India’s first design university to spread its wings

image0031Avantika University promoted by MIT Pune to re-engineer the spirit of design to explore a new era of creativity, innovation and enterprise.

Mumbai, 25th August, 2016: Avantika University is India’s first design university. It fosters design thinking mindset by developing analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.With an objective of resetting the learning pedagogy, Avantika introduces a unique academic structure that will help create the next generation of Design thinkers and Knowledge leaders to drive innovation. It is with prominence to synthesis over analysis.

An MIT Pune initiative, Avantika is conceived and envisioned by Professor Vishwanath D. Karad, Founder, Executive President & Managing Trustee, Maharashtra Academy of Engineering Education and Research (MAEER), Pune. According to Professor Karad, “The objective of Avantika is to change the perspective about higher education and to create change makers who can transform the society as a whole.”

This endeavour is mentored by eminent educationist Dr Sanjay Dhande – Former Director IIT Kanpur and supported by a team of passionate design & engineering professionals and academicians. Elaborating more about this model, Dr. Dhande stated, “Avantika aspires to provide a comprehensive education by which, creative and analytical strength of mind is increased, in-depth intellect is expanded, and all-round character is formed; leading to the development of an individual, who can stand on one’s own feet.”

Spread over 50-acre state-of-art green campus at Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, Avantika will provide the much-needed excellence push in higher education. Avantika is poised to revive the liberal legacy for Ujjain from the former years. It was an important educational, industrial, spiritual and cultural centre from India. Ujjain was home to liberal minds from Indian culture, including great poet Kalidas, philosopher Maharishi Ved Vyas, and Guru Sandipani.

Beginning 2017, Avantika will offer bachelor and master programs in design. Based on a project-based methodology the institution will help inculcate curious minds and develop required competencies to solve problems and assume responsibility. Supported by MIT Institute of Design (ID), Avantika believes in making learners better individuals and decision makers before shaping them into professionals. It will not just support professional growth but will also develop student’s acumen in innovation and entrepreneurship. Avantika will apply a cross-disciplinary approach creating individuals who possess a balanced mind-set.

Avantika will collaborate with world’s leading universities globally to offer students with the best use of the excellent opportunities. Through internships and real life projects, they will develop the appropriate problem-solving attitude. Avantika will have the best of teaching talent from across India and majorly from the USA, UK and other global locations. The unique mix of educators will offer the right exposure and much-needed knowledge guidance to the aspirants.

Avantika University aspires to change the perspective of higher education. With its creative thinking and experimentation based approach Avantika is confident of creating change makers who will transform the societies. The University is committed to creating the next generation of Design-Technology-Innovators and Knowledge leaders.

About Avantika University:

Avantika University is India’s first design university, driven by the spirit of design thinking. It blends a unique academic model that offers an integrated and immersive approach. Based in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh it aims to nurture and cultivate young minds who will function as enlightened citizens. Supported by MIT Pune, who have a firm footing in the field of education buoyed by their journey of more than three decades.

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About Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT) Pune:

Maharashtra Academy of Engineering Education and Research’s (MAEER) MIT Pune is one of the premier Institutes for Indian and Foreign students and it is one of the first private Engineering Institute established in the city of Pune, Maharashtra. There are about 71 Institutions run by MIT Pune offering Undergraduate & Post Graduate courses courses in Engineering, Management, Medicine, Pharmacy and so on.  Statistically, MAEER nurtures 50000+ students who are mentored by 3000+ faculty and supported by 2000+ non-teaching staff.

The group has spread its wings across Maharashtra with campuses in Kothrud, Alandi and Loni- Kalbhor within Pune, along with Latur, Talegaon, Ambejogai, and Pandharpur. Being the brainchild of its visionary founder, Prof. Vishwanath D. Karad, MAEER established in 1983, managed to craft a niche position for being a one-of- a-kind undertaking focused on value-based education.