Dr. Gopinath Chintala
Principal at Baba Institute of Technology and Sciences
Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Q1. Please share your educational and professional journey?
I did my graduation in mechanical engineering from GITAM University, Post-Graduation and PhD from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam. An additional PG Degree in Management from Kaizen School of Business Management, Mumbai.
I started my career as an Associate Lecturer in Govt. Polytechnic, Zaheerabad. Before taking up administrative positions at MITS, Rayagada, JITM Paralakhemundi, Odisha as Principal, I worked at GITAM University, Visakhapatnam for 13 years. I was instrumental in NBA accreditation for all the departments of JITM, Odisha and Chaitanya Engineering College, Visakhapatnam. For the past 29 years I am dealing with courses like Engineering Graphics, Machine Design, CAD, ICAD, CADM, Information Technology and CIM. I also deal with Mechanical Engineering Design and Analysis software like CATIA and ANSYS.
Q2. What did attract you towards Academics or Teaching instead of any corporate job?
Starting from my father, all most all are teachers in our family and I always feel proud to be a teacher first. I am enjoying every moment being an academic administrator for the past 15 years trasforming thousands of budding engineers, managers as responsible citizens of India.
Education is the most responsible field in shaping the future of country. Academic leaders have a great role to play in transforming the careers of students.
A teacher can inspire at the maximum two or three classes/sections in a semester, where as a Principal/Director/Dean/VC can inspire the whole institution/University with their innovative decisions.
I feel privileged being a principal in implementing innovative ideas and thankful to the managements for giving me the freedom to do so.
Q3. How do you handle stress in this fast and competitive life?
Stress is part of personal and professional life. One has to accept its existence, and then we can live with it.
The main causes of stress in administration are
- Unplanned working style: Have a proper planning (Daily, weekly, monthly and yearly)
- Accumulation of pending works: Delegate them properly among the colleagues
- Accepting non related issues: Avoid them or assign them to the correct persons
- Hesitation: Don’t say Yes, when you want to say No!
- Wrong Feedback: Have your own way of getting correct feedback
Q4. According to you what is the role of teacher in a life of students?
After parents, teachers play a major role in a student’s life. Sometimes, students may not listen to parents but follow whatever the teacher says. This is in our Indian culture to treat teacher equal to God (Guru devo maheshwaraha). This will be attained when a teacher behaves like a teacher. Teaching is one of the noble professions on the planet.
Mentor or Guru is different from a teacher. A teacher is usually confined to class and academics, whereas guru’s role is extended to life and beyond. Guru or mentor’s effect will be on the students’ lives, profession and society. It’s a divine’s bliss to have such gurus in one’s life.
Q5. What is your philosophy of leadership? How would you describe your leadership style?
My philosophy of leadership is to include every stakeholder in to the team work and winning everyone by conscience. Delegate the right work to right person and give freedom in executing the assigned work. Trust any person till they deceive.
Q6. Apart from regular classroom pedagogy, what other value addition does BITS students relishes?
Along with regular classroom pedagogy, BITS students are exposed to so many curricular and extra-curricular activities like
- Industrial Visits
- Short term and long term Internships
- Workshops, guest lectures, seminars and conferences on latest technologies
- Sports and Cultural activities
- Celebrations of major events like Teachers day, Engineers day, Women’s day, Sports day etc
Q7. Which one thing do you want to change in yourself and why?
Reducing the time spent on screen (Mobile, Tab, Laptop and PC).
Nowadays due to COVID lockdown, myself spending more time on screen, which is not good for health.
Q8. How do you stay connected to your students once they are out of campus?
We have ‘BITS Alumni Association’ which plays a major role in connecting the students to the institute. Apart from this, our students whenever they visit Visakhapatnam, they make it a point to visit our college and faculty. They are always in touch with us.
We have so many fond memories. Once I am travelling back to Visakhapatnam from Hyderabad waiting for my flight, one person recognized me and told me that he was student of BITS and now he is working as an Assistant Director in Tollywood (Telugu Film Field). I still remember, he once asked my permission to shoot a short film in the campus for some competition. We encouraged so many students like him to show case their hidden talents by conducting Tech-Fests, Annual Days etc. This boy finally reached his destination Tollywood. We felt very happy!
Q9. Any suggestions you would like to give to the parents of the aspiring engineering students?
As a parent, definitely you will know the strengths and weaknesses of your child. Based on the capability and interest of the child, you should advise/suggest the course/branch/discipline. This will create a stress free environment in the child’s education. Don’t go by market trends or peer pressure.
- Encourage smart study and with interest.
- Inculcate the love for studies and they won’t feel stressed.
- Allow them to learn new courses, new foreign languages, new skills apart from regular university syllabus
- Allow them to do skill based internships, attend seminars/workshops in other colleges/states, they will learn more in groups and practice
- Communication skills play major role in placements, so encourage them to improve.
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