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AISECT University: Building Future Ready Professionals

SI Edu Team
Sunday, January 31, 2016
SI Edu Team
The AISECT University was established in Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh in 2010 as India’s first skills-based university. In a short span of time, the University has not only set an example for quality skills-based formal education but has also emerged as a research hub of the country. Ever since its launch, AISECT University has endeavored to prepare students for the changing professional world so that immediately after graduation they are ready to contribute to the industry’s growing demand for skilled workforce.

Owing to its path-breaking initiatives, AISECT University has earned recognition in both the academic circles as well as the aspiring student populace for being a premier leading University both at the state and the national level. The University draws its roots from one of the most trusted education groups in the country, the All India Society for Electronics and Computer Technology (AISECT). Recognized under Section 2(f) of the UGC act as well as by AICTE, NCTE and BCI, it offers a wide spectrum of programs at Ph.D., Undergraduate and Post Graduate levels through nine major Faculties including Engineering & Technology, Science, Management, Commerce, Arts, Paramedical, Education, Computer Science & IT and Law.

A team of qualified and experienced faculty members has been brought together to nurture the young and aspiring minds. Every possible effort is made to hone the logical, reasoning and communication skills of the students so as to help them to grow into confident professionals. The University has advanced laboratories with latest equipment, lecture halls equipped with video conferencing and digital classrooms for easy access online from anywhere, ensuring that the amenities and facilities are at par with global standards. AISECT University’s completely digitized library service equipped with the DELNET software is a prime example of the technology-based learning environment offered to students.

In order to reduce overall skill deficit and bring skill-based learning in the higher education framework, AISECT University has revived practical hands-on learning as part of the curriculum through collaboration with local industries as well as by installing industry grade machines in the labs and workshops for a field environment in the labs. AISECT University has also started Skill Academies in each department in collaboration with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) which provide over 30 skill courses. In addition to normal curriculum, the University has made one skill compulsory every year for each student during any degree course. So an Undergraduate student comes out with minimum 3 to 4 skills in addition to hands-on experience on industrial machines in labs.

Research is a major focus area for AISECT University and it has collaborated with several research centres and universities in India and abroad. Renewable Energy, Material Science and Environmental Science are its current areas of research. The University has several projects including one in collaboration with Taiwan and IIT New Delhi for developing efficient material for solar cell to increase efficiency by 100 percent. With Ukraine there is a project on earthquake prediction. Students are encouraged at the UG level through research projects and project competition held every year. The University has made research activity compulsory from first year onwards for UG students. Students are encouraged to write and publish research papers and the University itself is publishing a research journal of international standard. ‘Anusandhan’ is a biannual journal on Science Technology and Management subjects and ‘Shodhaytan’ is the University’s biannual journal on Education, Commerce, Humanities and Social Science.

AISECT University offers education exchange, cultural exchange and research programmes in collaboration with international universities like University of Siegen (Germany), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA), KAIST (South Korea), ICA (Nepal), ICE WaRM (Australia), KYIV University (Ukraine) and NCTU (Taiwan). Within India, it has MoU’s and collaboration with more than 15 institutes like IIT’s, CSIR, NIT’s. In industries also the University has collaborations with companies like Microsoft, Tata Motors, Reliance, BSNL, IT Power, who have jointly set up skill centers research labs, thereby making a vibrant platform for development. AISECT University has joined hands with Microsoft for its Platinum Ed-vantage Partnership program. The collaboration provides the students with various tools and resources which help them to acquire right skills, thereby increasing their chances of getting employed.

Entrepreneur development programs are organized to encourage students to think in terms of starting their own enterprise. In 2014, in collaboration with Young India initiative by CII, the University organized an Entrepreneurial Program for 16 starts-up ventures. Four of them are at advanced stages.

AISECT University believes that real growth is not possible unless students and faculty go beyond the curriculum. Therefore, students are motivated to go beyond classrooms and take up serious social activities. The University has adopted three nearby villages where students organize various programs to educate people about social betterment, education, health and other vital issues. Students and faculty visit these villages regularly and organize health camps, literary & education camps, cleanliness drive and women empowerment camps.

A large number of cultural, social and sports activities, competitions and events are organized at regional to international level. At least one international event is organized every year. In March 2016 the University is holding an International Conference on Climate, Water Environment and Energy in which more than 20 countries are participating with publication of 300 research papers. As part of holistic development, expert lectures, workshops and training sessions are organized on a regular basis. For lectures specialists are invited from industries, scientists from research labs and academicians from other academic organizations.

Owing to its exemplary innovations and initiatives, AISECT University has received prestigious awards like ASSOCHAM National Education Excellence Award, World Education Summit Award and Shiksha Ratna Award and a felicitation by NIELIT. Since the focus lies on holistic learning and development of a student, the University pays extra attention to sports, cultural and co-curricular activities, which helps in grooming the students into being 'future ready'.

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