“ I am leaving the DAVV with fond memories. I worked in many institutions before joining this beautiful university. I must admit that the DAVV is the best chapter of my life.”
Indore: As you walk through the corridors of the Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya ( DAVV) tomorrow onwards, you would not escape missing the presence of Professor Raj Kamal, who leaves behind a legacy of research and teaching as he retires today after giving his long and devoted 25 years to this educational institute.
An outstanding teacher, researcher and a mentor, Raj Kamal Mittal – who does not like to be called by his second name, is decorated with most distinguished honours one can come across in the field of academics.
A few deserve special mention are: he happens to be the only person having served the DAVV as vice chancellor ( though officiating one) for three times, the only professor in the university to have authored more than a dozen books and also the only faculty who taught as professor in five subjects viz Computer Science- Electronics and Information Technology, Physics, Computer Science and Engineering, and Electronics and Communication Engineering and Electrical Engineering Education.
He has nearly 120 research papers to his credit in reputed national and international journals. During his service period, he held many positions including VC, rector, HoD, director of IQAC, member of Executive Council, dean and chairman of board of studies.He was regarded as asset to the DAVV by many academicians.
Professor Raj Kamal had made a significant impact on the educational filed from the moment his career began. Raj Kamal had completed his MSc at the age of 17, published his first research paper in a UK journal at the age of 18, and his first programme, written in FORTRAN that ran at ICT 1904, also at the age of 18.
He had completed his PhD from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, when he was just 22- year- old.Having 45 years of teaching and research experience, he had also been to Uppsala University, ( Sweden) a world class university for post doctoral studies.
It’s his experience that helped the DAVV in achieving grade A from NAAC recently.“ It’s nice to see DAVV eventually getting A grade. The feeling of retiring from A grade university is special,” he said. He gave credit of the A grade to vice chancellor Prof DP Singh.
Raj Kamal himself chaired the top office thrice – first in 2006, second in 2009 and third in 2011.When he became officiating vice chancellor for the first time in 2006, he had conducted convocation ceremony in the university after 17 long years.
“ After 1990, no vice chancellor had conducted convocation ceremony in the DAVV. Convocation ceremony is a very special day in the academic life of a student. I wanted students to have their special day before leaving the university so I reintroduced the practices of holding convocation ceremonies.” Since, the convocation ceremonies are held every year.
He saw many students graduating out of the university and today the students will see him retiring out.Raj Kamal would not focus on book writing.“ That’s my hobby,” he said. His compassion towards teaching, commitment to academia and scientific research deserves a standing ovation as he moves to next wonderful chapter of his life, which one cannot stop believing would be as enterprising and exploratory as the years passed by.