Interview by Swati Mishra
Dr. Sandeep Salodkar, designated as a Vice-Chancellor in Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam University, Indore has dedicated a part of his life to the cause of education. After working as an Engineer in so many reputed companies, he decided to serve the society through education. His contributions extend to as far as publishing around 60 articles in national and international journals, organizing various seminars, workshops and delivering 50 lectures in various important conferences. His efforts were noted by 11 national awards and 8 international awards.
He is being affiliated to various societies like ISTE, IE, FPSI, SAE and many more. Besides being the Chief Editor of the Journal of Innovative Engg. and Research, he has largely contributed towards University enriched Social activities.
Speaking exclusively with Priti Kumar, Dr. Salodkar shares his views on education sector in India, curriculum of the University and talks about many more related topics.
An urgent need to revamp the education model of the country
Today’s world is a world of information, technology, internationalization, and competition. We can perceive education as a human asset that enhances knowledge, skills, talent, abilities, and capabilities to make a person's life much more valuable. When we talk about quality education, it is the excellence of knowledge and information that spreads from educational professionals and platforms to the future generations. As technology is changing, new modes to spread education are orienting. Previously education was just used to spread by teaching styles and limited to institutes but technology has brought it to a level of advancement.
Today we can use the internet to educate our self, E-education is also been introduced and we can also find online educational courses and recorded lectures on CDs, blended learning, mixed mode learning, virtual learning, simulations, role-playing, web-based learning, internet-enabled learning, computer-based training, video conferencing, etc.
High technology has to be adopted as a new challenge in the education world
There are many challenges but foremost one is the challenge in adapting the high technologies in the fields of education. Adoption of E-learning courses, Improvement in teaching-learning process, Upgradation to high-quality research, etc which is ever-evolving with time.
Our curriculum answers “Know-how” and “Know Why” of the students
Our Curriculum is continuously updated to meet the requirement of industry and society so that the student will get updated “Know-how and Know Why” in the field. Industry experts are involved in designing the curriculum and our faculty act more as mentors than teachers to the students.
My whole team is focused on acting more as mentors rather than teachers
I believe in periodic communication but I like to keep it impromptu, rather than a fixed day or date. I try to stay slightly informal in my conversation to extract the difficulties or feedback from them. My whole team is focused on acting more as mentors than teachers. Once we show this generation the correct direction, they can teach themselves with so much at hand due to information technology. I focus on their character building.
Competition enhances the level of deliverance and paves a way to growth
For the last two decades, the education sector is coming up like industry and there is a lot of competition among the keyholders. This growing competition is helping us a lot to improve the quality of education in India. Competition is an essential part of growth or the right way to achieve the targets.
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Our youth constantly needs the right direction and motivation to utilize the resources available
The youth of today have a lot of potential and access to resources that generations before them could not have. The advent of modern technology has enabled them to learn and enter the industry at a young age. While the opportunities are endless, the youth continuously needs direction and motivation and they should learn to identify the resources that can help them achieve their aspirations.