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Upskilling to Catalyze
by Ronnie Screwvala,
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Upskilling to Catalyze Academia-Industry Synergy
by Ronnie Screwvala, Chairperson and
Co-founder, upGrad Education Pvt. Ltd.
Navigating Digital Waters: Reeling in the Big Fish
Engineering Rankings Roundup: A curated list of
around 200 HEIs in India
The Future of AI : How Freshers Need to Prepare
for the Ongoing AI Revolution
Campus Saga: Exclusive Video Podcast Series
Electric Vehicles (EVs): The Higher Education
Delivering Industry-Relevant Education with
a Holistic Approach
Social Media Chatter
Events and Milestones
Campus Connect | Annual Edition
It gives me immense pleasure to present the Annual Edition
of Campus Connect. This edition is a result of our efforts to
launch Campus Connect to discuss the Higher Education
space in India, making it a resourceful guide for institutional
stakeholders and decision-makers.
We understand the importance of having access to the latest
engineering rankings, and that’s why we have included a single
go-to resource for the same.
We are also excited to share a particular article by our
Chairperson, Ronnie Screwvala. In his article, he has presented
his thoughts on the importance of academia and industry
collaboration. With the industry landscape rapidly evolving,
it is more important than ever for academic institutions to
work closely with industry leaders to prepare students for the
Ronnie’s article is a must-read for everyone who wants to stay
updated with the latest trends in the changing demands of
academia and industry.
In addition, we have included the latest news around the
higher education space and some key articles by our team. We
hope that this edition will provide you with valuable insights
and help you make informed decisions about your career.
As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions. We
hope that this edition of Campus Connect will provide you with
valuable insights, and we encourage you to share it with your
peers. If you have any comments or feedback, please do not
hesitate to reach out to me directly at email@example.com.
Head of University Partnerships,
R A H U L R A J
N I S H I T H A P R A K A S H
A K A S H T I W A R I
P R A B H U R A V I
R O N Y D U T T A
Dynamism in Education
Dear Institutional Stakeholders,
We are thrilled and delighted to present to you the Annual Edition
of Campus Connect. The past year has been truly exceptional,
marked by many achievements and advancements in the field
of Higher Education. We are grateful to all the institutions that
have shown trust and partnered with us.
The students of 2023 are unlike any we have encountered
before. They are intelligent, tech-savvy individuals with an
innate understanding of the digital landscape. For them,
spending time in the Metaverse is as commonplace as
thumbing through textbooks.
To meet the needs of these students, we have transformed our
programs from solely focused on learning to include interactive
and retention-based learning experiences. And therefore,
our courses now incorporate innovative technologies,
immersive experiences, and engaging content to foster deeper
understanding and long-lasting knowledge retention.
As we continue to evolve, we firmly believe that it is the
responsibility of all educational institutions across India to
embrace the dynamism that is shaping the tech and education
industry. We would like to partner with such aspirational
institutions to create meaningful long-term impact and ensure
better jobs and outcomes for each of our students.
At an organizational level, we support Indian institutions’
journey towards embracing technological advancements and
offering better learning outcomes to the students. We provide
our expertise and resources to assist them in implementing
cutting-edge programs that empower students to thrive in the
Will like to thank you for your unwavering support and belief in
our vision. I eagerly look forward to embarking on an incredible
journey in the coming years.
At upGrad, we are committed to staying at the forefront of this
wave by integrating these trends into our course structure and
pedagogy, and ensuring that our learners are prepared for the
jobs of the future.
The headline news that ChatGPT has become the fastest-
growing app in the world generated tremendous buzz in
February. It amassed an astonishing 100 million users within
2 months, and also showcasing its potential to revolutionize
education. We are very much prepared for this and are
integrating this into our cutting-edge learning platform as well
From the beginning, our Unique Selling Proposition (USP) has
been the dynamic nature of our programs. We take great pride
in incorporating the latest industry trends into our curriculum,
ensuring our learners possess the skills and knowledge
necessary to excel in their respective fields.
At upGrad, we believe that the future lies in blended learning (a
mix of live online classes, asynchronous learning and physical
classes) combined with real-life problem-solving experience.
CEO, upGrad Campus
Higher Education is undergoing rapid changes, and two of the
prominently visible trends are;
(i) Emergence of new job domains, especially in the field of
Data Science and Generative AI;
(ii) Integration of real-life industry problems in course
pedagogy taught by industry practitioners.
Campus Connect | Annual Edition
Upskilling to Catalyze
The upskilling ecosystem is evolving at a break-neck pace and
India sits at the very crux of becoming the talent powerhouse
for the global economy. We have talent in abundance at every
corner of the country, the only missing piece seems to be the
means to achieve the requisite modern-day skills that connect
them to the demand side.
A Changing Landscape
The Power of
Strengthening Ties between
Academia and Industry
Education is and will always remain in ‘Sunrise’ mode.
Earlier, it was not an ‘Industry’ as you refer to it. It is instead
experiencing a paradigm shift and is no longer a singular
event. It’s encouraging freshers and even seasoned working
professionals to up their ante by acquiring new-age
capabilities. The higher education segment, including the
skill-based courses, is fast becoming a more significant
market than anyone could have ever envisaged, catering to
a vast 1.4 Bn workforce globally. Statistics around individuals
who want to get through a college degree but cannot afford to
pay the fees or become the only bread earner of their family are
also multiplying. These circumstances have opened up newer
growth avenues for the ecosystem.
The past is no longer a reliable guide to the future, especially as
we are coming out of the pandemic and stepping into a new
AI era. To keep up with the demands of this new educational
landscape, it’s essential to embrace non-linear thinking. Both
entrepreneurs and individuals must adopt innovative and risk-
taking approaches, charting new territories and embracing
new ways of learning.
This non-linear mindset should be integrated into educational
curriculums, fostering an environment where learners can
unlock their potential and adapt to the evolving creative and
intellectual property economies of the future. The fourth
industrial revolution is characterized by the rise of the creative
and intellectual property economies, and with AI changing
the rules of the game, non-linear thinking will be crucial in
navigating these new waters.
An exceptional idea holds immense potential, but without
foresight, it may never come to fruition. Embracing non-linear
thinking has been a game-changer, enabling me to venture
down unconventional paths. I do not believe that individuals
are either innately born with an ‘entrepreneur gene’ or without
one. I believe entrepreneurship can be learned and should be
taught. upGrad started off with an entrepreneurship program
to arm aspiring leaders with subject fundamentals and
capabilities, and to date, we believe in that DNA.
At upGrad, our vision is to be a trusted lifelong learning partner
for learners, professionals, and corporate hirers alike. We
aim to make higher education more affordable, accessible,
and relevant by fostering stronger ties between educational
institutions and the job market. We believe that a more
significant connection between academia and industry
will lead to better-equipped graduates and, in turn a more
productive workforce. One way to achieve this is by expanding
our educational offerings to cater to the diverse needs of
learners across the globe ranging from formal education to
skill-based boot camps to their study abroad needs and, finally,
the targeted career services to ensure they meet with desired
career ROI. Our focus has remained within the adult learning
segment where the real career outcomes and ROI happens.
We have the world’s 1% universities in our network and a
presence across 100+ countries. Although upGrad continues
to strengthen its operations across North America, APAC,
Middle East and UK, its focus would keep multiplying in India.
And why not, even the recent UN report has entrusted us with
the title of the world’s most populous country beating China
in numbers, which automatically increases our chance of
becoming a global talent superpower.
Strengthening the Learning
Curve in Times when
Automation is Taking Over
To bridge the gap between academia and industry, it is crucial
to involve industry practitioners in the educational process. By
incorporating their expertise into the curriculum, we can ensure
that the skills taught in our programs are directly applicable
to the job market. This collaboration could take various forms,
from guest lectures, and workshops to mentorship programs
Of course, bridging the gap between academia and industry is
not without its challenges. Some organizations are grappling
with the growing demand for digital roles and the widening
digital skills gap. Although talent risk is a top priority for CEOs,
not all organizations are investing in upskilling and reskilling
initiatives. To address this issue, upGrad is committed to
spurring innovation in providing quality career outcomes and
driving educational inclusion through our online courses.
By doing so, we aim to help organizations invest in their
workforce’s skills and minimize employee turnover.
The Road Ahead
India’s learning, skilling and workforce development sector
is huge. It may have encountered certain hiccups across the
K12, tuition and test-prep segments, but the adult learning
and Lifelong learning segments would continue to grow. We
are in an upskilling evolution of all times and individuals would
require to constantly learn. As an ecosystem, India’s learning,
skilling and workforce development sector has demonstrated
immense resilience against macroeconomic turbulences and
would continue to grow onwards and upwards.
Our focus has remained
within the adult learning
segment where the real
career outcomes and
Campus Connect | Annual Edition
We have meticulously compiled a comprehensive list of
around 200 Engineering Colleges in India, accompanied
by their respective performances in various rankings
conducted by different esteemed bodies. It is important
to note that these rankings serve as a point of reference,
providing insight into the participation and achievements
of the colleges.
However, we firmly emphasize that relying solely on
these rankings is not advisable, as they are formulated
by diverse organizations using distinct parameters for
evaluation. Rankings are dynamic and subject to change.
Nonetheless, we believe that exploring these rankings
can assist you in developing a better understanding and
perception of the diverse array of colleges available.
Sources from where the list is compiled:
* National Institutional Ranking Framework - India Rankings 2022
(Engineering): Rank 1 to 200 have been considered
* Outlook-ICARE Rankings 2022 (Government) (Private)
* Scimago Engineering University Rankings 2023
* Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements 2021
Campus Connect | Annual Edition
The late H.R.H. Prince Philips, Duke of Eidenburgh,
during his visit to India, laid the foundation stone of
IIT Delhi at Hauz Khas on January 28, 1959.
Did You Know?
Name of the Institute
Engineering Rankings Roundup
We have curated a list of around 200 Higher Education Institutions as per leading ranking platforms like:
NIRF, Outlook, Scimago and ATAL.
*Outlook: (g) Government Engineering Colleges, (p) Private Engineering Colleges
**ATAL: (a) Institute of National Importance & Central Universities/CFTIs (Technical), (b) University & Deemed to be University (Govt. & Govt. Aided) (Technical), (c) University & Deemed to be University (Private/Self Financed) (Technical),
(d) Colleges/Institutes (Govt. & Govt. Aided) (Technical), (e) Colleges/Institutes (Private / Self Financed) (Technical)
Note: NA = (Corresponding Ranking) Not Available
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
Indian Institute of vnology, Guwahati
Delhi Technological University (DTU), Delhi
College of Engineering, Pune
Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad
Amity University, Noida
Netaji Subhas University of Technology, Delhi
Lovely Professional University, Phagwara
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
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