THE INDIAN education sector has often been described as a ‘ Sunrise Sector’ owing to its huge investment and growth potential. With around 150 million people in the age group of 18- 23 years alone, the sector currently offers a ripe market for private players, many of whom are out there to make quick money, without focussing on the quality of education imparted.
Experts believe that only serious and committed private sector universities and institutions will go on to make a difference in the long run. And this is where industry centric universities such as Galgotias, Vellore Institute of Technology ( VIT), SRM, Chennai and Manipal promises to set the bench mark for private education in the country through a mix of quality faculty members, research driven pedagogy, industry exposure and international teaching practices.
“ The single biggest resource that private universities bring to higher education, are world class faculty members,” said Suneel Galgotia, Chancellor, Galgotias University. “ All our faculty members are handpicked from some of the world’s top institutions in the U. S., Europe and Asia,” said Galgotia.
The university’s faculty is led by Ashok Saxena, the university Vice- Chancellor and a former dean of Georgia Tech, U. S., with nearly 35 years of academic experience behind him.
“ Balaji Rajagopalan, our Pro- Vice Chancellor and Dean of The School of Business, has been instrumental in setting up the School of Business at University of Oakland. Then we have Sham Tickoo, also a Pro- VC and Dean of School of Engineering. He has also authored a number of books on engineering.
Together, they inspire the faculty to implement fresh approaches and rigour across all the programs,” said Galgotia.
In addition to globally par faculty members, the winning vision these private universities share is in enabling their students to be job ready. VIT University has created a state- of- the- art infrastructure in conjunction with industry partners. “ In order to heighten the interest of students in learn- ing we have introduced a new project based learning methodology,” said G. Viswanathan, Founder and Chancellor, VIT.
Collaborations with foreign universities are yet another differentiator when it comes to some the better performing private universities. “ Students today are competing in a rapidly changing world. Simply covering the curriculum alone is not enough” said T. R. Pachamuthu, Chancellor, SRM University.
The latest report by the Spain based SCImago Research Group ranks Manipal University first in the research category among Non- government universities.
According to the report the university has outdone its previous years rank by 36 ranks acquiring the number one position in the country ranking among private universities in India. “ The achievement reflects our continuing commitment towards research.
We encourage research by our faculty members and provide incentives for their output in the form of publications and patents,” said G. K. Prabhu, Registrar, Manipal University. “ We also encourage our faculty members to compete for research funding and rewards from various government and reputed private agencies ,” said Prabhu.
The latest report by a Spain based research group ranks Manipal University as first in research among various private universities.