194 GTU Students Attending Classes in Foreign Universities

Source: Gujarat Technological University Press Release | July 2, 2014

On 18th June, 2014 GTU honored His Excellency Mr. Steward Beck, High Commissioner of Canada to India at Hotel Courtyard Marriott where a small gathering was organized as a part of his farewell visit to Ahmedabad. GTU initiated its first international experience program with University of Alberta, Canada in the year 2011. Visa Denial can restrict such program to grow. Since 2011 most of the students were granted visa to fly to Canada for IEP. GTU honored High Commissioner of Canada to India for his support and contribution towards the development of the International Experience Program of GTU.

On the occasion Dr. Akshai Aggarwal, Vice Chancellor of GTU said that His Excellency Mr. Steward Beck has always been very pro-active in contributing to the success of GTU IEP. First the Deputy High Commissioner visited GTU and interacted with the students, who wanted to go to Canada. Then H.E. Mr. Steward Beck personally visited GTU. Dr Aggarwal said that GTU was thankful to H.E. Mr. Steward Beck for his constant support in the development of GTU’s IEP.

Presently 194 students of GTU are in foreign universities for the 8 week education program. 98 Students have gone to Laurentian University in Canada, 44 students have gone to Wismar University, Germany while 52 students are studying at Kansas State University in USA. All the students went to foreign universities between 12th to 14th June 2014 and their classes started from Monday, 16th June 2014 in respective campuses.

During the IEP students learn 2 of the subject and also appear in the mid-semester exams of the subjects they studied in a foreign university. GTU credit those marks to the respective students in their semester result. Students don’t only attend the classes during IEP but also go for industrial visits. Exposure to the different educational system, climate, place and culture all together provide a unique opportunity for students to learn.

Since 2011, GTU’s International Experience Program has provided an opportunity to study in foreign Universities for the GTU students. In association with German, Canadian and American Universities GTU’s IEP has turned out to be India’s largest International Experience Program. In the year 2013, GTU also signed MoU with Sias University, China for IEP.

Quotes from Students

Jainam Mehta has gone to Laurentian University, Canada. During the interview he said that he is the first one from his family going abroad. He said that I want to explore to have a new experience in the world so I decided to go to Canada IEP. I have decided to focus on my studies over there and also to explore places.

Another student named Ekta was all excited to go to KSU. She said that I did not sleep on the night previous to departure due to the excitement. I have heard a lot about the advance education system at KSU from the last year IEP students, which tempted me to go to the IEP at KSU. My Mom is worried as I have never travelled without her, but is happy also as this is a great opportunity.



“Research Theses of Graduate Students of GTU Are of Canadian Standards”, say the Experts from a Canadian University

Source: Gujarat Technological University | March 7, 2014

Contact: Bhavita Shukla Dave, GTU Media Officer, 982-530-5020; [email protected]

Gujarat Technological University is relatively a new technology University established in the year 2008 by Government of Gujarat, India. Gujarat Technological University (GTU) organizes Research Week as an evaluation process of the Ph. D students and Masters students for the mid-sem review of their final year theses work at its Chandkheda Campus. Experts from other universities of India (and abroad) evaluate the work of these students and mentor the students so that they can improve the quality of their work. The visiting experts conduct workshops on the topic of their expertise and new developments in their field to enhance the knowledge of students. This is the 3rd Research Week organized by GTU. Last year 96 workshops were organized under the Research Week.

Dr. Vasu Apanna is the dean of pharmacy in Laurentian University, Canada. Dr. Vasu evaluated more than 30 students at GTU Pharmacy Research Week. He was impressed with the concept of Research Week. Talking about the work of students Mr. Vasu said that “Many of the Research work done by GTU students is of Canadian Standards. Even the topics of research are quite similar.” He said that work of some of the students was really good. “Some presentations were as good as the presentations we see in Canada”. During the interactions with students we discovered that students have good knowledge about the topic of research which is a good sign.  As GTU has insisted the PSAR this time it is a very good idea.

Dr. Vasu also shared some very interesting suggestions. Dr. Vasu said that whatever research students do cannot have regional approach. Research is for the use of the entire world. So it is very important to stay updated with what is happening around in the world in the field of Research. Students should join the Common Research Clubs like Research Gate where they can discuss issues in research with their peers. Through such clubs students can learn if any other students have published any article in any other country on the same topic. Dr. Vasu said that in Canada there are labs where students can go and conduct practical work. There is a special Cell Imaging Laboratory in our town where students of pharmacology can go and conduct the cell tests. They all are state university owned labs as there is no trend of privatization in education in Canada.

Dr. Abdel Omri also evaluated more than 30 students and agreed with Dr. Vasu Apanna. Talking about the research review patterns in Canada Dr. Abdel said that in Canada we also organize a Research Day. On the Research Day students display their work on posters. The best three research work then participate in state level competition. This exercise also brings in donations for research work.  Dr. Vasu suggested that Gujarat should have a laboratory in the centre of the City where students can go for further research to encourage practical research work. Dr. Abdel is really impressed to see the environment at the Research Week of GTU. Dr. Abdel said that “We have learnt from the students. Students here are very smart.” He said that Research week is very well organized. He also said that people here are very nice and the hospitality is very good around here.

On the occasion Dr. Akshai Aggarwal, Vice Chancellor of GTU said that the research week not only reviews the work of students but it also provides mentoring to them. Moreover open source format of review helps create excellence in the thesis work at all colleges across the state. Evening workshops by experts along with the morning session of review create a Kumbh Mela of knowledge seekers.

The Research Weeks of 2014 started in February 2014 and will end in April 2014 as research weeks are organized in three different phases for Pharmacy, Management and Engineering respectively.