Here is an interview with Dr Jaiveer Singh, Co-founder of Maharani Group of Institute. He has been continuously working for the success of his mission to educate more girl child and has founders this institute which has an amazing study environment and is safe and sound for girls. He did his M.Sc and M.Phil in Mathematics from UOR. He completed his PhD under the supervision of Prof. C.L. Koul from MNIT, Jaipur. He has an experience of more than 17 years of teaching and research experience at various levels. He has the publication of 5 research papers to his credit in journals of national repute.
He started his teaching career as a private tutor and later joined Mody Institute of Technology and Science (MITS), Lakshmangarh, Sikar (Rajasthan) as a founding faculty member in 1988. He has also been a consultant and advisor in the number of engineering colleges in Rajasthan and always been a leader, torchbearer and trendsetter towards foundation, growth and development of Maharani Girls Engineering College.
I got a chance to get his appointment and to interview him. The energy and motivation I felt at the time of talking to him were so strong that I want it to share with you also. Here is the interview.
It is way too challenging to run a girls college, what was the idea to make this institute as girls institute and not a co-educational institute?
It has been a constant observation that girl candidates are more sensitive and sincere as compared to boys. Therefore, with the given input amongst girl students, the expected outcome is always achieved which inspired me to start an exclusive girl’s organisation. I feel and find fortunate that I have been able to do this experiment very successfully after starting Maharani Girls Institute. Sometimes it encourages me to write a book titled “A truthful experiment in technical education”. This book may include the achievement of students in the past 8 years.
There are times when a person feels dejected by everything. There is no urge to wake up in the morning and go to work. And as we have seen you barely taking leaves, so how do you keep yourself motivated to work more are not only you keep yourself motivated but transfer the same energy to others. How do you do this?
I have been observing that an employee in an academic organisation normally considers it a way of earning bread and butter. And a businessman promotes an academic organisation for the purpose of spreading his business and minting money. Whereas I established this organisation as a promoter and a co-founder to work on a mission to inspire, encourage and motivate the girl children. I find pleasure in sharing and giving knowledge and information to my dear students i.e. I get utmost satisfaction at the end of the day that goddess Saraswati has blessed me with so many thoughts and ideas on each day. This is how I inspire myself and feel happy in the morning to begin the day and to contribute my thoughts of wisdom to my lovely students.
What do you suggest to a person to focus more on bookish knowledge or practical knowledge?
In my opinion and suggestion, a person should have known from the book but the application should be in a practical manner. Moreover, we work during the day with the quantum of knowledge which comes through books but in case of challenges, we need to apply the highest level of wisdom which can be only through practical situations.
In so many years of who has been your continuous motivation or your role model and inspired you to be better and think out of the box?
As such no individual is a role model but various people of different domains who have work recognition because of their sincerity, discipline, devotion, dedication, sacrifices, honesty, transparency and openness have inspired to do extraordinary work with excellence in my own domain.
Back in your college days have you ever bunked the classes and went to the canteen and made memories with your friends. Which one was your favourite?
The fact is, a single class was never bunked. As I recall, I used to study in department library during my higher studies and as a result of this my junior fellows gave me a title “Jaiveer Singh keetab se kehte hai hum tum Ek kamre main band ho aur chabi Kho Jaye”. This is how I dedicated every second, minute, hours to my studies.
You studied from graduating to post graduating and then from being a professor to the honorable director of this institute. In this long journey of yours, the position you are in today is this was your dream since childhood.
Absolutely, my dream was to become an administrative officer in the Indian Civil Services but I used to think to become a professor at the second option. But during my work of 10 years in Modi Institute as a professor of mathematics, I visualised that I as an individual and with some team members can establish exclusive girl’s institute and may have an excellence in academic and other relevant fields.
Being on this high post there are so many things and projects you work upon to make this institute create merit holders. How do you manage time for your family?
Of course, it is very tough to have time management but never the less if we decide and plan then it can be done very efficiently for weeks, months and years. I try to spend my Sundays with my family but never on the organisation working. (Laughing)
At times when you were struggling to hold such a place where many people dream off. What challenges you have faced and what are the challenges you still face?
I have faced rejection of my ideas from many people but probably that rejection inculcated in the form of challenge which I happily accepted and enjoyed in overcoming that challenge. The challenge the I feel and face are the real hard working people are not available in the domain of technical education. It seems to be a continuous challenge which can be overcome with the pace of time.
In India, where there are so many advancements every day whether it is technical, political, towards girls education, sports, economical and may more but still girls are considered as a burden and get them to marry at a very young age especially in Rajasthan. What is your opinion?
Girls are never a burden on the individual and society. The fact is we exist and survive because of the females in this universe. It is a well-known fact that the amount of patience, tolerance, sincerity, honesty and scarifies found among girls are highest which not only helps the progress of individual but it also contributes for the growth of society and the country. It has also been found by the researchers that for a given task, the level of dedication found amongst girls is highest.
How do you deal with day-to-day pressure, do you follow any specific routine. Kindly suggest some so that we could make our lives better.
The day’s work pressure is easily managed with the prioritization method.
What are your future goals for now?
As such, there is no specific goal but I wish that Maharani Group of Institutions become more sort after institution for girls and we become capable to cater them to excel in academics and their activities. Moreover, I wish that some of my students, some of my fellow faculty members, some relatives, some of my known, my son and daughter learn the style of working and philosophy of life which I have lived and is living and will live throughout my life which has very high moral and social values.
Imagine you get a power to change something in India. What would it be?
If I am empowered with rights for a change in the country then I will do one thing, educate every girl and boy child of a family and eliminate the discrimination among boys and girls.
Do you believe in spirituality or are you superstitious? And to what extent do you feel it is good?
I am a firm believer of spirituality because in my opinion spirituality is defined as a spirit which comes through thoughts and is applied to your physical body to have maximum work with the highest stamina. As we know that it is quoted many times that we should have a good spirit of working. Naturally, spirituality is derived from the spirit of a person. It is also said that we should have a sport’s man spirit for doing any task or assignment which eventually means the quantum of spirit is defined as spirituality.
Is there any dream place where you want to visit for once in your life?
Yes, I have a dream to visit not a place but the whole country which is Great Britain.
What are your plans after retirement as when people retire they have nothing to do and get disappointed? What are your plans? How are you going to engage yourself and maintain positivity in your life?
(Laughing) I don’t want to retire from my work but after around 60 years of my age, I wish to contribute my knowledge, ideas, and thoughts to the young minds of the country by inspiring and motivating them in various educational organizations. I also wish to do some philanthropy work which will help the society in the future to come by establishing more educational organizations.
What are your words of wisdom for the young generation?
I wish to give a message to the young generation that they should ignite their best energy of brain and body to have excellence in their field of interest.