Prof. (Dr.) Navin Sheth took over as the Vice-Chancellor of the Gujarat Technological University on December 31, 2016. A renowned educationist and administrator, Prof. Sheth started his academic career way back in 1979 and during the course of time, emerged as a tireless academician and herbal scientist.
Born in Modasa town of Aravalli district of Gujarat, Prof. Sheth had his early education in his hometown. He obtained his B.Pharm. and M. Pharm degrees from L. M. College of Pharmacy, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, the oldest pharmacy college of India. He was awarded the National Merit Scholarship for his graduation studies. He obtained Ph.D. degree from the Saurashtra University, Rajkot.
He started his academic career in 1979 as an assistant lecturer at the B. K. Mody Government Pharmacy College, Rajkot and was gradually promoted as the Lecturer, Reader and Principal there. In 2007, he joined the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Saurashtra University, Rajkot as the Professor and Head. He has also served the Saurashtra University under various capacities like the Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, the Chairman, Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Member of the Senate and the Academic Council.
A distinguished academician, staunch disciplinarian and an efficient administrator, Prof. Sheth has also been the Member of the Peer Teams of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council – NAAC and NBA. He has also served as the Member and Chairman of the various Committees of UGC/ AICTE /DST/ GUJCOST and several Universities in India. He had been the Advisor and later on, Member of the GPSC. In 2016, he took over as the Chairman of the Board of Pharmacy Education, AICTE.
Prof. Sheth has attended many national and international conferences in India and abroad. His research interests include Traditional Drugs, Herbal Drugs and Standardization, Herbal formulations. His exuberant involvement in R&D has been recognized by his 100+ publications including 65 technical papers in renowned research journals, 42 papers in National Conferences 21 papers in the International Conferences.
Till 2017, 20 research scholars had successfully completed their doctoral research under his guidance. At present, 8 research scholars are pursuing their Ph.D. under his supervision. About 21 of his former PG students are occupying key positions in the various fields of Pharmacy.
Prof. Sheth is awarded by Life Time Achievement Award at KLE University, Karnataka during 20th National Conference of ISP at Belgaum, Karnatak, Indian Society of Pharmacognosy 2017 at Aurangabad and World Education Convention 2017 at New Delhi.
Prof. Sheth has been associated with various national and international associations and professional bodies as a member or a life member; these include Indian Society of Technical Education, Indian Pharmaceutical Association, Indian Society for Pharmacognosy, the Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India, All India Council Of Technical Education (AICTE), Pharmacy Council Of India (PCI), Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad, Gujarat Forensic Sciences University and B. V. Patel Pharmaceutical Education & Research Development (PERD) Centre.
His dream, vision, mission and efforts are directed towards making the Gujarat Technological University to a world class University in the field of Science and Technology.