Interview: Kanishk Dugal, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of ICRI India

Kanishk Dugal

An interview with Kanishk Dugal, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of ICRI India- Leading Institute for Clinical Research & Healthcare

In a compelling interview with Mr. Kanishk Dugal, Chief Operating Officer of ICRI India, a distinguished leader in clinical research and healthcare education, insightful perspectives emerged regarding the industry’s evolution and future trends. His expertise provides invaluable insights into navigating the complexities of this dynamic field.

What inspired ICRI to focus on specialized career fields like Logistics, Aviation, Healthcare, Clinical Research, Clinical Psychology, and Data Science?

Kanishk Dugal: At ICRI, we recognized the landscape of employment was evolving rapidly, with certain sectors emerging as pivotal to economic and societal advancement.

The decision to focus on specialized career fields such as Logistics, Aviation, Healthcare, Clinical Research, Clinical Psychology, and Data Science stemmed from our commitment to align education with market demands.

These fields not only promise significant growth and innovation but also require a highly skilled workforce. Our goal is to bridge the gap between industry needs and academic training, preparing students for future-ready careers that are both impactful and rewarding.

How does ICRI ensure that its programs remain relevant and up to date with the latest industry trends and advancements?

Kanishk Dugal: Ensuring the relevance of our programs is a continuous process at ICRI. We have a dedicated team that conducts regular industry research and engages with professionals to understand emerging trends and technological advancements.

Our curriculum is reviewed and updated frequently in collaboration with industry experts. Additionally, we incorporate feedback from our alumni and partner organizations to keep our training aligned with real-world applications. By doing so, we ensure our students are equipped with current knowledge and skills that meet the evolving demands of their chosen fields.

Can you highlight some unique features or methodologies ICRI employs to train students in these specialized fields?

Kanishk Dugal: ICRI employs a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical training to ensure comprehensive learning. Some unique features of our training methodology include:

  1. Hands-On Training: We provide extensive laboratory work, simulations, and practical sessions with doctors in hospitals and industry professionals too that mirror real-world scenarios.
  2. Industry-Integrated Curriculum: Our courses are designed in collaboration with industry leaders to include the latest tools, technologies, and best practices.
  3. Expert Faculty: Our instructors are experienced professionals who bring valuable insights and real-world experiences into the classroom.
  4. Workshops and Seminars: Regular workshops, guest lectures, and seminars by industry experts help students stay abreast of current trends and practices.
  5. Value Added Certifications: Students undertake and get certification.
  6. Live Practical session & Bootcamp: Students are learning to solve real-life problems, fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills for aviation & cyber security students. For e.g. Airport Authority of India (AAI), we provide “Airport Familiarization”, where students get exposed on how the journey of a traveler from the moment, they check-in to the moment they take-off. Similarly ethical hacking bootcamps for cyber security students.

In what ways does ICRI collaborate with industry partners to provide students with real-world experience and opportunities for internships or job placements?

Kanishk Dugal: Collaboration with industry partners is a cornerstone of our approach at ICRI. We have established strong ties with leading companies and organizations across our specialized fields. These collaborations manifest in several ways:

  1. Internship Programs: We offer structured internship programs where students gain hands-on experience and industry exposure.
  2. Industry Visit: Our students often work on live projects commissioned by our partner companies, providing them with practical insights and real-world challenges.
  3. Guest Lectures and Mentorship: Industry professionals frequently visit ICRI to share their knowledge and mentor our students.
  4. 100 % Placement Assistance: We have a dedicated placement cell that works tirelessly to connect our graduates with potential employers, ensuring a smooth transition from education to employment.

How does ICRI support students in navigating the rapidly evolving landscape of new age careers, particularly in fields like Artificial Intelligence?

Kanishk Dugal: Navigating the rapidly changing landscape of new age careers requires a dynamic and adaptive approach to education. At ICRI, we support our students through:

  1. Cutting-Edge Curriculum: Regularly updated courses that incorporate the latest developments in technology and industry standards.
  2. Skill Development Workshops: We offer workshops focused on developing both technical and soft skills crucial for new age careers.
  3. Career Counseling: Personalized career counseling services to help students make informed decisions about their career paths and opportunities.
  4. Continuous Learning Opportunities: Encouraging lifelong learning through access to online resources, certifications, and advanced courses.
  5. Networking Opportunities: Facilitating connections with professionals and organizations through events, seminars, and industry meetups.

What role does innovation play in ICRI’s approach to education and training in these specialized areas?

Kanishk Dugal: Innovation is at the heart of ICRI’s educational philosophy. We believe that staying ahead in specialized fields requires a forward-thinking approach and a willingness to embrace new ideas and technologies. Innovation at ICRI is reflected in:

  1. Adaptive Learning Methods: Utilizing AI-driven tools and platforms to provide personalized learning experiences.
  2. Research and Development: Encouraging faculty and students to engage in research projects that push the boundaries of current knowledge.
  3. State-of-the-Art Facilities: Investing in advanced laboratories, simulation centers, and other technological infrastructure.
  4. Interdisciplinary Approach: Promoting a curriculum that integrates various fields of study, encouraging students to think beyond traditional boundaries.
  5. Feedback-Driven Improvements: Continuously refining our programs based on feedback from students, alumni, and industry partners.

How does ICRI address the growing demand for skilled professionals in Logistics, Aviation, Healthcare, Clinical Research, Clinical Psychology, and Artificial Intelligence?

Kanishk Dugal: To address the growing demand for skilled professionals in these sectors, ICRI employs a multifaceted strategy:

  1. Specialized Training Programs: Offering targeted programs that focus on developing the specific skills required in these industries.
  2. Industry Partnerships: Collaborating with key players in each field to ensure our training is aligned with industry needs.
  3. Job-Ready Graduates: Emphasizing practical training and real-world experience to produce graduates who are ready to hit the ground running.
  4. Continuous Curriculum Update: Keeping our curriculum updated with the latest advancements and industry practices.
  5. Placement Support: Providing robust placement support to help students secure positions in leading companies and organizations.

As the COO, what are your key priorities and initiatives for driving ICRI’s continued growth and success in the coming years?

Kanishk Dugal: As COO, my priorities for driving ICRI’s growth and success include:

  1. Expanding Program Offerings: Introducing new programs in emerging fields and expanding our reach to new geographic areas.
  2. Enhancing Quality of Education: Continuously improving our curriculum, teaching methods, and infrastructure to provide a world-class education.
  3. Strengthening Industry Ties: Building deeper partnerships with industry leaders to enhance internship and job placement opportunities.
  4. Fostering Innovation: Encouraging a culture of innovation and research among both faculty and students.
  5. Student-Centric Approach: Ensuring that student success and satisfaction remain at the core of our initiatives through enhanced support services, career guidance, and alumni engagement.

By focusing on these areas, I am confident that ICRI will continue to lead in providing top-tier education and training in specialized fields, ie,career of tomorrow.

Mr. Dugal’s interview underscores ICRI India’s commitment to excellence in clinical research and healthcare education. His visionary leadership illuminates pathways for innovation and growth, ensuring ICRI India remains at the forefront of shaping the future of healthcare professionals worldwide.

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