Ahmedabad, Dec 20 : Noted educationist and principal of Government Pharmacy College Dr Navin R Sheth, has been appointed as the new Vice Chancellor of Gujarat Technological University (GTU). Sheth will replace Akshai Aggarwal who demitted officer as the university's VC in June this year.
According to Ahmedabad Mirror Sheth's name was proposed before the search committee on Saturday and the decision was taken in the last minute on Monday. The search committee was headed by MN Patel, vice chancellor of Gujarat University and it comprised of members of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and University Grants Commission (UGC).
Navin Sheth has been associated with the RSS and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad since his time as a student. He is considered to be a trusted lieutenant of Gujarat chief minister Vijay Bhai Rupani who also hails from Rajkot saurashtra region. Sheth also enjoys good support from RSS.
Speaking to the local media Sheth "I would make efforts to encourage more students to take up research. Furthermore, emphasis will be laid on making necessary changes in the syllabus in accordance with industry standards so that students get a better practical exposure."
He further added that Gujarat is a hub for the pharmaceutical industry however the scope for research is limited. So our focus would be on creation of more job opportunities for students through research centres.
When asked about his assassination with RSS he said “ I am proud to be associated as the swayamsevak with the Sangh”. Sheth is a senior RSS worker. He had served as Gujarat region's Sah-Sampark Pramukh three years ago. He was appointed as state president of ABVP in 2001. He left his RSS post after his appointment as in-charge chairman of Gujarat Public Service Commission.
61 years old Navin Sheth has 37 years of teaching experience and also served as head of department of pharmaceutical science in Saurashtra University. He has offered his services as president, Board of Pharmacy, at All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). Recently, he has also been chosen as a UGC fellow.
Sheth has been a member of pharmacy faculty of AICTE. Sheth holds a patent and has published 170 research papers. He has guided around 18 PhD scholars and eight more are pursuing their PhD under his guidance.