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Interview: Prof. Pankaj Jalote, Director, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology

How do look at your association with Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology?

It is Very Exciting to be the Director of this college. Yet the entire journey was great and an experience to be cherished. The college is outstanding and there were many challenges.

What drove you toward Engineering?

Every individual has his own strength on different aspects, people develop likes and dislikes. One should take decisions on the careers as per their strength

Any significant challenges you faced as a Director, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology?

A biggest challenge these days is to get good faculty. Not too many colleges are able to enroll good faculty, we even recruited abroad for this purpose.

Doing good research, giving good education, designing curriculum as well as delivering them properly are some of the challenges that we face these days. But, doing research is a long process it need lots of feedbacks from faculties, students which is harder thing to do in India. Average faculty can deliver good education but cannot do good research so there is a big challenge to enroll good faculties

How do you look to enhance the value of various engineering programs offered by the institute?

We are focusing on high quality teaching, we have started a three week feedback system for the faculties. We have got experts from IEEE for the enhancement of the education. As,the courses changes with the real time situation so there is importance of a high quality curriculum. Students needs to have ability for independent projects as well as independent study

Is the focus primarily on problem solving?

Focus is not only on problem solving, there are other factors also as for a long term career you need problem solving skills as well as science and principles involved

What according to you are the top 2 qualities that an aspiring engineer must possess?

According to me a good engineer must have technical skills, Engineering ability, ability to design things, ability to learn, ability to innovate and communicate which is not found these days in the students. I have seen a computer science students not been able to write programs and electronics students not able to design circuits many times.

Is there any major transformation expected in the programmes offered at the institute?

No, in the programs we just revised them little bit, changes are ongoing process. Currently we are not able to take more students so there are no such transformations in the curriculum

What do you think makes IIIT so attractive to the students?

Attractiveness I feel comes for those who really want to excel in their life and love to learn new things, for that hard work is required. I feel that students take engineering as a stepping stone for something else. One must understand their ability and strength and then choose these courses that require hard work

What is one stream or an area of engineering and technology you wish students knew more about?

That’s a good one..!! No specific answer for this. I can give a general answer. My belief is that you need to have depth and breadth in the courses to excel. In engineering it is challenge to have depth and breadth in the subjects. Focus should be developing out of box thinking which is very important to have these days

Any advice to Young students?

I have seen that the students these days focus on getting marks, they don’t go in the depth of the subject to get knowledge. One has to shift gears from school to college but students don’t often shift their gears, they still focus on getting marks which should not be the priority

 

Brief Bio: Prof Pankaj Jalote

Pankaj jalote is the director of Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi (IIIT D). He has a B.Tech Degree from IIT Kanpur, M.S from Pennsylvania State University, and Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of four books including the highly acclaimed CMM in Practice, which has been translated in Chinese, Japanese, Korean etc, and the best-selling text book An Integrated Approach to Software Engineering. His main area of interest is Software Engineering. He has served on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Intl. Journal on Empirical Software Engineering, and IEEE Trans. on Services Computing. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of INAE.

Before joining as the Director of IIIT-D, he was a Microsoft chair professor at Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Delhi. Earlier he was a professor in Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur, where he was also the Head of the CSE Department from 1998 to 2002. From 85-89, he was an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland at college Park. From 1996 to 1998, he was Vice President at Infosys Technologies Ltd., a large Bangalore based software house, and from 2003 to 2004, was a Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, USA.

Last Updated - 02 Apr 2016

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