Mahindra Group opens engineering college near Hyderabad
It was in September 2013 that the Mahindra Group marked its entry into the higher education sector. The Group announced its association with Ecole Centrale Paris, a 200-year-old engineering education institute of France, following which Mahindra Ecole Centrale (MEC) Engineering College has been set up on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
Mahindra Ã‰cole Centrale is a maiden venture of Tech Mahindraâ€™s 100% subsidiary Mahindra Educational Institutions. It is collaboration with Ã‰cole Centrale Paris, one of the oldest engineering institutions in France and Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) Hyderabad. The college has commenced with a first batch of 240 students which Mahindra plans to enhance to 500 students in a few years.
MEI is a non-profit organization, established in September 2013, to set up educational institutions in the country. The new facility has a 31 member faculty with five members from France thus resulting in a teacher to student ratio of 1:10. Students will be given hands on learning, practical oriented training and will be allowed to work on mini projects and internships with the company which has its wings spread into vast engineering fields like technology, automobiles, aerospace, etc.
Learning of French language is compulsory, though this may work to the studentâ€™s advantage as the college predicts that 50% of the students could be hired by French companies for international projects. About 15% of these students could go on to take up PhD courses while 30% will find employment with industries in the country. Course fees will stand at INR 4 lakhs per annum while additional INR 90,000 will be for residential fees. The university has tied up with banks for student loans while scholarships will be offered to meritorious students.