Dr. Viraj Tyagi passed B.E in Mechanical Engineering from Amravati University, Amravati, with Distinction and 2nd position in University. He was felicitated with a silver medal for this outstanding performance. He completed his M. Tech.in the same discipline from Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar and subsequently, he receivedPh.D.in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra. His area of specialization includes Production Technologies, Manufacturing Planning & Control Systems, Integrated Manufacturing Planning, Genetic Algorithms and Optimization in Manufacturing.
He has industrial experience of about 5 years including 4 years at Jindal Strips Ltd. (Now Jindal Stainless Ltd), Hisar, a leading producer of steel in India. He worked as Executive Engineer at Hot Strip Rolling Mill (HSRM) used to produce strip coils of stainless steel and coils and flats of mild steel. He looked after the maintenance and production activities at HSRM. He played a key role in ISO certification of the plant.
He has teaching experience of 17 years and involved in administration for the last 12 years. He joined Haryana Engineering College, Jagadhri and Kurukshetra Institute of Technology & Management, Kurukshetra as founder staff and was instrumental in the establishment of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of both Institutes. He is actively involved in the process of ‘Teaching & Learning’ and contributed significantly to the activities of wide spectrum like Technical Symposiums, Workshops and Conferences. He has published papers in conferences and journals of national and international repute. He is a member of ‘Board of Studies’ of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra. He is a life member of Indian Society of Technical Education.
Q.1 Kindly tell us about your experience in the education industry and what makes it the best industry to work in?
Ans. I worked in the steel industry before coming to this amazing field of education. When I compare, I find working here is more satisfying and enjoyable mainly because of the interaction and engagement with the youth. Here, you better understand the current problems and challenges that our society is facing today. You find an opportunity to make your bit to address them by waking, motivating and mentoring youth to make our society a better place to live in. In education, you get lifelong learning opportunities in diverse areas of science and technology that lead to nation building at large.
Q.2 Any of the significant challenges you faced as the Principal of KITM?
Ans. Being a Principal of an institute offering UG and PG degree courses in different disciplines of engineering and management, I must ensure the quality teaching – learning process to take place on the campus. Moreover, teachers and students should keep themselves aware of the latest updates in their respective fields. The major challenge that I feel is to keep staff and students motivated and in high spirit for quality teaching-learning process. Another big challenge is to groom our students as responsible citizens and successful professionals who can meet the current challenges of our society.
Q.3 How does your curriculum ensure best practices of Industry?
Ans. This Institute is affiliated to Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, a state university established in the year 1957. It was inaugurated by Bharat Ratna Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of the Indian Republic. The curriculums of different courses are regularly updated by the respective Boards of Studies at University level. Board of Studies (BOS) of a course, comprising of subject experts from the fields of academia and industry is constituted by the VC of the university. In addition, at the Institute level, Training and Placement Cell is working to help prepare students as per the requirements of our recruiters. At the department level, we identify short-term training modules on regular basis to fill the gaps between university curriculum and industry requirement. Training and Placement Cell, in coordination with the concerned department regularly invites industry experts to interact and share their experiences with the students. Industrial visits are arranged in routine to give hands-on experience and industry exposure to the students.
Q.4 What goals do you have in your mind of KITM?
Ans. I want KITM to be known as an Institute that produces competent professionals and responsible human beings who understand their responsibilities in the larger interest of society. Further, we want it to be branded as an Institute that offers affordable quality education in the disciplines of engineering and management to make it the choice of masses.
Q.5 You pride yourself on the level of education and responsibility you teach here to students. How you ensure the quality of education in your institution?
Ans. I am fortunate to be the Principal of an Institute where the impetus is on quality education with moral ethics right from its inception. Students are encouraged and motivated to come forward with their doubts and queries and to be interactive in classes. Effective academic monitoring is the key to ensure that quality education is being imparted to the students.
Q.6 How do you build a positive school culture or climate?
Ans. In order to create positive teaching-learning environment, a transparent performance evaluation system has been set up for the students and teachers as well. Students’ Activity Clubs are working in each department to conduct various co-curricular activities to help groom overall personality of the students. These clubs are managed by the students of the department under the guidance of teachers.
Q.7 How do you tend to establish a relation with the students?
Ans. In today’s environment, we need to transform our system as student oriented. We must fulfill academic expectations of our students and should help them achieve their professional goals. It means we need to introspect ourselves periodically. Are we doing justice with our students? It requires interaction with the students in a free and fair environment, which is of utmost importance to collect genuine feedback from them. In this Institute, personal counsellors are appointed to address academic as well as personal problems of the students.
Q.8 How do you look at the growth of students through placements opportunities available at KITM?
Ans. Training & Placement Cell, headed by a dedicated and experienced management expert is providing placement and training opportunities to the students. In order to provide industrial exposure to the students, industrial visits are organized and senior executives from the corporate world are invited to address the students. To improve self-confidence and personal effectiveness of the students, mock interviews, group discussions, case studies, communication skill workshops, career mapping and personality development programs are frequently organized by the Institute. This cell provides placement opportunities to all eligible students.
KITM has MoUs with institutions like MSME (A Govt. of India Undertaking), Delhi University, Thapar University, CEERI Pilani, etc. to enhance the career development prospects of the students as well as to facilitate higher education and research of faculty members.
Q.9 What is your philosophy of leadership? How would you describe your leadership style?
Ans. Leadership is concerned with the acts or skills required for leading a group of people, to achieve the long-term goals or objectives of an organization. A good leader should be able to assess the opportunities and challenges in advance and should be able to organize and optimize his resources accordingly to best achieve the set targets.
Q.10 Any suggestions you would like to give to the current youth and the aspiring students?
Ans. I would like to suggest the current youth that they should set their goals as early as possible. Try to find out what you want to be in your life. Then align your best efforts to achieve the set goals. You need to be realistic while assessing your strengths and weaknesses before setting your goals. Today, there is a stiff competition in almost every field. Only the competent will survive. Therefore, you need to acquire the required competency to achieve your goals. You must inculcate the requisite qualities of success such as hard work, dedication, self-imposed discipline and positive attitude.
Last Updated - 12 Jul 2017