Prof (Dr) Jagdish Joshi is an accomplished academician and astute educational administrator with over 21 years of professional experience, handling multiple aspects of organizational administration, leadership, institutional planning, teaching, research, research guidance, event management, academic development, curriculum design, editorial responsibilities, membership of committees (academic and governmental), international collaboration, etc. in different roles. He has received international felicitation and been the recipient of the prestigious National Award for Education , conferred by the United Nations Organization in 2006 (UNLD; IAEWP, USA; CAETA, UK; The Global Open Uni., Milan). Presently Professor & Director, UGC-HRDC, Gujarat University; Director, James Reney Canadian Centre, Gujarat University; Coordinator, MHRD, National Resource Centre, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad and President, Indian Association for Canadian Studies; Prof. Joshi is associated with various international and national academic bodies.
Precision, efficacy, meticulous human resource management, optimal resource utilization and punctuality characterize his brand of leadership, which fetched him the Best Youth Leader Award, from NYKS, New Delhi in 2006. His visited China, South Korea, Thailand, Mauritius, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Austria, Netherlands etc for various academic activities.. Prof. Joshi has been pivotal in the planning, execution and deft organization of about 55 Orientation Programs (2005–19), about 141 Refresher Courses in different disciplines (2005–19), about 17 Workshops, about 11 Seminars and about 70 Short Term Courses covering a wide variety of topics and issues, for college and university teachers, Principals of colleges, research scholars, college and university administrators, etc. Most of the above courses are sponsored by UGC or MHRD & Govt. of Gujarat under RUSA grant. As a coordinator of the first of its kind Online Refresher Course in English under MHRD National Resource Centre of Gujarat University, Prof Joshi successfully planned and executing the course. As a result of his effective leadership, motivation and team work, about 2000 professors have registered for the course in the duration of just two months.
He has authored and edited about 17 books, alongside the publication of 12 research papers in international journals, 29 in national journals and 9 book chapters. He has also translated and reviewed several books. A reviewer for the textbooks of English, as appointed by the Gujarat State Board of School Textbooks, he has also been actively involved in designing the curriculum for 22 different modules for different standards and target groups. He has successfully completed UGC sponsored Major Research Project entitled “Researches in English.” Moreover, Prof. Joshi makes extensive scholarly contributions to national and international T.V., Radio, Satellite Programs, e-journals, websites and academic journals. He has chaired sessions and delivered key-note addresses in International, National and State-Level Conferences and Seminars. For his academic and literary achievements, he received the coveted Sahita Gaurav Sanman Award, jointly conferred by the Hindi Pracharini Sabha, Mauritius and Sahityik Sanskrit Shodh Sansthan, India in 2015.