“The education which does not help the common mass of people to equip themselves for the struggle for life, which does not bring out strength of character, a spirit of philanthropy, and the courage of a lion— is it worth of the name? Real education is that which enables one to stand on one's own legs.” - Swami Vivekananda.
The vision of the University therefore should be to provide an academically conducive environment, to help create “Globally Competent Graduates” for rapidly changing responsibilities in academia, as well as the professional world and beyond.
The mission is evolving from ‘teach’ to ‘enable learning’, develop talent with skills where the strategic focus is not ‘budget’ driven but ‘goal & performance’ driven and the assets of the University are not merely good infrastructure but motivated academicians with exemplary character and unswerving integrity. The competition is no more regional but has become global and therefore I believe that the graduates from the university should possess the following hallmarks:
Ability to collaborate with teams of people from wide range of diversified backgrounds and countries and with a ‘human element’.
Soft skills augmented with behaviour analytics like high degree of drive, resilience, and enthusiasm.
Leadership skills to facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship.
Multicultural learning agility: An openness to and respect for a range of perspectives from around the world as well as respect other persons/communities.
The higher education challenge for SPPU is threefold, namely expansion, inclusion and excellence - Expansion to serve the exponential demand, Inclusion for equity and access to all without compromising and Excellence at par. The University therefore, shall strive hard to metamorphose to facilitate a more holistic learning environment that enriches students with new knowledge and skills to engage meaningfully in the emerging socio-economic transformation. SPPU would continue to play its crucial role to shape the future of millions of youth in Maharashtra.
The University is committed to promote innovations in learning processes, cultivate research & development culture, imbibe the principles of knowledge to wealth generation and bring about openness and flexibility in teaching and research framework. This can be achieved through fostering and adding to existing initiatives of Science Park, Skill Development Centre and Design Innovation Centre.
Prof. (Dr.) Nitin R. Karmalkar
Savitribai Phule Pune University