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Sharda University Taking Major Initiatives for Innovative Skill Enhancement of the Students

Prashant

Says, Prashant Gupta, Executive Director – Sharda University, who started his professional journey with the formation of Sharda Group of Institutions (SGI) in 1996. Their first campus was established in Farah, Mathura by the name Hindustan College of Science & Technology.

The legacy was carried forward with Anand Engineering College in 1998 and Babu Mohanlal Arya Samarak (BMAS) Engineering College in 1999 under the flagship of SGI. The group’s umbrella covered other colleges including Anand College of Pharmacy, Hindustan Institute of Dental Sciences, Hindustan Business School, Hindustan Institute of Technology, HAERT, and Hindustan Institute of Allied Health Sciences & Research. In 2009, we touched the biggest milestone of success with the evolution of Sharda University – a multidisciplinary campus spread over 63-acre at Greater Noida, UP. 

Prashant Gupta in an email interaction with Ekta Srivastava, Education Technology.in….

The journey of Sharda University, from inception till date.

Sharda University – a multidisciplinary campus spread over 63-acre at Greater Noida, UP was established in the year 2009 with a vision of raising the Indian education level in leaps and bounds. Now Sharda University has evolved as the only global university in India educating the students from 56+ different countries including the USA, China, Africa and other parts of the globe. We adopt the advanced pedagogy methods with a judicial blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills for the holistic development of the students. Another goal is to increase the number of academic tie-ups with foreign universities, which is 90+ currently. We have 1200+ faculty from different countries and the harmony between students and mentors ensures unity in diversity.

What are the new situations and corresponding problems Indian education societies face nowadays?

  • Less access and not up-to-the-mark quality of education right from primary to higher education.
  • Insufficient funds, especially for higher education system
  • Dropping down literacy rate in remote areas
  • Challenge of reforming the education system structure right from the scratch for rural areas
  • Concerns over the curriculum content, which need to be resolved on priority

Our country is in a profound transition and the development of education society is related closely to that of society and times. So what should universities change and what should not?

When it comes to profound transition and the development of education society, we experience a drastic as well positive change in the Indian education reform. Changes what the universities should initiate are:

  • Skill development training for the students
  • Advanced pedagogy system should be employed
  • Interactive sessions between mentors & students
  • Implementation of newer technology for better practical learning

Even after the modernisation of the education society, the universities should not un-follow the basic principles which are:

  • Discipline should not be challenged by freedom
  • Decency in the environment should not be compromised
  • Fundamentals of learning should not be amended

Under new situations and challenges, what relationships should universities pay more attention to in the process of innovative development?

Innovative development of the students has become as mandatory as their degree to secure a career in any field. Innovation has become the new saviour in this age of stiff competition.  Sharda University takes remarkable initiatives for innovative skill enhancement of the students. Let’s take a quick look:

  • In-campus ‘Apple Experience Centre’
  • Tie-ups with leading corporate to run centres for excellence
  • Well-equipped labs for practical orientation while learning
  • Workshops, seminars, and conferences are conducted on a regular basis
  • Nodal Air Force Centre for Fast Track Selection (FTS) of Engineers for Indian Air Force

As a practitioner in education, could you share with us your experiences in university education and administration?

For me, imparting education is rather a noble practice of inculcating the young talents with innovation and academic learning to secure their bright future. As far as my experience is concerned, I started my journey with the formation of Sharda Group of Institutions (SGI) in 1996. Our first campus was established in Farah, Mathura by the name Hindustan College of Science & Technology.

The legacy was carried forward with Anand Engineering College in 1998 and Babu Mohanlal Arya Samarak (BMAS) Engineering College in 1999 under the flagship of SGI. The group’s umbrella covered other colleges including Anand College of Pharmacy, Hindustan Institute of Dental Sciences, Hindustan Business School, Hindustan Institute of Technology, HAERT, and Hindustan Institute of Allied Health Sciences & Research. In 2009, we touched the biggest milestone of success with the evolution of Sharda University – a multidisciplinary campus spread over 63-acre at Greater Noida, UP.

Do you think eLearning can help in educational progress in a vast country like India? Does Sharda University use it?

In our quest to cope with the digital revolution in the field of education, we leave no stone unturned to employ all the relevant and latest technology. Video lectures, conferencing, etc. are few of the examples how we use sources of eLearning to educate our students. E-Learning has major significance to raise the quality of education. It has gained huge recognition among the leading educational institutions imparting knowledge at primary, secondary level as well as higher level. The important role of eLearning for Indian education system can’t be denied at any extent.

What support do you plan for the government’s skill development initiative?

Today’s youth should concentrate on skill development with innovation to build a better tomorrow. The alumni of Sharda University are doing wondrous inventions in different industries with their knack for innovation. For example, Mr. Diwakar Vaish, an alumnus of Sharda University created history with the invention of India’s first 3D printed humanoid robot – Manav. The blend of innovation & learning and the global environment are the success mantra of Sharda University in the sphere of education. This is how we are upskilling our students to contribute to the government’s skill development initiative.

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