Considered as one of the highest performing institutions in the country, Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology (SNIST) received its first accreditation from the National Board of Accreditation at a very young age - in just five years after its establishment. Since then, the institute has made big strides in the technical education sector. "We take up various initiatives to guide the students in developing all-round personality, which is helpful for them in campus placements and also in their professional careers," says Dr. P. Narasimha Reddy, Executive Director SNIST.
The institute has autonomous status accorded by University Grants Commission and JNTUH University. Thus, the college is academically free to add new subjects and adopt new strategies in its teaching - learning process. "We have adopted the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) to give students the opportunities to choose certain specialisations of their choice," claims Dr. Reddy. In this process, the students are able to learn new developments in their specialisations as per their choice.
The industry leaders and R&D organizations have played an instrumental role in designing the curriculum of SNIST
"We also provide extra practical know how through various technical and extra-curricular activities beyond the classroom hours. In our institution, a number of technical clubs such as IEEE, ISTE, IETE and SAE are formed where the events are conducted on a regular basis by the students themselves," pinpoints Dr. Reddy. The institute has given a number of opportunities to establish various other clubs on the campus so that students can improve their organizational skills, team skills and interpersonal behaviour. Through this process, the students are able to master these skills and are doing extremely well in their campus placements, and in further studies and in their professional careers as well.
"The MoUs that we have signed with some of the leading foreign universities has helped out faculty members to get exposed to world-class teaching-learning process into the classrooms," states Dr. Reddy. While, these initiatives are helping the students and faculty members to understand the global practices of education, the industry leaders and R&D organizations have played an instrumental role in designing the curriculum of SNIST. "Faculty is the heart of the Institution and our policy is to empower them by organising faculty development programs and training programs in the industry. Only then, they will be ready to teach effectively in the emerging technologies, which is the need of the hour," adds Dr. Reddy.
Today, SNIST considers developing entrepreneurial abilities in a student is as important as making the students ready for the industry. With the establishment of the Entrepreneurship Development Cell with the financial assistance from the Department of Science and technology, Govt. of India, the institute conducts entrepreneurship development programs on a periodic basis for the benefit of students.
"The government of Telangana has associated with Indian School of Business, Hyderabad for offering a technology entrepreneurship program for the benefit of various engineering college students. Majority of the students who had participated in this program was from our college," says Dr. Reddy. Two additional subjects are introduced by Indian School of Business for this program and in order to reduce academic burden on the students, these subjects are integrated in the SNIST syllabus as electives. "Numerous students are given certificates by the Indian School of Business with distinction for their performance and our institution is recognised and awarded as the best associating institution in this program," adds Dr. Reddy.
With an endeavour to make students intellectually strong, physically robust, emotionally stable, socially responsible and spiritually enlightened, SNIST continues its journey to reach perfection. Talking about the plans ahead for the institute, Dr. Reddy says, "We would like to become a deemed to be University as early as possible and application for the same is already submitted to the Ministry of HRD. With this, we would like to expand its academic activities and research activities in inter-diciplinary areas collectively with various faculties such as Arts, Commerce, Science, Law and other streams."
Dr. P. Narasimha Reddy, Executive Director
With 50 years of experience in teaching at UG & PG level, Dr. Reddy has published 10 papers in International and 25 papers in National Conferences and Journals. He has won the prestigious 'Engineer of the Year Award' from Institution of Engineers (India) A. P. He says, "The most important part of learning is to assimilate the knowledge effectively and then to put it to right application."