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NSHM knowledge campus to set up India’s first retail university at Lavasa

Posted by retailigence on September 8, 2008

MUMBAI: NSHM – Knowledge Campus, Kolkata has signed an agreement with Lavasa Corporation Ltd. to establish India’s first Retail, Media and Thinking Management University at Lavasa, Maharashtra. The University will be set up in association with the Retailers Association of India (RAI). NSHM has emerged as a quality provider of graduate and undergraduate education in management, media, computer applications, hotel management and technology offering a holistic range of courses in association with reputed international universities. Lavasa is free India’s first and largest Hill Station being developed by Lavasa Corporation Ltd, a part of HCC. Scheduled to commence operations from the academic year 2010, the NSHM Knowledge Campus will admit about 1600 students (including international students) every year for a wide range of courses that have a high employability value in the Retail, Media & Management space.  Spread over 20 acres at Lavasa, the campus will have an academic space of over 1.5 lakh sq ft and residential space of 2 lakh sq ft.

“We are delighted to be associated with NSHM’s first retail university and look forward to its launch. This initiative will reiterate our commitment towards establishing Lavasa as a centre of education with best-in-class institutes,” said Rajgopal Nogja, President, Lavasa Corporation Ltd. “NSHM has established itself as a quality provider in management education. We are proud to be involved as a key partner in this association with Lavasa for the retail industry. We aspire to create a modern campus amidst the green and serene environs of Lavasa,” said NSHM Chief Mentor Cecil Antony. Gibson Vedamani, CEO, RAI, also expressed his enthusiasm for this development, saying, “Lavasa’s retail plan is quite comprehensive and the students will have the unique opportunity of accessing all retail formats for gaining practical experience within the campus itself. We at RAI are excited at this development and look forward to working with NSHM and Lavasa closely in the years ahead.”

In the education space, Lavasa has already signed up with the University of Oxford to develop executive education facilities and with Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), UK, to provide expertise for a residential IB school starting in 2010. Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) is bringing their famed hospitality school to Lavasa, with their first intake planned for 2009. Symbiosis, Pune and Christ University, Bangalore, both deemed universities, will also start their campuses by 2010 in Lavasa. The range of courses offered by NSHM is in the area of Hotel Management, Business Administration, Management and Technology, Innovation & Thinking Management, Retail, Communication and Media and Design, among others.

The courses at NSHM, Lavasa, are designed to cater to the needs of the retail, media & management industry at undergraduate and post graduate levels and are expected to attract international students as well. These courses would be affiliated to universities or organisations like the Retailers Association of India, ASTL of USA, APICS of USA, Sheffield Hallam University of UK, University of Teeside of UK, ABODE and AUTODESK. NSHM has also launched the NSHM deBono Centre of Thinking & Innovation Management to bring to India the internationally acclaimed deBono Tools on Lateral Thinking.


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