Nobody would disagree that the higher education scenario in India is getting overcrowded. Before the advent of private higher education itself, the country had a formidable portfolio of 42 Central Universities, 285 State Universities, 150 Deemed Universities, around 50 IITs/IIMs/NITs, and the thousands of affiliated colleges. But then, India is not only a vast nation, but the second-most populous country in the world. Demand for admissions clearly outnumbered supply of seats in most subjects, back then. To fix this mismatch came first self-financing colleges, and then, private universities. Today India has around 115 private universities. Has the tide finally turned, and is supply of seats greater than demand for admissions today? Most probably it is getting to that stage. Here is where the challenge lies for a private university like Galgotias University (GU), based in Greater Noida. If it has to survive and thrive, it has to differentiate. What GU has basically done in this regard is to play up their natural strengths, and fortify themselves in wherever they were lacking. Seasonal Magazine reports on the seven strategies of Chancellor Suneel Galgotia and CEO Dhruv Galgotia:
1. Academic Heritage:
Galgotias University is by one of India’s most reputed academic publishing houses, Galgotia Publications. That makes GU one of the rare private universities that is really born from an understanding of higher education, for decades, in diverse subjects. Interacting with higher educational institutions and universities of all types, the Galgotias had amassed a unique handle on university education in this country. This is precisely the kind of pedigree that is lacking in quite a few new generation private universities.
2. Better Faculty:
Any university is only as good as its faculty, which Galgotias understood naturally. That is why at GU, Chancellor Suneel and CEO Dhruv have been instrumental in attracting one of the most impressive academic teams in any Indian university, let alone any private university. Vice Chancellor Dr. Ashok Saxena, Pro Vice Chancellor Dr. Balaji Rajagopalan, Pro Vice Chancellor II Prof. Sham Tickoo, Pro Vice Chancellor Admin Prof. (Dr.) Renu Luthra, and Dean Dr. Deependra K Jha, are all academicians who illustrate GU’s commitment towards selecting and maintaining a better-than-expected faculty.
3. Quality of Peer Group:
After faculty, what matters most at a university is the kind of peer group available for students. Each year, Galgotias University attracts thousands of applications from prospective students, but admission is given only to meritorious and outstanding students as the minimum eligibility criteria set by Galgotias University is among the highest in the country among private universities and allows only the better students to have the privilege of taking admission in the University.
4. Own Pedagogies:
One of the biggest questions from critics when private universities were allowed, was whether they are bringing in anything new in terms of unique teaching pedagogies. GU has a natural edge over here. The top academic management as well as department heads bring in diverse pedagogical inputs that shape up GU’s integrated approach. VC Dr. Saxena has studied at IIT Kanpur and University of Cincinnati, and taught at University of Arkansas, Georgia Institute of Technology, apart from working as one of the senior most scientist in a few US tech giants. Pro VC Dr. Balaji has been Professor at Oakland University, while Pro VC II Prof. Tickoo has been Professor at Purdue University, and Pro VC Admin Prof. (Dr.) Luthra has studied at ISB and has conducted MDPs for numerous blue-chips in India. Dean Dr. Jha has studied and taught at Hiroshima University, Japan.
5. International Tie-Ups:
GU students and faculty benefit from the wide-ranging international tie-ups that Chancellor Suneel Galgotia has facilitated. These include Purdue University, Goethe Universitat, University of North America, Anglia Ruskin University, Georgia Tech, University of Maryland, Northern Illinois University, and University of Arkansas, to name a few.
6. Learning Environment:
GU has undoubtedly one of the better and well-equipped campuses in the country. But the learning environment at GU goes much above this, in fact, even beyond academics. This has been facilitated through a seven-pronged approach that complements the academics. These include Co-Curricular Activities, Industry Interactions, Exchange Programs, Seminars/Workshops, Guest Lectures, Educational Trips, and Social Responsibility Programs.
7. Placement Track Record:
Is this an advantage or an end-result? Well, nothing succeeds like success, and placements are not just an end-result for a university, but the turbo power that breeds further success. GU has a 100% placement record for the last four years supported by multinational firms like Accenture, Hewitt, IBM, Infosys, Nokia, Samsung, and several others. Galgotias Institutions have earned the respect of top performers in the industry, and Galgotias Business School was recently recognized by Dun and Bradstreet as a leading business school in India. GU also comes on top in several national media surveys.