Traditional higher education institutions and structures are failing. We see more and more reports and studies highlighting the fact that most students coming out of professional colleges are unemployable. But perhaps more importantly, the idea of teaching-learning process is being reduced to a mere “transaction”, that too an unsatisfying transaction to all parties involved. Students don’t feel happy in class, teachers are perpetually stressed, and parents suffer from anxiety.
These questions have motivated to us to do something about learning experience. Project Northsar is born out of these depths of despair, so to say.
We are spearheading a revolution in learning experience of students at RKU, be it formal learning or informal learning. We are equipping teachers with the most modern and scientifically proven adult learning strategies. Learning at designed by Thinqer is fun, satisfying and enriching to the students as well as teachers. We are constantly learning from top institutions and researchers in the world to update and change curriculum, teaching methods and assessment systems. Placements and professional success later in life are a natural outcome of the robust educational processes.
Over the past year, we have made incredible leap forward in the changing the entire system of teaching and learning at RKU. The initiatives that we have taken are truly revolutionary and rarely seen before in Indian education system. In some cases we are rethinking the most fundamental prejudices attached to the learning process while in come other cases we are ushering in new pedagogical approaches and tools. We spend incredible amount of time and energy in designing learning interventions for students and faculties. Some of the initiatives that have already been undertaken are:
Mohit Patel | Founder – Thinqer | VP – RK University |
M.Ed – Harvard University (Harvard Impact Scholar) |
M.Phil – University of Cambridge (Nehru Commonwealth Scholar)
Mohit Patel is the founder and director of Project Northstar. He is an educator, engineer and designer who strives to create engaging and insightful lived experiences particularly learning experiences. He designs and executes learning experiences for teachers and students that are based on learning theories and cognitive neuroscience. He also focuses on long term planning and execution of projects in the areas of curricular reforms, governance, and outreach at RK University, India. Mohit has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and master’s degree in Industrial Systems from University of Cambridge on a scholarship by the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. He recently returned to India from the US where he completed his master’s degree at Harvard University focusing on education and technology. He has been a cross-registered candidate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he focused on institutional management. His program was funded by a scholarship from Harvard University. Mohit has also participated in executive programs at INSEAD (Singapore), Indian Insitute of Management-Ahmedabad and Indian School of Business (Hyderabad). Mohit has travelled extensively in the United States, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Luxembourg, and China.