IT IS easy for a university top honcho to get carried away when one of your leading institutes has just been elevated to the status of an IIT. Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Vice-Chancellor Lalji Singh, however, does not believe in resting on his laurels. The elevation of BHU’s information technology institute (IT-BHU) to IIT status by Parliament last year was definitely a shot in the arm for the historic institution that nurtures ambitions of becoming a global university in the 150th birth anniversary year of its founder, the nationalist leader, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya.
Parliament’s seal of recognition, in fact, has enhanced the pace of academic initiatives being rolled out by BHU. It is all set to launch three skill enhancement courses in the new academic year. Also ready to roll are diploma programmes in Leisure and Hospitality Management, and Micro Finance and Entrepreneurship, besides a certificate course in Health Care Management, all sanctioned by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
New, relevant courses to be introduced...
“We will also introduce a number of new and market-relevant programmes such as agriculture and horticulture management, which has great employment potential,” says Vice-Chancellor Singh, a BHU product who’s famous for pioneering DNA fingerprinting in the country during his long tenure as director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad.
The signals for management students from BHU are also positive. Dean S.K. Singh of the Faculty of Management Studies, BHU, says the pay packet of management graduates have remained steady, despite the turbulence in the global economy and its ripple effects felt at home. Around 160 students graduate from the management school every year with an MBA, or an MBA in either International Business or Agricultural Business Administration, or the one-year PG Diploma in Business Administration for executives and entrepreneurs. “The opening annual pay packet for our management graduates is `8 lakh,” Singh says. More than 4,000 management students have graduated from BHU since the university launched it management school over 40 years ago.
Moving to Mirzapur @ 2800 acres!!
Some of the thrust areas in the management sector in the next five years, according to Singh, are going to be social entrepreneurship, rural and services management. Agriculture education and research will be the focus of the academic syllabus of BHU’s annexe campus spread across 2,800 acres in neighbouring Mirzapur. Management education is just one of BHU’s many core competencies. The university spread across an area of 1,320 acres with 32,000 students, including 600 from 48 countries, 2,500 research scholars, 1,800 teachers, 131 departments and 30 deans is one of India’s vibrant multi-disciplinary institutions. Its research programmes extend from biotechnology, molecular plant breeding and tissue culture to stem cells, bone marrow transplantation, cancer and HIV/AIDS. An academic programme conducted jointly with the National Stock Exchange is also under way. And now, as the vice-chancellor informs us, BHU is in the process of sealing MoUs with the School of Business, Claflin University (South Carolina, USA) and Lausitz University of Applied Sciences (Brandenburg, Germany).
The IT BHU, which is celebrating its new-found IIT status, comprises 13 departments, three interdisciplinary schools, three centres of advanced studies, and offers a four-year B.Tech. in ceramic, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, electronics, mechanical, metallurgical and mining engineering, as well as a B.Pharm. progamme. You must clear the IIT-JEE to be eligible for admission. “At the end of the day,” says Lalji Singh, “we don’t want to be known just as a university that churns out engineers, doctors, executives and entrepreneurs. We want to be known as an institution that produces men and women of character and probity.” The university’s founder would have approved of this sentiment.
Source: Mail Today