Sir Padampat Singhania University (SPSU), Udaipur in only nine years of existence, has made a mark for academic excellence. MHRD through its NIRF 2016 Rankings included Sir Padampat Singhania University (SPSU), Udaipur among the top 100 category ‘A’ universities (ranked 95th) of India. SPSU was established in the year 2007 by the JK Cement Nimbahera Foundation through a Rajasthan Government legislative instrument. The university has since been approved and recognized by UGC under section 2(f) following a due process of inspection and is empowered to award degrees.
The university is named after the visionary founder of JK Organization. Following his dream, the university is also committed to academic excellence, entrepreneurial spirit, diversity, vibrancy and creativity. The vision of the university is to become a leader among educational institutions by building a tradition of innovation, problem solving and interdisciplinary collaboration to meet the changing needs of the society.
SPSU has two constituent schools: the School of Engineering and the School of Management. Both the schools offer educational programs at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels. The disciplines offered in the School of Engineering include Biotechnology, Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering and Rail Transportation Engineering. These programs are ably supported by the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English. In the School of Management, the existing disciplines include Management Studies with undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs and department of Hospitality with an undergraduate program.
SPSU’s ethos revolves around transparency, student initiatives and complete faculty involvement. Systems such as anti-piracy, anti-plagiarism, anti-ragging and financial scholarships are routine in SPSU. The university follows a systematic process for curricula design and development with the involvement of all stakeholders. Valuable inputs are obtained from members of academia, industries and civil society from India and abroad during the process of curricula development and revision. Model curricula developed by regulatory bodies are consulted and the guidelines therein are given due importance in developing and restructuring the curricula.
The curricula thus developed are contemporary with a global outreach. It is supported by an excellent educational infrastructure in terms of the facilities provided in the classrooms and laboratories. Latest equipment and software are used in the laboratories to complement the theoretical knowledge. Computer student ratio in the university has always been maintained above the required regulatory levels.
Projects and internship programs have been given significant importance at all levels in the curricula to supplement and implement the theoretical knowledge. In addition to the discipline-specific projects, the university has devised a unique ‘Beyond the Syllabus’ concept. The centerpiece of this concept being Project Endeavour, for which groups of students across disciplines form teams and work on inter-disciplinary projects to give freedom to their innovative ideas. Curricular incentives are given to the students for improved performance in Project Endeavour, while the best projects are incubated at the MSME provided Incubation Centre. SPSU follows a strong two tier Mentorship program with faculty and senior students acting as mentors.
Teaching and evaluation follows a very transparent and methodical approach. Delivery of the courses follows the course plans prepared by the concerned faculty members and approved at the departmental level. Course-wise feedbacks are also taken from the students in every semester. Semester and examination schedules as laid down in the academic calendar are strictly followed. Evaluation is carried out following the guidelines provided in the Academic Regulations of the university. A well-defined grievance redressal mechanism exists to address the concerns, doubts, misgivings and clarifications sought by the students regarding any academic matter including results and grades earned.
The university is proud of its dedicated and enriched faculty members who normally have qualifications in excess of the mandatory regulatory specifications. All the faculty members have regular appointment and most of them live on the university campus. Thus, they can also provide 24×7 co-curricular and emotional supports to the students.
Quality research gets high encouragement in the university with active involvement of faculty members and students. Some faculty members have received research grants and some more are in the pipeline. Researchers from this university have live research collaborations with many co-researchers from other universities of repute in India and abroad. The university has always encouraged and provided financial and administrative support for attending conferences and workshops. These initiatives have resulted in quality publications in journals of repute. Four patents have also been filed in the past year as outcome of this research.
The university has also developed several collaborations with universities worldwide to instill a global outlook for its students and has active exchange programs with them. These student exchange and immersion programs have not only exposed the students to global facilities in terms of technologies and business enterprises but have also helped them to develop cross-cultural collaborations with these countries. In addition, SPSU hosts the DST sponsored INSPIRE Science Camp annually for the meritorious school students in Rajasthan.
Till date, this young university has produced six batches of graduates who have been awarded degrees in the annual convocations held in the campus. The passed out students from this university have been hired by many reputed organizations, both domestic and international. Some of them are pursuing higher studies at Institutes of repute in India and abroad. The university consistently has maintained a placement track record of over 90% of graduating students.
The students in the university are provided excellent residential and extra-curricular facilities. Separate boys’ and girls’ hostels with twin-sharing rooms are available for them. All undergraduate programs of the university are mandatorily residential. Co-curricular and extracurricular activities are promoted through the number of clubs existing in the university and students are motivated to join these clubs based on their interest. Adequate supporting facilities in terms of outdoor grounds, indoor facilities, auditorium and equipment are provided for the students to nurture these activities.
SPSU’s open and transparent policy is reflected in all its administrative and academic systems being software based and boasts a comprehensive website at www.spsu.ac.in
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