Our Team


Shri Khodidas Patel


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He is true architect of all activities undertaken by Shamjibhai Harjibhai Talavia Charitable Trust (SHTC trust), a visionary who worked unimaginably hard to create truly inspirational institutions such as RK University (RKU) and SHTC Trust. RK University is the first and the only private university in western Gujarat. From being a daily wage laborer to his present position, his story is a truly incredible. His work has impacted thousands of people in the community and they share a deep respect and admiration for him



Shri Denish Patel

Executive. Vice President

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Mr. Denish Patel provides guidance to the members of the University for continuous improvement of academic standards. He is responsible for providing overall leadership to the University and direct oversight of key University functions. He is the founder of startups Techno Gold Coats & Forest Hills, which have set benchmarking standards in the respective sectors.



Mr. Mohit Patel

Vice President

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He is an educator, engineer, and designer. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and master’s degree in Industrial Systems from the University of Cambridge on a scholarship by the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. He completed his second master’s degree at Harvard University focusing on education and technology. He has been a cross-registered candidate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he focused on entrepreneurship and institutional management.


Dr. T. R. Desai

Dr.(Prof) T.R.Desai

Vice Chancellor

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He is serving the University since 2007. He has more than 32 years of experience in teaching as well as Industry. He has published more than 70 research/review papers in National and International Journals. He is CPCSEA Main Nominee/Link Nominee in IAEC of Many Institutes.



Shri N. S. Ramani


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He holds a degree in commerce from Saurashtra University. He has more than 35 yeas of experience in administrative activities. He is looking after administrative activities of RKU[/wpex]


Dr. Raashid Saiyed

Dean, Faculty of Doctoral Studies & Research

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A science graduate and an MBA with specialization in marketing, Dr. Raashid Saiyed holds a doctorate for explicating nature of brand building and is presently attempting to explore human nature as reflected in liking of people, objects and ideas with respect to meaning creation in mind and its
transference. As professor in marketing area he has facilitated learning of Consumer Behaviour in context of Marketing Strategy, Creating Knowledge Structures in Mind with respect to brands and Creating Sustainable Competitive Advantage for organizations. He prefers to advise and evaluate doctoral dissertations that follow qualitative traditions and that explore human nature, consumer experiences and making of brands. Apart from holding core faculty positions at various institutions in India, he has also been associated with IIM Ranchi, IIM Shillong as visiting faculty member. He has about a decade of hard core industry experience in sectors such as textiles, pharmaceuticals, automotive,chemicals, media, management consultancy and business incubation and about two decades of experience in academia.[/wpex]


Dr.(Prof) Priyanshu V. Rathod

Dean, Faculty of Medicine,

Director, School of Physiotherapy

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He is serving the University since November, 2006. He has honored PhD in Physiotherapy on “e-physiotherapy” from Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar, (April -2011). In his tenure at RKU, the institute (SOPT) award for the best performing institute of 2012 by the Indian Association of Physiotherapists (IAP).



Dr.(Prof) Vallabhji N. Patel

Dean, Faculty of Science

Director, School of Agriculture Science

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He is serving the University since 2017.He has honored Ph.D. Degree in Agricultural Entomology & he is having 36 yrs of experience in Teaching, Research. He has published/presented 64 research papers in National & International Conference. In his tenure at RKU, the institute (SAS) initiated the degree program of B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture which is the first in Saurashtra region of Gujarat State.



Dr.(Prof) Dharmesh S. Raval

Dean, Faculty of Management

Director, School of Management

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He did his Ph.D in Accounting and Finance area in 2007 and has research interest in Financial Performance Measurement, Global Warming and Carbon Credit, Sustainable profits by effective human motivation, etc. He has published research papers and articles in Journals of repute and presented research papers in more than 15 National and International Conferences.


Dr.(Prof)_Jitendra _Dhruv

Dr.(Prof) Jitendra Dhruv

Director, Ayurvedic College & Hospital

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He has 32 years of teaching as well as clinical experience. He has completed his M.D.(Ayu) from I.P.G.T. & R. Gujarat Ayu University, Jamnagar with specialization in Shalakya. He has also taught foreigner students for 13 years. He has worked as vice president and president of Aadarsh Dhiran Shakari Mandali.



Dr.(Prof) Nilesh B. Kalani

Dean, Faculty of Technology Director, School of Engineering

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He holds degree of Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and his research areas are Embedded Systems and wireless communication.  He has work experience of more than 21 years which includes 3.5 years of Industry experience and 18+ years of teaching experience.  He has more than 10 research papers and organised more than 30 workshops/Seminars. He is also heading Industry Institute Interaction Cell of RK University. He has received many awards from industries and professional organisations for quality work. He is associated with RKU since December 2011.



Dr.(Prof) Mayank Pandya

Director, School of Science

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He is serving the University since 2006. He is pursuing his Ph.D. from RK University and doing research in the field of synthesis of heterocyclic compounds. He published more than 5 research paper in various national and International peer reviewed journals and conferences.




Dr.(Prof) Devang J. Pandya

Dy. Director – School of Pharmacy

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He earned his Doctorate in 2011 through Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University. He has developed the Medicinal Garden of RK University & inducted it in ‘Herbal Garden Network of India’ formed by three Central Govt. Organizations. He has presented 10 papers in various conferences and has 40 research publications in good quality journals which have fetched him 109 citations so far.




Prof. Nirav Mandavia

Dy. Director, School of Management

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Nirav is a commerce graduate, he did PGDBM with ‘marketing’ specialization. He is perusing his PhD in ‘Marketing’. He had spent 8 years with corporate and had close exposure of personal selling and sales management. During his tenure with corporate, he had also performed leadership role with effective team management skills for 5 years. His experience is helping students to prepare for real life challenges and exploring new opportunities.


Dr. Amit Sharma

Dy. Director, School of Physiotherapy

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Mrs. Vaishalee Mavani

Associate Director, CESL

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She was a Freelance Expert for Personality Development from 2011 to 2014 at RK University. Now she is an Associate Director, CESL since 2015. She is TEFL Certified from Bangkok. She is BEC Examiner with Cambridge University Press.

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Dr. Samir A. Atara

Deputy Registrar

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He is serving the University since June 2009. He has honored PhD in Pharmacy on “Formulation and evaluation of colon targeted multiparticulate system of Budesonide and Azathioprine for effective treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases” from RK University (2017)




Dr. Kamlesh Patel

Head, IT Services

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He is associated with RK University since January, 2011. He holds his Doctoral Degree in the field of Computer Science & Engineering with specialization of “Search Engine Optimization”. He has done his Master’s in Computer Engineering with Computer Graphics specialization. He is managing IT services i.e. ERP, Networking, Website Management, Software Development and Cavas LMS at RK University. He is also take care of AISHE, NIRF and AICTE CII.[/wpex]


CA Hitesh Popat

Chief Finance Officer

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He is associated with RK University since April 2015. He completed his Chartered Accountants, ICAI from New Delhi & ACMA, CGMA – CIMA from London.




Dr. Chetan M. Detroja

Controller of Examinations

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He is serving the University since June, 2009. He was awarded degree of PhD in Pharmaceutical science from Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University, Patan, Gujarat in March – 2016. He is managing the Examination department of University since April – 2012.




Dr. Chintan Rajani

Head, Training & Placement Dept.

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He is associated with RK University since January, 2009. He holds his Doctoral Degree in the field of Marketing and topic of his research is “ User Behavior towards Social Media”. He has done his Master’s in business administration with marketing specialization from B.K. School of Business Management, Ahmedabad and also qualified with DOEACC “A” Level and UGC- Net (Management) certifications.


Mr. Tarang Patel

Head – Office of International Affairs

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He obtained Master’s Degree in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Engineering from Brown University, RI, US. He is seasoned professional with 10 years of experience in MNC’s such as Ingersoll-Rand and Yamaha Motors.[/wpex]


Mrs. Bharti Sharma

Head, Human Resources

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Bharti is a Computer science graduate with her Master degree in Business Management with ‘HR’ specialization. She is result oriented HR Professional with 11 years of experience in Retail, Manufacturing and Media industries. She worked with Reliance Industries, Tata International and Dainik Bhaskar in HR role with good interpersonal skills, HRM and HRD. [/wpex]