Faculty Kudos-Vijay K. Arora
Professor Dr. Vijay K. Arora, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics, was Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker at the International Conference on Networks, Electronics, Communication and Control, March 5th and 6th, 2015 (ICONECC2015) at Cape Institute of Technology in Kanya Kumari, India. In his Chief Guest address, he described engineering as Yoga, the spirit of integration across the boundary of disciplines. Engineering, originating from Latin ingeniare, was projected to mean cleverness (ingenuity) in contrivance or design, which automatically includes strategic planning. In an hour-long ceremonial lecture entitled “Social and Behavioral Engineering,” he brought out the spirit of engineering to embrace all disciplines with Outcome-Based Education (OBE) that is global. In fact, Prof. Arora gave Global Criteria 2020 (GC2020) to embrace the spirit of Washington Accord (washingtonaccord.org) of which 17 countries are signatories.
The keynote was in line with integrative spirit of crosscutting themes of Wilkes Area I-IV’s ongoing dialogue and is an important instrument for assessment. It promotes the outcomes that can be used for interdisciplinary thinking contained in the attached paper on Life-Long Education for the Global Workforce in the Socio-Engineering Age. The paper will soon appear in Pretanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities. All the proposed outcomes of GC2020 could be applied across all areas. The outcomes of each course then can be mapped into these outcomes to identify gaps that exist and a process of ongoing improvement is instigated in search for Total Quality Management (TQM). India and Sri Lanka were admitted into Accord very recently after each National Board of Accreditation (NBA) presented credentials to accredit programs based on the integrative criteria as laid out in the Accord. The idea is that professionals trained in one country can easily move to the other countries of the Accord without any problem of entry into the profession as accredited degree in one country is essentially equivalent to the one of another country of the Accord.
In his technical lecture on Nanoelectronics, he brought out the spirit of nanoscale electronics with shrinking electronic systems as transistors reach nanometer scale. His book entitled Nanoelectronics: Quantum Engineering of Low-Dimensional Nanoensembles is now published by CRC Press in Boca Raton, Florida. The lecture was one avenue to promote the book. He gave another lecture entitled “Carbon: The Soul of Future Nanoelectronics,” on March 7, 2015 to the students of National Institute of Technology, Trichy (NITT) which is now a candidate for being accredited on Washington Accord principles. Professor Arora’s short course on Quantum Physics to Nanoengineering is scheduled to be given on April 6-7, 2015 at IEEE-EDS Kolkata Chapter preceded by a distinguished lecture on Carbon: The Soul of Future Nanoectronics at IEEE-EDS Chapter in Dhaka (Bangladesh) on April 4.