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Bangalore, Karnataka AICTE, UGC, NAAC-A, MHRD Estd 1990 Deemed University

Interview: Col. (Hony.) Dr. N. Sundararajan, Vice Chancellor Jain University, Bangalore

1. Tell us something about your academic leadership & rich administrative experience?

Being the first Vice Chancellor of Jain University, I have strived to obtain continuously high ranking of University (from 2013 onwards) among the leading private Universities in India (India Today Survey). I have been responsible for introducing nearly thirty programmes in innovative / emerging areas both at UG and PG levels out of a total of seventy six programmes, that are delivered across six Faculties of the university.

Jain University has been a pioneer in developing innovative learning methodologies in order to enhance learning abilities of the students. In order to harness the power of technology and internet in particular and to develop a unique method of learning process which is student centric, our university has launched the Technology Enabled Learning (TEL) through its Centre for Virtual Learning and Innovation. One of the unique academic practice is imparting a compulsory course on Mind Management and Human Values for all Under-Graduate students.

I have also been deeply involved in encouraging the establishment of six dedicated Research Centres in various disciplines particularly to promote Inter-Disciplinary Research of Societal and National importance.

As Chairperson of the Statutory Bodies of the University like Planning & Monitoring Board, Academic Council, Board of Management etc. I have been able to synergize the contributions from various stake holders in the all round development of the University. I have been responsible for obtaining ISO 9001: 2008 certification from TUV Rehinland for University administration, examinations and Total Quality Management (TQM).

Jain University was able to produce several National / International sports persons of repute in various fields like Swimming, Cricket, Snooker, Billiards, Hockey and so on.

2. What’s your opinion on student centricity towards development in strengthening student employability?

In order to enhance the employability, Jain University strongly believes in the holistic development of our students, by imparting intra-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and value based skill enhancement courses in all the Under Graduate programmes. Further 68 add-on courses are introduced for the specific purpose of increasing the employability of our students. The University has focused on industry linkages at two levels: The first is that of course design wherein courses are co-created with industry and the second level is in terms of skill development in collaboration with industry. The result is already seen in the increased placements to the extent of about 90% in various disciplines.

Jain University has planned to implement the initiative of the UGC to bring about a qualitative improvement in the National Higher Education system through Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) from the academic year 2016-17 in all the Under Graduate progammes which is primarily aimed at increasing the employability of the students.

3. How do you feel on being awarded with the rank of an Honorary Colonel by NCC?

I feel delighted to get the honour of getting conferred with the rank of Honorary Colonel by the Directorate of NCC. This is mainly because of the achievements and accomplishments of our NCC unit. Jain University has been continuously getting the Best Institution (for NCC) award for the past seven years.

4. Being a Vice Chancellor of a University must be very challenging. Can you throw some light on it?

One of the major challenges I am facing is in attracting and retaining high quality teaching talent inclined towards research in emerging areas of societal / National importance resulting in publications in Scopus indexed journals. The other challenges are ensuring gender diversity both among students and teachers, attracting more international students and ensuring ethnic diversity, creating Centres of Excellence in thrust areas and securing National / International recognition.

Jain University being a self-financed private Deemed University, it is a challenge to achieve inclusivity to the desired level. Further, to achieve the academic and research excellence and to meet the matching financial requirements is a challenge.

5. Can you enlighten us with the mode of admission in this institute and what are the different specializations which are being offered?

Transparency is ensured in admission process. Eligibility criteria for each course is explicitly mentioned. Defined norms for admissions is strictly adhered to.

For the Research programmes (M.Phil and Ph.D) admission is based on entrance test and personal interview. For the PG management programmes (MBA) National Level Aptitude Tests like CAT/MAT/XAT and entrance test by Jain University followed by Group Discussion and personal interview. For M.Tech programmes, entrance test by University and also PGCET aspirant are considered. For the B.Tech programmes, National Level CET conducted by Government of Karnataka and Jain University Entrance Test are considered. For B.Com and B.B.A National Level Aptitude Test is conducted by the University. For all other programmes admissions are based on merit in the qualifying examination.

Specializations are offered at all progrmmes of UG and PG studies. For the details you may refer to our University website www:jainuniversity.ac.in.

6. What do you feel is the difference in the mindset of the present generation as compared to the previous generation?

The present generation is exposed to knowledge information through several mass media like Internet, Facebook and social media. This has reduced the dependence on regular class room teaching and prescribed text books and has ultimately resulted in the demand for student centric approach rather than system centric or teacher centric approach of the earlier generation. The present day generation although talented is not in a position to concentrate their energy in a particular field since their attention is directed to several other areas at the same time, where as the earlier generation was able to focus with a definite purpose and goal.

7. How is Jain University different from other management institutes?

The UG management programmes in Jain University started from 1991 while the PG Management programmes started from 2001. The emphasis on developing men and women, who can create jobs and not seek jobs, who are equipped to meet the demands of the contemporary world and who are soaring high on the wings of modern knowledge and skill, is reaping huge dividends. This has resulted in the creation of a separate Centre called Chenraj Roychand Centre for Entrepreneurship (CRCE). This centre has developed a 21-step process for business start-ups. Through its technology and business incubator, CRCE’s focus has been on creating job providers, innovation, knowledge creation and dissemination. This distinguishes Jain University from other Management Institutes. The CRCE has already facilitated incubation of 48 enterprises, has provided strategic support and taken care of development of case studies of the incubated companies. Further, a dedicated MBA programme on Entrepreneurship and family managed business has been introduced in addition to the conventional MBA programmes with different specializations.

8. What are your long term goals towards Jain University?

Jain University commenced its journey as a Deemed University in 2009 and our vision is to be an all-inclusive institution of global ranking by 2020 offering innovative programmes in emerging areas, a burgeoning research environment and be distinguished amongst its peers as a place where the entrepreneurial spirit is fostered and ultimately the fruits of our engagements find resonance in the society. Towards achieving this the following goals have been set up.

  • To be an Academic Innovation driven university.
  • To be an university committed to Research and Innovation.
  • To be an university driven by shared social and economic goals that have an impact on the society.
  • To be an university fostering entrepreneurship.
  • To be an expanding university committed to environmental sustainability.
  • To be an university engaged with diverse communities.

9. Tell us about your plans in making this institute as one of the premier institutes of the country?

The plan is to take Jain University to exceptional heights with burgeoning research, globally acceptable standards of education and a place of higher learning offering all round development. I would personally strive to attain the following overall goals to Jain University as one of the premier institutes of our country.

  • Strengthen existing research areas and research centres by expanding the infrastructure and adding more facilities.
  • Increase the number of research publications in Scopus indexed journals at least by five-fold.
  • Increase the number of learning resources.
  • File more patents and emerge as an intellectual hub.
  • Incubate more companies.
  • Nurture sporting talents to acquire more medals and laurels including gold medal in the forth-coming Olympic games.

10. Any suggestions you would like to give to the current youth?

As I mentioned earlier, the current youth have a tremendous potential. I would like them to develop basic values and virtues (to lead a happy life) like moral uprightness, intellectual honesty, hard work, commitment and above all the spirit of service to humanity. I would like to quote Dhirubai Ambani to them.

  • Think fast, think big and thing  ahead. Ideas are no ones monopoly.
  • If you carry out your goals with determination and perfection, success is bound to follow you.
  • Learn to live your life, enjoying every moment and to convert adversities into opportunities.
Last Updated - 25 Apr 2016

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