Maharashtra’s Second Cluster University – HSNC University – Begins Operations to Focus on Tech & Skill–Driven Curriculum
Mumbai: Mumbai’s three reputed colleges – K. C. College, H. R. College and Bombay Teachers’ Training College (BTTC) – part of a 70-year old Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board (H(S)NCB), have come together to form Maharashtra’s second cluster University; named as ‘HSNC University’, established under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shikshan Abhiyan (RUSA) scheme, a funding agency under the Central government.
Hon. H.E. Shri. Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Governor of Maharashtra inaugurated and dedicated this state’s second cluster University to the nation today in the gracious presence of Shri. Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri. Uday Samant, Minister of Higher and Technical Education, Maharashtra was also present.
Hon. H. E. Shri. Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Governor of Maharashtra congratulated the H(S)NCB on establishing the new University in challenging times of corona outbreak and hoped that it would boost the morale of students, the education fraternity and provide a new dimension to education. Shri. Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister of Maharashtra called the new University as a dream project and emphasised that a blend of art and culture with new-age education systems will revolutionise it further. He added that University will set a new norm of uninterrupted education that will go on even in challenging times. Shri Uday Samant advocated the need for a tech-driven University, which will help the students keep pace with the future.
The HSNC University will start the academic year 2020 – 21 for which new admissions will begin soon. Once the XII Standard results are announced, the process of new admissions will commence. Undergraduate students will seek admission in the new academic year.
The HSNC University aims at ushering in a wave of ‘Education 4.0’ and promoting the thought of ‘Study in India’. It plans to offer interdisciplinary, liberal, choice – based credit system and talent – oriented education approach. Hence, it has advocated for an industry – focused, technology and skill development – driven curriculumthat will make undergraduate and post graduate students employment – ready.
Dr Niranjan Hiranandani, a renowned entrepreneur, President of ASSOCHAM and NAREDCO, in his role as a visionary educationist has upheld the new University’s profound approach to an actual credit-based system, in the role of Provost of HSNC University. Dr Hiranandani said, “It is time to take a historic step together, towards our new HSNC University. Today, we have Industry 4.0, Health 4.0 – all using internet-based technology, and it is time for us to bring in this advancement in education. And that is the path our HSNC University will tread on – Education 4.0.A Cluster University is a step in the right direction to steer India towards greater global academic standards and eventually towards economic independence. It will open up the curriculum reforms and bringing in greater autonomy in the designing of the syllabi. As a result, companies will come to seek our students for they will be synchronised with the needs of the industry. Our students will have no dearth of job opportunities.
He further added that, “HSNC University will offer an environment that fosters competitiveness, creative thinking and innovation which will play a lead role in revamping the system of education from a conventional program to a more dynamic one.”
Mr Kishu Mansukhani; President, Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani- Past President and Provost – HSNC University and other Trustees and Board Members, including Mr. Anil Harish, Mr. LalChellaram, Ms. Maya Shahani, Mr. Dinesh Panjwani, Secretary, H(S)NCB and Dr. HemlataBagla, Principal, K. C. College, Mr. ParagThakkar, Principal, H. R. College and Dr Bhagwan Balani, Principal, B.T.T.C. also graced the launch occasion through video conferencing