The Need for the Acceptance of Every Student

There is no bad student, there only a bad teacher!”

A child can be born tall, another can be born short. A child can be born light skinned, and another can be born dark skinned. Above all a child can be born without an arm or a leg, or any form of disability, while another is born with every ability. In other words every child is born under different circumstances, and in different ways. Therefore, no child on this earth has ever been able to choose the condition which he or she wishes to be born in. The same can be said about the students we have in our classrooms, they are all different, not because they choose to be different but simply because they are born in different unique ways.

The differences these children may have might lead the rest of the world into believing that that they are incapable of achieving anything in life. But as a teacher, the moment you open your eyes, you should never see these children in the same way the world sees them, rather you need to look at them with an eye filled with optimism, as well as a heart filled with hope and inspiration. An eye that overlooks what the child looks like, an eye that sees beyond the background of the student, or even what the society thinks about him or her.

You may ask why this is of great importance. The answer is quite simple, just like a small lion cub is born with no idea of how to hunt, the only way it gets to learn how to hunt is when the mother takes it into the jungle and shows it the way, if the mother fails to teach the cub, it will die of hunger. The same with the students who come under our care as teachers, they are born with no knowledge of this world. He or she has no idea of the amount of strength and ability that lies within, and their future will simply die out, locked inside them. This is the main reason why the most fundamental role in the future or the life of any human being is played by us teachers, we are the ones who unveil the hidden unique talent, which brings value to each and every single student.

Everything I have said comes from a single word, and the word is Acceptance. This word should be the main ethic that guides the way we teach our students as Parul University teachers, in each and every institute you may be coming from. When you possess acceptance, it means you are able to accept and accommodate every single student whom you teach and accept the unique value they all possess. Above all you will develop the acceptance of your role and responsibility as a teacher in shaping the lives of the students who are come under your care. Accepting that there is no bad student, but only a bad teacher.

As we commemorate the third foundation day of Parul University, it is my deepest and most heartfelt desire, that you do not only watch this movie but you learn from it, so that your students may learn from you.

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Dr.Devanshu Patel, a dynamic, visionary and proactive leader, is President of Parul University. His unflinching commitment to the cause of education and whose continuous efforts for spreading the cause of education not only in Gujarat but also in different states of India and also in 49 different countries have resulted in more than 25,000 students pursuing their under graduate, post graduate and doctoral degree programmes in 32 academic institutions offering more than 150 degree programmes.

Dr.Devanshu Patel, after successful completion of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and Doctor of Medicine (Pharmacology) from the world renowned Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, decided to concentrate his efforts in establishing state-of-the-art educational institutions offering technical professional and medical courses in the State of Gujarat as he felt there was no dearth of talented individuals in Gujarat and such talented individuals, if provided a quality education and skill building programmes, could be transformed into dynamic leaders and thinkers of 21st century.

From 2008 to 2013, prior to establishment of Parul University, was instrumental in starting Parul Institute of Management & Research (2008), Parul Institute of Physiotherapy (2009), Ahmedabad Physiotherapy College (2009), Parul Institute of Business Administration (2010), Parul Institute of Technology (2010), Parul Institute of Architecture & Research (2012), Parul Institute of Computer Application (2013), which were affiliated to Gujarat University, Gujarat Technological University, Saurashtra University and Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University respectively. Moreover, he also took up the responsibility of starting of post graduate courses in these institutions.

He also played pivotal role in establishment of Parul University under an Act of State Legislature viz., Gujarat Private Universities Act, 2009 and Gujarat Private Universities (Second Amendment) Act, 2015 which led to incorporation of 14 institutions of engineering & technology, management, pharmacy, nursing, homoeopathy, physiotherapy, architecture and computer applications into Parul University. Being a Doctor himself, his dream of establishing a medical college came true when Medical Council of India accorded its approval to Parul University to establish Parul Institute of Medical Sciences & Research offering Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with an intake capacity of 150 seats. Since Parul University is located in rural area of Vadodara District, he saw the need for starting a Hospital which would provide medical facilties and treatment to underprivileged people in a surrounding area at competitive charges. This led to starting of Parul Sevashram Hospital, a 400 bedded multispecialty hospital. At present, owing to dedicated and concentrated efforts, have established a 300 bedded Parul Ayurveda Hospital offering Ayurved treatment and Jawaharlal Nehru Homoeopathic Medical College Hospital offering Ayurved and Homoeopathy treatment to needy and downtrodden respectively.

In order to prepare the students can meet challenges of the professional world effectively, he set up a Career Development Cell in the University under which a highly qualified team of 55 teachers train students of the University for Competitive Examinations, English Language Proficiency, Entrance Examinations for admission to prestigious institutions such as CAT/GRE/GMAT/IELTS/GATE etc…, Foreign Languages i.e. French and German.

He believes that the world today is more in need of job creators and not job givers. Hence, he brought together a team of Mentors under Entrepreneurship Development Cell of the University who could guide students towards becoming Entrepreneurs. Owing to continuous guidance of experienced faculties at Entrepreneurship Development Cell and constant support from Dr.Devanshu Patel, students have initiated and successfully implemented their innovative ideas into a functioning Start Ups.

He has been lauded for his efforts and support in encouraging researchers from the University to take up, publish and promote their research work through starting of Research & Development Cell at Parul University. Faculty members, with the support from Research & Development Cell, have filed 141 patent applications during the last three years. Owing to encouragement and guidance received from Research & Development Cell, the engineering and technology and pharmacy institutions have succeeded in obtaining several Minor Research Projects from the Government Funding Agencies such as GUJCOST.

Taking the cause of education abroad, he has also developed close ties and signed an MOU with international universities of repute such as Poznan University of Technology, Poland; Kansas State University, USA; Lambton College, Canada; University of Transport Technology, Vietnam; Humber College, Canada; University of Applied Sciences, Bielefeld, Germany; Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland; University of Applied Sciences, Aschaffenburg, Germany etc…Till date, more than 500 students from Parul University and international students from these Universities have participated in International Student Exchange Programme. Further, the University has also received a monetary grant from European Union and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) through which regular International Student/ Faculty Exchange Programme is conducted.

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