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Know Your Faculty: ‘Peer teaching creates a collaborative learning environment’

Dr Amit Kumar Goel, Professor cum Dean at Apeejay Stya University, explains what are some of the key goals he wishes to fulfill at Apeejay



Dr Amit Kumar Goel, Dean cum Professor at Apeejay Stya University (ASU), Gurugram, has vast experience in software industry, academics and research, spanning over 25 years. With a BE degree in Computer Tech, M Tech degree in IT and PhD in Computer Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Dr Goel started his career in the capacity of a Software Engineer, and later worked in various prestigious universities across India.

His current areas of interest include exploring the field of artificial intelligence, database systems, graphics, machine learning, natural language processing, programming languages, and theory of computation. With a knack of mentoring research scholars and master’s degree students, the Apeejay professor has himself published and presented 70+ research papers in various SCI/Scopus-indexed journals, conferences and 15 national/international patents till date.

Prior to joining Apeejay Stya University, Dr Goel has served as HOD-CSE at Galgotias University. He aspires to see Apeejay Stya University further grow in terms of imparting knowledge, fostering innovation, instilling values while preparing students to be responsible global citizens and catalysts of positive change. “Apeejay envisions a holistic learning environment that thrives on diversity and inclusivity, with a focus on nurturing the next generation of leaders, who are equipped to address the complex challenges of our rapidly evolving world,” he emphasises. Read edited excerpts of Dr Goel’s interview as he explains the importance innovative teaching, and his goals for Apeejay:

The passion for academia in the field of engineering is often fueled by a combination of personal interests, inspiring mentors, meaningful research, and the belief that one’s work can make a positive impact on the world. It’s a dynamic and evolving journey that can be deeply fulfilling for those who choose to pursue it.

My primary responsibility is to ensure the academic excellence and success of the institution.
A few key goals include:

1.  Maintaining and enhancing academic standards, ensuring that the university’s programmes are of high quality that offer a rigorous education that meets or exceeds accreditation standards.

2.  Continuously review and update the curriculum to align with industry trends, technological advancements, and the changing needs of students and employers.

3.  Support faculty development through workshops, research opportunities, and training programmes to ensure they stay current in their fields and are effective educators.

4.  Encourage and support research and innovation among faculty and students, creating an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and discovery.

5.  Ensure that the university maintains accreditation and complies with all relevant regulatory requirements and standards.

6.  Promote global awareness and international partnerships.

7.  Encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and research, fostering a culture of cross-disciplinary innovation and problem-solving.

8.  Facilitate university-community partnerships and engagement initiatives that benefit both the local community and the academic institution.

9.  Integrate technology into teaching and learning methods, enabling students and faculty to leverage digital tools and resources effectively.

10.  Contribute to the university’s strategic planning process, aligning academic priorities with the institution’s broader mission and vision.

11.  Track and support the career outcomes of graduates, ensuring that they are well-prepared for their chosen fields.

Engaging students in learning and making the process enjoyable is essential for effective education. Some of the strategies to achieve this are encouraging participation through discussions, group activities, hands-on projects, and so on. One of the techniques is also to utilise educational technology, such as online platforms, interactive apps, and virtual reality, to make learning interactive and engaging. Gamifying can make the learning process more enjoyable and competitive, such as incorporating elements like quizzes, leaderboards, and rewards. Allow students to have some choice in what they study or how they complete assignments. This autonomy can increase motivation and engagement. Encourage students to teach each other as peer teaching can deepen understanding and create a collaborative learning environment. It is also important to recognise and celebrate student achievements, whether it’s through awards, certificates, or simple praise. Positive reinforcement can boost motivation.

Five new-age skills engineering students must learn to succeed in their career 

1.  Data Science and Analytics: This skill is valuable in optimising processes, making data-driven decisions, and improving overall efficiency.

2.  Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: AI & ML is measurably used in automation, predictive maintenance, and pattern recognition across various industries. It has been known to every Engineer irrespective of what branch they have opted.

3.  Cybersecurity: Engineers should be knowledgeable about cybersecurity threats and best practices for safeguarding systems and data. This skill ensures the integrity and reliability of digital systems.

4.  IoT and Edge Computing: The Internet of Things (IoT) and edge computing are central to Industry 4.0. Students should learn about sensor technologies, data communication protocols, and how to design and manage IoT systems

5.  Automation: Proficiency in programming languages like Python, C++, and Java is fundamental. Engineers should be capable of writing code to automate tasks, develop control systems, and create applications that integrate with Industry 4.0 technologies.

Engineers who can continuously learn, adapt to new tools and methodologies, and collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams will be well-prepared to thrive in the Industry 4.0 era.

AI in education has the potential to make learning more personalised, efficient, engaging, and accessible. When used thoughtfully, it can empower both educators and students to achieve better educational outcomes. AI can help to analyze students’ learning patterns and abilities to create personalised learning paths. It can recommend or generate learning materials tailored to students’ interests and proficiency levels. AI can analyse large datasets to identify trends in student performance. Educators can use this data to make informed decisions, such as modifying teaching strategies or for identifying students who may need additional support.Finally,  AI-powered language processing tools can aid language learning by providing pronunciation feedback, translating texts, and facilitating language practice.

However, it’s important to note that AI in education should be used judiciously and ethically. Ensuring data privacy, maintaining human oversight, and addressing potential biases in AI algorithms are crucial considerations.

Harshita is Assistant Editor at Apeejay Newsroom. With experience in both the Media and Public Relations (PR) world, she has worked with Careers360, India Today and Value360 Communications. A learner by nature, she is a foodie, traveller and believes in having a healthy work-life balance.