Arunachal University of Studies: Crafting Leaders of Tomorrow to Define Future on their Terms

Ashwani Lochan Agarwal,ChairmanBe it a corporate world or higher education, technology is expending its branches in every sector. Higher educational institutions might become outdated if they do not adapt to emerging technologies and trends to teach their students. With the help of technology higher education gets dynamically relevant, and connective with the real and the virtual world.

Referred as the University of the rising sun, Arunachal University of Studies (AUS) came into existence in 2012 through an Act of State Legislator, after receiving due approval from the Hon'ble Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. Being the only university available on the eastern horizon of the state, AUS caters to almost 50 percent of the State's higher education requirement. Arunachal University of Studies provides state of the art infrastructure and gives greater emphasis on the overall development of the students. The University regularly conducts skill development and vocational education programs for the desirous students to make them employable. Along with this, various academic programs that are both conventional and technologically inclusive have been introduced. Also, courses related to different councils have been launched after due approval to provide a broader scope of higher education choices to the students within the campus.

Having been working in the field of education, employment, and training for the past two decades, The Arunachal University of Studies is the Dream Project of Dr. Ashwani Lochan Agarwal. Belonging from a small-town family of farmers, his journey so far has been self-inspiring.

"I had wonderful opportunities to learn different aspects of education by meeting highly intellectual individuals sharing the same domain and understanding. I was thrilled to discover, how as an educationalist, one can make it convenient for the population, especially the underprivileged and downtrodden to take benefits of education and improve their life and livelihood", said Dr. Ashwani Lochan Agarwal, Chairman, AUS.

Dr. Ashwani is also the founding member of the prestigious World Education Mission
group, which was established with the sole objective of providing the best of the educational facilities and training to the deserving candidates. World Education Mission is the sponsoring and managing organization of Arunachal University of Studies, Namsai.

Leveraging Emerging Education Opportunities
The purpose of establishing a university in the state of Arunachal Pradesh was to empower and educate the tribal population of the state keeping their cultural heritage still intact. From the changing demography of NER, it is evident that the educational institutions are imparting the teaching of the finest quality. However, there is nothing noble about the cause, as, at the cost of teaching excellence, the ethnic significance of the NER tribes are being persecuted.

Arunachal Pradesh is the frontier state of India. It is the only Hindi speaking state in the whole of NER with over 100 existing tribes. The very core establishment of AUS is to focus on empowering the tribes with skilled knowledge with the rest of the world, without disturbing the historical culture, norms, or values of the tribes. AUS wants to equip every tribe of the state with success and that can only be achieved with the assistance of modern education but still keeping their customs, norms, and civility untouched.

Since the establishment of Arunachal University of Studies in 2012, AUS has become a big standalone in terms of infrastructure and students admissions in entire region of Arunachal Pradesh

Since the establishment of Arunachal University of Studies in 2012, AUS has become a big standalone in terms of infrastructure and students admissions in entire region of Arunachal Pradesh. The current Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs of the country Shri. Kiren Rijiju once quoted ­ "AUS is so beautiful that is can also become a destination for tourism".

The exceptional working style of the university lies in its unique philosophy - Educating with a difference. In these critical times of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, the University has adopted the online education model as advocated by UGC catering to the needs of existing and the new enrolling students. The online training modules have been introduced so that the students' academic year is not wasted, and they receive the same learning modules from their home without compromising the quality of education and jeopardizing their health and safety.

Furthermore, the University has also implemented an online examination mechanism for its existing students. For new admissions, the desirous students can contact the university helpline numbers for counselling. They are welcomed to get in touch with the campus through social media pages like Facebook and Instagram to gain the necessary information. The students can fill the admission form online to make their registration for the desirous course and pay the fee through the mode of online banking. Wherein all the majority existing educational institutions of NER are struggling to complete the academic year of 2019, AUS has emerged as a trendsetter by virtue. From the completion of the academic year of 2019-2020, by conducting multiple online actives, classes, examinations, and publication of results ­ AUS has been well ahead in terms of delivery as well. The university also has successfully commenced the admission process for the session of 2020-2021. Meanwhile, for the existing students, the onset of online classes has been successfully initiated.