Be Sure With Vidyalankar
A renowned Centre of Excellence for Education, the city offers myriad benefits to students pursuing career-oriented courses
Ask any parent in India about the most stressful phase of life and most will concur that the graduation years of their child top the list. Graduation is considered to be the most important stage of academia because it will define the path and progress of the career or higher studies that follow, depending upon your preference. Therefore, it is imperative that the decisions taken before this stage commences are the right ones. An inherent fear of making the wrong choices tends to be a key source or trigger of parental stress.
The decisions have to be taken at two levels, starting with the course to be pursued, which is by all means very important. Following this, the city where you do the course happens to be an equally, if not more important factor.
Parents can manage to get through this stage with full marks by helping their child opt for a course like engineering, which remains a preferred option as it continues to create the most employable talent as per AICTE Surveys. When it comes to identifying the right place for the graduation years, Mumbai is the finest choice for a number of reasons.
As India’s financial capital, Mumbai has always attracted students from across the country as well as all over the globe. Those already residing in the city and its peripheral areas are considered extremely fortunate and truly envied by others. Known as the ‘city that never sleeps’ Mumbai is quite safe with commuting facilities easily accessible on a 24x7 basis.
From suburban trains to the BEST bus services connecting every part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) is well linked. The Mumbai metro network is being expanded and will soon raise that connectivity to an even higher level. Auto rickshaws and taxis operate round the clock. Student accommodation is also available to suit every budget.
With multiple business districts operating in multiple shifts, there is always some amount of activity. Regular police patrolling and online monitoring gives Mumbaikars the confidence to work and study till the wee hours of the night, go home for a few hours and return at dawn. Restaurants, delivery services and fast food outlets at key locations ensure that students in Mumbai never go hungry.
All these positive aspects combined together ensure that neither parents nor students have any cause for concern. Students can exclusively focus on their studies as all their related needs are taken care of. Their parents can sleep soundly at night knowing that their children are attending a preferred graduation course like engineering in the safest and best city, namely Mumbai.
Above all, Mumbai's educational institutions are constantly raising the bar and benchmarking themselves against the best in the world. Superior standards of teaching, well trained faculty of high calibre, industry-focused courses to new-age campuses along with a holistic approach towards developing student skills are among the reasons why Mumbai firmly occupies the numero uno position as a Centre of Excellence for Education.
Vishwas Deshpande, Managing Trustee, Vidyalankar Dnyanpeeth Trust, explains some of the aspects that define excellence in education and why Mumbai as a city and its institutions, exemplify them.
“Mumbai as a Metropolitan City has always been an ideal for India to emulate with ‘Best in Class’ institutes and top educational brands. The 160-year old University of Mumbai is also placed well in this respect. Mumbai students have several opportunities to gauge themselves and excel in the field of education. Mumbai’s unique position as the Commercial Hub and Industry Nerve Centre, makes way for Internship Opportunities for students across the board. These aspects set Mumbai apart as a centre for education.”
Emphasising that there is a big difference between being ‘qualified’ and being ‘educated,’ he points out that while being ‘qualified’ means getting the degree certificate per se, being ‘educated’ means capturing the essence of learning.
“As Socrates, the ancient Greek sage had pointed out, ‘The test of knowledge is having it to apply it.’ For Vidyalankar, imbibing Excellence in Education is an unending passion. It is not only taking up lectures and adhering to syllabi. We make every effort to ensure that our teachers adopt the best practices in the world and our students, measure up to International Standards. Since Vidyalankar has collaborated with Universities both in the US and the UK, our staff has got opportunities and avenues to mingle with top faculty. For us at Vidyalankar, excellence in education is all about competing with ourselves and raising up the bar perennially.”
Prof. Suhas Pednekar, Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai since April 2018, describes it as ‘unique’ and ‘one of its kind.’ It has perhaps the largest geographical area under its jurisdiction from Thane district to Sindhudurg district, a spread of more than 600 km. One of the oldest and premier Universities of India it has 56 Departments, 12 specialized Centres, 781 Affiliated Colleges, 2 main Campuses, 2 sub Campuses, 2 Model Colleges, and the ‘School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ at Kalyan as the University’s own Engineering College.
The University of Mumbai is setting up an Advisory Council to be headed by industrialist Ratan Tata, former Chairman of India’s biggest IT Company TCS, which indicates the significance attached to professional courses like Engineering. Plus, students pursuing the Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) course from any branch at a college affiliated to Mumbai University can now also opt for modules in Emerging Areas such as AI, IoT, Blockchain, Robotics, Quantum Computing, Data Sciences, Cyber Security, 3D Printing and Design, AR / VR.
They benefit from the combination of over 16 decades comprehensive experience and a dynamic, modern approach towards imparting education. B. E. degree holders from University of Mumbai can easily opt for higher studies abroad because of the respect and acceptance accorded to it worldwide. These qualities make Mumbai institutions the preferred option for students aspiring to become engineers as it facilitates giving their careers a much-needed head start. What more could one ask for?