Mashelkar studied at the University of Bombay where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical engineering in 1966, later on a Ph.D. degree in 1969.
Mashelkar is presently the president of Global Research Alliance , a network of publicly funded research and development institutes from Asia-Pacific, South Africa, Europe and USA with over 60,000 scientists. He is also the President of India’s National Innovation Foundatiion.
 Prestigious Lectures
Seamless Chemical Engineering Science: The Emerging Paradigm: 9th Danckwerts Memorial Lecture (1994), London
Science, Technology, Innovation: Their Impact on Economic and Political Power (1999), New Delhi
Economics of Knowledge: 16th Dr. C.D. Deshmukh Memorial Lecture (1999), New Delhi
Launching the Indian Innovation Movement: JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award Lecture (1999), New Delhi
Resurgence of Innovative India: The Challenge and the Strategy – Sir Purshottamdas
 Director on the Board of Companies
Reliance Industries Limited (2007)
Tata Motors Limited (2007)
Indigene Pharmaceuticals Inc,(2008)
GeneMedix Biological Private Limited (2008)
Thermax Limited (2008)