Leaving MAFSU in better shape: Prof A K Misra

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Sep 2017 10:07:08


By Vikas Vaidya,

When Prof Aditya Kumar Misra took over as Vice-Chancellor of Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Sciences University (MAFSU) in September 2012, the university was in a mess. There were no recruitments. It was not performing well. Since taking over, Prof Misra not only helped in resisting further fall of the university but also took the university to a great height. Prof Misra streamlined the academics, administration, management of the University which was getting done in haphazard manner. His term is ending on Thursday and he is working on the last day, too. Such is his dedication. He is leaving MAFSU in a better shape.

When asked was his tenure satisfactory? Prof Misra replies with pride and confidence in his voice, “I would rather say highly satisfactory.” MAFSU is ranked 16th in the list of Agricultural Universities and 3rd among veterinary universities. It came first in Maharashtra.

“I did not want MAFSU’s ambit limited to academics. I tried to expand its horizon. Be it animal husbandry, fisheries, dairy development, we worked on it so that it would benefit largely to the farmers of the State. We focussed on research to be done inter-departmental, inter-college, inter-university. We made collaborative efforts in the research. I wanted to raise the bar of research standard.”

“Area of research should be in the frontiers and should be based on regional problems, of public utility. Apart from that, the subject or research should include Genomics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, bioinformatics, embryobiotechnology, genetic engineering, cloning, stem cell,” said Dr Misra.

Prof Misra initiated various programmes to improve the skills of the students and staff too. There was a bit stagnancy on the part of staff but now that, too, has gone.
“From students’ perception, ours is the first university to implement examination reforms that were mooted by Rajesh Aggarwal Committee. We stopped transportation of examination papers,” informs A K Misra.

When asked whether he thinks that his leadership mattered most, the most modest answer came, “No. Absolutely not. I attribute the success to team effort that I could bring the university back on track. Had there been not good men the picture would have different. Our accounts are in real time, appointments are online. Above all, our revenue generation has doubled from Rs 8.53 crore to Rs 17.23 crore from 2011-12 to 2016-17," Prof Misra said.

Center for Zoonoses
Centre for Zoonoses was a long pending issue. Dr Misra has vowed to complete it. It is becoming a national centre. The project has the collaboration of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Nagpur and Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS), Sewagram, Wardha.
Before Dr Misra took over as VC, MAFSU had received Rs 5 crore, unused it had gone back to Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR). But Dr Misra endeavored and brought back about Rs 3.75 crore.

Since the year 2006, the civil works were pending. But Dr Misra is clearing them one by one. These are being completed with full transparency.
“We are keen to complete the pending work at the same time we want to generate income. We want to do Carporate Social Responsibility too. As a first step of CSR, we not only have donated to CM drought relief fund but, our teams visited drought-affected areas and attended about 27,000 animals. Our this act was appreciated not only by ministers, secretaries but also by farmers too,” Dr Misra said.

“Like humans, animals have their own rights. In the man and animal conflict, on some occasions unnecessarily animals are being killed brutally. In fact we have encroached their territory. Because of which the imbalance in nature is taking place. The understanding of this critical issue is need of the hour, advises Dr A K Misra.

Ambulance and treatment improved There were no ambulances all over Maharashtra in Veterinary hospitals. Dr Misra had proposed 6 well-equipped ambulances which he got. The hospitals are made state of the art.