Apeejay Stya University, dedicated to transform the society through value-based education, nurture global leaders and nation-building, offers rich opportunities for innovative teachinglearning, creativity and research across disciplines, says Dr S K Salwan, Vice Chancellor, Apeejay Stya University, in conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).
What are the innovative methodologies adopted by Apeejay Stya University (ASU) that differentiates it from other higher education institutes of India?
ASU offers an internationally prevalent credit-based system with the freedom to choose subjects/courses of student’s interest. ASU allows its students to choose their fields of study, customise their schedule, and change their streams/course as per their interests. Each course is carefully selected, vetted, and is further revisited regularly in sync with the changing market dynamics with ASU’s ‘Mark to Market’ approach.
What industry oriented practices are adapted by ASU to enhance skills and improve employability among its students?
ASU has collaborated with different industries across the globe. The University encourages entrepreneurship through its E-Cell, Corporate Resource Centre and Incubation Centre supported by leading industries of different fields. The University supports research in emerging areas to facilitate incubation centre activities, promote industry collaborations and create a culture of self-reliance. We also provide students the environment to take up leadership roles in different events and activities. Well-known academicians from Stanford and Harvard Universities are part of ASU’s Advisory Board.
How does ASU enhance business/technical knowhow of its students by joining hands with global varsities?
ASU has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with many international institutions and universities to extend global exposure to its students and faculty. Apart from identifying and developing collaborative research projects, the MoUs entail student and faculty exchange programmes and designing of other mutually beneficial potential academic modules.
How do the programmes run by ASU bridge the gap between students’ skillset and the industry requirements?
Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) has accorded Apeejay Stya University as ‘Incubator MSME’ under the scheme ‘Support for Entrepreneurial and Managerial Development of SMEs through Incubators’. The MSME would fund a maximum of (up to) Rs 6 lakhs per project with the cap of 10 novel ideas per college/institute. To achieve the objective of equitable and inclusive quality education, ASU is focusing on research, industry interface and skill based development with multi-disciplinary learning approach. The curricula of the programmes at Apeejay Stya University have been designed to cater needs of industries so that both national as well as global level objectives of higher education can be fulfilled.
Along with education, career related guidance is also very important for the youth. What steps are taken by ASU in this regard?
We give an effective industry outreach to the students to decide the right career path. We conduct one-on-one counselling to guide students in choosing a career as per their interest, pursuing higher studies, preparing for competitive exams or choose entrepreneurship. Regular training and counselling sessions are also held. Successful entrepreneurs are invited to the campus to motivate students to take up entrepreneurship.