Education plays a vital role in building the future of our nation by transforming lives and communities. We have several educator heroes who help students aim high and achieve their potential, often meeting and overcoming considerable challenges along the way. Recently Delhi based MT Research & Educational Services (MTRES) came up with Teaching Excellence Awards (TEA) 2018, to recognize the monumental role teachers play in our society as they instil a desire to learn and achieve and create tomorrow’s leaders. Meet one of the awardees, Dr. Rajeshkumar Sambhe, Professor and HoD, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Jawaharlal Darda Institute of Engineering and Technology (JDIET), Yavatmal, Maharashtra, who has been honoured with Excellent Teacher Award in MTRES TEA 2018.
With a University Merit and Gold Medal in Mechanical Engineering Degree, Dr. Rajeshkumar Sambhe started his career journey in 1996 by joining automotive industry as Design and Development Engineer. He got rich exposure in automobile designs / drawings, process and operation sheets & design of jigs and fixtures. He enjoyed his work in those two years. It evoked interest in him to learn more about various software and computer hardware troubleshooting so much so that he took a bank loan to buy a computer in those days. Equipped with the newly acquired skill, he then started teaching CAD to industrial engineers after company hours. In the process, he realized that teaching is his area of calling and he decided to pursue a career in education domain.
He was selected as a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering Department of Jawaharlal Darda Institute of Engineering & Technology, Yavatmal, in 1998. The job not only gave him exposure to hone his teaching skills, it also gave him the opportunity to widen his skill base and to experiment. For instance, he decided to train others on usage of internet and its applications. However, it wasn’t an easy ride.
Back then, internet availability was quite restricted and there was no facility in Yavatmal district that offered internet services. The nearest place with availability of internet services was Nagpur. Moreover, his challenges got compounded when he realized he was able to get connected only in morning or night hours due to some technical limitations. Being one who takes challenges head on, he started teaching Internet applications to Professors of medical colleges at morning 5 am in those days. The same zeal and passion for teaching can be found in him even today as he continues to work in JDIET. Only the times have changed, he now heads the same department in which he had started his teaching career.
We hear a lot about Digital India movement these days. However, Dr. Rajeshkumar had worked on couple of his projects around this concept around 15-18 years back. He developed an extensive informative web site of Yavatmal district, comprising around 3000 pages which was launched by the then District Collector IAS Mr. Vikas Kharge in 2001.
His other project was ICT for Rural Youth and Education under which he created a database of all government schemes and educational information for school children. After an year of dedicated efforts, he installed his project in a school in village Galwha in Yavatmal district in 2003, and gave this project the name “Village Information Centre”. It was open for rural youth and school children. He received lot of appreciation and recognition from government bodies for his efforts on these projects.
Dr Rajeshkumar completed his PG in 2003 and Ph.D. in 2012. His topic for research during his Ph.D. was Development of Six Sigma Model for Analyzing and Improving Manufacturing Process Performance and Service Quality in Medium Scale Automotive Industry in Indian Context. He was awarded Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from Indian Statistical Institute, Government of India, Bangalore, in 2011. He was recently honoured with Best Researcher Award by IOSRD International Research Awards in Engineering, Science, and Management. He is also one of the registered supervisors for Ph.D. for Mechanical and Production Engineering Board of Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University. He has ably guided the completion of Ph.D. of a scholar recently in 2018.
He has published many research papers in International Conferences and reputed International Journals. He was invited as Speaker and judged a session of 18th International Conference on Automotive and Mechanical Engineering held in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2016 as Session Chair. He is Editorial Board Member / Associate Editor / Technical Chair / Reviewer of various peer reviewed International Research Journals and Conferences of International repute. He is a member of various National and International Professional Organization and Societies.
MT Research & Educational Services is an initiative to bridge the gap between academics and industry. It was founded in 2013 with the combination of industry, academic and research personnel. They execute various educational events (Conferences, Seminars, Workshops, Short Term Courses, Trainings and Competitions) throughout India. They provide various educational platforms for direct engagement of students, academicians and corporates. They execute internships and placement drives also in colleges. Website