Located in the heart of Lucknow, Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University (SRMU) was established and is governed by two gold medallists from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur. Part of the Shri Ramswaroop Memorial Group of Professional Colleges (SRMGPC), which has engineering and management higher education institutes under its wings, SRMU is aiming to provide an innovative and creative learning environment for its students.


SRMU currently has six institutes each providing a varied range of undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral programmes. The Institute of Technology,Institute of Bio Sciences and Technology, Institute of Natural Sciences and Humanities, Institute of Legal Studies, Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication and Institute of Management, Commerce and Economics form the six institutes and together they offer degrees ranging from engineering to management and law. There are plans to introduce distance-learning modules from the next academic session. Keeping the current professional scenario in mind, the University also has plans to venture into skill-based and vocational courses to provide specialised training to its students. SRMU also recently concluded a six-month international certification course in entrepreneurship in collaboration with a Seattle based organisation.When it comes to infrastructure, SRMU is making every attempt at complying with the needs of contemporary education. "We're trying to leverage new technology to augment student learning as much as possible. For instance, Lab View an advanced software, is being established at the university to enable students and researchers to perform virtual experiments at the click of a button," explains Jyoti Dewan, chairperson, collaboration and industry interaction and associate professor at SRMU. Technology like Oracle Peoplesoft is also being implemented to enhance efficiency in monitoring classroom activities, evaluation, student affairs, finance and human resource activities. "This software enables the instant creation of complex reports for review and redressal," says Dewan. Audiovisual projection and sound systems have also been installed to ensure clear and distortion free communication in all the lecture halls.
The university believes in interactive learning methods and therefore all the lectures are executed with the aid of presentations, video films, demonstration of models, and equipment. "Students are encouraged to engage in animated discussions during tutorial classes. Case studies are used to expose students to real-life situations while brainstorming sessions help generate resource pool of ideas and a multi-dimensional approach to problem solving," explains Dewan. Group discussions, simulations and role play are some of the interactive teaching methods conducted at the university. Workshops, seminars and guest lectures by industry experts are also held on a regular basis.
As is the norm at most universities today, internships are encouraged to gain practical insights. "I underwent an internship at Spencer Limited in their corporate gifting programme. This helped me understand how marketing departments in a B2B segment operates. I also learnt the importance of public relations and the challenges we have to face in a workplace," says Abhijeet Banerjee, first semester, MBA.
In order to provide wider exposure to students SRMU has created the Collaboration and Industry Interaction Cell to develop links with national and international centres of learning. "This cell acts as an interface between industry and academia and aims to nurture industry ready professionals who can hit the ground running from day one of employment," says Dewan.
A Memorandum of Understanding has recently been granted from the EMC Academic Alliance resources. "EMC collaborates with colleges and universities worldwide to help prepare students for successful careers in a transforming IT industry," says Dewan. The EMC Academic Alliance programme offers an open curriculum-based education on technology topics such as cloud computing, big data analytics and information storage and management. All courseware and faculty training are offered at zero cost to the institution.
While the infrastructure and industry alliances are all in place, it is, however, the faculty, which forms the very heart of any educational institution and SRMU is no different. "The faculty members in my department (mechanical engineering) are all alumni from renowned institutions like IIT's and National Institute of Technologys (NIT). So the level of academic excellence they bring to the table is very high," says Aman Sinha, third-year, B.Tech.
At a time when corporate social responsibility forms a big part of any organisation, the students at SRMU, apart from academics, also keep themselves occupied with various social outreach programmes like Apni Pathshala, which was established in 2005 to uphold the rights of underprivileged children. At present, it provides free education and has helped more than 1,700 children so far. Local community service efforts in the areas of hygiene, sanitation and women empowerment besides blood donation and health check-up camps are organised on a regular basis. The University is also engaged in organising events like cyclothons to create health awareness within the local community.




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