27 November, 2020

Uncomfortable Ideas Make For A Free Campus: Renu Khator

Renu Khator, Chancellor of the Houston University systems and president University of Houston, speaks about her journey, her approach to education and challenges she faces as a top administrator.

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Uncomfortable Ideas Make For A Free Campus: Renu Khator
outlookindia.com
2018-10-17T15:06:09+05:30

Renu Khator, landed in the United States with her husband and very little knowledge of English from Uttar Pradesh’s Farrukhabad when she was barely 19. Determined to pursue her studies, she managed to get admission in Purdue University in a master’s course. Through her own perseverance, unflinching support from her husband, Suresh, she is now Chancellor of the Houston University systems and president University of Houston. Today, at age 63, she is a prime example of what a woman can achieve if she properly nurtured, encouraged and educated.  She speaks to Pranay Sharma about her journey, her approach to education and challenges she faces as a top administrator. Excerpts:

It has been a long, fascinating journey from Farrukhabad to Houston. What would you say were the significant turning points?

The first turning point came when I got admission at Purdue University, the education...

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