Interview by Bhawna Rawat
Dr. S. Rajendra is currently serving as the Principal of Vijaya Vittala Institute of Technology, Bangalore. He has over thirty-three years of experience in the academic field. He has carried out Research & Development projects sponsored by AICTE. He is guiding Ph.D. scholars and has published his work in around twenty-five papers in reputed journal and conferences. He has worked as the member of Board of examiner for Visvesvaraya Technological University during 2013-14. He has served as the member of Local Enquiry Committee (LIC) in the inspection of technical institutions. He has also served as the member of Board of examiner for autonomous Colleges. He has guided several KSCST projects and M.Tech Projects. He is a member of the Indian Society for Technical Education and Indian Concrete Institute.
3 decades of experience in the education sector
This is the sector where one can mould the young minds by instilling zeal for the future development of the nation. I am proud to be involved in this process.
Philosophy of leadership followed by Dr. Rajendra
A leader should understand every work of the team, get involved in the work and lead from the front. I believe in taking everyone into confidence and move in the direction of progress.
Significant challenges faced by the Principal due to the continuous changes in the education sector
I think it is not a challenge but a continuous improvement just like in every sector, as we have to cater to the needs of the industry, with changes in time. The Engineering and Technology field is continuously changing due to new innovations and modern practices. A technological institute should be aware of these changes and transfer the knowledge to the student community.
The curriculum ensures to include the current requirements of Industry and society
The curriculum is designed by one of the largest and reputed technological universities, Visvesvwaraya Technological University (VTU), as per the current requirement for industrial and societal needs.
The Growth of students through placement opportunities available at Vijaya Vittala Institute of Technology
Bengaluru being the IT capital, the hub of industries and having phenomenal growth in the construction sector, opportunities are always there for our students. The institute has good industry-institute interaction through which placements for the students are possible.
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Establishing a relationship with the students being the Principal of the institute
Basically, I am a teacher and hence I am engaged in classes for the students. I am interacting with the students and encouraging them throughout their co-curricular and extracurricular activities by means of departmental forums and clubs in the institute.
The present generation and the ideal environment required for their growth
The basic priority of an institution is academics. But the college environment should provide an atmosphere for the overall personality development of a student in addition to excellent academics. The present generation is capable of multitasking. They learn, absorb and perform many activities. They have to be provided with different platforms to nourish their talents. This can be achieved by providing different spheres of opportunities in the institution for the young minds.
The top qualities that an aspiring Engineer must possess
An aspiring Engineer should go through the life of Sir M. Vishweshwaraiah, the renowned Engineer and try to adopt the qualities such as hard work, sincerity, commitment and dedication of the great man.
Goals for the Institute for the next few years
In the next few years, our goal is to establish Vijaya Vittala Institute of Technology as a centre of excellence providing an academic education with significant research and development for societal needs, contributing to the development of the nation.
Suggestions for the current youth and the aspiring students
Fruits of hard work and sincerity will always be there sooner or later. Do not look for short time benefits, but look for long-term achievements.