As we all witnessed the year 2020 being incredibly rough on all of us, an unfathomable tragedy called COVID-19 caused havoc resulting in devastated lives and economies. But while COVID has been the prime story of the year, the bright light at the end of the dark tunnel was the education system which changed and grew manifold even during this time of crisis. Additionally, with educational institutions and universities across the globe progressing towards imparting effortless teaching/learning to all their students, the primary focus was to improve the employability among students. With the increased need for business leaders who endorse empathy and self-awareness about how their actions impact the performances of people around them, business schools and universities involved themselves in an endless race of creating abled professionals of tomorrow. One such renowned institute which has been known for producing global leaders, staying well in sync with the market trends and demands, and preaching strong societal responsibilities – SVKM’s NMIMS University MPTP has become a go to place for exemplary techno management learning.
Started in the year 1981, it was Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal’s philanthropic decision that SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (SVKM’s NMIMS) was founded, well in the pursuit of catering to the rising demands of management institutes in the country. Beginning their journey with just one 2-year full-time master’s program in management studies, NMIMS has thereby come a long way towards becoming a globalized center of management learning, providing its students with a balanced exposure to research, academics and practical aspects of the industry.
Having achieved great laurels in the field of multi-disciplinary academic excellence, today SVKM’s NMIMS has emerged as reputed university with its growth and expansions across campuses at Navi Mumbai, Shirpur, Dhule, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Indore and many more. Specializing across the fields of management, engineering & technology, management, pharma sciences, architecture, biological and nano-sciences, the brand of SVKM has played a distinctive role in creating human resources of value to industry and society both at national and international level.
A gateway of bright futures
“It has always been NMIMS’s goal to enhance the employability of graduates, to create and focus on innovative educational programs, which will be relevant to the needs of the industry and society”, stated Dr D S Gaud, the Director of SVKM’s NMIMS, Shirpur Campus, talking to us about the whole experience of NMIMS and how students are converted from shy individuals to employable professionals, which the world needs. To get a complete inside view about the whole working ethos present on the campus, we got a brief opportunity to interview Dr Gaud, and thereby, we tried our best to address all the important issues pertaining to a management aspirant of today. Dr Gaud answered all our questions with calm and ease, enunciating how all the course curriculum and the functioning at NMIMS research is oriented, promoting accreditation and international recognition. He added to his earlier statement by saying – “Our student selection process involves National Level Specialized Aptitude Test’s into Programs on Offer ie. Business Management, Engineering and Pharmacy”, where he explained in detailed how even the students have to prove themselves to become a part of the esteemed institution, before they let NMIMS guide them towards successful futures.
Heading the whole teaching/learning parade at NMIMS Shirpur are the faculty members of the institute, who themselves are renowned academicians and expert professionals, known for their laurels and achievements in their respective niches. Giving rise to strong mentor-mentee relationships, the faculty members act as mentors rather than just teachers to the students, pushing them to outperform on all aspects, be it inside or outside the classrooms. Supporting the whole learning process, multiple centers of excellences are built on campus, such as the Innovative Entrepreneurship Development Centre (IEDC), nurturing young entrepreneurs to excel as innovators and creators.
Taking challenges such as the current pandemic in a stride, the whole physical campus was shifted online well before the declaration of national lockdown. Platforms like student portal for learning management, Microsoft teams and many other were swiftly implemented, giving the faculty members equal training in the usage/operation, without hampering the quality, quantity and knowledge contents. Also, being one among the very few universities which deployed the Oracle Fusion Cloud Human Capital Management (HCM), a complete process from hire to retire, the performance of faculty in real-time gets monitored and based on that online feedback and recommendation systems, help the management advance smoothly towards imparting quality management learning to all.
A hub of social responsibility and learning
Established in a total tribal area – Shirpur, with a prime objective of meeting social responsibilities of helping the underprivileged sections of society, Shri Amrishbhai Patel founded this campus in the year 2007. Promoting education which preaches industry-readiness, all the students at NMIMS are trained towards becoming capable individuals who can successfully take on challenges of a global market. With the help of the state-of-the-art infrastructure, both offline and online learning/teaching is done with ease, where 24/7 access to e-libraries and scientific wealth via wifi, and other amenities, motivate students towards a standard-filled life during and beyond their educational careers.
Understanding the importance of staying updated with the the market demands and trends, Artificial Intelligence is imbibed in every day-to-day activity followed on the campus of NMIMS, making students become AI-ready. Boasting of a strong industry-academia connect existing on the campus, students get varied opportunities to grow as trained professionals via regular seminars, projects, and guest lectures, organized by the management which are hosted by the industry’s who’s who. All in all, being an exceptional hub for strong industry interface and corporate relationships 1348+ companies visit NMIMS helping students get what they need and deserve. Focusing on development of cognitive, interpersonal, and execution skills besides strengthening the foundations of today’s learner, NMIMS proves itself as an undoubted place for academic brilliance, be it today or in the days to come.
Prof R S Gaud, Director
A man with a 42+ years of professional experience in the field of Pharmacy, a founder Dean of School of Pharmacy & Technology Management, SVKM’s NMIMS (Deemed to be University), Mumbai, Prof Gaud is an all-rounded personality of great vigour and knowledge. He was also an Advisor at AICTE, New Delhi for five years, and has authored 200+ peer-reviewed publications in journals of repute and 12 books in the field of pharmaceutical sciences. He has 2 patents to his credit and, also has had the honour of serving as the president of Association of Pharmacy Teachers of India and has made many reforms in the development of pharmacy education. Currently serving as the present director at NMIMS Shirpur, he guides every student on the campus towards outperforming on all aspects of their individual lives, well in the pursuit of leading successful learning filled lives.