Nurturing Industry-ready students

EducationWorld May 2022 | Magazine Spotlight Feature
Dr. Archana Mantri Vice chancellor Chitkara University, Chandigarh

           Dr. Archana Mantri
           VC, Chitkara University                   

Chitkara University has been established and managed by passionate academicians with the sole mission of nurturing “industry-ready” students. With over 900 faculty members and enrolment of 17,000 students from 28 countries, we are proud to host a diverse student community on our campus. Our goal is to impact future global citizens through life-changing research, state-of art infrastructure, innovative curricula and industry tie-ups.

Chitkara University has been awarded A+ rating by the prestigious National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) placing it among 5 percent of  higher education institutions (HEIs) for quality education. The university scored a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.26 on a 4-point scale.

Chitkara U is consistently high ranked in the coveted National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) under the categories of Engineering, Pharmacy, Management, Overall and Research. Similarly in Atal Ranking of Institutions for Innovation Achievements (ARIIA), the university has been ranked #2 in the private self-financed category of HEIs. Chitkara University is also ranked #4 in India in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Ranking – 2022. THE Impact Ranking measures universities’ contribution to United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The university has taken a quantum leap in global rankings and is currently ranked in the 201-300 band among 1,400 universities from over 100 countries across the world.

In the QS World University Ranking 2020-21, Asia, Chitkara University featured for the first time ever. It was also the only Indian varsity to be shortlisted for ‘Technological Innovation of the Year’ in Times Higher Education Asia Awards 2020. The university has also made it into the Top 200 in ‘Clarivate Analytics’ leading innovators list 2020.

Chitkara University prides itself for its 3,000+ Scopus Indexed publications, 1,500+ patents (filed), 150+ patents (granted), 5,000+ citations and much more. Our alumni are well placed across the globe.

Chitkara University and its constituent institutions are duly recognised by University Grants Commission (UGC) and a number of other regulatory bodies including Council of Architecture, Pharmacy Council of India, National Council for Teacher Education, Indian Nursing Council, National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology. It is a proud member of the Association of the Universities of Asia and Pacific (AUAP), Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Association of Indian Universities, ASSOCHAM, United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), among others. The university is recognised by the DSIR-SIRO for its research endeavours besides having government recognition for its Institutional Animal Ethics Committee (IAEC), Institution’s Innovation Cell (IIC), Institutional Human Ethical Committee (IHEC) and many more. The Technology Business Incubator is recognised by the DST and MSME since 2010. The TBI has been awarded grants from NSTDEB[1]NewGen IEDC, NIDHI Prayas, NIDHI-SSP and from the Start-up India Seed Fund. The TBI is a MEITY TIDE 2.0 centre. The Incubator is sector agnostic and supports start-ups across the country.

In addition, the university has bagged funding of over Rs. 60 crore (in last three years) from the European Union and DST under various schemes from its SEED, TDT, NCSTC, NSTDEB, SERB divisions, among others.

A state-of-the-art curriculum grounded in experiential learning, plus strong industry partnerships, means all programs are designed to impart the skills employers want. Our faculty is always looking ahead, designing new classes that keep us at the forefront of innovation. This means that teaching-learning here will have a practical, relevant application in the field of work. In every program, further specialisation and electives are offered in the pre final and final years of study. In addition, Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) gives students the flexibility to choose/design their own degree program. Our mission is to prepare our students for a satisfying career and lifelong learning.

We maintain close links with blue-chip companies to ensure our courses are relevant and practical to deliver the skills in demand. Our faculty includes award-winning scholars, researchers, innovative entrepreneurs and celebrated artists who are experienced, inspiring and demanding. You can expect to be pushed by your peers. Your classmates are smart – accomplished scholars at the top of their high school classes. Smaller classes mean individual attention. With average class size under 50 students, you get to know your professors and on any given day, you may find yourself sitting beside the next digital sensation or chatting over lunch with a future entrepreneur.

The Chitkara curriculum is delivered in spacious, amphitheatre-style classrooms equipped with modern ICT (information and communication technology) equipment and state-of-the-art modern laboratories. Additionally, students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities through various clubs and societies on campus. The university’s ethos and charter is imbibed in its DNA with all its endeavours focussed on its tag line “Explore your potential”.

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