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‘We want the minds and hearts of students’

From interviews for MBA entrants to three new PG programmes, a lot is happening at GGSIPU, reveals vice chancellor DK Bandyopadhyay

education Updated: Apr 10, 2012 13:41 IST
Garima Upadhyay

Looking for some good options for academic studies in Delhi? Well, the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) has a lot to offer. University vice chancellor DK Bandyopadhyay talks about new plans in an interview with HT Education ?

What are your new plans?
At IP University, our aim is to create quality competition to attract the best of students. We want to invite not just the minds, but also the hearts of the students.

There are various additions and changes that have been made this year, foremost being the introduction of an interview process for management programmes. This year onwards we are accepting CET scores followed by a personal interview, which will carry a weightage of around 25%. The university is also launching three postgraduate programmes -MTech in food processing technology, PG diploma in radiological physics (in collaboration with AIIMS and Safdarjung) and a PG diploma in education management. The admissions are on for the programmes, so please check http://www.ipu.ac.in/ for more details. Also, the varsity plans to start a centre for the study and propagation of human values...

Tell us something about the Centre for the Study and Propagation of Human Values.
We were concerned about the lack of values component in our curricula. It was felt that in our professional courses, a lot of emphasis was given on skill and knowledge without paying much attention to the development of the moral fabric of the student. So, we thought it will be prudent for us to establish a centre that can help in propagation of human values. However, the centre will not operate in a conventional mode, offering credit courses. It will provide an environment conducive to research, with seminars, discussions and talks for students who will have to attend these sessions and submit a project report at the end of the year. We are still finalising the modalities for the Centre, which is being inaugurated on April 13 at Dwarka.

When is the Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology getting university status?
The proposal to convert IGIT into a deemed university has been approved by the cabinet. My personal expectation is that the status should be conferred on the institute in the monsoon session of Parliament.

What is the representation of girl students on campus? Are any steps being taken to increase their numbers in the varsity?
More than 50% of our students are girls and the representation and performance are laudable.

Not just girls, but all meritorious students are encouraged to put in their best at the university. In case a meritorious student can’t afford higher education due to adverse economic conditions, s/he can approach us.

Any new exchange programmes or collaborations that are being worked out with foreign universities and institutions?
This year, we are planning to forge collaborations with universities and institutions in Italy, France, UK and others. Most of these collaborations are in the area of science and its application.

Other than that, we have some very good tie-ups with korea, Japan and Russia for our engineering students.

How many colleges are affiliated to the varsity? Do you plan to increase the numbers?
Currently, there are 106 affiliated colleges with more than 65,000 students. We are making the affiliation process very strict this year onwards. Until and unless the colleges are good, we don’t want them to come forward.

We have set up an internal review committee that reviews and compares the performance of these colleges. We also provide advisory notes to colleges to help them advance. However, in the past two years, there have been instances where we have de-affiliated institutions.

Want to join GGSIPU?
* Admissions are on at IP for professional and engineering programmes. Last date to apply: April 16, by 5pm latest
* Applicants are required to clear an interview to join the MBA programme
* The centre for Study and Propagation of Human Values launches on April 13.
* New postgraduate programmes in food technology, radiological physics and education management have been announced. Last date to apply for the MTech and postgraduate diploma programmes varies course wise. Visit http://ipu.ac.in/ cet012/admbr7040412.pdf for more details

I hope the (deemed university) status is conferred on IGIT in the upcoming monsoon session Dr DK Bandyopadhyay, vice-chancellor, IP University

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