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Born in Sept 1952, Dr. Ashok Chitkara has created benchmarks for generations to come. He made his foray into the field of Mathematics by doing B.Sc (Hons School) Mathematics, M.Sc (Hons) Mathematics from Delhi University. He was also awarded Gold Medal in his M.Sc. (Mathematics) for topping the Delhi University.He then went on to pursue his B.Ed, M.Ed and Ph. D, which chiseled him to perfections for teaching as a career. He has to his name the credit of contributing 25 research papers in various journals.
Dr. Ashok Chitkara started his career, spanning 31 year in teaching started in 1976 as PGT (Mathematics) at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, and then after completing his Ph.D in Mathematics from Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak in 1985, he became a Reader of Mathematics at The Department of Evening Studies in Panjab University, Chandigarh. He is now a life member of:-
A researcher in Mathematics and Logic throughout his career, Dr. Ashok Chitkara has authored, co-authored, and edited a number of books, papers and reports and delivered and invited papers and keynotes at Seminars, Symposiums, National Conferences, Universities, and Research Institutions.
Lauding his efforts and in appreciation of his contribution to the society, Dr. Ashok Chitkara has been awarded with:-
1. Bhartiya Shiromani Puraskar on August 5, 2005.
2. Shiksha Rattan Award on March 16, 2005.
3. Haryana Rattan Award in October 2008.
4. Indira Gandhi Sadbhavna Award in November 2008.
5. Shiksha Bharti Puraskar in December 2008.
6. National Status Award for Educational Development in December 2008.
He believes in a total commitment to society and thus the Trust under his proficient chairmanship has adopted nearby villages Jhansla and Fatehpurgarhi in Punjab through NSS, and provides free education to the children, and opportunities for self employment to adults. Women are involved in stitching and fabrication of uniforms which helps them become financially self sufficient. The Trust also provides health awareness programs in addition to extending health facilities to this village. A computer center has also been established in this village in order to create awareness amongst the residents about latest technology.
Being a fervent reader, he has a flair for languages and is widely traveled across the globe. He has an undying passion for transforming the lives of students and bringing about a change in the entire academic scenario.
Dr. Madhu Chitkara is one of the co-founders of Chitkara Educational Trust, an organization of great repute & distinction. An eminent academician, an innovative entrepreneur, she has articulated, designed the road map for the Trust & has actively contributed to its tremendous growth and recognition in all these years and is spreading light of education in the life of tens of thousands of people.
With a passion for academics and great business acumen, she has had a diversified career & variegated experience in the field of education spanning 36 years. She is highly knowledgeable, focused, a strategic leader & has a passion for excellence.
She has adeptly managed numerous academic ventures and remains a true leader Who leads by example, is warm, sincere and always willing to walk the extra mile to deliver on promises. Her support to several humanitarian causes in association with many NGOs is indeed a tribute to her philanthropic nature, her zest for life and her desire to transform lives for better.
Academic Credentials – Dr. Madhu Chitkara
At present, Dr. Madhu Chitkara is at the helm of affairs as she is the Vice Chancellor, Chitkara University, Punjab. Under Punjab Pvt. University Policy 2010, Chitkara University Punjab is the first University established by State Govt. through State Act no. 23 of 2010. She is Pro Chancellor, Chitkara University , Himachal Pradesh which has been established by the Himachal Pradesh State Legislature under “The Chitkara University Act”. It is a government-recognized university with the right to confer degrees as per the Sections 2f and 22(1) of the UGC Act, 1956. Along with being at the pinnacles of excellence, Dr. Madhu Chitkara is also the Chairperson of Chitkara International School, which is the first initiative of Chitkara Educational Trust in the School Education System.
Today between the two campuses of Chitkara University with area of 50 acres each, there are about 15,000 students, 500 members of the faculty and more than 1,200 supporting staff.
Based on this highly exceptional acumen of being an Entrepreneur, recently another crown has been added to Dr. Madhu Chitkara’s glory as she has been honored with South East Asia Award by Washington School of Business through its Hot Mommas Project. Dr. Madhu Chitkara is the only Winner in South East Asia.
Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice Chancellor, Chitkara University is South East Asia Regional Winner of Project on Women Entrepreneurship. She is the only Indian who has been felicitated with this award representing entire South East Asia Region in the World’s largest Library of Case Studies on Women Entrepreneurship. This award is an initiative of George Washington University, Center of Excellence for Entrepreneurship through project titled as “The Hot Mommas Project”. This project is now the largest digital women’s case study archive in the world.
Besides Dr. Madhu Chitkara, there are six other award winners from different parts of the globe namely : Ms. Lola from Nigeria representing Africa Award, Ms. Michele Smith representing Canada Award, Ms. Hana representing East European Award, Ms. Sahar representing Middle East Award, Ms. Kristina representing Northern Europe Award and Ms. Kara representing United States Award.
Hot Mommas Project offers success stories for women balancing careers & lives. This Project was conceptualized in 2002 and founded in 2005 to fill a gap in the education system. The project partners with Women’s organizations, Universities, Corporations, and institutions to teach its confidence-building, mentor programming, and leadership curriculum.
The announcement of awards is published in The Washington Post featuring the background and purpose of awards and all the cases will be published by Pearson. The case studies selected are generally discussed at School of Business, George Washington University, Harvard Business School and many other B-Schools of the World to promote Women entrepreneurship and learn from the dynamic women who made their mark in the field of Entrepreneurship. These awards are given to acknowledge the efforts of Women Entrepreneurs in Education at global level.
For her endeavors, Dr. Madhu Chitkara has been felicitated with
In November 2008, she along with a few of her key team members visited various Top Universities of the US with the intention of bringing about a massive change in the way education is viewed in the Nation. She visited
The Georgia Tech University, University of Massachusetts (UMass), Purdue University, Massachusetts and Institute of Technology (MIT), , University of Southern California and University of Washington. Dr. Madhu Chitkara met and shared her knowledge with representatives from eminent Universities in US Like
(a) Lawrence Tech University
(b) Rowan University
(c) Laureate Education Inc
(d) Northern Illinois University
(e) University of Puerto Rico
(f) University of Hartford
(g) Saint Louis University
(h) University of North Carolina at Charlotte
(i) St Louis Community college
(j) Arizona State University
(k) Philadelphia University
(l) Northeastern University
(m) Clarkson University
(n) University of Central Florida
This prolific visit had a one point agenda to imbibe and assimilate the best available practices of the western education scenario and to initiate a more progressive educational environment. Soon after this visit she was invited to attend The Clinton Global Initiative in Hong Kong (Dec 2008) with an opportunity to interact with Asia’s most influential leaders and to deal with the region’s most pressing issues.
Despite achieving phenomenal success in the field of education she had a desire to do something for those who were not very privileged. Accordingly, she prevailed upon the heads of her institutions to adopt villages in the vicinity of their organizations. Villagers, mainly women were given training to pursue
vocations that could provide livelihood to them. Care was taken to ensure that the products manufactured by them found use in educational institutions. The items produced by these cottage industry level enterprises were purchased by Chitkara people thus relieving the villagers of the burden of marketing their produce. The Trust under proficient chairmanship of Dr. Madhu Chitkara has adopted nearby villages Jhansla & Fatehpurgarhi in Punjab and Kallanjhanda in Barotiwalla (HP) through NSS, and provides free education to the children, and opportunities for self employment to adults. Women are involved in stitching and fabrication of uniforms which helps them become financially self sufficient. The Trust also provides health awareness programs in addition to extending health facilities to this village. A computer center has also been established in this village in order to create awareness amongst the residents about latest technology.
With new fields of knowledge emerging, Dr. Madhu Chitkara aims to venture into the arena of patents. She has a strong preference for working towards creation of knowledge in specific areas. She is creating avenues to bridge the gap between the industry and academia by incorporating more application based courses wherein both the Universities can provide the companies with students who are ready to take on the responsibilities endowed upon them. Chitkara’s Education provides the foundation and specialized knowledge necessary to analyze, design and evaluate systems that are useful to society.
Dr. Madhu Chitkara continues to be an inspiration around the world and her acumen will keep her at the pinnacle of success. Despite being a woman she has shown great determination and motivation to achieve her goals. Her penchant for equity and access, a desire to abide by value system and to stick to an ethical path have enabled her to create a brand name – Chitkara – in the field of education.
As Vice-President, University Affairs at Chitkara University, Wing Commander R. S. Gill supports and advises on the development, implementation and evaluation of the aims and objectives of the organization, and leads a fully centralized administrative support service at the campus. He ensures that the organization’s resources are effectively monitored, controlled and utilized, and is instrumental in building and maintaining excellent working relationships with the corporate/central and learning support services, and with other academic departments all across the campus, which houses six institutes under the University.
He provides professional advice to the deans of all the institutions at the campus on matters of administration, constitution, governance, strategy, commercial aspects, international initiatives and policy documents. Above all, he has championed the best management practices through personal example and leadership. He has proposed changes and developments that are rigorous, prudent and able to exploit available opportunities. With a strong commitment and capacity for motivating both the staff and the students, he is the unquestioned leadership figure for the overall administrative process.
As an aeronautical engineer he served in the armed forces for over 30 years. During the course of his illustrious career, he has been conferred with many awards, viz., President’s Plaque for being the Best All Round Officer; Chief of Air Staff medal for best academic performance; and he has also received special commendations from Air Officers Commanding in Chief on many occasions. As an engineer in the Indian Air Force, his technical acumen in maintaining and repairing all kinds of fighter planes was well- known and appreciated. His innovative instincts played a key role in framing quality policies, designing curricula and deciding evaluation strategy of the training operations. As a technical member of accidents investigation team, investigating serious aircraft accidents, he has always been able to reach the root-cause of the problem, thus suggesting improvements in the design of airborne equipment to OEM and improved maintenance practices for operators. All this resulted in improving flight safety and saved expensive equipment as well as precious lives. As a quality-conscious engineer, he designed and fabricated a number of test rigs, which essentially helped checking operating parameters of aircraft systems, enhancing the reliability of operations on one hand, and working as import substitution on the other. He has numerous published works such as Effect of Storage Conditions on Explosives Efficiency, Fuel Discipline, Mobile Power Plants, Inventory Management and Wreckage Inspection etc. His areas of interest are academic administration, power management and renewable energy sources. Traveled far and wide, he carries with him vast experience in the field of environmental sciences, power generation systems and management, refrigeration and air conditioning, and aeronautics.
Dr Archana Mantri, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Chitkara University, Punjab, is a doctorate in electronics and communication engineering. She completed her post-graduation in 1998 in digital communication from NIT, Bhopal and obtained a B.E. Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering in the year 1989 from Madhav Institute of Technology and Science, Gwalior.
At Chitkara University, she is instrumental in framing academic policies of the University. She has a vision of developing students’ personalities for a multidimensional pursuit, and, accordingly, she has taken several measures such as initiating industry-oriented hands-on courses (IOHC), and problem and project based learning (PBL) approaches.
She envisioned and founded the Faculty Entrepreneur Development Cell (FEDC), which has an objective of making each faculty an entrepreneur, wherein he/she is motivated to work as a CEO of a small company within the academic organization. The faculty now strives to attract projects and grants for the development of the institute. She also launched an initiative called Community-Action-Service (CAS) to bring the projects—pursued by the students at pre-final and final-year levels—under its umbrella. It has given a constructive meaning to the large number of man-hours invested in these projects across engineering programs. Several such projects have won immense appreciation, with recognition coming from institutions such as Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore.
Her research in the area of “Problem Based Learning” has given a new direction to the field of higher technical education in Chitkara University and has earned accolades from the industry. Her work has received recognition and appreciation from various top universities of the world including McMaster University in Canada and the University of Massachusetts, USA. She has numerous national and international publications to her credit reflecting her research on the subject. She was instrumental in weaving problem- and project-based learning in traditional pedagogy—most prevalent in engineering education—in India, thus giving a different dimension to the face of engineering education in the country. With some very outstanding measured results her work has immediately put the University and the region on international scene. Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology (CIET) is now one of the few institutions in the country delivering higher technical education using problem- and project-based learning.
She started her career with Optel Telecommunications Limited (OTL), Bhopal—the pioneers of optical fiber communication in India. At OTL, she was honoured with Outstanding Performance Award from amongst 800 employees, in recognition of her talent, penchant for innovation and time-bound efforts in indigenizing a critical design of the Japanese OPTIMUX.
During her eight-year stint at OTL, she successfully led her team, which also designed and developed the very first Fibre Optic Terminal Equipment (OLTE) for the Indian Army. This 2/8 Mb OLTE Project was subjected to very stringent field trials by the Signals Team of 21 Corps of the Indian Army before being finally approved for induction in to service.
While working in OTL, she simultaneously pursued and completed the M.Tech. Degree in Digital Communications from National Institute of Technology—the erstwhile Maulana Azad College of Technology (MACT)—Bhopal, in 1998, and was awarded the coveted gold medal. She has also topped the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MP PSC) examination conducted for recruitment of faculty in government engineering colleges.
With an ideal blend of experience in industry and academics, she has persistently aimed and worked to improve the quality of education on all fronts. From theory to practice, from traditional to innovative, from an educator to a motivator, from a teacher to a facilitator, she has actively shown new path-breaking ways to her faculty and students. A true believer in the vision of the founders of the Chitkara Educational Trust, she has organized many national and international conferences and some very effective training programs for the faculty and students of the region. She gave up a lucrative career in the industry to devote herself to uplift the standard of higher education in the country.
She is a member of Global Engineering Deans’ Council and Indo–US Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE – India)
Dr S. C. Sharma is Registrar, Chitkara University, Punjab. He holds a position of immense authority and responsibilities, which include supervision of tasks such as registration requests, framing the rules for admissions and discharges, scheduling and maintaining of the permanent records of grades, marks and lists of classes, among others.
In conjunction with his long and illustrious career of 15 years in teaching and industrial research, he has been accumulating distinguished experience in our organization since 2002. Dr Sharma holds a Ph.D. degree in chemistry and is an authority in analytical chemistry/inorganic chemistry. His erudition is exhibited by the fact that he has conceptualized eight publications.
He is a dynamic personality, which is corroborated by the several important and successful seminars, conferences and workshops that he helped organize. He is respected as a hardcore academic and a competent administrator, and is especially recognized for his knowledge, interpersonal skills and managerial dexterity.
Dr Inderjeet Singh Sandhu is Professor and Dean at Chitkara University, Punjab. He obtained a Ph.D. Degree in Solid State Physics from Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra by conducting research work on “Study of Diffusion in Solids & Intermetallic Compounds”.
He is a researcher’s researcher and his current areas of research are semi-conductor nano-materials and nano-electrodynamics. He carries an experience of 18 years in teaching and research, apart from vast administrative experience in the capacity of head of the department, principal and dean. He is the author of two textbooks, four international books, several chapters and articles, and 30 international/national research papers, and has attended more than 20 international/national conferences of repute. He has guided two Ph.D. students in the field of nano-materials and mathematical physics, and is currently guiding five Ph.D. students in the field of nano-materials. He is an approved research guide of the Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar & Chitkara University, and is member of the Board of Studies of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar.