The Manipal Education Group, with its heritage of excellence in higher education of 63 years, launched Manipal University, Jaipur (MUJ) in 2011 on an invitation from the Government of Rajasthan. It is a self-financed State University and is redefining academic excellence in the region. University provides excellent ambience to enhance the teaching-learning experience and to promote creativity and innovation.
MUJ, being a multi-disciplinary university, offers programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level across various streams. The streams include Engineering, Architecture, Planning, Fashion and Jewellery Design, Fine Arts, Hospitality, Humanities, Journalism and Mass Communication, Basic Sciences, Law, Commerce, Computer Applications, and Management. Over 6,500 students from diverse backgrounds have already been enrolled across all programmes. A well-qualified team of faculty members with more than 50 per cent having PhD is the asset of the university.
First in India
The university’s campus is the first in India rated with LEED India Platinum and GRIHA – Five Star. It also is a zero discharge campus through rain water harvesting, waste water recycling and reuse, and ground water recharging. Water and Electricity consumption on the campus is monitored through smart metering to minimise the losses and arrive at optimum consumption levels. The University has been conferred with Digital India – Smart Campus Award by NDTVCISCO.
As the first digital campus of the country, MUJ provides academic information and support to its students through an Academic Management System (AMS). The campus is fully Wi-Fi enabled with 10 Gbps optical fibre backbone and has 100 per cent surveillance through 600 CCTV cameras.
MUJ – The New-Age University
Manipal University, Jaipur, being a newage university, has not only adopted the best practices from reputed institutions, but also initiated some innovative ones, to be ahead of the competition and provide excellence in higher education. The university tries to leverage technology in a big way. Laptops are provided to all faculties and students so that learning may continue outside the class room also. The students and faculties are encouraged to take online courses like MOOCs to enhance domain knowledge.
Education at MUJ is fully geared up in terms of its preparedness to impart the right type of skills and knowledge. The university has introduced many innovative concepts in the pedagogical process. These include open book tests, moderation of question papers, showing examination/test answer books to students and moderation of final grades.
These all bring in transparency in the evaluation process. In addition, many interdisciplinary/open elective courses are available to students wherein they can opt for credits from specialisations other than their own. Introduction of a compulsory course on “Value Education” and “Ethics” for all first year students is again an innovative step in higher education.
The university has set up an entrepreneurship cell wherein students and faculty members learn about innovation, incubation, technology transfer, patenting and IPR. MUJ has already incubated five technology companies through “Technology Business Incubation Centre”.
The effectiveness of the academiaindustry relationship underlines the use of the latest tools and techniques to make the pedagogy effective. Emphasis is made on industry component of the academic curriculum. The University offers basic and advanced training programmes to its students. It exposes them to research related in contemporary and futuristic technologies by continuous improvement and innovation. Under “Practice School Concept”, final year students have to work for their projects in the industry to get hands-on experience. It helps them in getting good placements by converting their project work/internship into jobs. The university facilitates students for short duration stints abroad under more than two dozen MOUs signed with reputed global academic institutes to expose them to the culture and work ethos and prepare them for global leadership.
Choice-Based Credit System
The university has adopted choice based credit system where students can decide their pace of learning. Students firstly have to register for courses according to their interests and capabilities. The university reviews the curriculum constantly and revision is done to reflect the latest international trends. Curriculum is designed to include skill development courses for gainful employability.