In search of Knowledge Excellence

cnt4 In search of Knowledge Excellence

Manav Rachna International University (MRIU) is a world-class institution and a visible symbol of knowledge and experience providing high-quality education. A continuum of excellence from the Career Institute of Technology and Management (CITM), the University is part of the vibrant Manav Rachna Educational Institutions (MREI) which has grown from an institution of modest ambitions to one of energy, optimism and self-confidence. Across a journey of 17 years, Manav Rachna Educational Institutions have launched many careers, carving a niche for themselves as an educational hub in Delhi-NCR. Carrying forward the mantle of excellence and professionalism with the philosophy of Manav Rachna ‘Vidyantariksha’ (the reality of inner vision or root of all knowledge), the group has built a reputation for excellence in professional education and research. Committed to creating better human beings, Manav Rachna focuses on the overall holistic development of its students, mentoring them to acquire the latest knowledge and skills.

The management is led by Dr. Prashant Bhalla, President MREI and Dr. Amit Bhalla, Vice President, Manav Rachna Vidyanatariksha, both dynamic personalities with a new age vision which allow the youth of today to shoulder the energetic and creative responsibilities of the future. They are carrying forward the vision and legacy of their father, Founder Visionary Dr. O.P.Bhalla who had been the guiding force over the past 16 years at the Manav Rachna Educational Institutions. It was Dr O.P. Bhalla who ushered in the era of quality education and led a cultural transformation through his various projects — a Community Radio Station (Radio Manav Rachna 107.8 FM)– and a whole range of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives that included, among other things, the conduct of free health services and the upliftment of society.

What distinguishes MRIU as a leading institution is its eye-catching infrastructure including state-of-the-art labs, a Central library with a collection of more than one lakh documents in print and electronic format,and a sprawling campus highly conducive for academic excellence. Its Faculty is drawn from top-notch educational institutions and the University itself offers a wide range of engineering and none engineering courses with diversified options for professional qualification and growth. The strong credentials and reputation of MRIU have been instrumental in establishing long time international educational ventures, projects and collaborations.

Courses with collaborations at MRIU are widely sought after for their international edge. From Canada to Europe, Malaysia to New Zealand, MRIU has signed MOUs with institutes such as Lahti University of Applied Sciences (Finland), AIS St Helen’s (New Zealand), Leeds Metropolitan University (UK), Tsukuba University (Japan), Teeside University (UK), to name just a few. If Algonquin College (Ottawa, Canada) and Curtin University (Perth, Australia) have been signed up for credit transfers; the tie-ups with Royal Agricultural University and the Edinburgh Napier University, UK, ensure student and faculty exchange, and joint R&D projects. MRIU’s accreditation for its AIS St Helens IT and International Business Programmes by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) remains a global benchmark in the annals of its achievements.

MRIU has a wide array of partnerships with the industry. KPMG for instance, is associated with its MBA and B.Com industry integrated programmes where KPMG conducts classroom and lab training. For MRIU’s MBA Healthcare Management programme, Fortis Healthcare has been providing training to students in hospital operations. NIIT and Institute of Finance Banking and Insurance (IFBI) are associated with MRIU’s BBA Banking programme whereby passouts are absorbed in reputed private banks subject to meeting specified academic benchmarks. MRIU’s B.Tech Mechanical Engineering–Industry Integrated Program involves classroom and lab training for specialized subjects by JBM functional managers.B.Tech students of the CSE/IT department can indulge in collaborative learning in software programming, testing and project management to acquire employable skills, courtesy the partnership between Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and MRIU in multi-dimensional value addition programmes. A whole new dimension has also been given to the MBA Media Management programme following an MOU being signed with ICHIEVE, best known for its focus on incubating new ventures in Education. More recently, NDTV Worldwide has signed an MOU with MRIU for conducting Skill Centric Workshops for its Journalism and Mass Communication students. Such industry-academia interface and special initiatives that include the regular conduct of National Conferences, Seminars and guest lectures by reputed industry professionals has created a steady stream of students who are industry-ready.

At MRIU, innovation is synonymous with risk-taking where students are exposed to create revolutionary products and technologies at the Dr O.P. Bhalla Incubation and Innovation Centre. The centre has been furnished with design, fabrication and manufacturing facilities which are available to the users on a 24×7 basis. Students are encouraged to think out of the box with their mentors and guides motivating them all the way. It has enabled them to create a wide range of products: from the simple lawnmower that runs on solar power to the smart skull innovation that sends out signals to emergency centres if the wearer is faced with an accident or the Urban Diesel Car that runs for 123 km/l. At Manav Rachna, no less than 72 patents have been filed on a wide range of products where innovation and utility go hand in hand. From a Battery Operated Milk Warmer to an Electronic Suggestion Cum Complaint Box, a Pole Climber Robot, or even a flapping flying machine, the sheer range of innovations is mind boggling!

Backed by ingenuity and enthusiasm, Manav Rachna’s students have also created a cycle which functions on land and water and a Swastha Sanjivini device where rural women are reminded of their medical schedules and pathological tests. MRIU firmly believes that the creative potential of students should be tailored to suit the needs of society and industry and its students are guided and groomed to that effect.

As a rapidly evolving Institution, MRIU is receptive to changes in the globalized economy, introducing courses that are in tune with today’s corporate scenario. While the Faculty of Engineering & Technology has introduced a B.Tech Telecom Informatics course in association with IBM, its undergraduate Computer Science and Engineering programme comes with a specialization in Cloud Computing.

MRIU has won many accolades. In Dubai last year, MREI was honoured as ‘Asia’s most promising brand for Innovation and Leadership in Education 2012 – 2013’. At the same forum, Dr. Prashant Bhalla, President MREI, was awarded for ‘Excellence in leadership for Education’. More recently, Dr. Prashant Bhalla was honoured with the Trailblazer Award for his outstanding contribution in the field of education. MREI’s winning streak continued further when Manav Rachna International University was recognized as the Best Private University promoting Research as part of ASSOCHAM’s Education Excellence Awards 2014.

Manav Rachna’s students have excelled at prestigious International/National Project Competitions such as the Best New Concept Car Baja SAE India, Auto Mall Expo, Formula SAE India, Imagine Cup, Intel India Embedded Challenge, Shell Eco, SUPRA SAE India and Microsoft Imagine Cup. The institution is a regular partner of the Government of Haryana at the India International Trade Fair held at Pragati Maidan every year. A strong sports-centric philosophy runs through MRIU’s culture and curriculum. From a high-class shooting range at the campus to floodlit basketball and volleyball courts and lush green cricket grounds; the campus has sports facilities that are of global standards. World renowned sports personalities like Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang and Vijay Kumar frequently visit the campus and lend their expertise from time to time.

Many of MRIU’s distinguished Alumni, most notably Srishti Rana who won the Asia Pacific Crown, ace shooter and Olympic medalist Gagan Narang, engineer turned actor Prashant Chawla, top-of-the line entrepreneur H.K. Batra, upcoming Bollywood star Mahima Bakshi were felicitated for excelling in their chosen fields as the Institution paid a soulful homage to its Founder to commemorate his birth anniversary.

MRIU has welcomed with open arms not just students from Kashmir to Karnataka, but also from across the world–from as many as 15 countries, be it Congo, Afghanistan, Nigeria or Nepal–with a view to expanding multicultural understanding. Equipped with the best in infrastructure and support services, that include hygienic hostels, a wide fleet of luxury buses, multi cuisine eateries for diverse palates and an efficient health care system with doctor, nurses and ambulances on call, the University is an ideal home away from home for its ever increasing international and indigenous student community. Inculcating strong values at every step of its journey, and engendering lifelong learning skills, MRIU is fulfilling its mission of creating responsible citizens ready to face global challenges.