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Shridhar University: Grooming Globally Competitive Leaders

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With a strong focus on skill development and employment-oriented programmes, Shridhar University aims to nurture its students as globally competitive citizens, says Vijay Pal Yadav, Chairman, Shridhar University, in conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).

What are the unique programmes offered by Shridhar University to nurture its students as globally competitive citizens?

Vijay Pal Yadav

Vijay Pal Yadav, Chairman, Shridhar University

In Indian educational system, workforce preparation and skills development are the aspects that are considered as the most important among the lot. Thus, recognising this, a paradigm shift must take place in Indian educational landscape that would also enable our students to be globally competitive.

Shridhar University is educating young people to become global citizens as it allows them to learn about the interdependence of the world’s systems. It believes that solutions to global challenges are achievable. It feels morally-compelled to confront global injustices and takes responsible actions to promote a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

How is the university collaborating with industries to boost employability of students through skill training?

Shridhar University is clearly focused on Workforce preparation and skill development by offering employment-oriented programmes and creating a career path for non-graduate employees through our unique programmes. Apart from the normal skills-related programmes we are also associated with various skill development related departments of India for implementing skill development projects for high school dropout and backward / minority class of people. We are providing skill upgrade options to the formal and informal sectors of the employed category through credential-based educational programs and non-credit oriented training programmes.

What are the initiatives taken by the university to make students competitive amidst such emerging technological trends?

Shridhar University is a technology and livelihood-oriented university. As far as technology is concerned, we are having collaboration in Computer Aided Designs (CAD) and also teach Cloud Computing techniques. However, we have not yet reached the level of Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality. As of now, we teach web designing, CAD and software programmes related to daily and domestic use. In short, we do cater for practical, livelihood-related and daily useable technology needs as part of our teaching.

Shridhar University is a technology and livelihood-oriented university. As far as technology is concerned, we are having collaboration in Computer Aided Designs (CAD) and also teach cloud computing techniques.

How is the university encouraging its students for research activities?

We put a strong emphasis on research and innovation. This we do, through supporting excellent research within the core academic disciplines across the university, promoting research outcomes and support staff for original research endeavours. We also develop a strong web presence for research, focused around the relevant themes while also linking with the research entries of various departments and centres to ensure academic colleagues, potential collaborators, funders and policymakers are fully aware of the university’s strengths, providing a clear framework in which development of the impact and outcomes from research activities are seen as a priority, with support put in place, to encourage such activities, and promoting activities that communicate our research strengths and successes in engagement with the wider public.

Along with education, career-related guidance is also very important for the youth, what steps have been taken by Shridhar University in this regard?

A placement cell has been established at Shridhar University with an aim to provide career guidance cum placement assistance for all its students. The role of the cell is to provide necessary training to the students to make them suitable for company interviews by enhancing their communication skills, personality development and general knowledge. The cell is also responsible for providing opportunities to students for placement.

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