Indian University Sets Up Shop In The US

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Here’s a bit of something you probably haven’t heard before: an Indian university has purchased property in western Maryland, intending to establish a branch campus in the US. Vinayaka Missions University, a school with a decidedly Hindu bent, Vinayaka Missions purchased the former headquarters of an energy company for $8.5 million with plans to offer non-credit courses beginning this Fall.

The 45 acre site has been vacant for several years and once housed the headquarters for Allegheny Energy according to the Herald-Mail. The university was founded in 1981 in Tamil Nadu, India and according to their website offers courses in the following fields:Medicine, Dental, Paramedical, Homoeopathy, Engineering, Management and Basic Science.

Non-credit courses will start in October and plans to pursue regulatory approval for credited courses as well as building an on-site trauma center as part of its Nursing program are part of the university’s plans for its first American campus. The university says they will spend about $3.5 million to refurbish the facility, repave the parking lot, and handle other repairs. The campus is located in the Hagerstown, MD area.

Vinayaka Missions University is accredited by the Indian government and is a member of Association of Indian Universities, a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities, a member Of Confederation of Indian Industries, and is affiliated with Rangsit University, Thailand; Central America Health Sciences University, Belize; and with Centennial College, Canada.

Vinayaka Missions University’s motto is the school, “strives to spread the cerebral VISION to impart knowledge that is WISDOM which is achieved in the spirit of UNITY.” Specifically, “Our vision is translated into reality through our mission by spreading quality education using our excellent resources and technology support in all the professional programs.  Knowledge with wisdom leads to wisdom. VMU strives to impart necessary knowledge and skills to its students thus providing a great employment opportunity and service to Humanity as a matter of National Importance.”


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