The interdependent correlation of the industry and the higher education sector is an undeniable abstract in the country\'s rising state of economy. Sustainability of the rising graph on the development scale calls for strong on-going collaborations between Industrial Conglomerates and Institutes of Higher Learning. There is an equivalent level of dependability as Industry provides job opportunities to graduates and Institutes provide workforce to the industry. Acting as a bridge between the two quadrants is the curriculum in the Indian Higher Education context that provides institutions the niftiness to act and serve to the industry\'s demands. It has been observed that institutions prove to offer better workforce if their curriculum is fine tuned in the industry\'s direction. Holding testimony to the statement is KL University, Guntur; that offers its exemplary methods in a refined curriculum that sets high the standards of its graduates.
Understanding the sheer prominence of a well-designed curriculum, the President of KL University, Koneru Satyanarayana says, \"Our curriculum is designed as per the international accreditation norms where each program\'s outcomes and objectives are specified in terms of attaining communication ability, social consciousness, team work, leadership qualities, understanding Human values, and ethics in addition to imparting designing, analyzing and creative skills in technology.\" Reflecting on its principles, KL University has placed 540 students from the 2005-2006 batch, 570 students from the 2006-2007 batch, 847 students in 2011-2012 batch, 930 students 2012-2013 and these increasing figures have transitioned to 100 percent placement over the past seven consecutive years.
\"The current education sector is driven by the industry at every foothold and the curriculum alone is not enough. There have to be other methods in providing industry insights,\" reveals Satyanarayana about the university\'s measures in providing industry ready graduates. Following suit of his words are the efforts from the university in providing the right exposure to its pupils. K.L. University is a member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) which allows them to be a part of a nurturing ecosystem. The University has an Industrial Relations and Placements Department with offices in cities across India that oversee the industry-Institution interaction and placements. The department is responsible for industry participation in curriculum planning, continuing education and internship for faculty, industrial training for students, industrial visits and tours for students, collaborative programmes with industry, guest lecturers from industry, student career development, and entrepreneurship development program among its vast offering.
A Designated Lab for Industry Collaborations
K.L. University has a designated IBM which is an Industrial Collaboration Lab where many companies have established a \"virtual industry\" on campus which allows the students of the University to carry out industry projects within the campus. Full-semester industrial trainings are integrated into the curriculum for the students in the Practice School. \"We encourage the students to take up Core-Jobs. Approximately 60 percent of the companies that visit the campus require students with core-competencies,\" says Satyanarayana.
Fulfilling the need of a medium between industry and academia is the faculty of KL University. Deploying expertise of its faculty, the university achieves a milestone in the effective delivery of its curriculum. With a view to the rising advent of globalization, K.L. University has started collaborative activities with a magnanimous number of Universities overseas like Indiana State University, USA, National College of Ireland, Latrobe University, Australia and several other institutes all over the world, where faculty exchange programs are encouraged. The Institute has also MOUs with national and multinational industries, which allow the students to visit the industries and earn practical experience. \"Our MOUs constantly help in upgrading our efficiency as a University and improvise the skills of our students and faculty alike,\" adds Satyanarayana.
Leveraging new platforms for Industry-Institute modulation has resulted in dynamic placements at KL University. The outcome of such activities has resulted in more than 70 companies visiting the University for recruitments in the past academic years. Prominent names such as: Axis Bank Ltd, Syntel, Infosys, TCS, Reliance Industries, Larsen & Toubro, TATA International, Wipro Technologies, iGate Patni, HDFC, Indian Navy, and Hyundai have visited the campus for its rich sources of market ready talent.
Functioning in a vivacious 100-acre campus on the banks of Buckingham Canal of river Krishna, KL University is accredited by NAAC as \'A\' Grade, approved by AICTE, and is an ISO 9001 - 2008 Certified Institution. Packed in its endeavors are objectives to design and implement educational system adhering to outcome based International models; and to establish centers of excellence in frontier areas of research, and design innovation centers with industry collaboration that maintain high standards in achieving research outcomes. From being declared a Deemed to be University in 2009 to the current times, KL University has grown by leaps and bounds and consists of 11 academic departments and six schools. \"With a strong emphasis on scientific and technological research, we wish to proliferate in the coming times and cater to the industry and constantly reinvent our curriculum to its needs,\" concludes Satyanarayana.
He is the president of KL University. He holds degrees in BE, FIE, FIETE, MIEEE and graduated in Electronics and Communication Engineering in the year 1977. Along with Sri Koneru Lakshmaiah, he is the co-founder of the Institute which was established in the year 1980. Under his stewardship, the Institute grew by leaps and bounds and today it is in the forefront of technical education in the country and is a force to reckon with.