Excerpts: Making of GGSIP University and The Man Behind

Author

Dr. Ritu Gupta is Ph.D. in law from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. Presently she is working as Assistant Professor with University School of Law and Legal Studies (USLLS), GGS Indraprastha University, Sector 16-C, Dwarka, New Delhi and has been associated with this University since establishment of its Law School in 2001.

As a young teacher, she was highly motivated by lectures delivered by Prof. Aggarwal during his tenure as Vice Chancellor. Moreover, Prof. Aggarwal was always keen to interact with the faculty and share his experiences. During such discussions, this idea of penning down his biography cropped up with the noble intention to share the pearls of wisdom so collected with the world. Moreover, his life history remains incomplete till the history of GGSIPU is talked about since he posses a special affinity for this varsity and has closely witnessed its ten formative years.

Contents

  • Stint with life
  • His Great Teachers : A Humble Tribute
  • Joining the Profession
  • Family and Profession
  • Family and Profession: Balancing Act
  • A Turning Point
  • State University in Delhi: A Historical Decision
  • Teething Troubles: Challenges Before the start
  • Expanding Horizons of the University
  • University’s System: Unconventional Conventional
  • Accomplishments Further: The Saga Continues…

Excerpts

  • A good teacher always focuses on the ultimate welfare and well-being of the students.
  • For him, research makes an academician inquisitive, curious, analytical and knowledgeable. Methodology of research boosts the temperament of learning so as to enable the researcher to differ with peers in a dignified manner. A researcher has the ability to convince the world logically and finally even accepting a situation where one agrees to disagree. the researcher persuades to be always on the look out for the new knowledge and update himself. It gives the individual a strong fellow feeling with quality researchers world over in that subject, thus leading to a virtual team work in the process. As per his conviction, contrary to the general notion, research is never at the cost of teaching or vice-verse. He believes strongly and asserts that he has demonstrated by his life example that one can be a good teacher and a good researcher at the same time through there may not be visible correlation between teaching and research…
  • If teachers are not empowered from within then no academic system will deliver what you may expect…
  • He believed and proved that any wrong action by any one need not be and should not be responded negatively. He often quotes that two negatives might make a positive in mathematics but in real life two wrongs do not make it right…
  • Prof. Aggarwal believed, Engineering Education is all about finding alternatives to the existing set up and selecting the most viable options with regard to various economic , social and practical considerations…
  • He always believed that the head of the department should set the tone for others to follow and that the best way to administer is through the concept of ‘administrator as a role model’…
  • Remarkable was the confidence of a teacher in his student! More commendable was unambiguous expression of the same! What a great lesson! Most teachers in life never admit supremacy of the student over the teacher or can’t do so¬† easily if they have to. These experiences made him believe that students had a right to acquire the highest order of capability and prove themselves better than the teacher. Later in life, in many formal addresses, he went to the extent of saying that if the student does not outperform the teacher, how would the civilization improve…
  • Prof. Aggarwal attributes much of his success especially in teaching career to such devoted teachers who were great human beings…
  • His stint at Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar, proved to be a milestone as well as stepping stone for his next appointment as Vice Chancellor of GGSIPU with in a few weeks of completion of his tenure at Hisar…

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