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We aim to shape young leaders of tomorrow, says associate dean of MIT-World Peace University

She speaks about the various initiatives undertaken by the university for the skill enhancement of students

pune Updated: Mar 15, 2019 14:39 IST
Hindustan Times, Pune

Preeti Joshi, is an associate dean and head of school, faculty of liberal arts at MIT-World Peace University, Kothrud. She holds a doctor of philosophy (PhD) in language and communication and is a recipient of many awards for her research at an international platform. She has been honoured with many awards including certificate of merit in the conference of international journal of arts and sciences in association with university of London, UK, session’s best presentation award and best student research, ‘Paper Award’ for the presentation entitled ‘Journey of English language: Lingua Franca to Lingua Shrunka’ in the session of ‘linguistics and multilingual studies’ in the international conference on arts and humanities among others.

She speaks about the various initiatives undertaken by MIT-World Peace University for the skill enhancement of students.

Tell us about your college?

MIT-World Peace University is India’s first university which aims at holistic development of students which would lead to life transformation. It strives to be a leading university of excellence, promoting the ‘culture of peace’ through a value-based universal education system, with a firm belief that union of science and religion/spirituality alone will bring peace to mankind. We endeavour to prepare our students to become responsible citizens, adapt to face the present situations and future challenges in a fast, rapidly changing world by incorporating the best of academics and values.

What steps are taken to enhance the skills of students?

MIT-World Peace University’s faculty of liberal arts offers Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Honours) in English, psychology, political science and has taken up a number of initiatives like writers’ web, with a view to inculcate the love for literature among youngsters. Rural immersion programme is conducted every year, which aims to bridge the gap between rural and urban India. Students stay at various houses in the village and informally discuss the various problems faced by the villagers. We, at our university strongly believe in creating a balanced mindset and a sense of overall awareness among students. Holistic development of a child is always at the core of education and with this view; we conduct yoga sessions every week as an integral part of the curriculum. Massive open online courses are also available for students which help them to have an interdisciplinary approach to their chosen Bachelor of Arts (Honours) programme.

What are your plans for the future?

We have adopted CBCS (choice based credit system) to provide our students with the flexibility for completing any of the programmes offered under the faculty of liberal arts. The university believes in facilitating the fields of humanities and social sciences by providing the latest knowledge to the students with an aim to shape the young translators, critics, policymakers, counsellors and the leaders of tomorrow. It plans to place such students on the world map and prove that students of liberal arts have great potential and can definitely succeed with correct guidance and motivation. Many of our Bachelor of Arts (economics) students are successfully placed. The university has also successfully initiated global immersion programme, under which students have been sent to summer schools of various universities across the world to absorb and retain the latest trends and updates in their respective field of study. We also provide internships to our students in their final year. We aim at creating a pool of talent which is diverse and has multiple skills which are required in this highly competitive world.

What are you doing for the students in terms of upgradation?

We plan to provide add on, short term courses like creative writing, technical writing, translation studies, Film and literature studies, etc. along with the existing programs. The political science and international relations departments plan to have a model united nations (MUN), where International socio-political, cultural and geographical issues would be discussed and debated. Apart from that, both the departments collectively plan to start mock forums, business model development forums, policy-making forums respectively.

First Published: Mar 15, 2019 14:38 IST