Lakshmipat University Celebrates 6th Convocation for its ground breaking experiential learning

Mr. Anil Kakodkar President National School of Sciences and former chief, Atomic Energy Commission, addresses audience at the 6th Convocation

Jaipur/NewDelhi, 4thJune, 2018: With innovative learning-by-doing educational initiativesbeing hailed by both industry and academia as a ground breaking concept,experiential learning pioneer, JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur celebrated thegraduation of its newest batch of graduates by hosting its 6th convocationceremony. Former Chief of the Atomic Energy Commission, Dr. AnilKakodkar, currently President National School Of Sciences, was thechief guest on the occasion. The organizers felicitated more than 123 studentsfor successfully completing their graduate, post-graduate and PhD courses. 

On theoccasion, the University also inaugurated its two new Centres of Excellence- The Centre for Operations Excellence and the Centre for DataSciences. The Centre for Operations Excellence will be amulti-disciplinary centre with capabilities in supply chain, manufacturing andservice operations. To begin with, the centre will offer expertise in fourareas: Powerful diagnostics,Capability Building Workshops, OperationsExcellence Assessment and benchmarkingand Facilitation for Global Awards suchas  Deming Grand Prize and TPM Excellence Award. The Centre will be led byDr. Yugal Nauhria, Assoc. Professor, who brings versatile experience ofconsulting with clients in leading organisations including KPMG and McKinsey& Company as well as line management experience from organisations like Olaand Flipkart. 

The Centrefor Data Sciences reflects JKLU’s focus on emerging areas which are impactingbusiness and work across sectors. The centre has competencies in DataCataloging, Capability Building for Data-Driven Culture, Analytics Solutionsand data science approachesin areas such as fraud analytics, sensor analytics,business intelligence, resource optimization, investment modelling, marketinganalytics, big data technologies, predictive analytics, machine learning, IoTstreaming analysis and many more. The Centre will be led by Dr. Alok Kumar,Assoc. Professor, who has rich professional experience in Data ScienceConsulting, Developing Data Products, Big Data Implementation, Big DataVisualization, Data management and maintenance including as Data ScienceConsultant at UGhent, Belgium. 

According to Prof. Asheesh Gupta, ProVice Chancellor of JKLU, “Both, Centre for Operations Excellence and Centre forData Science, will offer our students a unique opportunity to work on realprojects, develop connects in the Industry and acquire cutting edge knowledgethat traditional academic B Tech, M Tech and MBA programs do not provide. Ourlinkages with JK Organisation and several world-class research organisations inIndia such as CEERI Pilani, ISRO and IIT Kanpur give these centres a distinctedge.” 

In additionto these the University also has a Centre for Entrepreneurship & Innovationand a Centre for Communication & Critical Thinking, which have been workingvery closely with the students. 

Establishedin 2011, JK Lakshmipat University (JKLU) has consistently managed to delivertransformative pedagogical techniques to its students based on a model thatallows learners to be curious, draw conclusions based on previously taughtlessons and most importantly, reflect on the experience to consolidate themodule in memory. 

Speaking onthe occasion Dr. Anil Kakodkar President National School Of Sciences, Indiaobserved that contrary to Western beliefs, India had been “producing innovatorsand creative thinkers throughout its history”. 

Mr. Kakodkaradded, “There does exist a market willing to absorb fresh graduates with newand radical ideas. JKLU students were blessed to have been taught by globalfaculty and have therefore acquired global perspectives.” He further emphasizedthat students need to get passionately involved in converting challengesinto opportunities and find ways to “use technology and innovation inalleviating human suffering while creating wealth and prosperity for all”. He urged students to persevere in their studies and search for solutionsbecause “learning is a lifelong journey whereas giving up is a permanent stateof stagnation”. 

Fourstudents were awarded gold medals to recognize their excellence and hard work –Tanushka Jangid received the gold medal for Best Student in MBA; Tanuj Kumarwas awarded the gold medal for Topper in Computer Science Engineering; GauravMishra was awarded the gold medal for Topper in Mechanical Engineering; KaranGupta received the gold medal for the Best Student in Bachelor ofTechnology.  Congratulating the graduating students, Dr. R.L. Raina,Vice Chancellor, JKLU said, “We have come a long way since 2011, when thisexperimental model first began. Today, JKLU is being accepted as an exceptionalprivate university in national circles with demonstrable examples of highquality research”. He added, “Quality higher education contributes to economicgrowth and human development simultaneously. At JKLU, we are striving todevelop world class research and learning exercises that are directly impactsociety and remain globally relevant,” he concluded.

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