Dr. S Charles is the Principal at SNS College of Engineering. Dr.Charles has been teaching in Engineering Colleges for more than 27 years. A Professor in Mechanical Engineering, he has a knack for teaching students the pragmatic aspects by implementing what is being taught. His vision is to create a conducive learning environment where students can prosper in all verticals. Read here what he has to say in his interview.
What is your philosophy of leadership? How would you describe your leadership style?
“An effective leadership brings transformation”
Leadership should lead to Transformation. It should encourage, inspire, and motivate people to innovate and create change that will shape the Institution's future. It can be done by defining the objective clearly, guiding and motivating the team at every level towards achieving the goal. It is all about recognizing the team, appreciating them whenever and wherever possible. Giving them the proper freedom and ambiance to achieve the goal is essential part of appreciation. Above all, being one among them to solve issues and show them the right path for success.
How do you strategize about the key programs and plans for the marketing and administration of your institution?
“We ensure that students are abreast to current industry standards”
The emerging areas and hot topics trending in Industry and Academia worldwide are being taught in SNS which include Artificial Intelligence and Data Sciences, Internet of Things and Cyber Security, and others.
SNS has the Design Thinking based Curriculum and framework of 5 pillars approach, i.e., Learning and Teaching, Industry Interaction, Skill and Career Development, Creativity & Innovation, and Social Service. This Design Thinking approach is a scientific methodology that helps one to create prototypes taking into consideration the creativity, visualization, design, and redesign of things based on feedback. Thus offering the best feasible solution to any technological and socio-economic problems.
Additionally, the strong Industry Institute Partnership Cell enables students to collaborate with leading Industry Professionals and be Industry ready
In your experience, what can an inbound student gain from studying here in your College?
“Knowledge is more important than education”
The students gain sound knowledge in design thinking concepts through which they approach any complex problem in day-to-day life with possible solutions. Students acquire knowledge to fulfill their diversified dreams through intensive training through industry connect projects/ capstone projects.
Students gain knowledge to be industry ready professionals through the extensive training provided in various domains. Students are put forward to choose career tracks, such as entrepreneurship, corporate recruitment, government recruitment, and higher education, based on their interests and skills. SNS offers four career tracks: Entrepreneurship, Employment, Government jobs, and Higher education. Students get to solve Industrial Problems by learning and implementing the latest Emerging innovation Technologies and identifying potential problems from the innovation industry verticals.
The SNS Student Start-up Accelerator provides funds and start-up space for entrepreneurs. We provide a student-centered environment with facilities like Innovation beyond Imagination, i.e., Liquid Studio and Piston factory having wide space where students can collaborate freely among themselves, with our faculty and hone's guidance their skills.
Any insights into how your institution could be more welcoming to students of different races or economic backgrounds?
“There is a prosperous environment for students to grow”
The institution has an inclusive atmosphere that provides students a vibrant environment. Our code of conduct attracts them to have peaceful learning with best practices. We have social responsibility initiatives to create a conducive environment among students from all communities. The institution supports impoverished background students to live a comfortable college life. Also, we support economically underprivileged and talented students under the “Single/No parent scholarship, Sports scholarship, Siblings scholarship, and all-rounder Performer scheme.” The institution promotes all the Government initiatives and Prime Minister Schemes such as PRAGATI and Saksham, Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat, Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0, Swayam Prabha.
What do you think your roles and responsibilities to the institution and the students are?
- To plan and execute the key responsibility of imparting knowledge and skills to the students, thereby achieving the vision of the institution to make it shine as one of the premier institutions in the country and worldwide.
- To create a conducive environment for students and faculty both to enable a good teaching learning platform
- To set the base for the academic, intellectual and creative work that runs all around the campus.
- To create an inclusive community and foster an environment for the wellness of our surroundings.
What do you see as SNS College’s greatest strengths?
“Our students and faculty forms the backbone of the institution”
SNS College of Engineering is an autonomous institution with quality certifications like NAAC & NBA accreditation for its departments. A well-articulated vision between academia and industry, awarded with 5-star ratings in IIC (Industry Innovation Council) 2.0. The institution has developed a successful model through a structured five pillars covering Teaching Learning, Creativity, Career Development, Industry Institute Partnership & Social Responsibilities. The teaching fraternity as well as the student community is imbibed with research culture incorporating design thinking based approach.
Any suggestions you would like to give to the current youth and the aspiring students?
“The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret to outward success”
To the current youth and the aspiring students, they need to consider themselves as an empty bottle always, so that they could fill with so many dreams and aspirations. Chase them like a rapid fire raging behind oneself. The legendary and the successful leader’s mantra is always time management. It is a precious skill and all their tasks need to be prioritized by eliminating unnecessary work.
It is crucial to choose proper goals and work towards it. Students should start developing their portfolio of projects right from college, create networking as their tool, get familiar with the world around them, and enhance their knowledge and skills. They need to learn to build and work in teams, adapt to take constructive criticism that will shape them as a good human being.
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How do you tend to establish a healthy relation and environment in your institute?
“Positive outlook is an essential component towards the development of a good personality”
For the students to learn, they must feel safe, engaged, connected, and supported in their classroom and Institution. The learner-centered approach adopted by our Institution to learning, tailors to students’ unique strengths and needs and engages them in challenging and achieving academic content. Personalized learning helps students develop skills. Dedicated Meditation sessions in classrooms at SNS College of Engineering, every morning stimulates higher optimism, more positive emotions, stronger self-identity and greater self-acceptance. The strong Industry Institute Partnership Cell enables students to collaborate with leading Industry Professionals and be Industry ready. The SNS Student Start-up Accelerator provides funds and start-up space for budding entrepreneurs. With this context in mind, SNS College of Engineering provides a student centered environment with multiple facilities and opportunities to explore.