2020-21 was one of the most significant academic years in the history of education. The coronavirus pandemic rapidly forced our classroom learning process to completely adhere to digital mediums and, at times, blended education (partially online and classroom) to have uninterrupted learning. In fact, blended learning has been a part of premier higher education institutes such as IIMs and IITs for the past few years. However, not many have been eager to follow suit except a handful of private universities like JK Lakshmipat University (JKLU), which provides an impeccable learning atmosphere that assures an ideal learning environment for the understudies. JKLU is reimagining education to introduce new ways of learning and critical new skills to learn for their students, embedding them with entrepreneurialism and dynamism and seeding it with curiosity and technology.
“As a progressive 21st-century education institution, with world-class facilities, we are focused on enabling its students to learn, think, communicate and introspect better. Our redefined curriculum model, ‘Learning @ JKLU’, is designed to provide a holistic learning environment to shape them into future-ready professionals and global leaders,” Dr Pankaj Sharma, Director of Admissions & Career Services, JK Lakshmipat University. Envisioning one of India’s most innovative higher education institutions, JKLU inculcates critical thinking and problem-solving in its students. They help students pursue research that leads to innovation and enhancement of real-life applications. The university offers an experience that leads to all-round development and develops a strongly rooted culture in interdisciplinary and learning by building.
Imparting Education through Innovation
Established in 2011, JK Lakshmipat University (JKLU) is located in the historical city of Jaipur, Rajasthan. It is supported by the JK Organization’s 125 years old legacy of contributions to nation-building. The university is passionate about building the country’s most innovative higher education institution. JKLU’s 30-acre campus is a modern, environmentally conscious, and inviting space designed to help students live, work, and play in a safe, productive, and student-centric setting. It is a well-maintained and green landscape with thoughtful and innovative amenities, making the campus experience very vibrant and safe. The campus life at JKLU also adds well-equipped recreational areas for the students to relax and explore.
“As the world of business and jobs changes rapidly, we are evolving to make our students not just job-ready but also life-ready. We help them see learning as a continuous process and become future-ready professionals with 21 st century skills,” states Dr Pankaj Sharma. JKLU is re-imagining education, embedding it with entrepreneurship and dynamism, and seeding it with curiosity and technology. The university’s rigorous pedagogy, committed faculty body and stellar Academic Advisory Board ensure that our curriculum, teaching methods, and learning outcomes prepare our students for the future.
The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) at JKLU aims to serve the needs of the Faculty, Research Scholars, Students, and External Members of the LRC. It is the heart of the university and acts as a center for the collection of literature predominantly related to management, engineering, and technology and its allied subjects and develops a comprehensive collection of information that is useful for teaching and reference purposes. Dr Pankaj Sharma explains, “LRC is subscribing wide range of national and international periodicals and journals, in addition to an impressive collection of databases such as EBSCO (Business Source Elite & Academic Search Elite), corporate & technical annual reports and CDs, CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) publications, DELNET ProQuest Management and Engineering / Technology Collection and IEEE ASPP and POP Plan.”
Aiding a Smooth Transition into the Industry
JKLU’s application-based learning model focuses on providing opportunities to learn-by-doing- through our state-of-the-art labs, Practice Schools, Centre for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, immersive internships, and constant industry interface. They believe that exposure to multi-disciplinary perspectives such as learning from Liberal Art is as important as building expertise in core technical and management domains. “The holistic development of a student is, however, incomplete without the focus on professional development. Through our Centre for Communication & Critical Thinking and a dedicated Career Services team, we are committed to the development of our students,” claims Dr Pankaj Sharma.
The university has signed MoU with reputed universities in the US, Europe, and the Asia Pacific regions for establishing alliances relating to cooperation in joint research, lectures, symposia, and country visit for students, Exchange of data, documentation, and research material in the fields of mutual interest, and evolve new courses with an integrated multi-disciplinary approach offering multiple skills in the field of Management, Engineering, and Technology besides other disciplines to follow. University of Florida, Gainesville, USA, Olin College of Engineering, Boston, USA, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea, and the University of Birmingham are some of the universities JKLU has signed an MoU with.
JKLU achieved multiple milestones for Placements 2019-20 batch with a plethora of companies visiting campus for placement and students getting multiple opportunities to achieve their career aspirations. The university has received 100% placements, 120% increase in average salary, 50% increase in companies, 100% increase in job offers. JLKU’s students have been placed in well-reputed companies like Asahi India Glass Ltd., Infibeam, JCB, ICICI Securities, JK Tyres, Flipkart, Essar, HFFC, Yes Bank, Vivo, Moglix, Byju’s, Mahindra, Airtel, and Infosys, to name a few.
“The world of work is changing rapidly. So is the world of business, technology, and jobs. Education must take bold strides to walk towards a new landscape. Our optimism for the future is guided by and built on the strong foundations of the past. We offer our students an education that is contemporary, relevant and combines the best of academic pedagogy along with application-led practical experience,” states Dr Pankaj Sharma. JKLU is well prepared to create a new cadre of professionals from, and for, India, who will go on to create, manage and transform businesses and organizations, and is all set to shape this horizon and are committed to creating professionals of the future.
Dr Pankaj Sharma, Director of Admissions & Career Services, JK Lakshmipat University
Dr Pankaj Sharma is the Director of Admissions & Career Services at JK Lakshmipat University. He has experience of 25+ years of Sales and Marketing in Media, Education, FMCG/ IT sectors. In past, he has led the admissions for several reputed institutions like SRM University Sonepat, Hero Group (BML Munjal University), NIIT University, etc. He has also led some organizations like The Tribune, Dainik Bhaskar, Indian Express & Hindustan Times.