In today’s fast-paced world, the only wealth that is worth having is “Data” or “Information”. In recent years the importance of information has grown manifold as advanced analytics and artificial intelligence can draw meaningful inferences out of unlinked pieces of data collected from a variety of sources. As the importance of this subject grows, the demand for resources with these skill sets increases exponentially. While several colleges and institutes are now offering degrees in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, there is an urgent need to upskill young professionals who have missed this opportunity earlier. CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Pune Lavasa Campus comes in as that Analytical Hub of academic excellence, specializing in the discipline of Data Science and other graduate and postgraduate pursuits in Business, Law, Commerce, and Economics.
A vital academic institution that stems from the CHRIST University Trust, which is led by the religious congregation – Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Pune Lavasa Campus was born out of the educational vision of the CMI priests. Operating as a transformational place for budding Data Professionals, students are guided towards developing their skills to serve society at all levels. The University’s excellence is rooted in Gospel values, and is committed to provide holistic education through the development of intellectual competence, personal, interpersonal and societal skills.
Situated in the picturesque Sahyadri hill ranges, CHRIST Lavasa is a NAAC A grade institute with a 4-point scale. Proud of its curated curriculum, the University is known for its effective pedagogy which is coupled with well-integrated corporate talks, industry visits, tech fests, club activities, conferences, hackathons, and more. “At the Lavasa campus, we want students to learn and live through their subjects, where a distinguishing factor of our university is opportunities such as on-campus internships and one-on-one skill training by mentors”, shared Fr Jossy George, the Dean and Director of the University. Continuing on his above point, Fr Jossy George added – “The faculty here has a developmental approach towards students, where they often take formative assessments to analyze the students’ creative thought process and individualistic expression, and integrate current studies and multidisciplinary analysis while teaching the curriculum”.
Through an elaborate conversation with the Dean, it became evident that CHRIST Lavasa is a hub of continuous improvement of the faculty, where faculty development and quality improvement programs are conducted regularly. Infact during the COVID-19 pandemic, the University provided special training on tools to the onboard faculty members, where they could seamlessly adapt to effective online teaching. And, through academic connections, conferences, guest lectures, and industry networks the faculty keeps up with the market trends and demands.
An Analytical Hub of Excellence & Service
The Data Science programmes offered at CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Pune Lavasa are MSc and BSc (Economics and Analytics) and MSc and BSc (Data Science). Both programmes are designed keeping in mind how the industry is changing and what it demands from an Analyst. BSc (Economics and Analytics) is an amalgamation of economics and how analytics proves to be a major tool in prediction of certain economic situations. BSc (Data Science), on the other hand, is a programme which is focused on analytics and deals with derivation of practical solutions and predictions through appropriate analysis.
All the courses offered at CHRIST Lavasa consist of a unique blend of Statistical Methodologies and Computational Sciences, which will eventually prepare all the students towards performing well as capable Data-Science personnel. Additionally, activities such as mandatory internships, training sessions on software tools, certification courses, mentoring sessions, workshops and many more, result in offering a focused atmosphere of thinking and out of the box creativity and learning.
Also, at CHRIST Lavasa, there is a range of extracurricular and co-curricular activities offered for all students. These include literary clubs and debate societies, sports, cultural events, and community service opportunities. At the University, students can get involved in as many activities as they like, and there is something to suit everyone’s personality and individuality. Participation in these activities help students develop new skills, socialize with people from different cultures, and have a diverse experience on campus.
Striving to reach out to the star of perfection through an earnest academic pursuit for ‘excellence,’ the University has multiple labs and centers for students to research, access journals, read books from various disciplines, and develop technical skills. The IT infrastructure includes the Computer Labs, Free WiFi all over the campus, a robust and comprehensive Knowledge Pro-QA system which helps students keep track of their class performance, grades and attendance. There are also several unique display screens across the premises that keep students updated with the events happening around the campus. Apart from this, the college provides fully furnished hostels, daily buses to and from college, projectors in classrooms, and most of all a lot of supportive staff who are ready to help and guide – students, both on personal and professional fronts. Moreover, the University is also home to a detailed auditorium on its campus, which can accommodate more than 200 students, and is a platform of various cultural, literary and technical events.
All are equally important at CHRIST Lavasa
A completely ragging free institution, at CHRIST (Deemed to be University) ragging is banned, including in its departments, constituent units, or whether located within the campus or outside and in all means of transportation of students whether public or private. The Institution also houses an Equal Opportunity Cell, which is headed by Fr Jossy George himself, with a couple of other top management personnel. The campus hosts an amalgamation of students from different ethnicities who work and learn in a harmonious environment. Diversity is encouraged and it is one of the key strengths of the CHRIST Lavasa family. The education system at CHRIST University has evolved to incorporate technological developments, which has helped the students in grasping better knowledge through visual aids that help in increasing retention.
Thoroughly believing that counseling is a very important aspect of overall development and welfare of the students, there is an onboard counseling department present at CHRIST Lavasa. Every month students are offered counseling sessions which focus on their individual mental health, where the counselors address every issue. Also, students are free to approach the counselors anytime with any queries.
A haven for industrial exposures, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Pune Lavasa Campus, helps all its students by facilitating industry exposure through projects at corporate firms. Also, students are pushed towards developing acute research acumen, through the strong research culture which exists at the Lavasa campus through which faculty and students collaborate on writing resourceful academic papers. The faculty has several years of prior industry experience which enables students to stay up-to-date with the practical application of their studies. “With regards to placement, our multidisciplinary programmes pave the way for many different professions, with 100% placements for all postgraduate students in 2021”, stated – Fr Jossy George. Fr George also added – “Our top recruiters are Axis Bank, Callify, ai, HDFC Bank, BYJU’S, BOSCH, TCS, Wipro, YES BANK, The Times of India and many more”.
Not only does the University guarantee quality placements, it also promotes innovation and entrepreneurial pursuits by encouraging students to analyze different data and organizational structures of businesses, especially in the programmes offered by the School of Business and Management. By building their ability to critique, assess, compute information, and garner insights, they are motivated to pursue their entrepreneurial journeys.
There are many funding opportunities provided by government agencies and independent organizations, and research scholars are kept up-to-date with upcoming funding opportunities at the national and global level. Furthermore, the University is known for granting scholarships to meritorious students who have demonstrated scholarly attributes on the basis of their academic performances.
Fr Jossy George – Dean & Director
As the Dean and Director of CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Pune Lavasa Campus, Fr Jossy George oversees operations under academia, research and management. He became the Director of CHRIST Institute of Management in January 2014 and since then, has been working with associated institutions for over seven years. The Director’s research specialization is in computer science with a special focus on algorithms for improved accuracy in biometrics. He has published many research papers, both in national and international journals, and has successfully filed four patent applications. He currently serves as the member of several highly recognized officiating bodies in the field of Computer Science.