Himachal based Shoolini University reaches out for global standards in research

Srinagar: Himachal Pradesh-based Shoolini University, which has been ranked among the top 15 per cent of about 900 universities by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for the last three consecutive years, is now making its presence felt at the world stage.

Shoolini University Vice Chancellor Prof P K Khosla said in a statement here today that these pertain to international collaborations, papers published in top one per cent of most cited publications worldwide and those published in the top 10 per cent of most cited publications. The 10 year old University has already topped the country in these three parameters.

Prof Khosla said that an increasing number of students from Jammu and Kashmir were seeking admission in the University due to its academic excellence, safe environment and its exquisite location among pine forests. The University offers 10 per cent scholarship for students from Kashmir. Some other kinds of scholarships, like merit based and those based on economic criteria, are also available, he added.

Prof P K Khosla said while the official Indian rankings give merely 30 per cent marks to research, the global standards reserve 60 per cent marks to research undertaken by educational institutions.
“That’s why we are confident that he would achieve our aim of finding a place among the top 200 global institutions by 2022”, he said.

He said the University has achieved commendable placements this year for students from various departments. The strenuous efforts by the University have led to almost 100 per cent placements in several disciplines even as top Indian and Multi National Companies (MNCs) are sending their teams to pick up talent.

Prof Khosla said the average packages offered range from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 6 lakh per annum. The highest package of Rs 15 lakh CTC has been bagged by our student Aashish Saini from the MNC Hilti.

He announced that the University’s Faculty of Engineering and Technology has been ranked among top 30 private engineering institutes of India by ELETS Rankings 2019.

The Vice Chancellor said that the University’s focus is on achieving 100 per cent placements for the eligible students and not exceptionally high packages for a few.

Prof Khosla said that the University’s Management programme, which has been ranked 65th in the country as per NIRF rankings done by Union Human Resources Ministry, has already recorded 100 per cent placements. Pharmacy, ranked at 39th, has already achieved placements for 92 per cent of final year students.

He said the University makes special effort to develop soft skills of students through programmes like SPRINT and trains them to face interviews and participate in group discussions.

Placements and progress in research parameters determine careers of students and the University was focussed on these vital aspects, the Vice Chancellor said.

Pointing out that the University has signed MoUs with about 250 universities worldwide, the Vice Chancellor said that over 50 students are currently studying in universities abroad as part of the student exchange programme. Similarly, he added, a substantial number of foreign students are now studying in Shoolini University.

Many students studying abroad are able to bag fully funded post doctorate scholarships for further studies abroad. Asked to comment on new facilities in the campus, Prof Khosla said a campus radio and television studio has been set up under the Journalism and Mass Communication department which runs a bachelors course in journalism and mass communication.

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