JECRC University Jaipur: Building Strong Industry Relations To Bridge The Industry Academia Gap

By Shri Arpit Agrawal, Vice-Chairperson, JECRC
Shri Arpit Agrawal,Vice-Chairperson, JECRC

Shri Arpit Agrawal

Vice-Chairperson, JECRC

JECRC University, founded by the two decades old JECRC Foundation, has become the most emerging University in the country, which is nurturing the leaders of next generation through innovative learning techniques in a research-oriented environment. JECRC University is the first and foremost choice of the aspiring youth in the Country because of its rich history of trailblazing placements. Especially in the last 3 placement seasons, University had 5000 offers rolled out of 250+ top corporates across different industry sectors, that visited the campus.

Overall, as an institution, JECRC University acts as a facilitator for the young students to realize their dreams and hence their motto “Build Your World” with us. For getting placed at premium packages in globally leading companies, it is of vital importance that the graduating scholar, apart from excellence in academics, should have the practical knowledge and hands on experience of the tools and techniques that are prevailing in the industry. JECRC University has categorically realized that there is an urgent need to take up the responsibility to make the students industry-ready from Day-1. In accordance with this trailing thought and in order to empower the students with the latest & prevailing technological skills, the institute has collaborated with industry leaders like Google, Microsoft, Tech Mahindra, TCS, IBM, CISCO, DXC Technology, EC Council, Xebia, Samatrix, Salesforce, Automation Anywhere, UiPath, Adobe etc.

Strong Industry-institute Connect
"In order to put forward the benefits of these collaborations to the student fraternity, JECRC University has introduced and launched joint degree programs in its academic curriculum, in collaborations with the global industry leaders which led to the enrollment of 600+ students in the programs which are offered in association with Microsoft, TCS, IBM, EC Council, ASSOCHAM, Xebia, Samatrix and Sunstone Education Technology Pvt. Ltd. Likewise,700+ students have enrolled in the GCCF program offered in consortium with Google. 535 students got certified in Robotics Process Automation under the aegis of
Automation Anywhere, 407 and 250+ students chose SFD and RPA as an elective subject and underwent 6 months long learning journey through Salesforce and UiPath respectively.

Also, we are aiming to train more than 100+ girls in Data Science and Big Data Analytics by DXC Technology. Apart from all this, 50 students grabbed the golden opportunity to get certified in Machine Learning from Tech Mahindra experts as well. JECRC University is proud of the fact that through these distinguished Corporate Connections, we could create a path breaking change in the lives and upcoming career of more than 3500+ students”, adds, Shri Arpit Agrawal when asked about the industry-institute relationship at JECRC University.

Ploughing on with the objective of "Office of Professional Development in Education", the University has identified the critical knowledge gaps and maneuvered the aforesaid corporate connections to professionally develop and augment the technical skills of the faculty members of the University. And so far, 150+ faculty members have benefitted through 17 training and development sessions which have been conducted by the experienced personnel of 12 globally leading industries in the last 21 months and have attained enhanced knowledge of the contemporary technologies like Cloud, Data Science, Machine Learning, Robotics Process Automation, and Cyber Security to name a few.

These 150+ faculty members with their enhanced knowledge set have also exhibited improved performance in education, research and administration as well as in augmenting organizational capacities and culture, which has revamped the overall academic experience of faculties as well as students at JECRC University. All this ensures that the students of JECRC University are equipped with the required skills needed to thrive in the modern world.

“JECRC University acts as a facilitator for the young students to realize their dreams”

A Unique Pathway for the Future
Elucidating more on how the institute strives to bridge the industry-academia gap, Shri Arpit Agrawal says, "JECRC University keeps abreast with the needs of the job market during its interaction with the industries and constantly strives for expanding the industry-academia interface. We gather information, through close and regular interactions with the leading recruiters, regarding the knowledge and skills
requirements of the industry and advise and train the faculties in specific areas regarding the market-relevant skills to incorporate them in the curriculum to make our students even more employable and industry ready.

The aftermath of these Corporate Connections largely benefitted the students to learn new cutting-edge technologies and to enhance their career opportunities. The specialized courses designed through productive alliances with pioneers and leaders of the industry have not only helped our students in achieving academic excellence but also led to their placement at premium packages in the recruitment drives, thereby reducing the cost of their training bestowed by the selecting company. In a nutshell, the Corporate Connections enable the students to get Industrial Readiness, Professional Competencies as well as Soft Skills Development"

Going forward, the University has plans to aggressively work towards a technological oriented future for its students and faculties by inviting out industry experts to reach out to as many students and faculties they can, through online/ offline seminars and training programs around the contemporary technologies. The University also intends to start joint research with its corporate partners which will stimulate and augment companies' internal research and development programs. Such programs will help industrial scientists identify current research going on in the academia which might be useful for the design and development of innovative processes and potential products.

The companies will gain greater access to cutting-edge research and scientific talent at a time when corporate R&D budgets are increasingly under pressure. In the future, JECRC University also aims to continuously enhance its bouquet of corporate connections in order to further strengthen and sustain a collaborative environment at the campus, which is conducive to the knowledge enhancement of the young brains which in turn pave the path to thriving development of India.

Shri Arpit Agrawal Vice-Chairperson, JECRC
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