Asking questions, gathering evidence, solving practical problems can help one develop a scientific outlook on life. Scientific inquiry or scientific temper encourages students to think critically, challenge assumptions and investigate issues through research, observation and experimentation to improve our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Our physical / economic / environmental health and future benefits to humankind depend on our scientific progress. They depend on enhancing our understanding of the world in which we live.
"What is needed is the scientific approach, the adventurous and yet critical temper of science, the search for truth and new knowledge, the refusal to accept anything without testing and trial, the capacity to change previous conclusions in the face of new evidence, the reliance on observed fact and not on pre-conceived theory, the hard discipline of the mind—all this is necessary, not merely for the application of science but for life itself and the solution of its many problems."
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in his book, The Discovery of India
Advances in science and technology are fundamental to innovation and progress. In the words of the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, “Innovation is the antidote to stagnation”. We need people with fresh perspectives, having important skills of flexibility, innovation and creativity making careers in science and research for the betterment of society and economic wealth of the nation.
A top BTech College in Haryana, the School of Engineering & Technology at The NorthCap University (NCU), Gurgaon is one such institution whose mission is to develop competent technical professionals - innovative, analytical and independent; committed to excel in all their endeavours. NCU has been recognized as Research Centre/University by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India (one of the few self-financed educational institutions or universities to be so recognized).
“We strive to equip our graduates with the ability to quantitatively analyze a problem in its entirety, think critically as well as qualitatively and only then come to a conclusion”, says Prof Prem Vrat, Pro-Chancellor & Professor of Eminence, NCU. Each programme in the University blends critical thinking and analysis with innovation, application and leadership qualities.
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NCU has a vibrant academic ambience for innovation and research in all branches of science and technology, at all levels. Students are equipped for the future and encouraged to make the most of the abundant opportunities in every field and find solutions to problems by pooling different strengths together and arriving at a holistic approach in terms of practicality and ingenuity. The University’s focus is on producing innovators who have pioneered cutting- edge technology. The idea is not just to teach a specific technology, but inculcate an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving to prepare students for a complex and hyper-connected world.
To bridge the gap between the classroom and the real world, NCU accords highest priority to:
- Academic excellence
- Research and learning innovations for socially relevant outcomes
- Linkages for embracing globally-acceptable practices
- Industry relevant curriculum
- Multi-disciplinary value based education
- Development of entrepreneurship and leadership qualities
- Holistic development of responsible citizens
Graduates of NCU are groomed to develop critical knowledge relevant to the environment and sustainable development. Their scientific and technological excellence, exposure to real life problems, interdisciplinary approach to problem solving will help them to keep up with the break-neck pace at which technology is advancing. NCU is ‘Making in India’ highly skilled, creative thinkers and innovators possessing good ethical and reasoning skills who are ready to contribute to social good and economic wealth of the nation. NCU’s mantra is ‘Aim high and soar higher’.
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Written by Rekha Mathur