New Delhi: The Mahindra Group on Friday, July 24, 2020, announced the launch of Mahindra University (MU) to drive interdisciplinary learning, integrating the study of science and technology with the Humanities, Ethics & Philosophy, and Design, with the group’s executive chairman Anand Mahindra as its chancellor.
During the launch, Mahindra said, “the pandemic has created more speculation around education in the new world. Along with moving education online, there is a need for change in the content. In the post-covid world, there will be a need for more people who understand humanities while applying technology to solve those problems and there will be jobs to compensate them at par.”
Mahindra University is part of the Mahindra Educational Institutions (MEI), a not-for-profit subsidiary of Tech Mahindra. An estimated 4,000 students and over 300-plus faculty members would be in place across the various schools at Mahindra University over the next five years.
The 130-acre, multi-disciplinary campus in Hyderabad will operate as an autonomous University, with its curricula being curated to fully leverage emerging technologies like Data Science, Blockchain and Data Analytics. It will offer undergraduate, post graduate and PhD courses.
Moreover, the university seeks to balance education with real-world experience through entrepreneurial projects to solve complex challenges facing society.
As part of the road map, the university will launch the School of Management (2021-22), School of Law (2021-22), Indira Mahindra School of Education (2021-22), School of Media and Liberal Arts (2022-23) and School of Design (2023-24). MU includes the Ecole Centrale School of Engineering, established in 2014.
The Minerva Fund – Mahindra University Scholarship Program is available to ensure that deserving students have access to quality education. MU will also bring the Corporate and Industrial ecosystems together through its Centres of Excellence. Efforts are also being made to drive inclusion in awarding scholarships across the board with a special focus on female students, students from the north-eastern states, and Jammu and Kashmir regions.
Students will also have access to the Mahindra Group’s expertise through a centre of excellence, visiting faculty and other strategic engagements.
“We have a track record of 100% placements (at Ecole Centrale School of Engineering) and we will offer the same level of learning to people across liberal arts to qualify for similar high-quality jobs,” said C.P. Gurnani, managing director and CEO, Tech Mahindra.
MU already has a Supercomputer Lab with an advanced NVidia GPU-based supercomputer, the DGX-1. Also, it has a Centre for Artificial Intelligence (CAI), a Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) and a Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure and Systems (CSIS).