Before pursuing his PhD in Thermal
Engineering and his M.Tech from IIT Delhi, Professor Poonia got an engineering
degree in 1985 from the Jodhpur based MBM College. His journey of close to 3
decades in different institutions began in MNIT Jaipur where he worked from
1999 to 2004. In 2004, he took over as the Principal of Government Engineering
College in Bikaner and turned it upside down. Within a couple of years, the
institute became much more financially and academically stronger and saw its
student strength rise from 500 to 7000!
Apart from leading the Government
Engineering college to the first rank in the state (according to Careers 360),
he also ensured a best in state academic result of his college.
As the Vice Chairman of AICTE, he will have
tenure of three years or till the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. As the
Vice Chairman, Dr. Poonia will be second in command at the AICTE and will
disburse any functions assigned to him by the Chairman of the AICTE.
AICTE is a statutory body and works under
the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development. It
is responsible for accrediting graduate and postgraduate programs at Indian
institutes under certain categories.