Mangalyaan, India\'s first interplanetary mission, launchedby the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)made India the first country to successfully send a mars orbiter in the first attempt.ISRO\'s achievement in a niche area of astronomy has put India on the global map as a nation driven by research. The launch of Mangalyaan is one among the recent efforts towards globalization of the Indian economy that has contributed to two most important developments in case of education and research: flow of international aid for educational development, and emergence of private entrepreneurship in education and research. Both have been found to have serious implications for the quality and quantity for research in India.
To immerse in research and come up with solutions is a great challenge that many organizations struggle to overcome, however, Galgotias University in Greater Noida proves that it is an exception tothe rule. While many institutions seek out live projects to work on, Galgotias University\'s in-house research projects are often adopted by the industry. The institute\'s launch of the project to convert a 10 hp diesel engine to run on LPGwas adopted by the industry over a course of time when the industry was yet to find answers to its needs.\"Innovative and creative work leading to new designs, products, processes and services is the bed rock of an engineering institution,\" says Dr. BV Babu, the proud Vice Chancellor of Galgotias University whose smile denotes the values imbibed to transform young minds into technical professionals of tomorrow. Awarded for best academics and global linkages, Galgotias University sets a new dimension in uplifting educational standards of technical education through research.
Research Expertise of a New Magnitude
\"We are an institution driven by curiosity,\" says Dr. Babu; \"we cater to this curiosity by stressing on research on path breaking grounds.\" The achievements in research by the forces behind Galgotias University reflect the testimony the management, headed by the Chancellor Shri Suneel Galgotia, uphold in producing technical graduates for the global era. Galgotias Educational Institutions (GEI) having published more than a 100 research papers, hold a record forthe highest published research papers for any private engineering institution in NCR. A vastnumber of faculty members of the institute have published books and research papers, and have conducted advanced courses in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science/Information Technology to the faculty of other Institutions through collaborations with NASSCOM, Maritime Institute, Sun Microsystems and Infosys.\"The university is a recognized research center where research is introduced from the very beginning,to all students at all levels (UG, PG and PhD Programmes), in all domains, streams and divisions,\" says Dr. Babu, \"the complete project and research based learning determine the sheer importance of experimentation inculcated within the walls of our University.\" All these activities are paid active heed by the monitoring of the faculty who equally extend their efforts in research expertise.Faculty members at the institutes are also facilitated by providing seedfunds to carry out research and to submit projects to funding agencies.
To be known globally for education, research, and innovation at the intersection of disciplines is the vision of Galgotias University which is guided by the presence of the highly supportive Chancellor, Shri Suneel Galgotia. Lending him a helping hand, the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Babu who has 30 years of teaching, research, consultancy, and administrative experience ensures all administrative activities are adequately delivered. The sprawling 52-acre campus of the University speaks volumes for the research support which has witnessed many National and International Conferences being held in its premises. The University through such measures plays proactive role in helping the faculty to take up consultancy assignments where the answers to the industryï¿½s trends are unearthed.
Changing the Shift of Paradigms
Emerging as the new face of the industry, the first batch to graduate from the University secured a campus placement rate of 98 percent. The maiden batch proved their mettle in their performance in the hiring companies that compelled organizations to visit the campus year after year in quest to recruit more of the sound manpower produced in the classrooms of Galgotias University.\"Our methods, culture, and teaching pedagogy make us strive to produce not just job seekers but also job providers,\" says Dr. Babu. The University\'s MoUs with University of Technology Malaysia deserves a highlight where an ongoing project of developing an Entrepreneurial Development Cell is in progress. \"The answers to the changes of the industry are many. Only new ways can prove to cater to these needs and entrepreneurs who think different and act different can certainly bring about a change,\" adds Dr. Babu.
\"Education is conceived to be a platform for students for learning as an objective in a holistic approach,\" says Dr. Babu, \"lately it has come to light that Education stands not only for learning but also for training.\" He firmly believes that education is for economic advantage and not many institutions look at their responsibilities in matters of training students. He says the current education times demand to shift the paradigm focus from mere delivery of bookish knowledge towards training & placements; and asserts on the initiatives assembled at Galgotias University to discover new measures to match the current requirements of the industry. Culminating the finest ingredients, the authorities at the institute design their own curriculum and blend it in sync with the current demands and requirements of the industry. Apart from inculcating technical knowledge, the students are trained to develop onsets of skills such as communication, soft skills, aptitude [qualitative and quantitative], to be corporate ready, and desired from all domains of the industry. Taking this into account, Galgotias University for the first time in an UG program has identified six courses with two credits each that cover aspects like Basic English, English proficiency, professional communication, soft skills, aptitude building, and campus-to-corporate which are part of the curriculum.
All of these specialized courses at the University are delivered to the students by designated experts from the industry whofill in the shoes of teachers. A dynamic faculty team of 420 trained teachers meets the expertise of industry professionals where trends are discussed and remedies are sorted to prepare students in this direction. \"We have recruited designated professionals of the industry who traditionally work for career launching, talent acquisition; who step onto the teaching dais,\" adds Dr. Babu. Over 30 such allotted professionals focused on providing the correct and current insight of the industry, impart skills on the students in ways that ensure skill building, performance enhancement, improving learning capabilities that reflect as actionable insights. All compiled measures of graduating engineers in sync with the industry have enabled Galgotias University in sustaining a record of 100 percent for four consecutive years across 177+ companies.
While only a handful of institutions pay active heed to the wants of the industry, Galgotias University is the frontrunner among them which seeks to leave no stone unturned in accomplishing milestones year after year.Today with a student community of around 7500, Galgotias University since its inception in 1999continues in a spirit of innovation, educating the pioneers of tomorrow with cutting edge education and research developments of today.
While there aplenty reasons that set Galgotias University apart, its emphasis on research has become the cause for every technical aspiring student to choose this as their study destination.
Dr. B.V. Babu
He is an acknowledged research scientist and academician with 30 years of experience in teaching, research, consultancy, and administration. He has held various administrative positions throughout his career before being appointed as the Vice Chancellor of Galgotias University.