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Interview: Col. Dr. VRK Prasad, Vice Chancellor, ICFAI University Nagaland

How do you look at your association with ICFAI University, Nagaland?

So far so good. It's been quite a fascinating journey. Our mission was to be the trendsetters in the field of education and improvise the current pedagogy to satiate the varying needs of the students. It's a unique institution and I feel lucky having been a part of it.

Any of the significant challenges you faced as a Vice Chancellor, ICFAI University, Nagaland?

Establishing a university in a seemingly remote area had its share of hassles and potholes. Initially, finding a sufficient land for building a campus was the huge hurdle yet we overcame that. Secondly, the lack of accommodation and transport facilities for students and faculty members was another major issue since the campus is located at least 10 kms away from Dimapur on national highway to Kohima, however the challenge was met with great ease and so far, the university is doing pretty well.

How do you look to enhance the value of MBA or other PG programs of the University?

Icfai University Nagaland established by an act of Nagaland State Legislative Assembly vide Act No 2 of 2006 is empowered to award degrees under Section 22 of UGC Ammendment Act 1956.The university has set a benchmark in terms of management education and is aimed to create future leaders. Despite the dearth of local employment opportunities, our graduates have managed to get employed outside the state and continue to get absorbed in reputed firms with the excellent know-how and skills.

How do you stand against the big brands in Management or in university system?

Quality is our middle name and we persistently work towards achieving that in order to make a mark in the Northeast in general and in the state of Nagaland in particular. By all means, our competition is with ourselves for we are focused on becoming a brand pretty soon.

What according to you are the top 2 things that the PG programs of Icfai University Nagaland teaches and nobody else teaches?

Inculcating in-depth knowledge through one-of-a-kind pedagogy and ensuring its proper application by students in years to come.

How your curriculum ensures best practices of Industry?

Regular interaction with the industries by means of projects, internships, guest lectures and seminars and management festivals etc. proves beneficial.

How opportunity does differentiate at your university for the students?

World class education right at the student's doorstep at economical rate without having to leave the state, is what we precisely believe in. Parents sending off their wards to other regions and shelling out large sums of money for their higher education is the prime reason we want to broaden our horizons and attract more students here by offering high quality education at their doorstep.

Your take on employability vs placements w.r.t MBA program?

The students develop a deep insight in terms of employment through rigorous training which eventually prepares them for the placements ahead. Due to the dearth of employment opportunities within the state, they are trained in the best way possible so as to be employed globally.

What is your message to the students who wish to join ICFAI University Nagaland?

Make an informal visit to our plush green campus at Sovima in Dimapur, Nagaland or browse through our website. Have a chat with the current and ex- students. You can even have a rendezvous with our eminent faculty members. After weighing in your options, you can finally make a choice. It's a promise, you won't regret it.

How do you look at enhancing student-industry interaction at ICFAI University, Nagaland?

Preparing the students for the corporate world by encouraging entrepreneurial skills through quality interaction with the industry experts both from within and outside the state. The frequent industrial tours and visits also work in the best interest of students wherein even the members of the faculty have a healthy interaction with the industry experts.

Any advice to Young Students?

Don't blindly rush after brands. Choose an institution that makes your education journey eventful and makes you a responsible individual you were meant to be with all the praiseworthy credentials and expertise.

Brief Bio:Col.Dr. VRK Prasad

Col.Dr. VRK Prasad is the Vice Chancellor of ICFAI University Nagaland since January 2012. He served the Indian Army for a remarkable 26 years and took voluntary retirement after reaching the respectable rank of Colonel, back in 1996. Apart from working as the Dean in IBS (ICFAI Business School) from March 2000- May 2006, thereafter he was also the founder Director of an exclusive HR school till 2011.He had brief stint of 3 years in corporate before plunging headlong into academics. A man of great intellect and taste, he has published 50 articles 9 book summaries in various magazines and journals. His excellent academic record also boasts of editing of a professional HR magazine apart from five derivative books, three on management and leadership and two on HR. He is a pioneer in promoting the cause of HRM in education sector in our country. His extraordinary repertoire of four self-authored books on business skills management and engineering education reflects his determination and resolve to excel and make a difference. Born with a will to leave an indelible mark behind, Dr. Prasad is an epitome of wisdom and steadfastness.

Last Updated - 13 Aug 2015

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