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PDM University: A Paradise for iGen Learners

Author : Sarath Shyam, Managing Editor, The Higher Education Review

Sarath Shyam

Chitresh Lather , CEO PDM University

Call them iGens or Gen Z; they are the future of the world. Born between 1998 and 2016 - meaning the oldest members are just 19 - iGens are the teenagers entering college and they grew up with a Smartphone in hand. Just as the Millennials before them, iGens are disrupting the way learning happens in higher education and it goes beyond a greater dependence on technology. Most of them refuse to be passive learners and they are not interested in simply showing up for a class, sitting through the lecture and taking notes to be remembered for an exam later on.
Instead, they want to be hands-on and directly involved with the learning process. Moreover, this generation embraces social learning environments and puts more focus on building a career of their choice.

Operating in the higher education sector for more than 22 years, PDM has always challenged the traditions and developed great minds for betterment of the nation.



While many universities in the country are still on the traditional grounds, following age-old educational practices, PDM University located in Haryana, seems to have a greater understanding of the iGens beat. At PDM University, every student holds an iPad in hand. Unlike many in the world, carrying this modern electronic gadget is not a luxurious passion for PDM Students, but a necessity in their learning process. PDM University’s young and vibrant CEO, Chitresh Lather says, "One of the great technologies implemented within the campus is learning through iPads. We provide our students with these beautiful devices at the time of admission, which help them to carry all their courseware on their fingertips."

Operating in the higher education sector for more than 22 years, PDM has always challenged the traditions and developed great minds for betterment of the nation. Now a large knowledge conglomerate with 12 different institutions providing high quality technical as well as medical education, PDM has pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge, equipping young learners with leadership skills to serve our society at any level. "At PDM University, we are passionate for grooming the next leaders. We provide and use the latest technologies in education, a world-class infrastructure and committed teachers to impart the highest levels of education," assures Lather.

Integrating Technology in Education
The 95-acre PDM campus surrounded by beautiful trees and green landscapes is perhaps one of the most technically advanced campuses in the country. PDM provides its students with the opportunity to remain connected to the outside world with its unified wireless communication network spread throughout the campus. With the help of networking giant CISCO, the university has set up over 100 Access Points, providing smooth wireless Internet connectivity. Every single part of the campus is connected with 10 Gigabits of Fiber Optical Cable connecting more than 500 powerful networking devices including Switches (L2 & L3), Routers, Servers (Blades, Xeon), and Firewalls (ASA, WSA, UTMs).

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