Cam­pus Buzz

From 100 per cent place­ments to a grow­ing list of for­eign part­ner­ships, Sharda Univer­sity knows what stu­dents want to­day.

India Today - - ASPIRE - By Son­ali Achar­jee

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

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