MUMBAI: Times of India group shall
launch its Bennett University in July 2016 in Greater Noida, a senior official
at Bennett, Coleman & Company said. The 175 year old company shall build
the campus in an area of 68 cares, and shall offer courses in engineering and
Apart from providing reputable services in academics, the
university also intends to tie up with some fore-running global institutional
Shrijeet Mishra, Executive Director on board of BCCL said
that the institute shall have the most respected faculty members, professors
and internationally acclaimed academic partners in the venture. The admission
procedure for next year's intake in engineering and management courses shall
begin from next week onwards.
The intake in the 1st year shall be 300, which
shall be spread across four disciplines, namely, Computer Science, Mechanical,
Civil and Electronics, offering B. Tech degree. There shall be an MBA course as
well. The students who graduate will get an opportunity to be placed in Times
Group, and also to find jobs outside.
The goal of launching the University is to provide its
students a premium learning experience, supported by reputed research driven
faculty. The Bennett University during the next five years will offer courses
in Law, Architecture, Liberal Arts, Design, Research, and Applied Sciences.
Yajulu Medury, Vice-Chancellor (Designate) of Bennett
University said that during the course of the next 5 years, the university
shall extend its undergraduate, post graduate and PhD programmes to include Engineering,
Management, Media, Law, Design, Architecture, Liberal Arts and Applied Sciences.
This shall be done in addition to offering the best hostel facilities to the
The Group intends to invest over 800 crores in setting up
the university, by means of internal borrowings. The total expected strength
shall include 12000 students and 600 faculty members.
Mishra stated that the Times Group has been actively
involved in higher education programmes in the country since decades. It has
been successfully running a journalism school since many years, and had also
launched a revolutionizing Teach India Campaign a few years back. Also, a new
venture called the Times Pro has been offering short termed courses in Banking,
Finance and Accounts.
He pointed out that there remains a significant gap between
supply and demand of quality education, and that the Bennett University shall
be an entrepreneurial step towards bridging this gap.