Laying the Foundation - Four Core Principles
The Four Core Principles of NIIT University are the perfect embodiment of a ‘University of the Future’. All aspects of the university, from academics to infrastructure draw upon the Four Core Principles:
Deep connectedness with industry characterizes the academic ethos of NU. Industry plays a significant role in identifying new courses, designing curricula, facilitating hands-on training for students, sponsoring research, and providing senior managers as visiting and mentor faculty at the University. NIIT University has built unique partnerships with various industries to offer industry-sponsored programmes at all levels - Graduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral. A few ways in which the University builds linkages with the industry are given below:
- An Industry Advisory Board has been set up for each area to advise on keeping the curriculum up to date.
- All programmes of the University have industry internship as an academic component with duly assigned credits.
- Specialisations offered in B.Tech such as Data Sciences and Cyber Security are in consultation with industry partners.
- Industry professionals teach courses at the University as Visiting Faculty.
- Students work on real projects being executed in Industry as part of their courses with the project manager as their customer.
- Several Centres of Excellence are set up by the Industry on the University campus.
- Postgraduate programmes of the University are in partnership with the industry. The University has developed several innovative models to suit different industry partners.
- Senior level working professionals from the industry are pursuing their Doctoral studies from NIIT University.
The University uses leading-edge technology in all its functions and activities, such as content development, teaching-learning pedagogies, testing & evaluation, self-learning, and university management. Technology is leveraged to improve teaching-learning process by innovating new pedagogies that match the requirements of individual learners. Some ways in which technology is integrated are:
- The latest technological developments in an area find a place in the programme’s curriculum.
- Synchronous Learning Technology is used to bring students face-to-face with professors and industry leaders from across the world.
- IT-enabled laboratories facilitate computer-assisted learning.
- Campus-wide Gigabit LAN and universal Wi-Fi ensure campus-wide access to the internet.
- The Learning Management System is used extensively in conducting courses
- A cloud-based software seamlessly integrates administration and education processes for improved efficiency
Immersion in a research culture equips students with a mindset for solving problems throughout their life. Keeping this in mind, the University has designed each programme to engage students in research. Every student, irrespective of discipline, successfully imbibes this quality through hands-on experience of applying research methodology to a variety of problems. NU Faculty, apart from conducting research in their area of expertise, also adopt a research-based approach to teaching. Some research-driven initiatives are:
- New pedagogical approaches are based on 'value stream model' through project-based learning.
- Every graduate and postgraduate student undertakes an R&D project with due academic credits.
- Course delivery approaches that provide research opportunities are offered. Students can undertake Independent Study and Seminars in research areas of their choice.
- Individual courses adopt project-based learning to transform a student into a researcher who learns through discovery mode.
- Graduate students collaborate with Doctoral students and faculty in research projects and jointly publish and present papers at the conferences.
- Vibrant ecosystem to enable students to create products of commercial value and grow them into start-ups has been created.
Seamless implies providing students with the occupational, spatial and temporal mobility demanded by today’s globalized economy. Ways of maximising students’ choices and ensuring that they receive all-round holistic education with no artificial constraints of time and space have been evolved:
- Programmes have courses drawn from different knowledge disciplines, such as Sciences, Mathematics, Social Sciences and Humanities.
- Student clubs such as the Robotics Club along with curricular knowledge provide excellent opportunities to research and develop new products.
- Students are involved in live Industry projects as part of individual courses thus integrating curricular learning with real-world work
- Every student participates in the Community Connect programme to seamlessly connect campus life with surrounding community.
- Invited talks by eminent personalities from all walks of life provide opportunities to widen the horizons of the students.
- Acquire leadership and organisation capabilities through starting and managing clubs, organising annual festivals and cultural events.