Mr. Harshavardhan Neotia, Chairman of Ambuja Neotia Group and Chancellor of The Neotia University

Last Updated - April 06 2018

Chancellor of The Neotia University, Mr. He serves as the Honorary Consul of Israel in Kolkata and holds other esteemed positions such as the post of former Chairman, CII-Eastern India; Member of the Board of Governors of IIM Kolkata; Member of the Board of IIT, Kanpur and Kharagpur; Former President – FICCI; Member of Board of Trade, Government of India; Member of Rajasthan Establishation and Nathdwara Temple Board; MEMBER of World Residents' Organisation and also Member of Heritage Commission, Government of West Bengal. Harshavardhan Neotia has been conferred with the Degree of Doctor of Literature (honoris causa) by the Vidyasagar University recently.

Mr. Harshavardhan on why he chose to get into the education sector in spite of being successful in different other sectors

My forefathers came to Kolkata over a hundred years ago and today, I am proud to belong to this vibrant city and claim it as my native place. My uncle, Suresh Kumar Neotia and my father, Vinod Kumar Neotia were co-promoters of Gujarat Ambuja Cements Limited. We have also played a leading role in Eastern India in the fields of reality, hospitality, and healthcare.

My foray into education has been a natural corollary in finding some of the best talents for the gamut of industries that already exist and what the country is gearing to look forward to in the near future. With this in mind, we have brought in Robotic Engineering, Energy Engineering, CSE with Specialization in Cyber Security/Data Analytics/Cloud Computing and Bioinformatics within the access of the students of Eastern India. Most of the institutions of higher education still teach the subjects which were useful in the 60s and 70s. While at TNU, we are ensuring that education offered is contemporary to help the young workforce of our country remain relevant in future with their knowledge and skill. Our vision is to ensure that our alumnae emerge as ethical, intellectual and professional stalwarts who will contribute not only to their jobs in their chosen fields but also to our society and country.

Mr. Harshavardhan’s journey so far in the education vertical

The Neotia family started its journey in education with Neotia Institute of Technology, Management and Science (NITMAS), earlier known as Institute of Technology and Marine Engineering (ITME). It was founded in the year 2002, affiliated to the then the West Bengal University of Technology, which is now known as Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT).

The Neotia University (TNU) was founded vide the West Bengal State Government Act XXIII of 2014. While NITMAS continues to provide long-founded conventional courses to the students in West Bengal, TNU is primarily reaching out to a much larger audience, provideing highly advanced futuristic courses in different fields of Technology, Maritime Studies and in other general areas of education. TNU and NITMAS are the two dynamic endeavours of the Ambuja Neotia Group in the field of education. Though TNU is relatively new in its current configuration, it has its antecedents in the 15-year old institution.

Efforts made by the team to make The Neotia University an inclusive one

We believe that no student should be stopped from studying their passion or achieving their full potential because of financial difficulty. At TNU, we provide numerous merit-based as well as required-based scholarships to ensure that no student is left behind. TNU offers seven types of Scholarships for students based on their, H.S. MARK / JEE RANK, Yearly Family Income, Siblings of all Students - Current or Passed out, Group Employees, Students from Gram Panchayat area of South 24 Parganas, State / National level Sports Championship, State / National Level Cultural Championship.

Pros and Cons of The Neotia University being situated away from the city

There are positives and negatives to venturing far away from home for University. But, pursuing in a college far away develops courage and skills to pick up and start life over somewhere new and various that will cater well later in life when good job opportunities might not exist right on your doorstep. A student living in her/his residence in a city may face challenges in living a hosteller’s life.

A student earns 24*7 academic environment, under the guidance of in-house faculty members, on choosing a University away from hustle and bustle of city life. We provide a rather impressive array of facilities to enhance students’ life at the campus. The four sections of campus are scholastic buildings, sports pavilion, socio-cultural arena, and administrative block. TNU is spread over 55 acres of lush green, beautifully landscaped campus, which is not possible to obtain within the city.

As an entity that fosters the teaching-learning experience, our objective is also to build a township for students to offer them the peaceful environment for holistic development.

Mr. Harshavardhan on how TNU stands apart from other Universities

Both TNU and NITMAS are diligent to the pursuit of excellence and aim to attain holistic development of its students by fostering a truly inspirational academic environment. Both ensure that the education offered is contemporary and experiential via the partnership with industries and other academic institutes. Keeping this in mind, we have brought in courses which will serve to the requirement of emerging industries.

At TNU, we follow the Choice Based Credit System to develop a student’s both left and right parts of the brain. Following a systematic training, the approach has been shown to help activate both sides of the brain, which is TNU’s prime goal. For example, a student pursuing Energy Engineering can take up psychology classes as his/ her elective. This enables students to take an elective that they wish to take up alongside their core courses. In today’s context, a balance between both types of thinking is essential for professional and individual success.

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