“India is now recognized as a world leader”

Tan Sri Datuk Dr Mohan Swami is the Chancellor of Swami Rama Himalayan University in Dehradun which held its first convocation in April, and is also the Executive Chairman of the Perdana University in Malaysia. A world renowned medical doctor, and a deeply philosophical man, he dialogued with India Empire’s Sayantan Chakravarty on issues close to his heart

The University has grown steadily from offering medical undergraduate and postgraduate degrees to other programmes in the Schools of Nursing, Engineering, Management, Skills Training, and others. We also have an Alternate Medicine Treatment centre. In addition, he set up the Rural Development Institute (which has been granted mother NGO status) and does yeomen social service to the underserved mountain areas. Hundreds of scholarships are provided by the Himalayan Institute Trust annually to the children of this region to pursue their schooling. There are plans to commence other basic courses. The Vice Chancellor Dr Vijay Dhasmana and his team are doing an excellent work.

The work is still far from being complete. There is so much more that can be done. The members of the Board of Governors have a commitment. They support the Management, staff and faculty in their pursuit of excellence. I have requested everyone who works at our University to strive to enable it to become a premier institution in India and perhaps one day achieve global rankings. Though there are thousands of colleges and universities in India, only very few have achieved world rankings. In order for this to change, the Government must ensure quality of education and encourage research. For the quality to improve nationally, all the stakeholders must have similar zeal and ideals. This can only be accomplished if there is a sense of selflessness in the leadership of the educational institutions and the politicians. HH Swami Rama exhibited this quality completely as a way of life and that is why SRHU is able to serve the needs of the people to the extent that we can without compromising on quality.