The School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) at SRM AP is seen as a one-of-a-kind in terms of providing a learning experience to its students. The School strives to provide its students with unique integrated components such as research-intensive education and training, multidisciplinary projects, entrepreneurial activities, enrichment of design experiences, experiential learning through industry collaboration, professional skill development, and extensive study abroad opportunities. Uniquely, Engineering students will also have the option of pursuing minors in disciplines related to Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities. One of the aspects that will receive its due focus is practical learning in keeping with the way the world and educational regulatory attitude is moving.
Prasant Mohapatra, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Vice-Provost of Graduate Education, Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of California says, “The School has adopted a multifaceted approach to promote the practical learning experience. Students are encouraged to pursue research with our highly talented faculty, go for semester-long or summer internship in industry, or pursue a semester abroad design and entrepreneurial learning activities. The curriculum, as well as the campus infrastructure, provides ample opportunities for collaborative brainstorming outside the classroom without any boundaries of learning approaches. We recognize and facilitate customized learning experiences.”
Another conventional gap that SRM-AP aims to close is of international exposure. This aspect is becoming increasingly important in an integrated world economy. SRM faculty is encouraged to travel and attend international conferences, establish research collaboration with faculty abroad, and adopt a continual learning culture that will help enhance the intellectual capital of the university. The students get opportunities to spend a semester at universities and research facilities outside India. For example, a small number of the first-year students are currently spending a semester at the University of California, Berkeley learning about design and entrepreneurship.
The curriculum at SRM-AP has been designed through deeper analysis of the curriculum of multiple leading universities of the world. SEAS students will get multidisciplinary research experiences that would span Engineering, Sciences, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. They can get involved in large projects that can impact society through these experiences. They will have the additional option to pursue minors in subjects of their interests in the areas of Liberal Arts and other sciences.
Overall, SRM-AP will provide a very holistic learning experience for Engineering, Sciences, and Liberal Arts students. The overarching goal is to provide a transformational learning experience. After completing their degree, the students will be equipped with deeper academic knowledge, broader awareness of the societal issue, global exposure, the professionalism that includes ethics and a passion for life-long learnings.