Please highlight on the vision of NIIT University?
The thinking about this university commenced long back in 1990. The great leaders behind this thought process were themselves graduates from IIT Delhi. They founded NIIT in early 1980’s, which went to become a global talent development corporation. The vision behind the establishment of NIIT University was guided by a strong desire to play a decisive role in formal higher education in India. NIIT University has the vision of being the role model of learning, research, innovation and sustainability for the knowledge society. The vision has been crystallized according to the requirements of the 21st century. The ideas of 50 years ago vary from the ideas today, in this ever-changing dynamic world; it is essential to move ahead of time.
How do the courses offered at NIIT University contribute to the holistic education of the students?
B.Tech Programme consists of courses drawn from all disciplines; Basic and Applied Sciences, Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences apart from the Engineering discipline courses. This broad-based education gives them a holistic perspective of knowledge. There are courses, in which industry participates by giving real time Project to students as part of the University’s credit course. This gives students the view of industry much before they graduate. University gives equal emphasis on co-curricular activities. There are facilities for sports, adventure, art and culture, which every student must get associated with after the class hours. In this way, NIIT University grooms a holistic personality in every student.
What are your goals and objectives as a Vice President of NIIT?
I have been associated with NIIT University since its pre-natal stage. I have been a constant contributor in developing the strategies of the university. It is easy to create a university and plan it on paper, but it is a stupendous task to execute it in the desired way, especially in the first few years. It is essential to be cent percent committed and dedicated for the people who have been associated since inception. My objective at this stage is to see the University becoming the “most preferred choice” of all the young and aspiring minds.
You pursued M.Sc. Tech and hold a Ph.D. from BITS Pilani. How will you describe your college experience there?
My experience of being a student as well as a faculty member of BITS PILANI has helped me a lot in all possible ways. We have so much to learn from BITS, it has always been ahead of its time. I have implemented the lessons learnt there.
Since NIIT University offers programmes in Engineering, what’s your take on rapid changes taking place in Engineering and Technology in the current scenario?
Changes taking place cannot be described in few words. Use of learning resources has changed. The real change has occurred in the learner and in the ways of learning. Therefore, the role of a faculty member has to be one of ‘learning engineer’. Industry has been in a flux all the time. Students are independent learners and they choose what to learn and we can’t force it on them. So we have to recognize this as a challenge, in fact, it’s not about teaching it is only about learning.
What in your view is the role and responsibility of an engineer?
Engineer by training is a problem solver for physical situations like designing and building a bridge, making a product, etc. Training for problem solving would require not only the analytical techniques and technical knowledge, but the understanding of humanities and social sciences. Engineer has to understand the context of the problem in order to solve it. Understanding the context is complimented by these subjects like social science, history, economics, etc. One requires the skill of the problem solver in all spheres of life.
What sets this University apart from others?
The four Core Principles of NIIT University are: Education that is industry-linked, technology-based, research-driven and seamless. We believe in delivering education for future.
University believes in preparing responsible citizens. Values of sustainability, connectedness and inculcating pride in Indian heritage are also part of the overall grooming. Therefore, this university sets itself apart in many ways like creating awareness and new habits about living for sustainable culture.
What initiatives are you taking to get more girls interested in Engineering?
Currently, there are already more than 30% girls in our college so we are encouraging more and more girls to take admission and come up front.
Did you face any setbacks while pursuing your college education?
Yes, there were setbacks. Balancing personal life with professional life was difficult. But I continued my education and career with the support of my spouse, parents, teachers, and friends.
Any advice to students beginning their college journey?
Learning, re-learning and unlearning have to be practiced simultaneously; one shall be on toes always. Becoming an efficient learner can make you stand out among the crowd.
Brief Bio: Prof.Parimal Mandke, Vice-President, Dean (Academics) NIIT University
Prof. Parimal Mandke is currently the Vice President, Dean (Academics) at NIIT University. With formal qualifications of M. Sc. (Bombay University), M. Sc. Tech (BITS, Pilani) and Ph. D. (BITS, Pilani), her experience spans over 40 years. Since 1990, she was associated with NIIT Ltd. Prof. Parimal contributed to the design of innovative GNIIT/ANIIT/FNIIT programmes and industry-linked Professional Practice. She developed educational alliances with over a dozen Indian and international universities as Head, Higher Education at NIIT Ltd. Since 2005, she has worked towards establishment of NIIT University and currently, she is Vice-President, NIIT University, Neemrana.
Last Updated - 02 Apr 2016