As noted above, this is an initiative of
Inter-University Research Centre (IURC), and IURC in turn is a
platform floated by Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU).
Being a part of CIU, IURC is sponsored by almost all the top
universities and university level institutions in India.
But the faces behind this initiative also deserve to be noted.
Getting to know this initiative, in some ways, would be
incomplete without getting to know the people who have
visualized this platform, people who have spent countless hours
creating the blueprint, agenda, organizational structure etc
needed to achieve what we intend to achieve, those who spared no
effort to reach out to like-minded people, in India as well as
in the world outside.
Dr. Priya Ranjan Trivedi, President of CIU and founding Chairman
of IURC, is the soul behind this initiative. It is he who
incubated the idea initially. Having developed the very broad
outlines of the idea in his mind, he roped in the first few
critical people, who worked under his guidance to develop the
idea and to create a more detailed picture of the same.
It is he who provided, and continues to do even today,
continuous support and encouragement to the first few people who
were trying to work on this enormous problem statement. It is he
who instilled the belief among the people around him that when
good intentions combine with smart work and collaborative energy
of large number of people, everything can be achieved.
He completed his undergraduate engineering (Bachelor of
Engineering) from the prestigious Birla Institute of Technology,
Mesra, India in the year 1973. Subsequently, he also did his
M.Tech from the same institution. In the subsequent years,
taking into account the importance of taking a managerial
perspective of things, he also completed his MBA. Later on, when
he developed a keen interest in the emerging field of human
rights, he completed his Ph.D. in human rights, with
specialization in conflict resolution.
He became involved in the field of institution building during
1977-78, when he laid the foundation of Indian Institute of
Business Management (IIBM) at Patna, in collaboration with his
close friend, Dr. Uttam Kumar Singh, who was also equally
passionate about the cause of institution building.
The journey that started with the IIBM story never stopped. In
fact, with every passing year, his passion in and commitment to
the cause of finding solutions to ‘big problems of the day’ only
increased in intensity. He has continuously drilled the motto of
‘Job giver, not seeker’ among all the students that pass out of
any of the institutions founded / mentored by him.
In fact, very early on in his life, perhaps immediately after
completing his engineering education, he realized that the only
way a vast, densely populated country like India could ever
provide good employment opportunities to all its citizens, is to
foster a spirit of entrepreneurship among its people. He was one
of the very first people who espoused the view that people of
India are by nature entrepreneurial, even though Government of
India, till quite recently, praised the virtues of an
all-powerful, centrally planned, bureaucratically administered
way of building the country.
Some of the other institutions founded / mentored by him include
prestigious ones like Dr. Zakir Husain Institute for Non-Formal
and Continuing Education (1980), Institute of Hotel Management,
Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition (1980), Indian Institute
of Ecology and Environment (1981), National Centre for
Developmental Communication (1982), National Institute of
Computer Education (1983).
He even started the practice of encouraging State Governments,
especially from remote and relatively less developed regions, to
nominate students from their jurisdictions to pursue high-end,
job-oriented courses at the institutions under his control.
Students from these institutions have gone on to occupy top
positions in different public and private sector organisations
in India as well as in other countries.
He was the first person in India to have advised the Government
of India and the State Governments, way back in the year 1992,
to allow the establishment of State Universities with external
funding provided by public charities and philanthropic
organisations. Towards this end, he has worked closely with
State Governments of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar,
Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Haryana,
Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh,
Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Sikkim and Jammu & Kashmir.
The Global Open University of Nagaland, established by the
Government of Nagaland, and Indira Gandhi Technological &
Medical Sciences University are shining examples of his vision,
providing great service to the people of these states and