VC's Blogs

1. Why the Name MSRUAS

Often times many friends and also many of my colleagues have asked me why we named the University as “University of Applied Sciences”, while it could have been only “M.S. Ramaiah University”.

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1. Critical Thinking and Its Importance

Professors in the classrooms in the Schools / Universities keep advising their students to develop Critical Thinking skills. Critical Thinking skills help students and graduates to achieve higher levels in their study and profession and able to effectively handle leadership roles.

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1. Research Skills

Research skills are important because they help the researcher to create new knowledge and understanding through Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Analysis and Dissemination of facts. Research skills are wider than finding out a fact and more focused than reading widely around a subject.

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2. Student Centric Outcome Based Education – A Progressive Approach to Teaching and Learning

There are two approaches to teaching and learning philosophies in Education. They are “Content Based (Input based/Traditional)” and “Outcome (Competency) Based (OBE)”.

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2. Analytical Thinking for Students

One of the main objectives of higher education is to impart problem solving skills to students. Critical and Analytical Skills are constituents of problem solving skills and it is essential that the students learn these skills to develop problem solving skills. The importance of critical thinking skills has been emphasised in the previous write up (Critical Skills and Its Importance), here, let me deal with Analytical Thinking Skills.

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2. Project Report, Dissertation and Thesis

In academics, we come across terminology like Project, Project Report, Internship, Dissertation, Thesis, Guide, Research Supervisor and Mentor. This article explains these terminology to bring clarity amongst students and members of staff of the University.

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3. Aspirations and Higher Education

Recently, I ventured into some rural Schools in Mysore district to talk to school children to know about their aspirations. The School Children responded saying, “I want to be a doctor, an engineer, a police inspector, an IAS officer, a minister, a scientist, a pilot, a cricket player, a teacher, a film actor or a singer. One child even said “I want to join the army”, while yet another child said “I want to be a bus driver”.

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3. Practical and Transferable Skills

There are four important skills that a graduate must master for a successful career. They are critical analytical, practical and transferable skills. The first two are cognitive and analytical skills and are discussed in my earlier blogs. In this article, I would like to emphasise students about the importance of practical and transferable skills.

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3. Writing Aims and Objectives

In our day to day academic work, we are involved in supervising student projects, theses, writing grant proposals and many such documents. Writing such a document demands the author to state clearly the aim, goal and objectives of the work that he/she would like to undertake. Hence, let me dwell on my understanding about these terms.

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4. Academic Collaborations and Their Benefits

The progressive universities, world over have established strong networks in the last 20 years. These networks offer exceptional opportunities for student and staff mobility, scholarships as well as research and teaching collaboration. Some of the popular networks are Universitas 21 (U21), Tempus, Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus Action 1 and Action 2. Even, the countries all over the world encourage mobility of students and teachers through award of grants.

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4. Problem Solving Skills

One of the main objectives of academic programmes is to prepare students for real life problem solving. We, the teachers keep talking about developing problem solving skills amongst our students without giving much emphasise to it. As this is an important skill that our students should develop, hence I thought, I should deliberate on this topic in brief.

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4. Scholarly Publications

You are all very much aware that one of the metrics used to measure the performance of a university is the number of quality scholarly publications of the University. It is better that we set our priorities right in the beginning and focus towards achieving significant number of quality publications on annual basis. According to me, though, it is one of the fundamental requirements of any university system but still considerable number of members of the faculty of the university rise arguments regarding publications.

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5. Classifying Universities to Match Students Aspirations

“My dream is to work for Apple”; “My life’s goal is to become the CEO of General Electric”; “I would like to work for United Nations” and “I would like to work to receive a Nobel Prize” are some of the ambitions, young minds nurse. To translate such a lofty ambition into reality, a young student will require to develop certain

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5. Creativity and Innovation

At present these two words are being so much pronounced, quite often I have got confused with the meaning of these two words, hence I am writing this to understand myself to know what these words stand for.

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5. Frontiers of Engineering Symposia-Exciting Research Areas

Engineers take abstract ideas and build tangible products from them. Engineers design products under constraint, means the product to function in an expected way. Engineers work in fields such as automotive, aerospace, machinery, biomedical, electronics, communication, robotics, electrical power, energy, computers, civil engineering and manufacturing to create new products that didn't exist before.

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6. “Techno Centre”‐ Opening New Doors and Avenues for Faculty, Students and Communities with MSRUAS

In my recent trip to the UK, I spent almost a day with Garry, one of my good friends from the UK for the last 15 years discussing his achievements. Garry was very happy as he had sold one of his motor bike dynamic simulation module to a commercial simulation software development company and he had got significant amount of money and he was contemplating to buy a recently model of Porsche.

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6. Managerial and Leadership Development

Developing managerial and leadership skills in the students is one of the objectives of university education. Let me outline the processes that we have embedded in our course curriculum for managerial and leadership skill development.

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6. Emerging Technologies

Emerging Technologies are the new technologies that will substantially alter the business and social environment. Converging Technologies represent previously separate technologies such as voice, data and video together so that they share resources and interact with each other, creating new technologies.

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7. International Mobility of Students and Faculty

Indian students go abroad for their undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral studies. It has been found that “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses are very popular among Indian students. The main destinations are the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Canada and even non English speaking countries like Russia, China, and Japan. The following table describes the trends of student mobility from India to the top 7 receiving countries.

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7. Academic Good Practices for Academic Integrity and Excellence

Academic good practices are all about ensuring the academic integrity of one’s work. This article deals with attaining academic good practices including time management, developing good reading skills, note taking skills, citation, referencing and unacceptable academic practices like, plagiarism, collusion, cheating and academic misconduct . I have tried to put in all those good practices and unacceptable practices by reproducing the write ups that are available from various sources as they are well written and sources have been cited.

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7. Modelling and Computer Simulation in Engineering, Science & Humanities, Pharmacy and Dentistry

Physical systems are either naturally created or they are engineered. Living physical system like respiratory system of a human being is naturally created and an internal combustion engine is an engineered system. Behaviours and performances of many of the naturally created systems can be studied scientifically and documented. Engineered systems are designed and developed to meet the defined behaviour and performance.

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8. University Governance, Management, Academics and Administration

Governance is related to processes and decisions that seek to define actions, grant power and verify performance of a University. "Governance” is the macro-level of policy decision making and Board of Governors is the main governing body in many of the universities and sometimes board of trustees is the main governing body.

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8. Keep it Simple

Dear Students, I advise you to adhere to the following three main guidelines to become graduates and enter into professional life for a successful career

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9. Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions Reflects Quality

Accreditation is a type of quality assurance process under which academic programmes and student and staff related services offered by a higher education institution are evaluated by an external body known as accreditation body or accreditation agency which determines whether the higher education institution meets applicable standards. If the institution meets applicable standards, accredited status is granted to the institution by the accreditation body or agency.

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9. Best 25 Educational Websites for All Ages

Salman Khan is one of the most popular heroes of Indian Hindi Cinema. There is an equally popular Salman Khan who provides “a free, world‐class education for anyone, anywhere” through his website Khan Academy.  Khan Academy reaches about 10,000,000 students per month and has delivered over 300,000,000 lessons.

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10. Worldwide Ranking of Universities

Universities/ Colleges are ranked by newspapers, magazines, websites, governments and academics. In addition to entire institution, specific programmes, departments or Schools are ranked. The metrics that are considered while ranking the higher education institutions are, research metrics (i.e., the ability of the institution to learn and create knowledge for others to learn), teaching metrics (i.e., those focused on the transfer of accepted knowledge) and structural metrics like number of academic and research staff, student to academic staff ratio and non-recurrent assets of an institution.

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10. Teaching, Learning and Understanding

In India, at the Central Government level, the ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), and at the State level, Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, and Ministry of Higher Education are responsible for providing formal education to students. However, the medical education and law education come under respective ministry.

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11. Characteristics of World Class Universities

A knowledge based economy in a country, needs to have an appropriate economic and institutional regime, a strong human capital base, a dynamic information infrastructure and an efficient national innovation system [1998/99 world development report].

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11. Learning Domains, Blooms Taxonomy and Learning Strategies.

There are two approaches to teaching and learning philosophies in Education. They are “Content Based (Input based/Traditional)” and “Outcome (Competency) Based (OBE)”.  

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12. Why M.S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences should be a Preferred Choice for Professional Education?

In Karnataka state alone, more than 4 lakh students have just completed their higher secondary education (Pre-University) and in the country more than 15 million students are eagerly looking forward to enter into university education. Many of these students have a dilemma regarding the course and the college/university where they should be pursuing the course..

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12. Assessment Methods and Assignment writing for Assessment

The learning domains in education include
   1 Cognitive: mental skills (Knowledge)
2 Affective: growth in feelings or emotional areas (Attitude or self)
3 Psychomotor: manual or physical skills (Skills) 

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13. Opportunities for Development of Sustainable Technological Solutions

One of the objectives of University Education is to produce graduates capable of solving problems of Society. The main problems, the Society is facing at present, are: shortage of natural resources, absence of basic amenities for all, environmental effects, economic, social, political and security issues. The world’s population at present is 7.32 billion and will be 9.5 billion by 2050, and with the growing population, the problems of the Society are also growing and these problems are turning out to be Global Challenges to overcome.

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14. Integration of Skill Development with Education Programmes for Achieving Better Employability and Entrepreneurship

The most important objective of Higher Education is to produce graduates who are capable of solving the problems of Society. The problems of Society are varied and complex. The problems arise in Society due to limited natural resources, non-availability of basic amenities for all, environmental disasters, geographical, geopolitical, economic, social and political conflicts. Many of the societal problems can further be classified into problems relating to clean water, sanitation, shelter, clothing, secure, safe and healthy food, waste management, energy, health care, transport, communication, security and management of climatic disasters and the like. While many of these problems can be solved through technological means, there are social issues that will need altogether different, strategic solutions. It is the responsibility of the education system to orient its students on how to think and develop effective solutions for real life problems that they will encounter.

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16. Educational Reforms in India - A Perspective

India is at present a little more than $-2.0 trillion economy with a per capita income of $ 1820 where as China with $10.3 trillion and USA with $ 17.41 trillion are in the second and first position respectively. The Honourable Prime Minister has called for making India a $ 20 trillion economy by 2030. NITI Aayog- National Institution for Transforming India is one of the institutions that has been set up to move in this direction. PwC (Pricewater house Coopers) in its report titled ‘World in 2050’ has predicted that Indian economy will surge to $ 17trillion in 2030 and $ 42 trillion by 2050 claiming second place after China. It has also been said that, the per capita income in India will be about $40,000 by 2050.

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17. Masters Programme for a Challenging International Career in Engineering and Technology

Ken Mellendorf, an Illinois physics professor, observed wisely that the difference between bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral’ degrees is that: bachelor's degrees enable answers to questions already answered; master’s degrees enable answers to questions not yet answered; and doctorates enable answers to new questions.

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18. MBA programme in Innovation and Entrepreneurship for 1st Generation Startups

At two trillion US dollars, India’s economy is among the ‘big three’ of global economies. The other two are the China and India whose economies are, respectively, five and eight times larger than that of India. Increased growth and prosperity are vital ingredients to a healthy economy and this is why the Honourable Prime Minister demands that India should grow to a twenty trillion US dollar economy by 2030.

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20. What it Requires to Make a University Global?

A country’s scientific capability is gauged based on its ability to launch rockets, deploy satellites into space, create its own nuclear reactors, develop modern defence equipment, aircrafts and automobiles. In fact, very few countries in the world have these capabilities and India is one among those countries which possesses many of these capabilities. Similarly, in the present knowledge era,countries are vying each other to position at least a few of their universities in top 100 in Global Rankings

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