Engineering Education

Academic Advisor for Engineering Educational Institutions: Strategic Planning and Coordination for Accreditation, ISO, Quality Improvement, Image Building, Placement, Teaching & Research


Dr J D Bapat is an independent professional working as consultant, developer, trainer, author for engineering education and research, stationed at Pune, Maharashtra, India

Doctorate in Chemical Engineering, he is educated at highly reputed institutions with consistently good academic record (see Curriculum Vitae for more details).

In 41 years of successful career, he spent 16 years conducting research, training and consultancy at National Council for Cement and Building Materials (NCB), New Delhi, 3 years at Walchandnagar Industries, Walchandnagar engaged in process design and marketing of modern cement plants machinery and 17 years at reputed engineering colleges under the University of Pune, as teacher, researcher and administrator, before launching as an independent consultant in 2011.

He started his academic career in 1994 as a Professor and Head of Chemical Engineering Department, at Bharati Vidyapeeth’s College of Engineering, then affiliated to the University of Pune. There he rose to the rank of Director: Postgraduate Studies and Research. Later for six years, he worked as Principal at the AISSMS College of Engineering and Maharashtra Academy of Engineering, Pune.

As a teacher and the department head, he taught the subject of concrete technology at the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT, Bombay. He also introduced, for the first time, teaching the subject of Fuel Cell Technology as an elective in the University syllabus.

He had a successful career as Principal. During his tenure, the Students of the College topped the University final BE examination, consistently. He also introduced modern management concepts in the College and made it more responsive to the needs of the students and the faculty. He gave special attention to the image building of the organisation. Under his guidance the College received Grade – A in NAAC Accreditation. Dr J D Bapat possesses expertise in NAAC/NBA accreditation and ISO for the educational institutions. There was also substantial improvement in the R&D activity and the number of research projects funded by the external agencies, like University, AICTE, DST and so on. The college witnessed substantial interaction with the industry experts, which enriched the learning experience for the students.

Dr Bapat's quality management service to the engineering educational institutions is based on "quality management system", which is transparent and student oriented. The implementation of such system leads to the following improvements:

Short Term Improvements: College working, students’ attendance, teaching content, teacher-student interaction, e-learning, parents interaction, conduct of practicals, continuous assessment of students’ performance, transparent administration.

Long Term Improvements: FE and BE results, university rank holders, teaching-learning process, laboratory infrastructure at lower cost, sponsored research projects, industry-institute interaction, student and faculty development activities at national level, job-oriented training, placements, image building, accreditation, ISO.

The issue of quality management has assumed greater importance in view of some recent developments, important among them are, (a) larger number of seats in college in comparison with the number of students seeking admission (b) probable entry of foreign institutions in the near future, (c) corporate houses entering into higher education and (d) stricter AICTE norms for accreditation. 

With the adoption of system-based, transparent management, over a period of time, the Organisation will earn name for the best students, faculty, infrastructure, teaching and research, industry-institute interaction and placements. He has successfully achieved these improvements in the organizations, where he worked earlier. 

His book, “Mineral Admixtures in Cement and Concrete”, has been published by CRC Press: Taylor & Francis Group, USA. View slide show on the book contents.

Download the CV and offer for Academic Adviser: Engineering Education from Dr Bapat (please go to the end of this page) 

Some slide shows prepared by Dr Bapat:
         Dr J D Bapat, the author of this slide show, has nearly four decades experience in research and development, teaching, training and consultancy. Based on his experience as the head of engineering institutions, he has prepared this slide show to show how the quality of engineering institutions could be substantially improved, following systems approach to the quality management. The focus is on improving the overall quality and building the image of the institution, developing the infrastructure, faculty and the students.

       The benefits are seen in terms of accreditation, certification, organised campus, better infrastructure, quality faculty with high motivation, good students seeking admission, good university results with rank-holders, placements in reputed organisations and revenue generation through sponsored research, consultancy, testing and training.

              The rising industrialisation has set the demand for engineers continuously rising in various sectors. The government policy support to starting the engineering educational institutions in private sector resulted in huge rise in their number, in the past two decades. Till the year 2010, the number of such institutions still fell short of the demand. Besides the regional imbalances, earlier the number students seeking admissions was always more than the number of admission seats available. However a reversal of trend is witnessed since last few years and as the number of institutions continues to rise, this trend is likely to get sharper. Some of the young aspirants are also diverted to other professions (like commerce), on account of better opportunities. As an overall result, the total number of admission seats available at the entry level for graduate engineering degree courses are more in comparison with the number of aspirants. Thus, today the engineering institutions compete with each other and continuous improvement in quality has become a requirement, to attract good students and to stay in the competition.

               The engineering institutions should bring in continuous improvement in the areas of teaching, research, infrastructure and also in the institution’s image. The promoter has a vision and commitment towards the growth plan. However the promoters dream needs to be converted into reality by experienced person. It is like an architect creating a drawing of structure for engineers to build. This slide show illustrates the role of promoters in the quality management of educational institutions. It also highlights how an experienced educational adviser contributes towards fulfilling promoter’s dream. The issues discussed are of particular relevance to Indian conditions.

The readers are welcome to send feedback or ask any specific question related to engineering educational institutions (see side bar).

Dr J D Bapat is available for tele-consulting. Send your feedback.

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CRC Press Book: Mineral Admixtures in Cement and Concrete. Author: Dr J D Bapat. Covers materials, hydration, strength & durability of cement and concrete, with mineral admixtures, in one: http://bit.ly/jdb_publisher 

Buy this book online to obtain 20% discount and free shipping. Download details: http://bit.ly/online_purchase

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