peejay Stya University (ASU) is a seat of global learning, situated at Sohna -Palwal Road, Gurugram, in the state of Haryana, offering wide-ranging opportunities for innovative teaching-learning, creativity, and research across disciplines. It aims to bring about the transformation of society through value-based education, man-making, and nation-building by blending the dual identities of a technology and research-based university with a Liberal Arts institution. ASU is duly recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC), the nodal government body that regulates education in India.
ASU has been a pioneer of a dynamic education model that broke artificial barriers of disciplines. It ushered in trans-disciplinary education that is industry-oriented and prepares its graduates for the real world. It champions a Liberal Arts approach to teaching methodologies Apeejay Stya University India’s 1st Industry-Centric Technology and Liberal Arts University focused on Research & innovation with a focus on research-based pedagogy and technology.
Founded by the legendary Dr. Stya Paul (Founder Chancellor), Apeejay Stya University is being taken forward under the remarkable stewardship of his daughter and only child, Mrs Sushma Paul Berlia, who is the Co-Founder and Chancellor of the University. She has made an outstanding contribution in the realm of education and beyond.
Multiple Schools/Disciplines at ASU
ASU is renowned for its strong industry linkages. It has been established on the academic pattern of the Ivy League universities, offering an array of innovative inter-disciplinary programmes across disciplines including Engineering & Technology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Design & Visual Arts, Biosciences, Management Sciences, Journalism & Mass Communication, Education and Legal Studies.
Research Forms the Backbone of All Programmes at ASU
ASU aims to promote academic autonomy and empowerment, risk-taking, and commitment for exploratory research across disciplines among its faculty and students. It encourages aspiring researchers and scholars to pursue their research ambitions, which are aligned to the university’s vision and emerging trends in the global market.
Research at ASU has its base at the graduate level, both for process and product, and extends to a new level at post-graduate and doctoral programmes. Faculty and students involved with the undergraduate programmes have easy and effective inter-connection in knowledge sharing, research, and project work with postgraduate students. Since its inception, ASU has been promoting research-based academic pedagogy. The Schools of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biosciences at ASU have published numerous research papers in international journals of repute.
Best Teaching Practices
At ASU, critical and innovative thinking is encouraged at all levels to usher in creativity and problem-solving skills. Best teaching practices from the world over as also the latest in ICT enable a rich and personalized teaching-learning experience.
The faculty at ASU comprises reputed academicians and renowned scholars. The University embraces students and faculty from various countries to promote diversity, and the interaction and sharing of knowledge, experiences, and cultures.
ASU offers the freedom to realign educational goals wherein a student can choose to change his/her degree or major even in later semesters and re-apply credits already gained. ASU allows students to graduate at their own pace (early or late) by choosing their customised path. ASU adopts a system of formative assessment and evaluation across the curriculum, based on the application of knowledge, project, and research work, in addition to term examinations.
With its emphasis on multidisciplinary learning, choice of a wide range of subjects, and emphasis on holistic education, ASU is evoking great interest among the new generation that is willing to look beyond jobcentric professional education. ASU prepares students not just to acquire knowledge but also endows them with the skills to gather new knowledge continually.
The Apeejay Stya University has signed MoUs with a number of international institutions of repute to provide global exposure to its students and its worldclass faculty. Campus life at ASU exudes a cultural vibrancy and myriad extra-curricular pursuits. ASU provides affordable spacious girls and boys hostels and studio apartments within the campus, besides state-of-the-art infrastructure which includes a Wi-Fi-enabled campus with 24/7 broadband internet access.
Well-known global academicians, including academicians from Stanford and Harvard Universities, comprise the Advisory Board of ASU. Industry Advisors/Mentors are engaged from the beginning of the curriculum development, in sync with industry requirements in the current global scenario.
Seamless Industry Interface
The Corporate Resource Centre of the University provides a dynamic platform for engagement with industry stakeholders. ASU has been able to maintain excellent placement records for its graduates as also internships for its students at leading national and international companies and organizations.
ASU has multiple associations with industries across the globe and nurtures the concept of entrepreneurship through E-Cell, Corporate Resource Centre, and has a unique Incubation Centre supported by leading industries across diverse sectors of the economy. Thus, ASU is fully in sync with the need of the hour, which is industry-oriented professional education. ASU’s industry-based 10 months training in the Management course is aligned with an approach towards being «industry-centric». ASU has always strived to let the students imbibe critical thinking and professional skills.
The Apeejay Education Legacy
ASU carries forth Apeejay Education’s strong legacy of over 50 years of excellence in education. Apeejay Education, with a heritage of more than five decades in quality education through 24 educational institutions, offers quality education from Pre-Primary to Doctoral levels. The vision & mission of AES is reflected in its commitment to quality education of global dimensions leading to man-making and nationbuilding. The Apeejay Stya family comprises more than 40,000 students, 60,000 alumni, and 2500 faculty. All Apeejay Stya institutions are guided by value-based holistic education.
Huge Resonance with NEP 2020
At ASU, the philosophy that had been adopted for long has found huge resonance with the new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, in such crucial areas as Liberal Arts philosophy, inter-disciplinary approach, credit-based programme structure, multiple exit options, and freedom to choose one’s majors and minors.
The new NEP 2020 recommends de-compartmentalizing Indian education. Thus, while technical institutions will integrate their curriculum with Arts and Humanities, students in the latter will study Science and vocational subjects to a greater extent. Interestingly, ASU has been pioneering this best practice ever since its establishment. Also, in sync with the ethos of the new National Education Policy, actionoriented research comprises ASU’s core expertise. Similar to ASU’s aim and objectives, the National Education Policy 2020 propagates holistic, flexible, multidisciplinary education, suited to 21st Century needs aiming at bringing out the unique capabilities of the students.
Further, on its part, the new National Education Policy has given a big nod to flexibility in education wherein for a three-year degree course, students will get a certificate even if they leave after one year and a diploma if they do so after two years. In the new NEP, a special four-year undergraduate programme is meant only for those who want to pursue research in higher studies. A four-year degree course geared towards research has been one of the pioneering endeavours of the Apeejay Stya University, that’s already in practice. Research is another area where the new education policy gives intensive importance, an area that ASU has been committed to from day one.
ASU gives special emphasis to assess the overall aptitude and suitability of students for admission to its different programmes and not based on marks alone in the school-leaving Board Examinations. A balanced approach has always been adopted which gives due credence to the assessment of the candidate by ASU, based on criteria that include academic record, entrance tests, interviews, and social work. This kind of approach has now been highlighted by the new NEP which has certainly limited the all-important nature of the Board Examinations. Indeed, in more ways than one, the new NEP seems like a vindication of the ASU vision which was always futuristic and ahead of its times.
In the new National Education Policy’s recommendations, liberal education has been envisaged as an ideal that should be geared towards ‘seva’ (service), broadly construed as service to the community, nation, and the world. This is precisely what ASU strives for, wherein community service is embedded in its curriculum and is mandatory to graduate. In a well-thought-out trajectory, ASU’s liberal education aims to produce socio-technocrats who indulge in pragmatic ‘seva’, a socio-techno-political work that amalgamates academic knowledge, practical technologies, funding arrangements, and governance solutions. ASU follows the Liberal Arts approach in letter and spirit and encourages students to understand the crucial interface areas of various disciplines.
A Vibrant Campus Life
Campus life at ASU exudes a cultural vibrancy and a range of eclectic extra-curricular pursuits. A choice of clubs caters to a wide variety of interests including music, dance, dramatics, fine arts, photography, etc. ASU also has state-of-the-art facilities for sports.
Apeejay Stya University – a social commitment of Apeejay Education, is offering several scholarships for its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Further, ASU understands that pursuing quality education can be an expensive proposition. However, limited financial means should not bar meritorious students from receiving an Apeejay education. Admission counsellors at ASU can assist prospective students in exploring a variety of options suited to their circumstances and financial needs. Some of these include merit-cum-means scholarships as well as research grants and teaching fellowships to those applying for Masters and Doctoral programmes.
ASU Awards & Accolades
ASU has been bestowed upon with numerous awards and accolades including top rankings by some of the most esteemed ranking bodies. Among its many awards, ASU has been recently awarded as ‘Best University in Placements’ at the Times Ascent World HRD Congress 2021 Conference and Awards. Very recently, Apeejay Stya University has been conferred the ‘Outstanding Private University of the Year’ award in June 2021 at the Global Education Summit and Awards 2021 organized by the International Centre for Excellence in Education and Society for Perpetuation of Art, Culture & Education.
ET Now presented the Making of Developed India Awards and Pride of India – Corporate Leadership Award to Apeejay Stya University as the ‘OUTSTANDING UNIVERSITY’. Apeejay Stya University has been felicitated for its valuable contribution to promoting Liberal Arts Education at TIMES EDUCATION ICONS 2019-2020. ASU has been ranked among India’s Top 5 Private Higher Education Institutions for ‘Quality of Campus Life’ in the Education World India Private Higher Education Grand Jury Awards 2019- 20. Apeejay Stya University has been recognized as a ‘Great Place to Study’ at the House of Commons, London, UK, in June 2019. DNA presented the 11th Innovative Education Leadership Awards to Apeejay Stya University, as the ‘Best Private University in North India’ (2018-19).
Uninterrupted Online Education @ ASU
In the wake of the Covid-19 global pandemic, there is no lockdown on the continuum of learning at all ASU Schools, thanks to the swift and dynamic manner in which it has leveraged the power of technology and the internet to provide a seamless and joyful learning experience to its students. Professors are connecting with the students via video conferencing and multiple online platforms for interactive online lessons every day. Online platforms such as MOODLE and virtual Zoom-enabled classrooms are ensuring that ASU students can make the most out of the present-day challenges.
ASU Vision and Mission
The vision of the Apeejay Stya University is to provide a supportive and nurturing environment that produces young renaissance men and women who would be the leaders of today and tomorrow.
- The Apeejay Stya University is founded on four main pillars:
- To take potential minds and propel them towards greatness.
- To explore and expand the human knowledge base
- To deepen the understanding of the human condition, fostering universal values while being rooted in the Indian experience.
- To do public good, and benefit society and the country as a whole
At the Apeejay Stya University, we believe that the journey to discovering the answer to the question, “Who am I?” is a noble pursuit. We seek to be at the cuttingedge of all fields that we teach, and from there, push the boundaries forward.