Mr. R. P. Soni

Mr. R. P. Soni, Campus Director – GLS Institute of Computer Technology
R.P. SoniProf R. P. Soni is currently working as Campus Director (Computer Education) at Gujarat Law Society and manages MCA and BCA programs on the campus for last 13 years.

Earlier he was Director of Rollwala Computer Centre and served the Gujarat University for almost 32 years beginning 1968. He was pioneer in initiating and establishing Computer Science courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Gujarat University as well as other universities of the state.

He was Project Director of an international collaborative research project with University of Regina, Canada sponsored by UGC and Canadian International Development Agency and offered teachers training programs in India and Canada. As part of this international research project, he published a three-volume set containing the research findings under the title “Computer Technology for Higher Education: A Design Model for a Computerizing University”.

He graduated in Electrical Engineering and also in Mechanical Engineering in 1966 and 1965 respectively. He had his Computer Science education in Physical Research Laboratory, International Computers Limited and IBM Corporation. Later he received advanced training in software & networking at University of Regina, Canada.

He has authored five books in Gujarati and one book in English on Computer Science some published by MacGraw-Hill and Wiley India. Published several articles on computer science. Also developed three times text books for the subject of Computer Science for 8th to 12th standards for the schools of Gujarat state.

Actively involved in introducing IT applications in public bodies like municipal corporations, Secondary School Examination Board and universities besides other government departments. Designed and flawlessly implemented Computerized SSC Examination system of Gujarat board (1981). Designed, developed and managed computerized examination and several other systems of Gujarat University for over 30 years.

He had been nominated on the Advisory committees of Municipal Corporation, Gujarat Government, GIDR, ATIRA, Gujarat Vidyapith, NIFT, INFLIBNET, NID, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, etc. at local level and UGC as well as AICTE at national level. He acquired professional experience at Gujarat University as well as in a premier consulting company and managed various computerization projects in the field of education. Currently on the Governing Boards of a few institutions offering MCA courses.

Was Chairman of the Computer Society of India Ahmedabad Chapter (1985-87). Was Program Chair in several regional seminars and conventions organized by CSI. Recognizing his significant contribution in the field of Computer Science as well as to CSI activities, the Computer Society of India has conferred on him fellowship of CSI in 2009.

Was Convention Chair for the 46th annual convention of Computer Society of India ‘CSI 2011’ organized during December 1-3, 2011 at Ahmedabad.

He was Chair, Division-V (Education & Research) of Computer Society of India during 2012-13. Currently, he is Vice President of Region-III (2013-15) in Computer Society of India.

Was honored by Ahmedabad Shaher Samaj Shikshan Samiti for dedicated services to the field of education (Computer Science). Citation of honor was presented by Hon. Minister of Education, Ms. Anandiben Patel on Teachers Day of 1998.

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