An MIT Pune Campus at Ujjain, Avantika University, will promote design thinking through their unique learning pedagogy. Avantika will mentor students on different levels about how to think in problems differently and build innovative solutions. With its creative thinking and experimentation based approach, Avantika will provide an open learning atmosphere for students that will help them realize their individual worth. Guided by some of the leading minds from the Indian education fraternity, the University aspires to develop its research & training acumen of the highest international order.
Beginning 2017, MIT Pune's Avantika University will offer bachelor and master programs in Design, based on a project-based methodology. Followed by undergraduate programs in Engineering, Architecture. These programs are designed to produce better individuals and decision makers before shaping them into professionals, with student performance in 3-phases including pre-class, in- class and post-class activities.
The learning at Avantika is a fusion of design, technology, humanities and entrepreneurship disciplines. Based on a propitious interest from the leading global institutions, Avantika is in talks with some of them to explore possible collaboration and parternership opportunities. These institutions include Aalto University (Finland), Nanyang Technological University (NTU, Singapore), Design Management Institute (Boston, USA), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD, Singapore), Royal College of Art (London, UK), MIT Foundation (Cambridge, USA), and many others.
Avantika is mentored by eminent educationist Dr Sanjay Dhande - Former Director IIT Kanpur and is supported by a team of passionate design & engineering professionals and academicians. Elaborating more about this model, Dr. Dhande stated, "Avantika aspires to provide a comprehensive education by which, creative and analytical strength of mind is increased, in-depth intellect is expanded, and all-round character is formed; leading to the development of an individual, who can stand on one's own feet."