Prof Prakash Gopalan has been appointed as new director of Thapar University. Prof Prakash Gopalan is former Dean of Student Affairs at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. Prof Gopalan was associated with IIT Bombay as a professor in the Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Material Science for over two decades.
"The appointment of Prof Gopalan, who has the distinction of serving as the Dean of Student Affairs at IIT Bombay from 2005 to 2011, comes amid high expectations that he will utilize his vast academic and administrative experience to take Thapar University, already a well established name in the field of engineering and technical education, to even greater heights," said University in its official release.
In his first speech, Prof Prakash Gopalan stressed "I believe India is a hub of technical manpower and Thapar University can majorly contribute towards it. That's the reason why world-class education will be one of my focus areas. I want to bring Thapar University on a par with the best technical institutions across the globe,"
Prof Prakash Gopalan is an M.Tech from IIT Kanpur and a doctorate from the US-based Purdue University, Prof Gopalan has also done an Executive Development Programme from Kellogg School of Management, USA. Prof Gopalan visits the US every year as part of his educational engagements and is held in high esteem by the academic community there. He is also the Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Purdue University, US.
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