Prof. Ravindra H.Borhade is the Head of Department of Information Technology at STES’s Smt. Kashibai Navale College of Engineering (SKNCOE), Pune. He has a remarkable experience of teaching for the last 20 years. He also has an industrial experience of 2 years. In total, he does carry a significant experience of 22 years! Done his B.E. & M.E. from COEP, Pune (college of engineering) and is currently pursuing his PhD from Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) in Wireless Communication.
He states that, “I was a very sincere and obedient student since childhood and all the credits goes to my parents upbringing which am more than grateful for”. His parents have always given his education the utmost priority. His hobbies/interests include reading books and playing cricket & watching matches on TV. Regular exercise & meditation helps him stay focused and motivated. Read this full interview to know about him & his life experiences.
Q. What was your childhood like?
My childhood was extremely fun and enjoyable as most people have. It was more about playing outdoors, reading different novels & books. I loved to swim back then. Those are really the best days of one’s life.
Q. Tell us about your family background.
To begin with, my family consists of 6 members including me. My father, who is a Retired Circle Officer and my mother. My wife, Ratnaprabha Borhade is an Assistant Professor in Electronics & Telecommunication Department at Cummins College of Engineering, Pune. She also is pursuing her PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Speaking of my kids, am blessed with two beautiful daughters. Elder one is named as Sanskruti, who is now in 10th standard. She is extremely talented and excels in Bharatanatyam dance form, completed an “Arangetram” during her schooling, which is known to be the toughest competition. And hence was invited to 4 european countries due to her marvellous performances. And the younger daughter is Shambhavi, who is all-rounder in sports and excels in Karate as well as Bharatnatyam. My wife and daughters are graceful dancers!
Q. How has been your academic journey of being a professor to HOD? And what was more challenging about this role?
It was tough! Like starting from a professor to being an HOD, I went through major ups & downs. In fact, everyone goes through it. They are a part of life. Patience is the success key to pass through it. Have faith and patience within yourself, and you shall overcome every obstacle. The challenge was largely about maintaining academic and non-academic activities in parallel. As both academical and curricular activities are given equal importance.
Q. How can you describe your current state of being an HOD?
My current position in form of HOD is more like role- function, as outlined by the Department of Education for HODs. Relies preferably on supervised teaching and learning methods, ensuring that class activities are undertaken, markings done and feedback taken on time.
What are your goals or future plannings for our department?
Conduct lectures from expertise to boost confidence among students.
Conduct hands-on workshops to gain and develop new & unique skills in students.
Help students intern with large, developed companies to learn & gain experience.
Motivate them to follow their passion for startups or any co-curricular activity.
Make sure they excel in their opted field.
Open opportunities for them study abroad for higher studies.
What were your goals as a student and how did you achieve them ?
My parents have always been very supportive towards me and my choices. They’ve always encouraged me as they were well aware about the importance of it. One fine day, I decided to go for Engineering. After the admission,I made sure that I say goodbye to distractions. I also decided to learn time management techniques for studies, as it is one of the prominent steps for achieving your goals or ambitions.
How are you holding up in this crucial crisis of pandemic?
It is a very challenging situation for everyone right now. Doctors, heath workers and scientists are working so hard and as citizens, are only job is to adhere with latest technology implement it. It is obviously tough, but when I think of those front warriors fighting day/night, all my stress vanishes.
When and how were you introduced to the world of coding?
During my first year of college, I got to know about different programming languages. As in earlier times, there was no such craze about coding as much it is now!
How do you handle major conflicts?
Calming yourself down before reacting abruptly to any type of situation is the first step, according to me. Then, try to accept the reality of the conflict instead of making up a decision without giving it a thought.
Communication is also one of the important tips. Always be an active listener. It’s not only important to communicate with each together, but listening each other is equally important.
Self-reflection and self-realisation is also a very essential point when comes to resolving the conflicts. Accept your mistakes and learn from them.
Which of them according to you is much better, online teaching method or the old traditional one?
Our old traditional method can never be replaced by anything.
A message, you would like to convey to your students?
My dear students, all the struggles in recent times will forever be things of the past. Remember, no one has been able to bring the past to the present; the past remains in the past! Each day comes with an opportunity, to bring out the best in your area of strength. If you can think you can, you obviously will! The first step to courage is reminding yourself over and over again that a new day is comes with a fresh start to push a little harder to succeed. You must strive to be honest, efficient, and pragmatic. You will not use inefficient tools, technology, strategies, sources, or technology just for the sake of forms and appearances.
Past failures or mistakes can be forgiven. If the past is truly relevant today, let’s use it, otherwise let’s swallow it and move on.– Prof. Ravindra H. Borhade
Credits for the above Interview is as follows:
- Authors: Nachiket Labade & Nia Gajbhiye
- Editors: Ishwar Sarade
- Flyer: Navin Bhagat