New VC hopes Manipal Academy of Higher Education will figure among world’s best by 2020
June 04, 2015
Manipal Academy of Higher Education is set to go several notches higher and hopefully count among the best universities in the world. That is the goal the new Vice Chancellor, Dr H Vinod Bhat has set for himself. He shared some of his thoughts with the Manipal Family during the acceptance speech at a function held to felicitate the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Dr K Ramnarayan and to welcome him as the incumbent to the post, at Fortune Inn Valley View here on Wednesday. Dr Bhat said, “I set myself a target of breaking into the (Quacquarelli Symonds) QS 200 World Ranking by the year 2020”.
Briefly, he gave the roadmap for the progress to be made during the next five years that he will be in the Vice Chancellor’s chair. “In the last seven years we have been at our productive best. We have set up 16 departments and started close to 100 different programmes and the student intake has gone up considerably. This momentum has to continue. And, I set myself a target of setting up 100 new departments in the next five years, he said”.
“It is time for us to rededicate ourselves to a larger national cause. We represent the best of higher education in the country and we need to expand both within the country and in the neighbourhood. We need to be empathetic towards our students and patients who continue to be our primary stakeholders. The University has come this far with the overarching support of MAHE Trust and the University Board, the vision and ideas of Dr Ramdas Pai (Chancellor) and Dr Ranjan (MD & CEO, MEMG), the administrative acumen of Dr Ballal (Pro Chancellor), the systematic approach of Dr G.K.Prabhu (Registrar) and the collective wisdom of our previous vice chancellor, Dr K Ramnarayan,” Dr Bhat said.
“For the next part of the journey we need to identify work load and let loose a large body of talent that exist within the system, unveil the entrepreneurial skills of our faculty and tap the youthful energy of our students,” he added.
Dr Ramnarayan who has been made the Vice President, Faculty Development and Alumni Relations, Manipal Academy of Higher Education was felicitated on the occasion for his services as vice chancellor for five years from May 2010. Dr Ullas Kamath, Dean MMMC, Manipal, Dr Dilip Naik, MCODS, Mangalore and Dr Harishchandra Hebbar, Director SOIS, Manipal spoke on behalf of the institutions, and Pro Chancellor, Dr H.S.Ballal spoke on behalf of the University. Chancellor Dr Ramdas M Pai handed over the citation and MD-cum-CEO of MEMG, Dr Ranjan Pai presented a memento.
Dr Ballal described the former VC as the “Man on the move”. “He has done a lot of innovation, like academic activities, functioning of Board of Studies, academic senate and others. Our university was nowhere in BRICS rankings. He was responsible for the rise of the university. We figured in the BRICS ranking – was 100th and then moved to the 85th position the very next year. Dr Ballal also welcomed the new vice chancellor Dr Bhat and lauded his administrative skills and the work he has already done in promoting research. “It has grown by leaps and bounds in the last three years,” Dr Ballal said. The Manipal Academy of Higher Education Press venture was also appreciated. The programme concluded with Dr G.K. Prabhu the Registrar giving the vote of thanks.