Vijaybhoomi University: A liberating force in education, whose time has come!

EducationWorld May 2020 | Spotlight Feature

Overview: Vijaybhoomi University is India’s first Liberal Professional University, which uses the liberal-professional framework of education to build a unique curriculum aligned to Industry 4.0. The curriculum facilitates the process of self-discovery in the initial year and thereafter choice of majors and minors to prepare oneself in high-demand careers in data science, artificial intelligence, business, law, and design. The university is in Karjat, Greater Mumbai, and nurtures holistic, socially responsible, and continuously employable professionals who can make a positive difference in the world.

Vijaybhoomi University: A liberating force in education

Liberal-Professional Curriculum Architecture: Vijaybhoomi University’s curriculum and pedagogy revolves around the process of self-discovery and is built on the foundation of liberal framework of education. At Vijaybhoomi University, teachers think of themselves as enablers and mentors, allowing students to develop their own learning pathways. The freshmen or first year enables the discovery process by exposing the students to multiple disciplines across different intelligences of the student. The sophomore and later years help the students to opt for courses to meet the requirements of a professional degree that the student would like to graduate with. The Junior and Senior years enable the student to attain proficiency in the professional course of one’s choice. The freshmen and the sophomore years are also designed for developing new age contemporary skills.

The curriculum design for imparting broader understanding of theory and application of knowledge in the initial years of study coupled with the specialization in the Junior and the senior years is expected to groom a “T” shaped professional.

Our goal at Vijaybhoomi University is to liberate students from making career choices based on peer or parental pressure. The curriculum is designed to re-ignite the joy of learning and to catalyze the process of discovery (through exposure to Multiple Intelligences) for enabling the student to choose a career which is fully aligned with their aspirations.

Sanjay PadodeVijaybhoomi University is devoted to nurturing holistic, socially responsible, and continuously employable professionals who make a positive difference in the world.

Sanjay Padode, President

 

Dr A ParasuramanVijaybhoomi professors think of themselves as enablers, rather than teachers, thus allowing students to develop their own learning pathways.

Dr A Parasuraman, Pro-Chancellor Academics

 

Dr Ashwini Kumar SharmaVijaybhoomi campus is situated in the lap of nature, and yet it is close to the commercial capital of the country.

Dr Ashwini Kumar Sharma, Pro-Chancellor Compliance and Administration

 

Dr Atish ChattopadhyayThe curriculum design for imparting broader understanding of theory and application of knowledge in the initial years of study coupled with the specialization in the Junior and the senior years is expected to deliver a “T” shaped professional.

Dr Atish Chattopadhyay, Vice Chancellor

 

Prof. Pravin MishraOur aim is to develop DESIGN LEADERS – courageous young people who think innovatively, who can stand on the shoulders of tradition and build a whole NEW WORLD. A world that they had not even imagined was possible!

Prof. Pravin Mishra, Dean, Vijaybhoomi School of Design

 

Prof Rakesh MedirattaVijaybhoomi offers many unique awardwinning curriculum interventions that have been developed by IFIM over the last 25 years.

Prof Rakesh Mediratta, Dean – Business School

 

Dr Navneet SharmaThe curriculum at Vijaybhoomi University is designed to re-ignite the joy of learning and to catalyze the process of discovery through Multiple Intelligences Framework for enabling the student to choose a career which is fully aligned with their aspirations.

Dr Navneet Sharma, Dean, IFIM Business School, Greater Mumbai

Students who are inducted into VU will have the option of exploring wide range of courses and pathways. For instance, a student who has opted to study commerce, can pass out with a data science major or minor by acquiring credits in data science area. Once students have chosen the path they want to take, they can work towards the credit requirements to graduate with a degree of their choice.

Popular Courses

— Business: BBA, BCom

— Design: BDes and MDes in Communication Design

— Law: BBA LLB (5 year Integrated)

— Data Science: BS (Data Science), MS (Data Science), BE (Artificial Intelligence)

VU also offers many unique award winning curriculum interventions that have been developed by IFIM over the last 25 years:

1. Personality Enhancement Program (PEP) – This program is focused on learning to manage oneself and develop a good lifestyle.

2. Research/Innovation Incubation – This program is designed to impart research and analytical skills required for real life business problems solving and innovation.

3. Social Immersion Program – This program is designed to sensitise students to developmental challenges in the society and providing them an opportunity to engage in real life social problem/s.

4. Industry Internship Program –This intervention is designed for providing an opportunity to the students to have a prolonged industry engagement in a real life work environment

5. Building student culture on campus – Providing an opportunity to students to own and work on issues that will help develop their own alma mater

6. Personalised Mentorship Program- Students are allotted professional mentors to help them carve their career paths.

7. International Learning Pathways with some of the best Universities and institutions: Partnership with globally wellknown names such as University of Texas, (Arlington), SUNY (Albany), ESCP Europe, University of Wollongong (Australia), Darden School of Business, Piedmont International University.

The faculty resources at Vijaybhoomi include the some of the best well known from academia and industry.

Location and Infrastructure:

The University campus is a three-hour drive from Mumbai and Pune’s airports and the nearest railway station, Karjat, is about 30 kilometres away.

Spread across sprawling 55 acres of land, the Vijaybhoomi campus is designed on a multiple axis system, each corridor, passageway, or window frames has expansive views of the mountain range that serves as a backdrop to this beautiful site. This also helps create light wind tunnels that bring in cross ventilation to every part of the campus, minimising the need for air conditioning systems. The campus has modern learning infrastructure – including classrooms, computer labs, design lab, well-stocked library in addition to sports facilities and student residences.

Sports Infrastructure

Vijaybhoomi campus boasts of a full-fledged sports complex called Revive, short-course swimming pool along with indoor basketball, badminton, tennis court and squash courts, a football field, and a 10 m shooting range. Revive is also equipped with state of the art cardiovascular and strength training equipment. Revive is supported by qualified sport trainers and coaches.

Student Residences

The campus provides comfortable shared accommodation for the students. The student residences have been designed to provide co-living spaces for nurturing lifelong relationships with their peers. After all friendship and co-living helps one develop respect for individuality, builds tolerance and teaches everyone to coexist. Each student will be provided with a uniquely designed self-contained living unit consisting of a comfortable bed, storage space and a cosy tucked in study space. The programs being offered by Vijaybhoomi are residential programs and a student can opt to stay on campus or at outside facilities provided by the University.

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