Interview with Dr.Harsh Sadawarti, Vice Chancellor, CT University, Punjab

CT University, Ludhiana is one of the most promising university located in the state of Punjab offering various academic programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. The university was established in the year 2016 to provide a holistic career development approach to the students with major emphasis on research, innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and interpersonal skills. The university has tie ups with key industry players and foreign universities for academic training, sports programme and student and faculty exchange programme. Speaking to Careers360, Dr. Harsh Sadawati, Vice Chancellor of CT University, gave us an insight of the principle idea and overall objective of the university.

Careers360: Tell us something about the institute; when it was set up, vision and mission ?

Dr.Harsh Sadawarti: CT University at Ludhiana came into being on December 22, 2016.Under the CT University Act, 2016 called Punjab Act No. 50 of 2016. Over the years, it gained reputation as a popular industry-driven university catering to the educational needs of rural and urban youth of Punjab.

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The Vision of CT University is:

  • To be a leading contributor to world having the best higher education system with transformative impact in research, education, innovation, creativity and the entrepreneurship.

The CT University works with the following Mission:

  • To have a transformative impact on students by focusing on deep inter-disciplinary knowledge, solving complex engineering problems, leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, personal health and well being.

  • To create transformative educational experience by engaging with off-campus partners

  • To cultivate transformative community by attracting and retaining diverse, best talent and exercise social responsibility by focusing on community engagement and social impact strategies

  • To create transformative environment where excellence in research, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship can flourish.

Careers360: What is common admission process which is followed by the Institute to offer admission to various courses?

Dr.Harsh Sadawarti: A centralized admission procedure is followed at CT University. The University has a Division of Admissions on its Campus which is looked after by Joint Director Admissions. The Division has a Section looking after International Admissions under the supervision of Director International Admissions. The University runs Diploma, UG, PG and doctoral programmes through its constituent Schools for which admissions are made.

  • The admission notices are given in Newspapers, National dailies and through electronic and print media as well as University website. Hoardings are also placed at prominent places in different cities to disseminate information about available courses and programmes for the benefit of students.

  • The admission notices mention about eligibility, entrance tests, scholarships/incentive to meritorious students, opening and closing dates, etc.

  • There is provision for on-line as well as off-line application submission for various courses and programmes. The application forms are given in University Prospectus also.

  • For admissions, the University conducts its own Entrance Tests (CT-SET) and also lays importance to national level entrance examinations such as:

  • Joint Entrance Exam (JEE), the undergraduate exam for the IITs

  • National Aptitude Test of Architecture ( NATA),

  • Common Admission Test (CAT), XAT, JMAT, MAT or SNAP, the graduate exams for the IIMs and other business schools;

  • Graduate Admission Test of Engineering (GATE),

  • The graduate exam for the IITs;

  • Bachelor's degree Admission in General Stream

  • The University has set up off-campus admission offices in different states for the convenience of PAN India candidates seeking admission at CT University

  • The documents for eligibility of the candidates are properly verified at the time of admission.

  • For doctoral admission the University conducts entrance test, followed by interview of the qualifying candidates who are instructed to submit self attested documents which are verified.

  • Scholarships/incentives are given to meritorious students in various programmes.

Careers360:What kind of infrastructure can students expect at the institute? Please elaborate.

Dr.Harsh Sadawarti: Located in the Central Punjab, on the Ludhiana- Ferozepur Road, the CTU is situated at a prime site, about 30 km from Ludhiana. The site is well connected by road to prominent national cities, Delhi, Chandigarh, Patiala, Ludhiana, Faridkot, Ferozepur, Jalandhar, Amritsar, etc. It has a lush green campus, replete with excellent infrastructure and is equipped with the need-based ultra-modern facilities. The campus is spread on 51 acres. The campus environment encourages all-round development of students beyond a mere focus on academics.

The CTU has well developed infrastructure comprising administrative block, separate blocks for different academic programs. All the blocks are interconnected and centrally air-conditioned. The laboratories and class rooms are well equipped in view of the curriculum delivery needs of various programs. The campus is Wi-Fi enabled and the computer and other laboratories are state-of-the-art type. The class rooms are provided with functional multi-media and audiovisual facilities. CTU has workshops, located in the basement of blocks, for the practical training of students. The conference halls, auditorium, open air theatre, common rooms for boys and girl students, comfortable seating for their parents and wards at the time of counseling are available. To use their extra time in reading and working on their assignments CTU has a well-stocked Central Library (Called Knowledge Centre).

The School of Hotel Management and Tourism has facility of an aircraft for imparting hands-on-training in on-board catering to students. It has a hotel lobby, restaurant and bakery of its own. The School of Law has an excellent Moot Court for the training of students. The School of Architecture, Design and Innovation has excellent studios for fine arts, drawing making and fashion technology. The entry doors of different blocks have sensor-doors and colorfully decorated ‘Walls of fame’. For the convenience of all there is provision of ramps & slopes, lifts, escalators on the campus. The corridors of all blocks have displays of motivational quotes and University activities. These features make the CTU Campus a real attraction for the visitors.

For the sound development of students’ personalities, games and sports, extracurricular activities, youth festivals, star nights, etc. are regular features here. For the cause of serving the community in varied areas, the CTU undertakes community outreach programs including organizing half-marathons, anti-cancer awareness camps, farm safaris, Programmes on Scientific farming, creativity camps, lok melas (community fairs), cultural camps, awareness rallies against social evils like drug abuse, female foeticide, violence against women, etc. The University has developed a Crop Demonstration Park showcasing the organic croop production system. The available infrastructure ensures that students do not find any suffocation or any distracting space. Our effort is to identify the probable distracters and help students focus on their work or concentrate on their studies while in classroom or library.

Focus has also been given to have qualified, experienced and motivating faculty who will impart education in their areas scrupulously through the use of state-of-the art facilities and infrastructure. For innovative research it has set up a Research Innovation Centre of Excellence (RICE) which has created innovations in research. It has created an International Advisory Board on which experienced academicians, researchers and policy planners have been placed. From their prudence, directions for futuristic vision will be obtained.

Careers360: Industry interaction is being assessed by the AICTE as well as companies that recruit. What are the steps being taken by the institute in this direction?

Dr.Harsh Sadawarti: The CTU has been branded as industry-driven university. It has built a strong industry-university synergy through collaborative tie-ups with different industries. The programmes are tuned to the requirement of industry. The association with industry is proving mutually beneficial as far as students training, skill development and placement are concerned. The School of Designs and Innovation have taken entry in fashion industry by launching its brand ‘Fab CT’, School of Hotel Management & Airline Tourism has started ‘Aryanya Bakery’, with sale outlets on the campus itself. The University has formulated its curriculum keeping in view the needs of the corporate world and of the industrial sector. Students are provided exposure to new developments by arranging their visits in different industry and in providing them hands-on experience in cutting edge industrial activity.

Careers360: Internships are now mandatory as per AICTE guidelines. Does the institute help students with this? If yes, how?

Dr.Harsh Sadawarti: At CTU we believe that both academia and industry have to work together to being in necessary synergies towards delivering quality graduates, conducting need-based research, providing hands-on exposure to faculty and students and reprioritization of efforts for promoting industry-academia interface. These efforts can play effective role in economy progression.

It is being made mandatory for the graduates to have Industry exposure (Internships, hands-on-exposure, etc) and skill development (soft skills, hard skills). Industry professionals (relevant subject knowledge) are invited to various platforms in the University to share practical aspects with students and faculty. Their involvement while devising the curriculum helps to make it more practical by focusing on gaps. Regular changes in curriculum are made to cater to the emerging needs of industry by making it interactive, innovative, and interdisciplinary.

As an Academic institution, CT University is always keen to develop collaborative tie-ups with relevant industry. Some industrialists are placed on its Statutory Bodies (Board of Management, Governing Body, Academic Council, etc.) and invited to Board of Studies, and other meetings.

Careers360: Can you please share if there is any collaboration with universities in India and abroad?

Dr.Harsh Sadawarti: The CTU has fostered collaborative tie-ups with universities, research institutes, laboratories, hospitals, within the country and abroad, in areas of mutual interest. This has led to development of mutually beneficial networks, research opportunities and cultural awareness. There are many Academic tie-ups at International platforms like Lincoln University, University of Derby, UK (student and faculty exchange, academic & research programs), Mendel University IN BRNO (industry integrated academic programs), ISPCPL, New Delhi (academic programs in international trade business), and many Universities and Research Institutes within the country and abroad. The CTU partners with the telecommunication giant Huawei, EC-Council for Cyber Security Program, BOSCH for Automobile Engineering Programs, Autodesk Channel Partner (to facilitate engineering faculty to use Autodesk programming framework), Cyber Labs, an authorized Tally Institute of Learning (to educate students on the benefits and importance of computerized accounting using Tally), etc. It has started Bosch-Bridge Program for underprivileged, less educated, unemployed youth in the age-group of 18-25. A state-of-the-art training center has been established on the CTU Campus.

The other tie-ups include: Fortis Hospital, Ludhiana (for Healthcare programs), Cambridge University Press India (learning & teaching partnership), Vivekananda Trust (meditation),

Recently, it organized an international workshop on “Innovations in Sustainable Water Resource Management (ISWRM-2018)” with the support of India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS-HQP Network) and Department of Bio-resource Engineering, Macdonald Campus of McGill University, Montreal, Canada. An International Multi-disciplinary Academic and Research Conference “IMARC-2019” is being organized at its campus in September 2019.

It has created an International Advisory Board (IAB) of select group of leading scientists, academicians and educationists from foreign universities, who act as experienced advisors on issues of importance to the University as it continues to expand its international scope and efforts.

Careers360: Please share placements statistics with information on the average package, highest and lowest package, number of students placed and details of companies that have recruited.

Dr.Harsh Sadawarti: CT University is relatively new University. Still it has started focusing on placement of its students both for job and summer internship. The Placement Cell of CT University functions as a bridge between the University’s Schools, Industries and Students. The leading companies, where there is possibility of absorption of our students, are invited by the Placement Cell on the University campus, where the eligible students are made to undergo the selection process. The process considers the student's ability and performance, as well as the requirements and norms of the Industry. It has signed collaborative MoUs with BSE, BOSCH, etc., wherein placement and human resource development segment has been considered.

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