Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai, offering courses in management, technology, science, pharmacy, architecture and commerce, is set to move to a new campus. Adjacent to the old one in Mumbai, the new campus is spread over 6,50,000 sq ft.
“This would be one of the best campuses you would ever see,” said Rajan Saxena, vice-chancellor, NMIMS University. About Rs 150 crore would have been spent to develop it. Saxena said it would have a 360-degree approach to learning in the classroom and they would move to it earliest by July 2013.
With a bigger campus, the student intake would also increase to 600 students from 450 at present. An additional 40 national and international faculty would be roped in.
Technology would enable an interactive learning environment. The institute would have video streaming facilities in each classroom, to enable professors from across the world to deliver lectures. Interactive boards and cameras would be a part of each classroom. Further, the institute intends to have live-feed from major global wires and news agencies, to get updates on finance and the economy.
The institute’s library, having a space of 25,000 sq ft, would have special facilities for doctorate scholars, and a place for authors to release their books. “Similar to institutions abroad, there would a library that would have an archive of recorded classes of all faculty for students to view as per their requirements,” he informed.
NMIMS is also looking at setting up an executive education centre on the campus. Saxena said this facility would be at par with other centres in India and abroad, in terms of learning ambience. “There would be three major learning channels and this centre would work almost 365 days a year,” said Saxena.
With a new campus ready, the institute is exploring options to offer a variety of dual-degree programmes. It is also exploring possibilities to introduce programmes in public policy and corporate law. “We are considering a situation wherein a joint degree could be awarded in business and law or engineering and law,” the vice-chancellor said.
NMIMS would also be looking at setting up a new incubation centre on the campus for budding entrepreneurs.
Vocational education and skill building are areas where the institute is looking to develop programmes and build tie-ups with industry bodies on this front. Automobile, civil engineering and information technology would be areas they are interested in. “We are looking at having a certificate course in vocational education, which would be endorsed by industry bodies,” he explained. He said students would spend at least one year on the shop-floor in the industry to get exposure to the real world and firms would welcome these when they look for a job.
Auto component maker Bosch has already tied up with the institute to provide training in industrial automation at the Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering at the NMIMS campuses in Mumbai and Shirpur, in Maharashtra.