Can you tell us something about the background of The Chopras : the organization which is behind the Shivailk Hills Foundation Trust and the University of North West Himalayas , besides spearheading the International Literature and Arts Festival from 17-19 November?
Well, there is a connectedness between the career counselling and education services we provide , and the establishment of a University with a clear focus on what the students want and expect from a great university. Let me begin with The Chopras – which is a pioneer organization in the field of career counselling in the country. Your readers may recall that this concept was initiated by us two decades ago. In those days the focus was only on engineering and medicine, schools and parents were not taking the natural interest and inclination of the students in mind. That’s why our organization focuses on student career counseling, selection of courses and placements across the globe. That’s how we got interested in establishing a university under the provisions of the Hill University under the auspices of the Higher education policy of the state.
But why Dehradun and the Doon Valley ?
The history of our family is deeply embedded in here, keeps us closely connected to the city. For instance,one of my great grand uncles, Shri Balaki Ram Chopra came here in the early part of the last century, joined the freedom movement , established and encouraged enterprises and was one of the founding members of the Punjab National Bank. He sacrificed almost everything to the freedom struggle , became a prominent leader of the Congress ,and was in correspondence with Mahatma Gandhi, and had forthright conversations with him. Many members of our extended family have studied and worked in Dehradun. Besides of course Dehradun is certainly the most important education hub of North India.
Would you like to discuss the courses which would be offered by the University of North West Himalayas?
Our University is going to be a multi-faculty institution. In the first go we'd be launching School of Policy and Governance under which there will also be a course mounted on Comparative Civilizational Studies. Besides that will be the School of Business Studies, School of Media and Communication, School of Computer Sciences and School of Hospitality and Hotel Management. And every single area will have a research component right from the first day.
What is your vision for 'Valley Of Words:International Literature and the Arts Festival 2017'?
It is going to be an annual event, through which we'd attempt to connect the people and enable them engage in dialogue. It would focus on an interaction between thought leaders from various disciplines. We see this upcoming Festival as an advance introduction of ourselves to Dehradun, the country as well as the larger world.
About the interviewee: Shri Naveen Chopra is the founder Chairman of 'The Chopras', India’s largest and most successful global education companies with over twenty two ofices and over five hundrede mployees. The company delivers a holistic view of the opportunities available in the education and study abroad domain worldwide.’The Chopras’ are the promoter organization of The University of North West Himalayas and responsible for powering 'Valley Of Words: International Literature and the Arts Festival 2017'.