BOARD OF GOVERNORS
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
Chancellor, Chairman and MD, Arvind Ltd.
Mr Sanjay Lalbhai is the Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Governors, Ahmedabad University. He is the Chairman and Managing Director, Arvind Limited (formerly the Arvind Mills Ltd.), with businesses in textiles, clothing, and infrastructure development. He presides over the operations of all the textiles and clothing activities of the Lalbhai Group.
Mr Lalbhai was a member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. He is also the President of Ahmedabad Education Society, and Chairs number of well-known educational institutions in Gujarat. Mr Lalbhai is the Chairman of ATIRA's (Ahmedabad Textile Industry's Research Association) Council of Administration.
Professor Pankaj Chandra is the Vice Chancellor of Ahmedabad University. He was the Director of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (2007-2013) and Professor of Operations and Technology Management at IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore. He holds a BTech from the Banaras Hindu University and a PhD from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has been a full time faculty member at McGill University and IIM Ahmedabad and a visiting professor at the University of Geneva, The Wharton School, International University of Japan, Cornell University and Renmin University, Beijing. He was the first Associate Dean (Academic) at ISB, Hyderabad.
Professor Chandra was a member of the Government of India Committee on Rejuvenation of Higher Education (Yashpal Committee) that relooked at the Indian Higher Education system as well as the Committee on the Autonomy of Central Institutions. He was also a member of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
Professor Chandra’s research and teaching interests include Manufacturing Management, Supply Chain Coordination, Building Technological Capabilities, Higher Education Policy, and Hi-tech Entrepreneurship. His recent book titled ‘Building Universities that Matter’ studies issues of Governance, Change and Institution Building in Indian Universities. He serves on the board of several firms and institutions.
Academic and Management Consultant
Mr Prafull Anubhai, is an educationist besides being a Corporate Advisor. He is a member of the Governing Council of Ahmedabad Education Society (AES). He has been associated with IIMA for more than 40 years as faculty and/or member on the Board of Governors. He is also a member on the Board of Directors of CSTEP (Centre for Science Technology and Policy) and a trustee of Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Ludhiana. He also has a deep interest in Indian Classical Music and is actively associated with organising the longest festival of Indian classical music – Saptak Annual Festival. He is also the Hon. Director of Saptak Archives, an institution dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of Indian Classical Music.
NEEL KAMAL CHAPAGAIN
Director, Centre for Heritage Management
Neel Kamal Chapagain joined the Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University in 2013 to develop the Master's program in Heritage Management, which eventually was launched in 2015. Along with his continuous role as a key faculty in the programme, he has been leading the Centre as its Director since 2017. Prior to joining Ahmedabad University, he taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (USA) as full-time teaching faculty and at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as a Doctoral Teaching Assistant. His professional journey spans Nepal, Bhutan, India, and the United States. He has co-edited a book titled Asian Heritage Management: Contexts, Concerns and Prospects(Routledge, 2013). He also coordinates a publication series from Nepal titled Reflections on the Built Environment and Associated Practices, of which the first volume was published in 2013, the second volume in 2016, and the third volume in 2019. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Heritage Management - a second academic milestone of the Centre for Heritage Management following the launch of the Master's programme, and has also been the conference chair for the series of International Conference on Heritage Management Education & Practice at Ahmedabad University. He also serves as the bureau member in the Asia Pacific Higher Education Network for Intangible Cultural Heritage (APHEN-ICH) as well as an executive committee member in the Asian Academy for Heritage Management (AAHM). Recently, he has been elected to the executive board of the Association for Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS).
He has been a Visiting Fellow at the UNESCO Category 2 Centre on World Natural Heritage Management and Training at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun; a fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and advisor to the Master of Science in Heritage Management at Wildlife Institute of India. He obtained his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA), where his dissertation focused on rethinking cultural heritage conservation at traditional settlements. He also has an Architecture Doctorate and Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (USA), a professional conservation course at ICCROM in Italy, and B. Architecture from Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
Dean of Students and Associate Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Professor Sanjay Chaudhary is a Dean of Students, Associate Dean of School of Engineering and Applied Science, and a Professor at Ahmedabad University. Earlier, he was a Professor as well as Dean (Academic Programs) at Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT), Gandhinagar, India. His research areas are Distributed Computing, Cloud Computing, Blockchain Technology, Data Analytics, and ICT Applications in Agriculture and Rural Development. He has authored eight books and nine book chapters. He has published more than one hundred and twenty five research papers in international conferences, workshops and journals. He is an active member of program committees of leading International conferences and workshops as well as review committees of leading journals. He has received research grants from leading organizations including IBM, Microsoft and Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
Seven PhD candidates have completed PhD under his supervision and three PhD students are currently working under his guidance. More than thirty two students have completed MTech theses under his supervision. He holds a doctorate degree in computer science from Gujarat Vidyapeeth. Prior to joining DA-IICT, he worked at Department of Computer Science, Gujarat University. He has worked on various large-scale software development projects for corporate sector, co-operative sector, and government organizations. He is actively involved in various consultancy and enterprise application development projects. He is a senior member of IEEE and Computer Society of India. He is also a patron, Computer Society of India, Ahmedabad Chapter. Gujarat Sahitya Academy has awarded second prize to his book on ગિરનાર ('Girnar') under 'Essays and Travelogue' category for the year 2009. He loves literature, music, travel and wildlife.
Head of Operations
Mr Ridul Deka is the Head of Operations for Ahmedabad University. He is currently overseeing functions of Campus Operations, Human Resources, Projects and Procurement.
Mr Deka has 24 years of work experience in the hospitality industry and managed reputed hotels in India and abroad as General Manager.
Co-Chairman, Forbes Marshall and Former President, CII
Dr Naushad Forbes is an Indian Engineer and businessman. He is Co-chairman of Forbes Marshall, India's leading steam engineering and control instrumentation company, and was the President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (Cll) 2016-17. He is an active votary of energy conservation in industry, and has founded and started the annual Cll Energy Efficiency Summit and Awards for Excellence in Energy Management. He was visiting faculty at Stanford University from 1987 to 2004. He has at various times chaired the National Committees on Higher Education, Innovation, Technology and International Business. He is currently Chairman of the Governing Council of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. He supported the establishment of the Forbes-Marshall Energy Efficiency Centre at IIT-Bombay in 2016.
S JAWAID HAIDER
Principal Secretary, Higher and Technical Education, Government of Gujarat
Mr S Jawaid Haider has held several senior leadership positions for over 26 years as a member of the Indian Administrative Services. He is also the Executive Chairperson of the Gujarat Knowledge Society and the Chairperson of the Student Startup & Innovation Policy Implementation Committee of the Government of Gujarat. During his administrative career, he has worked in various departments like the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation, the Department of Tourism, the Department of Industries and Mines, the Department of Science and Technology, and the Climate Change Department.
Professor for the Public Understanding of the Humanities
Professor Patrick French was appointed as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences in 2017. He is also Professor for the Public Understanding of the Humanities, advocating for their importance in a well-rounded education. Dr French is an award-winning historian and biographer, and has a PhD in South Asian Studies and an MA in English Literature, both from Edinburgh University. His books include Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer; Liberty or Death: India’s Journey to Independence and Division; Tibet, Tibet: A Personal History of a Lost Land; The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul; and India: A Portrait. He is presently researching the official biography of the Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing. Dr French’s books have won prizes including the Royal Society of Literature WH Heinemann Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, the Hawthornden Prize and the US National Book Critics Circle Award. He is a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University’s Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, and in 2018 was the Derek Brewer Visiting Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Professor Kale has over thirty years of experience in teaching and research in mechanical engineering with a specialisation in thermo-fluids. After obtaining a BTech degree from IIT Delhi in 1977, he earned MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University in 1981 and 1984, respectively, all in Mechanical Engineering.
He began his career with Tata Consulting Engineers, Bangalore, where he served for three years. Post-PhD, he was a Research Assistant Professor with the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of West Virginia University, Morgantown, the USA, for four years. As a faculty member at IIT Delhi since 1989, he has held several administrative positions, including Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has mentored IIT Mandi and IIT Ropar on various aspects.
He has taught thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, design, innovation and manufacturing, engineering drawing, and power generation technologies at the undergraduate level. He has taught experimental methods, fire dynamics and multi-phase flows at the post-graduate level. He has developed teaching laboratories that emphasise hands-on work, experimentation and design.
He has several publications on water spray-based evaporative cooling, pool fire dynamics and their suppression, burning of cloth panels, airflow through a non-air-conditioned bus with open windows, and flows through micro-channels. His current research interests are fluid mechanics, fire dynamics, combustion, vehicular emissions, and energy.
As the Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) at Ahmedabad University, Professor Kale will provide leadership in building the School and developing curricula and teaching-learning methods that emphasise "learning by doing". He will be promoting basic and applied research with emphasis on inter-disciplinary topics by engaging with faculty from SEAS and other Schools of the University. He will also be promoting technology development in collaboration with industry and entrepreneurs to impact society.
Former President, NASSCOM
Mr Kiran Karnik is a post-graduate from IIMA. He is the Chairman of international Steering Committee of the Commonwealth Connects programme. He worked for ISRO for two decades in different capacities. He is ex-President of NASSCOM. He played a crucial role in the launch of Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.
Dean, Graduate School and Research
Professor Deepak Kunzru recently retired as Professor of Chemical Engineering from IIT Kanpur where he was a faculty since 1974. He was earlier the Chevron Chair Professor at IIT Kanpur. He received his BTech from IIT Kanpur in 1968 and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh,U.S.A. in 1972. He was a Visiting Professor in the Dept.of Chemical Engineering, MIT, U.S.A during Sept-Dec.2009.Professor Kunzru’s main research interests are in the area of microstructured reactors, chemical reaction engineering, pyrolysis of hydrocarbons and petroleum processing. He has published more than 100 papers in reputed international journals and has edited one book. His current research focuses on the use of monolithic reactors for gas-liquid reactions and steam reforming of methane, production of hydrogen from ethanol in microchannel reactors and the development of catalysts for hydrodesulfurization.
Executive Director, Arvind Limited
Mr Punit Lalbhai is Executive Director of Arvind Limited and leads Arvind Advanced Materials, Engineering and Agribusinesses. He also spearheads initiatives in sustainability, CSR and Innovation at Arvind. He has an MBA from INSEAD and a Masters of Environmental Science from Yale University.
Associate Dean, Arts
Professor Darshini Mahadevia is a well-known scholar whose research focuses on equity concerns within urban policies relating to climate change adaptation and mitigation, and human and general development. She received her doctoral degree in Urban and Regional Development from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Prior to joining Ahmedabad University, she coordinated the Centre for Urban Equity and was the Dean of the Faculty of Planning, at CEPT University, Ahmedabad. In particular, Professor Mahadevia’s research has focused on cities and the policies and processes of their development from an equity perspective. More specifically, with regard to the modernist, deterministic and top-down approach taken in the discipline of urban planning, she has argued that a bi-focal view must be developed to assess the impact such an approach has on the economically, socially and politically weak segments of the population (the urban poor, recent migrants, women in general, and women belonging to the low-income segment), and increasingly on the city’s ecological resources. Currently, she is looking at urban data systems, their mapping, and whether urban development dynamics are sustainable and equitable. At Ahmedabad University this year, she is teaching a course on urban finance, and is part of two interdisciplinary courses -- one on the city of Ahmedabad, and the other on neighborhoods.
Chairman Emeritus, Torrent Group
Mr Sudhir Mehta is the Chairman of the Rs. 21,000 crore Torrent Group. Born in 1954, he joined the family business soon after completing his education. It was his visionary foresight and enterprising zeal that steered the Group from its early days as a generic pharma manufacturer to its current dominant position in the Indian power and pharma sectors. As an individual, Mr. Mehta strikes a fine balance between his entrepreneurial involvement, social responsibility and philanthropic activities. A strong proponent of education, he is actively involved in various social welfare activities and takes keen interest in promoting education in the rural areas. Mr. Mehta is also closely associated with various organizations, both professional and social.
Chairman and MD, Equinox Solutions Ltd.
Mr Naishadh Parikh, an MBA, is Chairman & MD of Equinox Solutions Ltd. He is on the Board of AES as also on the Governing Council of CEPT University and Ahmedabad Universtiy. He is a member of ATIRA Council of Administration. An ex-Chairman of CII for 1992-93 & 93-94. Associated with CII in various capacities.
Chairman and MD, Cadilla Healthcare Ltd.
Mr Pankaj R. Patel is Chairman and Managing Director of Zydus Cadila. He is currently the President of the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance and the Chairman of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) Gujarat State Council. He is the Executive Chairman, Vice President and Trustee of the Gujarat Cancer Society and Chairman of the Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute.
PARAG M PATEL
Associate Dean Undergraduate Programmes
Professor Patel, has two decades of extensive experience in teaching, research and academic administration. He was the Director of HL Institute of Commerce from 2014 to 2016.
Professor Patel has held key positions at different organisations. He is the Chairman, Education Committee, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Vice Chairman, HL College Alumni Association, and was the Member, Education Committee of Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI).
Professor Patel has an MPhil in Accountancy and a PhD in Equity Investment Decisions from Gujarat University. Professor Patel has research interest that encompass Accountancy, Capital Markets, and Financial Institutions. He has been featured as a Market Expert in more than 80 live shows on national TV channels. He has had an opportunity to understand the international education scene as a part of the Faculty Development Programme from the University of Cambridge, The United Kingdom. He brings his vast exposure of national and international education to the area of transformative educational leadership.
Professor Patel is keen to make a positive difference to Education Sector and as a Senior Consultant he has advised an INR 100 Crore education initiative, set up by the financial giant, HDFC Limited. The World Education Congress of June 2016 listed him as one of the "100 Most Influential Directors of India in Education’’. Professor Patel has also received Chairman’s Award for “Leadership, Teamwork and Innovativeness” at Ahmedabad University.
Associate Dean Sciences
Professor Balaji Prakash studied Physics at the University of Hyderabad and made a transition to Biology at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, where he obtained his PhD. After a successful postdoctoral stint at the Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology in Germany, he joined the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur as one of the founding faculty of the department of Biological Sciences in 2002. In 2015, he relocated to CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore (CFTRI), to head the newly created interdisciplinary department – the Department of Molecular Nutrition. He joined Ahmedabad University in July 2020 as Professor at Biological and Life Sciences & Associate Dean, Sciences for the School of Arts and Sciences.
Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
Professor Raghavan Rangarajan is Professor at the School of Arts and Sciences and Dean of the Undergraduate College at Ahmedabad University.
He was on the faculty of the Theoretical Physics Division at the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad for over twenty years before joining Ahmedabad University. His areas of research are cosmology and particle physics, and he works primarily on processes that occurred soon after the Big Bang in the very early Universe. In particular, his research has been on topics such as dark matter, the matter-antimatter asymmetry of the universe and the cosmic microwave background. He obtained his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1994, and his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1988.
Professor Rangarajan has also been interested in working with college students and has been actively involved in programmes that bring together college students and scientific researchers. He is an editor of the journal ‘Physics Education’ of the Indian Association of Physics Teachers.
PRIYADARSHI R. SHUKLA
Director, Global Centre for Environment and Energy
Professor P. R. Shukla currently holds the position of Co-Chair, IPCC Working Group III (Mitigation) since October 2015. He has a doctoral degree from Stanford University and have been a Professor at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad since 1979. He has been awarded the Certificate for the ‘CONTRIBUTION TO THE AWARD OF NOBEL PEACE PRIZE’ FOR 2007 TO THE IPCC’ and Certificate for Contribution to Climate Change Research, by the Hon’able Prime Minister, Government of India in 2007
Senior Advocate, Gujarat High Court
Mr Saurabh Natwarlal Soparkar is a Senior Advocate practicing in the High Court of Gujarat and the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Ahmedabad. Had been standing counsel for the Income Tax Dept for three years from 1986-89. Contributed papers at various residential seminars conducted by ICAI, BCA etc. Shri Soparkar is a Visiting Professor at IIM Ahmedabad on the subject of “Corporate Tax Planning” and “Legal Aspects of Business”.
Associate Professor, Amrut Mody School of Management
Professor Mita Suthar is an Associate Professor in Economics and Public Policy area. A gold medalist at master's level, she acquired her PhD in 2006, with a specialisation in Macroeconometrics. Her research involved econometric modelling of Indian macroeconomic variables and an analysis of the monetary and credit policy of the Reserve Bank of India.
She published and presented a paper, "What Kind of Macro Policy for the Transit in and Emerging Economies to Reduce Volatility?" at the 8th International Conference on Currency, Banking & International Finance organised by the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia 1st September, 2014. Her publications include a book titled Monetary Policy in Macroeconomic Management: An Indian Perspective and research articles in various journals and edited volumes.
Senior Dean Academic and Dean, Amrut Mody School of Management
Professor Devanath Tirupati is currently Senior Dean Academic and Dean, Amrut Mody School of Management. He has received BTech from IIT Madras, PGDM from IIM Calcutta and PhD from Sloan School of Management at the Masschusettes Institute of Technology. He has over three decades of experience in academia spanning a range of activities in teaching, research and academic administration at some of the best national and international institutions. He was recognized for his research by the University of Texas at Austin with an Award for Research Excellence and by the National Science Foundation, USA as a Presidential Young Investigator. He has served on the editorial boards as Associate Editor of prestigious journals such as Operations Research, Management Science and as Department Editor of Production and Operations Management. He was co-founder of the Center for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, where he was involved in several leadership roles that include Chairman (Admissions & Financial Aid, PGP), Chairman (FPM) and Member of Faculty Development and Evaluation Committee. As EADS (later Airbus) Chair Professor at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) he led the Center for Supply Chain Management for several years. As Dean (Academic) at IIMB he played a key role in introducing a range of initiatives for promoting research and in developing a comprehensive framework for measuring and evaluating faculty performance.
Senior Advisor to the Vice Chancellor, Ahmedabad University
Balaji Srinivasan is Senior Advisor to the Vice Chancellor of Ahmedabad University. Previously, he was the Executive Vice President for Science, Innovation, and Strategy, and Deputy Provost, and Chief International Officer of the University of Chicago, where he continues to serve as Senior Advisor to the President. He received a B.S. in mathematics from Caltech and a PhD in mathematics from the University of Chicago.
Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Dr Srinivasan has had an extensive career in the international financial markets, serving as Managing Director of Och Ziff Capital Management, based in India and Hong Kong; Executive Director of Goldman Sachs Hong Kong; and Associate Director of Jardine Fleming in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Mumbai.
Mr B. M. Shah is the Registrar of Ahmedabad University and the Director of Ahmedabad Education Society. He has done M.Com., LL.B and has a Certificate from CISA, USA and ISA from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, New Delhi. He is a veteran Chartered Accountant having 45 years of experience. He was the Member of the Fee Regulatory Committee from the year 2005 till March 2020 which was set up by the Government of Gujarat. He has worked in various capacities in the committees of WIRC Ahmedabad branch. He was a member of Expert Advisory Committee of ICAI, New Delhi during 2005-06 and member of Financial Reporting Review Group (Ahmedabad) for 2008-09. Before joining Ahmedabad University, Mr. B. M. Shah has served Arvind Mills Ltd for 34 years having experience in the fields of Accounts, Finance, Audit, MIS, Taxation, Information Technologies and HR