BSDU to emerge as largest skill development university
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.