The Asian Institute of
Technology (AIT), Thailand and Shivaji University (SU), Kolhapur, India, are
in process of signing an
agreement for a five year unified international bachelorís Ė masterís degree
program which will be signed before March 2007. Prof. Said Irandoust,
President of AIT, and Prof. M. M. Salunkhe, Vice-chancellor of SUK, will be
signatories for the proposed agreement. Prof. Vilas M. Salokhe will be the
co-ordinator for this programe at AIT.
The program will be
implemented at the International School of Engineering and Technology (ISET)
under SU and AIT. ISET is located at the 350 hectors campus of SU at
in Maharashtra State of India. This international unified bachelor-masters
degree program will be spread over five years. Out of the five years for the
degree program, some of the masterís courses will be offered from the third
and fourth years of bachelorís studies exposing students to advanced courses
that lead to the masterís degree, which will be completed during the fifth
year at AIT.
Initially under the first
phase of offering in 2007, the areas of specializations at ISET will include
Computer Science and Technology, Electronics and Communications, Environmental
Technology and Food Processing Technology. Additional study programs will be
launched subsequently in the second phase.
After earning their
bachelorís at ISET students will continue their master studies at IAT in
Computer Science, Mechatronics, Telecommunications, Food Engineering and
Bio-process Technology, Agribusiness Management, and Environment Engineering
and management. These fields of study have been identified according to the
current demand and attractiveness for Indian studies. Students continuing
their masterís at AIT will number 120 each year. The bachelorís degree will
be awarded by SU after four years of studies, and the masterís degree will be
awarded by AIT after the fifth year.
The program will be
economical compared to many other available alternatives including individual
degree programs in India, Thailand, Europe, the United States and Australia.
Established in 1962, Shivaji
University is named after the Great Maratha Warrior. It was founded to cater
to the regional needs of
South Maharashtra. The jurisdiction of the University is spread over the
Kolhapur, Sangli and
Satara districts and has about 200,000 students studying in 200 affiliated
colleges and recognized institutes. Shivaji University has been accredited by
the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore.
AIT is a multinational,
multicultural postgraduate institute founded in 1959. From its inception, its
role has been to provide training, education and research to the Asian region
with a particular emphasis on sustainable development. AIT has 14,500
graduates spread throughout more than 79 countries. It currently has centres
in Vietnam, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.