Awardee

The Chief Guest

Soraya M. Coley

President
California State Polytechnic University,
USA

Coley came to Cal Poly Pomona from CSU Bakersfield, where she was the provost and vice president for academic affairs from 2005 to 2014. She served as interim vice president for university advancement in 2011- 12.

Her experience includes serving as CSU Fullerton’s dean of the College of Human Development and Community Service, as administrative fellow, and professor and department chair for the human services department. She was the system-wide provost and vice president for academic affairs at Alliant International University, from 2001 to 2003.

Coley’s career has been marked by efforts to eliminate obstacles that prevent people from reaching their potential and fully participating in society. She worked as a research assistant for the Child Welfare League of America, as the national director of the Child Abuse Prevention Project at the National Urban League, and as a survey manager at a policy research institute in Princeton, New Jersey.

She has been nominated in different capacities in various government delegations to sign MoUs and develop bilateral relations with nations China, Israel, Oman, Dubai, Uzbekistan, England, Germany, South American countries, various countries of Africa, New Zealand, Fiji and Australia. She has played significant role in the growth and development of New India with his hard work, organizational skills and intellect.

Patron-in-Chief & President

Ganpatbhai Patel (Padma Shri)

Patron-in-Chief & President
Ganpat University,
USA

Shri Ganpat Patel is the President and Patron-in-Chief of Ganpat University. Shri Patel is globally recognized; professionally for his contributions in the field of electrical engineering and personally for his philanthropy, especially relating to his contribution in the field education. He firmly believes in "विद्यया समजोत्कर्ष"

Shri Patel was born on 12th January, 1945 in Bhunav village of North Gujarat. He moved to USA at the age of 19 to pursue his dream of higher education. He completed Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, USA.

Shri Patel began his professional career working for Lockheed Martin in the aviation industry. In 1978, he founded Cherokee International Inc., a power supply company. Under his leadership and guidance, Cherokee grew to be a force in the power supply industry, securing relationships with business giants like IBM, CISCO, Motorola and Hewlett Packard among several others and this also became instrumental in opening manufacturing facilities in the United States, India, Belgium, and Mexico. He has been honoured and felicitated by many awards. His alma mater, California Polytechnic University, Pomona, honoured Shri Patel as a distinguished alumnus and placed him into the Engineering School’s Hall of Fame. The Government of India recognized Shri Patel for his efforts in education and conferred on him 4th highest civilian honour “Padma Shri” in 2019.

Shri Patel firmly believes in the value of education to uplift life and society. Supported by his wife Smt. Manjuben and motivated by his three daughters; Rita, Anita and Asha as well as his seven grandchildren, he has donated more than 100 crores for establishment of various educational institutions in India including GANPAT UNIVERSITY.

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