An Interview with Dr. Vipan Kakkar, Associate Professor, School of Electronics and Communication
Dr. Vipan Kakkar is an Associate Professor in the School of Electronics & Communication Engineering at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. An expert in the field of VLSI & Embedded Systems he has worked in India & abroad. Dr. Kakkar shares his ideas & thoughts with us.
Dr. Kakkar, many thanks for taking time out and speaking to us. Tell us a liitle about your Academic and industry background? Dr. Kakkar: After completing my post-graduation in Electronic Eengineering, I started for Doctoral studies in Netherlands, my project was done at semiconductor division of Philips. Thereafter I joined Philips semiconductor Netherlands. I worked there at different capacities as Development Engineer, Chip Architect, System Architect, Technical Lead, and Principal Engineer. I have just recently submitted my thesis for highest-doctorate degree of Doctor-of-Science.
Dr. Kakkar, Can you tell us a little bit about the field of VLSI & Embedded Systems? What are the Career options for students in these fields?
Dr. Kakkar: VLSI has fulfilled the need for larger systems designed and fabricated for higher performance, lower computation power and that too by utilizing a small area. VLSI technology allows the diverse functionality to be put into the IC's, opening up new frontiers. Examples are embedded systems, where intelligent devices are put inside everyday objects, and ubiquitous computing where small computing devices proliferate to such an extent that even the shoes you wear may actually do something useful like monitoring your heartbeats! These two fields are kind of related, and getting into their description can easily lead to another big design.
What difference do you perceive between the Study culture in European & Indian Universities?
Dr. Kakkar: Study in Europe and the western world is more planned. The students are already aware of the career they wish to follow even before entering the university system. The students come more prepared to start their university education, so they normally are more focused because they know what they want to do and what is expected of them. The infrastructure comes with the knowledge and work that is to be performed for the growth of the department.
What is your impressions about the students here at SMVDU and what is your advice to them for achieving success in their career?
Dr. Kakkar: The students at the SMVDU have the necessary base to become good engineers or scientists. They need to concentrate and put all their energies into practice to fulfil their aim of becoming a good engineer or scientist and contribute to the society. Of course the faculty must support and guide them.
Sir, Many thanks for sparing your precious time to speak to us and for advising the students.