Prof Dinesh Panjwani, the first Vice Chancellor of the Hyderabad Sind National Collegiate University (HSNCU), and Secretary of the H(S)NCB, is a pre-eminent educationist and administrator with vast experience in institution building of over 43 years. He has provided enlightened, motivational and progressive leadership to the Colleges that he headed as Principal - Smt. CHM College, Ulhasnagar (2000 to 2009) and RD National College (2009 to 2017). During his tenure, both the Colleges made substantial qualitative and quantitative progress in academics, sports, cultural activities, research and outreach programmes.
This was seen particularly in the rise in the enrolment of students, the marked improvement in results at all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the increase in the allotment of research funds to the faculty by statutory bodies of higher education like the UGC, DBT and DST among others, manifold increase in the number of teachers completing their PhD, establishment of research centers and the rise in international affiliations and exchange programmes with institutes of higher education in prestigious universities in the US. As Secretary of the HSNC Board 2017 onwards, he has been actively involved in the co-ordination of the establishment of HSNCU.
Prof. Dinesh Panjwani brings with him the expertise he has gained with his involvement and affiliation with various university and higher education bodies. He has been the Member of the Senate, Management Council (UoM), Member, Academic Council (UoM and YCMOU, Nashik), Member of Governing Body (NAAC, Bangalore), UGC Nominee as Chairperson/ Member Secretary/ Member on Expert/ Governing Committees for grant of Autonomy of Institutions and 2F and 12 B status and on Governing Bodies of several autonomous institutions, Member, IB Asia Pacific Regional Advisory Council and of Governing Body, Kaivalyadhama.
Prof. Panjwani has conceptualised and implemented innovative programmes since the earliest years of his career at KC College since 1978, where he rose to be the Vice Principal, apart from handling the Sports, NSS and NCC activities of the College. As Director of the NSS at the University of Mumbai (1998 to 2000), his efforts resulted in achieving the optimum strength in the enrolment of NSS volunteers. It was in his tenure that the NSS of the University was honoured by the Indira Gandhi Award. The salient outreach programmes he has initiated include the Community Awareness and Assessment Survey Projects, Adult Education Programmes, Community Based Rehabilitation Programmes, Yoga Intern and Master Yoga Intern Programmes in the Colleges and the University of Mumbai. He presented the findings of these Survey projects in international conferences on higher education in 4 nations; and more than 30 research papers based on these outreach programmes were presented/ published by colleagues of the two colleges in peer-refereed forums.
The core of Prof. Panjwani’s educational philosophy that has sustained through his dedicated career is his commitment to community orientation and the immense potential of the programmes of higher education to involve youth in outreach programmes so as to nurture the values of good citizenship and governance in them.