THE Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) has set itself a busy agenda for the new academic year, which will see the introduction of three new regular courses and a host weekend offerings, including MBA programmes in Real Estate, Consultancy Management, Banking and Insurance, and Disaster Management.
With these new courses, unveiled last week by Vice Chancellor Dilip Kumar Bandyopadhyay during the release of the last set admission brochures, the university will have 122 programmes offered across 106 affiliated colleges and 11 schools.
The three new regular courses M. Tech. in Food Processing, G. Diploma in Radiological Physics and P. G. Diploma in Education Management
— are being rolled out keeping in mind the emerging demands of the job market. The university has earmarked 40 seats each for the three courses.
"The objective of the university to adapt to change and guide students in that direction," Vice Chancellor Bandyopadhyay said. "All the new programmes are being planned to achieve that objective."
When quizzed about the quality of the courses, he said, “We are conducting regular faculty training to enhance the skills of our teaching staff. Our university is just 13 years old. It is unfair to compare it with the other universities in the state that have more years of experience and greater credibility." But the vice chancellor is not ready to let the university’s limited experience stop him from making its offerings more industry relevant.
The last dates for the submission of admission forms are July 6 for the M. Tech. in Food Processing Technology and July 10 the P. G. Diploma in Radiological Physics. No date has been set for the Education Management programme.
Bandyopadhyay pointed out that though there's no real food scarcity in our country, “India loses substantial amount food-grains because of the lack of adequate storage or preservation facilities”. This Tech. programme’s objective to produce the qualified personnel that the country’s growing food processing and nutraceuticals (dietary supplements) industries need to become world leaders.
"The course will acquaint students with the latest trends in food processing technology, laws and regulations, and market strategies to succeed in the sector,” says Prof. Rajinder K. Gupta, Dean, University School of Biotechnology. “After completing the course, our students will be able to contribute to the food processing and nutraceuticals industries, as well as regulatory bodies and companies engaged in the business of food standards and analysis.”
THE TERM ‘radiology’ at once conjures up images of X-ray machines and hospital wards, but its applications now extend from security scanning in airports to detection of radiation hazards.
Administered by GGSIPU’s School of Basic & Applied Sciences, the P. G. Diploma Programme in Radiological Physics will entitle its successful students to Radiological Survey Officer (RSO) certificates issued by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB).
Prof. Vinod Kumar, the programme coordinator, says there are numerous job options available in the field.
“An RSO can be appointed in hospitals as medical physicists, diagnostic centres, nuclear medicine plants, accelerator centres and radio-isotope industries. Airports and sea ports also appoint radiation analysts,” Kumar said. The programme will provide training in radiation assessment, safety issues and quality assurance.
THE PROLIFERATION of schools, especially on the franchisee model, has created a market not only for better teachers, but also for managers trained to run educational institutions.
This P. G. Diploma Programme aims at enhancing the management skills of teachers. As Vice Chancellor Bandyopadhyay puts it, “Teachers in our country are not conversant with management. Education Management is for prospective educators who want to manage and lead educational institutions towards academic excellence.” The university is yet to provide additional details about the course, but Bandyopadhyay is confident that the programme will deliver positive results because it is market driven. The confidence of the vice chancellor is not misplaced. In its short life, the university has taken long strides.
For more information about the new programmes, log on to http://ipu.ac.in
Source: Mail Today