Prof. TKK Reddy is the Director General of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University.
His educational qualification includes Bachelors of engineering education from Osmania University, College of Engineering, Hyderabad (1973-78). He has done M.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India (1978-80); a Second Masters (1981-83) and Doctoral (1983-87) degrees from Drexel University, USA and a Post-Doctoral stint (1988) in Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA.
Prof. Reddy is a recipient of State Award as Meritorious Teacher for 2010 by the Government of Andhra Pradesh, Excellent Research paper award in ICMO International conference held in 2013, and a recipient and Principal Investigator of seven research projects from DRDO, New Delhi and All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi worth Rupees 86.73 lakhs.
Tell us about your experience in the education industry and what makes it the best industry to work in?
I entered academia because of the freedom it offered me to post two/three brief stints working in PSU’s. The challenge of capacity and capability building of raw youngsters into 21st Century professionals with an Indian ethos and global outlook excited me a lot. I have spent 32 years in academia and I am looking forward to many more fruitful years. The paradigm shifts in Technologies/Economics/Policies/Governments require us to be in constant touch with Industry/Government/R & D/ NGO’s/ Society to evolve strategies for imparting knowledge and skills, and above all, to make students into good human beings who care about people and the environment.
Being the Director General of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat what is your philosophy of leadership? How would you describe your leadership style?
Essentially, I am democratic in decision making as I elicit the views of all stakeholders and then carefully weigh the pros and cons of a situation and then try and take a decision which is practicable and implementable. Ideally, apart from day to day administration, I would like to go out and meet with people from all walks of life to derive new ideas and insights from experiential knowledge and from reading from various sources such as books, internet, social media, conferences, etc.
You have done your Doctorate from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA and earned an M.Tech from IIT, Madras, Do you agree that the other Universities across the country are coming at the level of IITs or will there always remain a difference in terms of quality education?
The ingredients required for a high-quality institution such as an IIT is possessing high-quality faculty, top-notch students and state of the art infrastructure and adequate finances with an enabling academic and research ambience. PDPU is one such University. The key question is the fixation of tuition and other fees which are in the hands of the GoI or GoG, as the case may be.
Considering the huge outflow of precious foreign exchange (running into billions of dollars) for students desirous of studying abroad (because they could not crack the entrance exam of an IIT/NIT/Govt. College/etc), the GoI should allow to select Universities to charge fees commensurate with salaries paid in attracting top-quality faculty with international credentials, possessing world class infrastructure and facilities. These Universities can operate at a fraction of the cost of getting a foreign education thereby saving precious foreign exchange. This is one avenue for other Universities to come to the level of top-notch universities. The rider is that it should attract top-notch students.
How does your curriculum ensure best practice of industry?
PDPU has an effective symbiosis with GoI/GoG/Oil & Gas Industry/Other Industry/R&D Organisations/NGO’s/etc. Our curriculum mandates multiple rural/corporate/ industry internships enabling students to experience real-world scenarios. The eighth semester of the B.Tech Program is devoted entirely to an industry internship and undertaking of a live project mentored both by PDPU faculty and industry experts.
How do you look at the growth of students through placement opportunities available at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University? How do you wish to push the envelope further?
Placements are largely in the core industries such as ONGC, OIL, L&T, ESSAR, Adani, etc. with a few placements also taking place in the IT sector. Our endeavour is to get all our graduating students placed with reasonably good packages. We would like the student mobility quotient to improve further as we are encouraging start-ups/ business incubators through our TBI funded by NSTEDB, DST, GoI & GoG; several students also look forward to pursuing higher studies abroad, for which we have provided an enabling scheme, International Exposure Program, wherein PDPU offers 50% subsidy on the cost of such programs and the student is required to pay the balance 50% of the cost, excluding travel and visa expenses. Over the past seven years, PDPU has spent Rs. 9.21 crores having sent 515 students for the IEP program.
How do you tend to establish a relationship with the students being the Director General of the University? How do you make yourself available to them?
I interact with students on a regular basis in the formal and informal mode- In person and by email, sometimes in classrooms in the absence of the teaching faculty and staff.Last Updated - 07 Oct 2017