The Apeejay Stya University (ASU) aims to promote academic autonomy and empowerment, risk-taking and commitment for exploratory research across disciplines among its faculty and students, says Aditya Berlia, Co-Promoter, Apeejay Stya and Svran Group and Pro-Chancellor, Apeejay Stya University, in conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).
What are the innovative methodologies adopted by Apeejay Stya University (ASU) that differentiate it from other higher education institutes of India?
The Apeejay Stya University was established in 2010 as a centre of global learning. The objective behind the university was the positive transformation of society through value-based education among students. In a short span, ASU has been bestowed with numerous national and international awards and accolades. ASU – India’s first Industry-Centric Technology and Liberal Arts University is the result of Apeejay Stya & Svran Group’s commitment of developing a knowledge-based society.
The teaching-learning practices followed at the university emphasise on trans-disciplinary approach and encouraging research across all programmes and disciplines to solve complex problems.
At ASU, each course is carefully designed and vetted, and is revisited regularly in sync with the changing market dynamics based on a markto- market approach. ASU allows its students to graduate at their own pace (early or late) by choosing their own customised path and have the freedom to choose their own majors and minors.
How does skill and vocational training help the university to train its students for a better future? How is the university leveraging the role of industries in this regard?
India’s greatest challenge in the next decade will be to employ more than 15 million young people entering the workforce each year. The curriculum followed at ASU helps its students to be industryready graduates. Moreover, industry interfaces, workshops and mentoring by industry leaders help students in gaining the requisite skills and flair to face the challenges of the 21st Century.
ASU has multiple associations with industries across the globe including CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM, PHDCCI, NEN, AIMA, NHRD, MEDICI Institute, World Brand Congress and CMO Asia. ASU also nurtures the concept of entrepreneurship through an E-Cell in association with National Entrepreneurship Network and has a unique Incubation Cell in association with PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and various industries.
Research is a very important aspect of higher education, how is the university encouraging its students for research activities?
ASU is a centre for innovation and research in Applied Science & Technology, including support for research in emerging technologies, Biosciences, Clinical Research, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Electronics. State-of-the-art research and technology incubation facilities are available to students and researchers. We provide research opportunities across all levels including real-time industry-led research.
Along with education, career related guidance is also very important for youth, what steps have been taken by ASU in this regard?
Career related counselling and guidance is provided to ASU students during their academic journey. Each school at ASU has notable industry CEOs as part of their Advisory Boards. The Corporate Resource Centre of ASU has an excellent placement record achieved through extensive training and competency building modules.