentle persuasion, cheerful demeanor and impressive gamut of knowledge, will only give confidence to the young aspiring minds and motivate the entire UG cell of of the Team