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Sandip Foundation: Building a Reputation to Vouch for

Sandeep Sen
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Sandeep Sen
Sandip Foundation is turning out to become one of the most sought after group of educational institutes in the country. This story delves into the successful practices and features that make Sandip Foundation a name to vouch for.

Despite the rise in the cost of higher education in the country most Indian institutions are cornered for churning out unemployable graduates that continue to add to the tally of names in the list of unemployed in the country according to the National Employability Report. Sandip Foundation (SF) has taken up the challenge to ensure that its students graduate to become industry ready graduates that can take on the industry to excel in their future careers. SF established in 2005 had faced many challenges to attract the pool of educated, experienced and qualified faculties to campus. However, Sandip Foundation in an optimistic approach offers endless support on the rise, flourishing, survival and success of its students that makes it an exception to the previously mentioned National Employability Report. "Bearing in mind the numerous clogs in the Indian education industry, the state of the economy and the lack of skilled labor, Sandip Foundation achieves 100 percent placement in MBA and over 60 percent in Engineering despite only having a span of time passed by as short as eight mere years since its inception," says Dr. Sandip N. Jha, Chairman, Sandip Foundation.

"It has become a common practice that students from various disciplines are placed even before the completion of their courses," added Dr. S.T. Gandhe, Principal, Sandip Institute of Technology and Research Center. The institute has witnessed its students being recruit and selected by some of the premier companies in India and receives lucrative packages as high as six lakhs, while many of its students are following the successful and productive entrepreneurial path. Withstanding every obstacle in its way, the Group leaves no stone unturned in meeting the industry demands on campus." With the support of an active placement cell to offer more job opportunities and recruitment drives for the students, companies such as Reliance, HDFC, and TCS in pursuit of the diverse talent pool visit the institutes every year. "Being a frontrunner in producing industry ready graduates, we actively indulge in providing industry exposure and outlook to our students. Additionally, we are focusing on creating more entrepreneurs, which in turn contributes to Government's 'Make in India Programme' reveals Dr. Jha. A separate Incubation Center and Entrepreneurship Development Cell has been established. Sandip Foundation's Sandip Institute of Technology and Research Center, Nashik has received a grant of Rs. 62 lakhs from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune for the development of Entrepreneurship and research projects.

Sandip Foundation firmly believes in imparting practical education to the students. Along with conceptual teaching, the Institutes invite faculties from industries for imparting practical aspects and implication of subject through industrial visits & industrial connect sessions. SF has tied up with more than 45 companies for the development of the students, conduction of research and consultancy activities. The group invites HRs from companies like ABB, Bosch, Mahindra & Mahindra and many reputed Indian and Abroad MNCs around Nashik to state the importance of placements, provide guidelines on how to face interviews and corporate etiquette to the students. The management claims to have developed novel concepts for MBA students in case-study development and on basis of which it has published a book on case studies.

Besides, SF also ensures that there is a 360 degree development of students where we emphasized on personality development & skill enhancement. The group has hired corporate trainers of international repute who groom students on their personality, their communication skills and writing skills. "We have tie ups with the foreign university and numerous faculty and students exchange programs are conducted on a regular basis where they visit educational campuses and collaboratively work on live projects. We have tie ups & MoUs with the renowned Industries so that our students get a chance to work in the industry & gain practical knowledge along with the theoretical knowledge," says Dr. Jha. Beyond the curriculum, modules on Stock markets, SAP, Advance Excel, Industry Analysis and Business research the institute offers unparalleled skill based training to the students which include SAP business models, Java, Android programming and German language program to the students with on-the-job training. Adding to these value added programs, Department of Management studies has published its own Journal named "International Journal of Commerce and Economics" in two volumes every year to encourage faculties and students in research.

Sandip Foundation is armed with an experienced faculty, pre-placement activities, 100 percent placements, providing the right exposure and inculcation of avid research through innovative and cutting-edge infrastructure. With a focused road-map ahead to encourage and set a benchmark in research, Sandip Foundation empowers students to take on the industry with its comprehensive curriculum that ensures the Institution to touch paramount heights by leveraging a platform for Industry-Institute Interface. Industrial visits are arranged for the faculties, where faculty members undergo a week of industrial training every year. Faculties are encouraged to participate in national, international seminars, conferences and summits. The institute is also a member of CII, CSI, ISTE, IEEE,etc. which in turn allows regular interaction of the faculty and students with industry professionals.

Through the 'Train the Trainer Program' there is reassurance of hiring faculty of a set benchmark to provide the rightful guidance and delivery of the syllabus and curriculum. Before the staff takes up the teaching dais, they are trained over a period to provide the right guidance to the students. We follow mentoring practices that are undertaken by the faculty that stand by a student through thick and thin.

The Department of Management Studies have organized and hosted National and International Conferences where renowned Indian and foreign research delegates, faculties, Industry professionals and practitioners, research scholars and students have witnessed the same.

Outcome Based Education

To remain on the top in the league B-Schools, the Institute follows Outcome Based Education (OBE) by developing and nurturing a culture of excellence in teaching, training and research. The Institute uses a mix of lucrative pedagogy such as case study, practical assignment simulation and on job trainings to make the teaching-learning process more practical oriented and participative. The Institute has launched "Sandip Chaupal" where students discuss the emerging issues, participate in National conferences, inter institute events and have numerous opportunities to grow outside the classroom through a host of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Sandip Foundation also organizes Entrepreneurship Development program, in this program students understand how to commercialize their business idea into a project, how to prepare a business plan with the feasibility study and they also become aware of various schemes provided by various government institutions for start ups. Through this program students gain a thorough knowledge on how to start their own ventures.

Road Map Ahead

Sandip Foundation is coming up with Sandip University which will offer numerous under graduation and Post graduation courses. The Foundation will focus more on international placements, Collaboration with International Universities, improvement in quality of students, quality and industry oriented research, and development of faculty. Entrepreneurship development and skill enhancement, will be the key focus areas for the institute in coming years. True to its values Sandip Foundation has become a benchmark in India's Educational Circle and its efforts has been acknowledged by the society and reciprocated by showering awards and accolades.


Ratings and Accreditations

Sandip Foundation has been rated by the CRISIL. The institute has been ISO 9001-2008 certified and the Institute is going for NBA accreditation this year. Sandip Foundation firmly believes in continual improvement and institute is leaving no stones unturned to achieve it. Institute also has an Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), Departmental Advisory Board (DAB), which have leading industrial and academics stalwarts who continuously work for the improvement of Quality in every service.

Message from Dr. Sandip N. Jha, Chairman

Sandip Foundation was established in 2005 with a vision of creating an education system from which the leaders of tomorrow emerge. Since our inception we have been aware of our strengths, motives and goals which we have set out to achieve.

When we embarked on this journey, all we had was a dream and the tools of foresight and strategy. We combined these forces to pave a path of growth towards excellence and merit.

Today it is our endeavor to be the most competitive institution in the country with emphasis on efficiency in everyday operations, reliability for students and thrust on discovery and development of new technologies.

We are an organization that combines the latest developments in the field of education with our scientific and operational skills to create an environment which nurtures and encourages the aspirations of students. It is our aim that the combination of these factors along with the state of the art infrastructure and a dedicated teaching staff will provide an impetus to the Indian educational system as a whole.

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