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Parth Kotecha, Trustee & Associate Vice President, Noble University, Junagadh tells the importance of research and innovation in higher education

“I always tell to the students that don’t ask the question why, ask the question why not and come out with more and more ideas of innovations and it plays a huge role,” says Parth Kotecha, Trustee & Associate Vice President, Noble University, Junagadh in an interview with Chandan Anand, Founding Editor, ArdorComm Media Group at the ‘ArdorComm New Normal – Education Leadership Summit & Awards 2022’ #ELSAGujarat #ELSAAhmedabad

Would you like to elaborate and give light about your institutes and universities?

Yes, Noble University we started way back in 2007 in these 15 years we have achieved many milestones and this year on this 31st March we got an approval of a university. We have 6 000 students in the campus and 350 plus professors, teachers we have in a university we are working day in and day out for the students we want that they should come out they stand on their feet to get a job or to start their new work it’s up to them but we are providing the platform and we are making that practical work which we give them what they study in their textbooks apart from textbooks we are allowing them to go on the field to bring their new ideas and we are always encouraging the new research and innovations. We ask students that you come out with your new ideas we are there for you and will definitely help you for this.

In University level especially for higher education how does the research and skilling play a role and how you are implementing that in your University?

I always tell to the students with an example that Google was just a PhD project for Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they’re doing their PhD in the Stanford University so if you take such kind of initiatives you don’t know that your PhD project can become your startup. But the thing is that we still go with our old habits of writing assignments one day before submitting from our seniors and each and every one of us knows this and we also accept it. We want you to come out with your ideas, your innovations, your research whatever going through your mind so that’s why I always tell to the students that don’t ask the question why, ask the question why not and come out with more and more ideas of Innovations and it plays a huge role. I always tell that India is being known as The Sleeping Giant of Asia just because of research and innovations. In 2020 top 200 universities of the world in that list we were not there in any of those top 200 universities why because we are not, our research is being for the academic journals which is being there and it is not there in the use. So, research innovations are very much important to develop a nation and an individual.

The event name is New Normal Education Leadership Summit and Awards according to you what does the word New Normal stands for?

First of all, I would like to thank ArdorComm Media Group because organizing such events bringing this many people at one platform it’s in real a challenging task. They must have been working day in and day out since months or more than a month and new normal for me is to be on your own feet on your own ideas to be an individual with responsibility and come out with our old system and make sure that we give space to each and every student. I just told in the inaugural session that we are not using the cell phone which we used to have 10 years ago so according to me this new normal means that you bring out your idea we give space to the students and they come out with more and more innovations and research.

I would also be very happy to share with you that recently we have completed our one year of existence and it has been a wonderful journey, any message would you like to give for ArdorComm Media?

My message is that keep doing the work that you are doing and you’ve told that you don’t have a physical office that’s a very good idea and the work the staffing which we called in our HR System that the work for which the person is being meant you are giving the same work to them same thing should happen in the education system also. We cannot ask the fish to climb a tree they are made to swim in the water so you have this first year but many more years to go and I wish all the very best to the entire team good luck.

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