Nasr School in Hyderabad is a part of the Nasr Education Society and is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination. Begum Anees Khan, a member of the royal family of Surat, is its founder. She started the school in 1965 with an aim to promote quality all-round education for children.
The school, which had just 12 students and three staff members in its founding year, has grown rapidly over the past 48 years to its current strength of over 4,000 students and around 500 staff members in three different premises spread over 250,000 square feet of campus area.
The flagship school at Khairtabad area of Hyderabad is a girls’ school. In near five decades of the school’s history, it has played host to many distinguished visitors like Princess Esra Jah in 1974 and British novelist Barbara Cartland in 1978. In 1980, the year in which the first batch of six girls appeared for the ICSE examinations, students went to receive Queen Elizabeth II at the airport. The school has also played host to Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw in 1988 and author Ruskin Bond in 2003 among others. In 1983, students went on an inspirational field trip to meet Mother Teresa.
According to Nawab Mir Khutub Uddin Khan, secretary of the Nasr Education Society, “Our aim is to give individual attention to the students by providing a wide perspective of the world they live in and develop a broad international outlook.” This is reflected in the all-round development of students which takes place at the school. Nasr was the only school from the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh to perform at the inauguration ceremony of the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi. At an individual level, Afrah Saleem, in 2007, represented India in Brazil to present the Indian Children Charter of Human Responsibilities. Saba Fatima, another Nasr student, came 4th in the All India Shooting Championship in 2011 and won the bronze in the 2013 girl’s air pistol event.
Nasr works closely with parents to imbibe in its students an appreciation for religion, culture and values and tries to build a strong character. The school became the first in the state to initiate various international exchange programmes. In 2005, it tied up with Raffles Secondary School in Singapore and in 2009 with Shimoshi Junior High School in Miyoshi, Japan for student exchange. It also fostered a relationship with different schools in Dusseldorf and Hamburg, Germany. Groups of students from Nasr have also been visiting NASA since 2012 as a part of the Real Time Rocket Science Study Programme.
Notable alumni of the school includes Sania Mirza, the Indian tennis ace; Dia Mirza, actor, model and former Miss Asia Pacific International; Pinky Reddy, former chairperson of the Hyderabad Chapter of FICCI Ladies Organisation; and Tejdeep Kaur Menon, Senior IPS officer, among many others.
Multimedia University (MMU), earlier the Institute of Telecommunication and Information Technology (IITM), is a tertiary education institution set up through Universiti Telekom Sdn Bhd (UTSB), a wholly owned subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia Berhad, one of the largest telecommunication companies in Malaysia. MMU serves as a catalyst for the development of the high tech ICT industry of the nation, parallel to the Silicon Valley-Stanford model in the United States. Started in 1994 as an experimental two-year telecommunication engineering diploma programme with 42 students enrolled, it was given private university status in 1996.
The university has established itself as one of the major players in R&D and developed sustainable ties through research partnerships and collaborations. Focussing on key areas of nanotechnology, biometrics, microwave and telecommunications, photonics, business, microsystems, virtual reality, advanced robotics and engineering, at present, MMU plays host to about 13 Research Centres.
Its concerted efforts at excellence have won MMU immense recognition. The Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education SETARA Rating has given it 5 (Excellent) tier rating.
In 2004, it was awarded by the ministry for Excellence in R&D, Overall Achievement, the Highest Enrolment of Local Students and the Highest Number of Courses Accredited.
MMU operates out of two campuses in Cyberjaya and Melaka with more than 20,000 students enrolled. It offers Bachelor of business administration in international business, human resource management, banking & finance and entrepreneurship. Other courses include Bachelor of accounting (Hons), Doctor of Philosophy (management), Bachelor of business and knowledge management (Hons) and Master of philosophy (management). It has recently established a faculty of law. MMS has an impressive pool of 4,200 international students from 77 countries. It boasts of a Multimedia Super Corridor, a centre dedicated to research and learning.
MMU has also hosted a string of international debating events like the All-Asian Intervarsity Debating Championships in 2000, the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships in 2003 and the World Universities Debating Championship in 2005. These events were organised and managed by students.
Having broken ground for the establishment of private universities in Malaysia, MMU over the years has earned a name for it.
Modi Academic International Institute (MAII) is an initiative of the K.K. Modi Group, a prominent Indian business group, offering both bachelors as well as masters degree courses in business and Information Technology.
The New Delhi-based institute, under the able leadership of Ms. Charu Modi, the chairperson, provides the right kind of atmosphere for students to develop skills required by employers. Students from differing learning styles are encouraged and accommodated in the academic programmes. This unique approach of focussing both on the students and keeping in mind the requirements of the industry is behind the success of this institute.
MAII has also collaborated with Stratford University, Virginia, USA, to offer their undergraduate and graduate programmes in India. Stratford University is accredited by a nationally recognised accrediting agency, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), to award associate, bachelors and masters degrees. The courses offered are also recognised by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
The placement and instructional programmes are designed in such a way that students can start their career soon after graduation. The institute had a placement record of 90 per cent for 2012-13.
What differentiates MAII from the rest is its teaching methodology. The faculty is handpicked after a thorough selection process so that only the best are chosen. An experience of not less than seven years is needed to be considered in the first place. They are then selected based on the basis of their active involvement and experience in their profession as well as academic records. Other things that make the learning experience rich are smaller classroom sizes and an emphasis on discussion, dialogue and case studies.
The institute also encourages its students to gain work experience by taking up internships or part-time work while they are still in college.
The institute has a strength of 66 faculty members out of whom 21 have PhD. There is a state-of-the-art computer lab and a fully computerised library which allows access to online journals, publications and books.
The institute has a special focus on health and wellness. It offers courses in meditation and mind/body awareness and holistic health.
Student and faculty exchange programmes encourage students and faculty from the New Delhi Campus to spend time at one of the US campuses and vice versa.
Founded in 1875 by Richard Bourke, the 6th Earl of Mayo, Mayo College is one of the oldest boarding schools for boys in India. Colonel Sir Oliver St John was its first principal with Maharaja Mangal Singh of Alwar its only student.
Mayo was established to provide British education exclusively to the sons of chiefs and princes. Often dubbed as the ‘Eton of the East’, the school was envisioned to emulate the English school’s philosophy of ensuring all-round development of its students.
Having nurtured personalities like two Sultans of Oman, Sawai Man Singh II (Maharaja of Jaipur), K. Natwar Singh, Indra Sinha, Tinu Anand and many descendants of the royal families, the school today co-opts students from all walks of life. Old Boys, as the alumni are dubbed, have made it to the top across professions.
Mayo has invariably stood tall among the boarding schools in India. Under the leadership of its 16th and present principal Maj. Gen. KVS Lalotra, Mayo continues to provide an enriching learning experience that fosters values like courage, fair play, humility, warmth and fellowship.
The school lays as much emphasis on sports as academics. It has fields for football, hockey, horse riding and golf. It has tennis courts, squash courts and a beautiful cricket ground with an old red sandstone pavilion.
Mayo houses a rather unique and also the largest school museum in the world with all the items on display donated by the alumni, parents and other well-wishers. The museum has arguably the best collection of invaluable rare antiques and an armoury ever collected or curated by a school.
Mayo also has a very rich and valued tradition of cultural activities. Various festivals and days of national importance in India like Independence Day, Republic Day are celebrated with gusto. The J. T. M. Gibson Award for Excellence was created in 2007 and is given to the old boys who have made a difference to society. Ravi Kant (former managing director of Tata Motors), K.C. Verma (R&AW, India) & Jaswant Singh (Member of Parliament, India) are among the few who have been awarded with it. It has its own set of publications written, edited and printed by its pupils round the year. The list includes a weekly ‘newspaper’ Mayo Mail, bi-monthly newsletter Mayoor, Hindi Magazine Paridrishya and student magazine Reflection among others.
Mayo also holds student exchange programmes with notable institutions across the globe that give intercultural exposure to the boys.
The school has a general council which, along with the teachers and the scholars, takes decisions on the functioning of the school. Mayo’s continued efforts towards all-round-development have been commended by government and private institutions alike. Mayo was given the “Computer Literacy Excellence Award” in 2005 by the Government of India. It was also awarded the Eco-Friendly Educational Institution Award in 2006 by the Society for Unaided Private Schools of Rajasthan, a registered organisation of the Schools affiliated with CBSE/CISCE.
The Mapúa Institute of Technology (MIT) was founded by Don Tomas Mapúa, the first registered Filipino architect, on January 25, 1925, with the vision of it becoming an educational institution that would help improve the country’s economy and the quality of life of its citizens through emphasis on science and technology.
The institute started out with two programmes: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (CE) and B.S. Architecture (AR).
BLAZE TO BRILLIANCE
- The Mapúa Institute of Technology (MIT) was founded by Don Tomas Mapúa, the first registered Filipino architect, on January 25, 1925
- It has tie-ups with hundreds of local and international educational institutions, organisations and companies for its faculty development, collaborative researches and student internships
- EnSE’s curriculum currently includes 17 three-unit courses related to protection and conservation of and engineering for the environment
Over the last nine decades, MIT has grown to be the Philippines’ biggest engineering school, with at least 15 undergraduate and 18 graduate engineering programmes. It produces around 16 per cent of the total graduates in Chemical (ChE), Civil (CE), Computer (CpE), Electrical (EE), Electronics (ECE), Environmental and Sanitary (EnSE), Industrial (IE), and Mechanical Engineering (ME) programmes of the top 10 engineering schools in the country as per the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) 2010 enrolment data.
In 2010-11, MIT crossed another milestone when ABET Inc. granted its first accreditation seal in entire East Asia to its eight engineering programmes and two computing programmes (B.S. Computer Science and B.S. Information Technology), putting it ahead of the rest of educational institutions in the country.
For demonstrating high standards in classroom instruction, research, and extension service, CHED declared the Institute as National Centre of Development for CE, CpE, CS (Computer Science), EE, ECE, IE, IT, and ME programmes.
Industry partnerships have also been given more focus in the recent years by the institute. Currently, it has tie-ups with hundreds of local and international educational institutions, organisations and companies for its faculty development, collaborative researches and student internships.
ENGAGEMENT THAT ENTHRALS
Alongside its pursuit of academic excellence, MIT also endeavours to be part of the solution to the global issue of climate change. MIT has long been an advocate of environment conservation and engineering for the environment, beginning with the opening of its B.S. Environmental and Sanitary Engineering (EnSE) programme in 1958, followed by the opening of its Master of Science in Environmental Engineering programme in 2001 and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering programme in 2004. EnSE’s curriculum currently includes 17 three-unit courses related to protection and conservation of and engineering for the environment.
Furthermore, the institute has also included environmental engineering and environmental science courses in all of its engineering and non-engineering programmes respectively.
MIT included in its 2010-2020 initiatives the reduction of its carbon footprint. To initiate an institutional effort of carbon footprint reduction (CFR), the Institute formed a core group to compute the institute’s total carbon footprint. MIT has moved to replace all of its lamps with more energy-efficient ones and is mulling to replace its air-conditioning units.
Apart from its internal efforts, MIT also has extension services dedicated to address environmental concerns through education. Under its Social Orientation and Community Involvement Programme (SOCIP), the institute has conducted seminars on recycling, energy conservation and use of renewable energy.