From 100 per cent placements to a growing list of foreign partnerships, Sharda University knows what students want today.
Sharda University knows how to keep both parents and students engaged.
Abhishek Sisodiya was always torn between opting for a career in the Army and pursuing engineering. What decided the matter for the 20- yearold from Jaipur was finding a place where he could work hard and party harder. Now a second- year student of civil engineering at Greater Noida’s Sharda University, Sisodiya has interned with the university's branding cell, brainstormed with director Imtiaz Ali, participated in impromptu go- karting contests and is looking forward to starting his own robotic soccer club next year. “I went through nearly 30 university brochures before opting for Sharda because they have the right infrastructure to support learning both inside and outside the classroom,” he says.
Set up in 1995, Sharda University is currently home to over 25,000 students and 1,200 faculty members. Spread across 63 acres of land with 3.5 million square feet of infrastructure, the university offers courses in engineering, business, dental science, medicine, architecture, design, media, law, health science, language and nursing science. Be it 870 dedicated research computers for students to use, a massive central food court or state- of- the- art labs for every academic school on campus, there’s little for students to complain about at the university. “From safety to academics and extra- curricular activities, the campus meets my every requirement. Faculty and labs ensure you are learning skills relevant to your field while special transport systems and a number of student societies guarantee a fun and safe student experience for all,” says Pritanki Srivastav, 20, a second year student of B. Tech com- puter science at Sharda University.
From a surprise visit by actors Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha to frequent fairs, dance- offs and cultural activities, there’s always something to keep students happy and occupied at the university. “I personally love to recharge my batteries by attending a dance session or chilling out with friends over a cup of coffee. The lawns and gardens on campus are great places to study. Since I have started my course here I really feel I have evolved both professionally as well as personally. I am much more confident today and understand the dynamics of the job market much better. This increased selfassurance is a result of meeting with different faculty members and students at the university,” adds Srivastav. But it’s not all fun and games at the university, academics too play a vital role in campus life.
One of the most popular courses on campus is the engineering and computer science department. The department has five modern air- conditioned computing labs. Out of these, one lab is dedicated exclusively for postgraduate students and research scholars. All systems are equipped with high speed Internet connectivity in order to facilitate various elearning and interactive lab sessions. In addition, the department also has round the clock Wi- Fi connectivity that is available to all students free of cost.
“The department is committed towards fostering creative and innovative research. We offer courses in a variety of different fields such as electronics, computer science, mechanical engineering, biotechnology, chemistry, math, applied science, mining, environment and materials technology. The emphasis is on help- ing students increase their overall understanding of a subject,” says Dr Abhishek Swaroop, head of department, computer science and technology.
The school of art, design and media studies is a fairly recent addition to the university but has already become a popular choice amongst students. The department has its own television, print and design studio for students to work on along with a dedicated library boasting of over 5,000 titles.
Apart from each academic school having its own library and infrastructure, the university also boasts of a central library that is home to over 1.85 lakh books, 2,000 CDs and 300 periodicals on various subjects. Students can also access more than 700 online journals through special e- library software. “Infrastructure is of utmost importance here. Be it a 750- bed multi- specialty hospital for dental and medical students or the latest
iMacs for design students to work on, every programme has relevant facilities. The university also offers comfortable residential facilities,” says Sisodiya.
However, not all infrastructure at Sharda is present on campus. The university has also built up a series of foreign student exchange programmes and research collaborations. The flexible credit system at Sharda makes it easy for international universities to offer its students various study abroad programmes. At present there are partnerships with over 30 different instituitions abroad including Salford Business School in the UK, University of Bremen in Germany, Barry University in the US and Ulsan college in Korea to name a few. Business school students in particular enjoy the opportunity of spending one entire trimester abroad at a university of their choice.
Sharda also provides placement support for both summer internships as well as full- time work to all graduating stu- dents. In the last 11 years the university has placed more than 15,000 students at a number of leading companies such as
HDFC, Infosys, Audi, Escorts, Pepsico and Puma to name a few.
Last year nearly 145 companies visited the placement fair on campus with a student walking away with the highest salary package of Rs 12 lakh per annum. “It’s a comfort to know that the university is always ready to support you,” adds Sisodiya.
Students at Sharda University