Rupesh Parthe ME (Mech), University of Mumbai 2016
BE (Production), University of Mumbai 2009
Teaching Experience: 12 Years
Industrial Experience: 06 Months
Technical Papers Published: 04
I was born and brought up in a farmer’s family. My native place is located near Khopoli in Raigad District. We used to cultivate various vegetables in summer and rice in monsoon. I enjoyed working in the farm since I was a child, which helped me to develop a great connection with mother nature. My father used to repair agricultural equipment and I often used to help him in this task. Being inquisitive by nature, I always wanted to know the working of these machines, tractors, and even the water pumps. This is how I developed an interest in pursuing Engineering.
It was a very proud moment for me and my family when I bagged the first rank at the Taluka level in SSC. I took admission in Production Engineering at the undergraduate level. My college days truly helped me to groom my personality. I started interacting with many people, took part in many initiatives, and participated in various activities in college.
During my postgraduation, my project idea involved conducting experimental work on Minimum Quantity Lubrication (MQL). Any machining process involves extensive use of coolant, which after use, is often directly poured into water resources. While working on MQL, I had experimented on universal milling machine with reduced use of coolant, which helped in reducing water pollution.
Later, I got an opportunity of in-plant training at Godrej and Boyce Pvt. Ltd. I had also worked in the Maintenance Department for six months that gave me a real shop floor experience in Total Productive Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance and other related domains. In 2009, I started working as a lecturer and it helped me to understand the student perspective.
I am very fortunate to work at Vidyalankar Institute of Technology, as the Institute’s culture is in sync with my personal philosophy of striving for excellence. I was quite surprised to see the vPrint facility on my very first day in this Institute. Gradually I got to know that VITians have developed it, where a person sitting in any corner of VIT and even from home can simply give a print command whenever needed. Here, final year projects are not only submitted but also practically implemented. These things inspired me a lot to try something new. Now the question arises, what has teaching taught me? Here, I can simply answer that being humble with a passion to learn something new interests me in being a teacher. I take inspiration from the quote, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
I contribute to my Department as NAAC Coordinator, a task which involves collating data and proposing what are our strengths as a Department. I am also a member of the Intensive Educational Development Program through which remedial academic support is offered to students. I represent the Institute as an NSS faculty member and give back to society through activities such as beach cleaning, social awareness drives, residential camps, street plays, and poster making.
Apart from teaching, I love to play the harmonium and to whistle to some light music. I have a good collection of Marathi books. In my free time, I always like to spend time in terrace gardening.