Dr. Krishna N. Sharma- New Dean - Faculty of health sciences, Victoria University, Kampala is a renowned academician, celebrity physiotherapist and prolific author. He travels across the world to teach. He is the youngest author to write 120+ books (20+ bestsellers) and holds 3 world records. To know more about him, visit- www.drkrishna.co.in
You are new to Uganda tell us about yourself?
Well! I am an academician from India. I am basically a physiotherapist who did his Masters and PhD in India. I have been working in Africa for more than three years.
I served as the Dean at St. Louis University, Cameroon and Vice Principal at Jeevan Jyoti Institute of Medical Sciences, India. I joined Victoria University, Kampala Uganda as the Dean- faculty of health sciences.
I have keen interest in teaching, research and writing. I teach in many countries and hold 3 world records for writing more than 120 books and more than 20 bestsellers. My books are available worldwide on various bookstores and online stores like Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble etc.
What excites you about being at Victoria University?
Academic Freedom and a chance to be a part of history! See… Victoria University has a lot of potential. We have one of the best infrastructures and human resource. I hope you have already visited it… and if have not, you must. You will be surprised to experience an international structure right in the heart of the Kampala city. Infact I sent some pictures to my friends abroad and they could not believe that it’s Africa.
So if I am associated with such a university which doesn’t compromise with the quality and gives you an academic freedom to bring up new ideas and allows you to go as far as possible in terms of quality assurance… what else does an academician want?
What uniqueness do you bring to the leadership at Victoria University?
We are going to work a lot on research and publications. We are upgrading the teaching methodology with the latest schools of thoughts in pedagogy. We will focus on the fruitful research… the research that will bring positive change in Uganda and abroad. This year we will have our own journal and publication so once the students graduate from here, they will already have their published research paper and book. These will give an added value and recognition to them. Apart from this, we are going to move towards online education through our e-academy. We are planning to offer many free courses too as a part of our corporate social responsibility.
Why should someone study Nursing, Midwifery at Victoria University not elsewhere?
Instead of telling you why someone shouldn’t study elsewhere, I would rather prefer to tell you why you should study at Victoria University.
When you send your kids to our university, we act like guardians. By the time you leave them on campus, they become our kids and we do everything to shape them from all the aspects. We don’t teach students just to pass the exams or score well, but we prepare them to compete in their field. Honestly speaking, we academicians are not the real evaluators of the student. The real evaluators are the employers. When a student goes in the field to work, at that moment what matters is the performance and not the scores or grade.
Here at Victoria University, we provide quality education in high-tech classes. We provide them free laptops and free internet to experience the international standard and work culture. As I said earlier, our focus is to build up student’s skills and profile to above standard. Imagine a student from elsewhere with just a degree; and a student from Victoria University with a degree, published research papers, published book on his or her name, and couple of international workshops/ seminars/ conferences. I hope, in this case even you yourself would choose Victoria University.
Is a career in Environmental Health necessary?
This question is like “is a career in military necessary?” See… no matter who we are, the fact is that we all have to live in an environment. As far as we are alive, whatever we touch, breath, eat or drink may bring us trouble. So a healthy environment is our need… we don’t have a choice. Here come the environmental health experts. They monitor the environment and make sure that it is healthy. Their job includes protecting the environment and community health, testing water and air pollution, inspecting the restaurants and public places, do researches and everything that may concern our environment one way or the other.
The demand for environmental health experts is increasing at the speed of development and urbanization due to the increase in health threats that come with urbanization. At this time, more than 54% of the world population lives in urban areas. In fact even in Uganda, the level of urbanization last year was 18% and it might increase to 30% by 2030. It is estimated that about 50% of the total Ugandan population will be living in urban areas by 2050. So if you look at these statistics, you will get a broader picture and understand how the demand for environmental health experts is increasing rapidly and how brighter the career in this field is.
Share some tips for success for prospective students and their parents?
My advice to Students!
Scope is not in the field but in the person. So choose a profession that attracts you and dedicate yourself. Manage your time, forget everything except education for the next few years and trust me, when you finally leave the university… a very bright future would be waiting for you with open arms. So start right now. In West African Pidgin English we say “Today na today”. If you don’t work on your dream today… your dream is not realistic.
For Parents! I would request you to keep your eyes open and spend some time with your kids. Dedicate yourself for their future and don’t compromise in their quality of education. Remember! There is lot of bad influence in society and a quality education is the solution. So if you don’t become your children’s partner in their good dreams… they will be partners in your bad dreams.
What is in store for 2017?
Hard work! This year will have many good and positive activities and achievements. So stay tuned and you will listen our hard work speaking.
Any closing remarks for our Readers.
I would like to thank them for reading it till the end. At the same time, I would like to cease this opportunity to invite them to the Victoria University campus for a visit and free career counseling. We are currently recruiting for the Jan-Feb so please apply online www.vu.ac.ug.