Presently working as the Principal in GH Raisoni College of Engineering, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, Dr. Jayakumar Jayaraman has a teaching experience of nearly 26 years. He holds a PhD from Annamalai University, Tamilnadu and graduations from University of Pune. The academician has presented and published many research papers in renowned journals.
Apart from this, Dr. Jayaraman is a Life Member of Indian Society for Technical Education (LMISTE), Fellow Member of Institution of Engineers (FIE), Member of International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology (ISCSIT) and more. In an exclusive interview with Pranav, he talks about his experience and challenges faced in the education sector and more. Read on!
Experience in the education industry
Personally speaking, it is a highly fulfilling industry, as long as we follow the ethics of the role we are working in. For example, as a Principal, I cannot mislead my students or advise them for or against a college/university/course, based on personal bias, or for monetary gain.
I have to remain ethical and truthful in all my dealings, since we are dealing with someone’s career. The same thing can be applied to teachers also. We must know, the education industry in India is expected to grow and has become a global market for e-learning, as well as technology driven platforms that drive education in the right direction.
Dr. Jayaraman’s Leadership style and philosophy
To develop an effective leadership philosophy, we first need to know the meaning of, “transformational leader.” No matter whether our title is leader or director, we need to be transformational.
A transformational leader is one who is capable of leading the organization from one paradigm to the next. A paradigm is the way we think. The way we do things. The way we approach things. The paradigm of the past will not work in the future. Leaders need to be able to lead from the paradigm of the past to the paradigm of the future. Transformational leaders lead to the next paradigm.
Leadership style is the manner and approach of providing direction, implementing plans, and motivating people. A leader makes sure to include and listen to the suggestions and feedbacks of the concerned employees in the decision-making process. But, the final decision is decided by him.
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Challenges faced as the Principal of GH Raisoni College of Engineering and Management
The main challenge faced is to attract the meritorious students in engineering. Looking into the present scenario of unemployment after completion of engineering, driving the students to take admissions in other courses. Due to this, we are unable to attract merit students and makes it difficult to fulfil the needs of the industry.
Considering the wide range of occupations and work activities that currently engage the engineering industry, the occupational flexibility of degreed engineers, the demographics of the workforce, the pace of technological change, and powerful trends in the global distribution and organization of engineering work is going to pose a big challenge.
Curriculum designed as per Industry standards
College has setup an Industry Institute Relation (IIR) cell with an objective to establish strong industry connects, conduct workshops and FDPs with industry collaboration and provide suggestions for process improvement as well as curriculum improvement. IIR and Entrepreneurship Development Cell is established with an objective to build strong brand presence in the market by constantly interfacing and interacting with the stakeholders.
Placement Opportunities at GH Raison College
GH Raisoni College offers students services like counselling placement training support, personality grooming and Plant Visit / Corporate Lectures / Summer Training / Seminar / Project Report / Pre- placement / final Placement Trainings etc. Due to the stiff competition during placement interviews, students have to perform well not only in technical interviews but also in personal interviews.
Apart from technical knowledge acquired through the regular curriculum, students should also exhibit the soft skills during campus interview and also during their career. Soft skills program is conducted by experts. Students actively participate in these programs and their soft skills are improved. In addition to push the envelope further we are planning to provide foreign language courses to students as well.
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Establishing a healthy teacher-student relation
If a principal wants to build closer relationships with the student body, then they must make themselves known throughout the college. At every turn, I shall make themselves visible, by walking the hallways during class hours and walking into classrooms from time to time to pass on instructions and include them in discussions. In this way, the communication becomes easier.
In addition, whenever they come to me with any kind of grievances, I always try to solve it immediately. We are also having suggestion/complaint box for students to drop their complaints. Actions are taken immediately on the complaints/suggestions received from the students on real time basis.
Dr. Jayaraman idea of an Ideal school environment for the students
For me an ideal school environment embraces the idea that all students can learn. An ideal school environment works to build safe learning spaces for students and attracts teachers who are knowledgeable, care about student learning, and adapt their instruction to meet the needs of their learners.
I encourage that kind of culture by nurturing high graduation rate, good student / faculty ratio, good financial aid for their projects, internships and research opportunities, travel opportunities, engaging curriculum developments, clubs’ activities to match their interests, good health and wellness facilities etc.
Upcoming Goals for the institute
My immediate goals are to get the institute accredited and going for autonomous status as this keeps you to change and design your curriculum based on the industrial needs. Secondly to go for collaborative research and exchange programs for faculty and students.
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Suggestions to the aspiring engineers
I suggest following tips for the engineering aspiring students.
- Identify the people who inspire you, and find out what makes them tick.
- Always be a student.
- Protect your reputation.
- Balance success and significance.
- Use technology wisely.
- Learn the value of networking.
- Develop a portfolio of projects.
- Work in teams as much as you can.
- Seek informal leadership roles.
- Find your flaws—and fix them.
- Think and act globally.