Mr. K. K. Tiwari, Chancellor of Mansarovar Global University, Bhopal, has nearly two decades of experience in the education industry. He has been a leader, entrepreneur, academician, researcher associated with the several institutions. He has grown into a multidisciplinary and research-oriented group with five different colleges relating to Ayurveda, Dental, Nursing, School Education and MGU. He has acquired a stellar reputation in India and abroad for its effort to promoting excellence in teaching, research, capacity building and community service.
In conversation with Mayank Kothari, the academician talks about his experience in the education industry, highlights the journey of Mansarovar Group and more.
Journey of Mansarovar Group and the rise of MGU
Started with a handful number of forty students, the Mansarovar Public School today enjoys trust of 200 teachers and around 1500 students. The Group has witnessed gigantic expansion by introduction of Mansarovar Dental College offering 250 dental chairs and MDS in Prosthodontics and Endodontics. Mansarovar Ayurvedic College is yet another feather in the cap of the Group approved by central council of Indian Medicine, New Delhi and Govt. of India (AYUSH) and affiliated to the Madhya Pradesh Medical Health Science University, Jabalpur.
The association with various external organizations has opened unprecedented opportunities for both teachers and students. Looking into the deep opportunities and the growing need of education, the Mansarovar Group established Mansarovar Global University in 2018 near Sehore, offering courses in plethora of fields including Agriculture, Legal studies, Hotel Management, Mass Media, Journalism, Science and Technology, Engineering, Pharmacy, Management, Nursing, Paramedical, Fashion and more.
Leadership style followed by Mr. Tiwari for Mansarovar
According to me leadership is a continuous hustle which has to be fuelled by innovative ideas and well-timed planned strategies. The journey from 1999 to 2019 has taught me that no matter how befitting your ideas might be, you should always be ready to grind your way through unknown challenges that awaits.
The Group seeks to inculcate the idea of leadership in faculty and students alike in furtherance of which, Mansarovar has planned to organize events such as SIARAM Cup (Interschool Football Tournament), CDE and CME programmes, Mansarovar Dental College Fest (JALSA), Mansarovar Ayurvedic Medical College Fest (Atharva), Vh1 Supersonic, Shri Guruve Namah (Felicitation ceremony) for teachers and Academicians).
Constant effort to impart education in rural areas
The story of Mansarovar Group is not oblivious to difficulties but rather involves overcoming obstinate challenges while scouting into unknown territory. I proposed the idea of establishing the first school at Gram panchayat which was predominantly, rudimentary and underdeveloped. Such unorthodox idea coupled with the need to arrange qualified faculty for the students in such a locality seemed refractory and against all intellectual reflex. The scarcity of trained and qualified faculty was saturated by the reflux which was result of establishing Mansarovar College.
I believe that lack of quality education depletes more talent than any other factor in rural areas. The inability of rural people to commute long distances and afford education has been a major challenge among others. Unlike plant seeds, buried talent does not grow unless a proper environment is nurtured around it. Since majority of them cannot come to us, we decided to greet them in their own locality. The response in terms of enrolment of students saw exponential growth over the years.
Curriculum of MGI delivering industry level knowledge
The syllabi of Mansarovar is well articulated between the elementary grades, high school and college education, making recognized connections with other disciplines. The topics are easily adaptable and promises to meet the diverse needs of students and situations. Industry experts are invited to review the curriculum regularly. This practice grooms the students in the best way possible and deal with the real-life situations without any hesitations.
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Changes introduced in the industry in past few years
See, the education industry has changed drastically from being a temple of learning to become a service provider. Thankfully, the respect teachers had from the students is still there. We did go through a proliferation of colleges affiliating to large universities, which have catered to large number of youths over years. This model is perhaps not the best model for excellence as these institutions suffer from lack of autonomy.
I belong to the group who feel academic autonomy is “essential to excellence” and if we do not create excellence, then the regulators need to own up their share of the blame. We are now in a phase of autonomous institutions in the form of unitary universities which need to gear up to face challenges in the future.
Mr. Tiwari’s definition of an ideal school environment
According to me, an ideal school environment embraces the idea that all students can learn and it works up to build safe learning spaces for students. In here, we hire teachers who are knowledgeable, care about student learning, and adapt our instruction to meet the needs of these young learners. We also try to be nimble and adjust as per the needs of Parents.
Basically, a school culture consists of the underlying influences and attitudes within the school — based on the norms, traditions and beliefs of the staff and students.
Every classroom environment contributes to your school culture. Sometimes, for real change to occur with students, it’s the adults who have to change first. Together as a staff, you need to create a shared vision of your school. That means developing consistent school rules and ways of defining and meeting student behaviour. When students believe that the rules are fair and consistently enforced, it goes a long way toward building trust.
Mission and Vision of and for the Group
I believe that entrepreneurship in education sector should not be solely profit oriented. It is a sector where ethos, pathos and logos are indebted to moral and ethical culpability the roots of which can be found in ancient India where the educators of masses were considered supreme and held an unimpeachable place in society. As successor of such great culture Mansarovar Group shall continue to cherish the idea of growth and social welfare in its institutional management.
The Mansarovar Group of Institutions is creating new milestone always with the vision of unending journey in pursuit of excellence-culmination of a long-standing dream to establish a seat of global learning that reflects the best practices of the leading institutions of the world.
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Suggestions and message to the young generations
Our young generation of today has both good qualities and some deficiencies in them. This generation has a series of understandings and emotions that the previous generations did not possess and therefore, we must always give them the benefit of the doubt.
At the same time, they also have some corrupt thoughts and negative ethical traits which must be removed from their character. It is not possible to remove these traits from them without keeping in mind and respecting the good qualities that the youth possess – meaning their understandings, emotions and their other noble traits and qualities – thus, we must show respect to them in these regards.