Our endeavor is to bring quality and modernisation in the education sector that helps the nation progress, says Sanjeev Agrawal, Chairman, Sagar Institute of Research & Technology (SIRT), Bhopal
You have carved a niche for yourself in the education sector. How did the journey begin?
During my early years, I went through the work and life of eminent personalities like Swami Vivekanand. They inspired me to get into the higher education sector to serve the society. Sagar Institute of Reseacrh & Technology (SIRT) started its operations in the year 2003 under the patronage of Shri Agrawal Technical & Education Society. Since then, all our efforts are aimed at imparting quality education to our students and encouraging research for the growth and development of the country. At SIRT, we are creating avenues for the corporate world to explore the education sector in India while fostering industry- academia partnership. Apart from imparting education, we believe in providing our students opportunities to showcase their talents in extracurricular and cultural activities.
What challenges did you face in your journey?
The main challenge was to create an atmosphere of commitment and dedication.
What prospects do you see for yourself in the near future as an academic entrepreneur?
We are looking at developing research-oriented institutions in engineering, pharmacy, basic and management sciences. These will work on real-life problems.
We are networking with all the stakeholders in the education sector and encouraging innovation in order to address the challenges confronting technical education in the years to come.
What is your vision for the institute?
Our efforts are dedicated to transform SIRT into a knowledge enterprise capable of:
Production of knowledge: This will comprise of data collection, conversion into information and learning to use and apply the knowledge to specific and useful purposes.
Marketing knowledge: This will be done with the helpof Information Technology. The aim is to enable transfer of knowledge and the capability to use it.
Maintenance of knowledge: The goal is to regularly and consistently update and upgrade knowledge and its applications.
Innovating knowledge: In this, new knowledge and the scope of its application is expanded and extended.
What has been your mantra for success?
Determination, honesty and transparency are the keys to success. Timely planning and consistency are among the other factors that have helped us grow.
What is the role of education in nation building? How are you contributing to it?
General education, and science and technology can help in the development of the society by broadening its vision. Our endeavor in this is to bring quality and modernisation in the education sector that helps the nation progress. We also use the most innovative teaching methodologies and best teaching practices to ensure that our students are equipped with the latest techniques and technologies.
Apart from your work interests, what are the pursuits that help you to unwind?
Aesthetic creativity, spiritualism and social service are my key interests and help me relax.