Tuesday, 19 February 2019

A day at ITM Universe





Today Dr Baba Pai is a respected personality in Baroda. He was the Dean at MS University for many years before taking VRS when he still had many more years left; to face new challenges. Not very sure what next, he remained in Baroda to climb greater heights in academics. He was invited to join ITM Universe. Presently Dr Baba Pai is the Director of ITM Universe, a reputed education institute spread over a vast campus on the outskirts of Baroda. And I had the privilege to visit and spend a day at the campus......



After many years or rather decades, recently visited a friend Dr Baba Pai in the first week of February, at Baroda, for a weekend stay. I am literally meeting him after decades. And Baroda weather was pleasant and chill. In the years in between, we both got married and had children, who grew up, got educated and were married too. But we didn’t find an opportunity to meet due to our commitments. Finally I made up my mind to meet him and his wife come what may. And we booked our tickets for Baroda. So finally our going was confirmed.

Dr Baba Pai from Mangalore did his Phd in metallurgy at IIT Mumbai in the mid-seventies and was a regular visitor at our place, which is not very far from the Powai campus. My parents and we siblings enjoyed his company. After his Phd, he went on to pursue his career in metallurgy and academics. He returned to Mangalore and took up a teaching job. And I went on to pursue my career in the creative field. Years passed by, decades passed by.  Though he visited my place a couple of times, I couldn’t meet him as I was out. He shifted from Manipal, near Mangalore where he had a respected and a secured job, to Baroda by chance, joining MS University. In a way, his life changed for the better. From teaching over the years, he climbed up the ladder in the academic field to end up as a Dean.

Our visit was in a way a meeting of long lost friends and also a meeting of creative and technical minds. I decided to spend the weekend with him in Baroda, also known as Vadodara. We were warmly welcomed by Dr Baba Pai and his smiling wife, Saraswati, hailing from Tonse Pai family in Manipal. We met and connected well, talking about the years and decades gone by, about the highs and lows in life, about how he met his future wife, the kids and the success in life. His elder son is married to a girl from a respected family in Madgaon, Goa. The couple with a  sweet child is settled in London. The younger son is married to a girl from a reputed Surjikars family in Mangalore. And they are living in Mumbai.

Today Dr Baba Pai is a respected personality in Baroda. He was the Dean at MS University for many years before taking VRS when he still had many more years left; to face new challenges. Not very sure what next, he remained in Baroda to climb greater heights in academics. He was invited to join ITM Universe. His indomitable spirit and quiet brilliance inspires the hearts and minds of all around him. 


Presently Dr Baba Pai is the Director of ITM Universe, a reputed education institute spread over a vast campus on the outskirts of Baroda. And I had the privilege to visit and spend a day at the campus. I got a chance to see the campus and go around various labs, classrooms and departments and see the students’ project work exhibited by past and present students. It was an eye-opener and a first-hand experience of the modern teaching imparted to students from all over Gujarat and India, who put in a great effort to get admission in such reputed institutions.

Samata Lok Sansthan Trust is a registered trust in Gujarat. And the Trust has established two Technical campuses – ITM Universe and ITM SAAD (School of Architecture, Art and Design) at Baroda, Gujarat. ITM Universe was established in the year 2011-12 with two schools – *School of Engineering with an intake of 300 students *School of Management with an intake of 120 students.

School of Computer Applications was formed in the year 2012-13 with an intake of 60 students.

Similarly, the Trust established ITM SAAD (School of Architecture, Art and Design) in the year 2012. The trust established ITM Universe, Vadodara with the approval of AICTE with an intake of 420 students which rose to 900 in the very next academic year 2012-13. School of Engineering offers undergraduate courses in five streams of Engineering, namely Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering.

ITM Universe Campus at Vadodara is situated on the bank of river Vishwamitri amidst orchards of Mangoes and Chickoos owned by the Trust at village Paldi, on Halol highway. The campus is about 20 minutes drive from Vadodara airport and is in pollution free natural surroundings near Dhanora lake. On my drive from Dr Baba Pai’s home to ITM Universe campus we could immediately experience the change in temperature, a fall of at least 3 degrees. 
Through its UG/PG level trained students will cater to the manpower needs of Halol Industrial area. The campus is being constructed across 50 acres land in a phased manner. It will have more than six lakh square feet of instructional area and other additional spaces for more amenities. The modern feel of the campus is very much visible with the display of contemporary sculptures and artworks created by well-known artists using various materials, from around the world.

Mr Rama Shankar Singh is the Trustee of ITM Universe. Smt Kanupriya Singh Rathore is the Chair person, Shri Ravindra Singh Rathore is the Managing Director & Trustee. And a list of 24 eminent persons from academics and the corporate world make up the advisory board. And an Academic Council, comprising of 15 experts well qualified in the field of teaching help to guide the institute. Dr Baba Pai is the Director of ITM Universe and Prof Uday Shelat is the Director of ITM SAAD.

Vision – To development the institute into a centre of excellence in education, research, training and consultancy to the extent that it becomes a significant player in the technical and overall development of the country.

Dr Baba Pai assures - our aim is to make ITMU a world class institute.
The big playground, open area, greenery, fresh air, buildings in sync with the natural environment is conducive to imparting knowledge.

With evolving market dynamics, academicians feel that education should be instrumental in helping students understand a changing business scenario and mould entrepreneurial mindset and how it is likely to transform in the coming years.

The students both boys and girls apart from their studies get a chance to listen to the top corporate and management experts and professionals who visit the campus to speak on various subjects. Also get to participate in extra curricular activities and cultural events organised by ITM Universe. Along with the professional training, a placement cell assists students for employment in reputed organisations.
Illuminati, the techfest organized by ITM Universe is a big draw. During my visit the campus was buzz with the plans and programmes for Illuminati this year. Many colleges and universities participate in the Technical, Sports and Cultural events. The faculties and students along staff were planning to make the forthcoming techfest a grand success. And the students get a chance to exhibit their talent.

Here I would like to add, the lunch ordered from the campus canteen was warm, tasty and healthy. Gives an idea of the food the students get; surely nothing to complain about. After spending the whole day at the campus, it was time to leave and go home to the city. The visit was inspiring and a learning experience. Satisfied that our future engineers, managers, architects, designers are being educated and trained by well qualified teachers in a beautiful environment. When they pass out, they will be proud to have studied here.

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Ancient caves:

In the western suburb of Mumbai, on the outskirts, are the Kanheri caves, which date back to more than 2,000 years. The caves – 140 in total are in good condition, all carved out of a single black rock, contain many ancient Buddhist sculptures, carvings, paintings and inscriptions dating from 1st century BCE to 10 th century CE.

The Kanheri Caves are a group of rock-cut monuments formed from a massive basalt rock in the forests of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park on the western outskirts of Mumbai. They contain Buddhist sculptures and relief carvings, paintings and inscriptions. Kanheri comes from the Sanskrit name, Krishnagiri, which means, black mountain. Each cave has a stone plinth that functioned as a bed. A congregation hall with huge stone pillars contains a stupa (a Buddhist shrine). Rock-cut channels above the caves fed rainwater into cisterns, which provided the complex with water. Once the caves were converted to permanent monasteries, their walls were carved with intricate reliefs of Buddha and the Bodhisattvas. Kanheri had become an important Buddhist settlement on the Konkan coast by the 3rd century CE. Most of the caves were used as the Buddhist viharas, meant for living, studying and meditating. The larger caves, functioned as chaitvas, or halls for congregational worship. The Avalokiteshwara is the most distinctive figure.

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At Panchmahal, nr Vadodara, Gujarat
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