Dr Himanshu Govindji Dawda
Dr. Himanshu Dawda, born in 1966 into a Gujarati business family, has consistently recognized the value of education for holistic development since his early childhood. Demonstrating exceptional oratory skills in Hindi, English, Marathi, and Gujarati, he excelled academically and garnered recognition for his participation in debates and elocution competitions throughout his schooling and college years.
Commencing his educational journey at Ramnarian Ruia in 1981 as a junior college student, he continued his higher education at the same institution after completing his 12th standard, graduating with remarkable achievements. His passion for language and communication led him to work as a translator and reporter for the esteemed Garvi Gujarat weekly publication based in London.
Upon completing his undergraduate studies, he pursued postgraduate studies in plant physiology at Ramniranjan Jhunjhunwala College in 1986. His dedication and academic prowess led to his distinction in obtaining an MSc degree. In 1989, he returned to his alma mater as a lecturer in botany, and in 1996, he successfully obtained his Doctorate degree.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Dawda has demonstrated his commitment to academia and professional development. He was appointed as the Vice Principal in 2009, Incharge Principal in 2020 and in 2021, he assumed the role of Principal at his institution. Throughout his tenure, he engaged in valuable training programs, specializing in molecular biology at CCMB and photosynthesis at the Robert Hill Institution in London.
As a respected research guide in botany and biotechnology, Dr. Dawda has mentored numerous students. Currently, six students are pursuing their doctorate programs under his guidance, with three of them having successfully completed their Ph.D. degrees. His scholarly contributions extend beyond the classroom, as evidenced by his publications in national and international journals, along with authoring several books.
Dr. Dawda’s impact extends beyond his research and teaching endeavors. He has spearheaded reforms in the examination system, fostering a positive learning environment for students. His dedication to mentoring and supporting students has garnered widespread appreciation and recognition throughout his illustrious career.