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The provision of flexible yet personalized study options at undergraduate and post graduate levels at FLAME University places students at a unique advantage. It provides you the freedom to personalize your degree. You can select your major-minor combinations from a large array of subjects on offer. You can study your favorite subjects to explore and understand as well as simultaneously have a deep understanding of the subject that inspires you. The academic choices available at FLAME will help you make relevant connections; see the bigger picture; think differently; and above all, provide the chance to show what you can do.
This is achieved with an effective combination of conventional classroom teaching, seminars, tutorials, workshop, projects and field trips that put knowledge in context. These options are built in the curriculum to help you stand out in the crowd, and prepare for whatever comes next.
FLAME University has one of the best student-faculty ratios available in the larger Indian as well as the international university system. At FLAME, we firmly believe that a fairly significant part of the student experience is predicated on access to faculty, e.g., opportunities for interaction, or feedback on academic work. More than 30% of classes at FLAME have less than 15 students each. Individual attention from your professors will certainly make your experience more fruitful and fulfilling. The relatively higher faculty strength in relation to students results in more intense and immediate watch by the faculty so that you get correspondingly more value out of your degree.
In a world where 90% of the skills needed by today’s knowledge workers are experiential, traditional teaching theories focusing on knowledge acquisition no longer meet the needs of today’s learners. The Immersive Learning, on the contrary, focuses on the learner. The teaching-learning activities at FLAME University thus are geared to making the learners’ experience meaningful, engaging and transferable to the circumstances, conditions and state of affairs in the real world. Experiential learning presupposes learner’s active involvement in the learning process in which knowledge is constructed in a social context integrating theory and practice with ample access to hand-on tools. The content, the context and the conversations are all developed, accelerated and integrated through classroom interactions, simulations, workshops, tutorials, projects, community service, expeditions, socio-cultural exchanges etc. All this is further supplemented by personalized mentoring of students by faculty, and other experts and specialists.
FLAME University prides itself on having a brilliant team of research-focused-scholar-teachers as its faculty. As a research driven university, FLAME gives foremost priority to research and comparable investment in research opportunities. In addition to top-class teaching, many of our faculty consult leading national and multinational companies as well as conduct front-line research in their respective area of specialization. FLAME faculty are regularly publishing their research outputs in the leading refereed journal and other publications. Faculty are provided resources and opportunities to travel for conferences, seminars and presentation of research papers etc. both nationally and internationally. Regular faculty development programs are organized in varied and diverse areas of specialization such as entrepreneurship, investment, innovation, curriculum development, case studies etc.
FLAME campus is a fully residential community that nurtures a network of friends, with care and empathy, so that students not only have a sense of independence and freedom to take responsibility for themselves, but also, at the same time, feel constantly guided and looked after. This helps generate and maintain in the campus an atmosphere that is informal but respectful, intimate but open, and relaxed but caring. Our fully residential campus policy plays a pivotal role in achieving the stated objectives of FLAME University as it provides an environment of individual and collective development.
FLAME students live in hostels divided into two broad areas viz West Housing and East Housing. All the hostel buildings are within easy walking distance of the classrooms, academic areas and sports facilities. Each housing area is further divided into hostel buildings. All hostel buildings are equipped with all the modern amenities and facilities including Wi-Fi and refreshment cafés close by. The student accommodation is on twin sharing basis. As such, our fully residential campus life bolsters the academic experience and enhances the learning experiences of our students.
FLAME encourages student participation in campus governance. The campus has a democratically elected Student Council. The Council actively contributes in the academic and social life at FLAME. The Council has three committees, namely, Student Welfare Committee, Sports Committee and Cultural Committee, with members across programmes and Houses. This structure encourages student interaction between themselves, with faculty and with staff. This engagement through their elected representatives gives the student community at FLAME a very special sense of bonding and belonging with the University. The Council through its various committees, and under the guidance of faculty and staff, actively participates in organisation of various university events.
The student community at FLAME comprises boys and girls from all across India, as well as some from abroad. These students hail from not only different geographical locations- from big cities to small towns- but also from varied backgrounds representing the myriad colors of India’s rich and diverse social, cultural and ethnic life.
On entry into FLAME, students are allocated to Houses where they remain for their entire tenure at FLAME, and continue the association with the House for the rest of their lives. The allocation is based on a system that ensures a judicious mix, in each House, of students belonging to diverse regions, backgrounds and languages. Proficiency in academics, co-curricular and sporting fields is also evenly distributed across the four Houses to secure a fair and equitable system. The four Houses have been named after University buildings: Aryabhatta, Chanakya, Kalidas, Vivekananda.
Inter-house competitions and activities are organized across academic, sporting, cultural and social spheres. Thus, the House System underpins FLAME’s commitment to recognize, reward, honor and celebrate student achievement in various fields of endeavor- academic, co-curricular, cultural and sporting. House Captains are appointed through the student council elections to help organize events and encourage participation. These are ably supported by the Student Council through its three committees, namely, Student Welfare Committee, Sports Committee and Cultural Committee, with members from all Houses. The House system thus contributes to providing a full university experience to students and creating a strong campus community that shares the same dining hall, common areas, recreational and cultural spaces on the campus.
FLAME University provides umpteen opportunities for students to pursue their passions in areas other than academics. There are more than 20 clubs on Campus that help students engage in diverse interests and activities to enrich their social, cultural and educational experience at FLAME. The classroom experience is thus fruitfully supplemented by opportunities in aesthetic appreciation and social value.
Co-curricular activities, though non-credit-bearing, are an integral part of students’ educational experience at FLAME University. Not only do these activities aim at rendering additional values, but also help students imbibe leadership qualities and creative skills. A number of all-round development programs and opportunities are offered by the Office of Student Activities (OSA) under the aegis of various clubs and organizations. These are supplemented by many other activities that individual academic departments/schools/faculty consider essential as part of the overall co-curricular experience. The format of these activities can be structured short courses, experiential learning, workshops, competitions, talks and seminars, study tours, voluntary work within and outside FLAME University etc.
The thriving network of co- curricular activities catering to the artistic pursuits and endeavors of students and faculty also include, amongst others, painting, sculpture, dance, theatre and music. In addition there are community projects undertaken in collaboration with various social and cultural organizations.
FLAME University campus is a 53 acre lush green expanse, in the outskirts of Pune city, in the midst of Lavale valley surrounded by hills on all sides. The academic spine is the central feature of the campus on either side of which are situated the classrooms, lecture theatres, seminar rooms, laboratories, indoor and outdoor auditoriums, studios, faculty and administrative blocks. The Vivekananda library with its contemporary building, state-of-the-art hardware and software, imposing architecture and considerable size is the focus of attention and interest of all students, residents and visitors to the campus. The library lounge is always abuzz with the sound of academic and other discussions while the adjoining café provides continuous and intermittent refreshments.
The campus has full wi-fi connectivity including library, academic spine, IT center, special learning spaces, café’s, hostel buildings and others. The campus also includes a modern gymnasium and international class sporting facilities for Football, Cricket, Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis, Basket Ball, Volley Ball, Swimming, Badminton, Zumba and Yoga. A world class 18 hole Golf Course is a short walk away and Golf is offered as one of the mandatory sports.
An excellent academic environment, FLAME University campus also houses well equipped studios for visual arts (painting and sculpture), performing arts (dance, drama, music), film making, recording and photography which are located in the academic area. These studios run regular classes throughout the year for students and also feature established and emerging artists from the world of visual and performing arts.
Nestled on the slopes of the Sahyadris, FLAME University arises as a testament to man’s ever increasing need to be in touch with nature, and its myriad of inspiring and thought provoking creations. This university believes that the process of learning extends far beyond the classroom, into encounters of nature; people and life.
The conceptualization of FLAME is to give living expression to the wisdom of embodying nature within man’s creation. Conceived as a place of 'liberal education', the approach to design in itself gives impetus to lateral learning. A place aimed at establishing the relationship of students with life all around them, goes a long way in imbibing a way of lateral thinking in addition to the impartment of knowledge within the classroom. FLAME is the epicenter of a knowledge town, envisaged to have bustling streets, bazaars, sports arenas, cultural centers and social amenities that go into nurturing a settlement.
The university is set on a scenic site near Pune, in the state of Maharashtra, India. The site topography resembles a saucer, a valley surrounded by undulating hills that rise 200 m high, with the Sahyadri mountain ranges seen one after the other. The waterfalls, brooks, tropical species of trees, are all natural forces forming a part of the picturesque site.
The architectural design postulates the 'bazaar of education', a rather unusual approach to a campus design. This echoes to the idea of 'constant change' combined with 'evolution of time'. This texture could be felt in an Indian village street. The strong visual forces, looking on to the hills, combined with the activities makes the intended 'places'. Thus an open to sky pedestrian 'spine' emerges as the salient design feature that connects the various blocks, enacting as a 'breathing space'. The sequencing of program fabricates casual encounters, those accidental running into known and unknown faces, instituting the people from various disciplines to interweave and share knowledge - to share life. The classrooms, laboratories, faculty rooms, performing arts, visual arts studio and recording studio play a part in the making of the spine.
Orientation of the spine along the north-south direction keeps a major part of the spine in shade, creating cool spaces of repose in the hot tropical sun during the day. The silhouette of shadows along the spine creates interesting patterns to behold. Innovative combination of clad and concrete surfaces explores a palette of myriad textures and play of light, augmenting the visual interest.
The ideology of minimum alteration of the original topography, leads to the twists and turns of blocks with the contours of the rolling ground. Thus the otherwise compact planning is eased and stretched out with this approach. Minimal footprint is achieved with the careful programming of the day-to-day activities in the university, thus achieving a reduction in add-on landscaping, and water requirements.
As one meanders along the spine, the spatial variation in terms of their constriction, heights, enclosures and framing of nature, makes one realize the connection to the 'beyond'. The spine merges to the university plaza, analogous to the core of a galaxy spread around. It becomes the loci of coupled activities for the students of the institute and the academicians, a confluence of the university. The plaza grows up to the rooftops of the Library and Dining Hall through grand stairs. Thus the three dimensional ordering of spaces along the spine culminates in the plaza, creating the feeling of expansiveness and limitless in the learner.
FLAME University has as many as 35 classrooms of varying capacity, with modern audio-visual and other facilities to enhance students’ classroom experience. The design of each classroom is intensely contemporary and incorporates the current trends in learning-space design.
Classrooms at FLAME University are designed to be not only technology-rich environments that expand instructional options for faculty but also profound places of revelation and discovery for students. Well-designed interiors are aimed to elevate intellectual discourse, encourage creativity, and promote collaborative learning.
Wireless technology brings the internet not just to every academic building, but also to every desk in the classroom. Coupled with projectors, microphones, and video cameras, the classroom experience is fully connected to the internet that equips faculty and students to engage in innovative, dynamic and constructive education.
The FLAME Vivekananda Library with its state-of-the-art building, hardware, software and other allied resources is fast developing into one of the finest university libraries in the country. Its inviting architecture provides an ambience that is relaxed but modern; and space that is large yet intimate. The resources available include books on an impressive array of subjects, course specific reading material, academic journals and various digital resources. It houses sufficient reference and reading material for students and faculty from multiple disciplines. Books from humanities, social sciences, applied sciences, management, media, journalism, literature, environment, religion, languages, amongst various others adorn its shelves.
The FLAME library is a 2,555 square metre structure and holds journals, databases and various media in addition to its vast book collection.
At FLAME University, students are provided adequate and equal opportunity to blend sports and fitness into their personal growth and development. Sports is mandatory for students of FLAME University. Competitive sports are organized at intramural and varsity levels in as many as 14 disciplines covering indoor as well as outdoor games.
FLAME has an international size cricket ground, football ground, tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, a martial arts dojo, a horse riding ring and an outdoor swimming pool. It is one of the few campuses in India with access to an 18-hole golf course. FLAME has a floodlit indoor sports hall also called Multi Purpose Hall, with facilities for badminton, snooker and table tennis.
Physical fitness and well-being at FLAME is not only restricted to participation in the above major sports but also includes opportunities and access to Yoga, Zumba, Meditation, Cycling, Fun Games etc.
To provide necessary support to students there is a well-equipped and qualified team in the sports office that creates and provides suitable opportunities and amenities for students to explore new perspectives, experiences and challenges through competitive and friendly games.
Ever year FLAME University hosts many renowned national and international personalities who have distinguished themselves in fields as diverse as education and entrepreneurship; scientific research and film making; and sports and social service. Each of these highly successful, respected and regarded personalities is an icon and represents the best in their respective field of endeavor. These are remarkable men and women whose stories of skill, ingenuity and determination inspire emulation from others.
They share with students their experiences, and their professional and personal journeys which are veritable storehouses of information, inspiration and guidance. Interactive sessions with such leading lights in a wide range of fields go a long way in inspiring and influencing young students. It motivates them to venture into little-known waters with dedication and commitment.
One of the most preferred campuses for recruitment, FLAME University has continuously endeavored to match student aspirations with corporate expectations. The Placement Office provides assistance to graduating students; brings together students and the potential employing organizations and facilitates interactions between the two. Placements and Corporate Relations team at FLAME is connected with 2000 plus domestic and multinational companies round the year.
To further augment the placement prospects of graduating students, various experiential learning sessions and campus-to-corporate sessions are conducted by the industry experts. The students undergo internship of 10-12 weeks that exposes them to practical aspects of the corporate world.
As the pace of change increases, so does the need for educators to update themselves. A number of seminars, conferences and workshops are organized round the year on a regular basis on a wide range of issues of topical interest. Participants from all over the country belonging to academia, business, environment, arts, culture, social service etc. take part in these discussions and exchange views and experiences. Investment and entrepreneurship labs attract overwhelming response from participants across corporates and other big and small organizations including family enterprises. Largely residential, these events provide great opportunities for research based learning and sharing of real world experience. Participants stay in the beautiful FLAME campus learning together and enjoying access to the state-of-the-art FLAME facilities.
What distinguishes FLAME University is the culture of entrepreneurship that has taken deep roots in the FLAME psyche. It is reflected not only in the values, norms and mode of behavior that FLAME cherishes, but also in the institutional standards, habits and customs that we follow. The ideas of innovation and enterprise are central to the FLAME ethos and have been embraced by students as a matter of willing preference. This awareness is as much about identifying and stimulating entrepreneurial drive, talent and skill as it about setting up and running businesses. Students are keenly aware and pay particular attention to the use of this entrepreneurial FLAME culture in enhancing innovation. The pedagogy is a seamless and continuous integration of conventional education, modern management techniques, scientific and technological know-how with charismatic and practical approach of genuine entrepreneurs.