Interview by Kritika Gupta
Appointed as the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Amity University Kolkata, Prof. Ankita Chakravarty has more than 10 years of experience in the education industry. She started her journey with the corporate world, and realised that education was the field she wanted to work for. She strongly believes in Women Empowerment and has worked on various related projects at national and international level.
In conversation with Anjali, she shares her views on the education industry in India and talks about Amity University and its USP. Edited excerpts:
Thoughts on the education industry and what makes it the best!
Many aspects make the education industry the best to work with. While I learned a lot from the corporate world, but the satisfaction to teach young minds, to nurture their talent is immense in this sector. It is this industry that gives us the opportunity to shape the young minds to serve our society in a better and a healthy way.
Dr. Chakravarty’s style of managing the University
By and large, I believe in democratic leadership, where all team members are involved in decision-making. As a leader, I would hold the final responsibility, but the team must be allowed to pour in their creativity, intelligence with hone and must be treated through fairness.
In today’s work life, especially in our kind of industry where the nature of team can differ from time to time. It may be handling a group of students or maybe teachers or maybe non-teaching faculty, so a democratic leadership must be blended with strategic leadership style wherein the need for responsibility, need for practicality can be identified and implemented.
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Amity’s promise to deliver the best
Amity takes the responsibility of upgradation of newer teaching pedagogies, implementations of new techniques and technologies. We assure to hold regular faculty and student exchange program with other national and international universities that gives required exposure and flavor to the student’s platter. Inviting industry experts, organising industry tours and many more similar activities makes our students more aware with the ongoing and upcoming real-world scenarios.
Dr. Chakravarty take on education structure in India and abroad
Amity Kolkata takes pride in offering infrastructural environment, teachers, facility, techniques which are not only par excellence but make the students ready for the global platforms. Amity Kolkata practices choice-based-credit-system (CBCS) through which students can have a choice to choose their subjects from other domains also.
A big NO to any biases or racism at the University
Every single entity, be it student or employee is proudly named as Amitian. All are welcome and treated equally. There is zero ragging and no biasedness. In this fun and friendly environment, important celebrations from all parts of the world are arranged with a lot of pomp and show. Foreign languages like French or German, and more. are a compulsory part of creating a class of universally spoken languages.
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Methods opted to establish a healthy relation with students
At Amity University Kolkata –
- We practice the mentor-mentee system. These enable the students to share their problems, concerns and feel comfortable confiding in their teacher mentors and receiving timely guidance.
- Celebrating some big-scale events create a common platform of ease and fun for students from different disciplines. Also, working together for a common cause creates harmony.
- Transparent yet confidential feedback system empowers students to make their voice, problems, and choices reach out to the people concerned.
- NO-ELECTION Policy keeps the environment free from rivalry, enmity.
Priorities in the coming years!
We are working hardly towards offering –
- Quality Research
- Best Management Practices
- Introducing Social Out Reach Programs
Suggestions to the current youth
We all are a witness of West now looking up to East, in every area. I would suggest the youth of this nation to recognise and feel proud of their country. They must accept and welcome the practices, the vast knowledge and resources available in this country. Make all this, your strength and become more and more job-creators; not job seekers.
Respect your parents and elders-blessings, they are true power and success force in one’s life. Make the nation free of prejudices, negativities, and crimes. Education is much mightier, use to create India a superpower, where the softness lies in every heart.