Interview with Parimal H. Trivedi, Vice-Chancellor.
DR PARIMAL H. TRIVEDI, Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat University, has been credited with introducing many innovations in the university. He spoke to Frontline about these changes, which range from improving infrastructure to introducing innovative courses. Excerpts from the interview:
How challenging do you find your role as Vice-Chancellor?
I can honestly tell you that it offers great opportunities. And at the same time it throws up multiple challenges.
I have devoted both my intellect and my imagination to the high calling of leading Gujarat University on a journey to greatness. I called upon my partners, friends, members of all statutory bodies, teachers and student bodies to join me in this great cause. Together we have been able to achieve new heights. Together we aspire to elevate the human spirit through learning, discovery and citizenship.
Gujarat University stands tall on the current global education scene. Its passion for discovery and excellence has been acknowledged by society, academic and administrative peers, and representatives at every level of government. It is now a leader among the major institutions of teaching, learning and research.
A number of new courses with entirely new facets have been introduced. No university has shown such fast growth as Gujarat University in the past two years. I have a sense of great satisfaction with the way things have shaped up in these years. I enjoyed the support of the government and peer groups at all levels.
How did you strengthen the financial position of Gujarat University?
At Gujarat University we toiled hard to generate funds. The university has generated a sum of more than Rs.150 crore from different sources. This supports the new infrastructure, new courses, development of information technology, new facilities, student-centric amenities, hostels, laboratories and research initiatives. This fund is our commitment to excellence in these important fields, and this investment will help provide knowledge to address many of the 21st century's most challenging social problems while helping to strengthen our cultural heritage. The university is already showing its impact on higher education.Please tell us about your dream projects.
I have many dream projects. I want my university to perform well on technological, administrative and academic platforms. The convention centre was a unique initiative. Today, it is known internationally. And so has our Computer on Wheels project, which has taken the computer lab out of its static mode and to people's doorsteps. Gujarat University is the first university to start courses in port management, forensic science and climate change and courses for NRIs [non-resident Indians].
What, according to you, is the key to your success?
The key to our success is involving every citizen in higher education, not once but frequently.A Special Correspondent