MIT: It’s time to see the ‘big picture’2 min read
Manipal: Dr G K Prabhu, Director, Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) is introducing ‘five big plans’, which he prefers to call as the ‘big picture’. Dr. Prabhu has been associated with Manipal University since 1989.
Completing almost three tenures for the post of registrar, Manipal University (MU), Dr Prabhu is well exposed to the external network, which gives him an edge to relate and collate. “The plan is not new; it is very well laid in overseas universities. And if I mull over MU, I am disposed to look on the bright side because every campus cannot have a bandwidth like ours”, said Dr Prabhu.
He has come up with a ‘Five Agenda Plan’, primarily focusing on academics, introducing more major student interdisciplinary projects, augmenting industry linkages with respective branches, phasing in exchange programs and splashing out on campus and student support, which includes further hostels and food outlets. Dr Prabhu is looking to bring more number of ‘open electives’ into being, under which students would be able to pick one or more side subjects like animation, culinary arts, languages, performing arts, journalism, etc. which according to the director will help in the holistic and overall development of the students.
He feels that unlike any other stream, engineering students are more prone to hands-on knowledge but the exposure that they would need for practical implication has gone astray. To bridge this distance, Dr Prabhu has come up with the idea of a high-end laboratory: Center of excellence, which does not only help the students in understanding the principle of engineering but also makes them ‘industry ready’. Dr Prabhu has also set a sight on increasing the number of student projects within MIT to 10-20 in the immediate two years, keeping the options open for his students.
“I have seen this college growing. And I wish to bring this college among top twenty in the next three years. But for that we will need a good strategy and equal involvement of the faculty, alumni and the students as well”, said Dr GK Prabhu.
Dr Prabhu took charge as director MIT from Dr. Vinod V Thomas, professor, department of electrical and electronics engineering, on September 23, 2015.
Edited by Keshav Padmanabhan