The Mahindra Group made its formal foray into the higher education sector on Monday by launching its Mahindra Ecole Centrale engineering college.
Set up on the outskirts of Hyderabad the college is in partnership with Ecole centrale Paris, a 200 year old engineering education institute of France.
The College began with its first batch of 240 students.The college has the facilty and infrastructure to take in up to 500 students a year and Mahindra has plans to get there in coming years.
This initiative of the Mahindra group is by Mahindra Educational Institutions,a 100 per cent subsidiary of the $3 Billion software compnay tech mahindra .MEI ,a not for profit was set up in september 2016 to establish various educational institutions in the country.
Explaining the details of institutions and how it intends to be different, rahul bhuman who has been involved with this institution since its inception and leads tech mahendra strategic initiatives in education and finance sas the model is based on providing the students a multi disciplinary approach.
The pedagogy is different with focus more on hands on learning.There is more practical oreintated training.There is a case study and problem solving methodology at work along with mini projects and internships.
There is a 31 member faculty including five from France. This says Bhuman means a teacher to student ratio of less then 1:10. Learning French is compulsary for students.
This may come in handy since the college expects half the students to be hired by French companies.We expect about 50 per cent of students to be absorbed by french industry for International positions about 15 to 20 percent going on to take up PhDs and the balance 30% would be absorbed by the Indian Industry.
Learning French is important also becuase the course is recognised by CTI of Frane-the equivalent of the All India Council of technical education.
The course is also recognised by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad. Bhuman says the course fee is Rs 4 lakh a year. Residence facilites on campus would cost another Rs 90,000 per annum. This would work out to more than double what IITs charge but less than some other Indain Private colleges.
Bhuman says the course also includes the international expereince where students will go to France during the course. The school has tie ups with the banks for student loans and there are scholorships for the meritorius.
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