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Chitkara University - [CU], Chandigarh

Chitkara University - [CU], Chandigarh

Chandigarh, Chandigarh NCTE, PCI, INC, UGC Estd 2002 Private University

Interview: Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice Chancellor, Chitkara University, Patiala

Ques. What is your viewpoint on the effect of education on the mindset of a human being?

Ans. Education is breathe to life. Expression of its benefits & need for human beings will always fall short of its requirement in real. However, a few certain effects are; It helps us finding our way forward in our lives. We cannot stop ageing but with education we can add value to this natural process. Education empowers your mind with rational thoughts. It empowers your emotional and intelligent quotient. Education is a food of healthy society. We grow with the brains but education fills it with material required to be a socially acceptable human being.

Ques. Being the first woman to be trained at the Technical Teachers Training Institute on the BBC Microsystems how does it feel?

Ans. It was a kind of train the trainer program by Margret Thatcher Foundation for bringing radical changes in education system through technology. My nomination by Chandigarh Administration, itself, as a first woman to be trained in BBC Microsystems, was greatly a pleasant feeling & learning experience. I was assigned responsibility of getting trained in Microsystems and further provide training to all the teachers of High Schools. People were not Technology Savvy at that time; especially the educators. So, I felt more responsible & privileged to be selected as Teacher Trainer in bringing technology to the play in the education system at high school level. This was a very fulfilling experience for me. In fact, it encouraged me contributing more to the education world and aspired to lead at the front.

Ques. Tell us something about your experience on visiting the House of Lords after being invited by Anglia Ruskin University?

Ans. We at Chitkara University believe that we are moving towards a future where the ever-increasing demand in research and education can only be met by globally networked university systems. The establishment of SAAP (South Asia Anglia Partnership) is a step in that direction, an initiative to focus on the Internationalization of the student learning experience. The members of the consortium, each with a unique area of expertise were invited by Anglia Ruskin University to Cambridge and to the House of Lords for the project launch of the collaboration. To be an integral part of this event at one of the most prestigious venues turned out to be a lifetime experience for us.

The key focus of SAAP is to provide a network for Universities to exchange knowledge, share best practices and collaborate to learn from each other. SAAP also granted a special project to Chitkara University to host the first KEP (Knowledge Enterprise Partnership) project regarding Employer Engagement in Curriculum Development which has been success fully completed.

Ques. Being a Vice Chancellor of a university must be very challenging. Can you throw some light on it?

Ans. We are in the occupation of building lives & developing social fabric. Terming it merely as a Challenge will not be sufficient in the realms of education ecosystem. The responsibilities are massive. As a Vice Chancellor, I am always attached to certain aspects of my University’s operations on regular basis such as development of latest curriculum and courses, faculty empowerment, meeting industry requirements, grooming students on life skills, managing resources, regulatory requirements, raising requisite infrastructure & meeting university’s social responsibility.  As a Vice Chancellor, I am always on hunt for bright brains as Faculty for my University so that my students get best of academics. Second most important concern is relevance of courses and curriculum that we are offering. Third, I personally work on Faculty that remains the core resource for an institution. Fourth and the most important focus area is developing suitable academic environment to develop research, employability and entrepreneurial spirit among all learners attached to the University. As said in the beginning, we are in occupation of building lives so it requires minute-to-minute attention & commitment to the cause.

Ques. Can you enlighten us with the mode of admission in this institute and what are the different specializations which are being offered?

Ans. Admission is done strictly on the merit basis in all the programs of the University. All those who deserve should get an opportunity to education.  Admission in engineering programs is based on JEE ranking with min. 60% marks in 10+2.

Admission in Management programs is based on CAT, NMAT, XAT, MAT and CMAT with GD and Personal Interview rounds to qualify for a seat. Admissions to the University programs are truly transparent and as per merit without any prejudice.

Ques. Give us your viewpoint on the education system in India as compared to the western world?

Ans. India has a history of establishing and introducing education & its framework right from Takshasila as recorded center of higher learning in India from at least 5th century BCE and Nalanda was the oldest university system of education in the world in the modern sense of University. I must say proudly that India has been pioneer in establishing education system.

Today, the world of education is different. It is competitive and comparable. When we compare Indian education and western education, certain noticeable points are:

  • Technology is at its best in use by western world.
  • Indian education system has brighter minds.
  • There is a difference of resources available to education ecosystem.
  • Curriculum is competitive but there is a difference in pedagogy.
  • Research and Entrepreneurial spirit yet to take shape in Indian education system.
  • Many Indian students are not self-funded.
  • Our Masters programs have more fresher’s wherein western world after Bachelors more students work in Industry before choosing their Masters programs.
  • India has to have strong & uniform education policy framework.

Ques. ​How is Chitkara University different from other management institutes?

Ans. Our programs are industry linked and industry driven. We run MBA in healthcare with Fortis Hospitals, MBA in HRM with Manpower Group, MBA in Supply Chain Management & Logistics with Safe express, MBA in Financial Markets with Bombay Stock Exchange. Our MBA Marketing program is the first choice of all FMCG companies and Finance & Banking program is preferred choice of KPM and Banking Industry with best of placement records. Our BBA program is focusing on Digital Marketing, Global Marketing with partner Universities and Automobile Marketing. Our B.Com program has specialization in Capital Markets with Bombay Stock Exchange and jointly run program with ACCA embedded curriculum.

In our MBA programs, our students are specialized day one. Curriculum is designed by the Industry and jointly managed by strong Faculty from Academia and experts from Industry. Our Management institute is ranked among Top 50 B-Schools of India by several ranking agencies such as Business India, Higher Education, Business World, Careers 360 etc.

Ques. What are your long term goals towards Chitkara University?


Building a sustainable knowledge society through innovation, entrepreneurship and academic excellence.


  • Carrying out the academic process for achieving excellence through active teacher-student-industry participation
  • Promoting research, innovation and entrepreneurship in collaboration with industries and laboratories
  • Inculcating high moral, ethical and professional standards amongst our students
  • Contributing to build a skillful society

Ques. Tell us about your plans in making this institute as one of the premier institutes of the country?

Ans. We are focusing more on research, innovation and entrepreneurship. We are also introducing newer and innovative programs with industry innovation focus. The newly established Chitkara University Research and Innovation Network (CURIN) has taken the onus of contributing significantly to the knowledge filled and skilled society.

Ques. Any suggestions you would like to give to the current youth?

Ans. Youth of India needs to be more committed & focused. Young Indians need to know the value of being self-sufficient. They need to be effortful. Youth of India is our future. I think it is time to Brain Gain not Brain Drain. The established brains outside India need to give back to the nation on priority.

Youth of  India need mentoring, coaching and handholding. Make in India, Start Up India, Digital India, Skilling India are not only campaigns but national agendas. We have to support youth of India with the best possible skills and weave qualitative & skillful social fabric for the world.

Last Updated - 25 Apr 2016

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