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Centres of Excellence

Incubating ideas. Encouraging innovation

Centres of excellence represent the intersection of academic research and industry. The aim of these centres is to foster interdisciplinary research and promote change and innovation. Driven by intellectual curiosity and the spirit of experimentation, NU’s Centres of Excellence offer students opportunities to collaborate with various industries for innovative ideas and sponsored research. These centres incubate ideas in areas of critical importance and customise them for practical applicability.

Educational Technology Innovation Centre – ETIC

The Educational Technology Innovation Centre (ETIC) at NIIT University (NU) is a state-of-the-art technology-driven centre of excellence that nurtures budding research scholars and provides a platform for NUtons to collaborate with industries and enterprises on research initiatives.
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ETIC encourages research scholars at NU to participate in challenging and exciting projects and acts as an incubator of ideas and novel practices in knowledge and technology transformation. With a rich resource base of new media technologies and information processing interventions, ETI claims to strengthen learning processes to ensure effective outcomes.

ETIC enables the creation of a resource pool of innovative research scholars who shall provide a distinctive character to NU’s vision of being the University of the Future. Along with live projects that the Centre rolls out, students can work on turning their own ideas into reality, with the support and direction of ETIC. Students working on R&D projects and other ETIC initiatives are designated ‘Information Research Innovators’ and knowledge ambassadors who spearhead the university’s technology drive.

At the root of the education technology innovation at ETIC is the symbiotic information processing synergy researched by the ET Area, NU between:

  • Teacher belief in networking view of information processing in human brain and, accordingly, constructivist view of learning
  • Implementation of value creating work – learning linking pedagogy in institution classroom and industry workplace, as the case may be, so as to address opportunities of metacognitive learning
  • Use of convergence technology (CT) enabled ET for delivery of brain aligned instruction for amazing learning outcomes
Amongst the several pedagogical innovations that have emerged from ETIC, a few key ones are:

  • Learning Premier Leagues – All first year BTech students irrespective of stream, work in teams on projects having impact in the future.
  • Additive Curriculum – Vertical integration of courses based on industry-linked value-creating experiential learning
  • CoEET – Creation of a Centre of Excellence in Educational Technology entirely managed by NUtons thus making them the drivers of their own learning

Centre of Excellence in Banking & Finance (COEBF)

Aligning with NU’s core principle of ‘industry-linked education’, the Centre of Excellence in Banking & Finance (COEBF) forges meaningful alliances with banks. It offers industry-relevant and high-quality management and executive development courses in banking, finance and managerial excellence. These courses equip both fresh entrants and industry professionals with the requisite knowledge to fortify their capabilities and subject matter expertise. COEBF also uses education technology to offer seamless executive education to reskill executives. Read more
COEBF’s programmes include:

  • A six-month post graduate certificate course, Advanced Bank Management Programme is tailored to suit executives (graduates with five years’ experience in the sector) working in the banking and finance sector with the objective of building up managerial capabilities
  • Short-duration certificate courses in the area of Big Data and Business Analytics, Risk Management, etc., in collaboration with internationally reputed faculty
  • Customised programmes/courses for banks, NBFCs and financial institutions
  • Management Development Programmes
  • MBA (Banking and Finance)
  • MBA (Banking Technology)
  • Special management courses for SME and entrepreneurs with deep focus on finance and management
The post graduate certificate course is offered as a blend of in-person and virtual classes in major centres using educational technology – a core area of research at NU. COEBF will showcase the use of Education Technology and Banking Technology. COEBF is also partnering various organisations in banking and finance for sponsored research. The centre will establish chairs with the support of industry and philanthropists and will also publish e-newsletters and books on banking, finance and bank management.

Centres that have completed their Charter of Activities

NU-Microsoft Innovation Centre

Since 2013, NUtons had been regularly participating in the Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) programme. MIC’s key objectives included the nurturing of NUtons’ innovation and entrepreneurial skills. Under the programme, NU organised events where students pitch their innovative product/business ideas and get feedback from industry and academic experts. Each year students showcased apps/products that they developed. Read more
They vied for encouragement from NU leadership and industry experts, and also for handsome prizes including Windows tablets and mobile phones. Over the years, student innovators developed apps using different technologies for many diverse domains, including GPS, games, social, business,etc.

NU’s student researchers have been finalists at the prestigious Microsoft Imagine Cup in 2015 and 2016. MIC conducted many other interesting competitions, such as technical quizzes, Ideathons, and Kill that Bug contests. The MIC team also collaborated with the organising team of the students’ fest – IngeNUity, to co-create exciting and interesting events.

MIC offered NUtons access to a huge library of Microsoft software tools and products apart from online training material dealing with currently prevalent technologies.