Ready for tomorrow [News] [Times of India]
(Times of India Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) At Amity University Gurgaon, innovation is the focus which underpins all activities. The university has been motivated to think out-of-the-box across verticals in order to help students be Ready for tomorrow. Take for example the infrastructure, learning takes place in more than 131 spacious, amphitheatre-styled, air-conditioned classrooms. Students hone their skills in 180 hi-tech laboratories. There are several multi-cuisine restaurants, banks and 24x7 health clinics along with a hostel for 2,100 students inside the secure and 100 Mbps wireless campus. It also has a well stocked Knowledge Resource Centre and state-of-the-art auditoriums.
However, learning is not limited to the classrooms or laboratories. The Open Learning Area is digitally enabled to help students and faculty interact seamlessly. Recently a state-of-the-art studio by NDTV was set up on campus. The studio was established to help students pursuing broadcast journalism to get a feel of the real world of media. "After all, complete attention to details along with the ability to see the requirements of the future have been the hallmark of the university," said Aseem Chauhan, chancellor, Amity University Gurgaon.
The university has got various awards including innovation in teaching pedagogy at the World Education Summit, Best University to use ICT in Education by Assocham and among Asia's Best Institutes by KPMG and WCRC 2014.
The innovative approach has led the university to put in place a Flexible Credit System -a cross disciplinary learning system, enabling students to design their own degree. This system offers 100 flexible credit courses across 23 institutions and is set to grow in the near future. For example, engineering students can choose a course each semester ranging from animation, fashion management, robotics and nano-technology, among others.
The result of this is reflected on the student achievements. Students have filed patents and research projects with agencies such as DST, DBT, BARC, among others. The Research Outreach Centres like the bio-diversity park, meteorology research facility, oceanic atmospheric science and technology and software technology park with remote incubation centre are designed for the future. In keeping with the motto to help students be Ready for tomorrow, the university has centres of excellence dedicated towards financial analytics, BRICS studies, robotics, stem cell research, urban planning and management, among others.
The compulsory foreign language training programme is another curriculum modification. "In the age of MNCs, I believe, it is mandatory that students are equipped to succeed across the world. And language almost inevitably becomes the first barrier to overcome," added Chauhan.
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