Author and Professor (Dr.) Dewakar Goel is that admirable personality who knows the art of turning the stones into precious gold, which he encountered in his long unconquerable, unmatchable and incredible journey!

For someone who had been titled as, “Dard Ka Saudagar Dewakar” by Javed Akhtar or “Fikro Jazbe Ka Shayar Dewakar” by Sabir Dutt and had been recognized by many more eminent personalities is undoubtedly a ‘Miraculous-Writer.’ With books like, Living A Stressful Life With Joy, Right To Information and Tum Laut Aao Author Dewakar Goel had touched several hearts with his words!

Professor (Dr.) Dewakar Goel is Science & Law Graduate with Masters in Business Administration, having specialized in Labour Laws from Indian Law Institute, he did his Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations and also in Training & Development from ISTD. A Ph.D. in Management under Prof. (Dr.) Sadhan Das Gupta, Calcutta University. He acquired INDIA- ICAO Fellowship in 2010.

We get the glimpse of his greatness by the fact that, he topped for selection in erstwhile International Airports Authority of India, and worked at Bombay, Delhi, Kolkata & Chennai International Airports. He was heading personnel and administration for Airports of six states of India at Southern Region and he also acted as Head of HR Directorate of Air Navigation Services. He rose to the highest level of Executive Director HR Airports Authority of India and was Director, Indian Aviation Academy, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India. Presently, he is associated with Joint Aviation Authorities Training Organisation (JAATO) Amesterdam, Netherlands. He is an Advocate, Member of Supreme Court Bar Association and Delhi High Court Bar Association.

Author and Professor (Dr.) Dewakar Goel is that ‘Genius Personality’ who had authored as many as 18 Books on main-stream genres like Management, Law, Poetry and Stories. Also, his works have been translated in many Regional Indian Languages like Bangla, Tamil, Malyalam and Urdu, which simply portrays how much his work and writings are loved by the readers across the nation.

Dr. Goel is Doctoral Research Supervisor at Banasthali University and also Advisory Board Member, Banasthali University, NALSAR University of Law, National Institute of Tourism & Hospitality Management, Hyderabad, American University of India Kodaikanal and Pondicherry University. He is visiting Faculty of LBS National Academy of Administration, (LBSNAA) Mussoorie, IIM, Raipur, Ranchi and IIT, Kharagpur, Delhi etc. He is Research Examiner & Faculty for Indian Institute of Public Administration, (IIPA), also HR standing committee member of ACI Asia Pacific, Hong Kong.

Author and Professor (Dr.) Dewakar Goel is a Scholarship Holder, Bishop Medal Holder University record setter and Brilliant Student throughout Academic career with Awards for Literary Pursuits. Also, he had a very long and exceptionally remarkable professional journey which itself is an inspiration for many!

Dr. Dewakar Goel started his Professional Carrier from the level of Trainee to Personnel Officer in Private Sector, DCM Group. Later, he worked with International Airports Authority of India / Airports Authority of India on different managerial positions at Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta & Chennai Airports also at Corporate Headquarters, New Delhi and National Institute of Aviation Management & Research.

Then, he got to the position of General Manager Heading Personnel & Administration for all Airports in six states of South India for over 2 years. Served as General Manager (Training) in the Indian Aviation Academy, New Delhi for 2 years. Also as General Manager (HR) / Head HR Air Navigation Services, Airports Authority of India for 3 years. Finally, as the Executive Director (HR) Airports Authority of India & Director Indian Aviation Academy for 3 years.

Personal Objectives Should Overlap Organisational Objectives: Professor Dewakar Goel

Professor Dewakar Goel is the director of the Indian Aviation Academy (IAA), a joint venture of Airports Authority of India(AAI), Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security(BCAS) under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
A science and law graduate with a master's in business administration, Goel has authored twelve books on management, law and various other topics. The new campus of IAA was opened in September this year in south Delhi with much fanfare. The campus is spread over 8 acres and has 12 training halls of different capacities, two computer-based training facilities and auditorium of sitting capacity of 200 apart from meeting rooms, library and video conferencing facility. In an interview with XEDGlobal, Goel shares his thoughts on aviation, the skill gaps and why he is focusing on bonding.

What is your vision for the academy?
With the coming of this new government of India regional flight connectivity scheme UDAN, a lot of manpower requirement will be there in aviation. In certain sectors, you don’t get trained manpower in the market. So I had proposed that we will do it whether it is in airport terminal management, asset management or in other areas because I have got best of expertise with me. We are all ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) experts, trained by IATA (International Air Transport Association), we are having ICAO certified inspectors. We have got many courses and I want to make tailor-made courses for all stakeholders of the aviation industry. 

What are the things that one can do enable better manpower resources for the sector?

In the aviation field when I as a person form the market I have to spend three years more before I am putting them to use so I have conceptualized BTECH in air traffic management. The training for 2-3 years can be part of the curriculum so the person comes out as an engineer with a BTECH air traffic management and bypassing those 2-3 years spent after doing BTECH. I get ready-made product after BTECH. Airlines go here and there, there are so mushrooming academies they don’t have structured programs I will go in a structured manner lining up with airlines and what product they want. My academy wants to produce a product for the marker. Similarly when BCAS (Bureau of Civil Aviation Security) becomes a part of home ministry then there will be a great extension of CISF (Central Industrial Security Force that mans airports). Aviation safety and security - there is a lot of scope for enhancing security modernization. This will be a great area for us to train. We have a very bright future in the country.

This is a vast field, what is the kind of executive education you are providing and plan to provide?

I have signed a MOU with reputed institutes like IIM Bangalore, IIM Indore IIM Ahmedabad and they are running management courses. As per the MOU with aviation ministry, I have to train executives in advanced level management course for my airlines and others in association with the topmost management institutes in the country. So my expenditure is going to be in crores.  For me training is not revenue it’s an investment for development. Also, I feel whatever technical knowledge you may have there is a human aviation approach. Ideally speaking at the top level you require 5% technical professional skill and 35% is decision making and at the lower level, it becomes 5% decision making and 35% professional and technical knowledge but the remaining 60% its human relations. Our appraisal is very different from anyone. Suppose I am an airport manager, there are so many people having expectations from me 360 degrees, so this management development programs at the advanced level is critical. There is always scope for improvement. Decision making, leadership are 30-year-old jargons but today we talk about knowledge management conflict negotiations, concept making among other principles. There has been a great amount of transformation in the field of HR in the last 10 years.