Glocal University is an exciting new development in the field of cross-disciplinary education. It was established by the Uttar Pradesh Private Universities Act, 2011 (UP Act no. 2 of 2012) and recognized by UGC under Section 2(f) of UGC Act 1956. With sprawling 300 acre campus, Glocal University is gorgeously located in the foothills of the Shivalik range at Mirzapore Pole, Saharanpur which not only presents a picturesque view for all but also strategically connects Glocal University with three states, namely Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana.
The University aims to provide world-class education with local relevance and high degree of moral values. The Glocal University with five major schools namely School of Technology, Law School, School of Pharmacy, School of Business and Commerce, and School of Life and Allied Health Science offers wide range of Undergraduate, Postgraduate and professional courses to its students. The cross-disciplinary learning with well-structured syllabus offers great flexibility to its students to craft not only his/her own career but also emerge as leader in diverse professional and cultural settings. We also endeavour to instil in them a healthy cultural rootedness that combines the best of traditional values with modern and progressive sensibilities. The dynamic and experienced pool of faculty with international exposure and industry experience really makes the University proud.
Our Four Pillars
We have conceived four pillars that encapsulate our vision and that act as a guiding light to further our ideas/practices of educational excellence:
The ‘global’ is mediated by the ‘local’ in our times. That has led to a crisis of modern universals, which were so far by default Eurocentric/Anglo-centric in nature. Now there is an increasing realization that there is a ‘South in the North’ and a ‘North in the South’. Hence, there is no singular modernity; rather, there are multiple modernities shaped by diverse locations. Therefore, while we celebrate the spirit of critical enquiry entailed by the modern, we also give importance to local cultures/values/knowledge systems in arriving at our own version of modernity. We, at Glocal, are clear that the future is open-ended and in perpetual construction. Hence, no categories, ideals or visions are sacrosanct or should go uncontested. Therefore, we instil a questioning and critical attitude in our students. As Robert F. Kennedy said famously, "Some men see things as they are and say, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and say, 'Why not?”
Education, in the true sense, is about honing every facet of a student. Hence, apart from the emphasis on rationality and logical reasoning, we also make certain that each student is developed in the aesthetic, affective and spiritual domains as well. We ensure that the students learn to appreciate the best in world literature and art, develop keen sensitivity towards environment and acquire a sense of social responsibility towards the downtrodden sections of the society. Also, since we aspire to produce professionals who could perform in diverse settings, we not only tolerate cultural diversity, but we also celebrate it. Overall, we foster a multi- and interdisciplinary approach to education.
Our understanding of morality is multidimensional. The first level of meaning simply refers to basic etiquette, healthy interpersonal relationships, respect for parents, teachers and the elderly, and so on. The second level means a complementarity between ‘skills’ and ‘values’. However, there is a third level of meaning wherein morality refers to the art of taking quality decisions in the face of dilemmas emerging from a world in perpetual flux. At Glocal, we take all these three levels of meanings seriously. We ensure that our students have a nuanced understanding of power and the capability to make judgements and take timely decisions in order to excel professionally in the global marketplace.
Of what use is an education that finds no application in the world outside? That is why we insist on practical application of every subject. As Tagore said, ‘You can’t cross the sea by merely standing and staring at the water.’ However, we are aware that superior application can only emerge from a sound conceptual understanding. Hence, we encourage our students to go to the roots and spend quality time in appreciating the ‘first principles’ in their preferred area of study. It is only from the vantage point of such an applied approach, deeply intermeshed with the conceptual, that we ensure that our students learn to innovate and experiment.