Dr. K.N. Subramanya had early education in Acharya High School and AES National College-Gaurinbidanur. He then pursued B.E in Industrial and Production Engineering from Bangalore University, M.Tech in Industrial Management from IITM-Chennai, MBA from Karnataka State Open University-Mysuru, with HR specialization (V Rank) and Ph.D. from Avinashilingam University-Coimbatore. Has 26 years of total experience in Teaching, Training and Consultancy, Research and Administration. He has strong communication and presentation skills, effective collaboration and team building capabilities. he is presently working as Principal at R. V. College of Engineering, Bengaluru. Served the Institution in various capacities including Lecturer, Sr. Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Director (Administration), Professor and Head of the Department of IEM and Vice Principal. Dr. K N Subramanya has worked as Lecturer in the Dept. of Industrial Engineering and Management, Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering-Bengaluru for a period of 4.5 years. His Academic and Research expertise includes Lean Manufacturing and Operations Management, Supply Chain and Logistics Management, e- Enterprise Modelling of B2B and B2C Markets, Simulation Modelling and Analysis, Quality Management, Information System Design, Decision Sciences, Applied Ergonomics, Systems Engineering, Strategic Management and Allied Industrial Engineering and Information Technology areas. He has also guided more than 100 UG and PG projects.
Ques 1: With almost 26 years in this industry, tell us about your experience in the education industry and what makes it the best industry to work in?
Ans. The new millennium is witnessing unprecedented challenges and opportunities in higher education. Technical Education plays a pivotal role in Human Resource Development of any developing country. In the recent times, the educational sectors have gone through a major transformation influenced by the global technological changes viz. shifting from memory based to outcome based education, enhancement of Industry-Institute-Interactions, increased usage of ICT tools, providing affordable quality education etc. This paved a way for students to pursue their higher studies abroad resulting in increase of global employment opportunities. Premier institutions across the globe are receiving an impetus towards imbibing research culture into their curriculum.
Ques 2: Being the Principal of R.V. College of Engineering, what is your philosophy of leadership? How would you describe your leadership style?
Ans. RVCE nurtures the democratic style of leadership. There exists a pool of people who are democratic, network oriented, transparent, adopting (society, people, and business tech.) to rapid changes. My role is to identify right people to right work, motivate and mentor them and keep a watch on their progress and welfare. I am a facilitator than a teacher accepting constructive criticism, planning ahead of times in tune with the changing technological and societal needs. I also keep an eye on retaining talent; encourage young faculty and support staff to forge a path for sustainable and viable future. Faculty and students are encouraged to connect to the outside world through collaborative ventures such as service-learning and innovative community partnerships.
Ques 3: Any of the significant challenges you faced as the Principal of R.V. College of Engineering?
Ans. Several challenges are faced by me the institution in attracting Quality faculty, sustained interest among students, initiating ICT enabled tools among heterogeneous faculty. Institutionalizing research culture among students and faculty, shifting from exam mode to learning mode is a major challenge. Mentoring role enhancement to pursue students’ interest, getting international placement for students, balancing variability in the quality assessment of various statutory bodies, connecting to societal needs and partnerships are newer challenges. Developing basic discipline, principles, moral and ethical values among students has become major challenge among higher education institutions to enable holistic and integral education. Also building individual to group culture and collaborative work has become the need of the hour.
Ques 4: How does your curriculum ensure best practice of industry?
Ans. RVCE has implemented Outcome Based Education (OBE) with a focus on ICT and project based learning. The institution has introduced experiential learning to motivate students to innovate, bring in teamwork and lifelong learning and also encourage students to form multidisciplinary groups for major projects, leading to securing funded projects. The institution also facilitates industrial visits and guest lectures from industry experts, to strengthen the learning process. As part of curriculum development, RVCE facilitates Industry personnel to provide inputs and involve them in framing the syllabus, through their representation in Board of Studies, Board of Examination, Academic Council and Governing Body. RVCE encourages faculty to execute research and consultancy projects with industries. The institution also deputies faculty to institutions of repute on sabbaticals.
Ques 5: How do you look at the growth of students through placement opportunities available at R.V. College of Engineering? How do you wish to push the envelope further?
Ans. Students are assessed and provided pre-placement, soft skills and professional practice training through renowned trainers in the industry.
Modules: RVCE has seen a phenomenal increase in terms of the number of offers and salary packages in the recent years. Increased number of the visit by the leading organizations for their talent search/recruit cutting across various sectors, which includes Software Engineering and Information Technology, Chemical Process, Health Care, Bio Process, Pharmaceutical, Construction, Manufacturing and Production, Consultancy, Business Analytics and Supply. Chain Management, e-Commerce and Retail Business, Global Finance and Banking Service, Research and Development, Emphasis is on converting the internship to full-time employment. Efforts are on to establish collaborations with the multinationals to further improve international placements. Strong Entrepreneurship Cell with start-up culture has been established.
Ques 6: How do you tend to establish a relationship with the students being the Vice Chancellor of the University? How do you make yourselves available to them?
Ans. RVCE strives to create a comprehensive educational experience that prepares its students for real-world impact. We have faculty and staff, who really care and prepare their students to enter the real world with the necessary skill to make a difference in their communities and leave their mark on the world. RVCE has student support system at different levels of administrative authorities’ viz. Deans, HODs, Associate Deans, Faculty Counselors, Placement Coordinators. I make myself available to the students for short discussion whenever it is required. I also involved in mentoring students’ projects and innovative teams on a regular basis. Motivation lectures are organized to address the student related issues. Modern tools including the website for general information, results, mobile apps for providing timely information on the progress of the wards, one to one interaction on specific issues, grievance redressal cell for handling exceptional issues. Parent – Teacher meetings are organized once in a semester to get connected with the students and parents on one to one basis.
Ques 7: What would be your ideal school environment, and how would you encourage that kind of culture?
Ans. Education to be complete must have 5 principle aspects corresponding to the 5 principle activities of the human being: the physical, the vital, the mental, the psychic and the spiritual. These phases of education follow chronologically the growth of the individual. An ideal school environment should have a good academic ambiance, quality faculty, and skilled support staff, to inculcate ethical and moral values among students. Use of ICT, implementation of OBE, experiential learning, research based learning shifts the focus from exam mode to learning mode. Emphasizing team work among students and faculty in cross functional domains.
Ques 8: Vice Chancellor position requires intense time management. How do you manage your time?
Ans. Strategic, tactical and operational planning and implementation of the Institutional activities by delegating tasks to various administrative authorities. Enforcement and monitoring of strict academic discipline among students and monitoring of academic schedules of the faculty. Institutional activities will be held as per the Calendar of Events and ensure preparedness of the activities well in advance. The tasks are prioritized and executed as per the dynamic task list. Interruptions are avoided by means of work delegation to the right persons. Decision making is done at the right time and delays are avoided from my office. Routine information management is carried out through ERP, online payments, use of ICT tools which drastically reduces the activity time. This enables me to look into environmental scanning, strategic focus, and development of the institution.
Ques 9: What goals do you have in your mind for your university for the next few years?
Ans. The following future plans have been designed:
- Enhancing Student Centric Learning through wide use of ICT.
- Creating Innovative space for student centric activities viz. Research, Incubation, Entrepreneurship.
- Networking and International collaboration with premier institutions and organizations.
- Continuous improvement in Quality of Research, publication, and funding.
- Setting up Incubation Centers and provide space for start-ups.
- Increasing number of Patents and commercialization.
- Working towards University status.
- International Quality certification and accreditation.
- Village adoption and transferring technology (Health / Energy) as part of social responsibility and community service.
- Developing Sustainable solutions for local problems through involvement with local bodies.
- Enhancing social responsibility through community service by faculty and students.
- Enhancing IRG through CoE, industrial consultancy, and CEP.
Ques 10: Any suggestions you would like to give to the current youth and the aspiring students?
Ans. I wish to advise the youth and aspiring students to pursue their passion, develop innovative skills, set proper goals and execute with time lines. They also should learn how to handle failures and work for societal needs with environmental consciousness. They should be aware of the optimal use of resources, technology, and social media. To set a future path, students should have knowledge of grand challenges for Engineers, UN 17 sustainability goals for development and Technological Vision – 2035. Youth are advised to keep their knowledge on par with current technological trends and actively involve in the Nation building exercises.Last Updated - 26 Jul 2017