Prof. (Dr.) Meena Jhala joined R K University as the founding Director and Professor of the School of Design in August 2017. The new program will start from Academic Year 2018-19.

Prof Jhala comes to R K University from Mody University, Rajasthan where she was serving as the Dean of College of Fashion Design & Merchandising (2015 to 2017) she was the Chairperson of the Board of Studies of Fashion Design & Merchandising, Fashion & Lifestyle Design, earlier at Manipal University where she was Head of Department of Fashion Design School, she was Chairperson for Fashion Design and Jewelry Design Programs. Prior to that, she served as Course Leader for BA Honors and Post Graduate Diploma in Fashion Design in Pearl Academy of Fashion, Jaipur (2008 to 2015). Her past experiences include Head of Fashion Design Department and Head of Human Resources Department at Galaxy Education System, Rajkot (2005-2008). Head of Design at Army Institute of Fashion & Design, Bangalore (2004-2005). Head of Textiles Department (Polytechnic) at Nirmala Niketan College of Home Science, Mumbai (1991-1993) and A V Parekh Technical Institute for about 17 years. She also ran her own Fashion Institute ‘Khoobsurat’ in Rajkot for 12 years

She received her B. Com from Saurashtra University, M.Sc in Textile & Clothing from Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidynagar and Ph.D on Clothing & Textiles from Rajasthan University, Jaipur. Her doctoral research focused on “Color selection in clothing as per skin-tone”. In addition, she has received Diplomas in Commercial Practice, Garment Making, Costume Design & Dress Making. Post Graduate certificate in Higher education from Nottingham Trent University (UK) and is also NET qualified.

Her active engagement into academics and contribution to the society with philanthropy work with different NGOs has earned her luminous laurels.

Some of her illustrious feats are as below:

  • 2017 – Women Super Achiever Award given by Famina 4th World Women Leadership, Mumbai.
  • 2016 – Women Leadership Achievement Award given by World Women Leadership Awards, Mumbai
  • 2016 – Adobe International Workshop on using technology in teaching at Colombo, Shrilanka.
  • 2015 – Outstanding Faculty Award (Fashion Design) given by Venus International Foundation Centre for Advanced Research and Design, Chennai.
  • 2013 – Design Consultant Princess Diya Kumari Foundation, Jaipur.
  • 2013 – Presentation and Workshop on Traditional Textiles & Crafts of Gujarat at Manchester University, UK.
  • 2009 – Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) from Nottingham Trent University (NTU), UK.
  • 2008: Comprehensive workshop of six days on writing Research papers & Research Methodology Conducted by: Ms Judith Mothram, Nottingham Trent University, UK.
  • 2005 – International Conference on Design Education: ‘Tradition and Modernity’ (DETM-2005) held at NID, Ahmedabad.
  • 2005 – Program on Human Resource Management held by Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad.
  • 2004 – Senior Designer in surface ornamentation for implementation of the PRODIP scheme of KVIC NID, Ahmedabad.
  • 1997 – Teacher’s Training program for Women Entrepreneurship & Career Development conducted by International Centre for Entrepreneurship & Career Development, Ahmedabad.
  • 1996-2008 – Honorary advisor & Owner of Khoobsurat Institute of Art, Rajkot.