Dr. Mithilesh Narayan Bhatt
Sardar Patel University of Police, Security and Criminal Justice,
Q1. Please share your educational and professional journey?
I born in a middle class family. In my family most of the male members were from law field thus I can say law is in my blood.
I did Graduation (B.Sc.) from science stream from Lachoo memorial college of science and technology, Jodhpur in the year 2001.
Law graduation and Post graduation (Human Rights) studied from Faculty of Law, Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur in the year 2004 and 2006 respectively.
I cleared UGC NET exams in 2006 and in same year registered as PhD Scholar under guidance of Prof. (Dr.) M.k. Bhandari.
I can proudly say that I was first candidate in the history of Faculty of Law, JNVU, Jodhpur who got doctoral fellowship from Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi for my Doctoral Study. In 2009, I received doctoral degree.
Than I taught as guest faculty in the same faculty for 2 sessions i.e. 2009-10 and 2010-2011.
Fortunately I got post doctoral fellowship also from ICSSR, New Delhi in 2011 to complete post doctorate under mentorship of Prof. Bhandari.
In 2012, I selected as Assistant Professor of Law in Sikkim Central University as well as In first Internal Security University , “Raksha Shakti University”, Ahmedabad. And also got selected as Assistant Professor in Chattisgarh Public Service Commission.
Since, Ahmedabad is near to my native state Rajasthan, I joined Raksha Shakti University. I served there from 2012 to 2014, as in 2014, I got selected in my present University, Sardar Patel University of Police, Security and Criminal Justice, Jodhpur as Assistant Professor.
Apart from teaching, I authored 2 books (Queer, Crimes and Criminal Justice and Judge Made Laws for Effective Policing) and edited one on Terrorism. Research papers and articles have also been published in Journals.
I got the chance to be subject coordinator of one paper of criminology in E-PG Pathshala Program of UGC-MHRD through NLU-Delhi where 41 modules prepared.
Q2. What did attract you towards teaching instead of any corporate job?
Actually, I love research field and in our country teaching and research is combined. We don’t have any dedicated Government legal research institute. University systems, are not conducive for research. I feel teaching and research field is nobel, honest and one can maintain autonomy. Atleast individual can easily maintain all these values, if one wish to.
I dislikes corporate job.
Q3. What kind of hurdles did you face in your journey?
First was due to Polio in my right leg though I can walk independently but somewhere in mind it clicks. More so it reduce individual mobility. But again I fortunate that I have few friends who helped me lot in my journey including my parents, my friend Omprakash Kalla, my wife Shachi and my younger brother and sister.
Apart from it I think problems came but nothing much bother me till I completed my education.
Q4. How do you handle stress in this fast and competitive life?
I am not involved in this race at the same time I am also not immune from stress. In my life stress is due to existing working environment of university system which is near to collapse because of unity of corrupt people, unethical practices, castism, favouritism etc and more importantly silence of good people.
Somewhere many persons are victim of it and I am also. But I firmly believe truth shall triumph. So speak truth whether people like or dislike and believe in God. Rest God will look after.
Q5. Where do you want to see yourself after 10 years in career?
In a dedicated government legal research Institute as Professor.
Q6. What was your Thesis topic in Ph.D? Please share some brief about it?
Thesis topic was, “Third Sex (Eunuch)- A Socio-legal Study in Global Perspective”.
Actually in LLM I prepared a paper on transgender rights, where from I got this idea to work and same was approved by My guide Prof. Bhandari.
In PhD, empirical study has been done and met so many Hijra. I attended thier programs and enjoyed collecting the data. There culture, language, living and life standard, many a things I learnt from them. There condition was actually not good and in present also not much improved.
Further In my post doctoral study, sample types expanded, where data were collected from lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender and reduce the subject area to criminal Justice. The title of that study was, ” Sexual Minority in Criminal Justice of India”
Q7. Which one thing do you want to change in yourself and why?
I think I should stop to speak truth and bitter truth both, people dislike and instead of taking it as to improve, they start to hate you or labelled you as negative person.
I think in present context the sanskrit lines, “सत्यं ब्रूयात् प्रियं ब्रूयात् , न ब्रूयात् सत्यम् अप्रियम्” should be changed in to “लोकप्रियं ब्रूयात”.
Speaks only, what people like to hear.
Q8. What do you do in your free time? Do you update yourself in terms of education?
I love playing cricket, table tennis or watching Knowledge channels like National geography, Discovery etc.
In terms of updating in field, I used to watch lectures on YouTube or reading articles.
Q9. How do you motivate students to excel in their academics and career?
I think to motivate, holistic approach should be taken means address students problems not only professional but also personals if they wish. Emotional bonding is necessary to motivate anyone. If teacher develops trust with students than he or she shall listen to you.
Earlier this was done by Guru. So I first try to develop trust than try to motivate. I wish and hope they will excel in near future.