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LPU Achieves 360° Industry Involvement
Quarterly Magazine by upGrad Campus
MAHE Transforms its Classrooms into Hybrid Learning Hubs
Featured Article by
Mr. Dipan Sahu
Asst. Innovation Director,
Ministry of Education’s Innovation
Cell & AICTE, Govt. of India
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Table of Contents
Innovation: Need of the Hour in Higher Education Institutions
LPU Achieves 360° Industry Involvement in
Collaboration with upGrad Campus
MAHE Transforms its Classrooms into Hybrid Learning Hubs
with upGrad Campus
The New Norm of Marketing
Special article by Monjula Jasmine
Education in Emerging Tech: Beyond the Hype
Special article by Kashyap Iyer
Transforming Campuses to Next-Gen Institutions
Our Technology and Content Offerings
New Program Alert: Supply Chain Management
Special article by Param Sharma
World Education Summit and DIDAC India
Quality Education Can Empower Student’s
Vision, Here’s How
Special article by Santhosh Gondhi
Social Media Chatter
upGrad Campus Trending on Social Media
Test your Knowledge around the Higher Education Ecosystem
Building Future-Ready Campus Community
Special article by Rahul Raj
Nov | 2022
News and Events
Dear Institutional Stakeholders,
It is my pleasure to introduce you to the first edition of Campus Connect,
a quarterly magazine by upGrad Campus. In the last decade, we have
grown multi-fold as an organization and have come a long way since
our inception in 2013 as Impartus Innovations Pvt. Ltd. to becoming
upGrad Campus in 2021. We are thankful to all the Institutions that
have shown their trust towards us in this journey and are highly
indebted for the same.
We have come up with this Quarterly Magazine to share the insights
that we are gaining in moving ahead in our vision with the hope of
fostering new thinking and provide strategies to transform Higher
Education Institutions across the length and breadth of the country.
For our First Edition, we are giving you a glimpse of the impact that
upGrad Campus has made throughout the country. We Featured
case studies that stand testament to the fact that any campus can
be transformed into next-gen institutions nurturing our country’s
brightest minds with curiosity and innovation.
I look forward to your feedback and suggestions. You can write to me
directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of University Partnerships
Nov | 2022
Churchill had said, “Never waste a good crisis,” and the recent pandemic
and the new normal has impacted our lives and the education sector in
One of the lasting lessons of the pandemic for the sector is that
Technology is not just an advantage, but an enabler of education. The
stopgap measures adopted by Colleges and Universities during the
early days of the pandemic have moved from immediate short-term
measures to long-term investments in teaching and learning tools.
Having said that, we at upGrad realise that in edtech, “ed” comes before
“tech”, and the role of tech is to enable and facilitate education.
Blended Learning and the incorporation of New-Age Skills in the
Curriculum are the most significant leaps shaping the future of Higher
Education in our country. It continues to show prominence in the
post-pandemic world and have moved from being a “nice to have” to
“must have” for the institutions. Any Institution aspiring to lead and
be among the top institutions in India and globally need to adopt both
ICT Infrastructure and Future-Ready Courses as a core strategy. This
investment in Technology as well as industry partnerships will impact
the outcomes of their students, teachers, administration, and society
as a whole.
We are launching our First Edition of Campus Connect, which is our
Quarterly Magazine that has been developed with the intent of putting
our communication for the institutions Pan-India, covering a few case
studies, along with the current issues and news in the Higher Education
space in the Past Quarter.
Chief Executive Officer
Nov | 2022
We are building a Community of
Next-Gen Campuses across the nation,
and it’s our privilege to partner with
leading educational institutions towards
this vision of nation building.
Innovation: Need of the Hour in
Higher Education Institutions
The world as we know it today is changing rapidly, and
education is no exception to this. To stay relevant in this ever-
changing landscape, Innovation is the golden key. Innovation
in education isn’t a concrete term with fixed definitions; it can
be referred to as the “willingness to look at challenges with
fresh eyes and to address them in unique, creative ways.” It is
an acknowledgment that we do not have all the answers but are
open to new approaches to improve.
Government of India’s Initiatives
to Drive Innovation
The Ministry of Education has taken many policy initiatives to
support educational institutions to achieve the above goals.
National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is a reformative step
in this direction which emphasizes upon achieving quality,
equity and equality in education through innovation and
Other policy initiatives such as National Innovation and Start-up
Policy (NISP) 2019, institutionalization through establishment
of Institution’s Innovation Councils (IICs) in HEIs and
benchmarking initiative through Atal Ranking of Institutions in
Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) are enabling Higher Education
Institutions to build, streamline and strengthen the innovation
and entrepreneurial ecosystem and will be instrumental in
leveraging the potential of student’s creative problem solving
and entrepreneurial mindset, and promoting a strong intra and
inter-institutional partnerships with ecosystem enablers and
different stakeholders at regional, national and international
What are some Avenues for
Innovation in Education?
How can a Higher Education Institutions adapt? Well, the
catalyst of change is innovation. There are always improvements
to be made in teaching and learning. Here are some areas that
one can focus on:
Considering India’s strength as 3rd largest education system
having more than 60,000 Higher Education Institutions with
huge infrastructure in place and produces more than 4 crore
graduates every year to job market, there is need for Indian
Educational Institutions to lead and drive innovation in its very
I wish the team at upGrad
Campus great success
for their first edition
of Campus Connect
magazine. Continue to
innovate, inspire and strive
for excellence in Education.
Nov | 2022
1. Competency-Based Learning
Competence refers to an individual’s ability to practice
the knowledge acquired over time, and today, HEIs should
focus on providing real-world applications of knowledge
and skills along with a theoretical framework. Innovation in
education helps prepare today’s students for the dynamic
workplace of tomorrow by providing them opportunities to
develop skills and competencies.
2. Contemporary Pedagogies
The quality of an educational system depends mostly upon
the quality of its teachers and teaching practices, also
known as pedagogies. Today, there are around 5 “clusters”
of innovative pedagogies:
• Blended learning, where students can attend
to teaching and learning activities from anywhere
and anytime, taking education beyond the classroom
• Gamification, in which content is presented
with gaming elements, fosters better engagement
and knowledge retention. Computational Thinking,
uses Information and Communication Technology as
a platform to help students enhance their problem-
solving and reasoning skills.
• Flipped Classrooms, where students learn
the outline of concepts at home and use classroom
time for deeper learning and understanding through
teacher-led peer-to-peer discussions.
Project-Based Learning, where students are
encouraged to learn by active engagement in real-
world, industry-relevant projects. Together, these
clusters provide a baseline for teachers to innovate
themselves and provide a meaningful learning
experience for students.
3. Open Curriculum
A quality curriculum is never a one-and-done initiative.
Revisiting and updating it regularly allows for relevant
topics of today to take precedence, helping students to
keep up with the speed of changing technology and trends.
The open curriculum aims to make education more active,
flexible, fluid and personalized to students.
4. Shift in Nature of Faculty
Industry professionals tend to have a deeper understanding
of the inner workings of the professional world. Eminently
qualified industry professionals teaching at colleges and
universities can help turn students into competent and job-
ready graduates. Unique partnerships between these two
sectors - Academia and Industry combine the best of both
worlds. This initiative was recently approved by the UGC,
and I am optimistic that it will be a huge success.
Given that the young minds that today’s educational
system shapes will be those that are leading the charge
for innovation tomorrow, innovation in education are the
need of the hour to strengthen our future generations of
Mr. Dipan Sahu
Asst. Innovation Director, Ministry of Education’s
Innovation Cell & AICTE, Govt. of India
Nov | 2022
Nov | 2022
AICTE is keen on Transforming
Engineering Colleges into Hybrid Learning Centers
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), a national-
level apex advisory body, oversees the development and
planning of India’s technical education system. It has recently
devised a plan to convert engineering colleges into hybrid
learning environments across the country. To provide a
personalized and customized educational learning experience
to students, AICTE is keen on taking up this initiative to
create an educational ecosystem that will be lockdown-proof
and can even be accessed from the comforts of their homes.
Aims Of AICTE: Under the AICTE Act, the All India Council
for Technical Education (AICTE) received its legal status in
1987. The AICTE was founded with the following goals in mind,
following the National Policy of Education (1986):
To operate as a statutory authority to develop, create
and maintain norms and standards.
To offer accreditation as a means of quality control
To keep an eye on, assess, and finance the priority areas
To preserve equality in certification and prizes
To oversee and improve India’s technical education
Impact of AICTE’s Move: All thanks to AICTE, soon, students
will be able to receive specialized and tailored education from
the comfort of their homes. All AICTE-approved colleges
across the country are set to gradually transition to hybrid
learning settings, which will be advantageous to more than
70 lakh students. The hybrid model would act as a support
system, allowing the students to master technical complexity
at their own pace.
What is National Digital Education
The Prime Minister introduced the National Digital Education
Architecture (NDEAR) to improve India’s digital educational
infrastructure in February 2021. It is an architectural blueprint
that aims to achieve the goals laid out in the National Education
Policy, 2020, through a unified digital infrastructure in the
In 2022, Hybrid
Infrastructure is no
more a choice but a
substantial need for
News and Events
Nov | 2022
We firmly believe that
“Any campus can be transformed into a Next-Gen Institution
with the right set of collaboration, strategy, and technology”
Why Transform Colleges into Hybrid Learning
The choice to make colleges hybrid learning environments would
give students a personalized, customizable, and adaptive way to
learn their course contents. In Engineering colleges, the hybrid
model would provide a support system for the faculties to track
their delivery, content, and modules. It will be easy for them
to keep an update on the resources given to the students and
help them develop their delivery acumen for remote students.
Since the pandemic began, several universities have switched to
hybrid mode. Whether online or offline, hybrid technology offers
a stimulating research community and a learning environment.
Can upGrad Campus help in this
upGrad Campus has a mission to bridge the industry-academia
gap in Higher Education Institutions across the country. It aims
to do so by firstly digitally transforming campuses into next-gen
institutions through its technology solutions. It offers a turnkey
Lecture Capture Solution that enables automatic audio-video
recording of classroom lectures. It provides a platform to store,
manage and distribute classroom lectures, transforming any
higher education institute into an advanced hybrid learning hub.
With our Interactive
will be able to:
hybrid classes with
and distributed lectures
Get a fully supported
platform for conducting
hybrid classes, facilitating
and content sharing
with Moodle, Blackboard,
Canvas, D2L, other
LMS already present
High Time for Students to
Upgrade their Digital Skills,
says AICTE Official
Our programs are designed to
help institutions equip their
students to become capable
and trained to enter and
excel in the practical world,
Data Structures and Algorithms
Full Stack Development
Supply Chain Management
Branding and Advertising
Financial Risk Management
Nov | 2022
The newly appointed chairman of the appellate committee of
AICTE, G.S.N. Raju, stated that Higher Education Institutions
should give utmost priority to skill-oriented training programs.
He stated his strong views while speaking about the importance
of training in digital skills, in accordance with the guidelines of
National Education Policy, 2020. He went on to say that if
institutions focused on digital capabilities, they would receive
higher rankings from the National Assessment and Accreditation
Council (NAAC), the National Board of Accreditation (NBA), and
other bodies and would also receive more enrollment.
Why are New-Age Programs Important for
New-age courses such as Data Science, AIML, Blockchain,
Digital Marketing, Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity, and Full-
Stack Development are essential because Digital India needs
professionals with these skill sets. Companies in India have been
hiring people for traditional roles, but now they face resource
crunches as these roles have dynamically shifted. Candidates
with new age skillsets often get higher salary packages, and
colleges that can help companies fulfill these demands see
higher student enrolment.
How do These Programs help bag great Opportunities?
The rise in demand to create new products and ensure they run
well, coupled with the popularity of such courses, has led to a
dramatic change in hiring strategies. Earlier, companies focused
on hiring professionals for well-defined roles, but now, they are
hiring them for skills such as analytics and data science. This, in
turn, has led to a change in their hiring strategy, where diverse
skills are given more priority over years of experience. The
change in hiring dynamics and skills is because of the new-age
demand that companies face competi ng in a crowded market.
Courses such as data science, digital marketing, cybersecurity,
cloud computing, and full-stack development give students the
necessary skills to perform well.
Why New-age Skills are Mandatory for the Institution
to Embed in its Curriculum?
The job market has seen software engineering as a career
option for ages, but now, a shift is seen in people opting for Data
Analytics or Data Science as their preferred career option. For
a college to stay industry-relevant and a preferred institution
among students who aspire for these jobs, offering courses at
the cutting-edge of innovation is a must.
How can upGrad Campus help?
Our Job Ready Certification Program includes multiple
industry-relevant certifications, live classes by Industry Experts,
Case Studies, and Projects to enhance a student’s expertise in
new-age domains like Blockchain, Digital Marketing, Cloud
Computing, Full Stack Development, etc which make them
employment ready and enhance their future career prospects.
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