The need for holistic and interdisciplinary education in 21st century can be fulfilled if we make our curriculum and courses purposeful and socially responsible. A landmark move in this direction is the upcoming Krea University in India aimed at addressing the dynamic and diverse needs of preparing leaders who can adapt and lead in innovative ways. Eminent leaders from the corporate sector and academia collaborate to set up Krea University in Sri City, near Chennai. In an announcement on 23rd March at Mumbai, the leaders described the potential of the university to transform Undergraduate education in India, with an investment of Rs 750 crore in the first phase. Based on interwoven and immersive learning models, Krea University, will offer 4-year B.A (Honours) and B.Sc (Honours) degrees commencing July 2019 from its campus at Sri City near Chennai.
The University’s mission is to enable high potential individuals learn to create a positive, catalytic impact ethically in a dynamic and diverse world.
Krea University has a unique “interwoven learning” approach that weaves creativity and action, arts and sciences, theory and practice, Eastern and Western perspectives as also the learnings of the past with the readiness for the future.
With the distinguished governing and academic councils, the University promises to uphold the highest academic and ethical standards
The University has designed a 4-year residential undergraduate programme in Liberal Arts and Sciences leading to BA (Honors) and BSc (Honours) degrees. The course design will offer students a choice of concentrations and electives after building a strong foundation of mandated multidisciplinary core and skills courses. Immersive learning experiences through real world projects and internships would prepare the students for a holistic approach to face challenges and opportunities. Co-curricular activities in a vibrant campus would inculcate a sense of aesthetics and well – being.
The University aims to attract and select talented and high potential students who are keen to make a difference – using a rigorous multi – criteria process. The transparent and “need-blind” admission process will ensure that truly meritorious students are not constrained by finances.
The University will be building a world class; learning-friendly, secure and smart residential campus at Sri City spread over 200 acres.
Speaking during the launch event, Dr Raghuram Rajan , Advisor to the Krea Governing Council said “What we’re trying to do is to create a new generation of thinking Indians who will contribute to the development of the globe. We intend to bring something to the table that simply doesn’t exist in India today, but is very much warranted for the India of the future.”
Mr Sajjan Jindal, Member of the Krea Governing Council said, “I am very happy to be a part of Krea – bringing great global and Indian minds together to create an institution of global prominence.”
Reiterating the value of this new enterprise, Mr Anand Mahindra, Member of the Krea Governing Council said, “Krea’s graduates will undoubtedly be the most sought after candidates, both in the corporate world and in other chosen vocations.”
“The fact that so many like-minded and eminent personalities have enthusiastically come together is ample proof of how much the new paradigm is the need of this day “ – Mr N Vaghul, Chairman, Governing Council , Krea University
Mr Seshasayee, Chairman of Supervisory Board , Krea University explained the new paradigm as “a unique “interwoven learning” approach that weaves creativity and action, arts and sciences, theory and practice, Eastern and Western perspectives as also the learnings of the past with the readiness for the future”.
Dr Sunder Ramaswamy, Vice Chancellor emphasised the uniqueness of the interwoven learning by saying “ Krea’s attempt is to weave together deep domain expertise with broad based practical skills through the key components of the course spread across four years”
“We set extraordinarily high standards of academic rigor and meritocracy at Krea – be it faculty selection, curriculum or student admissions. We seek to admit students who are highly talented, but also have a burning desire to contribute to the world.” – Manjul Bhargava, Member – Governing Council, Krea University