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The People

VEDIC offers a space for interdisciplinary exploration and the internal core team comes from a diversity of backgrounds. Apart from the core team, a number of external resource persons with extensive corporate experience in the software and core manufacturing sectors work closely with VEDIC in developing and offering live and online programmes for faculty and students.

Sivakumar Krishnan

Director ( Learning & Innovation)

Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering (University of Michigan)

Prof. Sivakumar Krishnan is currently Director of Learning and Innovation with Vishnu Educational Development and Innovation Center (VEDIC) at Sri Vishnu Educational Society (SVES). He has a B.Tech. from IIT, Madras and a Ph.D. from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, both in Aerospace Engineering. He is a Certified International Engineering Educator by IGIP, Austria (International Society for Engineering Pedagogy). Since 2013, he has developed and offered various faculty development initiatives throughout India, with the Indo-Universal Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE). Since 2017 he has continued offering programs on teaching and learning, accreditation, curriculum development and research, so far covering about 2000 faculty in 30 unique offerings till now.

Between 2016 and 2017, he was Chief Product Officer with IntelliEd Innovations, a visual media education technology startup. From 2011 to 2016, as the lead combustion engineer with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, he developed innovative technologies to improve the fuel economy and performance of a high volume V6 gasoline engine. Prior to this, between 2002 and 2010, he taught at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University School of Engineering at IUPUI. His 2009 ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) Conference paper on Project-Based Learning in Introductory Thermodynamics was recognized as an ‘Outstanding Contribution to Mechanical Engineering Education’.

He is a certified Heartfulness meditation trainer (since 2018) and practitioner (since 1997). He lives in Hyderabad with his family and is driven to bridge the gap between industry requirements and actual skill-based outcomes of graduating students, and believes that this can be achieved through faculty empowerment, academic leadership and holistic student and parental education.

Areas of expertise Student-centered Learning, Learning Misconceptions, Project-Based Learning, Faculty Development, Institutional Accreditation, Product Development, Meditation

Ashish Agrawal

Educational Research Officer

MS in Electrical Engineering, PhD in Engineering Education (Virginia Tech)

Dr. Ashish Agrawal is an Educational Research Officer at Vishnu Educational Development and Innovation Centre (VEDIC). His research interests lie in exploring the influence of different pedagogical and curricular approaches (including educational technology and hands-on project-based approaches) on learning, and student and faculty experiences with different types of pedagogy and curricula with the aim to use the findings to design effective academic environment and curricula.

He is also interested in designing and teaching engineering courses. He has taught various first-year engineering courses both at the University of Cape Town and Virginia Tech using student-centric approaches such as project-based learning and flipped classroom. In addition to undergraduate teaching, he has also designed and delivered capacity-building workshops for faculty members and university administrators. Besides research and teaching, he also enjoys organizing education-related conferences and events. He has served as a member of the organizing committee for the 2019 Research in Engineering Education Symposium (REES) and a Vice-Chairman of the Technical Program Committee for the 2020 World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) & Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) Virtual Conference.

J. Augustine

Behavioural Specialist

MA in Sociology (Annamalai University)

Mr. J Augustine is Behaviour Specialist at VEDIC. He has been working in the field of education since 2005 and has more than12 years of experience in Healthcare and Corporate sectors. His focus area is student training such as behaviour-based learning and Intellectual learning. He is passionate about developing young talent and aspiring students towards their career success and alteration of students’ behavior, including their actions, emotions and thoughts as well. He strongly believes that the students can be easily prevented from disruptive behaviour in the classroom and enabled to excel in their academics.

Areas of expertise Behavioral and Educational Psychology, Presentation skills, Experiential, Active & Project based learning, overall Personality development. Focusing more on holistic interventions encompassing student’s issues, and our aim is to achieve this model of working through psychometric assessments and Students and Parental Counselling & Pre-Marital & Marital Counselling.

Jebaselvi A

Behavioural Specialist

MA in English (Annamalai University)

Ms. Jebaselvi A is Behaviour Specialist at VEDIC. Her background is in English and Behavioural Psychology. She has been working in the area of education and training since 2005. She helps to coordinate Functional Assessments of Behaviour and Behaviour Intervention Plan that address students’ inappropriate behaviours and provide a means to help the students become more academically successful. She identifies the critical factors and offers research-based information about how our students learn as well as strategies to address each facet of the learning-behaviour connection. She believes academic achievement can be greatly enhanced through proactive and positive behaviour management in quality learning environments.

Dear faculty, academic leaders, students and parents,

It is said that intentions precede thoughts and thoughts lead to action. It requires extraordinary intentions and vision to create a unique platform for improving the effectiveness of educational institutions. Vishnu Educational Development and Innovation Centre (VEDIC) is one such creation of the Sri Vishnu Educational Society (SVES).

Today’s educational institutions are caught between the fast pace of technological change and the free availability of abundant amounts of information. In order for faculty to add value to the classroom, they need to develop and exercise empathetic human connection while keeping themselves updated on the latest trends in their teaching domains and educational technology tools. VEDIC also provides a platform for faculty to share their best practices in teaching across disciplines and to connect across inter-disciplinary areas for research.

In order to stay relevant in today’s world, students need to practice their skills and reflect on their learning. At VEDIC, we believe the learning environment and the sense of values that the student is able to inculcate during his/ her stay will hold in better stead for them long after graduation. VEDIC enables holistic growth of students and active collaboration that results in better learning outcomes.

We invite faculty to spend a month here as a faculty fellow to enhance their teaching and learning through the development of learning content prototypes, to practice and refine their presentation skills, to introspect on their teaching strategies and to evolve solutions for learner engagement. Academic leaders are invited to share their experiences with fellow faculty as well as help us collaboratively find ways to improve organizational effectiveness. Students are invited to introspect on their strengths as well as explore their varied interests and hobbies and find unhindered expression for their creative interests.

Sivakumar Krishnan

Past Director

Dr. Srinivasan Sundarrajan

Director (Apr 2016 – Jun 2019)

Dr. Srinivasan Sundarrajan was an outstanding missile scientist with the Defense Research and Development Laboratory, Hyderabad between 1974 and 2011. Prior to joining NIT, Trichy in 2011, Dr. Sundarrajan was mentored by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam during his career with the missile development programme, Defense Research Development Organization. He was the Director of National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli (NIT-T) from 2011 to 2016, a prestigious institute that is rated consistently among top 10 institutions in India. He was actively engaged in transforming this institute to the future requirements through strategies and initiatives, adopting disruptive technology route.

Dr. Sundarrajan completed Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai and did his Post-Graduation and Doctorate degrees at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in Industrial Metallurgy. He also has a PG certificate from Indian Statistical Institute. As an INAE (Indian National Academy of Engineering) – AICTE Distinguished Professor, Dr. Sundarrajan made significant contributions in integrating curriculum development and emerging areas of technology.

The recognitions he won includes UNESCO Fellowship (1998), Best Metallurgist of the Year Award from the Government of India (1992), Vishwabharati Award for Professional Excellence (1999), Performing Team Award (2004) and Best JV Management Award (2008), Madras Management Association awarded Professional Excellence Award (2013) in the category of Best managed Educational Institution.