Aim & future plan
The concept of design is undergoing seismic shifts in every sphere of life. Design is looked upon as the key aspect in making India competitive. With the aim of building a foundation for innovation, impact and ambition, we have founded World University of Design. It is India’s first and only university dedicated to education in the creative domain incorporating cutting edge, trans-disciplinary programs in Fashion, Design, Communication, Art, Architecture, Media, Management and Humanities. Designed for the future Designed for the future Designed for the future Designed for the future
As far as future plans are concerned, we are planning for International collaborations across verticals to make our students industry ready. We have already signed MoUs with many leading educational institutions across the globe which includes Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Oxford Brookes University and University of Huddersfield to facilitate a constant exchange of students, scholars, research topics on different subjects; study visits and joining immersion programmes at these universities and organizations on a short term or periodic basis to enhance their skills and expertise. We plan to expand such collaborations in the near future.
A parallel of success with your life
Coming from a business background and becoming an educationist was not easy. I studied B.Com from Bikram College of Commerce in Patiala and eventually joined and expanded the family’s steel business. I followed it up with an MBA and then PhD in Business Administration from the US. In 1998, the foundation of Shri Om Parkash Bansal Educational & Social Welfare Trust and establishment of the first school at Mandi Gobindgarh in Punjab took place.
Over the last two decades, I established several institutions under the aegis of this trust. Education plays a significant role in shaping the personality and future of an individual which in turn is fundamental for the socio-economic development of a nation. India has a glorious heritage in the sphere of education and during the last two decades, new streams have emerged in sync with the changing economic scenarios.
A word of wisdom
There have been lot of changes in higher education during the last decade. Many new fields of studies have been introduced. The role of design is important for economic competitiveness and to improve the quality of life. Never before has design played such an important role in the success or failure of a business. Advances in design theory are making it possible to undertake greater responsibility for successful development of new products and systems.
Fundamental changes must take place in the nature of design education if we intend to take full advantage of its capabilities. Design students can no longer be sidelined. The demands of the new computer-supported design tools and research fields demand that the finest minds be encouraged to study design.
Role of Education
Education in every sense is one of the fundamental factors of development. No country can achieve sustainable economic development without substantial investment in human capital. It enriches people’s understanding of themselves and world.
Economic development and education are interdependent on each other. Growing economy needs employable workforces, armed with current know-how rather than outdated skills and all this comes with investing in education. India has the potential to become the hub of education and programmes like ‘Study in India’ focus on bringing foreign students to the country. Such programmes will also help in limiting the recent trend among Indian school student to go abroad for their higher education.
Recent estimates indicate that over 7.5 lakh Indian students are studying abroad spending over 3 billion US dollars on tuition and hostel fees. The government also announced its intent to focus on imparting new-age skills in areas like Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data, 3-D Printing, Virtual Reality, and Robotics to equip youth to take up careers in these emerging areas.
Your entrepreneurship journey
Coming from a business background, I was always interested in building my knowledge base and applying the same in real-life scenarios.
Over the last two decades, under our banner — the RIMT-Institute of Management and Computer Technology, Regional Institute of Management & Technology, RIMT-Institute of Engineering and Technology, RIMT College of Architecture in 2004, RIMT Polytechnic & RIMT College of Education, RIMT-MAEC, RIMT-Institute of Hotel Management, RIMT World School, RIMT Academic College, RIMT Pharmaceuticals College and Om Parkash Bansal Modern School were established respectively.
RIMT University was established in Mandi Gobindgarh in Punjab in 2016 followed by the WUD at Rajiv Gandhi Education City in Haryana in 2018.
World University of Design is pioneer in catering education in creative domain. We offer courses that are developed keeping in mind the Industrial needs. Our course curriculum is based on the insights of industry stalwarts. Our University is equipped with latest equipment to impart world class education to the students, which will directly fuel the mission of an equitable and sustainable India. Also, we at World University of Design consider international exposure as a quintessential part of design education and aim to provide abundant opportunities to its students to explore and experience the various nuances of this facet of education. Such exposure not only enhances a students’ personality and broadens the vision but also help them in making our country self sufficient.