Focus On Overall Development of the Students
Student centricity is the core value of Nirma University. Every activity, be it curricular, co-curricular or extra-curricular, is designed keeping the growth and development of students in mind. Development of both cognitive and personal dimensions of the students is taken seriously at Nirma University. The students are provided with the opportunities to hone their interpersonal, social and professional skills through various initiatives. Student engagement in all the activities is the cornerstone of numerous practices at Nirma University.
In the above context, the Centre for Continuing Education also organises various programmes for students, including training for competitive exams, like, GATE, IELTS, GRE, as well as German and French language sessions, based on students’ requirements.
The University follows outcome-based education system and continuously assesses what the students will be able to learn and imbibe after undergoing a course. The teaching-learning process at Nirma University is continuously evaluated for its effectiveness. Feedback from students and relevant stakeholders is taken on a regular basis. Importantly, the students at Nirma University are an integral part of the system and are treated as key partners in the learning process.
Stress on Enlightenment, Employability and Entrepreneurship
The purpose of education is to liberate and free young citizens from ignorance, false beliefs and wrong traditions. We, at Nirma University, develop critical thinking, creativity and problem solving skills among students so that they are enlightened and empowered. Programmes at all constituent institutes of the University are designed to increase employability of the students. Further, the Centre of Entrepreneurship is actively engaged in creating awareness about entrepreneurship and providing guidance to the budding entrepreneurs.
Nirma University provides full placement support to its students. The placement model at Nirma is a four stage process, involving the Pre-placement activities, Career Guidance, Executing Placement and Post Placement reviews.
In addition to providing placement support to the students, the University also facilitates training of students in the organisations during summer vacation, project work for the students in the final year, continuous institute-industry interactions, alumni activities, participation in exhibitions, fairs, seminars and conferences, counselling of the students on job opportunities, facilitating industry visits and inviting distinguished speakers.
The University is one of the most preferred campuses for job placements by leading corporates. It has corporate linkages with over 300 companies which regularly conduct campus recruitment.
High Quality Faculty and Facilities
Nirma University has a rigorous selection process where only the best of faculty are selected. To keep themselves updated, faculty attend a host of development programmes, participate in different seminars and conferences and internal learning activities. Additionally, faculty are highly committed to the growth and development of their students.
Nirma University has world class facilities, including classrooms, laboratories, libraries and ICT infrastructure. The University has a 24×7 Wi-Fi facility available in the campus premises. We continuously upgrade our facilities to meet the new benchmarks and emerging needs of our all stake holders.
The University designs multiple activities to promote, develop and strengthen the international tie-ups for exchange programmes and research cooperation between Nirma University and other institutions and industry on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.
In this context, the University has signed MoUs with a host of other universities and institutions for faculty and student exchange, as well as joint research and innovation. The University also invites professors from international institutes for short-term duration from time to time. Select students are facilitated to do internships in various international universities and institutions.
Experiential and Group Based Pedagogy
The faculty use various experiential learning tools along with the classic lecture method. The idea is to develop deep understating of the subjects amongst the students and they should be able to do various tasks as visualised in the curriculum. Tutorial learning is a significant feature at the undergraduate level. The students are given various learning tasks in different groups so that they learn from one another and develop teamwork skills.
Robust Mentoring Programme
Each student is assigned a mentor who guides and assists him in understanding the academic requirements and in coping with institutional demands. Besides this, the students in a mentee group also help one another.
Keeping the academic, psychological-social, and emotional needs of its students in mind, the University has a dedicated Counselling Centre at its campus. The Counsellor helps students address their problems in a positive way by helping them clarify the issues, explore options, develop strategies and increase self-awareness.
Assessment as Learning
Assessment at Nirma University is part and parcel of the learning process. A substantive amount of assessment weightage is assigned to formative assessment. The students get continuous feedback about their progress; thus, they have an opportunity to improve their academic performance continuously.
Development of Research Skills
The University lays due emphasis on research in the undergraduate programmes. The minor and major research projects undertaken by the students help them hone their research skills in a gradual fashion. They have access to libraries and laboratories to pursue their research projects. In certain cases, the students are provided with financial support to translate their ideas into innovation through the scheme of Idea Lab.
Learning Beyond Curriculum
Learning at Nirma University is not confined to a particular stream, branch or institute. The University provides ample opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction, both to its students as well as faculty members. The students are also able to enrol for minor in another discipline based on their interest, though they might not be a part of their regular curriculum.
Rich Alumni Base
Nirma University has a large alumni base spread across the globe. The current students get several opportunities to interact with alumni through guest lectures, alumni interaction series and special events. Alumni are also a part of different academic bodies as special invitees for their valuable feedback and support. The alumni also mentor the current students as and when required, which proves to be a hands-on approach for the graduating students and helps them in keeping update with the recent market trends. The University organises alumni meets in different cities to maintain a strong relationship with its alumni.
The University has a diverse set of institutes, varying from Technology to Management to Pharmacy to Commerce to Science to Design, and many more. The student population has a healthy mix of students, hailing from 25 states of India.
There is also a good representation of girls and disadvantaged groups in the student population. And the same is reflected in faculty.
Nirma University has a zero tolerance policy towards ragging. Ragging is strictly prohibited inside and outside the University campus. The university strictly follows the guidelines on ragging issued by the Honourable Supreme Court of India and the University Grants Commission (UGC).
Campus Hostel for Postgraduate Students
The University has three hostels in all, two for the boys and one for the girls. The hostels have a total capacity for around 800 students. The hostel rooms are spacious and well-furnished. The hostels amenities include mess facility, Student Activity Centre, Gymnasium, Nirma University Achieve, and a multi-purpose hall.