Dr Deepak Pental is a professor of Genetics and Vice Chancellor of the University of Delhi since 2005. He is also serving as the Director, Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants. Prior to taking over as the VC, Dr Pental served as the Director of university South Campus for five years. A noted scientist, he is also an elected member of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, National Academy of Sciences and Indian Academy of Sciences. Dr Pental has coordinated two major national programmes on ‘Development of Transgenics in Major Crops’ and ‘Functional Genomics in Plants’, besides penning 61 publications on genetic manipulation of plants.
Ever since taking over as the Vice Chancellor of the University, Dr Pental has been instrumental in introducing many amenities in the University to attain global standards like better science labs, innovative project on life-long learning, introducing elements of ICT in the system, tie-up with the industry for skill enhancement courses, etc.
In an interview with Digitial Learning, Dr Pental shares his vision for improving quality of education in the University.
What is your vision for quality of higher education in the University of Delhi?
My focus, as the Vice Chancellor, has been to plug gaps in the existing system