B. P. Narsimha Rao was born in Parvathipuram, Srikakulam district of Andhra
Pradesh. He received his primary education from Rajahmundry. He further pursued
his B.Sc. in Biology from Andhra University and subsequently did his M.Sc. and
Ph.D. in Botany from Banaras Hindu University. He also did post-doctoral
research by acquiring specialization in Algology (a field related to
Biotechnology) from the University of Madras.
Dr. RB Mankar, the Vice-Chancellor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University in an exclusive interview with India Education Review shares his thoughts about various reforms needed in the technical education in India and advantages for his University being located in the industrial belt of Maharashtra.
Prof Probir Kumar Bose, Director of National Institute of
Technology is an eminent academician with over three decades of teaching experience.
Dr. Bose did his Post Graduation and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from
Jadavpur University and IIT, Bombay respectively. Before joining NIT Agartala
as Director, he was the Professor of the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and
Director, School of Automotive Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
Dr. Srinivasan Sundarrajan is serving as the Director of
National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli. His contribution for
development and production of prestigious missile systems: Prithvi, Agni, Akash
and Brahmos, spans over three decades. He was heading the Brahmos programme
team and just completed a massive indigenisation project that has enabled cost
reduction and schedule compression.
Prof Bijendra Nath Jain is
presently serving as the Vice Chancellor of Birla Institute of Technology and
Science, Pilani. Prof Jain obtained his B. Tech. from IIT Kanpur and Ph.D. from
SUNY, Stony Brook (NY), both in Electrical Engineering. Since 1975, he was with IIT, Delhi where he
has been a Microsoft Chair Professor, Head of the Department, Dean Alumni
Affairs, and Deputy Director (Faculty Affairs).
James Richardson is the Director of International Development
at Sheffield Hallam University which consists of three teams: international
operations, international marketing and international recruitment. He is also
responsible for managing the University's five overseas offices in India,
Pakistan, Nigeria, Malaysia and China. He joined Sheffield Hallam in 2011 where
he has helped establish the Directorate of International Development as the
The basic problem with higher education in India is lack of well qualified and trained teachers.We have to focus primarily on improving the teaching quality. UGC and various committees have proposed several reforms but their implementation remains an issue due to many teacher unions who have vested interest. So, a total revamp is required to make faculty well trained in the institutions across the country.
Our university is a pretty young institution. In the past one year, we have started post graduate programmes, research programmes, diploma courses like medical law & ethics and cyber law. We will be launching three centres for research of which one will be research centre on Police Studies another one will be on Law and Development and the third one will be on Law and Agriculture.
The major issue concerning research development in our universities is of funding. The educational institutions should be funded by government as well as alumni who are doing very well in their field. Once, the issue of funding gets resolved then research work can be done at a faster pace. It is also very crucial that the interest of the researcher should also be there for efficient results in research activities.