The Future of Education

Edition 14

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Enhancing Student Quality at South India’s First Private University – Initiatives to Improve Overall Student Engagement, Diversity and Industry Readiness

Avinash Rao, University of Manchester (United Kingdom)


Alliance University is South India’s First Private University established in the State of Karnataka in the Year 2010 and is recognized by the apex body University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, India. The University has been consistently ranked high both by national and international bodies, a pioneer in academic digitization during the pandemic, becoming a case study at Coursera in terms of adaptability to change, a founding member of PACT 2030, an SDG initiative by QS I-Gauge, promoting HEIs to come together to fulfil the UN’s SDGs. In the year 2023, the University entered the league of QS World University Rankings – Asia, and the National Institutional Ranking Framework, a ranking methodology adopted by the Ministry of Education, Government of India ranked its constituent units, the School of Business as 87th Best Management Institution in the Country and the School of Law as the 25th Best Law Institution in the Country. QS I-Gauge rated Alliance University with an overall ‘Diamond’ rating in 2023, and the University has over 30,000+ global alumni, 300+ world-class faculty, 75+ international partner universities, and has 11+ schools and departments across 4 faculty groups [1]. India, a growing liberal nation in all aspects, including educational reforms has more than 950 universities and approximately 40,000 higher education institutions, reflecting the high fragmented state of higher education in the country. The NEP 2020 proposed several reforms through policies and the salient aspects include a student centric model, competency based continuous evaluation system, enhanced focus to research and innovation, improved STEM model of higher education curriculum, faculty productivity based on research output, autonomy at all levels, merit-based student enrolments, faculty selection and promotions, boost to online training, integrated controlling and monitoring systems, increase gross enrolment ratio (GER) in sync with the United Nations SDGs – Quality Education that promotes access and enhances overall academic quality [2]. Improving the GER, providing better access to the marginalized, technology adoption, and preparing graduates for future jobs through industry-led curricula and experiential learning are imperative to strengthen graduate outcomes [3]. The paper will encapsulate key initiatives undertaken by Alliance University to promote overall student engagement, diversity, and industry readiness, preparing graduates to be future ready.

Keywords: Student Quality, Student Diversity, Graduate Outcomes, Industry Readiness


[1] Alliance University (2023) Alliance Home Page. (Accessed: 19 December 2023)

[2] National Education Policy 2020. (Accessed: 19 December 2023)

[3] Wankhade, R.S., 2021. Higher Education and NEP-2020. International Journal of Researches in Social Science and Information Studies8(1), pp.51-56.


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