Can you share the mission and values of Chitkara?

The Mission of Chitkara University is:

  1. To adopt academic processes for achieving excellence through active student and teacher participation

  2. To promote research and development activities in collaboration with reputed industries and laboratories

  3. To inculcate high moral, ethical and professional standards among our students

  4. To contribute effectively towards societal and community development

Our Values: Welfare of our students is our top priority and we spare no efforts to support our stakeholders. Our teachers, who are active scholars, ensure excellence in learning and quality assurance in all aspects is our hallmark. We treasure our ethos and our charter, and inculcate integrity in all our operations. We train our students to excel in different environments and to respect diverse ideas, views and cross cultural diversity. We nurture leaders who work for our goal. We encourage inquisitiveness and freedom of enquiry and thought. Communicating ideas honestly and with due care to sensitivities of others is instilled-in to our students. We take our responsibility seriously and are accountable to all our stakeholders. In our endeavour to produce problem solvers, we encourage innovation. We seek and cherish collaborations with our partners and communities and work with them in a professional and trustworthy manner. We seek to promote social mobility by providing access to underpriviledged. Our students excel in effective time management because it is ingrained in to them.

It is the era of globalisation. Is Chitkara University planning or has it entered into any collaboration with the foreign universities?

We are living in a global village that is dominated by knowledge economy. Therefore, internationalisation of higher education is an essential part of our operational strategy. I would like to add that the terms ‘globalisation’ and ‘internationalisation’ of higher education are generally used interchangeably. But these are different. Globalisation relates more to economy while internationalisation is associated with academic curricula and processes. Globalisation is more in the domain of policy planners at national level. To facilitate internationalisation, we have designed the curricula for various programmes in such a way that these are compatible with those being adopted by most of the universities at international level. This helps in student mobility, arriving at equivalence of various degrees and diplomas and also facilitates student and faculty exchange programmes. We are aware that the standards of research in universities in the developed countries are much higher than that obtaining in India. Thus, we have requisitioned the services of eminent professors from universities abroad to teach our faculty and students on how to carry out research. We have collaborations with more than 40 universities in the USA, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Korea, Taiwan, Brazil and Hong Kong covering aspects like articulation arrangements, semester abroad programmes, credit transfer, cultural exchange and collaboration in research. Our endeavour has been not only to try and learn from the universities in the developed world but also to enhance cultural diversity. I am happy to say that we have been able to establish a two-way process wherein apart from our students going abroad there are a large number of students from foreign countries in our campuses.

You have been in the fi eld of education for more than 36 years. How do you see the changes which have taken place in the Indian education system?

Indian education system is highly teacher and examination centric. The emphasis is on ‘what to think’. Consequently, the system has degenerated to rote learning and quest to acquire degrees without due regard to enhancing the intellectual capabilities of the students. We have realised that if we really want to produce graduates who can take their assigned roles in society in the 21st century we have to bring about a paradigm shift and switch over to a learning centric approach. We emphasise on teaching our students ‘how to think’. Thus, our pedagogical processes have incorporated ‘learning by doing’ and ‘project based learning’. We have to ensure that we produce knowledge creators and problem solvers if we really want to take our aspired place in the global community as a knowledge power. Our policy planners are aware of these facts and you will soon see major changes in the Indian higher education sector coming up. Moreover, many of our countrymen who had migrated to the Western countries are now coming back and a number of them are joining the higher education sector. We are hopeful that these are indicators of a better future for our universities and other institutions of higher learning.

Please share the future plans of the University?

Chitkara Educational Trust has seen very fast and phenomenal growth in the past decade. We are now going into a consolidation phase. Chitkara University has been able to earn its place of pride in Northern India. We would now like to go global. We have decided to place more stress on quality than on expansion. Thus, we have put a cap on the number of students who could be admitted to various programmes that we run from our two campuses. We would lay greater focus on research. Moreover, we have realised that if the 20th century was the century of the manufacturing and services sectors, the 21st century would be that of life sciences. Thus, we intend diversifying into domains dealing with life sciences.

Do you want to give any message to students/readers?

I would like to tell our students, “Set your goals and work to achieve those diligently and with dedication. Be inquisitive and learn to ask questions. Go all out to fi nd answers to those questions from all sources. We assure you that we would facilitate to equip you with knowledge and skills that would not only lead you to the doors of success but would also help you get through those.”

I would like to remind our readers that giving top priority to education is the key to success in the current competitive environment. Education sector has to be nurtured and given its due importance if we really want to emerge as a knowledge power in the 21st century.

 

Dr Madhu Chitkara, Pro Chancellor, Chitkara University

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