MUJ Focussed on Bolstering Industry-Academia Connect

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Manial University Jaipur

Manipal University Jaipur (MUJ) has emerged as a renowned name in higher education space of Jaipur. The university uses the latest innovative methods and technologies to offer career-oriented courses at all levels, says Dr G K Prabhu, President, Manipal University Jaipur, in conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).

Please give details about measures being undertaken by Manipal University for enhancing skills and employability of youth.

Dr G K Prabhu

MUJ Focussed on Bolstering Industry-Academia Connect

Achieving “Academic Excellence” is the key feature of Manipal University. Constant effort is done in curriculum revision with an emphasis to design competent, relevant and flexible curriculum. “Curriculum Conclave” is organised in the university to develop “Dream Curriculum” by inviting all the important stakeholders including senior academicians, teachers, industry personnel, alumni and campus students. The university encourages experiential learning by making students participate in various practical projects.

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How can the higher education be curriculum improved and developed to nurture the industry –ready professionals?

Curriculum needs to be designed with an emphasis of interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary concepts. Students have the benefit of interacting with the faculty of other disciplines in university set-up. Flexible curriculum is designed to accommodate “open-elective” subjects from other disciplines. This will help us in producing “the best and finest” of graduates.

How does the university help its students to become globally competitive professionals?

Student mobility is an important factor in the higher education. Our university has a partnership with more than 50 universities around the globe. There is a provision of spending one semester in any of the partner university under the “Study Abroad Program” with full credit transfer mode. Students exchange scheme is also very helpful for the technical and cultural experience.

With regards to Skill Education, there is a gap between students’ skill set and the industry’s requirements, how the university is working towards bridging the gap?

Experiential learning is encouraged in the university by allowing students to work on or participate in major projects. The university encourages and also sponsors students to take part in national/international competitions. Seed money was given to drive the innovative projects. Good ideas with business models are encouraged to incubate the startups in the campus through Government supported “Atal Incubation Center”.

Is Manipal University also joining hands with other global players to enhance skill base and technical know-how of its students?

To improve employability among students, the university has collaborated with premier universities/institutions for “Study Abroad Program” and designed the industry-specific postgraduate programmes under the collaborations. In other initiatives, the university has appointed adjunct faculty from industry for delivering knowledge on industry relevant topics, deputed faculty to the industry on sabbatical and encouraged online courses to bridge industry-academia gap.

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