Birla Global University: Empowering & Developing through Quality, State-of-the-Art Education

  Dr. P.P. Mathur,    Vice Chancellor

Dr. P.P. Mathur

Vice Chancellor

Kofi Annan once said, “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family”. Standing by this and working to bridge the gap by providing quality education is Birla Global University (BGU). It is a self financed private unitary university and has been established by the enactment of Birla Global University Odisha Act 2015. The university has been established with a goal to be the best destination for aspiring newgen professionals.

BGU is committed to redefine ‘quality’ in education with state-of-the-art facilities, best of the infrastructure and finest faculty. Presently, the university operates with six schools, which includes, Birla School of Management, Birla School of Communication, Birla School of Commerce, Birla School of Social Sciences & Humanities, Birla School of Law, and Birla School of Applied Sciences. “We want to create and disseminate knowledge in global context while pursuing Excellence, Innovations, and Inclusiveness. We strive for excellence in teaching and research”, says Dr. P.P. Mathur, Vice Chancellor at BGU. The core strength of the university is its commitment towards developing research capacity and professional programs in the proposed domains.

The Foundation of BGU
Late Basant Kumar Birla and Late Sarala Birla, successors of Late G.D. Birla, are the Founders and Patrons who established Birla Academy of Art & Culture (BAAC) in Calcutta in 1964 to promote arts, culture, literature, and education. The academy has been vital in establishing Birla Global University. Apart from heading his industrial ventures like Jay Shree Tea & Industries, Kesoram Industries, Century Enka, and Century Textiles, Late Basant Kumar Birla had been making dynamic contributions to education sector of the country. While he was associated with Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences, Pilani, Birla Education Trust, Pilani and BITS, Biwani as trustee, he had also played a pivotal role in the foundation of BGU.

The rationale for the Birla Global University in Bhubaneswar, Odisha is to establish an institution of international repute to create a global learning environment in the state, develop the state & national manpower, to build the research & professional capacity in the state and create a reputation of the state in global map. This also enhances the
visibility of the state in higher education at national and global level. “Given the development agenda of the state and global level interest in the agenda, it is important to build a national and international quality higher education to sustain the interest and provide qualified manpower to the state, nation and the global community”, adds Dr. P.P. Mathur.

BGU plans to extend the scope of the existing schools as well as to open new schools for Art & Culture, Literature, Science & research programs

Onward Even Amidst the Pandemic
The university is ICT-enabled and it provides an e-learning and e-connect environment, as well as smart class rooms “During the pandemic period, the University conducted online classes, counselling sessions, webinars, and examinations very successfully. This helped the students to passout and also get placements as per the academic calendar”, says Dr.P.P. Mathur.

The university has highly qualified faculty in their respective fields of expertise. A large number of national and international conferences, seminars, and workshops are organized by the university. Such events provide rich experience and inculcate many qualities such as leadership, communication and team spirit in students. There is an active interaction between faculty and students in the campus. The learning experiences in the campus have paved a strong path for enhancement of overall development of the learners so that they can contribute to knowledge in the ever-changing global environment.

Well-placed, Secure Future
Both national and international companies have been participating in the placement drive of the university. The university also provides summer internship programs (SIPs) to the students. Students get the opportunity to interact with the companies through their SIPs. Industry-Academia interaction is one of the most focused endeavors by the university. Industry visits are organized by the university, which gives an opportunity to the students to know more about the functionalities of different companies. Industry experts are called at regular intervals to make students industry ready. Since the establishment of the university the students of BGU have been placed in leading giant companies such as, Delloite, HDFC, Practo, SBI, Goodrej, ADP and other internationally reckoned names.

In future, BGU plans to extend the scope of the existing schools, as well as to open new schools for Liberal Arts, Science & Technology, and research programs with student friendly approach with an added emphasis on training and placement. In fact, the core strength of the university is its commitment towards research & development. The university, this way, aims at catering to the needs of the young mass of the country, and to take Odisha to the global arena in the sphere of higher education. "We believe in being truthful and adhering to the highest ethical standards in personal and professional conduct. We value the freedom of thought and expression to develop one's creativity & innovation in pursuit of academic excellence. Our hope is to continually foster teamwork and partnership in all endeavors so we can scale BGU to greater heights", concludes Dr.P.P. Mathur.