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Up­dated syl­labuses and ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing at this tech­nol­ogy in­sti­tute pro­duce well-rounded, in­dus­try-ready grad­u­ates

India Today - - BEST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY - By S. VAITHEESWA­RAN

The Sikkim Ma­ni­pal Univer­sity, or SMU, be­came the first pri­vate-pub­lic part­ner­ship in ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try when the Ma­ni­pal Ed­u­ca­tion and Med­i­cal Group signed an agree­ment with the gov­ern­ment of Sikkim in 1992. The multi-dis­ci­plinary univer­sity has two cam­puses: one fo­cussing on tech­nol­ogy in Ma­ji­tar and one on med­i­cal in Gang­tok.

A con­stituent col­lege of the SMU, the Sikkim Ma­ni­pal In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, or SMIT, was es­tab­lished in 1997 and of­fers en­gi­neer­ing, tech­nol­ogy and man­age­ment pro­grammes. All the cour­ses are ap­proved by the AICTE (All In­dia Coun­cil for Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion) and ac­cred­ited by the NA AC (Na­tional As­sess­ment and Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Coun­cil). Ac­cred­i­ta­tion by the NBA (Na­tional Board of Ac­cred­i­ta­tion) fol­lowed in 2008.

Lo­cated on the banks of the Teesta river, SMIT pro­vides a beau­ti­ful and in­vig­o­rat­ing aca­demic en

vi­ron­ment for its stu­dents. Aca­demics in SMIT is strongly sup­ple­mented by ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing. Its high-end in­fra­struc­ture for aca­demics and ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vides stu­dents a rich ex­pe­ri­ence and helps in their well-rounded de­vel­op­ment.

Each stu­dent at SMIT is as­signed a teacher under its unique “teacher-guardian” scheme. These teacher-guardians reg­u­larly in­ter­act with the par­ents of their wards to up­date them on the aca­demic per­for­mance and progress of their chil­dren.

In their fi­nal semester, the stu­dents un­der­take a manda­tory six­month in­tern­ship to make them in­dus­try ready. The syl­labuses are mod­i­fied reg­u­larly to bring them up to date ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try re­quire­ments. The stu­dents, thus, have an op­por­tu­nity for mini-spe­cial­i­sa­tions tai­lored for the in­dus­try.

Class­room teach­ing is sup­ple­mented by on­line learn­ing in niche cour­ses through plat­forms such as Cours­era and NPTEL. This helps stu­dents pre­pare for jobs which re­quire modern-day skills. The in­sti­tute swears by ‘dig­i­tal learn­ing’ and dis­tance learn­ing is thus fa­cil­i­tated through the EduNxt Por­tal, a learn­ing man­age­ment sys­tem plat­form.

SMIT’s cen­tral li­brary has over 65,000 text­books and hun­dreds of jour­nals in the dig­i­tal li­brary for the stu­dents to ac­cess. The re­cre­ational fa­cil­i­ties at MARENA, or the Ma­ni­pal arena, in­clude a state-of-theart gym­na­sium, in­door bas­ket­ball, squash and lawn ten­nis courts and a swim­ming pool.

The in­sti­tute is also among the few aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions in the North­east to re­ceive a grant of Rs 8 crore under the Atal In­cu­ba­tion Cen­tre Scheme of NITI Aayog. This is to en­able the set­ting up of an Atal In­cu­ba­tion Lab to pro­mote and sup­port busi­ness start-ups.

SMIT has a strong and ac­tive alumni net­work that very of­ten sup­ports the cur­rent stu­dents in find­ing in­tern­ships and job place­ments. In fact, SMIT has had an ex­cel­lent record of place­ments in the corporate sec­tor over the years with a fairly at­trac­tive av­er­age re­mu­ner­a­tion.

SMU is also highly focused on re­search and en­cour­ages re­search publi­ca­tions by fac­ulty and stu­dents. The univer­sity, in fact, sets aside an in­tra­mu­ral re­search fund of Rs 2 crore per year to sup­port cutting-edge re­search in its con­stituent col­leges. It also has re­search col­lab­o­ra­tions with many na­tional and in­ter­na­tional univer­si­ties, as well as with re­puted re­search agen­cies like the De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO), the Depart­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (DST), the In­dian Space Re­search Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ISRO) etc. A well-ar­tic­u­lated re­search in­cen­tive pol­icy en­cour­ages fac­ulty to pub­lish ex­ten­sively and also seek re­search grants from var­i­ous pub­lic and non-pub­lic fund­ing agen­cies.

`3,20,000, THE TU­ITION FEE FOR THE EN­TIRE MTECH COURSE; HOS­TEL FEE IS `77,000 FOR THE EN­TIRE DU­RA­TION OF THE COURSE 270 STU­DENTS HAVE BEEN AWARDED MTECH DE­GREES SINCE THE FIRST BATCH IN 2006 8 YEARS IS THE AV­ER­AGE TEACH­ING EX­PE­RI­ENCE OF THE

184 PER­MA­NENT FAC­ULTY 19 STU­DENTS HAVE BEEN AWARDED PhDs IN THE PAST THREE YEARS FIVE PATENTS HAVE BEEN FILED IN THE PAST TWO YEARS; TWO OF THEM HAVE BEEN PUB­LISHED

KUNGA TASHI

SEEKING KNOWL­EDGE Stu­dents at SMIT, Ma­ji­tar

KUNGA TASHI

MODERN METH­ODS A com­puter lab at SMIT

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