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Shri Vijay Rupani Chief Minister of Gujarat


Directorate of Technical Education

Education Department, Government of Gujarat Gujarat State, INDIA

The Government of Gujarat, in the Legislative

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The committee will prepare the merit list in

Assembly has passed an act, Act No.2 of 2008

accordance with the provisions of the acts and

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the rules made there under for Government

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make special provision for regulation of admission in the professional technical education colleges or institutions in the State and fixation of fees in such colleges or institutions and for matter connected therewith.

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For the latest updates about admission rules visit us on www.jacpcldce.ac.in

The ACPC deals with admission in Government, Grant-In-Aid and Self Financed Institutions located in State of Gujarat for following Courses: l

Bachelor / Master of Engineering and Technology

Section 20(1) of the said Act, the Government of Gujarat, Education Department by way of a

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notification had constituted two different

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Committees called “Admission Committee for

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Professional Courses (ACPC)” and “Admission

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Committee for Professional Diploma Courses

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( A C P D C ) ” to r e g u l a t e t h e a d m i s s i o n o f candidates to the professional degree and diploma courses respectively. The mission

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Bachelor / Master of Planning

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counseling process in a fair and transparent

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manner. The admission process is conducted by

Government of Gujarat has successfully

these Committees strictly on the basis of merit

launched web based online admission

and the preference of the candidate. The

procedure from the year 2009-10 in association

functions of the Committee are as follows:

with National Informatics Center (NIC). From the

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year 2013-14 all admissions under the ambit of ACPC are converted in to online web-based process. Online web-based admission process proved to be most accurate, transparent and time and cost effective.

THE ADMISSION COMMITTEE FOR PROFESSIONAL COURSES (GUJARAT STATE) Admission Building, L. D. College of Engineering Campus, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad-380 015., Gujarat, INDIA Fax: 079-26304118 | E-mail: info@jacpcldce.ac.in | Visit us for information at www.jacpcldce.ac.in Visit us for Online Admission at www.gujacpc.nic.in


CONTENTS JANUARY 2020 | VOLUME 16 | ISSUE 01

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GUJARAT: SHAPING LEADERS FOR A NEW WORLD

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CHIEF MINISTER’S INTERVIEW VIJAY RUPANI Chief Minister Gujarat

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MINISTER PERSPECTIVE

VIBHAVARIBEN VIJAYBHAI DAVE

Minister of State (Women & Child Development, Education (Primary & Higher Education) & Pilgrimage) Government of Gujarat

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BHUPENDRASINH CHUDASAMA

ANIL MUKIM

GOVERNMENT PERSPECTIVE Cabinet Minister Education, Law & Justice, Government of Gujarat

POLICYMAKER’S PERSPECTIVE Chief Secretary Gujarat


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POLICYMAKER’S PERSPECTIVE ANJU SHARMA

Principal Secretary, Higher & Technical Education, Government of Gujarat

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POLICYMAKER’S PERSPECTIVE M NAGARAJAN

Director of Higher Education, Government of Gujarat.

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HIRANMAY MAHANTA

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POLICYMAKER’S PERSPECTIVE Advisor, SSIP, Gujarat

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ACADEMIA PERSPECTIVE Associate Professor , MSU, Baroda Consultant, Finishing School, Education Department , Government of Gujarat

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Gujarat: Setting New Benchmark in Innovation-driven Education The objective of quality education is inspiring students to pursue the answers that have potential to impact organisations, businesses and society as a whole, while facilitating quality learning among people of any age group, caste, creed, religion, and region to sharpen their edge. It is also the process of achieving knowledge, values, skills, beliefs, and moral habits. Driven by this very vision, the Gujarat Government has embarked on a journey to transform the State into a global education hub through the “Study in Gujarat” campaign. As part of this novel initiative, the Gujarat Government has set itself a target of admitting over 10,000 foreign students to its world-class Universities and higher education institutions by 2022. This special souvenir, conceptualised by the Department of Higher and Technical Education in association with Elets Technomedia, is being launched with an aim to inform students about the enormous educational infrastructure and opportunities the state has to offer and become a powerful ally for their future. The cover story, ‘Gujarat: Shaping Leaders for a New World’, delves into how the Government of Gujarat seeks to promote research and innovation in the higher education and technical education sector solidly backed by policies and schemes focusing on not only creating an effective and better academic system, but also developing critical and inquisitive students who are ready to take on the real-life challenges of tomorrow. The magazine carries interviews of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Education Minister Vibhavariben Vijaybhai Dave, Minister of Law and Education Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Chief Secretary Anil Mukim and Principal Secretary-Higher and Technical Education Anju Sharma, to give the readers a clear insight into the various efforts made by Gujarat to make it a favorable study destination. We hope the various articles and special stories carried in this issue of the magazine will go a long way in providing the students a strategic direction to choose their courses of interest wisely. I am hopeful that this special souvenir will prove to be a useful resource and would go a long way in helping students gain transformative skills while studying in Gujarat.

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GUJARAT: SHAPING LEADERS FOR A NEW WORLD Given the long tradition of providing quality education in the country, the institutions of higher studies and universities of Gujarat clearly have an edge with regards to encouraging government policies and programmes, a well-developed education infrastructure, good learning environment and a long list of internationally-recognised alumni from state universities and colleges that make it worthwhile for international students to pick the study courses of their choice.

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fresh burst of energy is driving the education sector of Gujarat today. The state government, led by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, has embarked on a mission to make Gujarat a world-class education hub and set a target of having 10,000 foreign students studying in various universities of the state by the year 2022. “Around 2,000 students are presently studying in world-class universities in the state like Forensic Sciences University, (Pandit Deendayal) Petroleum University, Nirma University, etc. We want to make Gujarat a global hub of education and provide more opportunities to foreign students for studying in universities of the state,” the Chief Minister said recently while addressing students on the campus of Saurashtra University (SU). Given the long tradition of providing quality

Owing to proactive, inspiring and supportive environment in the state, there exist 72 public and private universities, accounting for ~7.2% of total universities in India, and around 900 institutes of higher and technical education today. Gujarat has become a self sustained state in terms of having adequate number of seats for each aspiring student aiming to pursue higher education.

education in the country, the institutions of higher studies and universities of Gujarat clearly have an edge with regards to encouraging government policies and programmes, a well-developed education infrastructure, good learning environment and a long list of internationally-recognised alumni from state universities and colleges that make it worthwhile for international students to pick the study courses of their choice. Nobel laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, who became a household name in India after being awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2009, had graduated from Maharaja Sayajirao University in Gujarat in the year 1971 before leaving for a new life in America at the age of 19. He said in an interview recently that “British education is one of the narrowest in the world. India is better than England in that when you go to high school you can take a lot of subjects. Not take (only) three subjects like here”. Ramakrishnan, who is currently serving as the President of the Royal Society UK, did his PhD in Physics from Ohio University, but later moved away from Physics towards Biology, a route from the physical to the living sciences that has been followed by many key researchers. On the potential of research, Ramakrishnan, believes that India has a unique biodiversity and ecology which opens up the possibility to do “firstrate work not being done anywhere else”.

THE VISION The Department of Higher and Technical Education, Government of Gujarat focuses on nurturing the employable, positive and aspirational generation of lifelong learners. Such traits help the youths of the state to sustain in this competitive and quality conscious era of globalisation. In order to make the youth employable and to make the college campuses conducive for the holistic development of the students, the Department of Higher and Technical Education in Gujarat has several key areas of concern that need to be addressed are quality education, accessibility, facilities and employability. These are the key drivers for the enhancement of education in the state.

EMERGENCE OF GUJARAT AS AN EDUCATION HUB & INNOVATION HUB Gujarat was the first state in India, where Nobel Prize lecture Series was launched in January 2017 in Gandhinagar. It coincided with the Vibrant

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VISA PROCESS/FRRO Student visas are granted to people who wish to come to India and study at an officially recognised educational institution. The main document required is student admission/registration papers from the institution. The provisional admission letter is compulsory before applying for visa. You can surely contact the Nodal officer of “Study In Gujarat” of your University.

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Indian Missions/Posts grant a student visa for a period of five years or for the duration of the course of study, whichever is less, to the below: To foreign students coming to India to pursue regular and full time enrollment in any academic program For overseas students coming for Industrial Training, Summer Project and Internship Provisional student visa valid for six months for the students seeking admission or taking admission tests Applicant must possess the proof of admission to a full time regular academic course in a recognized institution in India and evidence of monetary back up. The applicant must possess a “No Objection Certificate” from the Ministry of Health in case of admission in Medical or Para-medical course. Spouse and dependent family members accompanying the applicant must apply for an Entry Visa (Not Tourist Visa). Its termination date will coincide with the period of the Principal Visa holder

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Gujarat Summit held by the state government. The discussions centred on the themes of ‘Vibrant Gujarat Science for Humankind’ and ‘Science as the Engine for Economic Growth’. “We have put in place a research-driven education policy and want the youth to take advantage of the state’s start-up policy, research and register new patents. We want the youth of Gujarat, which is known as an industry-oriented state, to aspire not for jobs but to create jobs and thereby contribute in tackling any unemployment,” said the Gujarat Chief Minister while underscoring the policy initiatives taken by his government. Gujarat is also the first state where an end-toend ecosystem development approach has been adopted and three different support schemes

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Policy (SSIP) has mandated a support system of Rs 200 crore for this through the Education Department. The academic start-up push has been significant in Gujarat, more than 10 out of 12 DST, and Government of India supported TBIs/Incubators are in universities in Gujarat and nearly 18 out of 20 National Institutes (NIs) of Government of Gujarat in academic environment. Gujarat Start-up ecosystem has taken a leadership role towards setting up a systematic pre-incubation layer. Besides that, faculty development programmes are being organised at regular intervals focusing on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) education. This enables teachers to learn new pedagogical tools and ways of teaching across the state.

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by Department of Education, S&T and Industry have been put in place according to Anju Sharma, Principal Secretary, Higher and Technical Education, Government of Gujarat. The state is sharply focussed on accreditation and assessment, reforms in governance system, faculty development programmes, research and innovation, industry academia collaboration, career guidance and employability skills, promotion of government initiatives like Skill India, Digital India, Startup India, etc., use of ICT, internationalisation of higher education, and addressing regional disparity. The unique initiative of Academic and Administrative Audit has been introduced in the state to evaluate, assess and give accreditation to higher education institutes and award them grade according to their performance on pre-determined parameters. The Startup and Innovation ecosystem has gained momentum in India in the past few years. With ‘Startup India’ mission in place, Government of India has reached out to new age innovators to drive sustainable economic growth and generate large scale employment opportunities. In line with the Government of India, Government of Gujarat has also dedicated ample resources to build effective startup and innovation ecosystem in the state. A dedicated strategy has been put in place to cater to the need of innovation culture building and pre-incubation while primarily involving youth to create a strong pipeline for next stage of Gujarat Start-up ecosystem. Student Start-up & Innovation

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environment in the state, there exist 72 public and private universities, accounting for ~7.2 percent of total universities in India, and around 900 institutes of higher and technical education today. Gujarat has become a self sustained state in terms of having adequate number of seats for each aspiring student aiming to pursue higher education. To explore collaboration with foreign higher education sector, MoUs have been signed with Embassy of Denmark, Saxion University of Applied Sciences-Netherlands, British Council, Schulich School of Business-York University, among others. Gujarat has 127 state government research institutes which is highest among the states in India. Further, the state ranks sixth highest on number of general universities.

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Gujarat was the first state in India, where Nobel Prize lecture Series was launched in January 2017 in Gandhinagar. It coincided with the Vibrant Gujarat Summit held by the state government. The discussions centred on the themes of ‘Vibrant Gujarat Science for Humankind’ and ‘Science as the Engine for Economic Growth’.

Apparently, with 2,390 colleges, Gujarat ranks sixth in terms of total number of colleges in any state in India, as per the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) report 2018-19. When it comes to attracting foreign students, Gujarat has seventh highest number of foreign students with 2,068 students from various nationalities pursuing courses of their choice in the state. As per the NIRF Ranking 2019, 11 Universities of Gujarat ranked among the top 200 universities. Over 19 Universities have received accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), of which 13 have been given “A” Grade. “Another reason why one should choose Gujarat for education is for the living expenses which are much more economical as compared to those incurred in other countries. When it comes to safety, Gujarat is considered one of the safest states in India. Outstation and International students can enjoy a rich and fulfilling experience while studying in Gujarat without having to worry about their safety. Surveys suggest that people consider Gujarat to be the safest state based on daily news reports,” says Anju Sharma. Adequate public transportation, shuttle services, on-campus accommodation, well-lit roads are some of the other infrastructures that have been put in place over the past few years. Gujarat is also home to some of the oldest universities of the country. Gujarat University

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setup in 1949 is the oldest and biggest universities of the state. It has a legacy that spans nearly seven decades. Eminent individuals, the current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi; acclaimed scientist Dr Vikram Sarabhai and Dr Ravindra Dave, Former Chairman, UNESCO, are among the university’s alumni.

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The Government of Gujarat has launched “Study in Gujarat (SIG)”

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campaign with an aim to inform students about the enormous educational infrastructure and opportunities the state of Gujarat provides and can thus help shape one’s future growth through quality education that promotes innovation, hence the tagline “Educate, Innovate and Grow in Gujarat”. Under this campaign, road shows are being organised in at least 13 cities across the globe to create awareness among students about Gujarat’s high-quality outcome-oriented education, availability of diverse industries, rich culture and heritage, progressive and welcoming mindset of local people and ease of living in the state. The campaign will have representatives of at least 28 partner universities, many of which are sector focused and hence provide good industry-academia partnerships, providing students with an opportunity to connect with them to better understand higher education and career opportunities in Gujarat.

industry, cradle for culture and religion, epicentre of the Freedom Struggle, home of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel to the abode of the Asiatic Lion, Gujarat has it all. The state is bestowed with great geographical diversity, from the ethereal salt encrusted desert to the expansive wetlands, pristine beaches to languid valleys, arid grasslands to lush forests. From Dholavira, one of the first cities in the world, to the first prototype of “Smart City” in India, Gujarat is an international student’s dream destination awaiting exploration. The state has 16 beaches on a 1,600-km long coastline, which is largest in India. Gujarat is also home to 22 wild life sanctuaries and as many as four National Parks, the only white desert in the world and multicultural heritage and monuments. Students can expect to soak in the rich cultural diversity, indulge in the various fairs and festivals, savour the cuisine and take back fond memories of their visits which they will relish for a lifetime.

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Gujarat has traditionally been recognised for its entrepreneurial leanings and not for its ability to develop professionally trained human resources. This, however, is changing very rapidly as the Government of Gujarat has embarked on a mission to make Gujarat an Education Hub for the country. The efforts are directed not only towards attracting students from other states within the country but also from other countries. The state government is taking aggressive steps to enhance both the infrastructure and quality of higher and technical education within the state.

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GUJARAT AT THE FORE-FRONT OF THE ‘STUDENT START-UP’ REVOLUTION The start-up and innovation ecosystem has already gained momentum in India. With the ‘Startup India’ mission in place since the last four years, Government of India has reached out to new-age innovators to drive sustainable economic growth and generate large scale employment opportunities in the country, writes Debajyoti Mohanty of Elets News Network (ENN).

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nnovation is essential for the growth of any economy. Furthermore, the education system and the young population play a vital role in shaping the innovation ecosystem of any country. Young entrepreneurs studying-in or coming-out of universities often come-up with novel ideas aimed to make a meaningful impact in the society. For instance, some of the biggest disruptions in the tech industry were initiated by college-age

Intervention to create student centric innovation ecosystem to nurture creative pursuits of over 14 lakh students in more than sixty universities in Gujarat

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entrepreneurs; like Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook while he was a student at Harvard University, and Michael Dell founded Dell Computers at The University of Texas at Austin. Being in a university or college is not a pre-requisite for starting a successful company, but there are many factors involved that make them a budding ground for start-ups. This is because on an average, higher and technical education institutions tend to attract smart and ambitious people. Besides attracting good talent, universities house students from multidisciplinary backgrounds and act as a platform for such individuals to interact with each other easily. Many successful young-age start-ups are founded by teams of university students coming from diverse backgrounds. One explanation for this may be that smart and ambitious people do their utmost to attend the best university possible. They also display qualities like high levels of discipline and work ethics, which are critical to achieve success when launching an early age start-up. Apart from universities, there are not many platforms that provide such a channel for individuals from varied disciplines to interact closely with each other on a regular basis. The chances of a business management student bumping into a computer engineer because they live in rooms next to each other, is very high at any university. Such a setting provides a better vehicle for interaction and innovation than working in silos.

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population. Moreover, the state is blessed with an efficient bureaucracy, an enterprising business class, an excellent infrastructure including roads, urban and rural development, and a robust agricultural setup. Aimed at aggressive expansion, the state’s industrial policies have reaped economic benefits for the populace at large. In the first quarter of FY20, Gujarat saw a record Rs 18,325 crores in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). In terms of industrial output, the state stands second only to Maharashtra. This special story focuses on various essentials of the Gujarat Student Start-up and Innovation Policy (SSIP) and how it is promoting self-employment among the youth of the state by supporting novel ideas of young students and providing them with a conducive environment to harness their creative pursuit. The story also explores how government policies and various incubation centres at different universities help innovative ideas transform into a final product. Gujarat’s SSIP is the first of its kind in India. Crafted with an aim to

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Young entrepreneurs from universities also exhibit a higher risk tolerance as compared to others. Furthermore, young entrepreneurs form the largest segment of present-day entrepreneurs in the globe. According to reports, there are more than 165 million early stage entrepreneurs in the world, belonging to the age group of 18 to 25. Such a large number may reflect the fact that most college and university age entrepreneurs do not have spouses, children, mortgages, or other obligations to be concerned with. Instead, university students have more room to experiment and steer through successes and failures alike. In such a scenario, encouraging and facilitating student start-ups has become an important objective for governments at large. Moreover, the growth of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation across the world has instilled a sense of urgency among the policymakers in meeting this demand. The start-up and innovation ecosystem has already gained momentum in India. With the ‘Startup India’ mission in place since the last four years, Government of India has reached out to new-age innovators to drive sustainable economic growth and generate large scale employment opportunities in the country. One of the major goals of Startup India is to build a culture start-ups and innovation across the central universities of the country that cater to more than 40 lakh students. In line with the Centre, Government of Gujarat has also strived to build an effective start-up and innovation ecosystem in the state. With more than 1 lakh projects, theses and innovative ideas brought up by students from over 60 universities and higher education institutions, Gujarat is an important source of innovations and start-ups catering to new products and services emerging from the market. Witnessed during the last decade and still ongoing, Gujarat’s growth story has been inspiring. The state contributes 7.7 percent to the country’s GDP, comprising only 5 percent of the country’s total

It is a first-of-its kind policy that shall create a much-needed Innovation and Pre-incubation Ecosystem Support (IPIES) for students across the state, adding to the startup ecosystem of Gujarat and creating a strong innovation-driven culture in the state’s higher education spectrum. Anju Sharma Principal Secretary Higher & Technical Education Government of Gujarat

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promote student innovation and start-ups across the state at a large scale, SSIP’s key goals are – to make all the universities execute their innovation and pre-incubation agendas by 2021; to create job creators out of at least 1 percent graduates in the state by innovation and allied means; to support at least 1,000 student-led innovations per year; to file 1,000 patents from universities in the state every year; to harness 500 student start-ups in the next five years, and upscale them; to build capacity for at least 200 educational institutes in the state in the next five years by providing them a robust pre-incubation support; and to enable all universities in the state to develop full-fledged incubators in the next five years. Moreover, SSIP mandates interventions at three specific levels, namely, state-level strategy and planning, university-level contextual policy implementation and handholding, and grassroots level deployment and end-to-end support on ideas and innovations. Under SSIP, the Government of Gujarat has undertaken many unique initiatives. These include – organising an Industrial Hackathon with 400+ challenges, involving 150+ industries and 20,000 students; organising a Summer Innovation Challenge with 800 participating teams, competing for 25 awards in five categories; building a ‘State Innovation Hub’ to provide a single point access to innovation and

SSIP Gujarat will fulfil the much standing need of supporting student innovators at an early stage and motivate them to startup early. Bhupendrasinh Chudasama Education Minister, Gujarat

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start-up support; building four ‘Regional Innovation Centres’ with an aim to construct a decentralised start-up support system; introducing a Student Innovation Fund for prototyping and filing Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), and providing IPR protection and support under a dedicated IPR policy. The Gujarat Innovation Hub (I-Hub) incorporates around 1,00,000 square feet of space for pre-incubation and incubation support. It features fully integrated futuristic labs, in-house innovation centres and a state level intellectual property facilitation centre (IPFC). The hub provides a single point access to Angel Investors, Venture Capital (VC) funds, technology, mentorship, and cross domain and across the value chain start-up support. Furthermore, the I-Hub facility has been linked to all incubation, pre-incubation, and acceleration systems in the universities of Gujarat, from which, around 500 student innovators and start-ups can benefit at any given point of time. The SSIP has many facets in the form of flagship programmes. These include – ‘Start-up Window’ for access to govt schemes; ‘Samajh’ for exposure; ‘Goonj’ for awareness; ‘Bloom’ for innovation in school; ‘Prashansa’ for recognition; ‘Sathi’ for mentorship; ‘Saksham’ for capacity building; ‘Manak’ for certification; ‘Clinic’ for start-up incorporation; ‘Samarth’ for single-point support; ‘Grow’ for incubation; and ‘Mart’ for market creation. Additionally, SSIP has provisions to create a Student Innovation Fund (SIF) of Rs 200 crores for five years; Rs 100 from the SIF will be provisioned every year till the policy expires, where as the remaining RS 100 crores will be mobilised by existing resources like the university’s internal budget, central budget, private and CSR funds, among others. SIF will be utilised for deploying state-level agenda of the policy, as well as for the ‘Innovation and Pre-incubation Support Scheme’. SSIP Bloom has been promoting innovation in school children. Under the programme, every SSIP grantee will be making efforts to train school level innovators. Till now, more than 4,327 students have been introduced to the Bloom program that involved two weeks hands on exposure on innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition, more than 47 colleges and 5 universities have organised SSIP Bloom, covering more than 287 schools across the state. The number of patents filed from Gujarat has increased eight fold, and outreach and

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basic capacity building has increased six-fold after the launching of SSIP. To function in an unbiased manner, SSIP follows an equitable eligibility criterion, according to which the interested university or educational institution must be based in Gujarat and must be recognised or affiliated by an accrediting governmental agency or a recognised university of the state. Additionally, the institution must have demonstrated concrete efforts for innovation and entrepreneurship in the past and must have a strong commitment to participate thoroughly in order to achieve the goals of SSIP. The SSIP application process is quite straightforward, according to which the state government will have to notify the initiation of the policy period through various formats of application, and each prospective university or beneficiary institute will have to apply with a proposal which includes a detailed action plan, timeline and deliverables, as defined by the’ Policy Implementation Committee’ (PIC) or the state government via official notifications. Launched by the state government with a firm resolve, SSIP has been designed to achieve its desired goals in an efficient manner. Remarkably, it features an online web portal that seamlessly integrates all the stakeholders to monitor each and every milestone in real time. Besides, the progress of the key goals of the policy concerning

and supported around 2,900 projects and 916 prototypes. Moreover, 396 patents were filed and Rs 19.5 crores worth of grants were sanctioned for 74 grantee universities and institutions. The policy has helped foster many innovative and successful student start-ups in the fields of manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), automation, Internet of Things (IOT), Fast-moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Art, clothing, robotics, Space technology, e-commerce, education, waste management, smart agriculture, sports, social impact, automobiles, legal solutions, data analytics, business intelligence, marketing,

the set ‘Key Performance Indicators’ (KPIs) is shared publicly at regular intervals. Additionally, the PIC reviews the overall policy objectives with the guidance of the Education Department and its implementation. Also, the Technical/Expert Committees at Universities are expected to advise appropriately for the smooth deployment of the goals at the respective universities. To quantify advancement, the beneficiaries of SSIP, comprising of Universities and other Institutions, have to present a half-yearly progress and impact report. In addition, every university, after receiving the grant, will be required to submit a provisional plan of action. If a beneficiary is found lacking, further release of grants will be done after re-evaluation. Additionally, an impact report on ‘Innovation and Pre-incubation Ecosystem for Students’ (IPIES) interventions will be published annually for the reference of all the stakeholders in the public domain. By the end of 2018, SSIP had reached above 2,55,000 students

interactive media, travel, healthcare, dairy, energy and environment, among others. Due to its thorough nature and successful implementation, SSIP has gained a lot of popularity among the masses. Besides, the state has won many accolades for introducing and running the initiative. For instance, Gujarat has been awarded by Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and Start-up India as the best performing state for start-up support, along with a special mention of SSIP policy. Furthermore, the state has bagged Dr APJ Abdul Kalam foundation award for Public System Innovation, SKOCH Award 2019 for Public Sector Innovation, and Digital Learning Award for promoting student innovation and start-ups. Considering the volume of work and effort put behind formulating and implementing a start-up policy such as SSIP, the future looks bright for budding entrepreneurs studying in Gujarat’s colleges and universities.

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GUJARAT FOCUSING ON REVAMPING EDUCATION SECTOR THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

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An excellent and innovative education and training system is pivotal for personal fulfillment the building of a fair society and a successful nation. It is central to sustaining economic success and in converting economic success into building a strong nation, says Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister, Gujarat on the education scenario of the state in an interview with Elets News Network (ENN).


What is your vision of developing Gujarat as a world-class education hub? An excellent and innovative education and training system is pivotal to personal fulfillment—the building of a fair society and a successful nation. It is central to sustaining economic success and in converting economic success into building a strong nation. To realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of creating a ‘New India’, bold reforms have been initiated in education sector in Gujarat. The Government of Gujarat acknowledges the realities and demands of the current context and formulates progressive and transparent policies and regulations that ensure autonomy of educational institutions to deliver the promise of transformative education that is relevant for the 21st Century. The education sector has been radically reformed in Gujarat due to concerted efforts of various stakeholders. Technical and higher education institutions in the state offer courses and degrees that are competitive in the world market in terms of quality and are delivered at one fourth the cost. Hence, guaranteeing value-for-money education. The strength of Gujarat’s education system may be gauged from the fact that many world renowned scientists, entrepreneurs, noble laureates and professionals in various sectors have graduated from colleges and universities spread across the state. The Government of Gujarat’s endeavour is to encourage international students, including Non-Resident Gujaratis (NRGs), to benefit from the state’s vibrant and diverse education system, which directly translates to enhanced opportunities for students and an all-round academic and personal development. We are making all efforts to develop Gujarat as a world-class education hub by focusing on our excellent education infrastructure, outcome-oriented education, availability of diverse industries, rich culture and heritage, progressive and welcoming mindset of local people and ease of living with safety.

What has been your topmost priority as the Chief Minister of Gujarat? How are you working towards improving the education sector and making it lucrative for foreign students? As the Chief Minister of Gujarat, key developmental indices like education, health, employability and housing are the top most

priority areas of our government. I am determined to build our governance on three pillars: Transparency, honesty and good administration.” On the education front, our government has launched many initiatives and some have turned out to be progressive for the students as well as the teachers. Since independence, a number of measures have been taken to reform the education system in the state. These measures can be grouped into three heads, viz. (i) equality reforms, (ii) quality reforms, and (iii) reforms for administrative ease. To further bolster our efforts in the present scenario where students and teachers work together as learners and mentors rather than passive listeners and all-knowing experts, the government has drawn an Action Plan to meet the objectives of developing a better education system taking into account the vision of ‘New India’. The new Action Plan proposes the revision and revamping of all aspects of the education structure, its regulation and governance, to create a new system that is aligned with the goals of 21st century education, while remaining consistent with India’s traditions and value systems. At the heart of the plan is the aim to improve the impact of the education and training experience on the lives of each and every learner. Gujarat aims to deliver systematic improvement across the continuum of education and training to achieve the ambition of quality enforcement in higher education. The academic reforms planned by the government will lead to effective and better academic system which will then benefit students and their education, while the administrative reforms will lead to smooth, efficient and impactful administration to help universities achieve milestones. Restructuring of university governance, admission reforms and examination reforms are among other steps to be undertaken to clear the loopholes in governance; ensure transparency and fairness in the admission process; and development of an effective system that induces skill, knowledge and merit based assessment.

What according to you are the advantages of enrolling in universities and colleges based in Gujarat? Outstanding institutions have provided a solid foundation for education in Gujarat on which one can build one’s career. Another reason why one should choose Gujarat for education is for the living expenses which are much more economical as compared to those incurred in other countries.

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When it comes to safety, Gujarat is considered one of the safest states in India. Outstation and International students can enjoy a rich and fulfilling experience while studying in Gujarat without having to worry about their safety. Adequate public transportation, shuttle services, on-campus accommodation, well-lit roads are some of the things that have been put in place over the past few years.

As Gujarat, like rest of India, is a young state with youth forming the majority of its population, how do you plan to leverage this

advantage? We are focussing on the youth and roping in about 1 lakh youth for apprenticeship to develop their skills for jobs. The government plans to organise ‘rojgar melas’ or employment camps to give nearly four lakh jobs to youngsters. I am sure these measures would substantially take care of providing jobs to the needy. Gujarat has been No. 1 state in creating jobs. If you see the employment exchange data, it shows that this has been so for the last 15 years. We have offered lakhs of government jobs and through projects set up via Vibrant Gujarat we have been creating jobs not just in the manufacturing sector but also in the services sector. A lot of job-oriented courses have been introduced in the state to close the skill gaps. Through the Mudra scheme of the Central government, we have given crores of rupees for promoting entrepreneurship among the youth.

What message would you like to give to the students? Gujarat with its high-quality education system makes it truly a place for experiential learning. It is important for the younger generation to connect with the cultural, economical and spiritual ethos of their homeland and education is the best way to ensure that. The culture, traditions and education of India form its soul and it is through these powerful means that Indians can become a light of hope for the world.

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INCULCATING HOLISTIC EDUCATION FOR GUJARAT’S YOUTH: BHUPENDRASINH CHUDASAMA “For education to reach conclusion, the society has to be benefitted and for this reason, the Gujarat Education Department has launched the Student Startup and Innovation Policy (SSIP), which encourages and facilitates students to become job providers rather than job seekers,” says Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Cabinet Minister Education, Law & Justice, Government of Gujarat, in conversation with Elets News Network (ENN). What are the state government’s priorities when it comes to education? The Government of Gujarat is working on improving both the quality and outcome of education at all the three levels: primary, secondary, and higher. To maximise enrollment in primary schools, the state Education Department has launched ‘Shala Praveshotsav’ and ‘Kanya Kelavani’. And in doing so, the Department’s priority is to ensure that there are zero dropouts till Class 10. Furthermore, continuous teacher training programmes, along with monitoring of schools has been done through ‘Gunotsav’. Along with this, NAMO e-Tablet has been launched to promote e-Education and Digital Learning. For education to reach conclusion, the society has to be benefitted. And for this reason, the Gujarat Education Department has launched the Student Start-up and Innovation Policy (SSIP), which encourages and facilitates students to become job providers rather than job seekers. By the end of 2018, SSIP had reached above 2,50,000 students and supported around 3,000 projects.

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The Education Department is also focusing on skill-based vocational education through Gujarat Knowledge Society (GKS), Society for Creation of Opportunity through Proficiency in English (SCOPE) and academic reforms under Knowledge Consortium of Gujarat (KCG).

What interventions has the Government of Gujarat made for ‘Skilling and Employment’ of youth across the state’s universities and other institutions? When it comes to skilling of youth, language proficiency and digital education are two very important areas of focus. Society for Creation of Opportunity through Proficiency (SCOPE) in English was established by the Government of Gujarat to build English language proficiency in the youth of the state and thereby create employment opportunities for them. It has been the most successful PPP model in the state. Similarly, Digital Education and Learning Laboratories (DELLs) have been set up in around 400 colleges across the state to promote

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Are any steps being taken to bring universities in the state to global standards so that they can feature among the top universities of the world? In this age of globalisation, making universities accessible to universal talent has become very important and the Government of Gujarat is very much concerned about it. In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aspiration and vision of creating world class institutions of great eminence and excellence, the state government has introduced Gujarat State Institutional Rating Framework (GSIRF) which is a pioneering attempt towards creating world class institutions in Gujarat by Knowledge Consortium of Gujarat (KCG) in partnership with the Indian Centre for Academic Rankings & Excellence (ICARE). The Academic & Administrative Assurance (AAA) initiative of the Government of Gujarat is also a step towards upgrading the state universities to global standards. The initiative has been taken to ensure quality enhancement and realisation of goals by the methods of internal evaluation, external audit, and mentoring of institutions. It works in synchronisation with National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) performance indicators and assesses each Higher Education Institutions as per the criteria laid down by NAAC from time to time. Furthermore, the Government has launched the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) as a centrally sponsored scheme, which aims to provide strategic funding to eligible State Higher Educational Institutions with the purpose of improving their infrastructure. Also, a large number of research projects are being worked

upon by professors and students to make their mark in world of innovation and to contribute largely to the global scientific database.

Could you highlight some of your initiatives in R&D, Innovation and Start-up domains? We are following a very structured approach to promote innovation & Student Start-up Culture across our universities. In the context of state universities we took the leadership in the nation in setting university based innovation ecosystems. We have developed India’s First of its kind Student Start-up Innovation Policy (SSIP) to help student innovators & start-ups across universities in the state with a Rs 200 crore support system. Each University has been given a mandate and guideline to further contextualise it and develop suitable innovation & student start-up support system. We are setting up pre incubation facilities in institutions across the state and are making efforts to see that most of the universities to organically set up their Incubation facilities in this period. We are also creating pathways to link academia, industry and governance. Furthermore, we are trying to create an innovation-centric policy at all layers and wish to see that at-least one percent of our graduates should turn out to be either self employed or entrepreneurs in near future. We are also making efforts to create a decentralised innovation and student start-up support system so that student start-ups in any part of the state can leverage the SSIP support system.

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the use of technology in education and learning. Implemented by SCOPE, the DELL project would enable colleges to train their students in various computer based courses and connect colleges to the outside world through web-based applications. Furthermore, the government of Gujarat has launched a placement initiative called UDISHA where students can directly connect with various employers to improve their employability skills. It works as a communication pathway between Employers and Job Seekers. Under this initiative, college students undergo soft skill and domain trainings as per the requirement of Industries. Placement camps are being held in all universities across the state and the Government is ensuring that every student attends atleast one skill programme during the UG programme.

Is the state government planning to introduce any new institutions for specialised domains? The Gujarat Government is coordinating with MHRD for the establishment of an Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Surat. Presently, IIIT Surat is operating from its temporary premises at Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT) Surat, which is also its mentor institute. The alternative land has been identified and the allocation process is in progress. We are also working on establishment of two Government Pharmacy Colleges in Gandhinagar and Surat. Administrative approval and land allotment has been given/made for the same. Procedure to get AICTE & PCI approval is under progress.

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‘EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OF GUJARAT: SHAPING THE FUTURE OF YOUNG MINDS’ In an exclusive interview with the Elets News Network (ENN), Vibhavariben Vijaybhai Dave, Minister of State (Women & Child Development, Education (Primary & Higher Education) & Pilgrimage), Government of Gujarat, shares her insights on the various measures taken by the Education Department, Government of Gujarat to promote the allround development of the youth in the state, apart from providing them with affordable and accessible education, and employment opportunities. 24

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What is the mission of Gujarat’s State Education Department? Founded in 1960, Gujarat’s Education Department looks after primary, secondary, higher and technical education in the state. The department forms policies on education, supervises implementation and issues orders in the form of guidelines. Its mission is to continuously push education and literacy, and make the best use of investments in education sector for the purpose of development andimprovement in the quality of implementation.

To make continuous improvements in the research methodology and to educate the faculties on contemporary enhancement in research and innovations, multiple Research Methodology Workshops have been organised in the state. Since the year 2014 till present, around 32 research workshops have been organised in the state in which as many as 1260 faculties participated. Furthermore, more than 1050 research papers/ articles on various subjects have been uploaded on the the Knowledge Consortium of Gujarat (KCG’s) E-Journal website which has recorded above 3,84,868 visitors till date. To keep the college/university faculties updated on the latest developments taking place in the field of education across the world, the Education Department is running multiple Faculty Development Programmes. Their main objective is to educate the faculties on the contemporary developments taking place in pedagogy, methods and technology with regard to the teaching-learning process. From the year 2017 till 2019, a total 17 Faculty Development Programmes were organized at KCG in which as many as 730 faculty members participated from

across the state.

Have you taken any steps to make education loans less demanding for students?

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Has the Education Department taken any steps to foster a culture of high-quality research in the H&T educational institutions of Gujarat? Also, are there any dedicated faculty training and development programmes being run in the state?

From the year 2017, the Department has launched an“Interest Subsidy Scheme on Education Loan” to provide a 100 percent interest subsidy on education loans till their moratorium period (one year of course and one year more) to students studying in higher education institutions in India or abroad. Students whose family annual income is less than Rs 6,00,000 and who have secured more than 60 percentile in Class 12 from a recognised Board in Gujarat, and have taken admission in any Indian or Foreign Universities, are eligible to get interest subsidy on an Education loan up-to Rs 10 lakhs till its moratorium period. Every year after 31st March, the amount of interest will be deposited directly in the loan account of the applicant till date, above 14 lakhs worth of interest subsidies have been disbursed to 90 students of the state.

Are there any initiatives taken by the department to provide global career opportunities and counselling to students in the state? To provide information regarding career opportunities available in India and Abroad as well as to provide guidance and solve problems regarding career opportunities, a “Global Career and Admission Counselling Centre” has been established at KCG. In this centre, students will be provided information about various courses available, competitive/entrance exams and study-abroad programmes. The said will be provided through individual or group counselling. The Career Counsellors working at the centre have been selected carefully amongst a group of experts in the field after going through an interview with the administration.

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Has the Gujarat Education Department taken any measures for the cultural development of students in the state? The colleges and universities across Gujarat will have to focus on various areas of education, art and knowledge to achieve manifold progress of the youth. To realise this undertaking, the department has launched a student cultural development programme called ‘Saptadhara’. The programme provides a cultural platform to students of higher education where they can feel the bliss of creativity. As the name suggests, Saptadhara is a collection of seven bands of activities (Dharas), including Gyan (Knowledge), Sarjanatmak Abhivyakti Dhara (Creative Expression), Rang Kala Kaushalya Dhara (Fine Arts), Naatya (Theatre), Geet, Sangeet, Nritya dhara (Music and Dance), Yog Vyayam ane Khelkud (Yoga and Sports), and Samudayik Seva

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(Community/Social Service).

To pursue advancement of our economy, promoting innovation among students and encouraging them to create jobs by making start-ups has become an important goal for the policymakers. Has the Education Department taken any initiatives in this regard? Gujarat Education Department has taken a bold measure to create an end to end student start-up ecosystem through its Student Start-up and Innovation Policy (SSIP). The objective of SSIP is to crystalise the ideas and innovations of young mind. Under this policy, more than 500 workshops have been conducted to sensitise the students by explaining all the intricacies involved in building and maintaining a start-up. The workshops have also been held to welcome their ideas, and teach them how to file for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for the protection of their innovations. Furthermore, an “IPR Guideline for Academia in Gujarat” is being developed to streamline the efforts around IPR in Academia, while supporting innovators and Start-ups. As a part of the SSIP endeavour, a “Smart Gujarat for New India Hackathon” was initiated in 17 departments of the Government of Gujarat wherein 213 challenges were shared among all the students across Universities for finding innovative solutions. The problem statements were called from all MSMEs, industries, corporates, public sector enterprises and allied organisations for scouting real life digital challenges being faced by the industries; The Hackathon involved 36 hours of non-stop problem solving efforts put in by the students.

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BUILDING A SMART EDUCATION ECOSYSTEM IN GUJARAT: ANIL MUKIM The Government of Gujarat has taken multiple initiatives to develop a smart and quality education ecosystem in the state, Anil Mukim, Chief Secretary, Gujarat, shares his thoughts on the current state of technical and higher education in the state, in an exclusive interview with the Elets News Network (ENN).

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What is the vision of the Government of Gujarat when it comes to achieving excellence in the field of Education in the state?

Are there any schemes being implemented to improve the infrastructure of existing Higher Education institutions in the state? To improve the infrastructure of existing Higher Education institutions in the state, a centrally-sponsored scheme called Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) was launched in 2013. The scheme aims at providing strategic funding to eligible Higher Education institutions in the state. Furthermore, the scheme enables the state to formulate a strategy to address issues of equity, access and excellence in higher education. The centre’s share in the scheme is 60 percent and the state’s share is 40 percent. Till date, Rs 172.39 crore worth of funds have been disbursed to 227 beneficiary institutes in the state, about 60 percent of which has been utilised by the beneficiary institutes.

What initiatives have been taken to provide financial assistance to the poor but bright students studying in Higher Education institutes of Gujarat? The Government of Gujarat has taken multiple initiatives to provide hassle-free financial assistance to the bright but poor and needy students of the state. The government has launched a scheme called ‘Mukhyamantri Yuva Swavlamban Yojna’ (MYSY) under which, more than Rs 563 crore worth of scholarships have been disbursed to above 1,45,000 financially poor students in the state. Similarly, the state government has launched the ‘Mukhyamantri Kanya Kelvani Nidhi’ (MKKN) scheme for students pursuing their MBBS. Under this scheme, more than Rs 48 crore worth of scholarships have been disbursed till date and above 2,200 students have benefited from them. Furthermore, the Gujarat government had launched the ‘Hon’ble Chief Minister Scholarship Scheme’ in 2014 to provide equal opportunities to meritorious and needy students of the state. In year 2018-19, a total of 959 students were benefited from this scheme after receiving assistance worth Rs 662 lakhs.

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Is the state government taking any steps for imparting soft skills to young students and graduates to make them industry-ready? The Government of Gujarat initiated a Finishing School project in the year 2016. It is an employability enhancement initiative of the State Education Department to impart training for skill development in students of Higher and Technical Education of the state to make them Industry-ready. Till the year 2018, a total of 253 government colleges were enrolled in the project and more than 20,100 students had been trained. Furthermore, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Knowledge Consortium of Gujarat (KCG) and National Institute of Technology, Karnataka (NITK) Alumni Association. The areas of collaboration include English Language and Communication Training, Life Skill Training, and Employability Skills Training.

Have any initiatives been taken to improve collaboration between the academia and the industry?

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When it comes to education, the Government of Gujarat is working diligently on its ‘Smart Goals’ with a future vision of ‘Education for All’. The government’s policies are geared to continuously promote state-wide literacy, reduce drop-out rates, improve infrastructure, provide financial assistance to poor students, training students for the development of employability skills, faculty training, improving industryacademia collaboration, and promoting student start-ups, among a series of other initiatives. Overall, the government’s aim is to achieve Socio-EconomicEducation (SEE) growth across the state in the categories of primary, secondary, higher and technical education.

To get fully funded, students can avail 50 percent financial assistance from MYSY and remaining 50 percent financial assistance from the Hon’ble Chief Minister Scholarship Scheme.

The Gujarat State Education Department had established the Council of Industry Academia Collaboration (CIAC) in 2017 with an aim to fulfill the Industry’s requirement of skilled manpower, to establish linkage between educational institutions and industries, and to conduct collaboration with a focus to improve the overall quality of education as per industrial requirements. The CIAC incorporates an Internship Development Programme and a Corporate Challenge Programme for startup, innovation and research. Additionally, the Council works towards providing capacity development and exchange, mentorship, curriculum revision, and placement. Furthermore, the CIAC has been started to provide the latest tools in learning and research to the teachers and students and to help them in their personal and professional development. Expectations are that it will help in achieving qualitative reforms in teaching and learning, which in turn would give a boost to academic activities.

Have any measures been taken for providing direct placement opportunities to the students of the state? To provide employment opportunities to students studying in their final year at various Government and Grant in Aid Colleges of Gujarat, the State Education Department had organised a ‘Mega Placement Fair’. The Fair saw participation from 483 institutes and 1,290 companies. Moreover, above 48,000 interviews were conducted and 28,000 students were provided placement at the Fair.

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GUJARAT: BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE BY TRANSFORMING EDUCATION The Government of Gujarat has embarked on a mission to make Gujarat an education hub of the country. The Study in Gujarat campaign is part of the efforts that are directed towards attracting students from various parts of the world and bringing together a diversified community through this platform, says Anju Sharma, Principal Secretary, Higher & Technical Education, Government of Gujarat, in conversation with Anupama Mehra of Elets News Network (ENN). What steps are you taking to ensure more students around the globe come to study in Gujarat? Under the Study in the Gujarat campaign, we will organise roadshows and presentations across 12 cities in different countries along with different states of our own country. For foreign students, relaxations have been given to institutes for admission so that students can directly apply through websites without any question on merit. After the registration, they will be offered courses and a list of institutions on our portal i.e. study. gujarat.gov.in. On the same page, they will be directed to respective admission websites. For further detail and inquiry process, they have to communicate with respective universities. If the foreign students require, we will help them in visa through the Indian embassy in their country. For the same, they can write to us at visa_sig@ gujarat.gov.in.

Please tell us in detail about the Study in Gujarat campaign.

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Gujarat is a leading state of India in terms of education, innovation, and economic growth. This has happened as a result of systematically implementing successful models for socioeconomic growth which have consistently set new benchmarks in the fields of governance, investment promotion, and infrastructure development among others. Gujarat being home to some of the oldest universities of the country has always maintained a dedicated focus towards education whilst also establishing itself as an industry-oriented state.

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has three Institutes of National Importance, selected by the Ministry of Human Resource Development for their consistent delivery of quality education. Moreover, some premier Autonomous Institutes have been given control to evaluate their degrees. The industrial expansion brought about in Gujarat necessitates the need for proficient and skilled manpower at all levels of employment. This need integrates with the world-class reservoir of knowledge created by the various academic institutions and bodies creating a balanced and comprehensive environment for learning. Now under the aegis of “Study in Gujarat”, the state invites National and International students to study and grow in Gujarat!

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Gujarat University, which was set up in 1949, is the oldest and largest university in the state, which has the distinguished legacy that spans nearly seven decades. Many eminent personalities like the current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi; Dr Vikram Sarabhai; and Dr Ravindra Dave, former Chairman, UNESCO, have been students of this renowned university. One of the world’s most reputed institutions for management education, Indian Institute of Management, located in Ahmedabad, has been the second home to many intellectual personalities. It has consistently produced individuals that have risen to be the top officials in Fortune 500 companies, established successful businesses through innovative models and changed the world in their own unique ways. Some of IIM-A’s eminent alumni include KV Kamath, President, New Development Bank of BRICS countries, Raghuram Rajan, Economist, Deep Kalra, Founder, Makemytrip and Mallika Sarabhai, famous Indian classical dancer and Padma Bhushan awardee to name a few. The Study in Gujarat programme has selected 22 universities as partners. These universities are the best performing universities in terms of academic performance, research or placements and have a close relationship with the industry, thereby, making learning truly industry-oriented and researchfocussed. These universities offer programmes at the levels of Diploma, Under Graduate, Post Graduate and Doctorate, thus providing a plethora of options for students to pursue their interests. The state also

What measures are being taken to enhance the quality and upgrading the curriculum of Higher & Technical Education in the state? A committee had been constituted for preparing ‘5 year Action Plan’ for improving the quality of higher education in the State. This Five year Action Plan includes various Action Points: Academic Reforms: Curriculum, flexible exit-point for students, distant learning mode, International Conferences, Centre of Excellence, Innovation Centers and Science Parks Administrative Reforms: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Grievance Redressal System, regular meetings, revamping affiliation system and creation of work culture. Governance Reforms: Restructuring of

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All universities to execute innovation and pre- incubation agenda by 2021 Aims to create one percent graduates as job creators by innovation and allied means Support at least 1,000 student-led innovations per year and aim to file 500 patents from universities in the state every year Harness 500 student start-ups in the next five years, and upscale Build capacity for at least 200 educational institutes in the state in the next five years, to have a robust pre-incubation support All universities in the state to develop full-fledged incubators in the next five years.

Attendance System (MAS) and regular maintenance of websites Financial Capabilities/Financial Reforms: Creation of fund through patents, research projects by faculties, Industries and associating alumni Infrastructural R e f o r m s: D e v e l o p m e n t, maintenance, renovation of infrastructure, Smart Classroom, International Student Hostel and modernisation of laboratories.

University Governance Admission Reforms: 100 percent online admissions and foreign students’ admission policy Examination Reforms: Exam pattern, online assessment, continuous evaluation system and duration of examination (not exceeding three weeks) Digitalisation or Use of Technology in Administration: Online

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Major SSIP Impact in past 2 years across universities in Gujarat

Colleges and University supported to promote (120) Innovation and start-up culture Funds sanctioned to student Rs 14 innovator and start-ups crore Proof of Concept Projects supported 2072 IP/Patents filed by teams with support from SSIP Strong Mentors

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Well Equipped Library: Modernisation of library, RFID facility, Digital content and using NAMO app. NAAC, NIRF, World Rankings: Time bound plans and NAAC parameters based Action Plan. Multi/Inter-Disciplinary Education System: Use of online/ offline interdisciplinary resources and association with various interdisciplinary World Organisations.

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Filling up of vacant Positions of Academic/Non-Academic Staff: Maintaining Teacher-Student ratio (1:20), appointment of full time Registrar, Controller of Examination, Other Non-Academic staff and Teaching Assistantship by PhD students. Research and Innovation: Softwares/resources for Research/ plagiarism assessment, e-books, e-journals, electronic database, appointment of emeritus faculty/academic advisors, inculcation of Research Aptitude, workshops/conferences, and inviting at least one Nobel Laureate/Medalist. Skill Based Education: Finishing school project, project based teaching/learning and one skill based course for each programme and each student. Campus Development Project: Plastic free, Cashless, Safe, Barrier free, Green and Clean campus with corporate look, good ambience, solar panel, fitness spaces, rain water harvesting, cafeteria and recreation facility. Student Centric approach & Social Responsibilities: Hostels with facilities, orientation centre, promoting use of cycle, quality education, overall development, programmes for environmental impact and research in social services. Start-ups and entrepreneurship policy: Industrial hackathon, innovation hub, IPR policy, incubation centers, add on courses, patent analysis and training of trainers. Career Guidance, Placement Cell and Employability: Career guidance cell, collaborations, placement fairs and enhancement of employability. Collaboration with Academic and Industrial Institutes: Faculty/student exchange programme and competency based learning model. Scholarships: Scholarship/Rewards for students/faculties and fee waiver system. Faculty and Student Development Programme: Skill focussed programmes, workshops/trainings and soft skill development. Co-curricular Activities: Field visits, Industry training, sports facilities and hobby clubs.

In view of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) rankings, what areas does the Gujarat government need to focus on or improve in higher and technical education? The government is focusing on reworking the syllabus and the examination system, promoting start-ups, research and innovation, skill-based education and use of Information and Communications Technology, among other things, to increase the quality of institutes of higher education.

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GUJARAT: A VIBRANT HUB FOR HIGHER EDUCATION Foreign students can directly apply through websites for which relaxations have been given to institutes. New courses are also being introduced, such as Artificial Intelligence, Data Analysis, 3D printing, and others, writes M Nagarajan, Director of Higher Education, Government of Gujarat.

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ducation is widely recognised as the foundation of a progressive society. The recent trends in globalisation underscore the importance of ‘market-ready’ trained human resources. This trait of being ‘market ready’ is not attainable without quality education. While India is recognised for its humongous human capital, the current industry feedback suggests that there is an urgent need to improve the skill base of the educated youth in India.. Traditionally, the government focus, in the education sector, has been towards delivering primary and secondary/higher secondary education and enhancing infrastructure to reach the broader populace. However, the drive to upgrade the quality within these levels has also met with limited success due to conflicting demands on the state/center budgets for more priority programs or issues. The opening up of the Indian economy and its subsequent implications make a very strong case for enhancing the higher and technical education infrastructure in the country. With the emergence of the service sector as one of the fastest-growing economic drivers, the focus is now clearly on being able to cater to the burgeoning demand for professionally/technically trained graduates. The higher education system in India today is one of the largest in the world with 51,649 institutions. The enrolments have also seen a significant four-fold increase. If higher and technical education needs improvement, the improvement will have to come about from a grass-roots level. It is imperative that we ensure that children have access to quality education both at the school level and at the higher and technical levels. The Department of Technical and Higher Education, Gujarat, is taking several steps to ensure that quality education is provided to build a better future of students. Some of the initiatives taken by the Government of Gujarat in field of Education are:

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The Government of Gujarat is planning to build about 12 colleges and 9 polytechnics on a Public-Private Partnership basis. The Technical and Higher Education Department is also in the process of acquiring land for creating knowledge parks.

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Director of Higher Education, Government of Gujarat

As part of the blueprint for investment in Gujarat, 2020, two Knowledge Corridors have been proposed. These corridors have been assumed to be spread over an area of 1500 acres each. Besides this, the following have been proposed: • Maritime, retail management and aviation universities • Various Centres of Excellence in an array of disciplines viz. biotechnology, nutraceuticals, nanotechnology, space research, clean technologies, etc.

STUDY IN GUJARAT CAMPAIGN The Gujarat government is planning to transform the state into an education hub by admitting over 10,000 foreign students in its Universities and Higher education academic institutions. These efforts are directed towards attracting students from various parts of the world and bringing together a diversified community through this platform. Our 22 Partner Universities together will offer courses ranging from Graduate to Doctorate levels across sectors. Many of its universities are sector focused and hence provides good industry-

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TECHNICAL EDUCATION BILL The Gujarat Professional Technical Educational Colleges or Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fees) Bill, which proposes to reduce the number of government reserved seats for professional courses and open direct admissions to foreign nationals as well as students from other states to study in Gujarat, was passed in the Assembly by a majority. This new provision has been introduced to boost the ongoing ‘Study in Gujarat Campaign’ and to make Gujarat an education hub. According to the amended bill, the government reserved seats for MBA, MCA, Engineering, Architecture and Pharmacy in unaided colleges or institutions have been reduced from 75% in the principal Act to 50%. As per the amendment of the clause (h) of section 2, which talks about management seats, the number of management seats has been increased from 25% to 50%, including 15% of NonResident Indian seats, and seats for the Foreign National Students and students from any state, including Gujarat. The bill also authorizes that if any unaided college or institution requests to fill all or any portion of the management seats by the admission committee, such management seats shall be considered as government seats. Also if any government seat or NRI seat remains vacant, then such a seat shall be filled as a management seat. In the past three years, it appears that the aspirant students are lesser against the approved seats in the professional courses in Gujarat State. Therefore, more than 50% of the seats of self-financed institutions remain vacant after the admission process is over. Moreover, in the year 2019, an additional 25% of seats have been

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increased to implement reservations of EWS. States like Rajasthan and Maharashtra as well as distant states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh are allowing students from other states for long. This has strengthened the competition and knowledge aspect of the students in their states. Similarly, in Gujarat, it is also required to increase the pan-India competitiveness among meritorious students. The increased seat share under the management quota directly facilitates the admission of foreign national students. As per the amended bill, a new definition of Foreign National Student has been inserted in section 2 of the principal Act. “Foreign National (FN) Student means the student other than Non-Resident Indian (NRI) who possesses a foreign passport and fulfills the equivalency of eligibility requirements ascertained by the competent authority as may be specified by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, for admission,” the bill states.

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academia partnership. Thereby, making learning truly industryoriented and research-focused. Some of the institutions in the state have a rich history that dates back to early independence years. Welcoming students from abroad to our state will increase the diversity of students and promote healthy competition. Under the ‘Study in Gujarat’ campaign, we will organise roadshows and presentations across 12 cities in different countries and also within different states of our own country.

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The government of Gujarat has developed a policy for providing assistance to Startups/ Innovation. Under this scheme, any individual/ group of individuals having innovative ideas/Concepts will be eligible and/ or Universities/ education institutions, Incubation Centre/ PSUs/ R&D Institutions/ Private and other establishments will be eligible as an institution to support and mentor to innovators as approved by Committee. Startups in an economy’s technology sector are an important indicator of technological performance for several reasons. The Student Startup & Innovation Policy of Government of Gujarat aims to create an integrated, state-wide, university-based innovation ecosystem to support innovations and ideas of young students, and provide a favorable environment to harness their creative pursuit. With these above-mentioned initiatives and many more we are working on and we aim to provide the best in class education at all levels to build a successful career for the youths of today and tomorrow.

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SSIP: FOSTERING INNOVATION,

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The Student Startup & Innovation Policy (SSIP) of the Government of Gujarat has set a new benchmark in fostering creativity and encouraging the spirit of entrepreneurship among the enterprising youth of India. The various initiatives undertaken under SSIP such as ‘Smart Gujarat for New India’ Hackathon, Summer Innovation Challenge and Student Open Innovation Challenge will go a long way in helping India develop a world-class academiaindustry interface, writes Hiranmay Mahanta, Advisor, SSIP, Gujarat.

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he Government of Gujarat has taken a unique policy initiative to foster innovation and promote the spirit of entrepreneurship in the state. The Student Startup & Innovation Policy (SSIP) of Gujarat provides all the required assistance to startups, which are an important indicator of a growing and thriving economy. Under this scheme, any individual or group of individuals having an innovative idea or concept is eligible to receive government assistance. The policy also supports institutions such as universities, education institutions, Incubation Centres, PSUs, R&D Institutions, private and other establishments and mentors to

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innovators as approved by a government committee.

BROAD OBJECTIVES OF SSIP The Student Startup & Innovation Policy of the Government of Gujarat aims to create an integrated, state-wide, university-based innovation ecosystem to support innovations and ideas of young students. It offers a conducive environment for optimum harnessing of their creative pursuit. Some of the key objectives of the policy are: 1. Developing a student-centric Innovation and Pre-incubation Ecosystem for Students (IPIES)

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Creating environment for creativity to flourish and an endto-end support system in educational institutions to allow ample support to ideas for better execution Building internal capacity of educational institutions and key components of the innovation ecosystem to enable deployed processes to make sustainable impact at scale Creating pathways for mind to market by harnessing and handholding projects/research/ innovation/ideas of students in Gujarat Creating and facilitating sectoral and regional innovation efforts in state around educational institutions Creating a common platform to showcase, support and upscale innovations for motivating stakeholders as well as providing an opportunity to create value for money and value for many Leveraging public system initiatives at state and central level, academia, industries and by other ecosystem stakeholders/domain experts and institutions to make an inclusive effort

SPECIFIC GOALS OF SSIP The Student Startup & Innovation Policy seeks to: 1. Empower all universities to set-up and execute the broad agenda of innovation and pre incubation 2. Aim to create an environment that converts at least 1% graduates into job creators by innovation and allied means 3. Support at least 1,000 student-led innovations per year and aim to file 1000 patents from universities in the state every year 4. Harness 500 student startups in the next 5 years, and upscale

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Empower universities and educational institutes to build a robust Innovation and Pre-incubation support system within Create incentives, awards, appreciations and benchmarks for innovation and student startups and associated efforts at all layers Build capacity for at least 200 educational institutes in the state in the next five years, to have a robust preincubation support for student / alumni startups and Innovations Undertake strategic interventions to empower all universities in the state to develop full-fledged preincubation ecosystem in the next 5 years Ensure that the innovation processes link academia, society and SMEs through systematic ways so that students and faculty solve their challenges and create further entrepreneurial opportunities.

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INFUSING THE SPIRIT OF COLLABORATION THROUGH HACKATHON The Education Department of Government of Gujarat has taken a series of initiatives to design and develop innovation processes and an enabling ecosystem across its affiliated colleges and universities. At the state level, SSIP is pioneering a large number of interventions like organizing a Hackathon, which is an annual flagship programme where young students are given an opportunity to leverage their technical skills to solve real-life challenges. In 2018, during the ‘Smart Gujarat for New India’ Hackathon, 17 departments of the Government of Gujarat—Agriculture, Home, Urban Development, Port and Transport, Energy and Petrochemicals and others—shared 213 challenges with all the students across universities in the state and invited innovative solutions to those challenges. Students from across disciplines like BCA, Engineering, MCA, MSc IT, Pharmacy and allied

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Problem Statement Selection

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branches had participated in this one-of-its-kind programme at the state level. The grand finale of “Smart Gujarat for New India” 2018 was hosted at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar. As many as 150 short-listed teams comprising 917 students from 11 universities across 15 districts of Gujarat participated in the grand finale on 24th - 25th March in a non-stop 36 hour effort. In the year 2018, the Government of Gujarat had also organised the ‘Gujarat Industrial Hackathon’, where 200 real-life problems from around 154 different industries were given to the students to solve. Of the 1,874 teams registered for this innovative activity, 1,163 teams came up with innovative ideas to solve 175 out of 200 problems covering 141 out of 154 industries. The synopsis was successfully submitted by 569 teams covering 154 problems concerning 123 industries. In the regional round of the hackathon held at Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Vallabh Vidhyanagar and Surat, 374 teams comprising of 2,004 students participated. The teams were scrutinised by industrial and academic experts for the grand finale held at Gandhinagar. In the grand finale, of the 175 teams who came up with solutions, 171 teams comprising 1,037 students managed to reach the finale providing solutions to 83 problems concerning 71 different sectors of

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corporate, large scale, medium scale, PSU and small scale industries. A total of 18 teams were awarded Rs 645,000 in different industrial sectors such as corporate, large scale, medium scale, PSU and small scale industries by the Minister of Education Bhupendrasinh Chudasama and the Minister of State for Education Department, Vibhavariben Dave. The solutions were offered to the industry for adaption. Through initiatives like hackathon, SSIP seeks to make serious efforts for creating a strong, open and innovation programme involving industry and academia by keeping students, innovators and start-ups at the centre. Taking further the legacy of infusing the spirit of innovation among the youth of Gujarat, the Technical and Higher Education Department, Government of Gujarat, is planning to organise “Smart Gujarat for New India Hackathon” 2019-20 in line with the last year’s efforts. Through these programmes, students will work on real-life challenges of SMEs, industries and large corporations, social sector and public systems.

SSIP SUMMER INNOVATION CHALLENGE Globally and nationally various open innovation experiments are being attempted to promote innovation and efforts like innovation challenge award or incentivising innovations for solving real issues are getting wider notice. Innovation challenges need not to be only towards solving challenges by means of technology but it can involve wide range of domain expertise beyond technology. Quite often the challenges demand a system level innovation or innovation at process level to bring changes in prevailing situation. Such challenges can be attempted solo or sometime in demands co-creation among different stakeholders, teams who bring in wide range of expertise to address them. The challenges may range from a needy technology intervention, improving existing process, even through out of box approach or even field work to solve a problem in an innovative manner. SSIP in Gujarat wish to develop various such tools and interventions and use them thereby engaging young students across universities, colleges and even schools to harness their creative potential. Towards achieving

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the goal Education Department, Government of Gujarat is announcing SSIP Summer Innovation Challenge 2017. SSIP Summer Innovation Challenge 2017 awards are in below category (for student innovations which has been done during summer challenge award period) • Technological Innovation • Social Innovation - Swachata / Saksharata / Skill Development / Digital India/ Cash Less intervention • Team base Social innovation intervention and activities • Innovation through Arts, Culture and allied domains • Children creativity /innovation- School Student/Children out of school below 17 years SSIP Young Innovator’s awards (for student innovations which has been done as a part of previous academic work/project in any university in Gujarat) • Technological

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Fundamental and applied science Social Innovations and others

SSIP Summer Innovation Challenge 2018 awards are in below category (for student innovations which has been done during summer challenge award period).This year SIC 2018 is aiming to scout and appreciate innovations in the domain of water in multiple attributes like: • Product Innovation ( Technological) • Process Innovation ( Technological) • Community innovation • Institutional Innovation • Children creativity /innovation

STUDENT OPEN INNOVATION CHALLENGE Our initiatives like “Smart Gujarat for New India Hackathon” and

Student Open Innovation Challenge (SOIC) *Summary 2019

351 team Participated

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“Summer Innovation Challenge” have showcased many innovative ideas conceived and developed by students, alumni, innovators and start-ups. To take innovation efforts notch up a, the Government of Gujarat is going to launch “Student Open Innovation Challenge” under SSIP, which will create a unique environment across academia in the state. Through this programme the government is aiming to involve innovative teams in short to medium term and develop innovative solutions. Stages of Open Innovation Challenge • Phase-1 : Declaration and outreach across the state and country • Phase-2: Submission of proposals by innovators, students, start-ups • Phase-3: Pitching, short listing and selection • Phase-4 : Minimum Viable Product design and continuous mentoring • Phase-5: IP/Patent Clinic boot camp • Phase-6: Demo day of final prototype/innovations at state level Note: Generally one cycle of Open Innovation challenge will take around six months to complete.

Teams can apply for SOIC online round the year & shortlisted teams will be selected and given grant every two month. 2. Student Innovators and start-ups from outside Gujarat can also apply for the open innovation challenge but in such scenarios minimum 50% of team members should be from Gujarat. This is intended for promoting collaboration. 3. Each team may comprise of around up to 8 team members. Teams are advised to have a faculty mentor. Incentives to short listed teams Financial: 1. Upto 2 lac seed grant for short listed teams after evaluation of their proposal by state level committee comprising of experts made for this purpose. 2. Additional SSIP grant for IPR support for domestic and filing abroad 3. Potential technology transfer/start-up support Non-financial: 4. Structured mentoring to teams 5. Pre incubation facility at SSIP Hub 6. Access to various boot camp and guidance 7. Citations/awards/appreciation 1.

ABOUT SSIP FLAGSHIP PROGRAM Nature of collaboration allowed to develop a final solution • Intra institutional –multi team-single/multiple cycle • Inter institutional-multi team- single/multiple cycle Who can participate? • College category: Any current student /alumni, student innovators and start-ups as per student start-up definition of SSIP. • School education category: Any school student Note:

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• Startup Sathi Scout, engage and leverage best mentors across domains and regions to help the startups through i-hub. • Startup Saksham A large-scale capacity building program for all range of stakeholders from individuals to institution. • Startup Manak Certification/validation support for innovations & startups • SSIP Prashansa Benchmark the best performing innovators/ startups, institutions, mentors, enablers & other contributors annually so as to recognize

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by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Government of India on 20th December 2018at New Delhi. DIPP, Govt of India evaluated states on seven pillars, Gujarat scored 100 percentile. Gujarat was among the few states who had developed own start-up policy in the beginning. Few unique initiatives of Gujarat for supporting startups like Student Start-up and Innovation Policy (SSIP), Venture financing support (GVFL), Large scale incubator like I-Create were highly appreciated in the ranking.

KIGA AWARD 2018 • • • • •

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial Awards for Innovation in Governance 2018 Efforts of Student Start-up and Innovation Policy by Education department received Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial Innovation in Governance Awards 2018. The award is being given by Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam Centre. Shri K.K. Nirala, IAS, Director, Technical Education received the award on behalf of Education department at Delhi.

DIGITAL LEARNING AWARD 2016

120 Grantee Institutes/universities of SSIP (89 Institutes ,31 Universities) 14,00,00,000/- Grant Disbursed to Grantee Institute 2000+ PoC Prototype Supported 490+ IPR filed

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outstanding efforts & impacts. • Startup Mart An e-commerce platform exclusively for start-ups where innovators can list their products, resulting in a collective push, creating a better market opportunity for them. • Startup Goonj Assist startups in increasing the reach of their products and penetrating the market for effective commercialization. • SSIP Samajh Exposing selected early startups to start ecosystem through experimental learning and interaction. • Startup/SSIP Samarth A single point facility centre envisioned at I-Hub to provide: • IP support • An operation like legal/Accounting Product Design support • Product-market linkages with corporates, large industries • and others • Access/linkages to capital/funds/Grants through single window facility Access/interaction with Government & public sector •

For the efforts of promoting student innovation and startups, Education department received Digital Learning Award 2016 at Jaipur. Anju Sharma, IAS, Principal Secretary, Higher and Technical Education received the award.

SKOCH AWARD 1ST RANK IN STATE STARTUP RANKINGS BY GOVERNMENT OF INDIA • •

Gujarat is rated the ‘best-performing state’. Received Best Performer State In Startup Ranking Framework

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Received SKOCH Order-Of-Merit in Silver Category was awarded to Gujarat Knowledge Society (GKS) for qualifying amongst Top-200 MSMEs in India at Constitution Club of India, New Delhi on 23rd March 2019.

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Associate Professor , The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda Consultant, Finishing School , Education Department , Government of Gujarat Former Joint CEO &Director( Training& Capacity Building / Extension) Knowledge Consortium of Gujarat (KCG) Government of Gujarat

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he industrial and service sectors form the backbone of any economy. And in any growing economy, education in general and higher education in particular, are required to develop human resources with the required knowledge and skill sets. Conventional education system needs to be augmented with the integration of ‘training’ in order to enhance the employability of youth and form a judicious blend of ‘Knowledge and Skills’. To make higher education more meaningful and supportive to the larger state eco-system, Education Department of Government of Gujarat has become first in the country to proactively launch the Finishing School Project. It was initiated across all government colleges under Higher and Technical Education for both graduate and post graduate students. The project is designed with modules spanning over 100 hours, at the end of which, the registered students become more employable and industry ready, at no additional cost. Thus, Finishing Schools directly benefit both students and employers, and in turn, the society as a whole. The Finishing School project started off with 40 colleges in 2016-17 and has now scaled up to 253 colleges including 107 Higher Education, 46 Technical Education and 100 Grant-in-Aid colleges. Training is offered mainly to final year

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“Finishing Schools have touched the lives of more than 35,000 students in Higher and Technical Education of Gujarat by making students believe in themselves and in their ability to chase their dreams” – Anju Sharma, IAS

students of B Com, BBA, BSc, BA, BE, B Tech and Diploma in Engineering. Additionally, second year and post graduate students are also included. It is heartening to see that the number of students trained under Finishing Schools go from 2,131 students in 2016-17 to a total of over 35,000 in 2019-2020. The employability ratio of these students has also touched 44 percent during a state-level placement drive conducted by the Education Department. Over 100 professionally qualified corporate trainers are empanelled with Knowledge Consortium of Gujarat (KCG) under the initiative. And over 100 hours of training modules have been designed to cover Functional English Skills, Life Skills and Employability Skills. The study modules include Self esteem, Self Confidence, Team work, Interview skills, Interpersonal skills, and Effective communication, among others. Furthermore, Trainers travel across the state and use interactive methods to deliver their sessions. The Trainer manuals and student workbooks have been carefully developed to maintain uniformity in quality of the training content . The response of students from cities as well as rural areas has been quite encouraging. Moreover, the project has a very robust governance system that ensures administrative compliances and ongoing quality improvement in the delivery of training. Ms Anju Sharma, IAS is the Champion of the Finishing School Project. She envisioned the project and took necessary steps at the Education Department to make budgetary provisions since 2016-17. The Project is implemented through KCG, a society under the Education Department with support from the Commissioner, Higher Education and Commissioner, Technical Education. Due to its nature and thorough implementation, Finishing School has won the prestigious National SKOCH Award, and is expected to prompt Government and private bodies in other states of India or other countries to replicate this model. In Gujarat and India, this Initiative has the potential to create new business ventures, generate more employment, boost the GDP and can go a long way in fulfilling the dream of our Prime Minister in making India a USD 5 trillion economy. Skills gap and lack of employability has been a national and global issue. The success of the Gujarat Model could be an eye opener for others to follow suit.

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SANKALCHAND PATEL UNIVERSITY:

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dentists” Indian Centre for Academic Rankings and Excellence (ICARE) has rated Sankalchand Patel University as one among top 20 Universities of Gujarat state in the Gujarat State Institutional Ratings Framework (GSIRF) Gujarat’s Young Achievers Award for the founder President Award to Hon’ble President by Nav Gujarat Samay who conducted a program “Pride” to recognize the dedication of change-makers who made Gujarat proud Honoured posthumously with Global prestigious award by Shri Umiya Mataji Sansthan Unjha on the pious occasion of “Laksha Chandi Maha Yagna”

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ankalchand Patel University is a Private University located in Visnagar, Mehsana District, Gujarat, India. The University was established in 2016, vide the Gujarat Private Universities (Amendment) Act, 2016 on the initiative of Nootan Sarva Vidyalaya Kelavani Mandal, with the aim to become world-class university through philanthropic practices. Today, we successfully administrate educational institutions from primary school to graduate, post graduate, doctoral and professional courses. Offering education in nine institutions, SPU is the only university in Northern Gujarat to offer degree, diploma, technical, medical, paramedical, dental, pharmacy, nursing and physiotheraphy. It is indeed a pleasure to note that within a short span the university has left its footmark in the field by achieving • Guinness world record for the “The largest dental health check in 24hrs at a single venue.” The grand event involved a dental health check-up of 14,978 participants which was performed by a team of over 125 qualified

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Sankalchand Patel University has set-up a Student Start-up & Innovation Policy (SSIP) with the support of the State Government with the objective of converting the full potential of growing students into innovation-driven business ventures leading to technical revival. The university has received a grant of Rs 1 Crore for the same.

KNOWLEDGE CONSORTIUM The University has seven well-furnished, spacious and rich resourceful libraries at its constituent colleges with more than one lakh volumes of books with 20,000 titles on various subjects. Furthermore, subscription of more than 800 different magazines and journals with back volumes is in hand. Also, free internet access facility is provided to the students for online access.

NOOTAN GENERAL HOSPITAL The Nootan General Hospital within the campus is a Multispeciality hospital with a capacity of 300 beds. The hospital is rendering medical facilities at minimal cost to the needy. Free ambulance service and a fully functional, highly equipped emergency unit is at service 24x7. The hospital also has a

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fully established blood bank which regularly organises blood donation camp. Facilities like book bank are provided to the patient and attendants. Distribution of fruit basket to the poor patient is carried out at regular intervals.

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COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM The University is contributing to social responsibilities with swachhta abhiyan, rain water harvesting, installing solar power plant, ban on single use of plastic, tree plantation programme, saving paper and water, among others. Furthermore, free medical camps, dental treatment and survey camps at villages in and around Visnagar, Physiotherapy camps, and joining hands with pulse polio abhiyaan are some initiatives taken by us to serve the needy.

NOOTAN SPORTS COMPLEX To achieve a healthy mind with healthy body, various indoor and outdoor game facilities have been provided within the complex. Indoor facilities for table tennis, chess and various other games have been provided with dedicated sports teachers. Furthermore, large playgrounds for cricket, basket ball, volley ball, and a full size running track has been built. Inter college competitions are organised regularly and the outdoor game facilities are extended for events like Khel Maha Kumbh. Transportation facilities are provided for students and faculty who travel from different location off the campus. Air Conditioned buses run daily from Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Himmatnagar, Vijapur, Mehsana, Patan and Unjha. Free WiFi facility is also available throughout the campus. Placement cell to facilitate and promote the student placement at state, national and international levels has been functionalised. The campus is fully secured and offers separate Hostel facilities for boy and girl students. Along with this, Canteen, Student book and stationary store, Guest House and Staff Apartments have also been provided.

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The university has signed various MoUs with International and National Institutions including: Kansas State University (Manhattan, Kansas, USA) • • Laurentian University University of Bedfordshire • • University of Cagliari Oklahoma University, System Realization Laboratory, • USA • Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar Government of Gujarat for Green Field Medical College • Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre • Global Training Education Program (UK) • Inflibnet • • Pharmaceutical Education and Reserach Development Centre (PERD) GKS (SSIP) at commissionerate of Technical Education, • Gandhinagar Global Research Library •

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Organised 21st Indian Prosthodontic Society National PG Convention Organised 47th Indian Dental Association Gujarat State Annual Conference Three International faculty development program Guest lectures and Workshops at regular intervals Regular Industrial visits Celebration of days like International Yoga day, International Women day, World Health day, AIDS day, World Cancer day, No Tobacco day Foundation day, Udaan (Annual day), Thanganat (Navratri celebration).

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MAHARAJA SAYAJIRAO UNIVERSITY OF BARODA (MSUB) – BRIDGING GAP BETWEEN INDUSTRY DEMAND AND SUPPLY

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he Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (MSUB) is recognised as one of the premier institutions of higher learning and research in the country. Since its inception on 30th April, 1949, the University has demonstrated a keen interest and a commitment to the sustenance and promotion of an environment, favourable to the growth and development of academic excellence – a commitment that forms a part of the rich legacy of the institution. Educational Institutions which preceded The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda included the ‘Baroda College’, one of the oldest Centres of learning in Western India, founded in the year 1881 by His Highness Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III. The enlightened ruler in the year 1909 established the ‘Kalabhavan’ - a heritage Building which presently houses the Faculty of Technology and Engineering. His Highness Maharaja Pratap Singh Rao Gaekwad pursued the idea of establishing a University and eventually in 1949 set up a fullfledged University. The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, a State University with English as its medium of instruction is a premier unitary residential University, recognised by Government of India under the Indian Universities Act, 1958 and is accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council with ‘A’ Grade with CGPA of 3.16 in the year 2016. It has one main and six satellite campuses, spread over 275 acres of land right in the heart of Baroda, a city referred to as the ‘cultural Capital of Gujarat State’.

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Prof Parimal H Vyas

Vice Chancellor Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

DEPARTMENTS AND INSTITUTIONS The University comprises of 111 Departments under the umbrella of 14 Faculties, three Constituent Colleges, eight Institutions and 13 Centres of Specialised Studies, wherein more than 44,000 students

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ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES The University offers a wide range of academic programmes from early childhood to Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate level Degrees and Diplomas with Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) for UG & PG students and also PhD Programmes, enabling students to select value added subjects of their interest, other than Grants-inAid academic programmes. The University also offers innovative Science and Technology programmes through some cutting-edge Research centres like Centre for Biotechnology, Prof. Bharat Chattoo Genome Research Centre, Centre for Molecular Genetics, Cluster Innovation Centre, Centre for Excellence in Polymer, Siemens Centre of Excellence for industry automation. The University interacts extensively with the Industry and the civil society in the curriculum development and updation process. The University has signed MoUs with International Universities/ Institutes like University of Cambridge, University of Laval, University of Stuttgart, University of Cornell, Ithaca, University of South Carolina, Keio University etc. for Teacher/Student exchange Programmes that help enrichment of curriculum from global perspective. The Centre for Life Long Learning and Extension offers 29 short term and 22 long term courses on Ancient Indian studies, Art and craft, Human Social Development, Language Proficiency, Computer Education, Hotels/Cookery, Personal Grooming etc. The All India and Central Services Training Centre conducts classes for preparation of UPSC, State PSC and Staff Selection Commission pattern examination and provides guidance for exams like NDA, CDS, IB, SHO, Police, RBI and other banks. Smt. Hansa Mehta Library is the Central Library in addition to 13 constituent libraries and 25 Departmental libraries with over eight lakh books/periodicals and above 14,000 digitised Dissertations/ Thesis. It has the single largest air-conditioned reading room which can accommodate about 1,600 readers at a time, and the library is open to the readers 14 hours a day.

FACILITIES FOR STUDENTS The University has developed student digital life-cycle under MoU with MKCL and has adopted Online Admission Application System.

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Further all Faculties are brought under MSU Examination Portal (MEP) system. The MSU has one of the largest Hostel Campuses in western India with 12 Boys’ and four Girls’ Hostels with all modern amenities. Hostel admission is an online process from application to allotment of room to the students. The University Health Centre provides routine medical treatment to the students and staff of the University and has a physiotherapy unit, a Pathology Laboratory and Marg Counselling Centre. The University has a magnificent Union Pavilion overlooking a large ground which has an athletic track, a cricket ground, hockey and football fields, two tennis courts, two basketball courts, four volleyball courts, two kabaddi grounds, malkhamb, a kho-kho ground and a handball court and a swimming pool. Career and Counselling Centre and Placement Cell looks after placements and also imparts Training to students for facing interviews, coordinating with the agencies for arranging Campus placements. The Faculty of Social work and Faculty of Management Studies have achieved 100 percent placement and average 65 percent placement is the normal trend of placement on and off campus. The Directorate of Students’ Welfare disburses scholarships to the students belonging to economically weaker sections. An Incubation Centre and Start-up Centre has been set up at the campus to encourage the spirit of innovation that provides a platform to the youth for exploration and implementation of innovative ideas and their conversion into start-up ventures.

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pursue higher studies under the care and supervision of more than 1450 highly qualified and experienced teaching staff. The University has 16 hostels, health centre, sports union pavilion, convocation ground, printing press and stationery Unit, Guest House as well as other academic and administrative units spread across the campus. Besides these, there are nine Multipurpose Auditoriums, eight well Equipped Seminar Halls, two open air theatres, an amphitheatre, a play box, an art gallery, an arboretum, a botanical garden, several lecture theatres and conference rooms and an archaeological museum having collection of Harappan Unicorn Seals, holy relics of Lord Buddha, Toraman, terracotta Buddha images etc. The University has an observatory for Astronomy set up in the year 1939 to promote the field of Science, which holds an eight-inch refractor telescope.

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES There are several attractive Academic, Social and Technical Events, to name just a few - Prerna, Paramarsh, Footprints, BBA Baazigar, Cyberia, Yugaantar- National Youth Conference, Natonal Youth Summit, Alfaaz (A Poetry based event), Kaafila – an annual fest organized by Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication, Sayaji Literature Festival, the University’s own literature festival, Yuvaantas are initiatives exclusively planned and managed by the students. Office of Alumni Affairs’ of the University compiles information about various alumni associations, initiates monthly interactive sessions, coordinates for Reunions, collects details of eminent alumni, Alumni Registrations and such other activities. Xplore MSU – A Heritage Walk gained interest amongst large public. Institute of Leadership and Governance primarily focuses on training and transdisciplinary aspects of leadership and on good studies of Governance structures, practices and processes which are highly essential today.

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As the Vice Chancellor I would like to emphasise that – “The Maharaja Sayajirao University works on the concept of, ‘Home away from Home.’ The diversified culture, values, essence of traditions, ethics of the University makes one always feel like a family. The University Family of students, teachers, officials, staff members is ever always ready to help students at any point of time. The University welcomes students from across India and any part of this globe to join our MSUB family.”

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GNLU: MARCHING AHEAD IN THE PATH OF INNOVATION

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ujarat National Law University (GNLU) is a Research-based Teaching University, established by the Government of Gujarat under the Gujarat National Law University Act, 2003. The University is recognized by the Bar Council of India (BCI) and the University Grants Commission (UGC). GNLU provides the most diversified and unique teaching, research, training, and extension programs. It enjoys membership of national and international network of universities, namely, Association of Indian Universities (AIU), United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), International Association of Law Schools (IALS), Asian Law Institute (ASLI) and the Shastri IndoCanadian Institute (SICI). GNLU has emerged as one of the leading Law Universities of the country. Housed in a beautiful green campus located in Gandhinagar which is one of the greenest cities in the country, the University has been awarded ‘Grade A’ by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). Furthermore, GNLU has been ranked number 1 in Gujarat with by the Gujarat State Institutional Ranking Framework and number 9 in the country by the National Institutional Ranking Framework of the Government of India in the year 2019. Apart from its beautiful Infrastructure, the intellectual capital at GNLU is also one of the finest. GNLU is contributing significantly to the body of legal knowledge through various publications and research projects conducted through 16 + research centres on various speciality and super speciality areas. Students at GNLU have the best in class international exposure and have secured very prestigious scholarships such as Rhodes, etc. Achievements in various Moot Court competitions, national and international, speak volumes about

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the quality of knowledge, skills and values that GNLU imparts to its students. GNLU follows a Unique, Innovative and Relevant Model of Education, Research and Training. It has a dedicated teaching & research faculty for vibrant academic, intellectual and research culture. As a socially-responsible educational institution, GNLU is committed to being a leader in the research, teaching and extension of environmental sustainability. Such commitment is reflected in the pledge made by the University in its Campus Master Plan to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change. The University endeavours to reduce our environmental impact by incorporating sustainability in every aspect of campus life and operation. The university takes great care to conserve the campus ecology and environment. The spacious 50 acre sprawling campus of GNLU is not only home to its students and staff but also a myriad of trees, flowers, shrubs, butterflies, birds and other living creatures, including rare and precious species. The ethos of imparting education in GNLU comprises a mutual endeavour of the faculty and the students who become part of the university after clearing the hurdle of a rigorous and strenuous selection procedure. The University has been in the process of striving for academic and professional excellence in the field of legal studies in the country. Its student fraternity has won laurels in the various spheres of national and international moot court competitions, paper presentations and various cultural activities. The university strives for an all round and inter-disciplinary academic excellence in sync with the other National Law Schools of the country.

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GUJARAT UNIVERSITY A UNIVERSITY IN DIVERSITY

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ujarat University is an important part of the state of Gujarat, and a pivotal institution for Ahmedabad. The city of Mahatma Gandhi is also the epicenter of trade and commerce in the vibrant state of Gujarat. The university is located in the heart of the city, allowing it to cater to a variety of societal stakeholders In the last few years, Gujarat University has been at the forefront of adopting new-age technologies, concepts, and approaches and has been setting benchmarks for any university in the state and the country. The university’s ongoing digitisation activities of all of its documents, along with current operational processes, spreading over 65 years has been recognized and applauded by state and Central governments, along with several other agencies. The university is also at the forefront of startup, innovation and entrepreneurship activities and over the last year and a half, through Gujarat University Startup and Entrepreneurship Council (GUSEC), has contributed significantly to the startup ecosystem of Gujarat. With more than 100 startups on campus, Gujarat University by far is the epicenter of the Ahmedabad startup ecosystem, which is India’s most important emerging startup hub. The University hosts more than 300 foreign students. It nests an Olympic player, international and national sportspersons, national and international award-winning faculty and students and very prominent alumni which includes the father of Indian space program Dr. Vikram Sarabhai; current Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi; pharma tycoon Dr. Pankaj Patel, Dr. K. Kasturirangan, prominent scientist, and many outstanding jurists, professionals, performers, players, educationists, statesmen and bureaucrats. The University has agreements and formal understandings with a number of international universities and institutions world over.

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The university also caters to a very large student base of close to 4 lakh students and over 325 affiliated colleges, making GU one of the largest universities in the country in terms of student strength. With over 62 academic departments on campus, and over 100 faculties and 5,000 students on campus, the university has a strong academic set up and rich academic history. Over the last few years, the university has introduced courses in disciplines that align with the modern-day industry requirements, such as mobile technologies, Artificial Intelligence, cybersecurity, aviation, human genetics, and others. The university has a massive geographical advantage - with over 260 acres of land in the heart of Ahmedabad, the university is now in the process of building up state-of-the-art infrastructure for student extension activities. One such initiative is the Park for Industrial Extension and Research (PIER), which is India’s first research park in a state university. The research park is an epitome of industry-academic collaboration, where industrial research centers shall be offered physical space and the institution shall act as a funnel for academicindustry collaborations. The Sardar Patel Sports City is also under development at the university campus and is expected to be operational during this year of 2020. The Sports City will offer Olympics-standard infrastructure for over a dozen games, including running, throwing, jumping, swimming, et al, as well as a full-fledged tennis academy with several tennis courts and a stadium, shooting and archery academy and a hostel to accommodate over 500 athletes at a time. The University has been consistently ranked #1 in the state through various rankings, and is ‘the’ destination in Gujarat to study!

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DRIVING CONTINUOUS REFORMS IN EDUCATION IN THE DIGITAL AGE: AU PATEL

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ducation is necessary to preserve, transmit, and enrich the positive elements of any cultural heritage. Be it architecture, literature, medicine, art, science, sports or spiritualism, education has the responsibility to carry forward the learning of ages. It is important to be in touch with one’s cultural heritage but it is equally important to be exposed to the changes happening around. In other words, a balance must be struck between continuity and change. Heritage provides a firm ground for building confidence but in an increasingly global world, matters of growth and development must be addressed with equal priority. A combination between the two is needed for harmonious growth. India has made its contributions to world education, but the need for reform is perpetual. And to achieve the desired reforms,

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policymakers of the country have come up with innovative initiatives from time to time. The National Education Policy 2019, made under the chairmanship of eminent scientist Dr K Kasturirangan focusses on a myriad of burning issues like Equitable and Inclusive Education, Institutional Restructuring and Consolidation, Reintegrating Dropouts and Ensuring Universal Access to Education, among others. Establishment of equitable and inclusive education in the country is required for all to children have equal opportunity to learn and thrive. It is also one of the key issues the government is facing. The objective is to equalise the participation and learning outcomes across all genders and social categories by 2030. Institutional restructuring and consolidation is another area of focus where the objective is to build vibrant multidisciplinary

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assignment. In other words, they must provoke a student to think. Furthermore, vocationalisation of the Education system should be done as far as possible. The current system forces students to decide their future from a selected pool of careers. Instead, the students must be allowed to follow their aspirations. When we were children, we all had such long-drawn dreams as to what we wanted to become when we grew up. Where did all those dreams go? Where did they disappear? Let’s work towards creating a skillbased system, where every child has an equal chance of becoming what they want to. We need to create a system where students have a multitude of avenues, instead of closing avenues and leaving only a handful to choose from. Every career is important and plays an important role in the development and progress of the society, nation, and economy. We need lawyers, coaches, athletes, and therapists just as much as we need engineers, doctors, and accountants. Let’s equip students with the skills they can use universally and that lets them choose what they want, instead of only giving them the tools that open a certain set of doors, and leave many undiscovered ones closed. Every year, fields like engineering and medicine witness a huge number of applicants, often outnumbering the number of seats available. Yet by the time the academic year starts, there are thousands of seats are left empty in colleges. This needs to be addressed. Secondly, the teacher deficit needs to be addressed. There need to be recruitment drives, workshops, seminars, and people need to be encouraged to teach. Good quality, experienced teachers are a rarity, and we must work towards increasing their number. It will significantly improve the quality of education being disseminated to students, and will greatly improve the quality of education in India. The student-teacher ratio needs to be decreased, enabling more attention being able to be devoted to each student. The above concepts, if implemented, can bring a positive change to the way society functions because the future rests on the shoulders of younger generations and timely educational reforms can make sure that the younger generations can take the mantle forward in a better manner than their predecessors.

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institutions of high quality that increase capacity of higher education in India and ensure equitable access. Moreover, reintegrating dropouts and ensuring universal access to education is one more important area of focus where the objective is to achieve access and participation in free and compulsory quality school education for all children in the age group of 3 to 18 years by 2030. As for soft reforms, there are some concepts that can be applied including Shifting From a Memory-Based to a KnowledgeBased System, Inculcating a Research Attitude, Vocationalisation of the Education System, Encourage Reading, and Addressing the Anomalies. A big chunk of ‘learning’ that happens in India is memory based. The objective of most students is to remember the entire text and write it down on the answer sheet during the examinations. The marks are awarded based on how well one can remember text and write it down in an acceptable manner. This concept needs to change. While memory retention is important, it doesn’t always relate to learning. We must instead move to a system where a student can attain knowledge and learn in a true sense. They should be encouraged to go farther than reading textbooks. Furthermore, they should be provided motivation to express things in their own way, which will be a true measure of how well they have understood a subject. For inculcating a research attitude, the students must be encouraged to dig deeper into their subjects. The curious ones should not be told that they could learn something in higher classes. Moreover, the assignments must require students to think, give their opinions, and substantiate with statistics. They must require the students to do This is somewhat an extension of the previous point. Students must be encouraged to dig deeper. They can’t be left hanging in the “You’ll learn it in higher classes; this was taught in the previous class” limbo. Assignments must require a student to think, provide an opinion, and substantiate with statistics and proofs. They must encourage students to do ample research before attempting the

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ujarat Arts & Science College, popularly and earlier known as Gujarat College was founded in 1860, and is a premier teaching institution of the state. The college got affiliated to (then) Bombay University in the year 1879. Started by the British, with strong financial support of the elite of the city, this college entered the second century of its existence in 1979. During this lengthy span, the college has shaped the academic and cultural careers of many great personalities of local, national and international repute. Apart from that, it has also made an invaluable contribution to the economic, social as well as political development of the city of Amdavad, the state of Gujarat and our beloved country. The institution has successfully maintained its valued academic standards by regularly inviting great personalities of various fields for delivering scholarly discourses. Shri Chinubhai Baronet, a leading industrialist, who also happened to be first mayor of Amdavad, donated an invaluable piece of land comprising of 33 acres in the heart of the city to the then Government with an intention of educational promotion. That is where various buildings of the College have been erected. The college heartily acknowledges this noble obligation with humble sense of appreciation towards the whole Baronet family. What is heartening is the fact that the Scion of Baronet family, Shri Prashant Chinubhai has continued with the family tradition of nurturing co-curricular activities of this institute time and again.

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Over the passage of time, many eminent personalities have graced this college with their august presence. The list includes names like Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Dr Sarvopalli Radhakrishnan, Shri Morarji Desai, Shri Jayprakash Narayan, Smt Sarojini Nayadu, Shri Ravishankar Maharaj, Major Dhyanchand, Smt Annie Baesent, Dr P C Vaidya, Dr Vikram Sarabhai, Dr U R Rao, Shri Sriman Narayan, Dr B K Nehru, Shri Lalkrishna Advani, and Shri Narendra Modi, to mention few. Also, President Gyani Zail Singhji graced a centenary celebration organised in 1983 as the chief guest. Gujarat College has always taken utmost care to cultivate and nurture the ultimate standards of higher education. As a result, many students of this institute have earned glorious successes in the field of their action. During the freedom movement, quite a few of our students participated with all their might and some of them have made successful political leaders in the times that followed. Students of this college participated in large numbers in the Maha Gujarat movement and also in the Navnirman movement. The college has produced some eminent names in the fields of administration, sports, entertainment, and writing, among others. These include Shri Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar, who was the first speaker of the Indian Parliament; Dr Anandshankar Dhruv, Eminent Educationist and Ex-VC BHU; and Ex-Justice Sir Harsiddhbhai Divatia.

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NAAC Rating: 2.83 SIRF Rating: 2.45 Students: 3330

Gujarat Arts and Science College Ellisbridge, Ahmedabad – 380006. (INDIA) Email: gascprin@gmail.com Phone: 079-26446939 Website: gujaratcollege.org.in, www.gasc.gujarat.gov.in About College Oldest College of the state of Gujarat established since 1860!!! Most Diversified Courses with Highest Number of Students Big Campus of 35 Acres with dedicated Cricket, football, hockey, tennis ground, gymnasium, Zoological Museum and Botanical Garden with rare species Historical Gandhi Hall and Sydenham Library with more than 1 lac books and e-content In the middle of the bustling industrial hub – Ahmedabad Courses Offered: • Bachelor of Arts • Bachelor of Sciences • Master of Arts • Master of Sciences

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NAAC Rating: 2.83 SIRF Rating: 2.45 Students: 3330

Oldest College of the state of Gujarat established since 1860 Most Diversified Courses with Highest Number of Students in 22 Departments Big Campus of 33 Acres with dedicated Cricket, football, hockey, tennis ground, gymnasium, Zoological Museum and Botanical Garden with rare species Historical Gandhi Hall and Sydenham Library with more than 1 lac books and e-content In the middle of the bustling industrial hub – Ahmedabad Rich history with prominent alumni like Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, Shri G V Mavalankar, Shri Umashankar Joshi, etc. Consistent enrollment of foreign students

Gujarat Arts and Science College Ellisbridge, Ahmedabad – 380006. (INDIA) Email: gascprin@gmail.com Phone: 079-26446939

Website: gujaratcollege.org.in www.gasc.gujarat.gov.in

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Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Sciences Master of Arts Master of Sciences

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DA-IICT PAVING A PATH OF INNOVATION IN HIGHER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION

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hirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DAIICT) is an elite private university in Western India in the State of Gujarat. It is an exclusive academic institution modelled after IITs in India but specializing on various facets of information technology and communication engineering for the last 18 years. The vision of DAIICT is to help build a knowledge-led society founded on intellectual competitiveness for global leadership and the mission is to become a first choice academic institute having high calibre students, a dynamic faculty, a sensitive administration, functioning within an atmosphere of innovative research, emphasizing academic cooperation and global collaboration. To nurture graduates to be civically engaged individuals who recognize their responsibility and role in their communities and the world. In order to fulfill its vision and mission in a highly connected ‘flat world,’ DAIICT has developed collaborations and friendships with several teaching and research institutions in India and abroad for faculty exchange, joint guidance of masters, doctoral and postdoctoral scholars and joint research projects. DAIICT, Gandhinagar was founded in 2001 by the legendary visionary, Shri Dhirubhai Hirachand Ambani with a vision ‘to help build a knowledge-led society founded on intellectual competitiveness for global leadership.’ An Act of the Gujarat State Legislature conferred upon DAIICT the status of a University in 2003. The University Grants Commission (UGC) of the Government of India has included DAIICT in the list of Universities maintained by the UGC under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act, 1956. DAIICT became a member of the Association of Indian Universities in 2009. DAIICT is managed by a Board of Governors chaired by Mr. Anil Ambani, Chairman, Reliance ADA Group with visionaries and leaders from academia, industry and government as its members. DAIICT launched its first undergraduate programme, BTech

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(Information and Communication Technology) -- the first of its kind in India in 2002. In 2013, the second undergraduate programme -- BTech (Hons) in ICT with Computational Science as minor was designed and offered. Besides these undergraduate programmes, DAIICT offers seven postgraduate programmes including a doctoral programme. These programmes are designed to develop students’ comprehension of technology both within the broader vision of science and understanding of the business and social environment. DAIICT has graduated over 5200 ICT engineers, design professionals, agriculture and rural development professionals and doctoral scholars since its inception and they occupy prominent positions in industry, civil society organizations and academia and also as successful entrepreneurs. The high-end continuing education programmes in Information and Communication Technology and allied areas offered by DAIICT have been recognized as appropriate training programmes to upgrade the skills and competence of industry professionals, government officials and defence service men. DAIICT places great importance on recruiting highly qualified and research-oriented faculty. The faculty members have authored quality books and research articles that have been internationally recognized. They have attracted a large number of sponsored projects, including collaborative projects with academic institutions in UK, France, Spain and Japan, with funding from government bodies such as DST and DIT. The Institute also has research funding from industry for supporting PhD research scholars. The Institute houses a government supported Incubation Centre to nurture and develop business ideas based on new technology. At the invitation of the Government of Gujarat, DAIICT has mentored the new Indian Institute of Information Technology, Vadodara (IIIT-V) set up under Public- Private Partnership mode,

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innovation in programmes, curriculum, and pedagogy. All the teaching programmes are designed in consultation with the industry to ensure that their needs are met. The curricula of the programmes are also reviewed and revised regularly considering the technological advancements and the industry requirements. DAIICT also offers short term training programmes, research seminars and workshops under the Continuing Education Programme. All the teaching programmes are designed to develop skills and intellect that is in tune with the contemporary ICT needs of the industry, government, public sector and academia. From the academic year 2019-20, DAIICT started two MTech Programmes in collaboration with two other national institutes in India. The first one is an MTech in Computer Science jointly conducted by DAIICT and Indian Institute of Technology Jammu. It has two specializations: Information Security and Data Sciences. The second joint MTech programme in Electronic and Communication Engineering is with C.R. Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (AIMSCS). It offers specialization in Wireless Communication and Embedded Systems. DA-IICT will be launching an MSc programme in Data Science and a BTech programme in Mathematics and Computing from the Academic Year 2020-21.

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Wide ranging placement & internship opportunities

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B.Tech. (ICT) B.Tech. (Honours) in ICT with minor in Computational Science POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMS

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NIRF Rank within Top 100 Engineering Institutes A premier ICT education and research Institute

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Specializations: Communication & Signal Processing VLSI & Embedded Systems

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which started during the academic year 2013-14. DAIICT has enviable state-of-art infrastructure to support teaching and research which includes modern Library, Electronics and Digital Science Laboratories, an array of state-of-the-art computer laboratories with continuously upgraded hardware and software to aid learning and research. The other facilities are three lecture theatres – two with 350 and one with 250 seating capacities, classrooms and laboratories equipped with modern audio and video presentation systems and high speed internet connectivity. The spacious outdoor and indoor sports complexes, gymnasium, cultural, literary and other events enrich the students’ life on the campus. The architecture of the campus buildings consisting of administrative complex, faculty block, furnished hostels with wireless internet connectivity, several food courts, dining halls and the landscape are such that the students living are contented. DAIICT is spread over 50 acres of land in Gandhinagar, capital city of Gujarat. Eighty percent of land is open space reserved for green cover and garden, making it an environment friendly campus. The campus houses around 1500 students. In the short span of 18 years, DAIICT has become a name synonymous with quality education and research in ICT domain and we are committed to provide the leadership role through constant

Residential facilities Merit and merit-cum-means scholarship for B.Tech. students Competitive fellowships for M.Tech. and Ph.D. students 15 percent of B.Tech. seats for NRI, OCI, PIO and Foreign Nationals Separate merit scholarship for NRI, OCI, PIO and Foreign Nationals Launching (1) B.Tech. (Mathematics and Computing) & (2) M.Sc. in Data Science from academic year 2020-21 Our Advertisement for Admissions will be released in March 2020

For more information visit: www.daiict.ac.in or CALL (079) 68261574/586

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IITRAM BELIEVES IN RESEARCH CENTRIC EDUCATION AND INNOVATION DRIVEN GROWTH

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nstitute of Infrastructure, Technology, Research And Management (IITRAM) is an autonomous University instituted by the Government of Gujarat offering B.Tech, M.Tech and PhD programmes in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering along with PhD programme in Humanities and Sciences. At present, IITRAM has 50 Faculty Members with the high educational credentials, doctorates and post-doctorates from reputed institutes like IITs, NITs, BITS Pilani etc. to guide and lead the academic life of the students. There are Teaching Assistants, Lab Assistants, JRFs, and PhD Scholars to support and help the faculty in the smooth functioning of the academics and research. IITRAM believes in fundamental and experimental learning. It inculcates the habit of raising questions and developing curiosity among students, thereby shaping their critical thinking ability. IITRAM believes in research centric education and innovation driven Growth. Our faculty and students are constantly striving to play their part in the betterment of our society by undertaking research projects on infrastructural enhancement. IITRAM proudly engages for research with DST, SERB & GUJCOST and thereby enhancing and spurring the research skills of both faculty and students. IITRAM is honoured to have an active collaboration with ISRO for IRNSS Navigation Receiver Field Trial and Data Collection. The Library Resource Center (LRC) of the Institute is fully automated with ‘SOUL 2.0 Integrated Library Management Software’. It has an access to online journals like: IEEE Xplore, The American Society of Civil Engineers, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Springer, Science Direct, Elsevier, Nature etc. It offers Open Access Resources, Open Coursewares, Subject

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Gateways, and Electronics Thesis & Dissertations, e-books, Elsevier, Springer, IEEE-Wiley and JSTOR etc. IITRAM is proud of its international collaboration with University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and CESI, FRANCE to foster Academic Excellence; Research collaborations with universities across the globe; academic collaboration with DRDO, India and knowledge networking by sending faculty members to foreign universities to participate in seminars, workshops, and conferences. All the Laboratories of the IITRAM are well – equipped with advanced and sophisticated instruments: IITRAM students are placed in MNCs as well as leading companies like Torrent Power, Gujarat Gas, Wipro Ltd., TBEA, KHS Machineries, Milacron India Pvt. Ltd., etc. Many students from IITRAM are determined to opt for higher studies and pursue their dreams in the universities in India, Germany, Australia, Canada etc. As part of the overall skill development in students, IITRAM has a throbbing campus life too. The students are motivated to participate in the in-house competitions and hone their all-round development by being a part of the various clubs under the purview of students council. The students are encouraged to participate in various inter-collegiate techno cultural events and boost their confidence level to the maximum. IITRAM is equipped with 24x7 Wi-Fi enabled campus, Medical Facilities, State-of-the-art Gymnasium, Hostel, and Cafeteria. Gujarat being one of the vibrant states of India provides a great living and educational experience. It is surely a secure state to grow in all measures.

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• Winner of “Outstanding Engineering Institute-West” during 2015 and 2016 by ABP News • Winner of “Best Institute in Skill Development Program” during 2016 by DNA • Winner of “Top Institutes of India Award” during 2016, 2017 and 2018 by CSR • Winner of “Education Leadership Award” during 2018 by DNA • Winner of “Best Placement Award” during 2018 by Government of Gujarat

IIITRAM, established in 2013, is an initiative of Government of Gujarat vide Gujarat Act No. 5 of 2013, with a vision to facilitate and promote studies, research, technology incubation, product innovation and extension work in the field of infrastructure, science, technology and management. The University aims to foster bond between research and academic institutions and infrastructural development agencies for better planning, management, execution, maintenance and standards of infrastructure.

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Ph.D. : IITRAM offers Ph.D. in the field of Engineering, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences.

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The University also plans to offer various short-term courses of 2 weeks duration for Senior Managers, Executives, Scientist of R&D / Manufacturing, Ph.D. Research Scholars etc. in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering branches. For details refer: www.iitram.ac.in

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Highly qualified Faculty with minimum Ph.D. Mechanical Workshop in tune with the recent technological developments. Well-equipped Computing facilities having latest desktops, work stations and servers. Laboratories with advance and sophisticated instruments. RFID based Library Resource Center with more than 7000 e-books and 14000 e-journals. Students’ Internship in renowned Industries. For all round development of the students, vibrant Campus Life having various clubs. Smart class rooms with audio visual facility. Good record of placement. Basic amenities including– Medical facility, Cafeteria, Accommodation, Open Air Theater, Wi-Fi Campus, Conference Halls, Gymnasium etc.

Institute of Infrastructure, Technology, Research And Management (An Autonomous University established by Government of Gujarat) Near Khokhra Circle, Maninagar (East), Ahmedabad - 380026, Gujarat, INDIA. Phone : 079 67775488 / 67775499 | Fax: 079 67775475 www.iitram.ac.in | office@iitram.ac.in


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GFSU: WORLD’S FIRST AND ONLY UNIVERSITY DEDICATED TO FORENSIC AND ALLIED SCIENCES

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he Government of Gujarat took an exemplary initiative and established the World’s first Forensic Science University viz: Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GFSU) at Gandhinagar in the year 2009 with the sole objective of providing skilled and trained man power to various Investigative and Security Agencies of the country and the world. The establishment of this highly specialised University was the vision and the dream of the then Chief Minister of Gujarat and the present Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. Thus, the University has made many strides in a short span of 10 years and has earned good name not only in the country but also in the world through its remarkable performance. GFSU has been awarded “A” Grade by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in 2016. In 2019, the Government of Gujarat has notified GFSU as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ as it has been recognised as an ‘Institute of Strategic and Security related interest’.

Security and MBA in Cyber Security Management. More than 2,500 students, including 75 students from abroad study on campus and through online courses. The University has around 150 highly qualified and experienced pool of faculty members including regular and visiting faculty from India as well as abroad. The University undertakes scientific and applied research sponsored by various Government agencies and publishes quality research work to address the challenges related to forensics and allied sciences. With an aim to promote research in the areas of Investigation and Security, the University has organised more than 50 National and International level Conferences/ Seminars, made more than 450 Publications, gave recognition to 10 Research Institutions and filed patents of specific research outcomes. The university has set up an Incubation centre under the ‘Student Start-Up Innovation Program’ (SSIP) of the Government of Gujarat where already 30 projects are under incubation phase.

TRAINING ACADEMICS Presently, the University offers 41 highly specialised and unique academic programmes such as Doctor of Science (D. Sc.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.), Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.) in Clinical Psychology, M. Tech. in Cyber Security, Forensic Structural Engineering and M.Sc. in Forensic Science, Digital Forensics, Cyber Security, Food Technology, Nanotechnology, Odontology, Forensic Psychology, Neuro Psychology and MBA in Forensic Accounting, MBA in Hospital and Healthcare Management, MBA in Homeland

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The acute need of providing training to the officers of Investigating and Security Agencies of the country and abroad was envisaged and specially designed training programmes were launched by the University. In the last six years, 8,900+ officers from different organisations like Ministry of External Affairs – Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs – Government of India, law enforcing agencies, judiciary, banking sector, state and central vigilance commission along with foreign officers have been imparted training in different areas by the University. GFSU is recognised by MEA,

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Government of India under ITEC Scheme for imparting training to the officers of 161 countries.

ability of ballistic resistance.

CYBER DEFENCE CENTRE KNOWLEDGE EXTENSION

INFRASTRUCTURE The Green and Clean campus of GFSU has solar roof top and generates 75 percent energy of required consumption. As being unique in its kind the campus has certain special facilities like: state of the art laboratories in the subjects of Cyber Security, Digital Forensics, Multimedia Forensics, Forensic Biotechnology, Forensic Nanotechnology, Forensic Engineering, Forensic Psychology and Forensic Pharmacy.

Cyber Security threats have become more complex, targeted, and persistent; they pose a serious challenge to an IT infrastructure of an organisation and Nation. Security of hardware and software products alone is insufficient to stop the advanced attacks. Modern cyber defences demand proactive security operations by highly skilled personnel with the experience and expertise to detect and mitigate sophisticated threats. In order to take care of such issues and also to create defence mechanism system with regards to cyber threats, GFSU has established first of its kind Cyber Defence Centre having all the cutting edge technologies. Cyber Range at CDC provides platform to the students to exercise attack, defense and forensics in simulated environment. The Cyber Defence Centre aims to render services such as Network devices security and performance testing, Web Application Security Testing, Code Security Testing, Penetration Testing & Vulnerability Assessment, Incident Response, Digital Forensic Investigations, Malware Analysis, Product Evaluation, Compliance Testing (like ISO, PCIDSS), Cyber Security Framework design and implementation, Cyber Threat detection and Mitigation to Government, Semi Government and private sector agencies of the country and abroad.

PLACEMENTS The programmes of the University have high placement value and the reputed companies including Adobe, PwC, CFMID, Deloitte, EY, Deutsche Bank, HDFC Bank, INTAS, Lambda, Mahindra SSG, Net Monastery, Network Intelligence, Paladion, Quickheal, Sophos, Sun Pharma, Synopsis, Troikka, Vedanta Group, Zydus, SISA, Reliance, ABB, Axis Bank, Qualcomm and HDFC Ergo comes for Campus placements in the areas of Cyber Security, Digital Forensics, Forensic Science, Homeland Security and Fraud Investigation and others.

SALIENT FEATURES: BALLISTICS RESEARCH CENTRE AND TESTING RANGE (ISO 9001:2015 CERTIFIED) A state of the art ISO 9001:2015 certified research centre in the field of forensic ballistics has been established at GFSU. This is among the first of its kind in the country. The centre is authorised for the testing and reporting ballistic resistant materials. Through BRCTR, the university is supporting the ‘Startup India’ initiative of Hon. Prime Minister by assisting manufacturers in assuring quality of bullet proof material. State of the art technology has been in place which is in accordance with the international standards as specified by the NIJ. Systematic mechanism for data collection is also in place with the provision of ultra-modern technology for the acquisition of the data related to the vital parameters involved in the testing procedures. To maintain transparency and integrity of the various testing procedures, there is a provision of witnessing the entire process alive through an exclusive gallery. There is armoured vehicle testing facility for the purpose of assessing the

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Since, this is the only University of its kind in the world; many countries approached the University seeking collaboration and assistance in the areas of training, education and research. As a result, the University has signed MoUs with 112 National and International Universities and Organisations from USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Poland, Turkey, Israel, Malaysia, Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and others. Ministries of different countries like Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Algeria have signed MoUs for strengthening their forensic science capabilities.

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GFSU has established the world’s first ‘International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics’ in association with International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The ICHF works to set the best practice and supporting capacity sharing in the use of forensic sciences for humanitarian purpose including handling the dead with dignity and to assist in management of the dead including forensic human identification in case of man-made disasters and natural calamities. The Centre intends to conduct various academic and professional programs / training, researches and provide technical expertise to support operations in the field of humanitarian forensics.

CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS OF NARCOTIC DRUGS AND PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES (NDPS) Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India has selected Gujarat Forensic Sciences University for the establishment of ‘Centre of excellence for NDPS’ for the purpose of Analysis, Research, Training and Consultancy at the national and international level. It has been established with a mission to diminish the drug abuse cases, improve the total convictions in narcotic cases and to help in combatting the drug trafficking. Its mandate is to assist several central and state agencies to react to the instability and insecurity caused by crimes like the smuggling of illicit drugs. It aims to bring Research and Analysis of NDPS under the same roof thus making easier the task of NCB, DRI, CCE and FSL for analysis of seized drugs. For more info: https://www.gfsu.edu.in/.

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MARWADI UNIVERSITY:

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DISCOVER YOUR DOOR TO A PROMISING FUTURE!

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s we enter 2020, India is growing at an incredible speed, making one of the biggest and fastest-growing economies of the world. In lieu of this, the Government of Gujarat has initiated a ‘STUDY IN GUJARAT’ programme, selecting 28 best universities as Partners, and one among them is MARWADI UNIVERSITY - one of the top-performing Universities in terms of academic performance, research and placements, industryoriented, and research-focused offering programmes in Diploma, Under Graduate, Post Graduate and Doctorate, with an added advantage of scholarships and financial aids.

INTERNATIONAL FOOTHOLD Today, Marwadi University homes 9000+ students that include 700+ international students from 31 countries under various programmes. The distinct facilities offered to international students include: Dedicated International Relations Office to assist in FRRO process|Pick-up from airport/railway/bus station to the campus on arrival at Rajkot|Support to comply with Foreign Registration formalities|Assistance to provide local/prepaid calling/data SIM|On-campus ATM and Banking facilities |Assistance to avail of medical facilities on and off-campus|Supplementary English communication and soft-skills course|Washing-machine and refrigerator facility on hostel floor|Smart TV room to view native country programmes|Dedicated international canteen serving non-vegetarian cuisine.

WHY MARWADI UNIVERSITY IS A PRIME DESTINATION FOR GLOBAL EDUCATION Marwadi Education Foundation is the only NAAC A+ accredited

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institution in Gujarat and among the only 4% across India. Marwadi University is recognised by Universities Grants Commission (UGC - Govt. of India) and offers internationally recognised degrees. With 500+ faculty that include 110+ Ph.D. faculty (highest in Gujarat), it has over 15% of faculty having industry experience from Stanford, IITs, NITs, BITS, and Anna University.

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The whole campus is established on 50+ acres of land. The 8 buildings of Marwadi University are perfectly designed collaborative academic spaces with amenities like: 24/7 WI-FI enabled Cloud Campus|Guinness Record Holder Library with Digital Resources + Reading Libraries|Audio-Visually Equipped Classrooms|Landscaped Surroundings with joggingtracks and a lake|Fully Equipped Laboratories|Auditorium with a 1000+ seating Capacity|Music and Dance Academy|4-Acre outdoor sports area + Sports-Complex + Gymnasium|2200+ Hostel Accommodation and Separate Hostels for Boys & Girls|Scenic Lake & Jogging Tracks|40+ Academic and NonAcademic clubs Marwadi University education is definitely designed to enable students to become truly global citizens as they function in a collaborative, research-based environment – researching, analysing, synthesising, critiquing, evaluating and creating new knowledge. With more skill-based courses to be added in the coming years, it is all set to provide a cutting-edge programme that offers a unique blend of quality education, industry connect, global exposure, entrepreneurial skills at a very affordable cost in a safe and secure environment of Gujarat.

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CEPT UNIVERSITY: BUILDING HABITAT PROFESSIONALS FOR INDIA CEPT University was established to promote an open learning environment that is not bound by four walls of the classrooms, says Dr Tridip Suhrud, Provost, CEPT University in a conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).

We are sensitive to the aspirant’s financial background and have developed a robust scholarship and financial support policy for our students. Under this policy, financial aid up to 90 percent of the total fees for the year can be availed by the students from economically weaker sections of the society.

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establish institutions of modern India. Balkrishna Doshi, Rasu Vakil and Bernard Kohn founded this institute with support from Kasturbhai Lalbhai and the Ahmedabad Education Society. Ever since, CEPT University has always been led by a professional. We are continually improving our pedagogy, enhancing infrastructure and student interface with industry practitioners.

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How are courses offered at CEPT different from courses offered elsewhere?

Dr Tridip Suhurd

Provost, CEPT University

What is unique University?

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CEPT University is a leading institution in the domain of built environment. Based out of Ahmedabad, India, it focuses on understanding, designing, planning, constructing and managing human habitats. Our teaching programmes aim to build thoughtful professionals and research programmes attempt to deepen understanding of human settlements. Since its origin, the university has functioned as collaboration between academics and professionals, with support from philanthropic civic leaders and the government.

At CEPT we endeavour to respond to the emerging challenges and opportunities in the urban sector through high quality education, advanced research and advisory. Currently we offer 19 Postgraduate courses and 5 Undergraduate courses in Architecture, Planning, Design, Management and Technology. Our credit-based system gives students the choice to choose subjects of their interest.

How is a typical semester structured at CEPT? A typical semester is interspersed with international exchange programs, summer winter schools, vibrant dialogue and lecture series, workshops and teaching fellowships that ensure a cosmopolitan atmosphere on the campus. We strive to encourage exchange of ideas, not bound by the curriculum, between individuals, communities, cultures, arts, sciences and philosophies.

What is the legacy of CEPT? CEPT University was established as ‘School of Architecture’ in 1962, at a time when the country was going through a transformative phase to

What role does the CEPT campus play? The CEPT campus was conceived as an open

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Can students from economically weaker sections of the society afford CEPT? We are sensitive to the aspirant’s financial background and have developed a robust scholarship and financial support policy for our students. Under this policy, financial aid up to 90 percent of the total fees for the year can be availed by the students from economically

CEPT has been involved in more than two hundred externally funded research and advisory projects, funded by national, state governments and globally renowned foundations

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learning environment that is not bound by four walls of the classrooms but extends into nature, whereby the campus also becomes an open meeting point of ideas, people and visitors. Over the years, CEPT campus is now deeply etched in the memory of its alumni as their ‘home away from home’’.-

How does CEPT promote research? CEPT University has established nine dedicated research centres and created a vibrant research environment focused on the issues concerning human habitats. In the last three years, CEPT has been involved in more than two hundred externally funded research and advisory projects, funded by national, state governments and globally renowned foundations.

Could you highlight a few important aspects of CEPT? CEPT is regarded as an institute of repute by professionals, academicians, alumni, practitioners in the domain of human habitat and the huge pool of aspirants who wish to become a part of this prestigious institution. The university has 30 long standing exchange programs with some of the best institutions in the world. Its summer and winter schools offer short duration on-campus and travel-based courses, providing a wide range of learning through local and global destinations. These courses are held by expert faculties of both national and international repute.

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SUMANDEEP VIDYAPEETH:

VIBRANT AND HAPPENING DEEMED UNIVERSITY STRIVING TOWARDS EXCELLENCE

Rajesh Bharaney Vice Chancellor

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umandeep Vidyapeeth was the first health Sciences Deemed to be University to be established on 17 January 2007, being the only one of its kind in the state of Gujarat. Another mile stone was added in 2014 when Sumandeep Vidyapeeth was accorded Jain minority institution status. It is indeed a matter of pride to state that Sumandeep Vidyapeeth was accredited by National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC) with an ‘A’ Grade, and a CGPA of 3.53 on a 4 point scale in the year 2015, being the highest accreditation in the state of Gujarat. Yet another mile stone was added in the year 2018, when Sumandeep Vidyapeeth was graded as Category 1 Deemed to be university under categorization of Deemed to be universities under UGC for grant of graded autonomy regulations 2018, again being the only category 1 institution in the state of Gujarat. Sumandeep Vidyapeeth offers unparalleled training in 18 Undergraduate, 64 Post-Graduate Degree, 12 Post-Graduate diploma, five Medical Super specialty and Ph.D. programmes in all the constituent institutes. We have recently introduced a Department of Para medical

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sciences which offers 29 Diploma and certificate courses which is managed by Faculty of Medicine. All programs are recognised by respective statutory councils. It is SIRO registered for high impact research, its Ethics committee is NABH accredited, UNESCO Bio Ethics Chair, Haifa is established in recognition of merit. 1,360 bedded, multi-discipline, Super Specialty Dhiraj Hospital, is a state of the art tertiary care teaching hospital for training of students and patient care. K.M. Shah Dental College and Hospital has more than 350 Dental Chairs for dental training and latest treatments in nine specialties. Facilities for rich campus experience include Infrastructure and services such as IT supported class rooms, Laboratories, Research labs, Wi-Fi campus, Mess, cafeteria, hostel for boys and girls, International standard sports complex, Amphi-theatre, green initiatives, gardens, Transportation, 24 hour electricity, RO water, Waste disposal, Water recycling STP plant, round the clock maintenance, safety & security systems. Stringent Anti-Ragging, Anti-discrimination, Anti-sexual harassment and Grievances Redressal systems are implemented. Students’ participation is facilitated in Sports, Cultural, Arts and Literary Activities throughout the year and promotes participation at Regional, State & National level competition. With this strong research culture, excellent student-centric academic ambience, well equipped Tertiary care super-specialty Hospitals and exquisitely efficient Academicians and Researchers, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth strives towards excellence and offers an excellent opportunity for students from all over India who are interested in health sciences career, to visit our campus or visit our website for details.

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NAAC ‘A’ Grade University with UGC Category - I Status.

It offers UG, PG, Super-specialty & PhD programs in Medicine, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Nursing, Management and Paramedical Streams.

All Programs are Recognized by respective Statutory Councils.

Globally benchmarked curriculum and Student-centric modern Teaching & Learning methods, integrated with Evidence Based Education through excellent Information & Communication Technology support.

State of Art Infrastructure for Teaching, Learning, Hospital services

Strong Research- driven working environment with high impact Research in diverse areas.

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PAVING GLOBAL ACADEMIC PATH FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS TO STUDY IN GUJARAT

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reating avenues for foreign students to pursue their academics in the various higher educational institutions in Gujarat, has been the main driving force behind the Study in Gujarat initiative. Acting in line with this agenda, city-based Parul University through the untimely efforts of its International Students Affairs Cell has made significant strides, resulting in a plethora of foreign students pursuing their studies in the distinct programs of the University. Annually, the University’s international enrolments have been on a constant peak, witnessing the most dynamic student demographic, from diverse cultural and national backgrounds. Parul University is an amalgamation of 35 institutions, which have been collectively investing their efforts towards providing the students with an array of over 250 diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate programs. As a way of ensuring the most enriching global learning experience, the University has been formulating strategic international ties with leading organizations and institutions across various continents. These ties have been materializing, resulting in 1,200 students from 49 nationalities, choosing Parul University as an ideal destination to pursue their higher educational studies. In recognition of its stride towards internationalization, the University has been conferred various awards from organizations of great prestige, such as the “Outstanding University in West Zone for Highest Nationalities” during the 15th World Education Summit. As a mark, recognizing the excellence of its international ventures, the University also received a ranking amongst the Top 30 most internationalized Universities by ASMA. Ensuring a quality standard of education has been the main priority behind the efforts of Parul University. In line with this, the University has also received recognitions from notable bodies and organizations across the world which include the Association of Commonwealth, Tertiary Education Council of Mauritius, National Qualification Framework and Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education. With the emergence of globalization and its significance

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in higher education, the University has been maximizing the learning opportunities which come with having students from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds. The International Students Affairs Cell has been strategically working towards creating various platforms for cultural integration for the collective development of both the Indian students and the foreign students. Parul University facilitates various platforms and festivities which serve the purpose of recognizing and honoring the unique cultural and national heritage of the students. Beyond these platforms, the University has also made provisions for various student guides, who play the crosscultural role of bridging the boundaries of culture by providing the foreign students with an enriching experience of the Indian culture. Beyond the scope of their academics within the University has been facilitating channels where international students have been participating and emerging victorious on District, State, and National level platforms. Foreign students from Africa and Asia have taken part and won on prominent platforms such as The Times of India’s Times Public Speaking, Association of Indian Universities (AIU) amongst others. Providing the highest form of student comfort has also been amongst the University’s agendas which has been working to ensure for the students, a home experience away from their native homes. The state of the art campus is not only equipped with modern features, but also with the most flexible student-friendly facilities. These facilities include exclusive International student residency, with dining halls providing international cuisines, along with amenities such as gyms, swimming pools, and libraries which guarantee students with the most comfortable learning experience. “In this era of globalization as a University, our vision has been to make Gujarat global learning destination by having students from diverse nationalities pursuing their education at Parul University. I believe the Study in Gujarat initiative will go a long way in fulfilling this global knowledge-sharing agenda.”, said the University’s President, Dr Devanshu J Patel.

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VGEC : DEPLOYING ICT TO ENSURE

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ishwakarma Government Engineering College, established in1994, with an objective of imparting higher education in various fields of Engineering and Technology has been recognised as one of the leading centre of engineering education today. This institute is recognised by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi and Institute of Engineers (India). The college is administrated by Directorate of Technical Education, Gujarat State, Gandhinagar and is affiliated with Gujarat Technological University. In addition to offering various academic programmes in nine engineering branches, with quality teaching learning process, the all-round development of students is planned through a blend of co-curricular, extra-curricular, societal and professional activities. The Institute has adopted Outcome-Based Education (OBE) and the curriculum is mapped with well-defined programme and course outcomes. The Institute focuses on blended learning and use of ICT to ensure learner-oriented education. The faculty members- a combined force of young and experienced ones is committed to teaching and research and have proven to be the best mentors to budding engineers. Over the years, the Institute has worked towards achieving distinction and is now known for – • Learner oriented approach and personalized attention to the students • Attention on teaching as well as all-round development of the students • Meritorious students with geographical diversity in undergraduate programmes having interstate and international students • Well-disciplined encouraging academic environment • Active linkages with industries and research organizations • Continuous emphasis on faculty and staff development

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ISRO under NISAR Campaign & under AVIRIS-NG Campaign Young Scientist Award (Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India) received by two faculty members Received prize worth Rs. 35,000/- in Gujarat Industrial Hackathon 2019 for the project “Job Card Preparation” by Information Technology Received prize worth Rs. 50,000/- in Smart India Hackathon 2018 for the project named “Railway Track Cleaning Automated BOT” by Electrical Department Having center of excellence laboratories in Pneumatics, Sensor, Robotic, Hydraulics and Mechatronics in association with GTU & Bosch-Rexroth Germany First Rank with 1 lakh Rupees Cash Prize in International Conference in STEM in Vibrant Gujarat 2019 for paper Presentation Won best paper awards in SSIP International Conference Gujarat Industrial Hackathon winner for Small Scale Industry Project First prize in state for best Innovation Eco System SSIP Prashansa Award 2019 Best Faculty Mentor & Best SSIP Coordinator Only institute from Gujarat to get Four star at IIC MHRD GTU Innovation Council Award Hosted GTU Central Techfest 2017 & 2019 GTU NSS Active team Award NSS Best Volunteer National Award Ranked 30th as India’s Best Engineering Government Colleges 2019 survey by India Today and 38th in 2018 by the same. Ranked 44th in Times Higher Education Top 150 Engineering Institute Rankings 2018

NBA ACCREDITATION: Four undergraduate programmes of the Institute viz. Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Chemical Engineering are accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) under Tier-II category. NBA Accreditation for other undergraduate programmes is in process.

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ndia today is an empowered, enlightened and enterprising nation. Gujarat holds a unique status as the industrial and manufacturing hub of India. The vibrancy and enthusiasm of Gujarat is there for all to see. It is supported by a strong entrepreneurial culture of the people and focus of policy makers on a robust infrastructure. Gujarat is an ideal platform to plan a career and launch to a much higher growth trajectory. The Government of Gujarat is actively working on various initiatives and ideas to continue the momentum for growth and healthy competitive environment in every sector. Gujarat has a rich legacy when it comes to fostering a culture of entrepreneurial spirit which dates to the pre-independence era. Leadership and business acumen form the foundational pillars of the spirit of Gujarat which is deeply imbibed into this program. Gujarat has traditionally been recognised for its entrepreneurial leanings. Hence, ‘Study in Gujarat’ (SIG) offers everyone the experience and exposure needed to make their dreams come true. Lalbhai Dalpatbhai College of Engineering (LDCE) is one of the partnering institutes of the SIG initiative. LDCE is a premier government engineering institute in Gujarat, set with the objectives of imparting technical education, research and training in various fields of engineering as per AICTE. The institute is affiliated to Gujarat Technological University (GTU), Ahmedabad and is administered by the Department of Technical Education, Government of Gujarat. The institute was established in June 1948 by the textile magnate Sheth Shri Kasturbhai Lalbhai in a campus of 58 acres of land. It offers 30 courses at undergraduate and post - graduate levels. The total student enrolment at the institute stands at more than 6,000. In its journey of seven decades LDCE has scaled noteworthy national and international credentials in its curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. We foster students who are creatively curious and eager to experiment & innovate on both academic and non-academic fronts. We value individualism, creativity and innovation and strive to nurture them in our students. While studying at LDCE, the students are groomed to become confident, articulate and enlightened young citizen, ready to step into global society with dignity, honour and integrity. In other words, our students are equipped to face the challenges of the rapidly changing world. Our curriculam and processes are constantly reviewed to ensure that we meet the ever dynamic needs of the students and industry. Three programs of B.E (Civil), B.E (Mechanical) and B.E (Electrical) are NBA accredited and 5 other programs are undergoing the process for the same. LDCE is blessed with a team of sincere and dedicated faculty and staff members. Many faculty members have been awarded in various fields for their extraordinary work. Some

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of the faculty members have been invited as experts for various courses and training programs around the world. Besides this, the institute promotes sports, culture and social service activities for the holistic development of its meritorious students. To promote Research & Development (R&D), the institute has created central facilities of state-of-the-art level for Design Lab, Incubator Lab, Centre of Excellence in Welding, Centre of Excellence in Automation by Siemens. MoU with Siemens has facilitated Aerospace & Defence center, Product Design and Validation Lab, Advanced Manufacturing Lab, Automation Lab and Electrical Lab. ISRO NAVIC Satellite Communication Receiver and Supercomputer Lab have been installed for professional level research. LDCE is a vibrant hub for innovation ecosystem. Recently Startups such as Exposit, Reolo, Trauma Patch have received National and International Award. 71 such projects are funded for innovation under SSIP policy of GoG. The institute has filed 20 patents in different domains. Each department of the institute regularly receives project grants from the state and central government. Gujarat is the perfect destination for students due to the plethora of courses its institutes offer, good opportunities for internship, convenient transport facilities and ease of living. The parents feel relaxed because safety and pleasant stay for their ward is assured. Our Universities also offer subject specific education, specialised education and inter-linked education. Most of the Universities have foreign collaboration with quality peers that help update the curriculum as and when deemed necessary. As per the NIRF Ranking 2019, 11 Universities of Gujarat ranked among the top 200 universities. Over 19 Universities have received accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), of which 13 have been given “A” Grade. The admission process is fairly simple and straight forward. With this background, the State Government has initiated this unique platform - ‘Study in Gujarat’, that brings a large carte du jour of academics for you. I wish you all the very best in the process of seeking to become a part of this family. Prof. Rajul K. Gajjar is the Principal of L. D. College of Engineering, Ahmedabad. She had been with the institute earlier as Professor of Civil Engineering and was away for seven years to head three other institutes including as Vice Chancellor of Gujarat Technological University (GTU), before returning to LDCE, her Alma Mater, to head it. She has 36 years of experience in academics and is on Academic, Research and Industry boards of various Universities in the state. Her rich research experience is published in 66 national and international papers and books. Her penchant for creating an ecosystem for innovation and start-ups.

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PANDIT DEENDAYAL PETROLEUM UNIVERSITY: YOUNG ENERGY

UNIVERSITY CONTRIBUTING TOWARDS BUILDING CITIZENS FOR TOMORROW

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he state of Gujarat took an initiative to develop Gujarat as the petro capital of India and developing energy resources to provide quality life and a better opportunity to the common citizens of the state and transform India’s energy landscape. As a consequence to this initiative, it was essential to build quality

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human resources for the energy sector on a fast track and it was decided to set up a world-class energy university in Gujarat that can contribute to nation building and be a part of the Global Energy Agenda. PDPU was established through the Act of Gujarat Legislative Assembly with the provision to have diversity and

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scholarship to build the best talent base for the energy sector comprising all the aspects of it – Technical, Managerial & Policy development. The University offers Undergraduate (UG), Post Graduate (PG) and Ph.D programmes in domains of Science, Technology, Management and Humanities & Social Sciences. To realise its vision of preparing students as future leaders and world citizens, the University has adopted new age approach, pedagogy and infrastructure with focus on research, innovation and internationalisation.

PLACEMENT RECORD PDPU has an excellent track record of securing placement for its students. PDPU students havebeen hired by top companies of India and many companies have been visiting PDPU every year for recruiting students. Some of the leading recruiters of PDPU include companies like ONGC, ExxonMobil, Shell, Indian Oil, L&T, Reliance Industries, Adani Wilmar, Ceat Tyres, Tata Chemicals, Infosys, Deepak Nitrite, Torrent Power, Jubilant Life Sciences, Torrent Pharma, Adani Gas, Gujarat Gas, Welspun India, Essar Oil, GNFC, GSFC, GACL, Bharat Petroleum, Yes Bank, Sintex, Suzlon, TCS, Coca Cola, Amul, KPMG, OPAL, GSPC, GSPL, ICICI Bank and CARE.

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Classrooms are equipped with multimedia and allow the demonstration of concepts in the form of videos and audios for better understanding of a student. Flipped classes are carried out in which maximum focus is on interaction in the class Context-Based Learning (experience-based learning), with faculty from reputed educational Institutes and industry sharing their experience with the students. Real-world learning is facilitated through various internships, notably rural internship and industry training

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“This is a very young University, a little more than a decade old. In other words, the university is in the process of establishing various schools, systems and organizations for specialized activities, so as to achieve its vision of becoming world class. The university has moved on from exploration to further growth and consolidation.” Dr. C. Gopalkrishnan, Director General, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU)

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Field exposure Entrepreneurial spirit development through Innovation and Incubation Centre Real Industrial Problems Solving Techniques The Seminar Method Participative Learning

CAMPUS LIFE The university maintains a lush green campus and a pristine environment blended with modern technologies to enhance the spirit and energy level of all learners and development of life skills to encourage leadership and inspire students to optimize their learning efforts. There is an emphasis on problem solving and practice with sound fundamentals, through active and continued partnership with energy and infrastructure sector companies and National and International Universities, Consultants and Vendors. The sports culture has now become the identity of the university. It’s all because of the marvellous work that students are doing every year during ‘Petro Cup’ — the inter-university sporting festival. The university has coaches for most of the sports.

IMPACT Having a focus on ‘knowledge-based economy’ and realising the power of ‘interdisciplinary research’, the overall university’s physical infrastructure is designed in such a manner which excludes the conventional concept of ‘department’ and there are only four big clusters like • School of Technology • School of Liberal Studies • School of Petroleum Technology • School of Petroleum Management. This amalgamating planning accelerates the interaction of students and faculties of different branches, which is the first step towards interdisciplinary problem-solving approach.

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INSTITUTE PERSPECTIVE

SAL EDUCATION :

7 MULTIDISCIPLINARY INSTITUTES WITH NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ACCOLADES SAL Institute of Technology & Engineering Research

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AL Education is the brain child of Dr Rajendra Shah, a steel industry icon in the State of Gujarat, who has committed himself to serve the society. First, the SAL Hospital, the best multi speciality hospital in Ahmedabad and thereafter the state of art, SAL Educational Campus in 25 acres of lush green area in the city of Ahmedabad. The technical education Campus started with one Engineering College and one Pharmacy college way back in 2009-2010. Today, it is encompassing seven colleges, including three degree engineering colleges up to PG level, one college each in Pharmacy, Architecture and Management and one Diploma Engineering College for Computer/IT courses. Pharmacy institute also provides Pharm. D course and Architecture school also provides course in Master in interior architecture. The campus owes its growth, right from 2009-2010, to the vision and direction of Dr Rupesh Vasani, campus director who is an education icon, recognised at lot many platforms in the state, SAL EDUCATION

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including Government of Gujarat. In the past 6 years, the institute has provided 100 % placement to the job seeking students of the campus. The campus organises cultural festival, technical festival and sports event The campus has received several laurels from the leading media houses of the country like Times of India. The campus has till date won more than 100 different awards. The SAL Institute of Technology and Engineering Research is the only college in Gujarat which is rated by QS.I.guage, a representative franchisee of ‘QS’, one of the two biggest international higher education rating agency rating global educational Universities. The campus gives full scope of research and innovation, with its own incubation centre and due to such initiatives; it has been recognised by LIMCA Book for filing maximum number of Patents in a single day, with total patents filed till date over 275. The campus is engaged in Research and Consultancy and has been accredited with CBC for Gujarat by Union of European Universities under ERASMUS+ Programme. We have done Teachers Training Programme under ERASMUS+. The campus has all facilities to value student, by not only imparting technical knowledge for which he/she joins the academic pursuit but by culminating in them the best practices which lead them to be an asset in the industry they join. The Campus has over 12 lakh square feet carpet space to provide class rooms/state of art laboratories/new generation computers/rich libraries/seminar / interactive halls and playground. The campus, is also exchanging its students with foreign universities in Student Exchange Programme for which the campus has signed seven Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with such foreign universities.

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