Leeds Metropolitan University, UK and Jagran Social Welfare Society (JSWS), Bhopal have entered into a partnership to start offering the former's courses and degrees in India through the Leeds Met India, Bhopal campus. The campus will begin its first academic year from September 2009 by offering Leeds Metropolitan University's undergraduate courses in the field of business studies, retail marketing management, international business and business and HRM among others. It also plans to roll out post-graduate courses by 2010 including MBA and MSc in various disciplines as well as new undergraduate courses including events management and marketing and advertising management. All the courses will be approved by AICTE. 'We are seeking to make first-class business education of the same standard as the UK available in India and accessible to as many people as possible,' said Leeds Metropolitan University pro-vice chancellor Stephen Parkinson at a press conference in the city on Wednesday. According to him, students will enjoy savings of around 70% on the cost of studying in the UK for availing the same degree.
'The course cost for 3 years, including one semester at Leeds is INR 8 lakh here, as compared to the same course in UK, which will set them back by approximately 24,000 pounds for 3 years,' said JSWS President Hari Mohan Gupta. The 36-acre Leeds Met India campus at Bhopal will have residential facilities including a state-of-the-art library, Wi-Fi access hostel, recreation and fitness centre. The campus will have a permanent resident academic director as well as a business connect centre for interaction with industry. That apart, 30% of the teaching is to be delivered by staff from Leeds. During the one semester in the UK, students will not only get global exposure but also gain access to career guidance support from Leeds. The initial batch will kick off with 30 seats per course.