COVID-19 and its repercussions have impacted the whole world, and, this crisis has resulted in profound economic consequences. Even though the field of engineering is used to cyclical downturns, the effect of COVID-19 on engineering has posed a major threat to the domain. The job fallouts are huge, but fortunately, the effects will be temporary. More engineers will be needed than ever before when the world returns to a semblance of normalcy. Furthermore, the demand for trained, well-equipped and dynamic engineers will be at an all-time high, thus, only requiring individuals who act as professionals in their respective fields. Thus, the challenge of converting shy, timid students into confident engineers/leaders of tomorrow lies in the hands of various engineering colleges of our country. One such institute which excels towards contributing and building a skilful society, and at the same time, setting an example for the fellow engineering colleges, Chitkara University Institute of Engineering & Technology (CUIET) is perhaps an epitome of excellence by not only ensuring great learning opportunities to budding Engineering students but also encourage them to participate in activities of research and innovation
Part of the Chitkara Educational Trust, the Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology, was founded in the year 2002 as an Engineering college affiliated to Punjab Technical University. But, with a grant of status of a full-fledged private state university in 2010, Chitkara University Institute of Engineering and Technology became an integral part of Chitkara University starting from the academic year 2011. And, since then the institute has come a long way in the direction of promoting research, innovation and entrepreneurship, imbibed in the engineering learning methodology followed on campus. Keeping the brand value of the sister trust intact, Chitkara University Institute of Engineering & Technology progresses each day towards becoming a centre of commitment and excellence.
Engineering as a Tradition
Quoting their logo depiction – ‘soaring heights, promising progress’, Chitkara – Institute of Engineering & Technology interlinks the key stakeholders of the institute, in an everlasting loop of success. The key stakeholders being the students, parents, the faculty, alumni, industry and society, the Chitkara Group motivates each one of them, in turn, helping them explore their inner potentials. Apart from being rated the best engineering college in Punjab, the engineering programs offered at the institute have consistently made it to the best course list across the nation. The course list offered at the college is endless, from B.E in conventional streams like Mechanical and Computer Science to Doctoral Programs in Applied Sciences, the wide array of courses offered, cater to every dedicated individual willing to be a future engineer cum leader.
The Institute of Engineering & Technology acts as a launchpad to the 1000’s of aspirants, who are ready to let Chitkara guide them through their career successfully. Keeping research as a prime point of focus, the institute preaches practical engineering learning across all their programs. Being one of the few academic campuses in India to have 300+ patents, this gives a sudden boost to the students to outdo themselves, in every endeavour they pursue at the institute, and even beyond their college lives. Furthermore, fulfilling the sole purpose of being a complete engineering institute, CUIET promotes entrepreneurship and excels at providing excellent placements with ease. Outshining as a prime hotspot of inclusive and safe learning, the institute is also ranked as one the cleanest universities of India, according to the ‘Swachhta Ranking’, given by the Govt. of India.
“We believe that every student should benefit from being taught by experts active in research and practice”, stated Dr Madhu Chitkara, the Pro-Chancellor of the university, during a brief discussion we had with her, about the whole ethos present at the institute. She elaborated on her earlier point talking about the concept of engineering being redefined by Chitkara, by quoting – “Latest of ideas are discussed, research discoveries are made and new technologies are always preached at Chitkara”. Through the conversation, we also learnt that the academic staff present at the institute are a bunch of acclaimed academicians actively involving themselves in internationally recognized scientific research. The faculty imbibes a strong sense of research among the students, thus motivating them to excel as innovators and creators.
A Pioneer of Excellence
Recognized by the Government of Punjab, Chitkara University Institute of Engineering & Technology is a multi-disciplinary student-centric campus of excellence. Located ideally among a serene surrounding, the institute is about 30km from Chandigarh, on the Chandigarh-Patiala National Highway. Maintaining close links with leading blue-chip companies and professional associations, the institute delivers academic programs, through the alliances made. It is ensured that all the courses and the academic practices followed on campus are relevant, practical, and deliver the skills in demand allowing all the future engineers to enter the corporate/industry life with confidence and ease.
Due to the strong industry-academia connect, the management of the institute has with top corporates, the students get the best of opportunities in both internships and placements. Aiming at creating unique and effective engineering knowledge, skills, and experience to the highest levels among students, the institute strives each day towards creating dynamic personalities of tomorrow.
Having an impressive state-of-the-art infrastructure at the disposal, students savour every amenity made available to them. From dance, drama to research, every activity carried out at the institute is done with ease. Having collaborations with some of the world-class companies, the faculty at the institute are motivated to attend various faculty development programs. Furthermore, pushing towards creating unique yet dynamic individuals, soft-skill training, workshops, industrial visits, technical competitions, live projects and guest lectures are made mandatory. Notably, the institute boasts of research laboratories in the area of VLSI design, AR/VR, Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Data Mining, Water Sciences, Liquid Crystals and industry-sponsored laboratories like Microsoft Innovation Centre, Nvidia CUDA Teaching Centre, NXP Semiconductors Signal Lab and Dassault Design Centre etc..
Outperforming itself in the field of providing exceptional courses to the masses, CUIET has started unique courses such as ‘Specialization for all Engineering graduates’ in Entrepreneurship & Innovation. This course is a special treat to all the budding engineers to boost their confidence towards becoming future entrepreneurs, with the right skills & knowledge required today to give wings to their dreams. This course gives students a real-life view of the right skills and knowledge they need to be the most successful entrepreneurs of tomorrow
Taking it up a notch, they also have a course into Event Management. A highly practical course, with a perfect blend of core management, and special event management knowledge at your fingertips. By hosting such student-centric courses, the engineering school aims at converting education into, not only “State-of-the-art” but truly “State-of-the-heart”. Students count on such opportunities for gaining a real-world industry view into ‘how to become successful in the industry’ perspective. A special ‘Industry Experience Portfolio (IEP) ‘can be custom-built by students, based on the way they perform in the course.
Taking crisis situations like the COVID-19 pandemic in a stride, the institute overcame it effectively, due the ICT enabled learning methods they were already accustomed to during the pre-COVID era. All in all, the Chitkara University Institute of Technology &Engineering, has come a long way in the never-ending path at excelling as an exemplary place of technical learning. Making you strongly believe that you are part of the right kind of future in the path to become professionals of tomorrow, the institute has understood the importance of educating today.
Dr Madhu Chitkara, Pro-Chancellor
A co-founder of the Chitkara Educational Trust, an eminent academician, and an innovative entrepreneur, Dr Madhu Chitkara, has articulated and designed the road map for the trust and actively participated in its growth. With a passion for academics and great business acumen, she has had a diversified career and variegated experience in the field of education spanning almost four decades. Knowledgeable focused, and a strategic leader, Dr Madhu Chitkara has adeptly managed numerous academic ventures and remains a true leader who ‘leads by example’ – is warm, sincere, and always willing to walk the extra mile to deliver on her promises. Her support to several humanitarian causes, in association with various NGOs, is indeed a tribute to her philanthropic nature, zest for life and desire to transform other’s lives for the better, pushes her forward towards her dream of bringing a positive change to the society.