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Shailendra Mehta is keen to create an intellectual space to share ideas

Dr Shailendra Me­hta, who has been appointed president and director of MICA, talks to DNA about his priorities, the lacunae in higher education­al institutes and his research. Dr Mehta, who takes charge from June 1, has also been appointed distinguished professor for in­novation and entrepreneurship.

Your priorities at MICA

Through passionate involve­ment, I intend to create an intel­lectual space to share ideas along with deepening links with MICAs alumni. I will also be looking at various avenues and opportunities having a lot of marketing and intellectual inno­vation combined with design.

What do educational institutes lack today?

Good institutions need a bal­ance between autonomy and accountability. While institutes need maximum autonomy, the tragedy is we need both to go hand in hand. Another aspect lacking today is good research supported by public and private funds and the role of alumni becomes highly important.

What does your research involve?

One of my research papers is on seven ancient universities of the world, in which I have not just tried to look at the histori­cal aspect, but also from the point of view of an economist. For example, Nalanda had 3,000 faculty members and nearly 1,000 classes would run simulta­neously. Hence, I have tried to study its functioning, funding, etc. Another paper is on free speech and academic freedom.

Ace academician

Dr Mehta has impeccable academic credentials with degrees from institutions like Oxford and Harvard University. He is currently chairman of the board of management at Auro University where he is also acting VC. According to a recent paper by Sahoo, Singh, Mishra and Sankaran (2015) from IIM ­Bangalore and XIM ­Bhubaneswar, in terms of global impact, he is rated as one of the top researchers in the field of strategy in India.

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