President Anand Gupta of Rotary Club of Bombay West honoured two of the stalwart academicians with Rotary Vocational Excellence Awards 2018-19 at their meeting held on Wednesday, 24th October, 2018 at Rotary Service Centre, Juhu, Mumbai. Both the awardees were introduced by Past President, Dr.Mohanbhai Patel, Ex-Sheriff of Bombay.
Hon.Rtn.Dr.Rajan Saxena, Vice Chancellor, NMIMS Deemed University
Hon.Rtn. Dr.Rajan Saxena was conferred with the Award for his outstanding contributions in management education, research, consulting and institution building.
A distinguished Professor of Marketing, Dr.Rajan Saxena has devoted 46 years at renowned institutions including XLRI Jamshedpur, IIM-Calcutta, University of Calgary (Canada), Visiting Professor at Pace University, USA, Dean at NMIMS, Director of S.P.Jain Institute of Management & Research, Founder Director of IIM-Indore and now as Vice Chancellor of NMIMS since 2009.
Under his able leadership, NMIMS having 13 Management Schools in state-of-the-art campuses in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Indore, Navi Mumbai and Shirpur (Dist.Dhule), has earned the distinction of being one of the best Management Institutions of India. Dr. Saxena’s contributution in making NMIMS degrees more contemporary and industry relevant is noteworthy. He is instrumental in NMIMS focusing on holistic development of students with field projects and soft skills.
Recipient of several awards from various organizations and media and widely respected as a marketing educator par excellence, Dr.Saxena has been consulted by over fifty Indian and multinational companies, has published over sixty articles in Indian and Foreign journals and has authored two books on marketing subject, both published by McGraw-Hill.
Dr.Rajan Saxena has truly displayed an exceptional commitment and high achievement in his profession which has not only resulted in advancement of the vocation but has also positively impacted our nation.
Dr.B.A.Rajput, Principal, Comrade Godavari Parulekar College, Tal.Talasari, Dist.Palghar
The second academician to be honoured by Rotary Club of Bombay West was Dr.B.A.Rajput, for his outstanding contribution to higher education and research in rural Maharashtra. Dr.Bhagwan Rajput is successful academician who has contributed immensely towards education (an in particular higher education) of tribal youth in backward District of Maharashtra. Associated since several years as Principal of Com.Godavari Parulekar College of Arts and & Science located at Talasari in Dist.Palghar, Maharashtra which has since stupendous growth under his stewardship with currently 4500 students studying various streams upto Post-Graduate Levels. Not confined to academic education but his interests go much beyond the academics into co-curricular and extras-curricular activities, all in the case of the upliftment of what we know as backward communities.
Academically well qualified with PhD in Marathi Literature, Dr.Rajput has received an award from Pune University. He was appointed as a member of the Academic Council for 5 years. He has received the Shikshak Shri Award from Antarastriya Samrasta Manch of Delhi. Many times he was appointed as Vice Chancellor’s Nominee for his specialized subject. He was the Chief Guest for Marathi Literature Workshop in 2016. He was also nominated for Indian Leadership Award for Education Excellence by the All India Achievers Foundation in March, 2014. He has organized many Seminars covering Marathi Literacture, focusing more on Tribal and Folk Literature. There are several books to his credit including the historical research on Six community inhabiting Palghar District. He is a man of multi-disciplinary achievements and was Chairman of International Multidisciplinary Conference in March, 2017.
Dr.Rajput is closely connected with one of the prestigious projects of Rotary Club of Bombay West viz. SUPA Farm Rotary Excellence Awards for students topping at SSC level in their respective Schools. Dr.Rajput has been instrumental in organizing these Awards year after year since its inception 5 years ago.
Dr. B.A. Rajput has truly displayed dedication and exemplary commitment to the cause of educating and skill development of rural youth to earn this prestigious award from Rotary Club of Bombay West.