Director's Message

Dr K Kotecha
Director and Dean

An advocate and practitioner of Emotional intelligence in workplaces, Dr Ketan Kotecha is at the helm of the Symbiosis Institute of Technology, Symbiosis International (Deemed University). He is also the Dean of Faculty of Engineering at the University. An exceptional academic leader, he has a firm grip on the steering of the institution towards desired vision and mission. His 23 years of extraordinary career saw him serving in the finest of the engineering colleges in various higher technical education leadership positions.

Dr Kotecha was founding Provost of Gujarat's largest private university- Parul University. He was Director – Academic Development and Research Cell, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, where he also served as the Dean and Director of the Institute of Technology, Nirma University.

He was Governing Council Member of the USA based Global Engineering Dean’s Council – India Chapter and is also a member of National Advisory Council for Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) Engineering and Management Curriculum Restructuring Task Force. He is the member of Governing Council of various universities and member of Academic Council at few Universities. He was a Member of the Technical Advisory Committee of BRTS, Ahmedabad and is also a member of Metro–Link Express for Gandhinagar.

Dr Kotecha is also an independent director of Gujarat Informatics nominated by Government of Gujarat.

Dr Kotecha has a doctorate from IIT Bombay and a very illustrious and path-breaking research activities under his belt. A researcher- teacher of Deep learning, his interest areas are Artificial Intelligence, Computer Algorithms, Machine Learning, Deep Learning Higher Order Thinking Skills, Critical Thinking and Ethics & Values. He has more than 100 papers published /presented at international conferences around the world, to his credit and 3 patents filed. He is Guide to doctoral students working on the various field of Computer Engineering and especially in Machine Learning for PhD/MTech Degrees.

A recipient of Erasmus + faculty mobility grant from European Union, Dr Kotecha was invited by Wroclaw University of Science and Technology and Poznan University of technology, Poland for delivering sessions on Machine learning. Earlier he was visiting expert to University of Pretoria, S. Africa. He was also invited and visited in various countries like USA, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, S. Africa, Poland, Germany, Cz Republic, Switzerland and Argentina.

Dr Kotecha is a pioneer in Education Technology, and believes in drastic and needed curriculum reforms and innovative teaching-learning practices as call of the hour. A voracious reader, he is passionate about travelling and indulging in good food.