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New Indian university receives first batch of students

  • Oct 20, 2021
  • Author: QT-Online
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LN Mallick
Doha
The new Indian university in Qatar which commenced its virtual classes last month received first batch of students at the university campus on October 17.
“We are extremely happy to receive the first batch of students at the university campus this week. It is a dream come true for our dedicated team which worked day and night to witness this day,” said MIE-SPPU President Hassan Chougule in an interview with Qatar Tribune. 
“I still remember the great day when we signed an MOU with the university officials on Nov 28, 2019 at Vigyan Bhavan, Delhi. The event was attended by Qatar’s Ambassador to India Mohammed Bin Khater Al-Khater, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education Dr Ibrahim bin Saleh Al Nuaimi, Chairman Milestone International Education Ali A Latif Al Mesned, Vice Chancellor Savitribai Phule Pune University Nitin Karmalkar, Registrar SPPU Prafulla Pawar,” remarked Chougule.
Chougule said Professor Dr Bimalendu B Nath has been appointed as Director (Principal) of MIE-SPPU Qatar while qualified and experienced professors, deputed/selected by the SPPU, are teaching at the first offshore international campus of the SPPU in Qatar. . 
Milestone International Education, a company registered in Qatar, has collaborated with India’s Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) and set up the MIE-SPPU Institute of Higher Education.
University’s Doha campus, having a capacity of 660 students, will offer four-year degree programmes in Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Business Administration. “We have decided to set up university campus because there were not many affordable options for higher education for students in Qatar. On an average, universities in Qatar are charging QR 25,000 per semester which is unaffordable for majority of the parents. We first decided to start with QR: 30,000 per year but later reduced by QR: 2,000. Currently, our fees is QR: 28,000, QR: 30,000 and QR: 34,000 according to the academic programme,” remarked Chougule while adding that the university will provide bus shuttle service between campus and nearest Free Zone metro station. 
“All the programmes have been approved by Qatar’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education. The approved subjects in Arts are Economics and Psychology; in Commerce International Banking, Banking and Finance; in Management, Entrepreneurship and Business Administration and in Science, Physics, Chemistry, Food Science and Bio Technology, said MIE-SPPU President Hassan Chougule in an interview with Qatar Tribune. 
Chougule said that part-time programmes like Executive MBA for graduates who are employed in Qatar and BEd for teaching community will also be offered in near future with the approval of MoHE and SPPU. “We also have plans to launch full time programmes in pharmaceutical and paramedical, provided we get necessary approval from MoEHE,” remarked Chougule while adding that establishing a school for special need children is also DPS group’s dream, which would be fulfilled soon. 
The Higher Education Institute is situated at The Commercial Avenue on Industrial Area road at Ain Khalid having 11 classrooms with 60 students per class and a campus covering 6,300 square metres area. The campus has facilities like laboratories, auditorium, indoor recreation area, cafeteria, library, book store, and stationery shop.