#InConversation with Prof. A.D.N. Bajpai, Vice-Chancellor, Himachal Pradesh University
Isha Pharka 01.02.2016
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Holding strong spiritual beliefs with the right mix of a poetic flavor, Prof A.D.N. Bajpai's interview with LinkTeachers.com, reflect his experiences that are infused with academic excellence and a vision that surpasses all obstacles.

                           Prof. A.D.N. Bajpai

Professor A.D.N Bajpai's professional and academic profile lists achievements that only a teacher, with true passion towards the profession, can accomplish. Currently, Vice-Chancellor, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, Prof. Bajpai has been associated with national and international organizations like UGC - NET, New Delhi, Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), London, International Economic Association, Paris, among other reputed organizations.

Many private universities are coming up in the state of Himachal Pradesh (H.P.). Does this come in the way of the vision you’ve set as the VC of H.P. University?
H.P. University stands for universalization of education through teaching, research and innovation and no University including private whatsoever stands in its way of this vision.


Do you see any difference/changes in the teaching methodologies of teachers/professors today, compared to when you entered the profession?
There is a significant difference in scholastic pedagogic methodology, work ethics, commitment etc. in imparting knowledge to the students especially with the invent of ICT sources which have been these day made available to each teacher.

Students are often seen heading out to bigger cities for their education and then abroad to fulfil their academic goals. What is your view on this growing scenario?
Although such migration of the students is conspicuous and with increasing per capita income and exposure, it has become quite common. However, a check on such migration can be made by enriching the teaching learning processes and keeping the students abreast of global development. 


"A check on such migration can be made by enriching the teaching learning processes and keeping the students abreast of global development."

You’ve been an inspiration to many of your students, but who is that one teacher who continues to inspire you?
My professor with whom I worked for my doctorate, Professor D. S. Nag. He was a great scholar, linguistic and disciplinarian of high order. Besides economics, I learnt so many things related to the values of life from him.

It is believed that spiritual interpretations are a part of your lectures. How important are the reflections of these while addressing students and teachers today?
Spiritual inputs are indeed very essential for promoting intellectual, cultural and ethical values among the students. To me spirituality is everything. It gives solution to all problems. I can connect anything, any subject of the Universe with spirituality in the most conversing manner.

The poetry you write is hugely admired. Could you share one of your poems with our teacher members.

I compose in Hindi and Urdu. One of my books Arun Satsayee (Composition of 701 couplets) is published and commended by fellow poets, critics and general readers. One of my Ghazals, I would like to share with you, as following:

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A book that has inspired you: 'Shrimadbhad Geeta'
A saying you always pass on: "Karmanye Vadhikaraste"

Teaching for you is: Passion

A message for the teachers: Be committed to teaching

A student of today must look forward to: Discipline, Scholarship and Awakening