AISECT Group of Universities: Skilling Rural & Semi-Urban Path-breakers with Research-Oriented Competitive Edge

Ashok  Kumar Gwal,Vice Chancellor

Ashok Kumar Gwal

Vice Chancellor

Post 90s when technology was taking the world by its strides, Indian economy progressed in all parameters and created a huge leeway of lucrative opportunities. The paradoxical situation on the field, however, narrates a different story. PMI statistics accounts that over 30 lakh graduates join the Indian job market every year, of which only five lakh are considered employable. This looming skill-employability gap directly questions higher education system that plays a vital role in preparing and upskilling on-the-go industry workforce. Earmarking skill development as its prime agenda, AISECT Group of universities (AGU)aims at advancing quality higher education to edify skilled industry professionals from the country’s education-deprived areas.

Established in 2006, AISECT Group of Universities is the only higher education group in India to lay an equitable focus on regular course curriculum, students’ employability and mandates skills courses alongside regular academics. Santosh Kumar Choubey, Founder, AISECT Group of Universities, states, “Carrying a three-decade long association with skilling activities throughout the country, we knew that skill development is necessary if we are to carve a self-sufficient workforce out of our vast population. Therefore, we decided to launch India’s first skills-based higher education group”. The group has four world-class branch universities namely – Dr. C.V. Raman University(Bilaspur), Rabindranath Tagore University (Bhopal), AISECT University (Hazaribag) and Dr. C.V. Raman University(Vaishali).The manifestation of such excellence won the university several accolades including World Education Awards Dubai (2015, 2016 and 2017), ASSOCHAM Excellence in Education Awards 2014, World Education Summit 2014 and many more.

Civic & Rustic Under One Varsity
Noting that Indian rural and semi-urban clusters lag miles behind metropolitans in terms of research and research literature, AISECT Group of Universities creates a research oriented environment through need-based intervention and provides affordable and accessible educational paradigm, driven by research, skill development, entrepreneurship motivation and overall personality. In fact, the universities aid meritorious students and faculty members with financial assistance and motivation under Shiksha Mitra Scholarship(amounting to Rs.2 crore). On the flip side, several research councils, Biotech Parks and Core Research Group (an autonomous body with annual budget of Rs.1 crore) promotes and integrates research on a single platform. No wonder, the universities edifies zealous industry-ready marvels with elite skills, irrespective of cost hindrance!

Pedagogy Anchored with Research, Skill & Technology
As research & skilling is core to AGU’s pedagogy, students have umpteen of subject choices for graduation, post-graduation, doctoral degree along with certifications in Yoga. This perusal, however, involves a common entrance examination ‘AISECT Joint Entrance Examination(AJEE)’based on which the universities are allocated. Also at this stage, Navratna Centres of Excellence bestows research and skill assistance in Energy, Material Science, Earth & Space Science, Agriculture, Arts & Literature, IoT & Cloud Computing, Science Communication, Entrepreneurship and Environmental Science. What makes AGU take an edge over in educational sector is the introduction of 55 skill development micro-courses, a compulsory credit with regular curriculum that facilitates hands-on training and tremendously helps in bridging higher education-skill development gap.

Rabindranath Tagore University is the only university to establish IoT Lab by Frugal & Intel and Cloud Computing Lab by Microsoft, AGU’s prowess lies in amalgamating modern technology with conventional tools to develop soft e-learning content, thus enhancing students technological skills in its state-of-the–art studios. Citing the mushrooming demand for Internet of Things(IoT), robotics and high-tech agriculture, the university introduced
tech-advanced programmes in-house. Everything, from chalk and talk to click and view, is availed in modern, smart classrooms. The highly experienced faculty follows ICT-loaded industry based CBCE curriculum while the core management ensures quality teaching, pedagogy and high-standard practices only.

AISECT Group of Universities creates a research oriented environment through need-based intervention and provides affordable and accessible educational paradigm, driven by research, skill development, entrepreneurship motivation and overall personality

Unlocking Educational Serendipities
Just when the scholars are ready to implement conceptual learning into real world, AISECT Group of Universities opens the door of research-supportive environment fenced with excellent facilities, motivation, reward and support. Exploring this avenue optimally, the students and faculty have published over 1000 papers and 50 books within five years. Also, International Consortium creation on ‘Water, Energy, Environment & Society’ (2006) and publication of two UGC approved Copernicus indexed research journals (six years time span) made AISECT Group of Universities the creme de la crème of higher education.

With AGU there’s no standstill for opportunities, elucidating which Santosh asserts, “Owing to our cardinal policy of every individual’s holistic development and employability enhancement, and aided by AISECT’s three decades of experience in employment based vocational education, our universities hold the distinction of having some of the most successful placement cells in their respective regions”. Trailing this holistic perspective into educational framework, AGU’s Entrepreneurship Development Cell and Incubation Cell incorporates skills and employability in curriculum coupled with entrepreneurship incubation. The experience accentuates when students practice apprenticeship and develop their leadership skills while engaging with local & national level employers, hence, the transformation of novice scholars into competitive, industry-ready professionals before hand.

While all these activities are executed within the campus, students constantly participate in 15 international and 30 national level collaborations for their optimum exposure. For instance, AGU’s collaboration with Benaka Biotechnologies Inc, US empowered students to research extensively on Air Foil wind turbine and solar reflective materials, while its Platinum Advantage programme partnership with Microsoft enabled skill development through Microsoft certification courses. In line to upskilling, the university hosted an international conference with International Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Management(ICE WaRM), Australia wherein 20 countries chartered extensive reforms and roadmap for water management research. “Besides, we jointly conduct post-graduate courses in partnerships with BSNL and hold a forward-looking skills development partnership with Reliance Jio and Tata Group,” adds Santosh.

A Truly Global Campus
AISECT Group of Universities is the brainchild of 33-year old AISECT network in India and offers various educational services through its 20,000+ centers present nationally, thus providing rock-solid footing and excellent placement support to scholars. An abode for nearly 30,000 students from across 23 states and five countries, the Rabindranath Tagore University is certainly a global campus and exemplify demographic diversity with international dimension.

With AISECT Group of Universities being the only higher education group in India to receive Phase-I permission of ‘Atal Incubation Center (AIC)’ by Neeti Aayog, in-house students promptly trigger the dream of ‘New Bharat’. Along with
spreading awareness through Digital India Mission, Swachha Bharat Mission and Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana(PMJDY), to name a few, the university profoundly contributes to every student’s holistic development by etching ground realities awareness. For such ground-breaking initiatives and helping five villages for their upgradation, three of AISECT’s universities received Project Unnat Bharat award by MHRD.

Recreation is yet another fun zone at AISECT Group of University, the nodal of which is Student Activity Council (SAC) that commences events, guest lecturers and spearheads Society, MUN Society, Eco Club, The Legal-Aid Society, drama & literary societies, Adventure Club and Yoga Club, and many more. In-campus ace facilities, round-the-year competitions, international standards sports facilities and introduction of performing arts activities bring out vibrancy and add volumes to student’s holistic development.

" AISECT Group of University has successfully carved skilled maestros from education-deprived areas, established research oriented global linkages with premier institutes and universities worldwide"

Phenomenal Success, Profound Ambitions
Founded with an objective to provide good quality and affordable higher education, AISECT Group of University has successfully carved skilled maestros from education-deprived areas, established research oriented global linkages with premier institutes and universities worldwide and filed seven patents for indigenous inventions till date. In juncture with region specific employment demands, interests and feedback, the university is planning commencement of courses in Data Sciences, Data Analytics, Forensic Science and Financial Engineering. “This has been a phenomenal growth in terms of coverage as well as providing education in the areas where students otherwise would have been dropouts from higher education. In future, we’ll continue to establish more universities in rural and semi-urban areas in our bid to expand quality higher education to areas where it is still unavailable,” signs off Santosh.

Key Management
Santosh Kumar Choubey, Founder
Having cracked civil services exams in 70s, Santosh always envisioned minimizing educational disparities between rural and urban population. The foundation of AISECT clearly defines his vision of building skilled scholars of tomorrow.

Universities & Locations:
• Dr. C.V. Raman University, Bilaspur: Accredited by ISO 9001:2008, NAAC, UGC, NCTE, AICTE, DEC and BCI
• Rabindranath Tagore University, Bhopal: Approved by AICTE, NCTE, BCI, M.P. Paramedical Council, UGC, NAAC and a member of AIU
• AISECT University, Hazaribag: Recognized by UGC
• Dr. C.V. Raman University, Vaishali: Recognized by UGC

Courses Offered: Undergraduate courses like BE, BBA, B.Sc, and L.L.B. to post graduate courses, doctorates, 55 skill development micro-courses and many more

• World Education Awards Dubai (2015, 2016, and 2017)
• ASSOCHAM Excellence in Education Awards 2014
• World Education Summit 2014
• NIELIT Award 2014
• Chhattisgarh Achievers Award 2013
• Rajiv Gandhi Achievers Award for Education 2013
• Shiksha Ratna Awards 2012

“AISECT Group of Universities has a strong industry academia relationship which has been instrumental in gaining experience during and after the course completion. We were exposed to a lot of industry visits and internships to gain work environment experience” – Yash Prajapati, BBA

“I was pleased to see that the university is located in a scenic environment away from city hustles. I participated in ‘Navonmesh’, a Central Zone Universities youth festival wherein students from 200+ colleges participated as well. It was a great exposure for us all” – Vivek Panday, BE (CSE)

“I had enrolled in PhD. Program in Management with my inclination towards research and development and feel content with my decision. The faculty guide has been supportive and provided his valuable inputs from time to time to develop my thesis” – M.Vinod Lakhwani, PHD in Management