Summer Internship and Dissertation Project are two very powerful tools that enhance employability of the university’s participants, says Dr Suresh Advani, President, Mody University in a conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).
What are the interventions Mody University is taking for skilling and enhancing employability of the students?
India, as an emerging and highly dynamic country, has a demographic dividend with around 65% of its population aged 15 to 35. In this scenario of a Young India, imparting professional education is a key factor to meet the aspirations of this young population who has global exposure arising out of the intervention of information and communication technologies.
Mody University is a premier university dedicated to Professional Empowerment of Women through Nurturing Excellence in them. Mody University has taken numerous initiatives for achievement of the above goal. Various programmes, in general, and its Master of Business Administration programme, in particular, have contemporary industry oriented course curriculum skilling its participants. Inspired learning environment and innovation oriented pedagogy embedded with continuous business and industry exposure coupled with Business Simulation Exercises enhances the employability of its participants.
What are the initiatives Mody University has undertaken in Student Startup domain?
Mody University is one of the few universities in India which runs Master of Business Administration Programme in the exclusive domain of Family Business and Entrepreneurship. This programme is designed to meet career requirements of not only the subsequent generations of scions, but also young women who aspire to venture into entrepreneurship. In this programme, Mody University offers several Start-up and Incubation avenues for its participants. To promote entrepreneurship several workshops and seminars in association with successful entrepreneurs are regularly organized for participants.
Many countries have started introducing Artificial Intelligence (AI), Coding etc., in the curriculum. What initiatives is the Mody University undertaking to make students competent with the emerging technological trend?
Various universities have started courses on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning which allow computational models that are composed of multiple processing layers to understand representations of data, thereby dramatically improving Speech Recognition, Visual Object Recognition, Object Detection, Medical Diagnosis, Prediction and many other domains, especially for huge amount of processing requirements which are not possible by traditional computers and human beings. Machine learning is an incredible breakthrough in the field of Artificial Intelligence. For this reason, Mody University, in association with IBM, is successfully running its B.Tech. (Computer Science and Engineering) with specialisation in Big Data, Cloud Computing and Internet of Things, which are basic requirements for handling huge amount of data for Machine Learning. The curriculum lays special emphasis on Advanced Technology (like Machine Learning and Deep Learning) and Applications (in Image Processing and Data Analysis, etc.) of Big Data, Cloud Computing and Internet of Things.
Internship plays a vital role in enhancing students’ employability. Highlight the initiatives Mody University has undertaken to facilitate internship for students to provide them hands-on experience within a corporate working environment?
The MBA and engineering programmes of the university have been designed in such a way that budding managers gain exposure to contemporary concepts, practical issues and challenges faced in the corporate and business world. To equip participants with contemporary business and industry exposure, a set of pedagogical tools are used which inter alia include role play, in-depth situational analysis, business simulation and analytics, and real life projects in several courses within the domain of various functional areas of management and engineering.
Apart from this, an 8-week Summer Internship in leading corporate houses is an inherent part of the course curriculum. This provides participants ample opportunities to have hands-on experience of corporate working environment along with handling business problems. In the second year of the MBA programme, participants undertake a one-year long Dissertation Project through which they acquire in-depth industry understanding under close supervision of the faculty members of the college. Summer Internship and Dissertation Project are two very powerful tools that enhance employability of the University’s participants.