Ques 1. Kindly tell us about your experience in the education industry and what makes it the best industry to work in?
Ans. Education in itself may not be called an industry but in my opinion, it is a mission. My long experience as a teacher and also as an administrator in the education sector is highly encouraging and great. The set of people who belong to this field is working together for a higher goal that is to contribute to the future of the nation. Being an academician it gives me a sense of pride and fulfillment as the final outcome is a noble cause so one can freely work without any pressure. Certainly, the human spirit of this field makes it the best industry to work in.
Ques 2. Any of the significant challenge you faced as a Vice-chancellor of Jagannath University?
Ans. Great responsibility brings greater challenges. As an academician, the only and the biggest challenge I considered is to reach out to more and more people to bring them forth and to connect them to the educational wave and consequently manifold the qualitative outcome. We are constantly striving for excellence by promoting free thinking, going beyond conventional methods of teaching and focusing on genuine and applied research.
Ques 3. How does your curriculum ensure best practices of the industry?
Ans. The course curricula are developed after extensive research and interaction with industry, corporate personals, subject experts and alumni. The curricula are regularly revised on the basis of feedback from Industry and Corporate-interface. Rigorous education, industrial visit, internship, training, skill development, etc. are the inbuilt part of the syllabi. It serves the purpose of producing professionally oriented industry ready graduates.
Ques 4. What goals do you have in your mind for Jagannath University?
Ans. Jagannath University is a growing institution and the future holds much more for it. Our aim is to take Jagannath University to the heights by making it a hub for quality education. The core areas which I look forward to revolutionizing are the technical and IT competency of the administration, cultural exchange programs, foreign association, regular updating of the syllabi and working for the satisfaction of the employees and students of the university. Our object is to make the students not only employable but also to inculcate entrepreneurial culture to create employment. The University enjoys a sound reputation and constantly working towards the goal of serving and transforming the students into responsible citizens.
Ques 5. Tell us about the placements and internships of the management students?
Ans. The placement and internship record of our students, in general, has been wonderful. The students are trained beyond books. There is an Intensive Training Program (ITP) conducted as a part placement assistance focusing on mock sessions, interpersonal skills, etiquette, domain knowledge communication and networking, etc. which gives them an edge in placement drives. The students of management are groomed to enter globally integrated business environment through participation in a variety of events regularly organized on the campus. The events include conference, seminar, workshop, interaction with subject experts and industry personals, internships, etc.
Ques 6. How do you build a positive school culture or climate?
Being the official head of the University, my efforts are always to direct my energies for the better employee satisfaction and quality management for the students. I encourage the faculties to come up with new developmental ideas and to fearlessly present them to the administration for the possible implementation. I always strive to bridge the gap between the authorities and the subordinates to bring them on a comfortable working platform. A free flow of ideas, freedom of expression and a healthy communication channel are the important factors that I incorporate in the working of the university to build a positive school culture.
Ques 7. What is your philosophy of leadership? How would you describe your leadership style?
Ans. A leader is recognized as a leader by his teammates because he/she possesses some influential personal traits that affect the group performance and activities. As a leader, I incorporate certain characteristics in my working such as: sharing information with the teammates, understanding the needs and the characteristics of the group, knowing the resources and skillfully utilize them for the development, controlling and counseling, sharing leadership and learning, encouraging research orientation, etc.
Ques 8. JNU is a brand now, how do you feel to be the benchmark for another institute in India?
Ans. The dedicated efforts of the well qualified and experienced faculty for the promotion of holistic education and academic excellence has genuinely given a brand name to Jagannath University. In a short span of time, it has become a preferred destination in the field of higher-education. To acquire such a brand name, it requires more focus on skill development, serious internship and training programs and research contributions by the faculty and the students.
Ques 9. What would be your ideal school environment, and how would you encourage that kind of culture?
Ans. As I have previously stated that a good school climate consists of a free flow of ideas, freedom of expression, a healthy communication channel and a fearless working environment, which I personally incorporate and recommend for establishing an ideal school environment.
Ques 10. Any suggestion you would like to give to the current youth and the aspiring students?
Ans. The youth is the seed of future development for any nation. They are full of natural abilities which need to be pruned and shaped. As Bacon has said: “Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they are bounded in by experience.” The students must strive for the change but they must direct their energies towards the change which brings prosperity and peace to the nation and the world.