How do you look at your association with Manipal University, Jaipur?
Very exciting and fruitful. Manipal Group is well-known for its excellence in education, space as well as several other related sectors. I am proud to be a part of it.
Any of the significant challenges you faced as President, Manipal University, Jaipur?
Nothing specific, but a newly established and growing institution will have challenges almost at every front which is generally true for any new organization.However, one very special challenge we faced is growing in the presence of our big brothers, Manipal University and Sikkim Manipal University. Our stakeholders (particularly students) always expect us to deliver the same performance and outcome as that of a well-established institution right from the beginning. In spite of such challenges, in a period of less than four years, we have created a brand of our own.
How do you look to enhance the value of MBA & Engineering program with the Manipal University, Jaipur?
Value can be enhanced only by promoting interdisciplinarity, diversity and newness in all our academic deliverables. Sound but flexible academic models are the foundations for the same. Keeping this in mind we follow a Semester approach for engineering and Trimester approach for MBA program. Research, innovation, industrial connect and entrepreneurship are some of the other building blocks for enhancing values.These activities are shaping up well in MUJ.
How do you stand against the established brands in Management & Engineering?
We are an established and one of the leading brands in education space. MUJ is only the third initiation of the Manipal Group within India in last 62 years and hence enjoys a very good reputation. More than that, we see positivity in any competition and other brands too inspire us to do better and better.
What according to you are the top 2 things that the MBA program teaches and nobody else teaches?
MBA program is generally catering to students of all diverse academic backgrounds and serves the purpose of every industry or organization. Accordingly, we develop the wide varieties of exposure / abilities in students. In my opinion, the top two things which are taught are:-
- Practice and industry oriented approach
- Ability to adapt and learn from different situations
How your curriculum ensures best practices of Industry?
We deliver broad spectrum of programs / courses by offering open electives to further build their chosen specializations. More emphasis is laid on design and hands-on experience through comprehensive approach in all professional courses. These are promoted actively through e-learning, self-learning methods in addition to the classroom based learning.
Your take on employability vs placements w.r.t MBA program?
To some extent it is always misjudged and misinterpreted. All students neither have same capability nor have same interest and hence their potential for employability and outcome in the form of placement can differ largely. This differentiation should be acceptable as the industries themselves follow a similar approach. We are fortunate to place almost 100% students from our initial two batches of MBA program.
What is your message to the students who wish to join Manipal University, Jaipur?
MUJ is a new generation and inspiring institute with famous Manipal brand. It would mould you the way you wish and like to see yourselves through academics. It is worth making MUJ your partner in fulfilling your dreams.
How do you look at enhancing student-industry interaction at Manipal University, Jaipur?
This is an important aspect where all stakeholders like students, industries and institution would be benefitted but the primary focus should remain on students. We have created several models of internships, industry supported laboratories, international exchanges, instrumentation in research laboratories, Centre for Excellence etc for promoting interaction at all levels. These are well supported through seminars/ conferences and inviting experts who deliver quality lectures.
Any advice to Young Students?
Students should study the courses of their choice rather than those taken as a matter of practice by the peer group. I firmly believe that all programs and disciplines can lead to success provided one retains focus and creates proper balance between one's academic performance and other value aided activities and learning.
Brief Bio:Prof. Sandeep Sancheti
Dr. Sandeep Sancheti did his Ph.D. from the Queens University of Belfast, U.K. in 1995. He earned his B.Tech in ECE from Regional Engineering College, Warangal (now NITW) and M.Sc. (Engg) from Delhi College of Engineering (now DTU) in 1982 and 1985 respectively. He has more than 31 years of teaching, research and administrative experience.
Prof. Sancheti is known as an institution builder. Prior to joining as President, Manipal University Jaipur (still in its formative years), he has served as founder Director National Institute of Technology Delhi, Director NITK Surathkal and Director in-charge of NIT Tiruchirapally, NIT Calicut, School of Planning & Architecture (SPA) Delhi and also Mentor Director of newly established NIT Goa, NIT Puducherry and NIT Sikkim. He is the former President of IETE Rajasthan Centre and is currently Vice-President at IEEE MTT India Chapter and a Council member of IETE. Apart from that, he is a Life Fellow of Institution of Engineers (I), Indian Society for Technical Education and Broadcast Engineers Society (I), IETE and a Member of IEEE, USA.
He has been a recipient of Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship under Colombo Plan from 1992-95 and has also been accredited with SERC Fellowship from DST, Government of India in 1998 and UKISTRF award from British Council in 1999-2000. His contribution in the field of research through funded projects resulting in more than 75 research papers in national / international journals and conferences is remarkable. Dr. Sancheti was a proud member of Academic Advisory Board, Microsoft (India) 2009-10 and MHRD Working Group on Technical Education for 12th Five Year Plan during 2010-11.
He served as a Chairman of Central Counseling Board for AIEEE (2011) and was a member of Distance Education Council (DEC) during 2009-2012. He is also on the panel of number of Academic bodies, Editorial Boards and Advisory Committee of MHRD, AICTE, UGC, NAAC, NBA, CMAT etc.
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