When at the age of 36, I shouldered the responsibility of a principal, the first challenge I recognize was to make our students industry-ready with world-class skills and knowledge. I focused on overall development with continuous evaluation of each of the systems running under me. I and my team worked together with uncountable sleepless nights and days to organize international and national level conferences/seminars, competitions, brain- storming sessions, inviting expert talks from industries and academia, short-term training programs etc. Innovations and Research were topics needed to be addressed and that was initiated in the form of a permanent cell at my college with stipulated outcomes. As a result, we filed the patents and generated socially transferable technologies. Research grants of more than 35 lakhs in one year in Gujarat state, was a record by an unaided institute like us.
I am Dr. Sachin Parikh, Principal of V V P Engineering College, Rajkot and Dean of Gujarat Technological University- Ahmedabad.
I earned many National level honors as recognized by the Pedagogical Innovation Awards (Gandhiyan Awards) for appreciation towards my role as an Academia Co-Chair and Continuing efforts towards innovations in 2015. Our overall academic performance was highly appreciated by Indian Society for Technical Education-New Delhi and they honored us with Kongu Trophy for Degree Level Institution for Best overall Performance in National Convention 2013-14 and for Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Best Engineering College for Best overall Performance in the year 2014.
— with Sachin Prakashbhai Parikh.