A salute to the masters – Higher Education Forum felicitates Teachers

On the occasion of Teachers’ Day, Higher Education Forum felicitates those who have worked diligently to bring about a revolution in their own unique way.

‘A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.’ This thought came alive at the Higher Education Forum’s (HEF) seventh annual Teachers’ Day award ceremony held at the Indian Scholl of Design & Innovation (ISDI), Lower Parel on September 3rd. On the occasion, HEF felicitated 20 educators and contributors to the field of higher education (details below) from various fields.

The event was presided over by Dr. A. K. Sen Gupta, Founder and Convener, HEF. The hosts for the evening HEF founding members Prof. Parag Amin and Dr. Lakshmi Mohan regaled the audience in an engaging manner with witty anecdotes and stories. Educationists like Dr. N. M. Kondap, Director General, Rajasthani Sammelan Group; management educator Prof. Sharu Rangnekar; Prof. Hema Santhanam, former Director – Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies; Nirmala Mahendale, President – BMA; Dr. G. S. Singh, Founder Trustee of HEF; Dr. M. Shirhatti, Advisor-JJTU; and Prof. Peter Cunningham, Professor Emeritus, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa were present on the occasion.

After the traditional lighting of the lamp, Dr. Mookesh Patel, Dean – ISDI, delivered the welcome address, saying, “It is the teachers who build our tomorrow, who build the greatest institutes.” Dr. Cunningham mentioned that the teachers should feel proud that they are not only celebrating themselves but the countless lives they have touched. He spoke of three parameters observed by teachers – self giving, self development and self awareness. He left the audience with some food for thought when he said, “We need to address the decline of morality and ethical consideration. To what extent we uphold our spiritual values that we want to pass on to our students.”

Dr. A. K. Sen Gupta, in his address talked of the lack of respect as well as remuneration for teachers, and stated the underlying principal behind the awards: “The thrust of these awards is that teachers need to be self motivated, even when the system is not conducive to it. Despite the hurdles, the teachers have to create an education revolution with their passion.”

On the occasion, HEF also felicitated a five core committee members for their outstanding contribution to the forum. These include Harish Aiyer – Honorary Secretary, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Navi Mumbai; Prof. Anup Palsokar – Member of Faculty, SIES College of Management Studies (SIESCOMS); Prof. Vilas Chaudhury – Member of Faculty, SIESCOMS; Prof. Sona Raman – Programme Director, ISDI and Dr. Chitra Ramanan – Member of Faculty, SIESCOMS.

Ranjeev Manrao, founding member of HEF proposed the vote of thanks where he innovatively acknowledged the contribution of all those involved including the dignitaries, the committee members, the young volunteers as well as the delegates and audience.

HEF Award for Best Teacher in Engineering

Dr B R Patil

Principal, Vishwaniketan Institute of Management, Entrepreneurship and Engineering Technology, Khalapur 

Dr Patil has his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai and about 27 years of experience in the industry and academics. He has several awards to his credit, is engaged in dynamic research work and articles published in international journals. Among his other academic contributions are development of course material for the field and engineering, a text book published – ‘Basic Electrical and Electronics Engineering’, and membership of scientific societies.

HEF Award for Best Teacher in Business Communication

Prof. Sharmila Mohapatra 

Dean, SIES College of Management Studies (SIESCOMS)

Prof. Mohapatra holds an M.A. in English, and apart from her current designation at SIESCOMS, she also holds visiting faculty positions at the American National College, Colombo and ICFAI University, Colombo. She has to her credit 14 research papers, and a Business Communication text for BCom in Financial Markets. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. her areas of interest include communication skills and their impact on employability and non-verbal aspects of communication

Prof. G. S. Rao Memorial Award on Education Management

Dr. R. M. Chitnis

Principal, MITSOM College, Pune 

Dr. Chitnis has an academic experience of 15 years and a professional experience of 10 years. His areas of interest are corporate finance, internet-related application in banking and finance and ERP systems. He teaches subjects like Business Organisation and Systems, Marketing Management, and Financial Management. He has initiated international summer schools in management at universities in USA, Australia, Sweden and France. He has conducted several seminars and workshops under University of Pune Quality Improvement Programme.

Prof H. C. Malkani Memorial Award in Economics

Dr. Jehangir Bharucha 

Vice Principal, H. R. College of Commerce & Economics

Dr. Bharucha has 24 years of teaching  experience at the graduate and post graduate level. He has completed his PhD in Economics and a second PhD in Banking and Finance. He has taught and conducted courses in Economics at various international universities and was bestowed with the Rashtriya Gaurav Award in February 2010. His profile figures in the book ‘Best Citizens of India’. He has 78 professional papers to his credit, and has been invited to address conferences.

HEF Award in association with Sales Academy on Corporate Contribution to Education

Jagdeep Kapoor 

Chairman and Managing Director, Samsika Marketing Consultants 

Brand Guru Jagdeep Kapoor, in addition to being the Chairman and Managing Director of Samsika Marketing Consultants, is a visiting faculty member at the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies. He is the visiting faculty member of British Council’s Strathclyde MBA Course. Hehas conducted over 801 training programmes. He is a prolific writer and has published over 1611 articles on brand marketing and sales in newspapers and magazines and has authored several successful books.

HEF Award in association with SMJV’s CKSV Institute of Management Vadodara on Academic Leadership

Dr. R. Nandagopal

Director, PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore  

Dr. Nandagopal has over 30 years of experience in academics, consulting for governments and policy making. He has been the Director of PSGIM for the past 15 years and is instrumental in making the PSGIM brand a global and vibrant one. He has over 70 papers in international publications and has authored 12 books, and guided several doctoral students. He has participated in over 30 international programmes and has organized over 50 seminars/ conferences.

HEF Award for Outstanding Young Teacher

Dr. Navin Punjabi

Faculty, H. R. College of Commerce & Economics 

Dr.  Punjabi is a faculty and Director Placements at H. R. College, and has completed his doctorate from WeSchool. He teaches subjects like Corporate Governance, Principles of Investments, Strategic Management and International Marketing. He was recently selected to teach a Master Class on ‘Doing Business in India – from Culture to Capital Market’ at Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, USA. He is empanelled with SEBI to spread financial education to various target groups.

HEF Award in association with Free Press Journal (FPJ) for Best Teacher in Marketing

Dr. Renuka Kamath

Professor of Marketing, S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR) 

Dr. Kamath holds Ph.D. (Arts) in Management  Studies from Mumbai University. She has held positions in the marketing and sales functions and worked in the industry for 15 years before shifting to academics. She has been in academics for close to 12 years, and her areas of competence and interest are sales management, distribution management, design thinking, business to business marketing, strategic marketing and social marketing. She has case studies published in several publications.

HEF Award in association with JJT University (JJTU) for Academic Excellence

Dr. Sameer Pingle 

Associate Professor, Institute of Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad 

Dr. Pingle has a teaching experience of over 11 years and an industry experience for over two years. He is an expert and examiner of PhD thesis in the area of Department of Management Studies, IIT Roorkee and a panel member for Research Progress Committee of Doctoral Programme in Management at Ganpat University, Gujarat. He holds several other positions at other universities. He has been honoured with ‘Best Teacher in Human Resources Management’ by at the B-School Excellence Awards 2012.

HEF Special Award for Contribution to Education through Quality Initiatives

Suresh Lulla

Founder and Mentor, Quimpro Consultants  

Lulla established Qimpro Consultants Pvt. Ltd. in 1987 as a focused quality management consultancy based on The Juran Trilogy: quality planning, quality control, and quality improvement. Since inception, Qimpro has saved Indian corporate houses over Rs. 20,000 crores in terms of cost of poor quality. Currently, Qimpro is the exclusive Indian partner of Quality Council of Indiana, USA and GOAL/QPC, USA. Qimpro has conducted assignments in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sultanate of Oman, Iran, Bahrain, Kenya, and Nigeria.

Smt. Meena Parkeh Pagariya Memorial Award for Emerging Woman Leader

Prof. Meena Desai  

Programme Director, Indian School of Management & Entrepreneurship (ISME)

Prof. Desai successfully led the management  accounting and finance programmes at H. R. College for 12 years, making these the most sought after programmes in the self financing vertical of the college. She handled administration and examinations in the self financing section. She nurtured young managers to accomplish their goals and impact the communities around them. Recently been inducted at ISME, she is working towards developing a management programme with a difference.

HEF Award for Best Teacher in Human Resource Management

Dr. Meenakshi Aggarwal Gupta

Associate Professor, HRM, IIM Indore

Dr. Aggarwal-Gupta has an MBA in Personnel Management, several noteworthy publications to her credit and is currently guiding three doctoral students in the area of organisational behaviour and human resource management. She has taught courses on competency mapping and performance management, organization theory and design, organizational development, change management, cross cultural management, leadership and organizational behaviour to first and second year management students. She is actively involved in consulting and training.

Dr. N. B. Laxmeshwar Memorial Award for Research in Physical Science

Dr. A. Subrahmanyam

Professor, Department of Physics, IIT, Madras 

Dr. Subrahmanyam is one among the six editors  of solar energy materials and solar cells.  He is an awardee of several fellowships and has been a DAAD Professor 2008-09, Technical University, Germany.  He has established a Thin Film Laboratory at IIT Madras and has published 120 research papers in international journals, guided 18 Doctoral thesis and has been awarded six patents.  He has designed and fabricated Kelvin Probe equipment: a non- destructive surface analysis technique.

HEF Award for Academic Leadership

Dr. M. S. Kurhade 

Principal, DTSS College of Commerce, Malad 

Dr. Kurhade holds a PhD and LLM degree from the University of Mumbai and has over 16 years of teaching and 22 years of administrative experience. He was selected by Maharashtra Public Service Commission for the post of Block Education Officer. He was elected from the Body of Principals as an academic council member of the Mumbai University from 2000 to 2005 and as a Senate Member of from 2005 to 2010. He has held several other posts.

Dr. P. N. Singh Memorial Award towards Outstanding Academic Leadership

Prof M. S. Pillai

Director, Sadhana Centre for Management and Leadership Development (SCMLD), Pune

A teacher, leadership mentor, professor of management, and an innovator in human resource development in India, Prof. Pillai brings with him over forty years of combined experience. In 1993, he conceptualized and established SCMHRD in Pune. The next step, SCMLD was a path breaker, for it sought students who due economic or social reasons, never had an opportunity to explore their potential. SCMLD has empowered over 1600 students who are today business professionals and corporate leaders spread across the world.

Dr. Sarojini Devi Memorial Award in Chemistry

Dr. Kiran V. Mangaonkar 

Principal, Guru Nanak Khalsa College 

Dr. Mangaonkar, besides being the Principal of Guru Nanak Khalsa College, is also the Honorary Director, National Facilities for Bio-Pharmaceuticals (NFB), and Honorary Director, Guru Nanak Institute of Research and Development (GNIRD). He has over 32 years of experience in research and academics and an administrative experience of 10 years. He has launched pioneering initiatives, initiated partnerships with universities/ organisations across the country while connecting across communities ranging from corporate India to rural India.

HEF Award in association with Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Finance and Financial Management

Dr. Pankaj Trivedi

Professor and Area Chairperson, Finance Area, K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research  (SIMSR)

Dr. Trivedi is currently a Professor and Area Chairperson of Finance Area, and Head of Ph.D. programme of University of Mumbai and SNDT University at SIMSR. He is also the programme coordinator for AICTE approved PGDM programme, at SIMSR. He holds a Ph.D. in Finance and has 20 years of work experience with a leading Public Sector Bank, and 12 years of experience as a full time faculty. He is Recognised Ph.D. guide.

HEF Award in Association with Manrao Charitable Trust on Contribution to Social Cause and CSR

Dr. Ganesh Raja 

Chief Operating Officer (COO),  Kotak Education Foundation

Dr. Raja is a C-level executive with global perspective and entrepreneurial drive backed by 27 years of strategic business development and marketing experience. He has successfully propelled industry leaders through start-up ventures and high-growth cycles. He has functional competence in social development, higher education, country marketing and FDI, financial information services and hospitality. He has anchored programmes on services management and strategy as a visiting faculty for Hewlett Packard, Oracle and leading business schools.

HEF Award for Academic Leadership

Dr. Debashis Sanyal 

Vice Provost – Management & Dean, School of Business Management, NMIMS University 

Dr. Sanyal has been associated with NMIMS for  over five years and has brought in extensive insights as an educator and senior business school administrator. In his new role as Vice Provost, he drives the strategic development and management of the academic and executive programmes and develops strong relationships with the corporate world. He has been Dean (Academic Programme) at Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon, and also headed the EMBA program at S.P. Jain Centre of Management, Singapore.

Dr. Suresh Ghai Memorial Award for Outstanding Management Education Leadership

Prof. Joe Philip

President, Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship (XIME), Bengaluru 

Prof. J. Philip, an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, has held several senior positions in industry, prior to taking up Directorship of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore for a period of six years. An alumnus of XLRI (who had taught there and served as Dean of XLRI also), was a recipient of the Life-time Achievement award from XLRI. He has authored several books and is the founder of Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship (XIME), of which he is currently the President.

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