Isis Innovation to help set up Private University in India
Updated on Nov 18, 2013 - 4 p.m. IST by Sudipta Mishra
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Isis Innovation Limited, Oxford University’s technology transfer wing will be setting up a private university in Sanand at Ahmedabad. The university will be set up in collaboration with the Ahmedabad-based Whistling Sun Education Private Limited, a joint venture of Whistling Group and Sun Shakti Energy. Isis Innovation Ltd has been engaged by Whistling Group to provide advice in designing Whistling University's curriculum, and to help to build international partnerships, through the services of various members of the University of Oxford and other leading institutions acting in a consultancy capacity.

The proposed Whistling university in India will be built at an estimated cost of Rs 290 crore. It is expected to offer various postgraduate (PG) training programmes in conventional energy, alternative energy and management such as Masters of Technology (M Tech), Bachelor of Technology (B Tech), Master of Business Administration (MBA), the degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Green MBA. It will also develop research programmes. The new Whistling university in India will also have a policy-oriented think tank to assist strategic decision-making in the diverse areas of environment, energy and sustainability on a global basis. Although the fees of the new university might be high, they will be in sync with national standards. It will offer various programmes.

The proposed university in India will be established under the aegis of Gujarat Private Universities Act, 2009. It is expected to commence classes by the year 2015. In future it will apply to the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and University Grants Commission (UGC) for accreditation. The proposed Whistling university in India will house around 30% to 40% students who are residential, with a majority of them pursuing research oriented courses such as B Tech. A teacher-student ratio of 1:10 will be aimed. Initially, the number of students in each batch will be 500, which will be increased to 1000 students in each batch after five years. Its curricula will be created by academics from Oxford and other top educational institutions.

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Loren Griffith, Director of International Strategy at Oxford University says, "Oxford University has no plans in the foreseeable future to offer full degree courses anywhere other than Oxford itself, and so has no plans to establish an overseas campus. However, the university has identified increasing global cooperation as a key objective of its 2013-2018 strategic plan. This agreement between the Whistling Group and Isis will broaden overseas ties. We anticipate that the project will make a positive contribution to providing energy security for India."

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