Dr Jayant Kulkarni is a passionate teacher and an excellent motivator. He has a Master’s degree in Physics from Pune University and a PhD in Bio-Physics from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad. He has presented his research at the International Conference on Bio-Medical Engineering held in Austria in 2007 and has published 10 research papers in national and international journals.
He has been associated with VBIT for the last 8 years as Professor and Vice Principal.
His deep understanding of the teaching-learning process has enabled him to design and execute an innovative student-centric education process at VBIT rather than the examination-oriented on. Over the past few years he has played a key role in the wholesome growth of the institute. Today this institute is uniquely qualified by its student-centric activities and by the various support programmes it promotes to inculcate leadership and communication skills among its students. Dr Kulkarni’s contribution is significant in this endeavor.
Under his leadership, a team of students and young teachers has been consistently organizing a state level technical symposium, Srujana, for past several years. This platform brings together budding engineers from various colleges and industrialists. This event provides a unique opportunity for students to exhibit their skills and talent, and nurtures their entrepreneurship skills. Srujana, the brainchild of Dr Kulkarni, is a widely renowned and appreciated technical event in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Dr Kulkarni has taken up and overseen a number of excellent initiatives at VBIT such as the establishment of an R&D Centre and the Student Activity Center containing 22 activity forums. He has provided constant encouragement to students toward improvement in technical skills, through professional societies like IEEE and IETE. Thanks to his vision and constant motivation, IEEE student branch of VBIT has won most national and international awards in the last 5 years.
As the chief coordinator of the accreditation process, he has led a team of about 200 teachers and enabled the institute to get accreditation from the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) and the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). Being the Director of Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), he keeps track of new and emerging dimensions in the field of technical education across the globe and orients the institute’s approach accordingly.
A keen interest in literature and cultural activities is another facet of Dr. Kulkarni’s personality. He is an orator par excellence and a powerful communicator. A science-based TV serial, “Vignan Vishwa” (world of science), scripted by him was telecast by a leading regional television channel and was well appreciated by students and youth. He writes in newspapers and magazines on various social and educational issues. To promote a scientific temperament in society, he delivers many lectures and organises creative programmes through various forums and organisations. His close association with various sections of society and his fieldwork in rural areas has helped him gain in-depth understanding of the current social and educational issues in the country.