It is a great honor and privilege to be leading a university of the stature of JK Lakshmipat University. The university was set up by JK Organization, a 125-year old industrial house that has contributed to nation building not only through its industrial activities but also through its philanthropic activities including those in education. With such a legacy, we have no option but to ensure that our graduates are the future leaders of India.
I strongly believe in the dictum that universities are not run by administrators but by professors. And hence having a great faculty is a must for excellence. We follow the Mantra that most top universities believe in, that every new faculty should improve the average quality of the institution. It is not easy to follow this when you already have a good faculty, but there is no other way to achieve excellence. No distress hiring.
We believe in providing global education to all our students. And it is not just having a curriculum co-created with the help of faculty from around the world, but actually being taught by faculty who has the experience of teaching abroad. We have a large number of global partnerships under which our students can spend a semester or two in top universities around the world, or take lateral admission to their programs or have easy access to their graduate programs. These include University of Florida, University of Amsterdam, University of Massachusetts, University of Birmingham, and so on. Our students also spend a semester in top institutions in India including IITs, IIITs, etc.
We provide education at under-graduate, post-graduate and doctoral levels in engineering, design, and management. Students from 22 states are studying in JKLU at this time, and we hope to become even more diverse in coming years. The university provides immense opportunities to each of its students to develop their interests and follow their passion. We have a number of student clubs and societies for this purpose.
Moving ahead, we want to ensure that all our programs have an inter-disciplinary flavor. Every manager will need to understand AI and Data Science. Every designer will need to be able to include sensors and automation in their designs. Every engineer will have to know about economics and finance. We also want to expand our partnerships with more number of fine universities in India and abroad. We must also leverage technology to enhance learning of our students. While Covid has caused people to become tired of online learning, I am sure when all of us are back in the classrooms, we would love to learn online from great minds who couldn’t be inside our classrooms. We also will be strengthening our knowledge creation capabilities with a focus on industrial consultancy, technology development and research publications in top venues.
All the stakeholders of this university need to work together to ensure that we keep marching towards excellence in order to attain our rightful place in the galaxy of great universities.