Ajeenkya DY Patil University: Multidisciplinary University with a Unique Curriculum

 Prof. Hrridaysh Deshpande,    Vice ChancellorOver the past decade, the modernization of education has taken place ata rapid pace in the country, especially when it comes to specializations in different streams of study. There has been an emergence of various new streams with newer pedagogical innovations and scientific advancements that have helped facilitate the change in perception towards traditional education. In this context, different educational institutions across the country are adopting new ways in which learners are prepared to learn and develop different skill sets. However, there are very few educational institutions that have not only modernized education but have also taken care of the Holistic development of the students. Ajeenkya DY Patil University is one such institution.

Established in 2015 under the Maharashtra Govt. Act and approved by the UGC, the university branches out into different verticals of higher education that include the School of Law, Liberal Arts, Design, Management, Hotel Management, Engineering, and Information Technology.

The university also facilitates doctoral studies and research to advance research interests and is widely known for its excellence in research and its distinguished faculty

The primary focus behind the university's operations is innovation in all aspects of education. Expressing his views about education at ADYPU, Prof. Hrridaysh Deshpande, Vice Chancellor stated, "We offer all our students a form of experiential learning that is combined with an international curriculum. This makes our students aware of what is going on across the world in their respective fields of study. We have a state-of-the-art infrastructure that is spread over the lush green 110 acres of campus. The faculty of our university stands testimony to the quality of education that we must offer”.

Aiming For Excellence
The university has built up a reputation for providing high quality learning. The disciplines offered by the university, aim to develop values, knowledge, and principles that come to constitute the personal and professional goals of the students.

The university offers 80 programs. The school of Management is based on the ideology that Modern Daybusinesses operate in a dynamic environment caused by fast change. The factors affecting businesses in today's times are Globalization, changing competitive scenarios, the advent of the service economy, the interconnected world, and knowledge explosion. These factors have been instrumental in making businesses rethink the way they have been operating.

At ADYPU, the School of Engineering believes in the new age engineering education for the 21st century. Itenvisages the vision to prepare graduates to address the issues of the engineering industry and empower the engineers to catapult India to next generation of excellence. The engineering program is curated to inculcate the spirit of innovation along with incubating young innovators. The
university strives to provide students the broadness of data, training and equipping them in their career growth. The school thrives on a simple philosophy of delivering inspiring instruction in a stimulating environment. Supported by an enthusiastic and passionate teaching faculty, it strives to deliver cutting-edge instructions that augment students' professional competence and personal confidence, required for a highly successful career.

When asked about the excellence of the Liberal Arts department, Prof Deshpande opines that "The skills to succeed in the 21st century is much different than traditionally understood by us. Today multidisciplinary thinking is important along with collaboration. Companies need people with a broad set of skills and experience to solve difficult problems, who are passionate, have integrity, and are intelligent. All of which our university's Liberal Arts education provides”.

The ADYPU School of Law is approved by the Bar Council of India and is committed to imparting exceptional legal education. The course has a highly innovative curriculum that ensures substantive preparation in law and skills related to the subject. The curriculum covers every aspect of modern law practice and strives to develop legal reasoning, critical analysis, and the ability to make sound and ethical judgments.

The program at the School of Architecture has been designed for students who thrive in a multifaceted environment with a focus on rigorous design, critical thinking, and hands-on learning. It fosters learning by doing and experimenting.The school recognizes that Architecture must contribute in a unique and thoughtful manner for which our students are prepared consistently.

Apart from the above branches of study, the university has two more branches which are the School of Information Technology and the School of Hotel Management. The school of Information Technology offers courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It fosters innovation and research in the courses offered. Students learn to operate in a challenging environment. School of Hotel Management has been at the forefront of training and equipping students with skills related to the Hospitality industry. During the pandemic era, the hospitality industry experienced a boom, which aided in the requirement of ample opportunities for students in learning skills and get placed in the hospitality industry across the globe. Hotel Management as a career is a reliable and progressive career option for which students are imparted training and skills.

Research & Innovation
The university strives to inculcate a research culture that encourages scientific temper amongst the faculty and students. ADYPU has a strong research foundation promoting innovation. It facilitates the promotion of research activities that impacts the community. Research is encouraged through interdisciplinary explorations and through activities that focus on the emerging needs of society and innovation.

The university has an excellent placement record and every year top companies visit to conduct campus interviews.

At ADYPU, we recognize that every student is unique and talented. There fore, we encourage a friendly and open environment and offer them exciting opportunities to develop personal, academic, and professional skills through a variety of extra and co-curricular activities and experiences. These unique features make ADYPU a special place for students.

Future Endeavours
As future economic financial & social paradigms are evolving, the Ajeenkya DY Patil University is gearing up for new challenges and exploring vibrant possibilities for growth through a focus on innovation.

In his concluding remarks, Prof Hrridaysh Deshpande expresses his views stating, "Our mission is to prepare graduates who are equipped to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing, increasingly complex world, and to contribute to the betterment of the world. Our aim is to contribute to the creation of an Innovation oriented Indian society. The aim is to develop new solutions that elevate the quality of life for every Indian by utilizing the new knowledge created".