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JK Lakshmipat University revolutionises the Indian education system

Sharing his insights regarding the growth of the university, Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dheeraj Sanghi talks about - how with adapting new approaches helped them revolutionize the education system for their students by initiating fruitful collaborations, inculcating SMART innovations and using technologies to stay up in the realm.

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Online education has seen over 15 years of meaningful existence in the industry, but during the course of the pandemic, it saw a boom that made e-learning an important aspect of quality education. Considering using technology in schools and universities for classroom education or opting for online courses to suit studying from home, advent of digitization has brought a great metamorphosis in the domain.

Bringing the country out of the crisis that the education sector was facing, lakhs of Indian Universities took up the mantle and ensured that the pillars of the country’s education system do not end up crumbling during the crisis alongside developing themselves to keep up with the pace of the fast-paced world. Following the same thought process, the exemplary faculty at JK Lakshmipat University (JKLU) believe in building students that are future leaders.

Sharing his insights regarding the growth of the university, Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dheeraj Sanghi talks about - how with adapting new approaches helped them revolutionize the education system for their students by initiating fruitful collaborations, inculcating SMART innovations and using technologies to stay up in the realm. Continue reading to get a hold of everything that JK Lakshmipat University has to offer with their mindful efforts.

How is JK Lakshmipat University transforming, to become the most innovative institution in India?

JK Lakshmipat University re-imagines higher education. We are working on a variety of projects to bring innovation to the sector. The first one is Project-Based Learning. We collaborated with Olin College of Engineering, the world’s best program based on PBL. Projects should be the vehicle to learn even the basics and we ensure that the instructor keeps meeting the project team regularly to fortify the learning processes. We are also using non-STEM courses in our curriculum. Believing in critical thinking to be the most important skill going forward, we have designed all our non-STEM courses to improve critical thinking.

Our other approaches include encouraging students to spend a semester at another fine institution in India or across the seas assisted by industry professionals as guest lecturers.

How is JK Lakshmipat University's digital environment at par with international universities?

Pandemic has shown that robust digital infrastructure is a necessity for any university that talks about excellence. We were ready with almost every piece of this infrastructure when all of us were forced to shift classes to online mode. The only prerequisite of the hour was a license for zoom video-conferencing as we have already subscribed to Microsoft EDU service which not only provides email service and collaboration tools but also grants each student and faculty an Office 365 license along with 2TB cloud storage, MS Teams, and Sharepoint.

We use a cloud-based ERP, TCS iON, which makes managing the campus very simple. In addition, we use Canvas as our Learning Management System, which helps our faculty with sharing classroom content, submit assignments, conduct quizzes, have discussions, share marks with individual students, and so on.

What international collaborations have JKLU held and are these important in times of this global crisis?

JKLU does not sign MoUs generally unless we can activate the agreement. We have collaborated with Olin College to train our faculty and adapt our courses to Project-Based Learning. With Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, it is primarily a student exchange. With the University of Florida, we are trying to provide an opportunity to our students to do a Masters in one of the top public universities in the US after visiting them as an undergraduate exchange student. With the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, we have a collaborative MS program. With St. Cloud University, Minnesota, we are also indulging in faculty exchanges. In times of global crisis, these collaborations become even more important and indeed easier. Access to courses in those universities or lectures by faculty are now available online and physical movement is not required. This increases access to top faculty and reduces the cost of quality education.

Throw some light on the recent admission criteria for class 12th. How has JKLU planned to help the new students with a smooth transition?

We understand the pandemic times have been stressful for everyone but particularly so for the youth. We wanted to help these students by reducing their anxiety. So we announced that for the batch finishing 12th this year, we would consider their performance holistically and be willing to provide admission even before the 12th class marks are announced. We consider their marks in class 10th along with performance in any entrance test, extra-curricular activities, and so on. To support financially incompetent family’s due to the COVID Crisis, through the medium of JK Organisation, we have announced a scholarship scheme under which a majority of the admitted students are being provided with a scholarship sufficing both academic costs and hostel fees.

Is introducing the latest technology in every curriculum important to make students efficient and trained as per global standards? Elucidate.

Technology should not be added for the sake of technology, but only if it adds to the learning of the student in a cost-effective way. Also, proper use of technology is very important. The use of expensive technologies can cause a digital divide and reduce access to learning by the poor, while the use of appropriate technologies can bring in a large number of underprivileged students into higher education.

With the advancements in technology, the acceptance of online education will mean that the costs of providing quality education will go down on one hand, and on the other hand, the demand for quality education will ensure that newer models of financing higher education will be thought of by universities, financial institutions, and the government. The educators and academic leaders are now responsible to redefine skills and develop systems that allow the education system to enhance and support roles to learn, unlearn, and relearn the factors necessary to succeed in advancing the metamorphosis of the education sector. Working to build the same, JK Lakshmipat University has utilized its resources in the most effective manner to procure the best quality of education and walk at the same pace with which the whole education industry is revolutionizing.

Disclaimer: This is a company press release. No HT journalist was involved in the creation of this content.

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