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Prof (Dr) Ashok Saxena, Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Arkansas, USA, conducted a one-day workshop on “Preparing Strategic Plan for 2022” on July 13, 2016. The workshop was attended by Prof (Dr) Deependra Kumar Jha, Vice-Chancellor, G.D. Goenka University, Deans of all Schools, and Heads of various Departments of the University.

Dr Saxena is a distinguished professor and has served as Chair of School of Material Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech University, which is one of the top three institutions in the world. After Gerogia Tech, he moved to the University of Arkansas as Dean, School of Engineering, where he now holds the position of Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Apart from his research, publications and numerous awards, he helped India gain entry into Washington Accord, a consortium of international engineering accreditation organizations. Prof Saxena is also a serving Director of ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering & Technology).

The session started with introduction of all the members present. First, Prof Jha presented the Vision, Mission and key points of the Strategic Plan of G.D. Goenka University. Then, Prof Saxena discussed the importance of having a well laid out Strategic Plan for an academic organization which needs to be formed keeping all the stakeholders in mind. He gave examples of strategies and action plans being implemented at University of Arkansas and how these helped the University to grow and move up the ranking list. The post-lunch session involved discussions with the Deans and HoDs on developing goals and objectives for their respective entities. Collaboration opportunities with G.D. Goenka University schools were also discussed.

It was an interesting and interactive session which ended with vote of thanks from Prof (Dr) S. Shantha Kumar, Dean, School of Law, and Dean Academics, G.D. Goenka University.

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