Ever since its inception as a modest institute. The Assam Kaziranga University has been making steady progress in higher education, mainly in the area of Basic Sciences, Social Sciences engineering and technology and management. It has been recognized as a State Private University since the year 2012. It has been steadily scaling up its activities in a number of areas.
The University has initiated a number of programmes with changing times and recruited well- trained faculty, and also has been consistently improving the status of the existing faculty to train the future generation of students. The Assam Kaziranga University has been mainly focusing on 7 areas; viz. ,
The academic curriculum aims to attract the best students from all over North-east and also from over India. It offers them an inspiring educational experience, supported by excellent infrastructure, blended with state-of-the-art curriculum. The curriculum of various programmes has been designed in such a way it can afford the incumbent with opportunities to harness their life skills towards holistic personality development and make this serve the society and the humanity at large.KU’s Strategic Plan for curriculum, teaching and learning is that It is intended to explore new possibilities for having better curriculum, teaching and learning methods, and achieve better visibility and recognition at national and global market. Keeping these in view, the university has initiated new courses and programmes in emerging areas which will attract not only local students but also the students from national and global market.
Regular feedback from students, alumni, industry experts, faculty members for curriculum development is done to enhance the curriculum that will help to attract national and international students. The university will promote academic programs that address futuristic needs of industries and economy development of the country by involving experts from various fields. The institution focuses on student's creative activities, national and global exposure, internships at the institutions and industries of national and global repute, entrepreneurship, leaders and community service, creation of new laboratories and centers of excellence (COE) with industries in strategic areas, Interactive class rooms for effective learning. Also, the faculty members shall be encouraged to be engaged obtaining project grants for modernizing and expanding the laboratories keeping in mind the continuous developments, and changes and advances in academic requirements at par with industry. Moreover, the students are engaged in various academic and non-academic activities in order to develop them holistically with employability/ entrepreneurship/ skill sets.
Dedicated to fundamental and transnational research, the university encourages students and faculty members to undertake quality research activities. KU, being the research intensive institution, maintains a clear research focus by networking with other reputed institutions, industries and business organizations through various collaborations. In the pursuit of excellence in education, KU considers research as the central theme and mobilizes the available knowledge resources. The Strategic Plan for research visualizes nurturing and encouraging the faculty members to engage into transformational and transnational research in order to address the societal challenges confronted by the country in various pertinent domains. Since its initiation, KU is steadfast in encompassing its powerful research output to benefit the society and create economic prosperity, converting discoveries into publications, patents, products and services. Breakthrough research, patenting, industrial collaboration, business incubation and collaboration represents KU's research innovation system. The university inspires the faculty by providing seed funds to kick start their research ideas to be converted into products and publications. Relevant research skills and aptitude can be developed in the faculty community through imparting training including workshops and seminars. KU engages its students in extension and outreach programs to sensitize them to develop social values, responsibilities, and knowledge in societal problems.
The KU nurtures an inter/multi-disciplinary/trans-disciplinary and applied research culture and to convert the research into products and services that will impact communities in the North Eastern part on India and to see the upsurge in the number of research-active faculty members and to improve research impact through collaborative and innovative partnerships that offer multi-faceted solutions to intricate problems. Several actions are intended to be implemented to promote research and innovation at KU. Some of the actions are: Emphasize publication quality in the evaluation process of staff research performance; Develop an incentive scheme for publications in high impact factor journals and to attend and participate in global research conferences; Promote aspiring researchers by supporting their research environment; Recognize and exploit new avenues and core research areas of global precedence to pump in research grants from various sources; Reinforce university-wide capability for transnational research, technology transfer and economic development; Increase opportunities for under graduate and post graduate student participation in research; Organize workshops and seminars to enhance research skill in students and faculty fraternity; Conduct extension and outreach programs.
KU has created research Centre which are fully functional in various disciplines in Science, Engineering and Technology, Management, Health Sciences, Basic Sciences and Pharmacy . These Centers have been focusing on 3 broad categories likely:-
KU will take the lead to improve country’s economy through innovation in agriculture. Use of IT in different fields. KU will focus on breakthrough research and innovations in cyber physical systems, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, cyber security, cloud computing, IoT, smart cities, life sciences, energy, electric vehicle, fuel cells, manufacturing, wearable technology, waste management, Pharmaceuticals and other thrust areas of the country. Transforming science into applied science research· Increasing collaborations with top institutes of India and abroad. Establish new research centers in strategic areas. Attracting international funds in strategic areas, e.g technological solutions of regional and national problems.
However, KU has a plan to escalate the number to reach among the top universities of the world. KU is planning to reach 5% international students and 2% international faculty members by the next 5 years. KU aims to be one of the best centers for learning for international students in near future. Some of the strategies like courses for other country needs specially the 3rd world countries , increasing scholarship for foreign PhD, quality education at affordable price to attract 3rd world and 2nd world countries, more arts and humanities courses, adding India centric courses like Indian philosophy, yoga, Indian medicine, Indian arts and culture, Indian music, attracting knowledge seekers of any age of any country through these courses.
KU has MoU with more than 3 foreign universities and the number is expected to increase further. KU is planning to recruit more foreign faculty. Also KU is creating a right ambience for them to work and reach the targeted output. Making all the MoUs functional is another target for KU.