Prof. Mukul Gupta has a PGDM from FMS, Delhi & a Graduate degree from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, Delhi. Presently working as Director (Center of Excellence), Ambalika Institute of Management and Technology. Prior to the current assignment worked as Director Saraswati Group of Educational Institutes consisting of Technology, Management, Dental, Medical and Aviation and worked as Director - Corporate Relations Amity University where I had placed over 1000 students every year.
Have worked for more than 15 years in large Newspapers at responsible managerial positions. As General Manager of times of India Jaipur, and as GM National Herald, and has been responsible for the establishment of new editions of Daily Newspapers & periodicals and has for re-launch and modernization of old Dailies. One of the few Indian Managers who have been trained in the science of Direct Mail Marketing at Readers’ Digest where I worked as the Marketing Manager.
In addition to experience in managing education, have acquired in-depth knowledge of IT over 20 years working as head of successful and profitable IT organizations such as Wipro and Acer. Was the Managing Director Midas Infotech Pvt. Ltd., Lucknow for a span of 15 years where I served as a member of the team responsible for implementation of TQM and 6-Sigma Quality Policy among 160 Locations across India.
With proven track record spread over forty years in all aspects of Education, Media and IT management, including Quality enhancement, delivering outcome based education, Training & Placements of students, Career Guidance, Management of large Universities and Educational institutions, Overseas operations, Accounts, Financial Management, Auditing and HR Development.
Q 1. Kindly tell us about your experience in the education industry and what makes it the best industry to work in?
Working in the education sector is not just about standing chalk in hand in front of a class of children, bestowing your knowledge onto the future generation of this country á la John Keating in Dead Poets Society who said that “the idea of education was to learn to think for yourself”. This is only part of the picture. A career within the education sector can mean teaching students from all ages and backgrounds.
Putting your dreams to reality is through constructing the bright young future through the hands of the future generation and what’s better than an Education sector through handing them the power of Knowledge.
Q 2. Any of the significant challenges you faced as the director of Ambalika Institute of Management & Technology?
Ans. Challenges itself has faced me through the ups and downs … (laughs) with my eyes broad open I face the challenge and tightly hold them. Every day has got some new challenge in itself. When you open your eye in the morning, you face the challenge that will your day end with a smile and learning or will it end with a lesson. So, being a director means you have the challenge to run another family where you have hundreds of employees waiting for you. The biggest challenge which I face is to be a part of my Ambalika Family as being the head of the family I need to take my family together and keep them secure.
Q 3. How does your curriculum ensure best practices of the industry?
Ans. Best practices are an inherent part of a curriculum that exemplifies the connection and relevance identified in the educational research. They interject rigor into the curriculum by developing thinking and problem-solving skills through integration and active learning. Relationships are built through opportunities for communication and teamwork. Best practices are applicable to all grade levels and provide the building blocks for instruction. Best practices motivate, engage and prompt students in learning and achieving. Students who receive a balanced curriculum and possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to transfer and connect ideas and concepts across disciplines will be successful as measured by standardized tests and other indicators of student success. Four best practices for teachers include teaching a balanced curriculum, teaching an integrated curriculum, differentiating instruction to meet individual student needs and providing active learning opportunities for students to internalize learning.
Q 4. What goals do you have in your mind for Ambalika Institute of Management and Technology?
Ans. Running an institution of knowledge is different from running a factory of knowledge and creating a robot. We here believe in developing human values and morals. Practicality and exposure are our Goals towards the overall development of the students.
Q 5. You pride yourself on the level of education and responsibility you teach here to students. How to ensure the quality of education in your institution?
Ans. Yes, we do pride for the level of education and responsibility we teach because we believe in empowering our students with the best education and knowledge which helps them to be the bright future of this developing nation. We ensure the quality of education by getting involved into and understanding the changes and adaptability of the concepts.
Q 6. How do you build a positive school culture or climate?
Ans. A positive school culture is developed by the positivity of an individual. We incorporate the best positivity within our students and faculty. We try developing the best positive environment by building rapport with each and every student and not only students but also our faculty because we believe that until our faculty is positive we will not be able to deliver positivity in our students as well as in the environment. Understanding their problems, needs and requirement. By understanding today’s youth and accepting them the way they are, by not forcing them to be what they don’t want. It’s simple to have a positive culture by just enforcing the positivity within ourselves and by putting the positivity in the environment.
Q 7. How do you tend to establish a relationship with the student?
Ans. Improving students' relationships with teachers has important, positive and long-lasting implications for both students' academic and social development. Solely improving students' relationships with their teachers will not produce gains in achievement. However, those students who have close, positive and supportive relationships with their teachers will attain higher levels of achievement than those students with more conflict in their relationships.
Picture a student who feels a strong personal connection to her teacher, talks with her teacher frequently, and receives more constructive guidance and praise rather than just criticism from her teacher. The student is likely to trust her teacher more, show more engagement in learning, behave better in class and achieve at higher levels academically. Positive teacher-student relationships draw students into the process of learning and promote their desire to learn.
Q 8. How do you look at the growth of students through placement opportunities available at Ambalika Institute of Management and Technology? How do you wish to push the envelope further?
Ans. Training & Placement Department is an integral part of the institute where the activities are organized throughout the year in an effort towards preparing the prospective students for the campus selection programs. AIMT believes in following the essence of the definition of Engineering by training the students to make the reality of the potential value of science by translating scientific knowledge into tools. What sets us apart are our approach and the mechanism which reflects our competence and farsightedness.
Our dedicated training and placement cell works 24*7 for the overall development of a student from its rigorous training of personality development, we help students develop for the career growth. Like it’s well said, “PRODUCTS ARE SOLD WITH BEST PACKAGES”, we believe the overall presentation of student helps them to cope up with the challenging environment.
Q 9. What is your philosophy of leadership? How would you describe your leadership style?
Ans. My Leadership Philosophy is based on the principals that I have learned through the study of both strong and weak leaders. It is my belief that following these principals will be the most profitable and rewarding way to lead my life and positively impact the lives of those around me. I believe that leadership is a privilege.
It is a privilege that carries with it the responsibility to inspire others, and to direct them to attain the vision and goals of our organization. Empowering others to make decisions is important to developing future leaders.
Q 10. Any suggestion you would like to give to the current youth and the aspiring students?
Ans. It has been rightly said that we spend the first half of our lives trying to understand the older generation and the rest half in understanding the younger generation. Every age has its own charm. Youth has always felt somewhat exasperated with age and age has always been suspicious of youth. With their natural ebullience and impatience, a majority of young people are keen to act and learn on their own rather being guided by the experience of elders.
At the end by compiling my words, just a small suggestion for the youth that “ live your own dreams and don’t let the burden of others pull you down”. Be more practical in your thoughts and live and let others live…..Last Updated - 14 Jul 2017