DOB:March 9, 1959
Vice Chancellor, Symbiosis International University, Pune
THINGS HE LIKES:
BOOK: ‘Freedom from the Known’ by Jiddu Krishnamurti
MOVIE: African Safari
HOLIDAY DESTINATION: Yercaud, Tamil Nadu
PASTIME: Writing articles on popular science
QUOTE: “Keep your windows open for all the breezes, but don’t be swept off your feet.” By Mahatma Gandhi
CUISINE: Vegetarian Konkani cuisine
MUSIC: Light music, especially songs sung by Kishore Kumar
HIS LITTLE SECRET: Reads Indian philosophy to find the connection between science and spirituality and is writing a book on it
At a time when the research world was rife with the turmeric patent controversy, Bhushan Patwardhan’s novel composition to treat musculoskeletal disorders which had turmeric as one of its ingredients received a US patent. More recently, he is experimenting with a far reaching innovation—the university curriculum. He conducted a competition among MBA students to design their own curriculum and after a similar competition nationwide, Patwardhan now plans to take the winning entry to his university’s Board of Studies. The idea is to get it implemented.
Be it research or academic governance, everything that Dr Patwardhan, Vice Chancellor of Symbiosis International University (SIU) does smacks of innovation. “Curricula are usually designed to suit teachers’ requirements and not on what students need to learn. So, there is a lot of junk burdening students that kills their innovative capabilities,” says Patwardhan.
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