Ranchi/RAJ KUMAR: Central University of Jharkhand, which was shifted four months ago in 500 acre area at Cheri Manatu, about 25km from town in Kanke, is all set to become an institute of global repute. Acting vice chancellor of the university Ratan Kumar Dey, an IIT, Delhi alumnus who joined the university in 2012 as professor in Applied Chemistry, told this to Morning India in an exclusive interview at his chamber in the administrative block of the university.
“We have at present 22 departments where as many as 160 teachers impart education to 1200 students from India and abroad. We are all set to become a global university within 4 to 5 years,” Dey, who has more than 70 publications, claimed.
Asked to share how, Dey, who himself has guided 13 research scholars, said: “We have undertaken more than 60 research projects. Out of total research projects we have undertaken, 70 percent is related to science and technology while 30 percent is related to humanities. During the last three to four months we have organized as many as 60 webinars on various topics and committed to bring out laboratory research on land.”
Asked to give an instance, Dey, who has visited more than 10 countries under various academic programme, said: “We have developed a catalyst in our laboratory which will bring revolution in the field of production of Phenol from Benzene and now planning to take a pilot project in collaboration with an industrial unit to bring that laboratory research on land. Similarly there are many others also in the field of environment science, energy engineering besides others.”
Asked about another plan to make the university Global, acting vice chancellor Dey said: “Very soon our community radio will start and then audiovisual laboratory, from where any professor can impart education to the students of any part of the world. We have spent over Rs 2 crore in setting up laboratories of world repute. We have also started focusing on industry academic collaboration to ensure that we can impart quality vocational courses and make our students self employable. We have started a centre for endangered language to ensure that our university stays connected with all communities. We have at present two centres of excellence.” Asked about another plan, Dey, who had done a lot of work on nano-technology, said: “We have started implementing e-governance in our system, strengthening our alumnus network, ensuring women’s participation in administration and academics, working for green energy and water harvesting.