The Manipal Education Group, with its heritage of excellence in higher education of 63 years, launched Manipal University Jaipur (MUJ) in 2011 on an invitation from the Government of Rajasthan, as a self-financed State University and is redefining academic excellence in the region. The University provides excellent ambience to enhance the teaching-learning experience and to promote creativity and innovation. "Being a multi-disciplinary University, we offer programs at all levels. Education at MUJ is fully geared up in terms of its preparedness to impart the right type of skills and knowledge," says Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, President, MUJ.
MUJ provides Under-Graduate, Post-Graduate and Doctoral, across diverse streams, including Engineering, Architecture, Planning, Fashion & Jewellery Design, Fine Arts, Hospitality, Humanities, Journalism and Mass Communication, Basic Sciences, Law, Commerce, Computer Applications, and Management. The University has adopted the practice of having choice based credit system. Students can decide their own pace of learning and register for courses according to their interests and capabilities. The University reviews the curriculum constantly and revision is done to reflect the latest international trends. Curriculum has been designed to include skill development courses for gainful employability.
MUJ has student strength of 6500 and over 4500 student are living on the campus which helps them to participate in professional, sports and club related activities
As a new-age University, MUJ has not only adopted the best practices from reputed Institutions, but also initiated some innovative ones, in order to keep ahead of the competition and to provide excellence in higher education. MUJ's well-designed physical spaces supported with greenery and energy consciousness help students to live in a very comfortable and invigorating environment. The university has world-class facilities of residences, food outlets, gym and all major sports amenities. In addition to the common requirements of cricket, football and hockey grounds, MUJ has international standard courts with synthetic / astro turf for volleyball, basketball, tennis, squash and so on. "Overall, the aim is to keep the young minds actively engaged in pursuits of their choice such that they remain mentally and physically healthy. The above efforts also help us with the development of their overall personality with a good social connect," claims Dr. Sancheti.
MUJ has student strength of 6500 and over 4500 student are living on the campus. This helps them to participate in most of the professional, sports and club related activities on a regular basis and promotes holistic development. A lot of freedom is given to the students to organize and participate in such activities under the support and guidance of faculty and experts. Technical evolutions are also equally taken into consideration. The well-recognized smart campus makes extensive use of ICT in all its operations. All classrooms are equipped with ICT support like intelligent terminals, projection systems, internet access points and Wi-Fi facilities. "We support the electronic library, the virtual laboratories and MOOCs in a big way. All students of professional courses are given laptops by the university with access to a large number of domain specific and general software tools with campus wide connectivity," pinpoints Dr. Sancheti.
In addition to the novelties implemented within the campus, the university gives an equal importance to research as it has an extra potential to plough back in the form of delivering better quality teaching and learning. "We have currently more than 230 students registered for doctoral programs and right from our first convocation and have graduated students with doctoral degrees. We also support QIP like schemes to further the research, the qualifications of our faculty and help them liberally through Professional Development Allowance (PDA) to participate in the research related activities," says Dr. Sancheti. On similar lines, there are several schemes, which are directly meant for students for the foray into the research arena. "Presently, we have more than 50 funded projects with external funding of more than Rs. 5 Crores and to help research, two centres of excellence have been established which are in addition to special facilities like Super Computer, IOT Lab, Device Fabrication Lab and so on," adds Dr. Sancheti.
As the youngest institution of the most prestigious Manipal Group, MUJ follows some of the well-established policies and legacies. The rich legacy and the quality have enabled the university in attracting students from all over the country for various programs. "We now intend to concentrate on imparting further better quality of teaching-learning and to begin with we would like to concentrate on the honours program for all common undergraduate degrees as well as to start inter-disciplinary nature of programs," says Dr. Sancheti. With these ideas, MUJ continues its journey to help the generations acquire the ability of lifelong learning making them competent professionals as well as good human beings.
Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, President
He began his professional career at MBM Engineering College, Jodhpur, as Assistant Professor in the Department of ECE in 1984. Prior to joining as the President of Manipal University Jaipur, he was Director, National Institute of Technology, Delhi. He was also Director, NITK Surathkal and Director In-charge, NIT Tiruchirapally, NIT Calicut, School of Planning & Architecture (SPA) and Mentor Director, NIT Goa, NIT Puducherry and NIT Sikkim.