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Anil Chavda

Anil Chavda is a young and renowned Gujarati language poet who has received numerous awards from Gujarat and other state governments. For his Ghazal sangrah (collection) Sawar Laine, Delhi Sahitya Academy awarded him with the 'Yuva Gaurav Puraskar' in 2014. For the same sangrah, he was also awarded by the Gujarati Sahitya Academy. He writes the column 'Manni Mausam' in 'Ravi Purti' in the Sunday edition of Sandesh (a Gujarati Daily), and also contributes regularly for the 'Samvedna Samaj', a monthly magazine. Anil has written many books, notable among them are Savar Laine, Ek Hati Varta, Meaningful Journey, Ambedkar Jivan Ane Chintan, and Vees Pancha. He has also edited books such as Shabd Sathe Maro Sambandh, Prem Vishe, Sukh Dukh Mari Dristiye, Akash Vavnara, and Aachare Te Acharya besides translation of several books.
His poems are a part of the syllabus of Gujarat Secondary Education Board. Anil has read his poetry at the Gujarati Poetry programs in many cities and states in the USA such as California, Dallas, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania etc. He also read his poetry at the University of Florida and was a special invitee for the 'Chalo Gujarat-2015' organised in the USA.

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Arthur Duff

Arthur Duff has been appointed as Professor & Area Chair for Furniture Design at CEPT University. He has joined the University in this new role from 1 May 2015.

The new M. Des. in Furniture Design addresses the growing need in the market for designers well versed in industrial methods of furniture design and manufacturing. The program will provide a strong interface between design and industry for preparing professionals who can address the demand for high quality furniture. 

Arthur Duff has over 25 years’ experience in architecture, interior design, and design and manufacturing of furniture and other products. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture (formerly School of Architecture), CEPT University. After completing his studies, he worked for Anant Raje and Kiran Pandya and spent 10 years in India. Returning to Ireland he co-founded the Duff-Tisdall Design Studio where Architecture, Interiors and Furniture design are practiced in an integrated manner.  He also established a manufacturing company to produce in-house designs, and opened a number of retail outlets to sell various designed and commissioned products.
 
Prof. Duff’s commitment to design education is reflected in his years of work as lecturer, advisor and examiner with a number of the main Irish Design institutions. He is past President of the Institute of Designers in Ireland (MIDI) and a member of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (MRIAI). In response to the Irish market crash of 2008 he set up the Malthouse Design Center as a resource base for young designers focusing on bringing their ideas to the market. For several years he represented Ireland at trade missions to Italy and China. He has exhibited in 100% Design on numerous occasions and currently has product on show in the Irish Pavilion, Expo, Milan and in the State Apartments, Dublin Castle.

As the area chair for Furniture Design, Prof. Duff will be responsible for program development, preparing and reviewing curriculum for the program, academic leadership of the area, and mentoring faculty members in the area. He will also interface with internal and external collaborators to develop the program synergistically.

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Sandeep Agrawal

Sandeep Agrawal, aged 47 years, is the Promoter- Director of AIRAN LIMITED, a 22 year old company, listed on National Stock Exchange of India - Emerge Platform with a recent market capitalization of around Rs. 250 Crores.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from the Gujarat University. He is a first generation entrepreneur and founder of the company.

Though he is engaged in different businesses but core business is of IT and ITeS (IT enabled Services). Airan Group  as on today boasts to have an employee strength of  around 1500 in different territories of the country.

He has been designated as Chairman & Managing Director of the company by the Board Of Directors. He has professional experience of twenty seven years in the field of Information Technology and ITeS ( Information Technology enabled Services). His functional responsibility in the company involves handling the overall operations of the Company including Client Relationships, new setups and developing infrastructure requirements for service outlets of the company.

He is from a commercially poor but  ethically  very rich  family background. He has risen to these levels through continuous creativity and imaginations in business models and process re-engineering.

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Vasant S. Gadhavi

 Vasant S. Gadhavi  is an officer from IAS and currently holds the post of State Chief Information Commissioner,Gujarat Information Commission. He is a great exponent of Folk Literature. He has deep interest in music and literature. He writes columns for four Gujarati dailies regularly. His book has been published by compiling the articles published in different dailies. He is a very captivationg speaker. He can be reached at vasantgadhavi@gmail.com.  

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