What’s So Unique About the Pedagogy of BML Munjal University?
There is no dearth of engineering colleges in India, and more than half of the country’s younger population are opting for careers in science. However, students are not learning, and there is an apparent lack of skills among graduates. According to a recent survey, 95% of graduating engineers in India are unemployable. Albert Einstein once said, “If you don’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” At BML Munjal University, engineering college courses are designed to assist students in every way and make learning interactive. We believe in simple learning, and we go out of our way to provide the students with the best from the world.
We at BMU are dedicated to our mantra, “From here to the world,” and we seek to transform higher education in India by creating world-class teaching, learning, and research environment. At BMU, the academic structure, curriculum, and pedagogy are designed to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Our method of teaching is intended to break the boundaries between different disciplines. Training is one of the key factors of an academic course. Our courses are designed to synchronize the classroom with the workplace which provides an insight into the professional world.
BMU wants to imbibe three fundamental values in their students across various courses like BTech, MBA, BBA, and BCom (Hons.) –
- The Intellectual Curiosity to Inquire
- The Personal Capacity to Inspire
- Commitment to Deliver Positive Social Impact
These three values are integrated into the curricula by working with “leaders” and “practitioners” in India and around the world. Industrial involvement in curriculum design, internships, projects, placements, and engaging students in social causes through research and hands-on projects. A BMU student will spend 20 to 45 % of their total contact hours in hands-on learning, including Practice School, which is a supervised internship.
Pedagogy is the method and practice of teaching an academic subject or a theoretical concept. At BMU we provide students the opportunities to learn at their own pace, expand their knowledge while integrating several different practices that assist in their professional future.
Learning by doing is an integral component of BMU’s teaching and learning environment. This practice challenges students to achieve more and assists slow learners in finding innovative ways to master and apply complex concepts. Hands-on education forces students to develop skills and confidence to tackle situations that are mostly unknown to them. For instance, engineering students might be working on a project involving the design and assembly of robots, but the project teaches them a variation of hands-on skills such as milling and woodwork in the workshop.
Workshop of the Future
Workshop of the future is the extensive practice of hands-on education. A virtual-cum-physical lab helps students to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Engineering students identify real-world problems and use the advanced 3D software in the virtual labs to devise, design, produce and test real-life products. While in the physical facility, students build and test the object conceived in the virtual lab. It brings students in contact with different physical tools such as mills, saws, lathes, and CNC systems. Students also get trained in CAD and CAM software which are essential to design end-to-end components.
Institute of Inclusive Innovation
Management and Engineering students work at the Institute of Inclusive Innovation which is co-founded by BMU and Imperial College London. Students work on social initiatives backed by research on the ground level.
Centers of Excellence
We at BMU provide students with an opportunity to work at industry—promoted Centres of Excellence. Students will be exposed to the latest technologies thriving in the industry and work processes. A closed quarter interaction between students and practitioners from the industry will also be conducted frequently. Some labs have been founded in partnerships with Siemens, Shell, Intel, Texas Instruments, and DSIR.
Group-based learning helps to develop collaborative skills in students. When students operate in small teams, it leads to a better understanding of people and the problems at hand. Students who will lead the future must develop such soft skills and learn to operate with people from diverse backgrounds.
Innovative Instructional Design
At BMU, Innovative Instructional Design is an integral part of the curriculum. By using this system, professors explain complicated and dense academic concepts by demonstrating their applications in real life. It makes learning both engaging and interactive, which increases information retention.
Every course offered by BMU will have clearly documented and tracked learning outcomes. Professors will stick to one teaching plan for the semester and deliver high performance as result. The course handout is shared with students at the beginning of the program, which assists them in planning their time out. Students will know what to expect and can plan their pace and learn accordingly. Engineering college courses are best supported with a thorough handout where a student knows what to expect.