While multinational companies have adopted or shifted to new technologies due to change in working environment during the Covid-19 pandemic, universities and educational institutions have started redesigning their academic syllabus to ensure students are industry-ready professionals. Chandigarh University is introducing 20 new industry-driven futuristic academic programs, which will be offered from the 2021-22 academic session. The newly introduced programs are in the field of Engineering, Management, Sciences, Para-Medical, Humanities and Computer Applications.
Dr. S S Sehgal, Registrar, Chandigarh University, said, “Out of the total 20 new programs, 10 are under-graduate programs and 10 are post-graduate programs. In engineering, Bachelor of Engineering programs are being introduced in Computer Science Engineering with specialisation in the emerging field of Blockchain Technology and Development & Operations (DevOps) while Master’s Programs are being introduced in Civil and Electrical Engineering with specialisations in the emerging fields of Health Safety & Environment Engineering and Electrical Vehicles.”
Both Blockchain and DevOps are emerging technologies in IT sector and are widely used to develop IT solutions used by companies in Financial & Banking, Healthcare, Energy, Insurance, Supply chain, Travel and Real Estate sectors. It is estimated that more than 97 million jobs will be created in the companies, which are adopting the new technologies, by 2025.
“In the field of management, CU has introduced BBA programs in Business Analytics and Digital Marketing, which are emerging fields and offer lucrative job options while an MBA program in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, which is the fastest growing industry due to a thriving e-commerce business,” added Dr. Sehgal.
Other new courses in the field of IT include M.Sc. Data Sciences, BCA with specialisation in Augmented Reality & Virtual Release, and MCA programs with specialisation in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning and Cloud Computing & Development Operations.
Dr. Sehgal added, “Government of India has taken an initiative, known as INSPIRE, to encourage students to take up science and technology as their career choice. Being a partner of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) for INSPIRE program, Chandigarh University has introduced 9 programs in the field of Basic and Applied Sciences.”
The include B.Sc. Microbiology, B.Sc. (Hons) Maths, B.Sc. Forensic Sciences, M.Sc. Bioinformatics, M.Pharma in Industrial Pharmacy, M.Sc. Industrial Chemistry and M.Sc. Nutrition & Dietitian.
“Chandigarh University has been pioneer in introducing job-oriented programs, which match the industry requirements. Dynamics of the industry is changing fast and jobs with new skill sets are replacing the existing job profiles. Both students and academia have to upgrade their knowledge about the changing workforce environment in the industry and plan their future course of action accordingly,” said Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University.
Chandigarh University, an autonomous educational institution approved by the University Grants Commission, is a NAAC A+ Grade University located near Chandigarh in the state of Punjab, India.