Showing posts with label the northcap university. Show all posts
Showing posts with label the northcap university. Show all posts

Friday, 27 April 2018

NCU Law Students Visit Juvenile Home

The alarming increase in the number of crimes involving juveniles as perpetrators as well as victims has compelled the legal fraternity to revisit the system in place for juvenile justice.. On one hand there is a need for effective handling of delinquent juveniles involved in heinous crimes, on the other hand, giving them an opportunity to reform and for their rehabilitation is the focus of the juvenile justice system. To understand the juvenile justice system and rehabilitation at juvenile homes the School of Law, The NorthCap University organized a visit to the Prayas Observation Home for boys as well as the Juvenile Justice Board II in Delhi on 23 April 2018. 

Under the MOU signed with the Department of Women & Child Development, New Delhi 72 students visited the home run by the Prayas Institute of Juvenile Justice. It is a short-stay home for juveniles in conflict with law. They are custodial children and their inquiry is conducted by the Juvenile Justice Board located on the same premises. Students got an opportunity to interact with the Supervisor, Probation Officer, inmates and the instructors providing training to the children of various age groups. NCU students were accompanied by faculty members Ms Archana Sarma and Ms Deborisha Dutta.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

The Qutbi Brothers Perform at The NorthCap University

The NorthCap University takes pride in being the nodal centre for SPIC MACAY activities in Gurgaon. The Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC MACAY) is a movement that promotes Indian classical music, classical dance, and other aspects of Indian culture amongst students. NCU, apart from aspiring for academic excellence, has always been promoting the values and wisdom embodied in the Indian heritage amongst the youth, with a hope that these events will influence their way of life and inspire them to become a better human being. 

On 27 Feb 2018, The Northcap University invited Haji Mohd Idris and Mohd Ilyas, popularly known as the Qutbi Brothers, one of the most significant Qawwali artists in contemporary Indian music. Apart from being top-grade artists of All India Radio and Doordarshan, the Qutbi Brothers have performed at various prestigious venues globally. They were also Astana singers at the Durbar of Hazarat Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki, from where they have been awarded the title of ‘Qutbi Brothers’. At NCU they presented many heart-touching and popular qawwalis engrossing the audience completely. Through their performance as well as interaction with them the audience was privileged to understand and appreciate some of the intricacies of classical music. The students were enthralled by the beauty of the qawwalis and joined the eminent singers by clapping to their tunes. 

Monday, 19 February 2018

Live Telecast of Prime Minister's Address to Students

Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi held an interactive session with students of schools and colleges to discuss the importance of stress-free exams which was telecast live at The NorthCap University from 11am to 12 noon on 16 February 2018. Special arrangements were made by the University so that a maximum number of students were able to join the Prime Minister’s session ‘Pariksha Par Charcha’. A large number of students benefited from the Prime Minister’s advice.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Prof. Ravindra Ojha, Director, SOET, NCU Receives International Award for Academic Research and Excellence

It is a matter of great pride for The NorthCap University that Prof. Ravindra Ojha, Director, School of Engineering & Technology, was honoured by the  Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok with the AITAA Distinguished Alumni Award in the category of Academic Research and Excellence during the 46th  Governing Board Meeting held from 3- 6 Nov 2017 in Taipeh, Taiwan.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Chief Justice, Third Environment Court, Valdivia, Chile visits School of Law

School of Law, The NorthCap University organised a visit by Dr Micheal Hantke, Chief Justice, Third Environment Court, Valdivia, Chile on 28 March 2017. He was accompanied by Professor Stephen Stec, Professor, Central European University. Justice Micheal Hantke addressed the students on practical issues about the relationship of Justice delivery and economics. He said, “We live in an imperfect world and life is more complex than the theory of economics. Specialised tribunals should focus on merit review of cases rather than judicial review. A judge while delivering Judgements has not only to interpret the law in the right direction but also has to access the impact of the decision.” Justice Hantke discussed real life cases from his bench for proper clarity of situations. He was of the view that a holistic approach is the requirement of the day which is community based judgement. 

Friday, 24 March 2017

Externship at FIS Global, Gurugram

Charu Rana of the Dept of EECE did a three day externship at FIS Global, Gurugram. FIS is the world’s largest global provider dedicated to banking and payments technologies. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., FIS employs more than 35,000 people worldwide and holds leadership positions in payment processing and banking solutions, providing software, services and outsourcing of the technology that drives financial institutions.

Technical Lead Mr. Vishal Nagil, (Custom applications development) gave her an overview about business consultants handle and implement the project from start to end in which a Project manager plays a big role in dealing, providing solution to
clients according to their requirements. 

A meeting with Cloud Services Manager was held to discuss opportunities in Cloud computing and services for our students, who listed the prerequisites for any intern or freshers applying for jobs at FIS Global. She was also briefed about the SaaS(software as a service) services which are fast, scalable and cost efficient , provided to the clients partnering with Google cloud platform. FIS Global creates the database for the client applications and apply algorithms to analyze the data to meet the requirements. The data is stored on cloud provided by Google.
Based on our students taking IBM run courses FIS Global may take students for internship in summer-2017. The only prerequisite for students is good software language skills such as Java, scripting language etc. 

Monday, 20 March 2017

National Science Day Celebration in The NorthCap University

Every year the National Science Day is celebrated on 28 February to pay tribute to the Nobel laureate Sir Chandrasekhar Venkata Raman for his invention of the Raman Effect through his experiments on the scattering of light. A series of science-related events are organized in the country to inspire people to work in the field of science, engineering and technology

engineering college in haryana - NCU

To spread the message of importance of science and its application among the people, Department of Applied Science, The NorthCap University, Gurugram organized National Science Day celebration on 28 February 2017

On this occasion undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students of the University and about 160 students of 9th to 12th classes from various schools in Gurugram demonstrated their innovative ideas or research findings in the form of science projects, models and posters. Some of the main projects included were the use of solar energy in rural areas, mini biogas power plant, automated switching of light and heart rate monitoring model. School students also participated in the Science Quiz, the event aimed at motivating school children towards taking up science in their higher studies and contributing to the National mission. 

The Chief Guest Mr. Anil Kumar, Chief Scientist, Head of Mass Standard, Quality Manager & Vice-President of Metrology Society of India gave a scintillating talk on ‘The dissemination of the standard of mass and other related quantities’. 

Winners of various events were encouraged by awarding prizes and certificates after the talk. The National Science Day was partially sponsored by the Metrology Society of India (MSI) which encourages conducting such events in institutional organizations to percolate metrology among the students. 

Friday, 16 December 2016

CIP-Continuous Improvement Programme

November is celebrated as the Quality month across the world. Airports are points where the world meets in transit and hence warrants a Quality orientation. Quality month was celebrated at GMR with their entire top management. The final round of presentation of top 10 Continuous Improvement Projects were show cased on 29 November 2016 at the GMR auditorium which was attended by their CEO and the entire top management. The NorthCap University Gurugram’s Prof. Ravindra Ojha was invited as a jury member for assessing the projects and providing guidance for enhancing the improvement culture.     

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Alumni Speak

Mr Bhrigu Joshi, alumnus Civil Engineering 2016 batch, joined Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which is a top ranked university in the field of Civil and Structural Engineering. Bhrigu shares his experience at Urbana-Champaign.

“I extend my sincere thanks to The NorthCap University for all the support and guidance that enabled me achieve this success. I am grateful for Vice-Chancellor, Brig Sk Sharma’s help and mentorship which has helped in more than one ways. The curriculum at Urbana-Champaign is tough and work intensive and requires a lot of constant effort to sail through. 

I would also like to thank Dr Amit Srivastava, HoD Civil Engineering at NCU. The use of notations for certain derivations used by him in class is similar that are being taught here and it made the transition between the coursework at NCU and UIUC a bit easier. Also I cannot emphasize enough the importance of computational tools in academic life and the use of MATLAB. We are required to use MATLAB for assignments here and the learnings at NCU are helping me a lot in this. I would recommend more involvement of MATLAB as a computational tool in the curriculum at NCU. “

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Workshop on ‘Cyber Security Essentials’

As part of our Academic Outreach activities, the Cyber Security team of Department of CSE & IT conducted a workshop on ‘Cyber Security Essentials’ at Delhi Technical Campus, Bahadurgarh, Haryana on 8 November 2016. A team of three members, namely Dr Prachi Ahlawat, Dr Shilpa Mahajan and Ms Mehak Khurana interacted with the students of the institution and demonstrated the theoretical as well as practical applications of Cyber Security. The workshop was attended by about 50 final and pre-final year students who got a hands-on experience on the fundamentals of cyber security. The students appreciated the workshop and asked for more such sessions in the future. 

As part of our Academic Outreach efforts, the Cyber Security team of NCU has been conducting such workshops at various institutions in Delhi/ NCR.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Innovation Leads to Growth - Why We Need to Redefine Our Education Sector?

Ashwini Sharma
Assistant Professor 
The NorthCap University, Gurugram 


Innovation is one of the most common yet most important word in today’s global scenario with any organization to sustain in the market and move on to the ladder of success. It is a fact that the organizations which do not focus on innovation will sooner or later perish. One of the finest examples of innovation is TATA NANO. This car being the lowest priced car in the world with innovations at every stage from design to manufacturing. Another example is the solar panels on the roof top of buildings. These solar panels initially occupied space on ground resulting in underutilizing the land. Going further, Gujarat mounted the solar panels on the canals to cater for generating electricity from sun and simultaneously preventing the evaporation of the precious water flowing in the canal. We can find thousands of the innovative products and services and ideas. Not sure about it? Consider the following from different cross section of industries; iPhone, Cloud computing, D2H service, home security system, space saving furniture, folding bicycle, LED displays, blind man walking stick, coconut tree climber, bicycle washing machine. Innovation!!!!

The word ‘innovate’ is a Latin word meaning to change or renew. Innovation is a thinking of doing the things in an unconventional way and happens when the unquestionable is questioned. It has different meanings for different industries such as for manufacturing industry; innovation can happen when the need is to improve upon the product, processes, systems, working environment, material handling or to reduce the cost of production.For a service industry it can be the improvement in quality of service such as computerized railway booking system, banking system which has made people comfortable doing the reservation and banking operation without being physically present and standing in long queues. The mobile phones initially did not have camera. It was innovation when an idea to incorporate camera with the mobile phone came. Today it can be seen that virtually every mobile is with a camera at a starting price of as low as Rs. 2500. But after a while these innovations when liked by the customer become the need and become a regular feature and people associatethese with the standard product. So what next? Answer is obviously further innovation such as maps with GPS etc. From the above discussion one thing can be concluded that innovation is a never ending process and it can be done anywhere and anytime and to anything, the only requirement is getting the idea to improve. 

Indian Education System

Indian education system needs to be redefined for nurturing the talent such that the students thinking should not be merely to get the mark sheets, rather it should be driven by creativity and inner desire to become what they dream of. The author who is an engineering faculty in one of the top private university in north India would like to share that most of the students opting for engineering do not even know what exactly it is and they are studying engineering because somebody in the family told them to do so. Interestingly when the country is looking for the bright engineers who will be responsible for taking the nation forward, are struggling to find out why they are doing it. It is the need of the hour that talent and creativity should be nurtured right from the beginning i.e. from the school level. 

One solution to do this is to take initiatives on ‘Project based education’. A project when assigned to a group of students results in very good understanding of the particular area which may lead the student to go further in the same direction. If the projects are of choice of the students a great outcome can be expected. The projects compel the students to think deeply and find out a win-win solution which caters to the need of society. One such initiative has been taken by the author at The NorthCap University, Gurugram one of the leading universities in North India to put its students through real life situations to meet the challenges. The projects decided by the students with the help of faculty right from the first year of engineering resulted in to a very satisfying outcomes of original thinking right from low cost sanitary napkin making machine, dual flush toilet, multiutility load trotter, low cost PUG welding machine, low cost coconut opener etc. The students have gone through the various challenges from design to manufacturing and finally testing. These students are now ready to take up any challenge which is the prime requirement of any organization i.e. to take initiative and challenges. The author noted that the students who were assigned projects or chosen projects by themselves and worked upon them are more successful and confident than those who did not. Now the author has taken this concept right down to first year of engineering. If this can be started for the students right from school days it will surely result into innovative thinkers in their chosen field of interest.

Last but not the least, it is the responsibility of teachers of today to understand the talent and nurture it further beyond school years in such a way that the talent becomes world-class. If it is not done now we can imagine the toll on a nation which does not designits defence products and simply buys it from outside.We are not able to produce the truly world-class medical equipment and lot of the them are being imported, we are not able to take competitive manufacturing advantage compared to China and consequently the global marketsare virtually captured by Chinese products. The answer or key to all the problems is innovation as India has the world’s largest young innovative talent pool available!

Monday, 24 October 2016

Blended Learning: A Wave of Change for Education Improvement

We all are very well aware of the technical disruption that the Internet has created over the last decade. Education therefore could not remain far from the Internet's invasion. The way education is now imparted across the globe is seeing transforming changes. Blended learning is rooting itself in the education system not only in countries like US or UK, but it has found its way to India as well. 

Though there are certain disagreements as in what does the term blended learning exactly means, in a nutshell, it is a way of learning that constitutes online and brick-and-mortar system of knowledge impartation in certain ratios. It helps a student cover the course with the freedom of time, space and pace, while at the same time offering holistic development by intensive classroom interaction with peer students and the faculty. The faculty have by and large assumed the role of enablers, facilitators and mentors. The blended learning demands the faculty to be a step ahead in blended learning in its effort to effectively add value to students learning. Blended learning has evolved a lot, from CD-ROMs to a stream of videos using satellite.

Many of the engineering universities in Delhi/NCR have already made a substantial progress on implementing blended learning. Universities like The NorthCap University, Gurgaon have been practising this concept for over two years now. The campus is fully ICT enabled which makes blended learning sufficiently feasible. Students at NCU can easily access online libraries for various projects, research and development and use LMS which provides for students’ access to online material, videos and subject related superior information from MOOCs posted by the faculty for the students on regular basis. Smart classroom is yet another useful tool that is popular amongst students of the university.

“The best part about getting onlineaccess to the video lectures is that classroom's time is utilised in structured exercises and practical implementations of the concepts.”- A faculty member of The NorthCap University.

It was no surprise that the number of students taking online courses globally rose from 45,000 to 3 million in just a decade's time since 2010. In the current scenario, the numbers continue to swell by the day. The only disadvantage the engineering universities in Delhi/NCR observe is that students who lack self-motivation find it difficult to copeup with the concept of blended learning. The financial investment and lack of a learning environment can be still be overcome, but to cater to students with lower motivation remains a major concern even for the universities across the globe. The NorthCap University and certain universities across the globe, have had extensive discussions on the same within the University, and have tried increasing the classroom time for these students. The aim is not to force blended learning down the throat but to see that students are motivated and hand-held to grapple with the new system which undoubtedly holds the future.

Faculty and students are increasingly taking up MOOCs. This adds a huge variety and scope in blended learning. Various companies like Adobe, Blackboard and others have come up with a number of options for blended learning. Flipboard is extensively used in developed countries as one of the most useful instrument of blended learning. The major benefits students across the globe have observed that it operates on a largecanvass for students to learn from various sources at their own pace and convenience and substantially add to their learning in the classroom. This offers choice to students to go beyond their chartered curriculum and embrace new interests as well.With no more restrictions of place or time, blended learning has the power to make the Right to Education a reality. It is indeed a positive wave of change in the education system and is likely to be the most favoured choice by students of the future.

Universities such as NCU shall continue to be torchbearers for other colleges and universities in the Northern region to adopt blended learning of their students.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Alumni Interaction

The Department of CSE&IT organized an expert talk and interactive session on ‘Basic Organizational Ethics’ by Mr Pranav Bhardwaj (CSE Alumni, 2006-2010) on 6 October 2016. Mr Bhardwaj is currently working as an Instructional Designer and Business Developer at Genpact. He has expertise in Business Analytics and Content Management. During the interactive lecture, Mr Bhardwaj shared his professional journey and struggles with the students. The students were inspired by his words and raised many queries which were aptly answered. The event was coordinated by Ms Jyotsna, Asst professor, Dept of CSE&IT.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Teamwork is the mantra for success

Dr. Sharda Vashisth
Associate Professor
Dept of Electrical, Electronics and Communication Engineering
The NorthCap University, Gurgaon

"Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work."
                                                                                           ― Vince Lombardi

The importance of teamwork and the influence a team makes in the success of an organization is well-known. Teamwork is just another name of success in today's world. A focused team full of passion and commitment helps the organization achieve new heights of success. Teamwork is not just limited to the business world, it has become a common prerequisite in almost every sphere of life.

The achievements of an organization are a result of the combined efforts of every individual involved in its making. And hence we at The NorthCap University, ranked as the best engineering college in Haryana, believe in teamwork being the ‘mantra’ of success.

Teamwork is equally significant for the students. It helps them to get adapted to situations and work cohesively with their team members. Here at NCU, the students are encouraged to think differently and convey the ideas in a different manner.

With activities like group discussions, group quizzes, projects, presentations, debates, social work, sports activities, plays that impress the idea of coordination and instill the spirit of combined effort, NCU is an adobe where the spirit of teamwork brews.

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success”. The idea of teamwork is easy to understand where a group of people working for one goal come together and each person brings forth his skills in a focused manner and coordinates it with other skills to get the desired results.

The ability to work together with others as part of a team is not simply a skill needed at college, it is a vital skill required in all areas of life. College is, however, a perfect place to inculcate the teamwork attitude. In a college, students experience teamwork in different forms. While teaching students the importance of team spirit, teachers should first make them realize what a team is and how different people form a team. It becomes their prerogative to set examples of a good team before them. Students learn important lessons of life when they see their teachers and seniors communicate through problems and work together to resolve them.

In the colleges, team-building activities help create a positive community atmosphere in the classroom. Games, scientific projects, cultural activities and different inter & intra university activities prove to be the best in inculcating team enthusiasm among students. Students get to know each other in a conducive and supportive environment.Teachers are also able to build a kind of rapport that will enable them to have a trusting relationship with students throughout the year. Group discussion in classrooms and interactive sessions help the students exchange their ideas with one another and thus improving their self-confidence.

A team in its true sense cannot be created in one day. Every member of the team is required to learn, understand and appreciate each other as well as individual boundaries.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Journey of an Entrepreneur

Mr Dhruv Shringi,Co-founder & CEO of visited The NorthCap University on 3 September 2016 and interacted with faculty and students of the University. The session witnessed the success story of an entrepreneur and various challenges faced by him while embarking upon the journey of an entrepreneur. One thing was clear to the students that there are no short-cuts to success. The interaction with Mr Shringi offered budding entrepreneurs a platform where they could appreciate the significance of imbibing such values as commitment, honesty, hardwork and zeal to innovate. The path to success is challenging but not impossible. He accentuated that one should endeavourto develop a business organization that is remembered by the world for all the good things it has contributed to the mankind.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

HR Conclave I - 2016

School of Professional Attachment (SPA) organized a ‘HR Conclave’ followed by the annual group discussion competition ‘SochVichar III’ in association with Aarohan Club, NCU on 23 August 2016. The HR conclave targeted an important issue of ‘Scaling Employability’ during which experts presented their views and opinions on the topic. The event was graced by the presence of the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Brig SK Sharma (Retd); Director SPA, Mr BK Gupta; Mr Subhodh Saluja, Head North India, Manpower Group; Mr JS Jangra, retired Chief Judicial Magistrate; Mr Chetan Soni, serial entrepreneur; Ms Yoshika, Socialist and Femina Miss India 2014 Finalist; Mr Ashwini Kumar Dhingra, Sr Manager HR, Omniglobe Internationals; Mr Anil K Gaur, entrepreneur and owner, Cybergurukul; Mr Satya Prakash, Director Tricore Solutions Pvt Ltd; Mr Puneet Khanduja, Asst Manager, Startbeans; Mr Chetan Singh, Placement Officer SPA and a large gathering of faculty and students of the University.

Mr Subhodh Saluja gave tips on how to become a successful employee and stressed on three major requirements in the corporate world - skills, attitude and knowledge. Further, Mr JS Jangra encouraged the students to have right attitude and grab the opportunities to get the best out of them. Mr Chetan Soni shared his experience regarding his entrepreneurship expertise and focused on how our peer groups influence our personality and self-growth. Ms Yoshika encouraged students to follow their dreams and stay confident. She focused on the fact that networking is the key aspects to grow rapidly in professional life. Mr Ashwini Kumar Dhingra urged students to believe in themselves and be self-motivated. Mr Anil K Gaur encouraged the students to follow their dreams and not to let others influence their career choices. Mr Satya Prakash stimulated the students to have out of the box thinking and encouraged them to be constantly updated with the changing trends. Mr Puneet Khanduja discussed about the common issues faced at workplace.

The discussion was followed by question round, where in the queries of students were aptly answered by the experts. The session concluded with the address of Brig SK Sharma (Retd). He thanked the experts for taking out time from their busy schedules and guiding the students of the university. He stated that marks are not everything, learning is equally important. 

Our alumnus, Mr Vineet Gupta (IT 2012-2016 batch) shared his experience at the HR Conclave, “The Aarohan team led by Banya and Pranav is awesome and very impactful. It was a great experience and the participants were enthusiastic and full of energy. I thank Aarohan Club and SPA for organizing these events and giving us an opportunity to interact with the students. I look forward to meeting the students again and sharing my journey from classroom to the office cubicle.”

Monday, 29 August 2016

In conversation with the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Brig. SK Sharma (Retd)

Brig. SK Sharma (Retd)
Pro Vice-Chancellor
The NorthCap University, 

The NorthCap University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, Officiating Vice-Chancellor & Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Brig. SK Sharma, shares his views regarding the present and the future of the University with Ms Rekha Mathur, Sr Editor, NCU.

Sir, what are the key issues before NCU?
Quality is the single mantra to excellenceand is therefore the key issue on which The NorthCap University focuses all its endeavours. NCU strives towards having quality students with the best faculty. The key therefore is to have a quality intake of both students and faculty and nurture our students to achieve quality in all their endeavours.
Secondly, employers are the ultimate stakeholders of our services and their feedback is of utmost importance to us. Their inputs help us evaluate and gauge our course content, our strengths and weaknesses and take necessary action to empower our students for a lifetime of personal and professional fulfillment.
The key therefore is to continuously strive towards improving ourselves in every sphere and all our decisions aretherefore merit based.In pursuit of academic excellence the University upgradesits physical, academic, information infrastructure and support facilities.In short, the focal point of the mission of the University is to provide quality of learning and innovation in all our programmes, consider new areas of learning and do this with all rigour and relevance.

How do you cope with so many important positions you are holding at present?
Most of the issues one faces are the same or are correlated.Therefore in my official capacity, I have the added advantage of getting a 360ยบ view of the interrelated issues and seeing it from different perspectives. This guides me towards a holistic approach to them.
How do you plan to encourage multidisciplinary teamwork at the University?
Some of the first steps to multidisciplinary teamwork have been initiated. As problems are multifaceted their solutions need to be holistichaving engineering, management and legal aspects to their solutions.To begin with we have proposed that some of the major projects of BTech 4th Year students shouldhave multidisciplinary teams working on them.
Similarly for multidisciplinary sponsored projects we have invited proposals from the faculties of different departments. Prof. A Sen Gupta, Mentor RDIL,iscurrently finalizingprojects involving various groups of faculties from the Departments of CSE & IT, EECE, Mechanical and APS.
Lastly,there is higher flexibility in thecourse structure in a ratio of60:40 for Core and Elective. 20% credit for Open Electives give a boost to interdisciplinary courses. A student can choose courses according to his/her interest which leads tomultipleinterdisciplinary courses insay, the four year BTech programme.
How do you propose to enhance benefits of collaboration with foreign universities?
We have collaborations for BTech student exchange programme with ITB Ireland. Many students have benefited through the scholarships offered by them. For the first time for MTech students NCU has collaborated with the University of Regina, Canada.Under this agreement MTech students fromthe Departments of ECE and CSE can study at the University of Regina in the second year, after successfully completing their first two semesters at NCU. The students get the advantage of earning a Canadian MEngg degree in the same period, i.e. a total of two years, thus reducing the expenses for a foreign degree.
NCU has collaborated withthe Michigan Technological University, USA regarding 3+1+1 programme in Computer Science. Under this agreement, undergraduate students of Computer Science at NCU can go to study at Michigan Technological University in the 4th Year, after successfully completing three years at NCU. Successful completion of this programme by NCU students will lead to a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering, conferred by NCU, and a Master’s of Science degree conferred by Michigan Technological University, if the master’s degree requirements are satisfied.

Where do you wish to see NCU after five years?
The field of higher education is dynamic, ever evolving so we have to keep reinventing ourselves to remain relevant and contemporary. We have to gauge future requirements today and be prepared to face the challenges. Some of the issues for the next five years in this regard are:

  • We have to keep introducing more inter-disciplinary courses, courses at the courses at the boundaries of intersecting disciplines.
  • Our Post Graduate courses require to be substantially restructured and improved.
  • To have an edge over others we have to impart to our students Smart Skills such as Machine Learning, Robotics, Business Analytics, Big Data Analytics, Gaming Skills, Critical Analysis skills and more.
  • We must offer more opportunities for the learning of the Liberal Arts as a separate area of study or as Minor area for other programmes.
  • We have to supplement the teaching learning process for encouraging Entrepreneurship in a big way.
  • Learning rather than teaching is the guiding principle for tomorrow in a 24x7 e-learning environment.
  • We have to offeran immersive learningenvironment that simulates realistic scenarios.
One Army work culture you would like to introduce in the civilian way of functioning?
The value system of the Army which is synonymous with sincerity, discipline, integrity, teamwork, being self-driven, ethical and formational moral values are crucial in the functioning of any organization. So are they in the field of education.
Please tell us about your hobbies.
I am fond of reading and I like to read on a multitude of subjects. On weekends I choose to play golf. I am passionate about travelling particularly exploring less frequented places, with my family. 

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Youth Empowerment through Extracurricular Activities

Dr Pranati Purohit
Department of Applied Sciences
The NorthCap University, Gurgaon

The MHRD aims for higher education for promotion of basic sciences encompassing creation of research centers of the highest caliber in which teaching and education in basic sciences will be totally integrated with state-of-the-art research. These institutions are devoted forpost-graduate teaching in sciences in an intellectually vibrant atmosphere of research.These institutions make education and career in basic sciences more attractive by providing opportunities in integrative teaching and learning of sciences. In order to support the aim and goal of MHRD, there are M.Sc. colleges/ universities in Gurgaon offering various master programmes in basic sciences through regular classroom teaching & distance learning programsfor a duration of 2yrs.   These institutes are driven by vision & philosophy of destination to success. Industry centric course curriculum are coupled with research & innovation, quality education, knowledge to action, leadership innovation with ethics etc.Among these institutions, The NorthCap University (NCU) at Gurgaon has become a name attracting students from across the India for offering quality education driven by the vision & philosophy of being independent, innovative & inspiring.

Educators suggest that an individual’s participation in extracurricular activities can build young persons’ interests in study, strengthening their sense of identity and exposing them to greater exposure and self-satisfaction from service. Reading, writing, and other indispensable academic skills are intertwined with learning about self, communicating and working well with others, and gaining broader understanding of cultural influences. Extracurricular activities can provide opportunities: (a) to acquire and practice specific social, physical and intellectual skills that may be useful in wide variety of settings; (b) to contribute to the well being of one’s community; (c) to belong to socially recognized and valued group; (d) to establish supportive social networks of peers and adults which can help in present as well as in future; and (e) to experience and deal with challenges. In other words, with the help of extracurricular activities youth can exercise their skills, especially the social and emotional skills to face the real problems in the society. Unfortunately, many colleges do not empower their extracurricular activity optimally. Some of the colleges have the provision of extracurricular activities only for fulfilling the government regulation or to raise their image.

College/institution based extracurricular activities are unique in several ways and characterized by some conditions. First, extracurricular activities are one of the few aspects of leisure actively promoted by colleges/institutions and are thus amenable to programmatic and social policy initiatives. For example, requirements for art, music, and physical education may expose youth to experiences that they may not have at home.This encourages them to enroll in institution-based extracurricular activities such as band, theatre, or sports, and enrich their leisure outside of college/institution. Many courses outside the traditional academic curriculum are designed specifically to provide youths with skills that will last for a lifetime. Second condition is voluntary participation in college/institution-sponsored extracurricular activities which provides similar advantages.

Education is one of the four pillars to build a strong economy driven by knowledge & ethics, which will help us make a healthy society for living. In order to produce a good post graduate, along with the soft skills they have, colleges/institutions must also empower their extracurricular activities. Each activity can develop different root of character.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Special Lecture on Internet of Things

Ms Gayatri Magie from IBM Team North America addressed students and faculty members of The NorthCap University on 3 August 2016 to build their awareness on Internet of Things. Ms Magie is the Business Development Executive leading the IBM Watson Internet of Things Academic Initiative. She collaborates with educational institutions worldwide to help faculty and students build IoT skills leveraging IBM resources and platforms available for academia. With 18 years of experience in the domain of Information Technology and working on worldwide teams and projects across various aspects of the business, including product development, customer support, project management, product management, and sales, she could connect the dots on various related issues during the talk.

Ms Gayatri introduced the concept of ‘Internet of things” to the students and faculty using many examples and case studies with the help of slides and videos. She also introduced the concept of IBM Watson to the students. The students were required to register on the IBM Watson website from which they could download various open source software and even design IoT applications.

The lecture was followed by a Q&A session, where students inquisitively asked questions which Ms Gayatri answered them informatively.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Importance of Research in Enhancing Teaching Effectiveness

Prof. AK Yadav
The NorthCap University, Gurgaon

Institutions of higher learning the world over are mandated to contribute to the creation of new knowledge, apart from teaching and extension activities. The creation of new knowledge requires continual efforts to push the frontiers based on the existing knowledge. Those teachers who are engaged in research activities in a related field of inter disciplinary nature can easily provide a better perspective of theoretical concepts to the students. This significantly helps students to gain a clearer understanding of the topic being taught. Not only they get inspired to take up further work as a project but are likely to pursue higher studies for further investigations.

It is well-known that research output is one of the major factors considered by agencies which bring out ranking for top/best colleges and universities every year. Any credible ranking would show that higher ranked colleges/universities have a strong research program to supplement teaching. Therefore, teaching alone in the absence of research would severely limit the academic excellence particularly in the global context. Whenever one decides to identify a list of potential institutions for pursuing higher studies, the research credentials of the teachers and research output of the institution become a key deciding factor.

The state of research in Indian higher education institutions is abysmally poor when compared with institutions at the global level. There are numerous reasons for such a situation; starting from resource constraints, poor ecosystem, improper grooming of young researchers, lack of motivation due to near absence of incentives. In the State run universities one can find some notional research activities, where as in the private sector research hardly finds any place in their scheme of things. On the contrary, most of the engineering colleges in their promotional material rarely miss out on mentioning that they have a research focus or research-oriented faculty. One can easily see that the quality of research output coming from the private engineering colleges in India is highly substandard and it finds place in fake or low-quality journals which guarantee acceptance and online publication in less than a week. This is mainly due to absence of ecosystem for research activities, viz. inadequate research infrastructure, access to relevant research quality journals from reputed publishers, lack of encouragement by way of recognizing and incentivizing research contribution. When teachers resort to such means of producing research papers and articles, it definitely impacts their teaching adversely with unsatisfactory value system and ethics.

Though the right aptitude for research may not be possessed by every teacher, it certainly adds to the teaching quality and effectiveness. Any faculty associated with higher education must be engaged in some research work to remain agile and updated on latest developments in the field. It will also help in providing a refreshing perspective to the students while teaching. Hence, it is imperative that all universities and colleges must put in resources to provide a right environment for research activities to augment teaching. This will also stimulate interest in students to pursue higher studies with zeal to contribute to knowledge creation.