Dr. G.P.C. Nayar

Achievements

Dr. Nayar has several achievements which stand out considering his rural background and upbringing. But he does not underscore many of them as worth mentioning. To mention some of his achievements:

A Library for Children
Organising a children’s library and creating awareness in the children of a rural village is a remarkable achievement if you set it against the time element. It was the early fifties and education was not a much sought after issue in villages.

Achieving top Political Stand
Having a political ambition and reaching the level of Union Secretary in the most prestigious University College was no mean achievement. It was a prestigious centre of learning in the capital city of Trivandrum in those days and many students were there from political and affluent families of the capital. Defeating an elite nominee of the then ruling political party and reaching the top political spot in a college was certainly an achievement even if Dr. Nayar discounts it.

Spreading Public Relations Movement
Starting a Public Relations movement in Kerala to create awareness among industrial managers on the need for socially responsible good behaviour was not a small thing at all. It was a time when Public Relations was considered as entertaining guests, arranging their accommodation, taking care of them and looking after their travel requirements. The management as well as the so called then PROs were told that Public Relations comes out of good behavior of business and industry and not white washing a tarnished image during errant jobs.

He conducted a series of seminars in different cities in Kerala where top PR professionals from India and abroad were invited to talk to the participants to create PR awareness not only in the practitioners, but also in the Chief Executives who decided the PR polices. He organized two national PR conferences, one in 1978 and another in 1991, where six to seven hundred professional participated as delegates. These and other professional activities of Dr. Nayar were instrumental in the transformation of corporate behavior as one of socially responsible and customer friendly. His programmes also helped the PROs to do real PR job of projecting corporate image based on good performance.

Self Financing Sector in Professional Education
Dr. Nayar considers his role in creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquility in the controversial professional education scenario in the private sector in the State as an effort worthwhile telling about. He considers this to be a social reform activity.

Governments in Kerala, LDF(Left Democratic Fronts) or UDF(United Democratic Front), were reluctant to permit the private sector to play any role in the field of professional education. And the pity was the Govt. had no finance to start colleges on its own. This eventually resulted in a total stagnation in the field of professional education as no new institution came up for forty years starting from 1960. Parents who wanted their children to be professionally qualified and had the resources took them to the neighbouring states where hundreds of colleges came up during the period. Almost 60% of seats in those colleges were filled up by students from Kerala. But brilliant students with economically poor background could not afford this luxury and so they added to the list of educated unemployable millions in Kerala. The political leaders refused to change their attitude in spite of their stark realities.

In the year 2001 ignoring the policy of LDF, the then Education Minister Mr. P. J. Joseph decided to sanction professional colleges to anyone who asked for it. This was objected to by the Govt. But it was too late and the AICTE did not heed to their request for cancellation of new colleges.

These colleges, ten in number, came up in 2001-2002 academic year itself. But the Govt. was not very happy about it. Though the Govt. changed from LDF to UDF with Mr. A.K. Antony as the Chief Minister, there was no change in attitude. The Govt. refused to give a single seat to these private self financing colleges. They took the stand that they will select the students and fix a fee. Also the Govt. will allot the students to these colleges. The managements should appoint necessary staff, pay their salary and organize other facilities at the colleges raising funds from anywhere. It was not the concern of the Govt. Thus a need for an Association to fight this injustice came to them. This convened an urgent meeting and unanimously elected Dr. Nayar as the President of the Association.

Dr. Nayar spearheaded a fight spanning over ten years to ensure these colleges have the right to admit students and fix the fee as per the directive of a few momentous judgments of the Supreme Court. On several occasions colleges were closed down as a mark of protest against Govt. policies. Cases were fought cases in the Kerala High Court and also in the Supreme Court of India. During that time, Dr. Nayar and his associates spent sleepless nights. He believed it was his moral responsibility to fight for justice to the members of his Association. During this period the number of colleges swelled to 107. Each one of them stood by Dr. Nayar and that was his strength, he says at times. Associations of Business Schools and Technology (MCA) institutions, of which Dr. Nayar was the President, stood by him.

Thus, in 2010 when LDF Govt. was in power the Education Minister Mr. M. A. Baby agreed for an acceptable agreement with the Govt. in the matter of admission and fixation of fee. He was the one who passed an Act in 2006 denying them a single seat in their colleges. Earlier the UDF Govt. also did the same thing. But in the case of Mr. M. A. Baby things were different. When he studied the issue in deep he realized there was justice in what they say he was willing to change. Over a period of five years when Mr. Baby was the Minister, Dr. Nayar as President of the Association could create a personal rapport with him. Mr. Baby’s logical approach and grasp of the issues involved made him change his attitude to professional education in the private sector. Thus, as President of the Association for the tenth year Dr. Nayar signed an agreement with the Govt. which in many ways was historical and signal in value.

Elected National President
Dr. Nayar was also elected as National President. Other states also faced the same problem in opening private institutes. The success in Kerala attracted the attention of the members of the National Federation of Unaided Professional Colleges in India. At a General Body meeting of all the members, in July 2010, Dr. Nayar was elevated from the position of National Vice President to the position of National President so that the issue can be solved nationally under his leadership.
This, elevation, even according to Dr. Nayar is an achievement of great significance, not only to Kerala institutions, but also to all the 10300 self financing professional institutions in India.

Elected President of Other Associations
In the year 2003, when the Associations of Business Schools and Technology institutions were formed Dr. Nayar was elected President of both the Associations. He continued to be the President of these Associations even today while he resigned from the position of the President of Kerala Self Financing Engineering College Management Association due to workload and want of time.