Top universities took part in the first The Hindu India Education Fair 2014 in Dubai to promote education opportunities available in India

That universities in India can draw such a tremendous response in Dubai is a matter of pride and The Hindu India Education Fair 2014 bore testimony to it. Held at Hotel Movenpick on January 18 and 19, the Fair had David Wilson, Director of Asian Schools, GEMS Education and Chief Academic Officer, GEMS Education India, as its guest of honour.

“We have been coming to the UAE every year as part of our promotion activity. Dubai has always been one of our favourite destinations because of the encouraging response we get here,” said Salim Mahmood, Deputy Director, Hindustan University. “This time we have joined hands with The Hindu and with its leverage we were confident we’d do even better.” Besides regular courses, Hindustan University offers a variety of specialisations in aeronautics alone, ranging from avionics to aircraft maintenance engineering. “Aeronautical engineering is our strength,” Mahmood added. It is interesting to note that the university’s courses also include diplomas in fashion and interior design, photography and optometry.

Matter of pride

Twinning programmes which enable engineering students to complete the last two semesters at a university in the U.S. is offered by SRM University, which has its admissions office at the Knowledge Village in Dubai.

Talking to M. Kaushik, manager, business development, Middle East and Africa, also helped aspiring students and visitors at the fair gain a lucid picture of SRM’s dual degree programme, where, out of the five years of study three are spent at the university and the last two, abroad. After successful completion the student is given degrees from both the universities.

“SRM has a tie-up with prestigious schools of higher learning in the U.S. Our infrastructure and lab facilities are of a very high standard. Otherwise how could our students have launched their own satellite or invented a different kind of pen-drive,” Kaushik elaborated with pride.

“Quality education is our goal and bringing out the best in young scientific minds is our aim,” said R. Nandakumar of V.I.T University, Vellore.

The university lays emphasis on research — fundamental and applied. And again its Semester Abroad Programme (SAP) encourages students to complete their final semester project at a foreign university.

“As a university that has carved a niche for itself in significant areas such as campus recruitment, we are well known in education circles in Dubai,” he adds.

Maritime courses

If Saveetha University showcased the wide variety of courses in its dental, medical, law and engineering streams, AMET, India’s first university in maritime education, drew our attention to its courses in harbour and ocean engineering, petroleum engineering, naval architecture and off-shore engineering and other such courses .

“These are subjects that are of great relevance in UAE. So, we are planning an AMET campus in Dubai also,” said N.R. Ramkumar, Dean-Admissions.

All the stalls put up by the various universities from India, including Amity, which also has a campus at Dubai’s Knowledge Village, contributed to making a visit to The Hindu India Education Fair a rewarding experience for residents of the emirate.