Distinctiveness: Holistic Development
Distinctiveness is a legacy of any Institution which could be built up through managements support, Faculty involvement and learners outcome. To achieve this, all initiatives under the Vision and Mission of the Institution would contribute, including those designed and strengthened by the Institution’s Best Practices like BCT, PRAGATI, Co-Curricular activities, Technical festivals, Industry alliances, Global Curriculum, Local Social involvement. The journey of any Institution to following the ideology and Mission can never be an easy task due to drastic change in the mind set of the learners, investment of the new augmentation, and scarcity of the competitive faculty members. It is proudly mentioned over here that GNIT is known to be an Institution in the region of GURUKUL of Technology, with the impression of Holistic Development of the learners as the contribution made by every GNIT family member from day one with their dedication, devotion and belongingness for the campus.
In the globalized 21st century environment, learning is increasingly becoming interdisciplinary and students are facing new emerging career choices. In this context, GNIT believes in nurturing holistic learning. While curriculum changes have broadened the scope of learning to include project-based learning (PBL), Seminar presentation by students, learning modules have also incorporated Human Values and Ethics in Profession, Universal Human Values, Human Resource Development and Organizational Behaviour, Human Resource Management, Constitution of India, Gender Culture and Development and Community Services. Courses on Environment and Sustainability issues like non-conventional and renewable energy sources, waste management, biotechnology and environmental protection have been introduced. Focusing on issues like gender equity, climate change and professional and organizational ethics, the new curriculum prepares students to be industry-ready professionals and gender-sensitive citizens.
Students have achieved a distinctive track record of involvement in different sports, cultural activities, corporate conclaves and tech fests and artistic/cultural events at the local, regional, national and international levels.
GNIT encourages sports, including yoga and physical fitness activities. Sporting events like basketball, volleyball, cricket, football and athletics are encouraged for both boys and girls. A skating basketball and an all-women’s volleyball team have earned distinction. Over 334 prizes and championships, at national and regional levels, have been won by both boys and girl students in the past few years. GNIT also provides regular free health check-up facilities in association with premier health care providers for all students.
Student performance in winning recognition for academic merit has been consistently high. During 2016-21, students have won 781 scholarships, 300 internships, numerous awards and prizes for academic distinction. Students have benefitted notably from the Sibling, Alumni and Employee Scholarship Schemes. They have actively participated in conferences and achieved 64 patent publications. Many innovative projects have been developed by students. Several innovations are in prototype stage like Currency Sanitizing Machine, Food Adulteration Testing Machine, Low Cost E-Vehicle, Hospital Automatic Baby Care System, Telescope Making etc. In developing cross cultural understanding, the students have benefited from Foreign Internships. A MOU with Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, has enabled student toppers to visit Bangkok. Students have also visited Moscow University, Russia. There is also a MOU with ECAM Lyon School of Engineering, France. Visiting professors from France and Greece have trained students every year since the last five years through internships leading to enrichment of current industry practices.
Advanced research facilities and learning assistanceship programs are notable areas of strength. The Institute promotes Peer-assisted Learning with Students as pro-active teacher facilitators. Teaching Assistantship positions are offered to Post-Graduate students. The Institute has two centres of excellence—the Centre of Nanoscience and Technology Research (CNTR) and the Centre for Cyber Safety and Advanced Security (CCSAS), with advanced research facilities for carrying out research and thesis writing provided to M Tech students. Project-based Learning has enabled students to develop patents and publications in good SCOPUS-indexed journals, with Institute financial support. The Institute also provides free MOOCs courses by Coursera and NPTEL to students, enabling them to develop specialized interests and domain-specific skills.
Various Student Clubs have been set up to encourage holistic learning. These include a Debating Club Coding Club (Bit-2-Byte), Conservation Club, Media Club Cyber Security Club, PRAGATI, Photography Club, Sports Club, Space Club, Robotics Club, which provide the students forums for expressing their talents, new skill learning and future specialization-building opportunities.
Students also participate in national, international and regional technological, artistic and cultural events conducted by IITs and other esteemed institutions. Student regularly participate in events organized by big corporate conclaves like BCCI, CII and ASSOCHAM ,FICCI. Students also take part in Technical festivals and fairs, like the Industrial India Trade Fair, tech fests at IIT, Kharagpur and other places. Felicific – the Media Fest- was immensely popular during the pandemic. Students also participated and won in Smart India Hackathon, Software & Hardware Edition, ACM ICPC, Berlin Film Festival, UK Film Festivals, International Literary Meets. Film making, Logo Designing contests and Photography are notable areas of participation, and students have also won awards from International Film Festivals and National Geographic.
GNIT is noted for its community development and outreach activities. Student initiatives under the National Service Scheme (NSS) contributed to regular donations to Missionaries of Charity, the Ramkrishna Mission, to libraries for slum children (TCLP, New Delhi), wildlife conservation (WWF, India), orphanages and homes for elder care, and charities like GOONJ. Students provided food donations during the lockdown and Amphan cyclone, contributing to the PM and CM’s Relief Fund. Organic hand sanitizers were developed in-house and distributed to the needy. Vaccination camps in association with Belle View Clinic and CMRI, Kolkata set up by GNIT, benefited nearly 5000 people. Student involvement in various eco-friendly initiatives has been consistent. Students have worked to ban and recycle plastics, making the Institute campus a “plastic-free” zone. They have also served as United Nations Green Ambassadors for Climate Change.
GNIT has not only achieved a distinctive profile as an Institute promoting holistic growth of students but is also further strengthening itself to nurture empowered technological professionals with a wide variety of interests and specializations.