“I would like to prevent the over-commercialization of education.” – India

Urvish Dhruvkumar Chhaya has been an Assistant Professor in Microbiology at Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidya Nagar, Gujarat for the last eight years. During his tenure, he has published numerous research papers, co-authored a book, written a blog and was appointed biotechnology coordinator for his region.  In spite of the numerous roles he plays, Chhaya believes the role of a teacher is critically important. Here, he shares his views on education in India and the world.

Why is education important to you?

Education is required to make this country and society a better place to live.

Can you describe the teacher who most influenced you?

Dr. P.C. Vaidya – Great Mathematician and Space scientist.

Describe the most inspiring day you’ve experienced as an educator.

When the maximum number of students from our college cleared the national level examination, I realized all my efforts had paid off.

What is your proudest professional achievement?

The first edition of the book on competitive examination that I co-authored, Career Guide for Biotechnology and Life Sciences Entrance Examinations, is sold out completely and has been much appreciated by teachers as well as students. I have also been awarded the first prize in GSA Gujarat Science Congress held in February 2011.

How can other educators facing similar challenges implement what you’ve learned?

Today, by collaborating and synchronizing the process of learning experimentation and
implementation, all educators can benefit.

If you could change one thing about today’s “system” of education, what would it be?

I would like to prevent the over-commercialization of education because education is a right, not a commodity, and the student is not a customer.

What is the best opportunity for innovation in education?

The entire teaching-learning process offers opportunities to innovate.

What advice would you give a new teacher (or to anyone wanting to make a difference in education)?

A new teacher should first work within the system and should contribute in the maximum possible manner. After getting acquainted with the system, he/she can propose the changes, as I feel that only by familiarizing himself/herself with the system, will he/she know how to bring about change.

What is your greatest hope for the future of education (in your country)?

The government of India is intending to establish an Education Commission (like an Election Commission) which is going to be an autonomous body. I feel this will definitely improve the education system.

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About  Urvish Dhruvkumar Chhaya,
Assistant Professor, Gujarat, India

Urvish Dhruvkumar Chhaya has completed a research project sanctioned by University Grants Commission, New Delhi, and published two research papers in an International Journal published by Springer and Willy InterScience. Chhaya also co-authored a career guide and a booklet on competitive examination. He was recently appointed as a Zonal Coordinator for the Biotechnology Aptitude Test (BAT) for the Anand-Vadodara region and is now also serving as a treasurer and organizing secretary for different crash workshops funded by Gujarat State Biotechnology Mission (GSBTM). He is a college nodal officer for MHRD and has served as visiting faculty at North Gujarat University, Saurashtra University and South Gujarat University. Chhaya was also appointed as a member of the Board of Studies in biological sciences at Sardar Patel University.

Birthplace: Rajkot,India
Current residence: Gujarat, India
Education: M.Sc. NET PH.D.
Websites I check every day: www.saksham-ms.in
Person who inspires me most: My Father
Favorite childhood memory: Visit to Darjeeling (By flight)
Next travel destination (work or pleasure) :  Nainital (Pleasure)
Favorite book: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

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