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Prof Dr Vivek Gupta Ramnarain is currently the Vice Chancellor and Director, Amity Institute of Higher Education and Amity Global Business School. He joined Amity Mauritius on 01 March 2022.
Prior to his joining Amity Mauritius, he was the Ag Head of the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Division at the Quality Assurance Authority and the Ex-Tertiary Education Commission, Mauritius. His professional involvement at these two institutions for over 16 years included facilitating the development/review and implementation of institutional quality assurance mechanisms: undertaking external quality audits of the tertiary education institutions and accreditation of tertiary level programmes in the private sector as well as determining recognition and equivalence of qualifications. He has participated in several auditing exercises in the SADC Region (South Africa, Namibia, Seychelles, Mauritius) as an Auditor of Higher Education Institutions.
He has also lectured Marketing and Management subjects at undergraduate and post graduate level at the different public universities in Mauritius as well as some private institutions for almost 20 years.
He completed his undergraduate (BSc Hons Chemistry) and post graduate studies (MBA) in India at the University of Delhi in 1992 and University of Poona in 1994 respectively. He completed his Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Leeds Beckett University, UK in 2016. His thesis title was “A Study of the Accreditation Model Currently Embedded in Higher Education in Mauritius – A Stakeholder Perspective”. He has also completed his studies in Law (Graduate Diploma in Law) from the University of Central Lancashire, UK.
He has been actively involved in organising the International Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (INQAAHE) Forum 2018 in Mauritius. The INQAAHE is a world-wide association of nearly 300 organisations active in the theory and practice of quality assurance in higher education. Together with his dedicated team he prepared and defended the bid in Fiji in 2016. Bidding for the INQAAHE Forum 2018 was a real challenge for him from the point of view of a small island state. He has always aimed to bring the quality agenda high in the higher education sector through his involvement with INQAAHE as a Board Member and Executive Member and served as Treasurer from May 2018 to May 2020.
He has a keen interest in sports as well and was actively involved playing volleyball at national level and also served as Vice president of the Mauritius Volleyball Association.
Professor Ashish Gadekar is Dean in Faculty of Management at AMITY (Mauritius). His area of interest in research is Industry 4.0 and Education 4.0. He has been a successful consultant, trainer and mentor to corporate leaders, over and above his excellence in teaching at higher education level in the last 22 years. He has been on the editorial board as well as reviewer’s board of reputed international journals, also publishing few as an editor in chief in past years. As an Academic head, Dean and head of department, he has delivered the academic excellence, by nurturing research capability among the teachers and students. He believes, the emerging technology should be extensively used to make teaching-learning interesting and students centric.
Ms. Darshini Samynaden is the Marketing Manager at AMITY (Mauritius). She holds a Bachelor degree in Sociolgy with first-class honors from the University of Mauritius and a Master’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Greenwich in the United Kingdom. She started her career as a lecturer in 2016 and is also a faculty member, sharing her passion for teaching at AMITY (Mauritius). She is also an active member in social work and has been a past President of Passerelle a subgroup of the Social Cultural, Arts and Self (SCAS) Academy in Mauritius.
In addition to the permanent faculty, leading professionals from the corporate world interact regularly with the students in the classroom as well as their workplaces. The students get a different insight into the subject with the rich industry experience the faculty shares with each of them. They encourage the students to look beyond the books and explore the subject with experiential learning.