Dr. Roshan Lal Raina, before taking over as the Vice-Chancellor of JK Lakshmipat University was a Professor in ‘Communication’ at the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIML), where he successfully initiated and handled institution-building activities in areas like ‘Placements’, ‘Corporate Communication & Media Relations’, Student Affairs’, and ‘Alumni Affairs’. Dr. Raina is credited with building and managing state-of-the-art and world-class academic infrastructure, including the learning resource center at IIML.
Apart from being an able institution builder, Dr. Raina’s contributions in matters academic and administrative are many and varied.
On the academic front, besides teaching a variety of innovative courses in the areas of ‘Communication for Management’, he has had several prestigious assignments in educational institutes in US, UK, France, Germany, and Canada. Reputed organizations like the Fulbright Foundation (USA), the British Council (UK), the Max Mueller Bhawan (Germany), the ESCP-EAP (France), and the IDRC (Canada) sponsored these assignments.
In terms of research, he has authored 6 and edited 11 bestselling books, journal volumes, and conference/seminar proceedings. Dr. Raina has published 70 research papers in national and international level peer-reviewed journals and has also presented (mostly on invitation) 118 papers in national and international conferences and seminars.
Concurrently, he has been involved in several consulting and research assignments awarded by reputed national and international agencies like the JSI, Deliver, USA, IDRC, Canada, The Johns Hopkins University/Centre for Communication Programs, Baltimore, USA, the UP State Electricity Board (in connection with an injunction from the Apex Court), State Water and Sanitation Mission (GOUP), UP State Road Transport Corporation, DESIDOC, DRDO (GOI) and the MHRD (GOI).
Q. Kindly tell us about your experience in the education industry and what makes it the best industry to work in?
Ans. An amazing opportunity to nurture and groom competent, socially responsible, career and life ready professionals. The ‘Youth’ of today for tomorrow’s (digital) ‘World’. Always sharing your valued possessions and becoming richer with each sharing, is what makes it the best area to work in.
Q. Any of the significant challenges you faced as the Decision Maker / Mentor of JK Lakshmipat University?
Ans. Attracting and retaining the best talent (faculty and students, in particular) for quality input, and output.
Q. How does your curriculum ensure best practices of the industry, How would students benefit more from specific courses at JK Lakshmipat University?
- Course curriculum designed by the JKLU faculty is overseen at three levels (Area/Department Level; Board of Studies Level; and Academic Council Level) and each level has a membership of seasoned external academics and industry professionals in the relevant area;
- Delivery of application-oriented concepts and fundamentals in an integrated manner is done by practicing professionals and supported by the state-of-the-art lab, library, and computing facilities.
- Assessment and evaluation is a continuous one and application oriented in most of the situations.
- Specialization courses offered under long-term collaboration with select but credible industry partners help our students to be industry ready, which is what matters for fulfillment of their dreams.
Q. How crucial is students’ practical knowledge and technical knowledge when they apply for a job? How significant is on-the-job training?
Ans. As recruiters expect performance on desired lines from their employees, right from day one of their joining, practical knowledge is very crucial to make them industry-ready. JKLU addresses this concern very well by organizing practice school and summer internships for all its students at most meticulously planned and regular intervals of time.
Significance and seriousness of such associations with industries of repute ensure cent-per-cent placement of all our graduates in companies of their choice and most of them bag pre-placement offers (PPOs).
Q. What goals do you have in your mind for JK Lakshmipat University? What direction do you see the University growing in the future?
Ans. JKLU must excel as a credible and visible institute of excellence in higher education and research space, primarily in the domains of engineering, technology, and management. It must also, in due course, embrace other science streams, liberal arts, social science disciplines and other upcoming and futuristic areas. While fulfilling these goals, every care is taken to ensure respectable employability of all its graduates.
Q. You pride yourself on the level of education and responsibility you teach here to students. How do you ensure the quality of education in your institution?
Ans. By continuously bringing in and building upon the elements of ‘quality’ and ‘contemporariness’ in the ‘input’, ‘process’ and ‘output’ of:
- Knowledge generation (research);
- Knowledge dissemination (teaching; and
- Knowledge application (services).
Q. How do you build a positive school culture or climate?
Ans. By creating a sense of belongingness, bonding, and seriousness of purpose among the key constituents and these are the Students, Alumni, Faculty, and the Staff. Such a bonding is further nurtured by campus life as JKLU operates from a residential campus.
Q. What is your philosophy of leadership? How would you describe your leadership style?
Ans. JKLU operates with the philosophy of ‘Oneness’ among all the key stakeholders of JKLU, towards realization of its vision, mission, and objectives. Leading from the front and by example, is what I believe in and this has helped me to take my colleagues and teams along.
Q. Being a professor yourself and to be involved in the deep decision makings of the Institute, how important do you feel the need of the Top Managements of various institutes to be involved in daily decision makings?
Ans. For deep/long range planning and decision-making, it is important but not so for daily decision making.
Q. What would be your ideal school environment, and how would you encourage that kind of culture?
Ans. Teacher – taught respectful relations at its peak is what I feel takes a ‘gurukul’ to heights. Attracting and retaining knowledgeable and passionate faculty; ever inquisitive students and an interactive teaching-learning environment backed by the mentor-mentee system is what I believe will be conducive to the kind of culture that I just said.
Q. Any suggestions you would like to give to the current youth and the aspiring students?
Ans. They must have faith and confidence in themselves to pursue their passion. Whatever they decide to do, they must give their cent-per-cent to do it. They must be prepared to remain students (inquisitive minds) life-long. They must always be prepared to help someone that needs their help and that they can.Last Updated - 22 Jun 2017