Chitralekha Potnis-1


Chitralekha Potnis

Peel College of Professional Studies, Ontario, Canada


Chitralekha has a. B Tech from Nagpur University, India. She has Post Graduate Diplomas in Digital Electronics & Microprocessors and Industrial Management.
She has almost thirty-five years of professional experience in industry, academics, education management, and management.
She has extensive experience in the education field, having been a teacher, and college administrator all her life. She has handled the entire gamut of functions required to run an educational institute. This includes everything from starting new courses, teaching, designing curriculum, marketing courses, and industry – institute interaction to enable students to get hands-on experience in their chosen field.
She has published 52 technical papers nationally and internationally, and has been on various advisory committees of International Conferences on Engineering Education. She has-been invited to give lectures several times, especially on Institute, Industry Interaction, Quality of Engineering education, Teaching methodologies, Institute Management and entrepreneurship development, Curriculum Design & Development. Her recent papers are on “Factors Affecting online Advertisement Effectiveness” and “Factors Affecting Stress among youth” in International Journal of Recent Technology and Engineering. Papers have been published in conferences organized by the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Madras, International Journal of Arts and Science, Rhode Island, USA, Canadian Engineering Education Association, American Society for Engineering Education, amongst others.
She has worked with street children on UNICEF projects. One of these projects aimed to get street children and child labourers off the streets and into school by explaining the importance of education to the children and their parents. Another project was directed towards young girls being forced into prostitution due to poverty and destitution. The project educated the girls as well as the parents by making them aware about not only the risks of exposing girls at a young age to physical and sexual abuse but also the moral decrepitude behind such actions. The aim was to explain to parents and girls the importance of empowering the girls, and the importance and benefits of education to society in general and their families in particular.
She was one out of few specially trained by the Department of Science and Technology (Government of India) to be women entrepreneurs.
She has worked as an Executive Committee member of Marathi Bhashik Mandal Toronto, which is a social organization of people speaking one of the Indian languages who live in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
She was awarded a Woman Hero award in the field of Education at the 6th Annual Celebrating Womanhood 2018 Gala by the Indo-Canadian Arts & Culture Initiative (ICACI).
She was named one of the 50 influential women in the GTA by Nikisar Inc. and Women of the Earth Empowerment (WEE) in 2018.
She is also Board of Director of Indo-Canadian Arts & Culture Initiative (ICACI).
She has been recognized by Sonia SidhuMP, Member of Parliament (Brampton South), House of Commons, Canada in April 2019 for her contribution and service to community.
She was conferred the Education Excellence Award at the World Marketing Summit & Kotler Awards Canada November 2019
She has been recognized by Kamal Khera MP, Member of Parliament (Brampton West), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development Government of Canada in August 2020 for her cultural contribution in Community during Amid Covid-19.
She has been recognized by Natalia Kusendova MPP, Member of Provincial Parliament (Mississauga Ontario Canada), in September 2020 for her contributions to the growth and development of Mississauga.
She has been recognized and appreciated by World Book of Records United Kingdom (Star 2020) for spreading a spirit of positivity and hope during these testing times of Corona Pandemic.
She has been recognized and appreciated by Padmagandha Pratishtan Nagpur India, for encouraging youth by sharing life experiences.
She is also Vice President of WICCI- Central Canada India Business Council. Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WICCI).

She was awarded Global Pride “Women Entrepreneur & Excellence Award 2020″ on 31 December 2020. by Witty Gossip (news/media company).

She is declared as an International Brand Ambassador by Vidarbha’s Pride Book of Records(a region of Mahartashtra) which is a Digital Book of Human Achievements and awarded Social Reformer Award.

She is a currently the President and Co Owner of Peel College of Professional Studies, Mississauga, Ontario Canada, a college that is owned and operated by women.
Peel College was founded with the principles of providing quality education which can help learners to grow professionally in their chosen career path.
Peel College has a modern campus with contemporary facilities. The overall environment of college endeavours to bring the best outcome of the efforts of students as well as of the teaching staff.
The college is a licensed Private Career College (PCC) running courses approved by the Ministry of Advanced Skills and Education Development (MAESD) and is listed on the Service Canada website.