In conversation with Elets News Network, Sachin Gupta, Chancellor, Sanskriti University, Mathura shared the several initiatives that will raise the Institution to the status of top 10 private universities on all key parameters, making incredible progress at a quick pace.
Tell us the mission and vision of your esteemed university?
The mission of Sanskrtiti University is “Excellence in Life” and vision is to create ultimate destination for world class education. We understand the task is difficult enough but we believe in Henry Ford’s saying “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
In this rat race of emulating competitors, what are the prominent challenges that Sanskriti University is faced with?
While there is mushrooming of University but the fact is that majority are the clone of one another which make no real competition. Sanskriti does not believe in emulating competitors rather competitors should follow Sanskriti. Sanskriti is not in rat race because it has created a niche area for itself where there is not much crowding. In fact, Sanskriti itself is its nearest competitor.
What are some of the innovations being introduced at your institution to improve learning outcomes among the students?
Sanskriti understands that “Idea” is the most priceless possession and “Innovation” is the key to survive, sustain and succeed.
Innovation starts in Sanskriti University with the conceiving of idea of a different class of university that, from the beginning, implement structured syllabus based on “Choice based Credit Based System” and “Outcome based Learning” which is validated by industry partner including MSME, PPDC, Agra.
Sanskriti is the first university in India which has conceptualized, innovated and implemented IIIE (Innovation, Incubation, IPR and Entrepreneurship) Cell which has subsequently become a bench mark for other universities to follow.
With the legacy of Sanskriti University on your shoulders, how do you plan to take this forward in the coming times? What are the future initiatives in the higher education sphere?
Sanskriti University believes in Excellence – thinking as well as in action. Sanskriti has explored the best education system, the best practices, garnered support from best academic and industrial collaborators from India and abroad, conceptualized the system and progress is monitored by a group of eminent visionary educators, invested in best infrastructure, the most knowledgeable and inspiring faculty team and ascertained the best academic environment for the students to excel.
Sanskriti considers this university is a ‘Sanctum Sanctorum’ (holiest of holy places) and every member of the Sanskriti family discharges his/her responsibilities with utmost devotion and sincerity and accomplishes the assigned tasks with great degree of finesse. With its vision to be a world class knowledge enterprise striving for academic and professional excellence in technical education, research, service to the industry and society, Sanskriti University has been truly working to achieve “excellence in life” in the best manner possible.
We believe our continued “aspiration for excellence” and “create culture for the best” will take a long way to achieve our Mission and Vision.
With placement of students becoming a yardstick to evaluate a university’s status, what has been your achievement level in the context?
The institute recognizes the importance of ‘employability’ (not just placements) and hence curriculum is designed in consultation with corporate leaders to ensure that students get industry-oriented teaching and become job ready as and when they pass out. Campus placement drives are conducted round the year for getting its students placed in reputed organizations with decent packages. In the last year, students have an offer of almost 1.4 jobs on an average with highest package of 11 lakhs and average salary of 3.6 lakhs per annum. It is no wonder that the students of this university are one of the most sought after candidates in job market.
Almost every other university is enjoying the fruits of collaboration, what initiatives have been taken by your university on this front?
In an attempt to establish itself as one of world class educational hub, the University has entered into collaboration and signed MOU with leading global universities like Help University (Malaysia). Cambridge University and University of North America (USA) for curriculum design & development and student & faculty exchange programme. University of Fredericton, Canada, EC Council University, USA, Colegio de Abogados, Argentina, Group-TQS of Chile, Universidad Abierta Interamericana, Argentina, University of California Riverside, USA, are a few International Universities with which we have entered into MOUs for student exchange, Faculty exchange as well as Research sharing.
Rubicon Skill Development Private Ltd. For skill based education, Indian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR) for providing quality education to our students studying agriculture, ICAR- NBPGR, Government of India, MSME for setting up Centre of Excellence, MSME to run Center of Excellence (CoE) on Ecological Farming, Santhigiri Ashram for providing practice oriented education to our students studying Ayurveda. In addition , Sanskriti has entered into a collaboration with SAFIC ( a unit of Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry) for conducting a course on Indian Culture.
In the national level, Institute has signed MOU with MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise, Government of India) on Entrepreneurship Development, Centre of Excellence and Course curriculum validation, It is also empanelled as Project Institute with NIESBUD (National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development) with EDII (Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India) and NEN (National Entrepreneurship Network) for Entrepreneurship Development Programme and with CSTUP (Council of Science and Technology, Uttar Pradesh) for conducting Intellectual Property Right programme.
What steps have been undertaken for research-based learning by the university?
To cope up with today’s fast changing VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world, the University is committed to creation, assimilation, dissemination of knowledge and practice and is no wonder that it is ranked as second in “Research Capability“by Times of India and regarded as one of the best promising and emerging University in India and preferred destination for budding students.
The faculty members are encouraged to publish papers in high impact factor research journals indexed and listed in SCI/SSCI/SCOPUS. Besides Sanskriti is publishing own research journal to create a culture of knowledge dissemination
Is there any other initiative taken by you in the Education Sector; you would like to share with us?
Sanskriti University prepares the students not as job hunters but as job creators and from the last year it has developed an innovative eco system in education which is built on four pillars of success- conceiving the new idea (Innovation), nurturing the new idea (Incubation), own the idea (apply for Intellectual property Rights) and commercialize the new idea (Entrepreneurship) and has established IIIE (Innovation, Incubation, IPR and Entrepreneurship) cell, which many of other higher educational institutes have started to follow
Within two years, we have been adjudged as the “Best Emerging Private University in India”. In next five years our goal is to establish us as “Best Private University in India’. In the ten years our goal is to establish us as the “Best University in India”.
On the Occasion of Foundation day, would like to know more about, how did the idea of Opening an Education Institute is evolved?
Although there is no dearth of education Institutes in India especially after the year 2008, but there is a real void in imparting “real” education to the aspiring students. Run of the mill education system are producing job seekers and adding plethora of students in job market instead of preparing students who are self confident and self reliant – know what is to be known, learn what is to be learnt and can be the job creators.
Sanskriti Group of Institutions started with an unusual dream of an institution which will bring together the best of both worlds – Indian philosophy and western technology to create “Excellence in Life”. The missionary zeal of the philanthropist young edupreneurs has made the dream come true and offered the aspiring students the ultimate destination for world class education – the Sanskriti University.