“Over the past decade, the education sector has experienced steady growth. We see technology as the main driver for delivering world-class education. It will be an enabler for achieving broader vision, while the institutes can focus on what they do best — teach. We will provide solutions that can transform their staff into a high-performance workforce, which is aligned to delivering better results for students," Prashant Gupta, Managing Director, Sharda University.
Collegedunia is extremely grateful to Mr. Prashant Gupta for sharing with us all the valuable information which shall be a driving force for the young minds of our nation.
Ques 1: Kindly tell us about your experience in the education industry and what makes it the best industry to work in?
Ans: For me, imparting education is rather a noble practice of inculcating the young talents with innovation and academic learning to secure their bright future. As far as my experience is concerned, I started my journey with the formation of Sharda Group of Institutions (SGI) in 1996. Our first campus was established in Farah, Mathura by the name Hindustan College of Science & Technology.
The same legacy was carried forward with Anand Engineering College in 1998 and Babu Mohanlal Arya Samarak (BMAS) Engineering College in 1999 under the flagship of SGI. The group’s umbrella covered other colleges including Anand College of Pharmacy, Hindustan Institute of Dental Sciences, Hindustan Business School, Hindustan Institute of Technology, HAERT, and Hindustan Institute of Allied Health Sciences & Research. In 2009, we touched one of the biggest milestones of success with the evolution of Sharda University – a multidisciplinary campus spread over 63-acre at Greater Noida, UP.
Fulfilling the objective of learning is the major aspect that makes education the best practice. ‘Padhega India, tabhi toh badhega India’ appears to be a truth indeed as the progress of a country solely depends on the wisdom of youth. Education is the only way to attain the astuteness. nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; nbsp;
Ques 2: Were there any significant challenges you faced in Sharda University?
Ans: When you run a university or any other large-scale organization, you often face challenges in terms of infrastructure, staff satisfaction, demands of the students, etc. I must say facing challenges is an ongoing process and you can overcome the same using the nuggets of your wisdom. Sometimes few unsocial elements try to put you in a bad light for baseless reasons but it is my job to mentor the young brains and no such element or reason can create hurdle for me. I put 100% efforts for the same.
Ques 3: What future goals do you have in your mind for Sharda University?
Ans: Sharda University has evolved as the only global university in India educating students from 56+ different countries including the USA, China, Africa and other parts of the globe. One of our major goals includes spreading the outreach of innovative learning in the remaining nations. We adopt the advanced pedagogy methods with a judicial blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills for the holistic development of the students. Another goal is to increase the number of academic tie-ups with foreign universities, which is 90+ currently. It makes us provide more international exposure to our students. nbsp; nbsp;
Ques 4: Any suggestions you would like to give to the current youth and the aspiring students?
Ans: Focus is the key to success, this is what I would like to convey to the youth and students aspiring for courses in different disciplines. Don’t let any factor deviate you from your objectives. Set your goals, curiously chase them with determination and see the results in terms of success. Today’s youth should concentrate on skill development with innovation to build a better tomorrow. nbsp;
Ques 5: We hope your enlightening words have an impact on the youth of our country. We would like to know as how do you look at the growth of students through placement opportunities available at Sharda University? How do you wish to push the envelope further?
Ans: Even I hope the same. As far as opportunities at Sharda University are concerned, I would like to mention that the first question that strikes the mind of a student is the placement when it comes to choosing a university/ college. At Sharda University, the corporate visits by leading MNCs, banks, automobile companies, and IT companies ensure tremendous placement of the students. Let me share few stats of last year, reflecting our excellence in this regard. A PG student bagged the whopping package of INR 54 LPA in Cadence Design Systems whereas an UG student signed an offer letter of INR 17 LPA from Mercedes-Benz. We endeavour hard to make our placements better and better. The university runs centres of excellence in association with top-notch organisations like Tech Mahindra, KPMG, Oracle, Steria, GlobalLogic, IBM, and Apple Inc. Every year, we witness a remarkable boost in the number of companies which explore talent while on-campus recruitment drives of Sharda University.
Ques 6: Well, that’s a pretty good record and we hope that it makes progress in the coming years. We wish to know that how do you tend to establish a relation with the students?
Ans: The ancient “Guru-Shishya tradition has been followed since ages. But as we all know “change is the law of nature’; hence, this bond has also emerged in a new shell, abided by the fundamental principles of teacher-student relationships. Nowadays, the students and mentors share a friendly bond wherein the students don’t hesitate in conveying their suggestions and sharing their views. The term ‘interactive learning’ is the result of this bond, which helps us ensure the more productive classroom sessions. We have 1200+ faculty from different countries but the harmony between students and mentors ensures unity in diversity.
Ques 7: That sounds really impressive. Please, tell us about your path towards attaining the positions of elite?
Ans: Thank you. Generally, the word ‘elite’ portrays a person superior in terms of ability or qualities to the rest of a group or society. But, I would define myself as the one who acts in a close coordination with the faculty, staff and students in the university. We all perform our duties sincerely and nobody is restricted to express their views in my presence. Our work culture associates all of us as a cohesive unit to produce the wondrous results. nbsp; nbsp;
It is our collective efforts that make Sharda University be counted among the elite educational institutions operating In India. The innovation we instil our students with lets us stand apart. Mr. Diwakar Vaish, an alumnus of Sharda University created history with the invention of India’s first 3D printed humanoid robot – Manav. The blend of innovation & learning and the global environment created by the students from 56+ countries are the determining reasons that have driven us on the path of attaining position of the elite.
Ques 8. How do you build a positive school culture or climate?
Ans: In my opinion, the vibes of positivity are imperative for a fresh mental state and we leave no stone unturned for creating a happening ambience within the campus. The extracurricular activities, cultural events, gymnasium, etc. are sure to prosper the multidimensional growth of the students. We focus on organizing the recreational activities for the mind, body and soul rejuvenation of the students. It also helps them perform better in their scholarly endeavours.
Ques 9.What are your takes on Education being digitalized?
Ans: In this age of digitization, we lay special emphasis on the digital enrichment of our students. Our computer labs are equipped with the advanced systems and software to impart the training according to the digital advancements. Moreover, we have ‘Apple Experience Centre’ in our premises where the students get hands-on experience in Apple technology along with the recent advancements by Apple Inc. Additionally, practical skill orientation programs are conducted at the centres of excellence in association with top-notch organisations like Tech Mahindra, KPMG, Oracle, Steria, GlobalLogic, IBM, Mindtree, and Wipro Technologies. nbsp;
Ques 10.What would be your ideal school environment, and how would you encourage that kind of culture?
Ans: For me, the ideal school environment can be defined as an abode where the residents (students) from the different castes, creed and cultures dwell in unison with a purpose of attaining the education. When it comes to Sharda University, the harmony between the national & international students at our campus is adorable indeed. Our initiatives like a friendly football match between Indian and African students also reinforce their bond. Also, we get full support from our students to make the campus free from any ragging activities.
Thank you so much sir for your time and sharing with us these insights. It was immense pleasure talking to you!Last Updated - 07 Jul 2017