PES was established in 1972 at Bengaluru, the Silicon Valley of India. The University is focused on four main educational areas: Engineering, Medicine, Management and Life Sciences. The institution offers both foundation courses in these areas, as well as specialisation with a Bachelors’, Masters and Doctorate degrees. Years of experience in education with a unique curriculum, worldclass infrastructure, a committed responsive faculty and an unwavering commitment to quality of education has made PES successful with more than 18,000 students spread across four different campuses, three state-of-the-art campuses in Bengaluru and a Medical College with 750-bed hospital in Andhra Pradesh. In an exclusive interview with T. Radhakrishna and Sudheer Goutham of Elets News Network (ENN),
Dr KN Balasubramanya Murthy, Vice Chancellor of PES University, talks about the unique PES University approach to shape the overall personality of its students
What is the mission and vision of PES university?
PES Group was started in 1972 by the People’s Education Society (PES), the sponsoring body for the University. At present, we have close to 18,000 students and have the size of 1500 employee strength. Moreover, we have 40 plus programmes and an alumni strength of more than 30,000. The vision of PES University is to create an ethically strong and global approach for academic environment. The three important attributes to vision statement are: professional preparation, the ethical behavior of students and their global competence. We ensure that any student who graduates from our university possess these qualities. Our mission is very clear, we want to provide the students a sense of history, an understanding of values and ethics, the commitment to law and morality, the appreciation of human creativity and lastly an ethical enquiring mind. Our core value is excellence.
There are basically three possible avenues for students graduating with us. First is the obvious choice of many i.e Employability, second is Entrepreneurship, and third is Higher Education. Students can pursue Higher Education here, if they want
What distinguished PES university from other Higher Educational institutes in the state?
We are a State Private University, established under the Karnataka Act No 16 of 2013. At present, ours is one of the most sought after Higher Education institution in Karnataka. PES University emerged out of PES Institute of Technology, which was started in 1988. The objective of PES University is that we want every student to become good citizen first, only then he can become a good engineer and manager.
What according to you are the problems that are being faced by Education sector of India?
The PES University is aware of the problems faced by the higher education sector nowadays. The problems can be broadly classified into three categories: One, it is High Volume. There is a huge volume of graduate students who are keen about getting admission in higher education.
Second, it is of low quality. We do not have enough mechanisms to handle the increasing volumes. Three, is low employability. This is due to the development of automation fields, which affect and lower the employability rates.
There are basically three possible avenues for students graduating with us. First is the obvious choice of many i.e Employability, second is that of Entrepreneurship, and third is Higher Education. Students can also go for higher education, if they want.
A student has to self assess, as to what is his/her area of strength, and where will he/she fit in PES University. For this, we have also designed programmes, which shall help the students to make informed decisions. For example, we have programmes on entrepreneurship in which we conduct workshops and conferences, which in turn helps the aspirant to assess whether he can make a good entrepreneur or not.
The vision of PES University is to create an ethically strong and global approach for academic environment. The three important attributes to the vision statement are: professional preparation, the ethical behavior of students and their global competence. We ensure that any student who graduates from our university possess these qualities
One of the most effective ways for this can be engaging the alumni in several ways, like we make them talk to the juniors, sharing their experiences about campus life and the professional life. We also try to ensure that the students always get good placements. We advise them not to take or leave a job due to salary. It is always better to make a decision on the type of work the company is engaged in, so that in the long run it helps them to become good engineers. We also tell the students to get a job in the field they are interested.