BSDU to emerge as largest skill de­vel­op­ment uni­ver­sity

Financial Chronicle - - MISCELLANY - RITWIK MUKHERJEE

UGC-recorgnised Bhar­tiya Skill De­vel­op­ment Uni­ver­sity (BSDU), one of the hand­ful of skill de­vel­op­ment uni­ver­si­ties in the coun­try, founded by Switzer­land-based In­dian sci­en­tist Rajendra Joshi (who is cred­ited for the in­ven­tion of Tec­fidera-BG 12), a medicine against mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis (MS), is in the process of shelling out nearly Rs 600 crore over the next four years to emerge as the largest skill de­vel­op­ment uni­ver­sity in the coun­try with 36 dif­fer­ent schools and a stu­dent base of 10,000. The fledg­ling uni­ver­sity is putting up a 300,000 sq mt cam­pus on a sprawl­ing 50 acre land near Jaipur. That’s not all. If things move the way it has been en­vis­aged, Rajendra & Ur­sula Joshi (RUJ) Group, that runs BSDU, will also repli­cate the same model and set up a sim­i­lar skill de­vel­op­ment uni­ver­sity in Switzer­land also, said Brig. Sur­jit Singh Pabla, vice chan­cel­lor, BSDU, adding that it is the first unique skill de­vel­op­ment uni­ver­sity in In­dia with a vi­sion to cre­ate Global ex­cel­lence in skill de­vel­op­ment sec­tor by cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, space and scope for the de­vel­op­ment of tal­ents of In­dian youth and by mak­ing them glob­ally fit. It also runs a RUJ Skill School to pro­vide ba­sic skills to school dropouts and gen­er­at­ing em­ploy­a­bil­ity for them.

It is the only uni­ver­sity that of­fers flex­i­bil­ity of mul­ti­ple en­try and mul­ti­ple exit. It of­fers cer­tifi­cate cour­ses, di­ploma, ad­vanced di­ploma, bach­e­lor de­gree (B. Voc), masters de­gree (M. Voc) and PhD. And at BSDU it’s 80 per cent prac­ti­cal skills and 20 per cent class­room tu­ition. Brig Pabla said that the group has al­ready pumped into nearly Rs 200 crore to come up with its ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity.

BSDU fo­cuses on im­part­ing skill de­vel­op­ment train­ings on man­u­fac­tur­ing (en­gi­neer­ing), poly­me­chanic, au­to­mo­tive, car­pen­try, IT & 3D Print­ing tech­nol­ogy, ro­bot­ics and elec­tri­cal. “As we go along, we will have in­creas­ing fo­cus on en­trepreneur­ship de­vel­op­ment, re­search, in­cu­ba­tion and in­no­va­tion. We are com­ing up with one in­cu­ba­tion cen­tre and an­other in­no­va­tion cen­tre also,” said Brig Pabla.

In­ter­est­ingly, right from the be­gin­ning, Joshi, wanted to bring in ‘Swis­sDual-Sys­tem’ of train­ing on job to In­dia. And with this in view, the group has set up its first project of poly­me­chanic train­ing within the cam­pus with a cap­i­tal out­lay of close to Rs 150 crore.

The teach­ing at BSDU is led by a Swiss team and sup­ported by In­dian team of well qual­i­fied train­ers. Quite sig­nif­i­cantly, RS In­dia, a joint ven­ture be­tween SRM Tech­nolo­gies AG of Switzer­land, RUJ and SRM Mech­a­nis Pvt Ltd, has set up its fa­cil­ity al­most ad­ja­cent to BSDU. RS In­dia is en­gaged in man­u­fac­tur­ing of pre­ci­sion & assem­bly, for the sec­tors like Pharma, Aero­space, Ma­chine Au­toma­tion, Health­care, Au­to­mo­tive, Photo Tech­nol­ogy etc. The stu­dents at BSDU use the same plant and ma­chin­ery that RS In­dia uses and they get train­ing for man­u­fac­tur­ing the same range of prod­ucts. A num­ber of suc­cess­ful stu­dents at BSDU get ab­sorbed by the group com­pany.

“We spend nearly Rs 4 lakh per stu­dent, while we charge only Rs 60000 as course fee. We in­tend to cover up this gap by way of in­creas­ing job works. We will get them ex­e­cuted by our stu­dents, sup­ported by their train­ers,” said Brig Pabla.

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