The most priceless thing in today’s whirlwind that is our globe is “Data” or “Information,” not gold. The importance of information has increased tremendously over the past few years as cutting-edge analytics and artificial intelligence have uncovered significant insights from disparate, at first glance unconnected data points. The demand for specialists with the skills to traverse this subject is growing as its relevance continues to soar.
In an era where educational institutions are embracing the integration of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence curricula, a pressing urgency arises to enhance the proficiencies of young professionals who may have previously missed this pivotal epoch. Presenting CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Pune Lavasa Campus—a dynamic oasis of scholastic brilliance. Guided by the religious congregation – Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), and nurtured by the educational vision of CMI priests, this campus operates as a transformative haven for aspiring Data Professionals. It serves as a guiding light, steering students towards the refinement of their abilities to contribute meaningfully to society on multiple fronts.
At its core, the university’s eminence is deeply anchored in Gospel values, and it is unwaveringly dedicated to providing holistic education by fostering intellectual prowess, as well as the cultivation of personal, interpersonal, and societal skills.
CHRIST (Deemed to be University) in a Nutshell
Nestled amid the serene Sahyadri hill ranges, CHRIST Lavasa graces the landscape as an NAAC A-grade institution, achieving this distinction on a four-point scale. Esteemed for its thoughtfully curated curriculum, the university is renowned for its impactful teaching methods, seamlessly intertwined with a range of corporate discussions, industry expeditions, technology festivals, club engagements, conferences, hackathons, and an array of such enriching experiences.
“In the realm of Lavasa’s campus, our aspiration is for students to not merely absorb their subjects, but to breathe life into them. What sets our university apart is the wealth of opportunities we offer, including on-campus internships and personalized skill training guided by mentors,” revealed Dr. Fr. Lijo Thomas, the Director of the University. Building upon this sentiment, Dr. Fr. Lijo Thomas further emphasized, “The faculty at our institution upholds a developmental approach to nurturing students. Formative assessments are frequently employed to decipher students’ creative thought processes and distinctive expressions. This approach ensures that ongoing studies are seamlessly integrated with multifaceted analysis, enriching the teaching of the curriculum.”
Moreover, CHRIST Lavasa takes pride in offering an expansive assortment of extracurricular and co-curricular pursuits to its students. This spectrum encompasses literary clubs, spirited debate societies, athletic engagements, vibrant cultural events, and avenues for community service. The university embraces the diversity of its student body, allowing them to engage in a diverse tapestry of activities. This involvement not only nurtures novel skill sets but also encourages cross-cultural interactions and provides a tapestry of experiences that enrich campus life.
Empowering Analysts of Tomorrow
CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Pune Lavasa presents an array of Data Science programs encompassing MSc and BSc tracks, each tailored to cater to the evolving industry dynamics and the requisites of a proficient Analyst. The BSc (Economics and Analytics) program intricately blends the realms of economics and analytics, spotlighting analytics as a pivotal tool for forecasting economic scenarios. Contrarily, the BSc (Data Science) program hones in on the analytical facet, concentrating on deriving tangible solutions and predictions through astute analysis.
Inclusive of all courses at CHRIST Lavasa is an exclusive fusion of Statistical Methodologies and Computational Sciences. This strategic amalgamation serves to adeptly equip students, grooming them into adept Data Science professionals. The educational journey is further enhanced through mandatory internships, hands-on training in software tools, specialized certification courses, one-on-one mentoring sessions, immersive workshops, and an array of comparable avenues. This cohesive environment fosters a mindset of innovative thinking and unconventional creativity.
From Connections to Impact
Spanning from industry alliances to global affiliations, the university’s endeavors empower students with practical exposure and drive societal progress. Noteworthy partnerships include the Academic-Industrial Collaboration with PRAD Equipments Ltd, as well as collaborations with Kriptech Systems Engineering, Binghamton University, New York, U.S.A, Kustomind Design LLP, EduDelphi Education Pvt. Ltd., Sri Aurobindo Institute of Technology, among others.
Beyond these, CHRIST University stands as a member of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), linking it with a global network promoting vital causes like peace, human rights, and sustainable development. Actively engaging in the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) program initiated by the Government of India, the university addresses rural needs through student-faculty community projects.
Recently, CHRIST University has partnered with the KITES Foundation, an entity dedicated to empowering marginalized communities and driving social change. This collaborative effort, as emphasized by Dr. Fr. Lijo Thomas and the Director, offers students first hand insight into challenges faced by marginalized communities, fostering empathy and active contributions toward sustainable development.
Going Down the Line
Under the guidance and leadership of Dr. Fr. Lijo Thomas, the university aims to empower students and equip them to meet the challenges of the forthcoming era. As the university expands its offerings, including innovative programs such as the M.A. in Digital Humanities featuring game teaching and Atlas.ti, CHRIST University is committed to providing state-of-the-art courses that aptly address the ever-evolving requisites of both industry and society.
Embracing the belief that each student contributes a unique perspective and skill set, the institution is eagerly looking forward to embracing an increasingly diverse and vibrant learning community. Also, the goal encompasses creating a nurturing and inclusive atmosphere where students can explore their passions, foster critical skills, and unlock their fullest potential.
CHRIST University’s vision encompasses significant global collaborations, playing a pivotal role in its trajectory. The director is enthusiastic about forging new partnerships with esteemed institutions worldwide, fostering exchange programs that enable students to gain international exposure and broaden their worldview. Beyond offering such global exposure, these collaborations facilitate joint research ventures and cultural exchanges, augmenting the holistic educational journey for students.
Dr. Fr. Lijo Thomas – Director
Dr. Fr. Lijo Thomas has charted a diverse and enriching professional journey since 2005, spanning various roles and locations. His path commenced as an Associate Pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Changanacherry, Kerala, India, during 2005-2006. Following this, he assumed the responsibilities of a Teacher and School Counselor at Kristu Jyoti Higher Secondary School in Changanacherry, Kerala, from 2005 to 2009. Driven by a passion for professional development training, he delved into the field, offering invaluable insights and guidance to schools and colleges across Kerala, India, until 2010.
In 2009, a shift led him to the role of Teacher and Administrator at Jawahar Public Senior Secondary School in Varkala, Kerala, where he showcased his dedication until 2012. Inspired by this experience, he sought higher education and research opportunities, serving as a Researcher at the University of Louisiana, Monroe, LA, USA, from 2014 to 2017. Concurrently, he extended his expertise as an Adjunct Professor at the same university between 2015 and 2017.
In 2017, Dr. Fr. Lijo Thomas joined Christ University in Bangalore, India, as an Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences, a role he continues to hold. He has concurrently assumed multiple leadership positions within the university, including Director of the Office of International Affairs, Student Welfare Office, and the Center for Academic and Professional Support, all commencing in 2017. Furthermore, he took the helm as the Director of the Department of Performing Arts, Music, and Theater at Christ University in the same year.