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Professor Dhanjoo Ghista

President, University 2020 Foundation

Dhanjoo Ghista is a world authority in biomedical engineering and physics, author and editor of several textbooks in subjects ranging from cardiovascular physics to economic development, and inventor of novel medical diagnostic and surgical procedures. A pioneer of research in aerospace medicine on the effect of microgravity environment on human physiology, he has now been promoting a new stem-based model of medicine for precision medicine and surgery, and the role of universities in contributing to building smart cities and sustainable community development.

Prof. Dhanjoo Ghista has an international standing in academia, education and research, having set up programs and departments at universities in responsible academic-administrative positions (from Department Head to CAO/Provost), and has even been involved in planning universities. He has a multi-disciplinary background, spanning science and engineering, medicine and health sciences, social sciences, management of cities and hospitals, governance and public administration, sports science and engineering, and education. He is a pioneer in the fields of biomedical engineering, hospital and healthcare management, democratic governance and economic development, and urban-rural sustainable community development, and is committed to the advancement of rural communities and developing countries.

Dr. Ghista has a sterling scholarly record of having published 500+ research papers and 32 books. He has taught courses in engineering, physics, biomedical engineering, medical sciences, sports science and hospital management. His research involvements and publications have been in science and engineering, biomedical engineering, medicine, cognitive science and therapy, political science, sports science, education, sustainable communities, and the role of university in society. His books have been in biomedical engineering and physics, physiological mechanics, cardiovascular physics and engineering, orthopedic biomechanics, medical and life physics, spinal injury biomedical engineering, socio-economic democracy and world government, and African development.

Prof Ghista has supervised many doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows. He has served on national research grants review panels, and has been editor of journals and book series (with publishers). Throughout his academic career, he has obtained substantial research grants, served on national agencies for research promotion, and contributed to community development.

In projecting a visionary perspective on the role of a university in society, Prof. Ghista states: "A university is verily a laboratory for the development of a progressive society, by delineation of its ideals in all fields of human thought and endeavor, and by the development of education and research programs for imparting these ideals. A university hence needs to have a pulse of the problems challenging society and a clear delineation of its role in cultivating the requisite solutions for its progress."

For the realization of this concept of the role of university in society, Prof Ghista has formulated a Novel Vision of a 21st Century University, to (i) develop cosmic thinking and new knowledge across academic disciplines, (ii) formulate smart governance of cities and states, for progressive living of the people, (iii) promote global citizenship and harmony among nations, and (iv) address the UN sustainable development goals:

1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere. 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. 3. Ensure health care for all and promote wellbeing for all at all ages. 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. 8. Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all. 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation. 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries.

So, as we embark on this inspirational odyssey to set up such a new era university, we want that:

  • Everyone can live in peace and harmony.

  • No one be neglected and discriminated, be left starving and without shelter, be left ill and uncared for, be tormented and torched.

  • Everyone can have unbarred opportunities for all-round development and for contributing to mutual welfare.

All can move together in unison, to the pinnacle of human existence and cosmic desideratum.

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