Dr. Ramakrishna Hegde
Associate Professor (CSE)
Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering, Mysuru, Karnataka
Q1. Please share your educational and professional journey?
Hi, everyone. My educational journey all started in Government school in village called Kangod, Chavatty, Yellapur Taluk, Karantaka and later completed my Engineering and Master’s degree from Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum and the same university awarded me Ph.D degree also. My specialization is Computer Science and Engineering – Information Security. When I pursuing my graduation, I was working part time to help my educational expenses and other day to day expenses.
When it comes to profession, immediately after my engineering, which is in 2004, I joined one of the software company in Bengaluru and later in 2009 I joined my most interested profession “Teaching”. My teaching profession started as Lecturer in the Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering from SDM Institute of Technology, Ujire , one of the prestigious engineering college in Karnataka. Later, college management given the responsibility of Leading the Dept. of Training and Placement and served for almost 11 years in that institute. Very recently I joined Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering, Mysuru as Associate Professor in the Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering.
Q2. What did attract you towards teaching instead of any corporate job being a Computer Graduate?
“Teaching is my passion and everything to me”
I always like talking to the students, learning continuously, helping the budding engineers to find their dream career. I always admire Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former president of India. As on today, I taught and guided more than 5000 students in my career and many of them are touch with me regularly. I proud to say that, under my leadership lots of students settled in their dream career. Money will not give these kind of satisfaction. That is why, I always advising the current generation is that, if you are really passionate about teaching then only choose this profession. Otherwise, just earn money, if you choose this profession, you are spoiling the future generation and society.
Q3. How do you motivate yourself at every morning?
For me motivation is my passion towards “Teaching “, my lovely students, my institute.
Q4. How do you motivate students to excel in their academics and career?
During my regular classes, first 10 minutes, I always talk about their career. Make sure that, students are analyzing themselves, understand their strength and weakness and find their right career. I never put pressure on students about academics. I usually go to student’s level, understand their mindset and based on that, I plan my teaching. Everyday, I usually take some time to practice positive psychology and remain positive entire day. Only then these kids can learn new things.
Apart from teaching of academics, I make sure that every student understands the human values, life lessons and ethics. And also I insist them to maintain discipline in their lifestyle to overcome physical and mental illness.
Q5. Who is your source of motivation?
My source of motivation is Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India.
Q6. Which are the new computer technologies running in the world right now which is also beneficial for students as a career?
There are many computer technologies are in the market currently. But technologies are changing once in six months. May be for next 10 years, some of the technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and supporting technologies like Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Blockchain, Cybersecurity, Mobility, cloud computing, programming language like python, advanced Java Concepts, Mobile APP Development, Web Technologies, Augmented and Virtual Realities and many more. Students can purse their career in any one of the above mentioned technologies and become a master in that technology and upgrade their skills regularly including learning new technologies. It is very important for Computer Science students to learn new technologies quickly and ready for changes in fast pace. Apart from technology upgradation, student should update the current industry scenarios regularly.
Q7. Where do you want to see yourself after 10 years in career?
After 10 years in my career, I want to be proud successful academician who trained and guided more than 1 lakh students to find their right career. By this process, I want to contribute society by creating good engineers who can also understands and practices human values.
Q8. What was your Thesis topic in Ph.D? Please share some brief about it?
My Thesis topic is “Secure Data Transmission Techniques over the networks by using Steganography” In my research work, I come up with many efficient algorithms which will help to improve security features in digital communication. My research specifically based on Cryptography and Steganography.
Q9. Which one thing do you want to change in yourself and why?
I usually hardworking professional and always trying maximum to follow the human value and ethics. Most of the time I am expecting same thing from the students also. Otherwise I will get upset. This is where I need to change my self and analyze every situation before act. Reason is everyone is brought up in different environment and changing them in a short time is not possible. This is where I need a patience to understand the situation and helping them to become better and better everyday.
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