Somaiya Vidyavihar Announces Appointment of Dr. Raghunath Kashinath Shevgaonkar as Provost

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~Highly Accomplished Visionary Academician with a Proven Track Record of Leading Higher Educational Institutes of India~

Mumbai, 11th May 2022: Somaiya Vidyavihar is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Raghunath Kashinath Shevgaonkar as the Provost. He will be leading higher educational institutions of Somaiya Vidyavihar (SVV) that are affiliated to Mumbai University (MU), the Somaiya Ayurvihar Institutions that are affiliated to Mumbai University of Health Services (MUHS), the vocational training Institutions (VTI) and the Polytechnic department.

Dr. Raghunath Kashinath Shevgaonkar has served in numerous senior leadership roles and has been instrumental in paving paths of the career dimensions of students through his visionary insights. He has a PhD from I.I.T Bombay/ (Indian Institute of Astrophysics/Raman Research Institute, Bangalore) on Maximum Entropy Restoration of Astronomical Images. He is a fellow of: IEEE, Indian National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Science, India, and an accomplished educational leader, able academic administrator and an institution builder. He has served as the Dean and Deputy Director at IIT Bombay, Director of IIT Delhi, Vice Chancellor of Pune University and Bennett University. An innovative and inspiring teacher in electrical engineering through conventional as well as electronic mode, he has been twice awarded the prestigious IEEE awards for teaching and educational leadership, and SN Mitra Memorial award of Indian National Academy of Engineering. He also has comprehensive knowledge of Indian classical music. 

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Raghunath Kashinath Shevgaonkar to the Somaiya family”, said Samir Somaiya, President, Somaiya Vidyavihar. “He has an exceptional career in the field of education & his industry expertise, edu-centric mindset, and organizational leadership experience makes him ideally qualified to lead the Provost role through this next chapter. He will provide intellectual leadership and support for the faculty and strengthen the culture of genuine collaboration among faculty, administrative leadership, staff and students at different institutes.

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Dr. Raghunath Kashinath Shevgaonkar, Provost, Somaiya Vidyavihar said, “As I now begin a new chapter in my career, I am thrilled to be a part of such a prestigious group and focused on bringing about systemic reforms and changes in the future that prioritizes academic excellence, access and equity. I feel privileged to be associated with Somaiya Vidyavihar and look forward to sharing my contributions in improving  interdisciplinary studies and intra-campus activities.

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About Somaiya Vidyavihar:

Padma Bhushan Karamshi Jethabhai Somaiya founded Somaiya Vidyavihar, an education trust in 1959, to provide quality holistic education. It was founded on the belief that education is an important pillar of nation-building with the power to change lives, and education must innovate to encourage the holistic development of youth. It is known as much for its Science, Technology, Engineering, Management, Social Sciences, and Commerce programs, as for its programs for academic studies in various faiths and cultures of India.

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Somaiya Vidyavihar offers degree, diploma & certificate courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels. Somaiya Vidyavihar also runs a few autonomous post-graduate courses, vocational training and high schools. 

Our motto ज्ञानादेव तु कैवल्यम् | Knowledge Alone Liberates remains the bedrock, as we strive to expand and continuously innovate our education.