In an exclusive interview with Prathana Dutta of Elets News Network (ENN), Prof R A Gupta, Vice-Chancellor, Rajasthan Technical University (RTU), Kota, gives his insights on how RTU, Kota is working towards a bright future for the youth of Rajasthan and fostering a culture of high quality research in the institute.
What is the vision of RTU that makes it an engine of societal growth in the state of Rajasthan?
The state’s first technical university, Rajasthan Technical University at Kota has been developed with a vision to provide opportunities to the youth of the state, particularly those from humble village backgrounds. The university endeavours to provide the youth with a platform to groom their personality, improve their technical education, develop their entrepreneurship skills and make them employable. The students are encouraged to face the challenges of the competitive world by taking up projects based on solving social/industrial problems. The university adopts villages for upliftment by spreading education through mentoring and motivation.
What are the initiatives taken by you to foster a culture of the high-quality research at your institution?
Initiative of high quality research: A type of research which is oriented to solve industrial and social problems for the benefit of the society is being promoted. To provide better opportunity and ease of access to the upcoming areas of research, various research centres have been established across the state of Rajasthan. To ensure quality and to establish a firm place in emerging technological fields, examiners are appointed from premier institutes and scholars are encouraged to work with pioneers in the relevant fields. A plagiarism checking software has also been adoptedEducation is evolving rapidly to keep up with the needs of industry and markets. In view of this, are you making regular changes to the curriculum of popular courses like B.Tech?
To incorporate global industrial requirements in the present education system, the syllabus/curriculum has been revised as per the modular curriculum prepared by AICTE with inputs from people in industries, premier institutes and alumni of the institute.
Do you follow a student-centric approach to learning? If so, what are the initiatives taken in this regard?
Due weightage is given to interdisciplinary courses, elective courses .and open electives to provide flexibility to the students to opt for courses as per their interest and inclination. A six-week industrial training is ensured for students to familiarise them with the current trends in industries and in areas of their interest. Various innovative teaching methods are being adopted to make the education learning based