Dr Premanand Singh Chauhan
Principal, IPS College of Technology and Management
Advisor, Gayatri Auto Industries
Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
Dr Chauhan is a well-known name in Northern India. He is a famous faculty member of Design and Production Engineering. He is from Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. Presently, he has been working as Principal, IPS College of Technology and Management, Gwalior, INDIA since 2011. He is an advisor of Gayatri Auto Industries also and famous for his practical approach of teaching. His students have earned laurels not only in India but also abroad. He is passionate about teaching and academic administration and gives all possible solutions to students.
Apart from this, he is a fellow member of Institution of Engineers (India), Life member of Indian Institute of Welding, Indian Society of Mechanical Engineers, Indian Society for Technical Education, and International Association of Engineers, Hong Kong.
He is reviewer and board member of several International Journals. He has authored two technical books, 40 research papers and guided several UG and PG theses.
He has been awarded Excellence Award (2015), Nominated & approved for the Prestigious Udyog Bharati Award (2005), M.I.T.S. Gold Medal (2005), Technical Award (1998) and Merit Certificate (1987) by Government of Madhya Pradesh due to high position in High School Examination. Recently, he has been awarded Certificate of recognition by The Academic Council of uLektz as one of the Exemplary Academic Administrators of Higher Education Institutes across India 2019.
We got the opportunity to interact with him. We asked some questions and he replied for us. Here he shares about his Educational and Professional Journey.
Q1. Please share your educational and professional journey?
During my school years I use to dream of going to Madhav Institute of Technology & Science, Gwalior, India (MITS, Gwalior). I scored very well in the entrance exam – PET exam and scored 734 out of 900 and got admission in B.E. (Mechanical Engineering) at my dream college – MITS, Gwalior in 1990. While I was studying engineering I was also looking after my parental business and within a short span of time tripled the profits of industry.
I later left my family business and prepared for the GRE examination (2000) and again scored well (800 out of 800 in Analytical Section). I got admission in Wayne State University and University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Around that time the 911 attack happened in USA due to which my father got worried and persuaded me to change my mind to study abroad.
I instead took admission in M. Tech (Production Engineering) at MITS, Gwalior. After finishing M.Tech., I joined Shriram Group of Colleges, Gwalior (M.P.) as a Senior Lecturer. Holding a practical approach and analytical thinking, I was promoted at regular intervals and soon got appointed as the Director (Academics) at Shriram Group. During this employment period, I completed several courses from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and various reputed organizations.
While at Shriram Group, I also visited Multimedia University (Malaysia) in 2006 for presenting my paper on “Experimental Study on Effect of Surface Roughness of Blank Diameter on External Threads when Threads are manufactured by Rolling Process on Sup 9A Material” in International Conference on Manufacturing Science and Technology. During this visit, I met Professor (Dr.) V. C. Venkatesh, Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Dr. V.K. Jain, Professor, IIT Kanpur. This meeting played a key role in inspiring me to work in the field of research and good quality publications. My first research project was “Experimental Study on Effect of Blank Parameters on Rolled External Threads”.
I enrolled in a PhD program at Mechanical Department, Maulana Azad national Institute of Technology (MANIT), Bhopal under the guidance of Dr. C.M. Agrawal and Dr. Ravi Dwivedi. The PhD was awarded on the topic “Analysis and reduction of manufacturing non-conformities of suspension components of 4-wheeler automobile” in 2015.
I was also fortunate to have visited Pennsylvania State University- Mechanical Engineering Department, USA and had the opportunity to meet university professors and felt amazed seeing the advanced technology laboratories.
In the meantime, I finished a research project entitled “Development & Implementation of Methodology to Reduce Manufacturing Non-Conformities of Collar Bolt” and presented a paper on “Optimization of blank parameters of rolled threads by Taguchi method” in International Conference on Future Trends in Structural, Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering at Thailand.
Q2. What did attract you towards teaching instead of any corporate job?
Since I already had the taste of a corporate job as I worked in the industry which was my parental business since childhood, I never had to struggle in deciding between a corporate sector job and a teaching job. My only ambition at this time was outsourcing my practical knowledge to the students and helping them to become an industry required person. The first subject which I taught was Thermal Engineering and then Strength of Materials with inclusion of practical knowledge. Students were facing problems in these subjects and several students had backlogs in these papers. Within a short span of time, all students cleared the exam as well as learned to apply the subject into practical scenarios which has always been a demand from an engineering graduate. I felt amazed after seeing the transformation of my students. These experiences were life changing and thus I never thought of joining the corporate sector.
My students have always made me proud by their excellence in academics and administration. My heart gets filled with joy after seeing them happy, contented and satisfied at top positions of their career. I always believe in living in the present moment, giving best effort and enjoying with your own self, family members, colleagues, and friends.
I am blessed to receive guidance from Mr R S Sharma, Chaiman, ShriRam Group of Colleges, Dr. H. B Khurasia, Retd Professor, MANIT, Bhopal, Dr. S M Bhatia, Ex- Director, DTE, Bhopal and Dr Arun K Tyagi, Director, IPS Group of Colleges.
I am grateful to my friends Dr Surendra Agrawal, Dr. Avadesh K Sharma and other colleagues for their support and good wishes.
Q3. What are your expectations from your teachers for your college?
I would love my faculty members indulging themselves into the area of research and development and working for the development of students, society and ultimately our country by supporting the “Make in India” program- an initiative by our government.
Q4. What are your goal as a Principal for your college?
My goals as the Principal are
1. To see college become NBA accredited by the year 2022.
2. To motivate all faculty members be PhD qualified with sound research publications.
3. To develop students with more practical exposure with the help of industrial tie-ups.
4. Focus on providing value based education to the students.
Q5. How do you motivate yourself at every morning?
A happy and positive morning has always been my priority to start my day. I start my day by chanting Gayatri Mantra. I prefer walking and brisk running exercises in natural ambiences. Thirdly, every morning I recall positive incidents that changed my life and I also focus on reviving my positive response towards the odd situations that happened in my past life. These all little things add fuel to the body and mend.
Q6. Which one thing do you want to change in yourself and why?
The thing which I would like to change in myself is my emotional quotient index. At times I become overly emotional towards people.
Q7. You had both academic and administrative experience in your long span of career. Which one do you like most and why?
I love academics because research, study, and teaching have always dragged me towards them. They are my heart and soul. But as I am on the post of Principal, I have to fall in love with administration as well. You can’t do justice to the work for which you have not fallen thus I had to develop my liking and passion towards administration as well.
Q8. What kind of problems have you faced in your College and how will you remove it?
Now a day’s students and teachers take a very casual approach towards their life. Life doesn’t only mean excellent academics rather is an amalgamation of study, fun, good health (physical, spiritual, and mental) and social service. Just like the concept of Gurukul was inculcated in our culture similarly the same culture should come up again with a twisted and modern version.
Q9. How do you motivate students to excel in their academics and career?
We organize lectures of persons who have faced hurdles in their career and succeeded in life. Good interaction with successful persons has provided fruitful outcomes in developing confidence among students. Several lectures have been organized during this pandemic on an online platform to keep our students updated with the current scenario and to keep a check on their development. Lectures were not only delivered on academics but also on life skills, positive thinking, and many more.
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