About The Faculty
|Dr. Satish Chandra Pant
|Assistant Professor, Department of Marketing, Faculty of Management Science
|Marketing Management, Brand Management, Rural Development, Rural Marketing, Agribusiness, Strategic Management
Over the years Shri Ram Murti Smarak College of Engineering & Technology, Bareilly (SRMS CET) has grown from strength to strength. Firmly committed to foster academic excellence and advance research-based teaching and learning, the institution continues to bring on board talented teachers with wide scholarly and industry experience. Here we meet Dr. Satish Chandra Pant for a heart-to-heart discussion on his engagement with the college, student experience, institutional pedagogy, and research opportunities.
‘An academician possesses the power to transform the lives of students.’
Asked what, as a teacher, excites him the most, what fuels his passion for teaching, Dr. Pant says, ‘Always wanted to contribute to the betterment of society. And teaching is an important driver of positive societal change. By sharing experience and knowledge, a teacher can mould young minds for a better future.’
At SRMS CET, teachers are more than educators. They are mentors, guides, and facilitators. They are also friends. They strive to fruitfully impact the lives of students.
‘Teachers teach, but their influence extends far beyond the classroom.’
In tandem with global best practices, the college harnesses the power of technology to support education. Students are provided state-of-the-art facilities, including smart classrooms. Outside of the classroom, there is also significant exposure: number of industrial visits, involvement with the ESEP program (software skill enhancement program), workshops, and seminars. In all this, students are guided by teachers.
When asked about his choosing SRMS over other colleges and the institution’s learning and teaching methodology, Dr. Pant says, ‘A renowned college in the area, SRMS offers many opportunities to study, conduct research, and excel individually.’ Faculty members are encouraged to incorporate field experience and practical application into the curriculum. In addition to exposing students to the latest developments in their disciplines, focus remains on creating platforms where they can learn about other domains. Dr. Pant continues, ‘I bring in my experience in the corporate sector into the curriculum. This helps my students to make sense of new ideas, become aware of fresh developments, and better understand theoretically learned concepts.’
Faculty members conduct serious research in their areas of interest. For Dr. Pant, it concerns the poor and vulnerable sections of society (the bottom of the pyramid); his work focuses on sustainable development, inclusive growth, and rural and agri-business marketing. Since he joined the institution, Dr. Pant has both individually written and co-authored two national and three international research papers (all published in journals, except one which formed the first chapter of a book).
‘Management is all about systematic planning and execution.’
On the importance of research in academics, Dr. Pant says, ‘For good research to happen, you need to be systematic. The systematic way of learning is a science. Such is management. Research is important for a business graduate.’ Alongside teachers, students are actively encouraged to conduct research: to develop creative and innovative thinking, to be aware of local and global developments, and to engage with our ever-changing environment.
Teachers put in significant efforts in the classroom. They are in constant touch with developments in their areas of expertise. Alongside books, they use case studies, research articles and papers, newspaper items, and other learning tools to empower students – develop their analytical thinking, problem solving, and strategy building skills. Dr. Pant says, ‘Knowledge is a kind of wealth which increases by giving and is superior to all possessions. If I can motivate students, then I am able to share my knowledge for their benefit.’
‘Motivation is the real reason behind any successful person.’
Dr. Pant continues, ‘The key to becoming a successful academician lies in total dedication to studies and students. Alongside teaching-learning methodologies, we have to think about motivation – how we can motivate students to take on new challenges.’
A prime feature of SRMS is its student diversity: learners come from all over India and abroad with different educational and socio-economic backgrounds. Reaching out to the students, teachers first strive to make them comfortable in the classroom. Then they get down to the actual teaching and learning. This unique approach to student interaction infuses considerable positive energy within the institution.
‘Relationship is an ongoing process. I am still connected with so many of my students. They share regular updates about their work, new engagements, and future plans.’
SRMS CET offers a transformative journey for the teacher and the student. Here learning is a continuous process – from management, science, and technology to policies impacting different geographies to innovations geared to change our lives. Here faculty and student relationships get built for life.