Kuvempu University, Shivamogga, Karnataka is planning to launch the School of Engineering and Advanced Learning Center from the next academic year under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model in addition to creating a incubation center to encourage university alumni, start-ups and budding entrepreneurs. For the past few months, Kuvempu University has been in the news on the issue of promoting distance education students (diploma and post-graduation) from the 2019-2020 batch on a home-based assignment basis which had raised differences between university authorities and university and union members. . Now, it seems that the authorities as well as the members of the academic council are working together in the interest of the academic development of the university. The Academic Council (AC) meeting recently convened on March 31, 2022 gave its consent to present a proposal for the establishment of the School of Engineering and the Center for Advanced Learning by the university at the next AC meeting.
The academic council has also agreed to establish an advanced learning center by the university to elevate the skills and knowledge required for its students to meet industry standards and thus become employable. Speaking to the New Indian Express (TNIE), Registrar Anuradha said, “The detailed project report for the School of Engineering and Advanced Learning Center is to be tabled at the next Board meeting. is a good suggestion to start new and advanced courses.The university must put in place the necessary infrastructure to start these courses.
All courses starting within the framework of the engineering school must obtain the approval of the AICTE, for which the university authorities are engaged in the preparation of the detailed project report. Under BTech programs, students can enroll in advanced courses such as BTech in cybersecurity, data science, and biomedical engineering. Master’s programs in artificial intelligence and machine learning, genetic technology, data science and analytics, and cybersecurity will also be offered. Under the Advanced Learning Center, students can be admitted to courses such as the Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Cyber Laws and Cybercrime, Information Security and Digital Forensics, Clinical Nutrition and Yoga and Naturopathy.
Registrar (Assessment) Naveen Kumar told TNIE that all of these courses would be self-funding with an interface with industry. “These courses equip our students with employability skill sets and thus help them to grow at the same level as industry demands,” he added.
The incubation center
Kuvempu University authorities also plan to establish an incubation center to promote self-employment and nurture innovations and creativity among university students. The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Veerabhadrappa said, “The prestige of our university will be enhanced with more academic activities on the university campus. The new courses and the incubation center will support innovation and also nurture student creativity.