Professor Abir Mullick, has been at Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta (Georgia Tech) and has served in US higher education for over twenty years, conducting research and teaching courses in architecture and design.Prior to Georgia Tech, he has taught at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York and at the Purdue University, Indiana. His commitment to higher education is fueled by the belief that university education must lay emphasis on general education, research, practical training, teaching and solving problems that challenge the society.
Professor Mullick’s educational and professional background is broad and it crosses over architecture, design, and city planning disciplines. His undergraduate education in industrial design is from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and his graduate education in design, architecture, city planning and management are from the Ohio State University, USA. He has taught architecture for thirteen years and industrial design for nine years at Purdue University, University at Buffalo and at Georgia Institute of Technology. A tenured and Full Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, he has taught at all levels from freshman to graduate, and has advised several PhD dissertations
Internationally known for his work in the field of environmental accessibility and universal design, Prof Mullick has researched and published extensively in design, architecture, rehabilitation, human factors and urban planning journals to develop a body of knowledge that furthers the field. He has received many awards including a Fulbright-Nehru Scholarship; the MphasiS Award India; the IDEA Gold award by the Industrial Designers Society of America; and the American Society of Aging award. An innovator and scholar, he holds many design patents andhas published numerous articles in peer reviewed publications. He consults with international organizations such as the United Nations and his work has appeared in the popular media like the Popular Science, Wall Street Journal and Business India. He has presented keynote lectures at international venues like the UN’s Universal Design Seminar in Beirut, Lebanon; the World Congress on Environmental Design for the New Millennium in Seoul, Korea; and the World Congress of Rehabilitation International in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
To Professor Mullick, academic disciplines must be envisioned as a dynamic body, growing and transforming knowledge, and emphasizing methodologies informed by the developments and alignment of disciplines, and by new knowledge discoveries across disciplines. He is committed to strategic principles like institutional excellence, high quality education, student access, human diversity, academic and applied research, external partnership, community service and accountability and administrative efficiency.
Professor Abir Mullick joined the Navrachana University as its Provost on 01 July 2013.
Navrachana University is at the cusp of developing a new educational paradigm that lays simultaneous emphasis on disciplinary education, inter-disciplinary education, professional education and general education. This paradigm offers comprehensive learning and helps develop T-Shape students who have a breadth of knowledge though general and inter-disciplinary education, and a depth of knowledge though focused disciplinary education. There are five important beliefs that directs the new educational paradigm at Navrachana University: First, professional education must prepare students with strong disciplinary insights needed to address the challenges confronting the professional community and inculcate a sense of lifelong learning to be successful and excel overtime. Second, offer interdisciplinary education that cross-fertilize learning with new ideas from desperate disciplines so collision at the fringes raise appropriate questions and create innovation. Third, general education must inform students about the issues that arise in their lives, personally, professionally, and socially and help them to be reflective about their beliefs and choices, and their presuppositions and motivations. Fourth, make the process of learning more effective through exposure into real working conditions by practically applying knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Fifth, invite students to work on "messy", seemingly intractable problems through a focus on social entrepreneurship and address pressing problems in our immediate community.
The campus is made up of a six 6 story, approx 1.8 lakh square feet building that houses all four schools: School of Sciences and Education, School of Engineering and Technology, School of Business and Law, and School of Environmental Design and Architecture. The campus, though new, is gradually transforming into a place of education, work, interaction, fun and constant debate, and this is facilitated through the activities that takes place into the spill-over places like the corridors, canteen and places across the stairs and lifts. These places serve as the hub of knowledge, where discussions take place and students interact over classroom projects and informal discussions. The University has state-of-the-art laboratories, and most classrooms are equipped with modern educational technologies to offer first-class education. Formal and informal education through participation in intra-mural and cultural activities complements the educational discourse that take place in the classroom. The new educational paradigm intends to provoke every individual to take a step into the unknown, develop an inquiry in the mind and feel the urge to resolve. We believe in taking the students through a journey of exploration in a very systematic manner, and we can achieve this because of our dynamic curricula and flexible pedagogies, and a dedicated team of research scholars, teachers and professionals.
As a growing university we have been successful at attracting excellent students and faculty who are engaged in conducting serious work that paves new avenues into higher education. Students work in and out of the classroom, and faculty though their engagement in education, research and scholarly work, continually challenge the students to produce excellent work. Our graduates are placed well in corporate, industrial and governmental sectors and many have found admission in reputed colleges in postgraduate programs. Our programs from Engineering and Technology, Design and Architecture, Management and Education, and Education and Sciences have made a distinct identity in academics and they continue to set new high standards in education, research and service. I take this opportunity to invite everyone to visit campus and experience the vibrancy in our educational environment.
Prof. Abir Mullick