Q 1. Kindly tell us about your experience in the education industry and what makes it the best industry to work in?
Ans. My own experience and association in the education world have been outstanding. Yes, there were many challenges, yet the entire journey was great and an experience to be cherished. I may mention that the vision and foresight of the Chancellor of the University and the Chairman of Jagran Social Welfare Society Shri Hari Mohan Gupta were the real driving force. The dynamism at the University owes much to the youthful spirit of the CEO Shri Abhishek Mohan Gupta and the entire team, JLU. I must say that Education Industry is best to work in because Education is the key to human development and social advancement -- for breaking cycles of poverty, creating prosperity, promoting peace and many other things that give hope and meaning to our experiences as individuals and members of society. At the end of the day, it all starts with a textbook and a teacher you love.
Q 2. As Vice Chancellor of Jagran Lakecity University, what is your vision?
Ans. I want the University to be internationally known as an institution of higher learning that takes pride in research and industry collaboration. That means providing the very best learning and teaching experience supported by world-class research and active engagement with industry, business and the community. A University which develops in our students the academic and personal attributes that provide a foundation for their future success.
Q 3. How does your curriculum different from other institutions?
Ans. The University is unique both in its approach to academic rigor as also to practice based teaching and learning process. We follow an Industry Based Curriculum that promotes skill sets in line with the latest broad-based concept of semester pattern and continuous evaluation. We were the first in the State, perhaps in the country to adopt the Choice Based Credit System that was introduced by the UGC and to adopt the progressive approach in introducing ‘Remedial Classes’ and ‘Make-up Examinations’ for weak students.
Q 4. An MBA from Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship by background, authored many books, been a visiting professor at several Universities in India and abroad the journey has been vast, tell us about some of your experiences and how does your curriculum ensure the best practices of the industry?
Ans. I got the best international exposure both as a ‘teacher’ and ‘taught’ and in terms of education with the finest pedagogy and excellent infrastructure. I am dedicated to bringing the same standards of teaching here at JLU as well. Developing overall personality through our Ignited Minds Lectures, the choice of various Basket Courses and the Career Enhancement Program that focuses on presentation skills, writing skills, computer skills and communication skills is what an international education is all about and this we offer to our students in abundant measure. Multi-disciplinary work and bringing industrial elements through the “Industry-University Interphase’ in the current education system, is primarily the focus of JLU. To cap it we have a Business Incubator and a Social Incubator that prepares our youngsters to be the entrepreneurs that they have always dreamt about.
Q 5. What USPs do you have in your mind for Jagran Lakecity University?
Ans. We at ‘Jagran’ believe that ‘knowledge is the ultimate purifier for the whole world’. We have ensured that the best practice being followed internationally in the top ranked Universities is brought to our doorstep. Also, we promote interdisciplinary studies and a multidisciplinary approach to mentoring and team building activities both for curricular and for extracurricular work. The value of the various programs offered by us ensured through the regular updating of the cutting-edge course content by the best academic experts and the respective Board of Studies. We at JLU promote ‘cross-cutting course delivery’, ‘rational thinking’ and ‘relevant’ mode of study. We constantly redesign the content of the course according to the varied needs of the industry and our students. “The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.” Our aim is to make the curriculum practice based and not theoretical.
Q 6. How do you look at the growth of students through placement opportunities available at Jagran Lakecity University? How do you wish to push the envelope further?
Ans. Considering our overall ‘practice-based approach’ to teaching and learning I may assert that the students don’t face any major issues in terms of employment. Additionally, we offer cent percent placements opportunities as indeed our professional values are driven by the professional tie-ups that we have to promote employability with some of the best market leaders. To name a few: we have tie-ups with the KPMG, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Indian Institute of Banking and Finance (IIBF) and also over two score tie-ups with Universities in India & abroad. These and many other linkages and industry internships and mentoring that we provide ensure a hands-on and cutting-edge skilling and education to our students for better employability.
Q 7. What are your takes on Education being digitalized?
Ans. Digital education is making its way into the education system of India and is taking the place of the traditional classroom training. The best thing about digital education is that it is user-friendly. You can very well access your curriculum wherever you are. You can learn on the go. Even if a student misses certain classes, he/she can access the notes and download files from the institutional website. But digital education has also its pros and cons. This may lead to poor study habits and can develop in children a lazy attitude. Digital education can also make children forget the basic way of reading, studying and writing that develops the cognition in our brains.
Q 8. What is your philosophy of leadership? How would you describe your leadership style?
Ans. ‘All good leaders are great followers’ and this is my approach. To me, strong leadership is about consensus building, effective navigation, and balancing and synergizing with the students, faculty, and administration. Transparency, openness is the key to the health of an institution. Responsibility and accountability have to be the motto of every establishment as it translates quality, confidence and trust. For great leadership and a strong organizational structure, I believe, there has to be a periodic macro and micro analysis of one’s strengths and shortcomings. Corrective measures, consolidation, and capacity building will then be in order for incremental change for the better.
Q 9. As an Institution Builder yourself, how important do you feel the need of the Top Managements of various institutes to be involved in daily decision makings?
Ans. The top management in our University as would be for any successful enterprise should allow due transparency, decentralization, and freedom to excel. Top Management is usually thought of as those who make the major decisions in an organization but the truth remains that nothing is possible without a great team. As an institution builder, top management can undoubtedly enhance the efficiency as well as the morale of its employees. Broadly speaking, they are expected to utilize human and non-human resources to achieve the organization’s goal. This can be achieved by giving a feeling of satisfaction to the employees of the organization by building in them a feeling of pride.
Q 10. How do you intend to provide industry interaction for students?
Ans. The University ensures integration of the Course Content with latest industry trends by having industry experts in the Board of Studies which is revised on an annual basis for contemporaneous curriculum. The collaboration between universities and the industry is increasingly perceived as a vehicle to enhance innovation through knowledge exchange. In order to ensure that the teaching programs and the curriculum should meet the challenging needs of the industry. University is inviting senior personnel from industry as Academic Advisory Members and experts who vet changes in curriculum as well as University academic programs. This also gives an exposure to the students of interacting with working professionals. To provide a real-life exposure of the industrial world to our students, a “vacation training program” (similar to an internship) is also organized. The program includes industrial training of students with the built-in provision of incentives as well as for their placements from the industries and business houses.
Last Updated - 28 Jun 2017