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Gunvant Shah

Gunvant Shah is an essayist, educationist, columnist and philosophy writer and critics from Gujarat, India. He taught at various universities and participated in various education oriented events and organisations. His large number of essays, including philosophical essays, are published as books. He received Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak in 1997 and Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015. Gunvant Shah was born on 12 March 1937 in Rander village near Surat, Gujarat to Bhushanlal. He completed his primary education from Rander and secondary education from Jain high school, Surat. He completed B.Sc. in Chemistry in 1957. He completed BA from M. S. University, Vadodara in 1959 and later completed MA and PhD from there. He served as Lecturer and Reader in the M. S. University from 1961 to 1972. He also served as a Visiting Professor to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, US in 1967–68 and the Visiting Professor in Arizona State University, Tempe, US in 1985. He also served a Professor and Head, Department of Education, Technical Teachers' Training Institute, Madras in 1972–73; Professor of Education, SNDT Women's University, Mumbai in 1973–74; Professor and Head, Department of Education, South Gujarat University, Surat. He edited Nutan Shikshan magazine. He had founded Panchasheel, a youth movement in Gujarat. He was the Chancellor of Gujarat state unit of International Association of Educators for World Peace. He was the President of Indian Association for Education Technology He was the Vice-President of the Study Group on Economics of Media Technology sponsored by UNESCO to visit Paris in 1974. He represented India at the UNESCO Seminar in Leipzig, East Germany in 1979. He was a consultant to Asian Development Bank, Manila for education in Bangladesh during 1984–85. In 1975, he attended International Seminar on Microteachin at University of Lancaster, UK. He was a member of the Delegation to East Germany sent by the University Grants Commission in 1979. He served as a Resource Person in the Twelfth World Conference of International Council of Correspondence Education Vancouver, Canada in 1982 Gunvant Shah is chiefly an essayist. His collections of essays are Cardiogram (1997), Ran To Lilachham (1978), Vagda Ne Taras Tahukani (1979), Vicharo Na Vrundavanma (1981), Manna Meghdhanush (1985), Dhai Akshar Prem Ka (1993), Gandhini Ghadiyal, Silence Zone (1984), Gandhini Champal, Batrise Kothe Diva (1988), Sambhavami.


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