Dr. Nityendra Oke is currently working as
faculty for physics and mathematics at SAFE
HANDS in Akola. He is a Ph.D. from Syracuse
University and he has a contribution to
Ashtekar’s Variable for Grand Unification Theory.
He was a NASA educator for 11 years. He is
the State coordinator of the National Children
Science Congress. Mr. Oke delivered a lecture
in SGGSIE&T on Origin of God Particle. Team
Drishti got a chance to take a quick interview
and get to know his views on different topics.
Q : The Indian institutions have a classroom
time of approximately 6 hours, but this picture
is not seen in foreign universities. How do you
Nityendraji : I consider that there shall be
no classroom sessions at all. In the
undergraduate or postgraduate courses, the
student shall meet the instructor/faculty in office
hours to solve his/her doubts. The classroom
programs are a direct spoon-feeding and thus
they stunt the growth of creativity of the
students. The bigger institutions provoke the
students to study on their own by this and this
works for the greater good of the students only!
Q : In India, what do you think makes IITs,
NITs, and other Govt. funded technical
Nityendraji : Well, there are many factors
but one of the most important is ‘Strong Alumni
Network’. The alumni contribute to the college’s
betterment by giving funds, creating programs
that give student internships and job
opportunities. It is seen in all the good institutions
that they have a strong alumni interaction.
Q : Sir, any message for the youth of India?
Nityendraji : Keep working hard and enjoy
the education the way it is meant to be enjoyed.
Don’t overpressure yourself.
Drishti : Thank You, Sir, for this opportunity
to let us know your views, it was great time for
us meeting you!