The light teachers bring into our lives.


Shading the light in the dark lives of many

Amitabh Bachchan once said “(hindi)In darkness even the eyes are of no use, in english which means in darkness, even the eyes are of no use. This simple statement is a lesson to all of us. A lesson that makes us understand that every person who is born into this world, is born blind. Even when we are born with our eyes open, but we are blind because we are not able to see the knowledge, or the education or even the culture all around us. This is why the major role in the life of every person is played by the teacher. Mainly because as teachers, we are the ones who bring the light of education into the lives of all the students and make them see the world.

I believe a good example is what we learn from the movie Black. The character of Rani Mukherjee is blind from birth, which is why as a child, she was greatly troubled because she could not understand the world. But when her teacher Mr Sahal played by Amitabh Bachchan comes into her life, he brings to her the light of the world. He brings to this poor child words which are filled with motivation, courage, passion and love. Even when the girl was blind, she was finally able to see the world for the first time, as she ran through the grass and the flowers and for the first time the meaning of her own mother and father all through the words of her teacher.

A great man once said (Hindi) meaning “In life we get a few chances for good deeds”. This is the lesson i deeply desire each and every teacher here in Parul University and everywhere else, to keep in your hearts as we celebrate this Guru Purnima. So much that the moment you enter into your classroom teach as if it is your last chance, with all heart ensuring that every student does not only know what your but learns their meaning. You see the moment you pour out your heart, your students will in return create a bond with you, and when learning is only possible when there is a lasting bond

To all the Parul University students and students all over, let this Guru Purnima serve as a lesson to you also. Understanding that your teachers have within them a unique value that even money cannot buy. They have a kind of value that opens up your eyes to make you realise your true potential, which is why you need to greatly value them. The moment you learn to value your teachers, is the moment their lessons bring value into your life.

Every single day that comes opens our eyes to something we could not see in the world, let us open our hearts to learn from all the teacher life brings to us Happy Guru Purnima to all

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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