January 11, 2019
The JK Lakshmipat University (JKLU) in Jaipur, a philanthropic initiative of the 125-year-old JK Organisation, has signed a memorandum of agreement for wide-ranging collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass), underlining their commitment to bring the best in higher education, research and opportunities from around the world to students in India.
The collaboration envisages building pathways for students enrolling at JKLU to get a full master’s degree in areas like Data Analytics, Business & Analytics, Applied Economics and Public Policy from UMass Amherst along with a degree from JKLU, upon completion of the required coursework while studying in India and the U.S. This will offer a very accessible and affordable pathway for many talented Indian students who wish to pursue a global career in technology, business and social sciences after their graduate education. As part of this collaboration, JKLU and its faculty will also have the opportunity to collaborate with the highly accomplished faculty of UMass Amherst.
Speaking on the occasion of signing in Amherst, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy of UMass Amherst said, “UMass values its collaboration with JKLU and looks forward to continued partnerships between our institutions and to educating some of the best and brightest students in India.”
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the public flagship campus in the state of Massachusetts, which has another educational location in Newton in the Greater Boston area, close to Harvard and MIT. UMass Amherst is consistently ranked among the top public universities in the United States and enrolls more than 30,000 students in more than 90 majors. Its alumni include astronaut Cady Coleman; Jack Welch, former CEO of GE; John Jacobs, founder of Life is Good; actor Bill Pullman; Richard Mahoney, former CEO of Monsanto Company; Hall of Fame basketball player Julius Erving, and former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland Madeleine Kunin.
Chancellor of JKLU, Sh. Bharat Hari Singhania called this agreement “A major step for JKLU in its journey to become India’s most innovative university making world-class education accessible for Indian students.”
Sh. Harsh Pati Singhania, member of the JKLU Board who is an alumnus of UMass Amherst said, “This occasion is very special to me, and I am delighted to obtain the support of my alma mater in building JKLU as one of the finest Universities in India.”
As a young new-age private University in India, JKLU has implemented a wave of initiatives recently that include: bringing studio-oriented project based learning methodology for engineering students in India; offering a contemporary state-of-the-art curricula in emerging areas like robotics, automation, AI, cloud computing and IoT developed with industry curricula partners; launching a re-imagined Pinnacle MBA degree program where senior industry practitioners teach and individually mentor students along with academicians; and a new Design School offering Bachelor in Design programs in the fast-growing areas of Product Design, Interaction Design and Interdisciplinary Design, which bring together technology, business and creativity, thus, filling a major need emerging in the job market.
JKLU has also revitalised its leadership and governance over the last year, attracting leaders in industry and academia from around the world.