Interview by Sakshi Aggarwal
Prof. (Dr.) Devendra Pathak’s has more than 25 years of teaching experience. He has experience of teaching as Professor (Economics and Finance) in India and U K; Principal, Bank’s Staff Training College, Director of a few premier B-Schools, Vice Chancellor of 03; Universities and over 15 years of rich work exposure as Economist in multi-disciplinary stream of banking education and research and administration in Top Management. He has also worked for United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in areas of Project Evaluation, Demographic studies, Manpower Planning etc.
His academic credentials include Ph. D (Doctor of Philosophy) in discipline of ‘Finance’ from Halifax University, Wyoming, USA; Ph. D (Doctor of Philosophy) in discipline of ‘Economics’ from (BU) INDIA; MBA with specialization in ‘Finance’ and Distinction in ‘Personnel Management’ and ‘Industrial Relations’; MA in Economics – 1st class with 2nd rank in the University; B.A. (Honors) in Economics – 1st rank in the University; AIIB ( Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers); PGDSE (Post Graduate Diploma in Social Engineering); AMT (Accredited Management Teacher Certification by AIMA).
Prof. (Dr.) Devendra Pathak has an excellent rapport with National and International print and electronic media, good dialogue with Corporate, bureaucrats and academia. Participated in meetings, piloted deliberations of ASSOCHAM, CII, FICCI, various Chamber of Commerce, AIMA and domestic and international forum.
Induction of new students in Sanskriti University– including for those students recruited through minority routes
Sanskriti University has its own system of inducing a new student, which includes successful completion of an All India Written Test followed by Group Discussion and Personal Interview. This process ensures that a student must secure minimum marks to be eligible for admission besides aptitude for pursuing higher education. As regards recruitment of students through minority route, they too go through the same process.
About non-academic support services in Sanskriti University
We reach out to schools and address our target students explaining the various career opportunities open to them. We also conduct psychometric tests and motivate them to go for the courses best suited for them.
About placement drive, international projects and seminars in the university
Over the period, Sanskriti University has built up good support with some top-notch companies whose Senior Executives interact with our students at irregular intervals. We have some tie-ups for industry-integrated programs which ensure almost 90% of placement of our students. Seminars are a regular feature on the campus and we have tie-ups with a good number of foreign Universities where we have entered into MOU for an exchange program for both students and faculty.
Faculty training at Sanskriti University
Faculty Development Program (FDP), exposure to faculty with existing methodology and emerging pedagogy are the main focus areas for enrichment and development of a Faculty. FDP-both in-house and through reputed outside is conducted in each semester to ensure that our faculty is updated with the latest trends and developments in teaching-learning process.
On staying in touch with the alumni
Sanskriti University in its infancy; however, we keep ourselves connected with international alumni to motivate our domestic students.
Steps taken to maintain the positive environment in Sanskriti University
Students in our university are drawn from pan India and even students from Nepal, Bhutan, South Africa are studying here which afford an occasion to know cross- country culture thus truly exemplifying a global orientation.
Measures taken by the Sanskriti University to ensure the process of internships
It is compulsory for all the pre- final and final year students to undergo 6 to 8 weeks Internship in summer and minimum 15 days in winter. We identify the companies to suit the stream being pursued by a student which adds and supplements to their exposure.
Suggestion for the current youth and the aspiring students
The present scenario is very competitive and dynamic. Changes are very fast. A student has to unlearn, learn and re-learn in order to keep pace with change dynamics. While a student has to be thorough both in theory and practice, he/she should process extraordinary communication and interpersonal skills. We try to inculcate and infuse the qualities in our students to make them as drivers of change.
How you ensure that you meet up with all of your KRA’s?
Leadership blossoms through teamwork which reflects in results. As a Vice-Chancellor, I have to be the most vibrant pivot around which the entire machinery of academic administration and delivery revolves leading to attainment of the vision and mission of the Management. A VC has to be the kingpin ensuring involvement, sincerity, dedication, and loyalty of all the cogs in the wheels of University.