New Delhi: About 200 students of the NIIT University (NU) at Neemrana in Rajasthan had a village sarpanch talking to them on rural development on the day of their induction.
The sarpanch (head of Soda village) was not a conventional turban clad villager but savvy 31-year-old Chavvi Rajawat, who did her graduation from Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi University and is a Master in Business Administration (MBA).
Rajawat interacted with the NU students yesterday. She had left a corporate career to return to her ancestral village. Talking about the initiative, NIIT University President Rajiv Shorey said, it would help the students to know about the community. The university has started a 'Community Connect' project where students interact with the local communities. They also teach the local students, he said.
"We keep on inviting local leaders like sarpanch to the campus so that students get to know about the local practices," Shorey said. He added the Community Connect is an audit-level course and every student is required to clear it. Till now, NU has adopted seven schools in the nearby villages and a group of 20-40 students visit there every week.
Over 200 BTech students have joined a four-year academic course at NU, about 100 km from Delhi, which has been declared as the greenest campus in the country by a well-known weekly magazine. NU offers B.Tech programmes in Computer Science and engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Biotechnology and Electronics and Communications engineering.
The university works closely with corporate giants like Microsoft Research, IBM Research, Alcatel-Lucent, Bell-Labs Research and Research in Motion (RIM). (PTI)