Born in 1966 and educated at Warangal in Telangana state, T. V. Reddy completed his Masters in English, Economics and Education. He started his career as a teacher in St. Peter’s High School in the year 1987. In 1989, he became the Principal of the school. Since then, he has been working has Mathematics teacher and Principal. In the year 2007, he started St. Peter’s Engineering College along with other members of Shantha Educational Society. This institution is now ranked among the Top 15 Engineering Colleges in Telangana. It is accredited by National Board of Accreditation (NBA). Mr. T. V. Reddy is also Founder member of St. Peter’s International Residential School, St. Peter’s Public School and other sister concern schools. He is also member of various social organizations.
Ques 1: Kindly tell us about your experience in the education industry and what makes it the best industry to work in?
Ans. Our organization i.e., ‘St. Peter’s Group of Institutions’ is in the field of education since 1980. In these 37 years, we are serving for the cause of school and collegiate education. We have started our journey at Warangal in Telangana in the year 1980 with just 176 students and 10 staff members under the leadership of Sri. Thumma Bala Reddy a Visionary who always inspired our management members to serve the people by providing quality education at an affordable price. In a span of 37 years, the institution grew to over a dozen and number of students to over 10,000. We are very happy to provide employment opportunity to 600 teaching and 300 non-teaching personnel. At Hyderabad alone we are providing over 500 jobs to the deserving people. Education field (industry) is the best as it helps us to deal with young minds and a satisfaction that we are preparing the students to be the next generation leaders and contributors for our country.
Ques 2: Please share with us any of the significant challenges you faced as the Head of St. Peter’s Engineering College.
Ans. As a Secretary and Correspondent of St. Peter’s Engineering College, I face a lot of challenges. But we are fully equipped to handle them. Engineering College Curriculum is not revised very often, but we see lot of changes happening in the technical field. New Inventions and innovations have become common and every day something new comes out from different parts of the world. We should pass this information and see that students and staff are ready to explore and know more about these aspects. Students studying in Engineering Colleges are between the age group of 18 to 22 years. Biologically and physiologically rapid changes are observed in students. Their behavior changes from first year to fourth year. The staff should be able to handle all these changes and help them to channelize their energy into right path. We at St. Peter’s Engineering College train our staff to deal with these changes of students. It is easy for a deemed university to handle their students. Colleges like ours, depend on the university which is affiliating us. We need to follow their rules and regulations. However, we at St. Peter’s Engineering College balance these challenges and always are at forefront to help and motivate the students to come out with flying colors.
Ques 3: How does your curriculum ensure best practices of industry?
Ans. We are an affiliated college under JNTU, Hyderabad. We strictly follow the curriculum designed by them. However, the latest changes and trends in their respective domain are always brought to the students in the form of seminars, workshops, symposiums and guest lectures.
Ques 4: What goals do you have in your mind for St. Peter’s Engineering College?
Ans. St. Peter’s Engineering College was established in the year 2007. This is the 11th batch of students taking admissions (For 2017-18). We started with 240 students in 2007 now the total students in the college are 2,800. We have about 350 staff members. The college is accredited by National Board of Accreditation (NBA). This year we are planning for NAAC inspection in August. As for the future goals, we are planning for UGC autonomous status by 2018 and see that St. Peter’s Engineering College gets below 100 ranks by 2019 in NIRF and below 75 rank by 2020 and reach top 50 Colleges by 2021.
Ques 5: You pride yourself for the level of education and responsibility you teach here to students. How do you ensure the quality of education in your Institution?
Ans. I believe that the quality of education in any institution depends on the quality of teachers. We at St. Peter’s Engineering College always motivate our teaching staff to give their best to the students. We have a good screening procedure at the time of appointments. After selecting a teacher, we provide them good support from the senior faculty. All the staff are provided with regular (FDP) Faculty Development Programs. Students’ feedback is very vital in improving the quality of education. Feedback is taken in the beginning of semester and after completing 70% of syllabus. Follow up activities are done to rectify the deficiencies. In addition, we also conduct tutorial and remedial classes regularly.
Ques 6: How do you build a positive school culture of climate?
Ans. Unless the climate is conducive, the academic growth in any institution cannot improve. There has to be a positive atmosphere among the students and staff. Both parties should feel that they have a good environment to grow in the institution. When the academic environment is good than we can observe that the students’ performance graph is always in upward movement. At St. Peter’s Engineering College, there is always a happy and positive culture maintained.
Ques 7: How do you tend to establish a relation with the students?
Ans. Students are the customers in any institutions. We the staff and management are in the college only for the students. At St. Peter’s Engineering College, we understand the importance of the students and always plan and execute programs which are interesting to them. The Students are always empowered to choose their subjects and take part in various clubs (ranging from technical to cultural). This will encourage students to join the club of their choice and improve their skills and also enjoy being a part of the like-minded groups.
Ques 8: How do you look at the growth of students through placement opportunities available at St. Peter’s Engineering College? How do you wish to push the envelope further?
Ans. Parents and students of any Engineering College look for good placement opportunities. We at St. Peter’s Engineering College are preparing our students for the industry needs. Regular and full-fledged training is given to the students right from 2nd year itself. Special CRT camps are conducted in the summer break. We are also providing training after the college timings with free transport. As of now the placement conversion rate is 75 to 80%. We intend to push it to more than 95% by starting various skill development clubs associated to each specialization and prepare students for top level companies at pan India and global level.
Ques 9: What is your philosophy of leadership? How do you describe your leadership style?
Ans. A Leader in the modern era should create and show path for his group. Especially in education field the leader should set an example by their teaching skills, knowledge of the industry and punctuality. At an Engineering College, the Principal and Head of the Departments are all from teaching background. They are all expected to train the staff and in turn help the students to excel. I as a Secretary and Correspondent of St. Peter’s Group of Institutions always give the freedom for the Principal and HODs to lead their co-workers to the utmost satisfaction of them. They should be torch bearers so that the staff can always learn from them and also look for their advice. We always Decentralize the power at St. Peter’s Engineering College. Every in-charge at their own department has the liberty to handle their group according to the vision and mission of their department.
Ques 10: Any Suggestion you would like to give to the cured youth and the aspiring students?
Ans. India is considered to be the youngest nation, not by its age, but because of the young population. We have the maximum youth in our country. Most of our leaders including Shri. Narendra Modi says that our country has a great future because of this youth. But if the youth does not possess required knowledge and skills, then they are going to be a burden for our country. So, I suggest that every student especially Engineering aspirants to set a goal and move towards it by hard work and determination. St. Peter’s Engineering College wishes you all a bright future!Last Updated - 12 Jul 2017