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Interview: Dr. Anoop Swarup, Vice Chancellor, Jagran Lake City University

How do you look at your association with Jagran Lakecity University?

Indeed the association has been outstanding and yes there were many challenges, yet the entire journey was great and an experience to be cherished. I may mention that the vision and foresight of the Chancellor of the University and the Chairman of Jagran Social Welfare Society Shri Hari Mohan Gupta was the real driving force. The dynamism at the University owes much to the youthful spirit of the CEO Shri Abhshek Mohan Gupta and indeed the Dean Academics and the entire team JLU.

Any of the significant challenges you faced as a Vice Chancellor, Jagran Lakecity University?

First and foremost, there was the Greenfield issue such as the infrastructure development and the statutory obligations followed by technical issues such as seeking compliance from the University Regulatory Commission, the Government of Madhya Pradesh, the UGC and the various Regulatory Councils such as the Bar Council and the AICTE. As we did overcome these and as we gradually progress towards making JLU as one of the finest in the state and the country, I may mention unfortunately with some irony that the private University enterprise in India is as yet not on a level playing field.

How do you look to enhance the value of various programs offered by the institute?

We at Jagran believe that 'knowledge is the ultimate purifier for the whole world'. We have ensured that the best practice being followed internationally in the top ranked Universities is brought to our doorstep. Also we promote interdisciplinary studies and a multidisciplinary approach through mentoring and team building activities both for curricular and for extracurricular work. The value of the various programs offered by us ensured through the regular updating of the cutting edge course content by the best academic experts and the respective Board of Studies. We at JLU promote 'cross cutting course delivery', 'rational thinking' and 'relevant' mode of study. We constantly redesign the content of the course according to the varied needs of the industry and our students. "The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today." Our aim is to make the curriculum theoretical and not more subjective.

Being an MBA yourself what exactly do you look for in a candidate so as to be suitable for JLU?

I have been both a teacher and taught at Universities in India and abroad and this has immensely helped me in various ways. I got the best international exposure in terms of education with the finest pedagogy and excellent infrastructure and I am dedicated to bring the same standards of teaching here at JLU as well. Developing overall personality through our Ignited Minds Lectures, the choice of various Basket Courses and the Career Enhancement Program that focuses on presentation skills, writing skills, computer skills and communication skills is what an international education is all about and this we offer to our students in abundant measure. Multi-disciplinary work and bringing industrial elements through the "Industry University Interphase' in the current education system, is primarily the focus of JLU. To cap it we have a Business Incubator and a Social Incubator that prepares our youngsters to be the entrepreneurs that they have always dreamt about.

What according to you are the top 2 qualities that students aspiring to pursue MBA must possess?

A good MBA aspirant must be a good 'leader' and a good leader has to be a good 'follower'. These qualities coupled with aspiration, honesty, integrity, hard work, discipline and commitment will indeed make an MBA a leader of men.

What is the next move or exciting development/ change happening at JLU in the year ahead?

We have some of the best global tie-ups that may be the envy of some: to name a few Steinbeis University in Germany, University of Lincoln in the UK, i Carnegi of Carnegi Mellon University and the University of Western Los Angeles in the US, RMIT University in Australia, SIAS University in China apart from being the first private University in the country to be a part of the European Union University Tuning Project. We are the only University in the country to be partnering with the World Federation of the United Nations Associations (WFUNA) at New York. Also coupled with a unique blend of academic and extracurricular activities through our House System and the Club activities we promote a culture of creativity and cooperation so that our students are aware of the ongoing proceedings in a rapidly globalizing world and are able to develop a bold new vision of life. We are making and ensuring developments every single day with our very exciting international tie ups as we strive to deliver qualitatively more to our students.

How is JLU progressing in terms of the education of girl students?

JLU is extremely particular about the empowerment of women and we have a specially constituted Women's Cell at our University. We believe in equality and no bias as such exists here.

What is your take on employability VS placements?

Considering our overall practice based approach to teaching and learning I may assert that the students don't face any major issues in terms of employment. Additionally, we propose to offer cent percent placements as indeed our professional values are driven by the professional tie ups that we have to promote employability with some of the best market leaders. To name a few: we have tie ups with the KPMG, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Indian Institute of Banking and Finance (IIBF). These and many other linkages and industry internships and mentoring that we provide ensure a hands on and cutting edge skilling and education to our students for better employability.

What are some of the programs that you would recommend to a student willing to take admission at JLU?

All our programs are cutting edge and any student joining us will have a truly rewarding international experience in the very heart of India, particularly at our flagship Schools of Media and Communication, School of Law and the School of Management. Students willing to pursue the courses here can expect an environment where they can excel and achieve excellent results. A good education is vital for success and we ensure to deliver it in the best way possible.

What resources does JLU offer to help students launch their own ventures?

At JLU we have a Intellectual Resource Centre for the faculty and a Open Source Learning Centre for our students where we give a global teaching and learning experience. Our Multi-disciplinary study and work environment and bringing in the industrial elements through the 'Industry University Inter phase' in our pedagogy has been one of prime focus at JLU. To cap it we have a 'Business Incubator' at the School of Management and a 'Social Incubator' at the School of Humanities that prepares our youngsters to be the entrepreneurs that they have always dreamt to be. This along with many other extraordinary initiatives and resources brought to our door step through our global tie ups makes the study experience at JLU truly rewarding.

Any advice to Young Students?

'Spaceship earth is not a metaphor but a hard reality' and the global village of today is indeed a world without boundaries. Indeed there are immense and boundless opportunities and possibilities for our youngsters who dare to dream and venture. Strive to be better than the best and you will win. And for the ones who strive for success, "sky is the limit."

Brief Bio:Dr. Anoop Swarup

Dr. Anoop Swarup born on January 10, 1959 is an avid social activist, poet, futurist, strategist with an extensive experience in public and private sector. He began his outstanding career by joining IRS in 1985 and holds a Doctorate in science coupled with many awards and recognitions. He was the Vice Chancellor of Shobhit University before leading Jagran Lake City University. An MBA from Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship, he is an embodiment of knowledge, wisdom and determination. Having authored many books, Dr. Swarup has also been a visiting professor at several universities in India and abroad

Last Updated - 23 Jul 2015

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