The Mahindra Group has marked its entry into the Higher Education sector with the inauguration of an Engineering institution – ‘Mahindra École Centrale’ (MEC). This is in collaboration with École Centrale Paris, one of the oldest engineering institutions in France, and Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) Hyderabad.Mahindra École Centrale is the maiden venture of Tech Mahindra’s 100% subsidiary Mahindra Educational Institutions.
The Honorable Governor Andhra Pradesh, ESL Narasimhan unveiled the ceremonial plaque along with Vineet Nayyar, Chairman – Board, Mahindra École Centrale, C P Gurnani, Board Member, Mahindra École Centrale at the newly built campus at Hyderabad, in presence of École Centrale’s representatives and the Consul General of France in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and Dr Rameshwar Rao, Vice Chancellor, JNTU(H).
Vineet Nayyar, Executive Vice Chairman, Tech Mahindra said, “It is a proud moment for us to have launched Mahindra École Centrale today. Tech Mahindra enjoys a leadership position and operates in various industry segments. We recognize the critical need to transform engineering talent into business leadership, in a globalized world. Mahindra École Centrale will provide apprenticeship with collaboration from the Industry, focus on humanities, international exposure and allied education to develop a ‘whole-brain-approach’ to business.”
Speaking on this occasion Dr Rameshwar Rao, Vice Chancellor, JNT University Hyderabad said, “The emphasis on modern education and strong support by Andhra Pradesh government will help develop a large and talent-rich pool of technology professionals. This initiative by the Mahindra Group will not only help us impart quality education of global standards but also help Andhra Pradesh to become India’s advanced technology corridor.”
The institution is aiming to provide world-class infrastructure to support a strong research vision in the thrust areas such as Energy, Environment, Communications, Infrastructure, Transportation, Materials, and Defense.
Dr Sanjay Dhande, Founder Director, Mahindra École Centrale said: “The industry experts predict a shortfall of approximately 2.5 million employable engineers in India by 2020. That’s a mammoth task for both public and private institutions. Mahindra École Centrale will strive to bridge this gap and be a worldwide leader in engineering education and research. It intends to have top-class practitioners from India and overseas and offer students cutting-edge facilities in emerging technologies such as Manufacturing, knowledge based services.”
The Institution has multidisciplinary approach and helps students develop ability to adapt to change, to master the complexity of organizations, and to understand and adapt new technologies that are still in their infancy or as yet unknown.
Hervé Biausser, President, École Centrale Paris said, “École Centrale Paris strongly believes that Higher Education and Research is the key for ensuring a future that is sustainable. École’s pedagogy, knowledge & experience earned over 200 years will enable us to shape the innovation ecosystem of the next century — École Centrale Paris is very proud to be associated with Mahindra for this impactful initiative.”
Mahindra École Centrale shall employ national and international faculty who work at the frontiers of academic enquiry and follow the developments of the real world in order to educate students to become experts in their disciplines. More information on this important academic project will be announced in due course of time.