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“Students should not be activists, but active”, he believes. Read the entire article to know more about the views of Dr. J. K. Das, Advisor, Member of NIT Kolkata

Dr. J. K. Das did his schooling from St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Calcutta in Science stream followed by pursuing Bachelor of Engineering from Bengal Engineering College. After graduating in 1969, he joined Morris Electronics Pvt. Ltd., Pune as a Production Engineer after which he was a part of IIT Bombay to pursue M. Tech. in the year 1972. He later, joined IIT as a Research Associate in a Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS) project, to develop a non-contact continuous weighing machine using radioactive isotopes from 1974 to 1975. 

Dr. J. K. Das also served as a Lecturer for IIT Bombay in 1975 where he was attached to the Advanced Centre For Research in Electronics.  He was promoted as an Assistant Professor in the same department in 1979.

Dr. J. K. Das has also successfully completed Doctor of Philosophy from IIT Bombay. He presented his Ph.D. dissertation on the topic ‘Investigations on Temperature Distribution, Stresses and Redistribution in Silicon Wafers during Processing’.

Ques 1: Kindly tell us about your experience in the education industry and what makes it the best industry to work in?

Ans. I come from a mixed background of academics and industry; academics being from a premier institute like IIT and large Multi-National Companies. When I was at the start of my career, Self-Financed Engineering education industry was non-existent. It was only in the late 1990’s and early 2000 that this came into existence. My early brush with the Academic Industry was in fully funded Government Institute where academics flourished in an ambience of great academic freedom and a healthy competitive and cooperative environment. There were no commercial challenges that one witness today once the education industry (particularly Engineering and Management) had to coexist and grow with the government funded institutes as a part of the Education “Ecosystem”. Since I also have a very strong background in the industrial framework, I have to amalgamate the aspirations of a commercial enterprise with the academic demands of a dynamic environment and is a huge challenge in itself. Academics has always been a cherished career option for people who have an academic bent of mind and a burning desire to learn and inculcate in new and sometimes esoteric advances in Science and Technology. It also gave the teacher to bond with the student community and to understand the social changes that are continuously taking place around you. It makes one tolerant, and keeps one younger in mind and hence, the best industry to work in.

Ques 2: What are significant challenges that you are facing in bringing out the real vision of the Organization?

Ans. The first significant challenge that comes to my mind is in creating a “Level Playing Field “with the generously funded government institutes. This is a major factor in achieving excellence for the private enterprises. This can be, in my opinion, be achieved only with a robust Research and Development initiative in collaboration with industries, and government funded bodies. This task becomes all the more difficult with the proliferation of newer Government Aided Institutes, like the IIT’s, NIT’s and the IIM’s.

Ques 3: Tell us about some of your experiences and how does your curriculum ensure the best practices of the industry?

Ans. We are presently an autonomous Institute and this gives us the freedom to frame our own syllabus and curriculum. Hence, we are not tied up with the constraints of teaching the same material and wait for an update from the “Parent” University. This flexibility gives us a great opportunity to align ourselves with the latest developments and in turn to attract best talents from the vast pool of resources being churned out from our schooling system.

Ques 4: What goals do you have in your mind for Narula Institute of Technology?

Ans. To create an Institute with sustainable Academic excellence which will enrich the students participating in the academic process and beyond in life.

Ques 5: There have been talks of NIT having very different plans for delivering educational expertise to every aspirant, kindly elaborate on it more?

Ans. The educational expertise can be delivered through consultancy project, invited lecture, funded project, faculty/student exchange program, interdisciplinary research. At our Institute, there are consultancy projects given by industry mainly in Civil Engineering department and DST, UGC, AICTE and DAE funded projects are in process in different department. There is a very good platform for interdisciplinary research, in which faculty members of different department and other group colleges form a team to solve a common problem. Few faculty members gave invited lecture depending on their expertise to other Institute specially at NIT Sikkim and also at Institute in Taiwan.

Ques 6: How do you plan to build a positive school culture or climate in Narula Institute of Technology?

Ans. Every incumbent on entering the college premises must participate actively in the academic activities and listen to motivational speakers from all walks of life who are regularly invited by the Institute.

Ques 7: What is your philosophy of leadership? How would you describe your leadership style?

Ans. Leadership in an academic environment should be to foster a relationship with the student community where they act in a positive manner and look forward to in all aspects of day to day living with the leader for guidance even beyond the tenure of their residence in the Institute.

Ques 8: What would be your ideal school environment, and how would you encourage that kind of culture?

Ans. Students not only diligently pursue their activity in academics but also, engage in “Extra Mural Activities” for an all-round development of the person with a sense of responsibility to the society and have empathy for other fellow beings both privileged and under privileged.

Ques 9: Any suggestions you would like to give to the current youth and the aspiring students?

Ans. Be “Active” but not an “Activist”.

Last Updated - 19 Jul 2017

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