Sonaali Borkar

Assistant Professor
In-Charge, First Year Engineering
Qualification

M.Sc. (Organic Chemistry), University of Mumbai 1993
B.Sc. University of Mumbai 1991
B.Ed. University of Mumbai 1995

Experience

Teaching Experience: 24 Years
Administrative and managerial Experience: 15 Years
Technical Paper Published: 01
Books Authored: 04

Going down memory lane, it is a pleasant walk through my school days when I was an all-rounder and bagged quite a number of prizes in various curricular and extracurricular activities. Stepping into the teaching profession was a conscious decision for me. I started my career teaching at a school where I taught students of 8th to 10th standards and then moved on to teaching Junior College students at Sathaye College. My bonding with students motivated me to take up teaching as a long-term profession.

My journey at Vidyalankar Institute of Technology started from its inception in 1999 and continues till date. I am blessed to have been recognized with consistently good performance throughout my academic as well as teaching career. What I cherish about my profession is that I get to be with young minds and to understand the traits of the new generation. I am enthusiastic about experimenting with new teaching methodologies and learning new things along with them. I have always been passionate about unlocking the secrets of the magical world of Chemistry in front of inquisitive young minds. My emphasis is on activity-based learning in my classroom so I make my sessions as interactive as possible by conducting many activities during my class. I have authored four books on Applied Chemistry for the benefit of Mumbai University students. With my student teams I created an iBook and an e-flipbook in Engineering Chemistry, organized mini project exhibitions, and guided the model project ‘Dream Town 2050’. I enjoy mentoring, counseling and connecting with students and alumni. My area of interest is in education related research.

In the course of my career at Vidyalankar, in addition to teaching Engineering Chemistry, I have been entrusted with a diverse set of responsibilities such as Centralized Admission Process of the Institute, Student Council Convener, heading the First Year Engineering Department in two stints, Alumni Committee Convener, Technical Council Convener, Hobby Club, Food Consultant related activities, and being a core team member in NAAC. I initiated an Engineering branding event- ‘Corridors to Revelation’ for engineering aspirants and successfully planned a global food festival on the campus - ‘World on a Platter’. I have successfully implemented Study Circle for first year students with the help of senior students. I have also organized annual fests, Alumni Meets, Graduation Day ceremonies, Short Term Training Programmes, Faculty Development Programmes, Short Seminar Series to groom youngsters in etiquettes and mannerism, an educational tour and a host of other academic and extracurricular activities on the campus.

To nurture my creativity, I have pursued many hobbies like sketching, writing poetry, singing, drama, reading. I enjoy watching sci-fi movies. The personalities who inspire me the most are Ratan Tata, Narendra Modi and Sudha Murthy as they lead exemplary lives. Cultural diversities in food and nutrition is my keen interest and I love preparing innovative dishes. Principles, values and integrity mean a lot in my life and I strongly believe in inculcating the same in my students. I believe in social work helping the people in need around. Each experience at Vidyalankar has helped me to evolve as a person, a teacher and an influencer.

In the words of Pele, "Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." So welcome aboard on a journey of knowledge!