NIIT & Apeejay: Industry relations & vision
Abhay Anand, 27 Mar 2014

Rajendra S Pawar,
NIIT University

"Indian universities have remained low-key on many counts, especially in the crucial area of research, a prerequisite for innovation"

Indian universities have remained low-key on many counts, especially in research, a prerequisite for innovation. We need to begin the work for building more and more ground-breaking universities.


NIIT, I must add, has tirelessly worked towards the creation of such a school of learning—the not-for-profit NIIT University (NU). Our core principles reflect the changing paradigm of learning. Today, learning needs to be industry-relevant and job-oriented, technology-based, driven by research and innovation and seamless and boundary-less and this is exactly the thinking that NU thrives on.


Research, the building block for quality and creativity, has been accorded priority at NU. We  ensure that we hire faculty—especially PhDs—who are best equipped to nurture thinking minds.


NU’s breakthrough initiative - Asian Lens - therefore comes at an opportune time. It is my belief that it will not only impart NU with its biggest differentiators in the global market, it will also help Asia attain the status quo that prevailed prior to Western imperialist dominance.  

Sushma BerliaSushma Berlia,
President, Apeejay Stya & Svran Group & Chancellor,
Apeejay Stya University

"We want a university to be sustainable, not only in terms of finance and infrastructure but also in terms of framework"


The University was established with a vision to actualize the aspiration of today’s youth, and impart education that would prepare them for the life in a better way and also looking at the needs of the industry. 


The idea when you build an institution is to build it towards excellence. We want a university to be sustainable, not only in terms of finance and infrastructure but in terms of framework. It should have a framework and a plan where it wants to go in future, which is vibrant, with enough flexibility to allow for innovations to take place.


We want to have a university, which can give broader framework to research, so we are research-focused right from the undergraduate level. Our liberal arts-focus gives us an ability to think and relate to the community around. We are also very much committed on multidisciplinary approach to education. 


We also do a lot of industrial engagements and have  put in place an entrepreneurial incubation centre, which we partnered with the CII. It helps and allows students think out of the box and do something new.  


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