Ques. We researched on your profile and we noticed that you have profound academic experience. Can you tell us something about that?
Ans. After completing my Master’s and Ph.D from Banaras Hindu University, I joined Kurukshetra University as a lecturer in 1982. There I received Young Scientists’ Award and also a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship to go to the US for postdoctoral studies. I was lucky enough to join Population Council at Rockefeller University, New York, and worked in the areas of protein biochemistry and molecular biology and biotechnology. This experience was very useful in shaping up my career in India and thinking in innovative ways. I was instrumental in starting life sciences courses at Pondicherry Central University in 1988. I started the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Centre of Bioinformatics, which has became a Centre of Excellence and the biggest bioinformatics centre in the country. I served as Dean, School of Life Sciences and Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Head, Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics, Pondicherry University. I have around 40 years of teaching and research experience and have published over 160 scientific papers/ reviews in various high impact journals and books and participated in more than 100 national and international scientific conferences. The publications have ‘h’ index of 27 (Scopus) and 33 (Google Scholar). I have been elected as Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences (India). I have been Visiting Professor/ Scientist at The Population Council, Rockefeller University, New York, Cleveland Clinic, USA, Westfalische-Wilhelms University, Muenster, Germany and Hamad Medical Centre, Qatar
Ques. How it feels to have received so many honorary awards?
Ans. I am very lucky that I received many awards and honors from various national and international bodies. I have received many prestigious awards such as Young Scientists’ Award, Asutosh Mookerjee Memorial Award (Indian Science Congress Association), Rockefeller Foundation Special Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, Rockefeller Foundation Biotechnology Career Award, INSA-German Academy (DFG) Exchange Programme, Dr. P.N. Shah Memorial US Vitamin (India) Oration Award, ICMR International Fellowship Award for Senior Indian Biomedical Scientist, Subhash Mukherjee Memorial Infar India Oration Award, Dr. K.K. Iya Memorial Oration (National Dairy Research Institute, India), Vidyasagar Award (Indian Institute of Oriental Heritage, Kolkata) and Foundation Day Lecture, ICAR-Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack. I have been elected as General Secretary (Scientific Activities) of the Indian Science Congress Association for three years. Recently I was also nominated as Vice-President of the Asian Association of Andrology headquartered in Shanghai, China for three years. I also served as member of Executive Committee of Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), (2008-09 & 2009-10) and Founder Convener of Pondicherry Chapter of ISCA. I was President, Section of Animal, Veterinary and Fishery Sciences, Indian Science Congress 2013-14.
Ques. Tell us something about your research work that has appeared in international journals?
Ans. I have significantly contributed in the field of male reproduction and reproductive toxicity. I developed highly specific radioimmunoassay for clusterin and purified clusterin from ram sera, which gave new direction to clusterin research. I have demonstrated that environmental contaminants at very low doses adversely affect male reproduction and have proposed a mechanism of action based on generation of Reactive Oxygen Species and the involvement of mitochondrial and Fas/FasL-dependent cell death pathways. We have demonstrated that Bisphenol A impairs insulin signaling and glucose transport in rat testis thus leading to impaired testicular functions. These studies provided new insights into the mechanism of action of some of the environmental contaminants. I have also contributed significantly to the development of Bioinformatics teaching and research in India. I led to the development of many open access databases.
Ques. How challenging it is to be a board member of national & international journals?
Ans. I am member of editorial boards of six international and national scientific journals. I am serving as a reviewer for more than one hundred national and international journals. It is quite a challenging job as these activities take away some time. But it has several advantages like keeping abreast with the current literature and having a responsibility of quality control of the publications in the field. These activities also put challenges to me.
Ques. Can you enlighten us with the mode of admission in this institute and what are the different courses which are being offered?
Ans. The University has eighteen schools and Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology offers courses in all the branches of Engineering including Architecture. In addition Medicine, Dental, Nursing, Biotechnology, Management, Rural Management, Law, Applied Sciences, Humanities, Film and Media Sciences and Fashion Technology programmes are also available. The University conducts entrance examination KIITEE which is very popular and receives more than 2.3 lakh applications. There is no application or examination fee.
Ques. KIIT University has become a brand in itself. How it helps students in attracting students to the college?
Ans. Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology has become a very sought after University in the eastern part of the country. The University has a world class infrastructure for teaching and research. Almost hundred percent placement record is very important feature of this University.
Ques. How is KIIT University different from other institutes?
Ans. The University is a very student friendly campus with tutor mentor support and an excellent placement record. The University has established several Centers of Excellence in collaboration with Industry. The University has also established Central Advanced Research Centre (CARC) for advanced research. Transparency in all the processes is hallmark of the University. The University has a very active Technology Business Incubator with an emphasis on entrepreneurship development. The University offers Industry sponsored courses in each school. There is great emphasis on co curricular activities.
Ques. What are your long term goals towards KIIT University?
Ans. We are planning to have more innovations and research done on the campus. In addition we want to have a large number of international students on the campus. We want to be providing the best education in the country.
Ques. Tell us about your plans in making this institute as one of the premier institutes of the country?
Ans. All the efforts towards adding more value to Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology teaching faculty and research will help us in making KIIT University as the Pemier University in the country. The students should try to devote more time in acquiring skills and should have quest for lifelong learning. They should try to take up entrepreneurship.
Ques. Any suggestion you would like to give to the current youth?
Ans. I can only suggest the students to work hard and try to make a difference in the place they work in. They should have thirst for interdisciplinary knowledge and for lifelong learning. They should know that the world is moving towards disruptive innovations. Unless they try to catch up with the future they will not be relevant today.
Last Updated - 30 Apr 2016