Mr Jaywant B. Irkhede, Director of the Textile, Clothing, Leather and Footwear sector in the Department of Trade and Industries was honoured with a Doctorate by The Vaal University of Technology on Tuesday, 6 September during the faculty of Management Science graduation ceremony.
Mr Irkhede, who was born and raised in Nagpur City (India), began his studies with a Master’s degree in Textile Technology, a Post-Graduation Qualification in Industrial Management and later proceeded to obtain a Master’s in Business Management. He recently completed an International Leadership Development Programme in the United States of America and an Executive Development Programme of the National School of Governance from North West University.
He has written seven articles over his career with his success documented and published in various media publications. Mr Irkhede was applauded by the President of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma in his last two State of The Nation Addresses. In 2014, his sector turnaround case study was used by the Honourable Minister of the DTI, Dr Rob Davis, to demonstrate how the public and private sector can effectively grow the industrial economy by working together.
His career within the manufacturing field has spanned 31 years, covering positions in the technical and strategic senior, to executive management, and as an independent consultant for the State and private sector in the South African Customs Union.
His success in turning around the Leather and Footwear manufacturing sectors from stagnation to rapid growth, and his dedication and selfless efforts in establishing sector specific development programmes with different academic institutions, including the Vaal University of Technology is the reason why he has been honoured with a Doctorate.