WIRED FOR EXCELLENCE
Updated syllabuses and experiential learning at this technology institute produce well-rounded, industry-ready graduates
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
SEEKING KNOWLEDGE Students at SMIT, Majitar
MODERN METHODS A computer lab at SMIT