Tell us about campus life at Sharda University?
Campus life at Sharda University projects the diverse and multi-cultural profile of our students. Sports, cultural clubs and curriculum hold a special place. We are proud to host students from 80 plus countries and hold cross-cultural festivals that help in promoting friendly relations, mutual understanding, brotherhood and the feeling of being one large family.
Sharda University aims at overall nourishment and development of its students.
To be successful in the 21st Century, the students should have both theoretical and practical experience to effectively tackle modern-day crisis. Today’s youth need to be prepared to deal with the global challenges and at Sharda, we make continuous strive to make our students ready for life to deal with any kind of situation which comes on their way.
We have joined hands with various international bodies to nurture the talent and to provide global insights to our students. Some of our major international collaborations are with – Harvard Business School (USA), King’s University College (Canada), Curtin University of Technology (Australia) and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Australia).
There are a lot of changes that took place in the higher Education Sector. Your comments
Many new initiatives have taken place in the education sector in the past several years that emphasizes the need to look at Education as a means to do good for the overall betterment of society. The education system in India is in its most phenomenal phase with changes taking place in the curriculum and methodologies every day. With an increased focus on modernization and boom in the technology advancement; India is making a gradual shift towards becoming a global hub of knowledge of research-based education. The Government is playing a pivotal role in accelerating the adoption of a new education framework that will help in successfully catering to the demands of the future
New Education Policy Draft 2019 clearly highlights the importance of Life lessons equally to classroom lessons. The new policy highlights the importance of industry-based skill empowerment which aims to address the current skills gap in terms of what the students are taught in academic institutions and what they are expected to do in a professional environment. It points the need to inculcate a creative and innovative thinking approach to success in the 21st century. It also proposes a new National Educational Technology Forum and induction of new-age technologies such as online learning platforms; AI-driven customized learning solutions, video-based learning, peer-to-peer learning, etc.
It further encourages the establishment of dedicated institutions that specialize in offering a curriculum that helps students to grow their understanding of future technologies and develop a spirit of innovation and problem-solving.
We are confident that these focused steps will help us in the state of Education Industry in India.
What is your vision of the perfect Indian Education system?
In the past several years, every industry has experienced a boom of digitalization and so are academics. Institutions have rapidly started betting big in technologies like 3D Printing, artificial intelligence, innovation labs etc. Our education system has moved away from the traditional practices of teaching through textbooks and memorizing concepts. Now, the emphasis is more on practical and tactical learning which aptly projects our vision of perfect Education system.
Also, in the future, academics alone won’t lead the individual on the path of success. It will be life skills such as morals, values and holistic development that will help students to achieving their desired goals. The competitive environment demands the strength and ability to see things beyond rather than good grades and high percentages.
Keeping all these needs in mind, Sharda University has curated industry-specific courses to make students corporate ready which includes specialized courses in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning), CS-Cloud Computing and virtualization Technology with IBM, BBA (entrepreneurship) and Bakery Sciences & Technology with AIBTM.
The University also provides students access to various social and activity clubs to unleash their talent to the world. Students join these clubs as per their choices to fulfil their life.
What steps are taken to arm students to face competition?
In today’s changing global scenario, it has become mandatory to equip the students with the right blend of practical and theoretical exposure to make them leaders of the tomorrow. We set a benchmark in the Indian education ecosystem with faculty, world-class teaching modules and rich curriculum. We ensure students participation in career enhancement activities through exchange programs, student enterprise, volunteering and work-based learning. We strongly focus on the holistic development of the students as it improves the overall personality of the students and helps them to face not only academic challenges but overall life challenges.
We also aim at the enrichment of students by educational initiatives that encourage global outlook. We create an environment where students and employees of diverse backgrounds live, study, learn, and socialize together and encourage the pursuit of knowledge and support the development of the curriculum from a global perspective. We also invest in faculty development to upskill them in designing and developing curricula, pursuing research, and offering experiential learning.
Recently, we have been awarded prestigious the ‘Internationalization of Indian Institutions’ award at the ASMA Annual Convention & Awards 2019 – an award for excellence, setting global benchmarks and making India as a global destination for education.
We have also leveraged our expertise in the International Market by opening our first campuses Uzbekistan. We have ventured healthcare domain by opening Sharda Hospital and plan to expand our footprints in international markets in this domain also and will continue to strive further to achieve more and more excellence across various streams in the future towards the overall betterment of the society.