Dr. Jamshed Bharucha, Vice Chancellor, SRM University – AP, Amaravati speaks to Careers360 on challenges and measures to be adopted to tap the immense potential of India’s demographic dividend, and the ways universities need to transform keeping the changing global scenario in mind…

Q. SRM University, AP is a new university, what are the challenges and opportunities of heading a new university?

A. Being part of a new University that is still growing from the ground up is an opportunity as well as a daunting challenge. What really lured me back to India and to SRM AP specifically was to be a part of the future building a quality institution that will be at par with some of the best in the world.

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BW Education interacted with Dr. Jamshed Bharucha, Vice Chancellor, SRM University – AP, Amaravati: A distinguished Ivy Leaguer and a global Academic Leader, Dr. Bharucha is the Founding Vice Chancellor of SRM AP.

What made an Ivy Leaguer quit the Western Shores and join a new University in India?

India has one of the youngest populations. This is especially relevant in an ageing world. By 2020, the median age in India will be just 28. The benefit of this demographic dividend can be reaped only when we look at education and jobs creation closely. And this is what I plan to do.

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SRM AP Pro VC Prof. Narayana Rao presenting memento to UTI President, Vistasp Karbhari

December 03, 2018: In a joint discussion presided by SRM AP Pro VC Prof. Narayana Rao, Registrar D. Gunasekaran, SRM AP faculty and staff, Pranesh Aswath, UTI Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Policy, UTI President Karbhari spoke of how, in face of global changes in education and workforce demands, education must adapt in modality with a flexible and adaptive curriculum. Karbhari explained the strides UTI has made in these critical areas.

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Dr. Anil K. Suresh, Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, Biotechnology with SRM AP Pro VC Prof. Narayana Rao

A newly established research facility in the main academic block will house advanced equipment for research related to applications like cellular culture, drug delivery, cell imagingand cell cytotoxicity.  Dr. Anil K. Suresh, Principal Investigator of the cell culture laboratory who is currently an Associate Professor at the department of Biotechnology spearheaded the acquisition of lab equipment such as the Type 2 biosafety cabinet, CO2 incubators, cell counting machine, inverted and upright microscopes, table-top centrifuge, – 20 and 4 degree refrigerators and cell storage facility.

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The Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Pv.t Ltd in Bangalore along with SRM AP will set up a centre at SRM Amaravati to carry out research in Artificial Intelligence for health care. SRM AP Pro Vice Chancellor Dr. D. Narayana Rao and BOSCH Bangalore have been in discussions on this initiative that will bring together researchers from SRM AP’s engineering program and Bosch, a leading supplier of technology and services in mobility solutions, industrial technology and energy.

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For a study published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association – Impact factor – 47.661), SRM AP Associate Dean of SLABS, Professor Shailender Swaminathan, and US based colleagues (Benjamin D. Sommers, Rebecca Thorsness, Rajnish Mehrotra, Yoojin Lee, and Amal N. Trivedi) used a U.S.national registry to identify patients 19-64 with newly developed end stage renal disease who had initiated dialysis in a 6 year period 2011-2017.

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“Problems in the world are not discipline specific. Universities need a wider scope in research,” was one of the points raised by Prasant Mohapatra, member of SRM AP Board of Governors, in his symposium on research methodologies. “Research responds to societal needs. To remain contemporary and dynamic it is necessary to reinforce it regularly with current best practices.” (more…)

SRM AP’s UC Berkeley Semester Abroad is jointly conducted by the Sutardja center for entrepreneurship and technology (SCET) and Jacobs institute of design and innovation. After a successful program in 2018 a fresh SRM AP batch is gearing up for the packed schedule ahead of them in January 2019.

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The October 2018 visit by faculty from UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship (SCET) and Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation put the focus on four industry pillars of entrepreneurship and technology, design and innovation. The UC Berkeley team took a campus tour and interacted with the SRM AP engineering faculty highlighting the importance of entrepreneurship/design principles in engineering education. In short, design skills to create new successful products and business skills to bring them to market. (more…)

 

Nicholas Dirks, former Chancellor of UC Berkeley and Honorary Pro Chancellor, SRM AP addressed faculty and students on the true meaning of liberal arts pointing out that many of the top corporate leaders attended liberal arts institutions enabling them to think across disciplines and to communicate effectively. “SLABS creates the basis for all students to have a kind of interdisciplinary education and faculty to have a community of scholars to build larger research programs.”

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