D. Y. Patil Educational Society, Kolhapur – A Journey of Participative Academic Excellence

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As we all know, education is nothing but a systematic medium through which students are instructed, and imparted knowledge in a school, college or any other institutional organisation. This is the theoretical definition of what the term education literally implies. However, in practice, education embraces a holistic and wholesome training and development of an individual, where it blankets the whole perspective towards all-rounded growth. Thereby, operating as a premier education brand that acknowledges the diverse aspects of life, motivating, empowering individuals to think freely and uniquely, at D. Y. Patil Educational Society, Kolhapur, education does not only handover degrees, but teaches students to stand on their own feet, ready to take their respective spots in the world outside.

Founded with an aim of becoming a world-class dynamic institution of education research & training, at D. Y. Patil, globally competitive, professional and socially responsible human resource graduate each passing year. Also, ensuring globally relevant quality higher education and skill enhancement for providing required trained manpower to the nation & the world, at the university symbiotic relations with industry, academic and research institutions and community are promoted on a large scale. And, in order to meet the expectations of various stakeholders, right on the pursuit of getting recognized as one of the top institutions of higher learning in the next decade and achieve global recognition, the NAAC accreditations and top NIRF rankings are a living proof of the educational excellence, the university exhibits – year after year.

Guided by well-defined, clearly articulated Vision, Mission and Goals, the University offers contemporary & innovative programs through its Medical College, College of Nursing, School of Hospitality, College of Physiotherapy and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research. Also, a hub of skill based employability-driven programs, the university hosts a wide array of courses from DMLT, OT Technician Training Certificate, Dialysis Technician Certificate in addition to MBBS, MD/MS, Medical Fellowships, B.Sc. and M.Sc in various disciplines to Doctoral programs in Interdisciplinary and Medical subjects. “Our University also hosts value added courses in RT-PCR, Professional Communication, Self Communication Skill, Neonatal Resuscitation Programme, Basic Life support, Foundation of Science & Technology – Science of Learning, and many more needed courses of today’s time, to equip students towards an easy tomorrow”, shares Dr. Sanjay D. Patil, the Chancellor and the President of the university.

Redefining organizational values
“In keeping with Digital India mission, the e-governance on our university campus is instituted through pervasive use of computerisation and technology in all departments, moving towards paperless offices”, added the Chancellor, enunciating the various ways the university is equipped, to overcome any crisis situations, via the effective use of ICT in education. Continuing on this very point and elaborating on the impressive ICT-infrastructure present on the university campus, he stated – “All of the latest infrastructural requirements such as LCDs, Smart Boards, Visualizers, Simulations,Telemedicine, Wi-Fi campus, and many more are readily made available for all, along with a customized Learning Management System that allows for better curriculum delivery”. Through the conversation with the chancellor we also learnt D. Y. Patil Educational Society, Kolhapur also houses equipment such as the Miniflex 600 X-Ray Diffacto-Meter with Accessories, TLD Reader, Survey with Accessories, and other top-notch requirements needed by medical experts of tomorrow, in their path towards knowledge-gain.

Furthermore, staying well in-sync with global trends in higher education, University imparts to all students a globally relevant and locally applicable curriculum of international standards. Outcome and Skill based training is achieved through the Clinical Skill Labs, Cadaveric Skill Lab, an active Medical Education Training Unit, adoption of the latest pedagogy and assessment methods. Incorporation of research in both UG and PG programs, evidence-based teaching, interactive and case-based learning, early clinical exposure, industry-academia collaborations, remedial classes and emphasis on field and community-based visits ensure immense competition among the graduates for both higher education and employment opportunities.

In addition, giving wings to the students to not only excel academically, but also as entrepreneurs needed by today’s society, the APJ Abdul Kalam Incubation Cell was formed as continuum of the Brainstorming Unit in the RICH Cell (Research in Comprehensive Health). This has been possible due to the onboard experienced faculty members, who coordinated Comprehensive Research Promotion Practices and requisite administrative and financial support. The teachers along with imparting easy learning curves to the students, the teachers also involve themselves in other initiatives, such as, Research certification of Undergraduates, annual research events for UG (Second MBBS Alliance for Research Training) and PG (Campaign Of University Research Training) students, Research Methodology workshops for UG, PG and Pre-PhD students, student exchange, faculty exchange, hosting and invited talks. The complement of 220 Postgraduate students and 70 PhD scholars and post-doctoral fellows carry out research in basic sciences and clinical areas as well as in emerging areas of nanomaterials, stem cell & regenerative medicine, medical physics, targeted drug delivery, nanobiotechnology, and biosensors.

Being that holistic hub of student development that houses measures such as University Moral Guidance Scheme, Student Guardianship Program, Student Councils, PG Club, NSS, and many more, all contribute to providing a motivating and supportive environment conducive to optimising personal and professional potential of students. Every day at the university is a mix of imbibing universal values and skills, that are integrated in student training through Students Bioethics Wing of UNESCO Bioethics Unit, NSS, soft-skills training, Language class, Counselling Centre, mentoring programs, career counselling. Promoting inclusivity and nation love, celebration of National days, social gatherings, sports and extracurricular activities, students participate and excel in programs such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, Unnat Bharat Abhiyaan, Swachhata-hi-Seva, Rural Community Oriented Medical Training, Beti-Bachao Beti-Padhao, save the girl child as also in social awareness walkathons, street plays, skits and roadshows. Lastly, ensuring that every successive accomplishment serves to bolster enthusiasm of everyone present on the campus, and strengthen their belief, the university is a brand ambassador of – do what it does & keep going, right on the track of giving back to a community of education lovers.

Dr. Sanjay D. Patil – Chancellor & President
A young and dynamic leader, who has been the prime mobiliser of Dr. D. Y. Patil Education Society and Dr. D. Y. Patil Pratishthan’s Multidimensional activities since 1989, Dr. Sanjay has more than 30 educational institutions under him which include a Medical college, Engineering College, Polytechnic College, Agriculture College and also a number of Marathi and English medium schools. Due to his constant dedicated efforts and meritorious work in the field of Medical Education, the Dr. D. Y. Patil education society was declared Deemed to be University in September 2005 by the Govt. of India. An agriculturist and educationist by profession, Dr. Sanjay has been credited with various awards and recognitions, including the Vanshree Puraskar, by the State Govt. of Maharashtra, the Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshmitra award, by the Central Govt. of India, the Kolhapur Bhushan Award and many more to come.