The annual convocation of Shiv Nadar University was held on Saturday. Established in 2011, the university is engaged in the study of a wide range of academic and professional disciplines, which is done through four schools currently: Engineering, Natural Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Management and Entrepreneurship. HT spoke to vice-chancellor Prof Rupamanjari Ghosh on the journey of the university. Here are excerpts from the interview.
1.How have UP students fared in the examination and how many medals did they win in the convocation?
A total of 223 undergraduate and 64 post-graduate degrees were awarded to students who completed the Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree programmes this year. Overall, we have 459 students from UP out of a total of 2,235 students on campus, and all of them are performing well. They all have come through our common merit-based admission selection process.
2.How do you see UP students competing with their counterparts in other states? Where do they stand vis-a-vis students of other states?
The graduating class of 2016 has done extremely well and 91% of the students have already been recruited by best-in-class organisations, including Dell, Cognizant, Zomato, CSC, Edelweiss, Axis Bank and Grofers among others. Several students have also been selected for higher studies by some of the world’s leading universities, including Fuqua School of Business, Duke University; Kellogg School of Management; University of Massachusetts, Boston; University of Illinois; University of Texas, Dallas; Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow; and Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
3.What are the new innovative courses you intend to start from the new academic session?
The School of Management and Entrepreneurship (SoME) of Shiv Nadar University recently announced the launch of its two-year iGlobal MBA programme in the academic session commencing from July 2016. The renewed architecture of the programme is targeted to create global leaders of tomorrow, keeping the unique potential of each candidate in mind. The MBA programme’s curriculum is designed by distinguished faculties from Shiv Nadar University, Harvard Business School, The Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley and IIM-Calcutta. We are launching a new Bachelor programme in Management Studies (BMS) under the aegis of School of Management and Entrepreneurship (SoME). This programme is uniquely designed to provide students with a strong foundation of specialised knowledge through experiential learning and opportunities for early global exposure.
5.Is there any plan to help students get jobs in the IT city project of HCL in Lucknow?
Shiv Nadar Foundation is committed to creation of a more equitable, merit-based society by empowering individuals to bridge the socio-economic divide. The HCL IT City project, on the other hand, is focused on catering to fresh engineering graduates who will undergo training in Lucknow to become job-ready. In the first year, HCL plans to hire freshers who are local residents of Lucknow for the training programme.
6.Alumni play a good, positive role for their institutions. Though yours is a new university, they sure must be in touch with the alma mater. Your thoughts?
We are a young university and will enter our sixth year in August 2016. Our founding batch graduated in 2015, and several of them were selected for higher studies by some of the world’s leading universities like Cornell, Columbia, New York University, Dartmouth, RMIT, Delhi School of Economics and Georgetown University. 95% students of the first graduating class were recruited by prestigious organisations like Amazon, PWC, Cognizant, Tata, L&T, Shapoorji Pallonji, Dell and Schenider among others. We have an active alumni centre aimed at driving meaningful dialogue and interaction between the alumni and industry, faculty and students.
7.Give an insight into the university.
Shiv Nadar University is designed as a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, research-focused and student-centric university, which is unique in the country. The mission is to develop and educate path-shapers of tomorrow, who can shoulder the challenges of globally responsible, and ethical leadership in the 21st century. The university is envisaged to be an enduring global centre of excellence in higher education, which is anchored in research and innovation, driven by an outstanding faculty and supported by national and international collaborations. I am happy to state that we are on an accelerated path towards all-round excellence.