Alumni profile: Dr Adit Gupta
I competed my PhD in the field of ‘Learning Environments’ from the Science and Mathematics Education Centre at Curtin University in 2008 and it has helped me progress my career as an academician and also as an administrator.
Through studying with Curtin, I developed strong work ethics, a secular outlook, interest in world cultures, out-of-the-box thinking capability, a great respect for academic values, the teaching profession and a belief in the transformational power of education and technology.
Can you provide an overview of your career to date?
I am the Director of Model Institute of Education and Research Jammu which is a premier educational organisation devoted to the cause of education for the past over 80 years in Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir State) and am also a Professor at the MIER College of Education, Jammu.
I have over 19 years of teaching and professional experience at various levels and have contributed a lot for the promotion of educational research in the institution.
Having been exposed to international-quality education with Curtin I was given the responsibility of developing a modern work culture in my organisation with major focus on educational research.
My primary areas of research are:
- Psychosocial learning environments
- Educational Technology
- Educational Psychology
- Educational Measurement and Evaluation
- Teacher and school education
I have also been supervising and guiding research dissertations at the MEd and PhD levels and am also the managing editor of the MIER Journal of Educational Studies, Trends and Practices (MJESTP), an international peer reviewed journal.
I have participated and presented papers in numerous national and international conferences and have been working as a reviewer and assessor of research papers at the international level.
I am a member of various prestigious bodies, including:
- the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), USA
- The American Education Research Association (AERA)
- All India Association for Educational Research (AIAER)
- Australian Science Education Research Association (ASERA)
Tell us little about your current company and role.
As the Director of the Model Institute of Education and Research (MIER), my role and responsibilities include both academic and administrative tasks.
I teach the Masters of Education class at the college level and am looking after the overall administration of the institute with specific focus on the Model Academy (Higher Secondary School) and the MIER College of Education (Teacher Education Institute).
All aspects covering the policy development, financial management, monitoring the Quality management system, recruitments, establishing linkages etc. are being looked after by me.
What is your greatest career achievement to date?
I am the first faculty member from my college who has been selected as an Associate Professor and then I was also the youngest faculty from my college to be selected as a Professor in the Post Graduate Department of Education.
As the Director of the organisation, I lead a team of over 200 academic and administrative personnel. I have been instrumental in getting the coveted “Autonomous Status’ and the status of ‘College with Potential for Excellence’ for our teacher education college from the University Grants Commission.
I am also a trained Assessor of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) for assessing and grading institutions of Higher Education.
Rewards and recognition:
- 2016 – Appointed as the ‘Endeavour Awards Ambassador’ by the Australian Government
- 2009 – ‘Endeavour Executive Award’ of the Australian Government
- Alumnus of the ‘International Visitors Leadership Programme’ (IVLP) of the US Government.