Prof. N. Siva Prasad, Ph.D. (from IIT Madras) joined as a staff member in IIT Madras in 1977 and worked as a Professor, Registrar etc. till June 2014. His areas of interest are Machine Design, CAD, FEM and Computer Graphics.
He has guided 31 research projects leading to Ph.D. and MS (by Research) degrees A few research projects are in progress He has published over 100 papers in referred journals and conferences. He has completed about 55 developmental projects for organizations such as BHEL, ISRO, and BEL. He has 4 patents; some of the patents are in production. He has text books on Machine Design, Mechanics of Materials and Engineering Mechanics (Statics and Dynamics) published by Tata McGraw Hill Book Company. Prof. Siva Prasad is a strong believer in continuing education programs. He visited UK with a British Council scholarship and Germany with DAAD fellowship. He has also been to US, China, Thailand, and Malaysia on different occasions in various professional capacities. He spent two years in University of Malaysia, Sabah as a Professor. He is a member of many national committees appointed by AICTE, UGC, DRDO, ISRO, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers and other government bodies. He is a founder member of Product Development Management Association (India) besides being a member of several other prestigious professional bodies. He has served as Secretary, Association for Machines and Mechanisms for 10 years and as an EC member for Society for Automotive Engineers, Southern Chapter. On superannuation from IIT Madras, Prof. N. Siva Prasad joined GITAM University, Hyderabad in July 2014 as Director, GITAM School of Technology and was elevated to the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor, GU-Hyderabad recently.
Ques 1: Kindly tell us about your experience in the education industry and what makes it the best industry to work in?
Ans. I believe running an education institute is not running an industry. There is quite a difference between the concept of education and the concept of industry. In the education institute, we have to focus on giving the knowledge to the young aspirants entering into the fortress of the University. We have to mould the students as an all-round developed adult by the time he/she passes out of the University. We have to focus on training the student for lifelong learning positive attitudes with ethical values.
Ques 2: Any of the significant challenges you faced as the Vice Chancellor of GITAM University?
Ans. A student joins with the aspiration to become an Engineer. Students are exposed to rote learning in their intermediate studies without having an application of fundamental to the engineering problems that come in the profession to transform the students with problem-solving skills.
Ques 3: How does your curriculum ensure best practices of Industry?
Ans. The curriculum is revised periodically considering the needs of the industry and changes that are taking place in technological sphere. Choice Based Credit System introduced by GITAM University in the academic year 2015-16 provides enough of flexibility in the curriculum for a student to choose the subject of his/her interest.
Ques 4: What goals do you have in your mind for GITAM University?
Ans. A student passing out from GITAM University should be capable of meeting the work requirement of the Industry the day he joins them. A GITAM University student should be the first preference of the Industry in the campus recruitment
Ques 5: 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. The quality of education depends on three parameters viz., good curriculum, student friendly teaching/learning process and a good examination procedure. To evaluate the knowledge of the students, periodical reviews are held on the quality of question paper, teaching learning process, and the performance of the student. The corrective actions are taken wherever needed, inputs from the industry are taken about the performance of the students in the job.
Ques 6: How do you build a positive school culture or climate?
Ans. Students are addressed by the University authorities and experts from the industry, well-recognized persons in the society to build a positive attitude in the students’ mindset. Various cultural programs are arranged on the theme of collective responsibility, ethical values, and the community services.
Ques 7: How do you tend to establish a relationship with the students?
Ans. GITAM University, administration, and faculty members treat the student as their ward when they are on the campus. University takes care of the student’s interest and guides them in the right direction for building self-confidence and becoming a good engineer and responsible citizen. There is always a climate of family relation on the campus where the students, faculty and other employees of the University feel they belong to one family.
Ques 8: How do you look at the growth of the students through placement opportunities available at GITAM University? How do you wish to push the envelope further?
Ans. Placement office at GITAM University is headed by a doctorate from IIT Kharagpur having more than 15 years of experience in the industry. A well-designed placement training program will help to enhance the soft skills and the basic knowledge in the domain of the specialization, Logical reasoning, group discussion and importance of the team work are emphasized during the training period. In order to enhance the skills of the students and be prepared to be useful to the Industry a Skill Development Centre has been established with latest tools such as Data Analytics and Cloud Computing from IBM, networking on CISCO Networking Academy, MoUs with HITACHI, VIRTUSA POLARIS for developing the software testing tools and software related industrial applications, Excellent facilities have been developed in Computer Aided Engineering with 3D printing digital manufacture facilities along with design and analysis tools such as PROE and emphasis to serve the interest of Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and Civil Engineering students.
Ques 9: What is your philosophy of leadership? How would you describe your leadership style?
Ans. The philosophy of the leadership is to build the team to work together and gain the confidence of student and other supporting staff. The success of the University will depend upon the contribution from top administration to gardener and housekeeping personnel. Gaining the confidence of the student and parents is very important.
Ques 10: Any suggestions you would like to give to the current youth and the aspiring students?
Ans. Plenty of opportunities are available for the current students. They have to focus on utilizing the time in improving their knowledge and skills during their stay at the University. They should concentrate on learning add-on courses of their interest and they provide better job opportunities. Students should utilize their free time to take up the innovative project and complete them to publish papers in the student's context and conferences.Last Updated - 30 Jul 2018