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IP Univ has 85% reservation for Delhi students

Today, within a span of 12 years since its inception in 1998, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University has attained the stature of capital's leading professional institute. The university offers a wide range of professional courses in Engineering, Architecture, Management, Law, Mass Communication and Medical studies.

'IP University is the only Delhi-centric university that provides 85 per cent reservation for Delhi students. This way we make sure that qualitative education is provided instead of quantitative,' pointed out Bhaskar P Joshi, registrar of the university.

The university boasts of campuses across Delhi. After Kashmiri Gate (north campus), it has established its learning centres in east Delhi and the more recently in the south west of Delhi, in Dwarka. 'The Dwarka campus is one of the best campuses in Delhi with modern architecture sprawled across 62 acres of land. There are five blocks catering to different disciplines, state of the art modern library and separate hostels for boys and girls, including the faculty members. We also have plans to come up with an auditorium, a guest house and well-equipped sports complex soon,' said Joshi.

'The university would soon come up with a design learning institute in Vivek Vihar, east Delhi, on the lines of National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. The concept is currently at a nascent stage,' he added.

Indraprastha University is part of the PPP model (public-private partnership) under which it runs around 103 affiliated private colleges. 'The huge benefit of this model is that we are not largely dependent on government funds. We have financial autonomy,' explained Joshi. The quality of education is ensured by the statutory bodies, which give approval to the colleges to run any specific professional courses.

'Other provisions that ensure quality are annual affiliation exercise under which we send a team of experts who audit and regulate the standards. We did take cognisance at two colleges. Everything, from admission and syllabi to exams, is controlled by the university. All the PPP colleges have to abide by our regulations,' said Joshi.

The university's popularity is also marked by its placement process. 'Courses like MBA, Biotechnology and IT have the highest number of placements. In fact, many companies, such as TCS and Wipro, seek affiliation with our university,' pointed out Joshi. 'The university also has provisions for foreign nationals. There are students from across the world who prefer to come to our university for studies. Currently, there are 300 plus students from various SAARC countries studying in the IP University. Recently, we organised a Czech exchange programme,' said Dr Joshi.

IP university has also provisions for students belonging to the poor and weaker sections of the society who can not afford its quality education.

'We have some good schemes for such students. Recently, we distributed scholarships worth Rs 1.5 crore to the deserving students. We follow certain stringent measures. For instance, only families who have an annual income of Rs 1.5 lakh or below can access certain facilities and are entitled for scholarships,' said Joshi.

Not only does GGSIU make sure that its students experience an all round development, but it also conducts faculty development programmes to maintain quality standards. 'We have developed specific development programmes for our faculties under which they need to attend various conferences both at national and international levels. It promotes the research instinct among its faculty members to upgrade them with latest knowledge and bear the expenses as well,' said Joshi.

Guru Gobind Singh University scores above the rest in terms of being the only Delhi-centric university, which offers the largest number of professional courses. 'Theoretical knowledge alone is not sufficient anymore. There is a strong need for professional qualifications as they are highly job oriented. Also our university emphasis on practical knowledge and we offer industry interface programme that exposes students to the practical aspects of industry,' said Dr Joshi.
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