Most of the millennials, who were born between 1980 and 2000, have already graduated from the academia and have entered into the workforce. Now, it is the time to teach the new crop of students, who on an average spend 6.5 hours each day saturated in print, electronic, digital, broadcast and news media. They listen to and record music, view, create and publish Internet content, play video games, watch television, talk on mobile phones and instant message every day. Grew out of the International College for Girls (ICG), which was established in 1995, The IIS University (IISU) addresses its new crop of students as Gen Z. "Gen Z does have different preferences and expectations for learning than previous generations and accordingly the teaching style and way of learning at The IIS University has also been updated. We have adopted the e-learning methods, audio-visual teaching techniques in classrooms and power point presentations, smart classrooms and IT based teaching methodology to make student-learning process simple and knowledge sharing and delivery of subject content more effective," says Dr. Ashok Gupta, Vice Chancellor, The IIS University.
For Gen Z, learning is a continuous, multifaceted experience, and this experience is best when it is hands-on. The IIS University to cope up with these aspirations of students, educates in a very creative way and encourages the students to think out-of-the-box. It gives great opportunities to its students to broaden the knowledge beyond the curriculum of studies and enrich them with an international exposure. The University has a very well-defined charter through a set of goals which bear ample testimony to its commitment for enriching the academic fabric of all of its programs. The institutional vision and mission is reflected in all its programs, as well as in its underlying philosophy to be an international model institution.
"Our goal is to develop a suitable combination of skills, knowledge and application, and thus provide an education which focuses on employability, innovative entrepreneurial skills, and research," says Dr. Gupta. Facilitating the move from skill-building to employable actualization is a crucial step that is ably undertaken by the University's full-fledged Training and Placement Cell, which looks into the overall planning and execution of career guidance, career counseling and employment opportunities. On the flipside, Provision of training programs and educational tie-ups/ linkages with national and international institutions has made the University an institution of choice so much so that more and more students from other states are seeking admission to the University every year in addition to several foreign students. "Gen Z tends to be more financially driven than millennials, who are more likely to define success in terms of personal fulfilment rather than financial statements. However, Gen Z students see university as a means to securing a good job," opines Dr. Gupta.
Over the years, since its inception, this University has driven steadily towards an outcome that provides for and facilitates opportunities in favour of its future women graduates. To this end, it has been successful and has built up a name as a thriving global community that pushes, urges and aides its members, faculty and student alike, towards the common goal of self-improvement and to step-out with confidence into an ever-changing world.
Dr. Ashok Gupta, Vice Chancellor
In India, Dr. Ashok Gupta is an eminent educationist who has made significant contribution to restore the richness of educational culture and to make it more vibrant than before. His farsighted leadership, commitment to work, penchant for perfection, high concern for students and the breadth of vision has elevated the institution to a centre of learning where education is a commitment and the training of the whole person a mission.
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The IIS University has two formal cells, Chrysalis-Entrepreneurship Cell and CII-YII Student Net, to promote entrepreneurial skills and to facilitate a University-Industry liaison with the major role to be played by the students. Students are also promoted to organize and participate in Entrepreneurial and other professional events, such as NEN (National Entrepreneurship Network), Bazaar on Campus, Fashion Show, Abhivyakti (Fine Arts exhibition), Media Fest and many more to provide them with necessary entrepreneurial skills and to inculcate in them the spirit of teamwork. The university has also introduced "Entrepreneurship", as one of the foundation courses for the students of Science and Commerce faculties in the final year, wherein students learn how to venture and setup own entrepreneur unit and use their skills for its successful implementation.