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Best Colleges for Vocational Courses in India

Best Colleges - BBA
Over the last decade, with an influx of multinational companies redefining the job scene in India, the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) has not only emerged as a reliable alternative to the conventional B.Com, but as a course that can lay the foundation of a successful, lucrative career. Here is a list of some of the institutes that can help you shape up your dream.
  1. Institute of Management Study (I.M.S.), Noida, U.P.
  2. Chandigarh Business School, Landran, Punjab
  3. Times Business School, New Delhi
  4. Aurora's Business School, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  5. Shiva Institute of Management Studies, Ghaziabad, U.P.
  6. St. Mary's College of Engineering & Technology, hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  7. Jagan Institute of Management Studies, New Delhi
  8. Christ University Institute of Management, Bangalore, Karnataka
  9. P.E.S.I.M - P.E.S. Institute of Management, Bangalore, Karnataka
  10. N.I. Dalmia Institute of Management Studies & Research, Thane, Maharashtra
  11. Sharda University, School of Business Studies, Greater Noida, U.P.
  12. Indraprastha University School of Management, New Delhi
  13. Alliance School of Management, Bangalore, karnataka
  14. Lovely Institute of Management, Phagwara, Punjab
  15. Jagannath Institute of Management Science, New Delhi
  16. I.I.M.T., Gurgaon, Haryana
  17. Rai Business School, Faridabad, Haryana
  18. Prestige Institute of Management, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
  19. Sherwood Education Group, Lucknow, U.P.
  20. S.I.E.S. College of Management Studies, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra

Best Colleges - BCA

BCA (Bachelor in Computer Application) is yet another new age course that has gained much currency amongst the youth. As Indians realised at the turn of the century that the future of the world was going to be defined by a 'click' and not a 'thud', they lost no time in gaining the know how of the wonder called computer. The pursuit is still on and the colleges listed here are only making it easier, if you are interested, that is.

  1. Bankatlal Badruka College for Information Technology (B.B.C.I.T.), Hydrabad, Andhra Pradesh
  2. College of Business Studies (C.B.S.) Delhi University, New Delhi
  3. Guru Gobind Singh IP University, New Delhi
  4. Institute of Management Study (I.M.S.), Kolkata, West Bengal
  5. Institute of Technology and Science, Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, U.P.
  6. International School of Business & Research (I.S.B.R.), Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  7. Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab
  8. Maharaja Surajmal Institute of Technology, New Delhi
  9. National Institute of Management Studies (N.I.M.S.), Bangalore, Karnataka
  10. Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, Punjab
  11. Rajasthan Institute of Technology and Engineering Science, Kota, Rajasthan
  12. Usha Martin Academy (UMA), Kolkata, West Bengal
  13. Vellore Institute of Technology (V.I.T.), Vellore, Tamil Nadu
  14. Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Banasthali, RAjasthan
  15. Apeejay Institute of Management and Information Technology, New Delhi
  16. Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana
  17. Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
  18. B.I.S. Institute of Management, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
  19. C.M.S. College of Science and Commerce, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  20. College of Advanced Technology Studies (C.A.T.S.), Bangaore, Karnataka

Best Colleges - MEDICAL

This is a list of 30 of India's finest medical colleges. They deserve to be talked about and patronised much more than they generally are, especially in comparison with the top-ranking institutions that offer courses in medicine and its allied fields. Many of these colleges are located in tier-two cities of the country and enjoy a strong local presence. But they also attract students from elsewhere.

  1. B.J. Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra
  2. Medical College. B.V.U., Pune, Maharashtra
  3. Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Pune, Maharashtra
  4. Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  5. K.J. Somaiya Medical College, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  6. Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  7. M.G.M. Medical College, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
  8. Gajaraja Medical College, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
  9. Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
  10. R.D. Gardi Medical College, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
  11. S.M.S. Medical College, Jaipur, Rajasthan
  12. Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  13. A.C.S. Medical College & Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  14. Saveetha Medical College & hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  15. Vinayaka Mission's Kirupananda Variyar Medical College, Salem, Tamil Nadu
  16. Rajah Muthiah Medical College, Annarnalai Nagar, Tamil Nadu
  17. Meenakshi Medical College Hospital and Research Institute, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu
  18. Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute, Kelambakkam, Tamil Nadu
  19. Roland Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Berhampur, Orissa
  20. Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  21. Institute of Medical Science & SUM Hospital, Bhubaneswar, Orissa
  22. V.S.S. Medical College, Sambalpur, Orissa
  23. S.C.B. Medical College, Cuttack, Orissa
  24. Dr Abhin Chandra Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Bhubaneswar, Orissa
  25. Neelachal Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Orissa
  26. Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  27. Gandhi Medical College, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  28. Osmania Medical college, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  29. M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, Karnataka
  30. Government Medical College, Chandigarh

Best Colleges - LAW
With the addition of new subjects such as Cyber Law and Environmental Law, the field promises to grow more lucrative. No longer the compulsion to wear a black, heavy gown in Indian summers to make some money. Law graduates can now rake the moolah from the backroom too. Following is a list of colleges where you can get a good education in law, even if you don't make it to the top.

  1. New Law College, B.V.U., Pune, Maharashtra
  2. University of Pune, Department of Law, Pune, Maharashtra
  3. D.Y. Patil college of Law, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
  4. Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Bachelor of aw, New Delhi
  5. Jamia Millia Islamia, Faculty of Law, New Delhi
  6. The Central Law College, Salem, Tamil Nadu
  7. The Indian Law institute, New Delhi
  8. M.S, Ramaiah Law College, Bangalore, Karnataka
  9. B.M.S. College of Law, Bangalore, Karnataka
  10. Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad, Andra Pradesh

Best College - Science
Science is, for obvious reasons, among the more popular streams for students seeking a secure future. and these are some of the colleges that rank high in the public consciousness as far as their science faculties are concerned. Rajabazar Science College, Kolkata, for instance, offers high-quality post-graduate courses but is just as well-known for its B Tech programmes.

  1. D. Y. Patil college of Arts, Science and Commerce, Pune, Maharashtra
  2. Mahatma Phule College of Arts, Commerce & Science, Pune, Maharashtra
  3. Nowrosjee Wadia College, Pune, Maharashtra
  4. Bethune College, Kolkata, West Bengal
  5. Rizvi College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  6. Wilson College, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  7. Ramjas College, New Delhi
  8. Rajabazar Science College, Kolkata, West Bengal
  9. Scottish Church College, Kolkata, West Bengal
  10. Kirori Mal College, New Delhi
  11. K J Somaiya College of Science & Commerce, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  12. SGTB Khalsa College, New Delhi
  13. Zakir Husain College, New Delhi
  14. St. Joseph's College, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu
  15. SRM College of Arts & Science, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  16. Jupiter +2 Science College, Bhubaneswar, Orissa
  17. Gargi College, New Delhi
  18. Maitreyi College, New Delhi
  19. Bhavan's Vivekananda College of Science, Humanity & Commerce, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  20. Chaitanya Degree College, Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh

Best Colleges: Economics

These colleges located across the country may not rank alongside the Delhi School of Economics in terms of what they offer by way of instant snob value, but are good enough to equip students with a solid degree in their chosen field. The Economics faculty in Pune's S.P. College or New Delhi's I.P. College, just to name two, have an old and proud tradition.

  1. S.P. College, Pune, Maharashtra
  2. Symbiosis College of Arts & Commerce, Pune, Maharashtra
  3. Narsee Monjee College of Commerce & Economics, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  4. I.P. College, New Delhi
  5. Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, New Delhi
  6. St. Joseph's College (Autonomous), Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu
  7. Lady Brabourne College, Kolkata, West Bengal
  8. Maulana Azad College, Kolkata, West Bengal
  9. Scottish Church College, Kolkata, West Bengal
  10. BJB Autonomous College, Bhubaneswar, Orissa
  11. R.D. Women's College, Bhubaneswar, Orissa
  12. Rajdhani College, Bhubaneswar, Orissa
  13. Ravenshaw University, Bhubaneswar, Orissa
  14. D.A.V. College, Koraput, Orissa
  15. SCS Autonomous College, Puri, Orissa
  16. Maitreyi College, New Delhi
  17. R.A Podar College of Commerce & Economics, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  18. Wilson College, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  19. Kamla Nehru College, New Delhi
  20. Holy Cross College, Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu

Best Colleges - ENGINEERING

If you haven't made it to one of the IITs or any of the top regional engineering colleges, it certainly isn't the end of the road for you? The 30 engineering colleges listed alongside are a great alternative. Strewn across the country, these colleges cater to wide cross-section of the population and not just to students from the metropolitan areas, which are well served anyways by a string of top institutions imparting education in the field of technology.

  1. Vellore Institute of Technology (V.I.T.), Vellore, Tamil Nadu
  2. B.V.U. College of Engineering, Pune, Maharashtra
  3. Galgotia's College of Engineering & Technology, Greater Noida, U.P.
  4. G.L. Bajaj Institute of Technology & Management, Greater Noida, U.p.
  5. Vels Univeristy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  6. St. Mary's College of Engineering & Technology, hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  7. Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, Punjab
  8. Dr D.Y. Patil College of Engineering and Technology, Pune Maharashtra
  9. Stani Memorial College of Engineering & Technology, Jaipur, Rajasthan
  10. J.J. College of Engineering and Technology, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu
  11. Sri Sai Ram Engineering College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  12. Kongu Engineering College, Erode, Tamil Nadu
  13. N.I.T.T.E. Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bangalore, Karnataka
  14. Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar, Orissa
  15. Rajdhani College of Engineering and Management, Bhubaneswar, Orissa
  16. Haldia Institute of Technology, Kolkata, West Bengal
  17. The College of Engineering, Pune, Maharashtra
  18. Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology, New Delhi
  19. Velammal Engineering College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  20. K.J. Somaiya College of Engineering, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  21. R.M.K. Engineering College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  22. Jaya College of Engineering, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  23. Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  24. Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, Karnataka
  25. P.E.S. Institute of Technology, Bangalore, Karnataka
  26. M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, Karnataka
  27. S.R.M. University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  28. N.I.T., Raipur, Chattisgarh
  29. Rajagiri School of Engineering & Technology, Kochi, Kerala
  30. I.T.M. University, Gurgaon, Haryana

Best Colleges - ARTS
Indian Council for Market Research (ICMR) conducted a perception survey to list colleges under different under-graduate streams such as Arts, Science, Commerce, Medical, Engineering and others. The survey was conducted in the metros (and educational hubs such as Bhubaneswar, Pune etc) amongst students, parents and faculty members to list colleges they would apply or had applied if they scored less than 90 per cent in their senior secondary exams. The students in their respective states have named colleges and hence a list of colleges was generated. However, since students are familiar with only colleges in their respective cities their regional bias is inevitable. Finally, a structured, open-ended questionnaire was circulated amongst a sample size of 1500 respondents. To support the survey we have also presented a short list of various new age courses. Here, it is important to note that the list is primarily based on responses and it is not comprehensive and may be used only for reference. The names of colleges in the list are placed randomly. Students/parents referring to the list are requested to check the colleges before applying.

This is a suggested list of the best colleges around India that offer courses in the Arts stream across various subjects. Although it is numerically dominated by colleges from four metropolitan cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai - the educational hub of Pune in Maharashtra (two colleges) and Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu (one college) are also represented.

  1. Appasaheb Jedhe Arts, Commerce & Science College, Pune, Maharashtra
  2. Camp Education Society's Arts, Commerce & Science College, Pune, Maharashtra
  3. D.G. Ruparel College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  4. Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, New Delhi
  5. K.J. Somaiya College of arts & Commerce, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  6. Delhi College of Arts & Commerce, New Delhi
  7. Asutosh College, Kolkata, West Bengal
  8. Nowrosjee Wadia College, Pune, Maharashtra
  9. SIES College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  10. Symboisis society' College of Arts & Commerce, Pune, Maharashtra
  11. Kamala Nehru College, New Delhi
  12. Maitreyi College, New Delhi
  13. Meenakshi College for Women, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  14. Anna Adarsh College for Women, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  15. St. Xaviers College, Tirumelveli, Tamil Nadu
  16. D.G. Vaishnav College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  17. Dinabandhu Andrews College, Kolkata, West Bengal
  18. Seth Anandram Jaipuria College, Kolkata, West Bengal
  19. Gargi College, New Delhi
  20. Villa Marie College for Women, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Best Colleges - COMMERCE (B.Com)
These colleges might not have the profile of the Commerce faculty of Kolkata's St Xavier's College or New Delhi's famed Shri Ram College of Commerce, but they do run courses that are of the highest order, no matter how you look at it. As a case in point, students who get into Narsee Monjee College of Commerce & Economics, Mumbai, can be sure of the best in the domain.

  1. Mahatma Phule College of Arts, Commerce & Science, Pune, Maharashtra
  2. D.G. Ruparel College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  3. K.J. Somaiya College of arts & Commerce, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  4. Narsee Monjee College of Commerce & Economics, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  5. Delhi College of Arts & Commerce, New Delhi
  6. Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, New Delhi
  7. Janki Devi Memorial College, New Delhi
  8. Mata Sundary College of Women, New Delhi
  9. SRM University, School of Commerce & Economics, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu
  10. Asutosh College, Kolkata, West Bengal
  11. Goenka College of Commerce & Business Administration, Kolkata, West Bengal
  12. Seth Anandram Jaipuria College, Kolkata, West Bengal
  13. City College of Commerce & Business Administration, Kolkata, West Bengal
  14. MES Degree College of Arts, Commerce & Science, Bangalore, Karnataka
  15. R.D Women's College, Bhubaneswar, Orissa
  16. NIIS Junior College & +2 Science and Commerce, Bhubaneswar, Orissa
  17. Gargi College, New Delhi
  18. R.A. Podar College of Commerce & Economics, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  19. Avanthi Degree College, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  20. Badruka College of Commerce, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Best Colleges for Vocational Courses in India

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Best Colleges - Hotel management
In an economy that ranks among the fastest growing in the world, the hospitality business is on the upswing. Here is a list of the best institutes that train the manpower that is needed to run India's thriving hotel industry.
  1. Acharya Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Bangalore, Karnataka
  2. Allied Institute of Hotel Management & Culinary Arts, Panchkula, Haryana
  3. Army Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Bangalore, Karnataka
  4. Government Institute of Hotel Management & Catering, Almora, Uttarakhand
  5. Himachal Pradesh University, Institute of Management Studies, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
  6. IHM, Aurangabad, Patna, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Delhi & Mumbai
  7. Indian Institute of Catering Technology & Hotel Management, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
  8. Indian Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Bhubaneswar, Orissa
  9. Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Nagpur, Maharashtra
  10. Institute of Management Sciences, Lucknow, U.P.
  11. M.S. Ramaiah College of Hotel Management, Bangalore, Karnataka
  12. Oberoi Centre of Learning Development, New Delhi
  13. R.M. Institute of Hotel Management, New Delhi
  14. S.R.M Institute of Hotel Management, New Delhi
  15. Tuli Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Nagpur, Maharashtra
  16. Vel's Institute of Hotel Management, Pallavaram, Tamil Nadu
  17. Vidya Vikas Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Mysore, Karnataka
  18. WGSHA, Manipal, Karnataka
  19. Merit Swiss Asian School of Hotel Management, Chandigarh
  20. Rizvi College of Hotel Management, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Best Colleges - Animation
By most accounts, animation is the future of the movie business worldwide. It is already quite big in India, which provides back-end support to many Hollywood majors. A list of 20 institutes that prepare those who have a flair for art and creativity and aspire to make it big in the field of animation filmmaking.
  1. ANIFRAMES - School of Animation & VFX, Bangalore, Karnataka
  2. Animagicks, Bangalore, Karnataka
  3. Apeejay Institute of Design, New Delhi
  4. Arena Animation, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad
  5. Brainware, New Delhi
  6. Creative Media Plus Multimedia, Bangalore, Karnataka
  7. Design Studio 6, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  8. Digital Art Media, Bangalore, Karnataka
  9. Film Magic - Animation Academy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  10. International College of Animation Arts & Technology, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  11. MasscoMedia, Noida, U.P.
  12. Maya Academy of Advanced Cinamatics, Branches all over India
  13. Tecnia Institute of Applied Studies, New Delhi
  14. Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala, Punjab
  15. The Academy of Animation Arts & Technology, Kolkata, West Bengal
  16. Wigan & Leigh College, New Delhi
  17. DSK Supinfocom, Pune, Maharashtra
  18. B.I.T., Jiapur, Rajasthan
  19. ICAT, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  20. Whistling Woods Internatinal, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Best academies: Air Hostess
Life can be a breeze at 35,000 feet and for a growing tribe of ambitious Indian girls, air hostess training is the key to a high-flying career. Options in the field have expanded rapidly in recent years. Here is a list of the 20 best academies.
  1. Air Hostess Academy (A.H.A), New Delhi
  2. Airsonic Training Academy, Panaji, Goa
  3. All India Institute of Aeronautics, Surat, Gujarat
  4. Asia Pacific Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Gurajat
  5. Avalon Aviation Academy, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  6. Bombay Flying Club, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  7. Dram High and Fly High, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  8. Fly Air Aviation Academy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  9. Flying Cats, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  10. Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training (F.I.A.T.), Mumbai, Maharashtra
  11. IIFLY Aviation Training Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  12. Indian Aviation Academy (I.A.A.), Mumbai, Maharashtra
  13. Indira Gandhi Institute of Aeronautics, Chandigarh
  14. Inflight Airhostess Training Institute (I.A.H.T.I.), New Delhi
  15. International Airlines Academy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  16. Jettwings Institute of Air Hostess Training and Management, Guwahati, Assam
  17. Livewel Aviation Training Academy, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  18. Newtech International Academy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  19. Trade-Wings Institute of Management (T.I.M.), Mumbai, Maharashtra
  20. Travel Academy, New Delhi

Best institutes - Film Making
The government-backed film institutes aren't the only options available to aspiring filmmakers and technicians in India. An array of private film schools have opened around the country and many of them are quite good.
  1. Anjan Chowdhury Film & Television Institute, Kolkata, West Bengal
  2. Digital Academy - The Film School, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  3. Film & Television Institute of India, Pune, Maharashtra
  4. Framework Academy of Cinema and Television, Pune, Maharashtra
  5. FX School, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  6. Institute of Film and Television, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  7. Karunya University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  8. Keon International Film Academy, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  9. Kolkata Film & Television Institute, Kolkata, West Bengal
  10. LIVEWIRES - The Film School, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  11. Mumbai Film Academy, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  12. National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  13. National Institute of Film and Fine Arts, Kolkata, West Bengal
  14. R. R. Films & Media Academy, New Delhi
  15. Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata, West Bengal
  16. St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  17. Stunt Academy India, Bangalore, Karnataka
  18. The Hyderabad Film School, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  19. Whistling Woods Internatinal, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  20. Zee Institute of Media and Arts, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Best Colleges - Tourism
  1. Al-Ameen Institute of Management Studies, Bangalore, Karnataka
  2. Awadesh Pratap Singh University, Rewa, Madhya Pradesh
  3. Bundelkhand University, School of Tourism & Hotel Management, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh
  4. Centre For Tourism and Travel Management Studies, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
  5. Centre for Tourism Studies, Pondicherry University, Puducherry
  6. Chavara School of Tourism Studies, Kochi, Kerala
  7. Dayananda Sagar Institutions, Bangalore, Karnataka
  8. Globe College of Travel and Tourism, Mangalore, Karnataka
  9. Himachal Pradesh University, Institute of Management Studies, H.P. University, Shimla
    Himachal Pradesh
  10. Indira Gandhi National Open University, School of Social Sciences, New Delhi
  11. Institute of Social Sciences and Research, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
  12. Institute of Tourism Studies, Lucknow University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  13. Jai Narain Vyas University, Department of Management Studies, Jaswant Campus, Jodhpur
  14. Kerala Institute of Tourism and Travel studies (KITTS), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
  15. Kuoni Academy of Travel, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  16. Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana
  17. Madurai Kamraj University, Directorate of Distance Education, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
  18. Marathwada University, Aurangabad, Maharashtra
  19. Mother Teresa Women's University, Women's University College, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
  20. Travel Millennium, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Best Colleges - Beauty
  1. Academy of Hair Styling, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  2. Avinashilingam University for Women, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  3. Eves Beauty & Hair Academy, New Delhi
  4. Government Polytechnic for Women, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  5. Habibs Hair Academy, New Delhi
  6. I.T.I. for Women, New Delhi
  7. International Polytechnic for Women, Chandigarh
  8. Mc31 Salon and Academy, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  9. New Institute of Fashion Design (N.I.F.D.), Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh
  10. Pivot Point Beauty School, New Delhi
  11. Regional Vocational Training Institute (R.V.T.I.) for Women, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  12. Schnell Hans Beauty School, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  13. Shahnaz Hussain International Beauty Academy, New Delhi
  14. Marks Smile Beauty Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  15. South Delhi Polytechnic for Women, New Delhi
  16. V. Care Global Institute of Health Science, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  17. V.I.C.C. Institute of Beauty, Health & Management, New Delhi
  18. Vivid Techno, New Delhi
  19. Polytechnic for Women, New Delhi
  20. Women's Technical Training Institute, New Delhi

Best Colleges - Fashion
  1. Apeejay Institute of Design, New Delhi
  2. Footwear Design and Development Institute, Noida, U.P.
  3. International Institute of Fashion Design- I.N.I.F.D. Over 160 branches across India
  4. Indian Fashion Academy, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  5. Institute of Fashion Technology and Hotel Management, Ghaziabad, U.P.
  6. Institute of Paramedical, Management and Technologies, New Delhi
  7. International Academy of Fashion and Design (I.A.F.D.), Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  8. International Polytechnic for Women, Chandigarh
  9. J.D. Institute of Fashion Technology, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  10. National Institute of Fashion Technology (N.I.F.T.), Over 10 centers all-India
  11. Pearl Academy of Fashion, New Delhi
  12. Raffles Millennium International, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  13. Satyam International Polytechnic for Women and institute of Fashion Technology, new Delhi
  14. School of Fashion Technology, Pune, Maharashtra
  15. Wigan and Leigh India, New Delhi
  16. National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  17. Shrishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, Karnataka
  18. Northen Indian Institute of Fashion Technology, Mohali, Punjab
  19. Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune, Maharashtra
  20. South Delhi Polytechnic for Women, New Delhi

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

The hunt for hostel and paying guest (PG) accommodation for students

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Finding appropriate accommodation in a new city isn't always easy for out-of-town students but getting it right is half the battle won

It is that time of the year again. Admissions are on in full swing. Most colleges and institutes in India are all set to welcome a new batch of students. From the latter's point of view, the process is fraught with a mix of hope and anxiety. What will life on the campus be like? How will the new classmates be? Questions galore, but for out-of-towners, it is the hunt for hostels and paying guest (PG) accommodation that is of primary concern.

As students outnumber rooms available in college hostels, outstation students opt for private hostels and PG units. Another big draw: these facilities do not impose strict deadlines and generally tend to provide superior services.

Finding an accommodation might not seem as tough as landing a seat in Delhi University but it is still a daunting task. This year DU hostels have a limited number of seats available as most of the units are undergoing an overhaul to receive tourists for the upcoming Commonwealth Games. So locating a room that is light on the pocket and not too far from the college might take some doing. But there is always hope.

For students studying in DU's north campus, there are plenty of options. Around 100 paying guest accommodations and independent rented rooms are available in Kamla Nagar, Vijay Nagar, Roop Nagar, Kingsway Camp, Model Town, Maurice Nagar and Hudson Lane. If you choose to stay on Mall Road, you may have to shell out something between Rs 6,500 to Rs 12,000 per month depending on the facilities that you avail.

Accommodation in Vijay Nagar and Hudson Lane costs anything between Rs 3000 and Rs 5,500 a month. The rate of PGs in Roop Nagar and Mukherjee Nagar varies from Rs 6,000 to Rs 8,000 for AC rooms and Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000 for non-AC rooms.

Aanchal PG accommodation in Roop Nagar, Shanti Niketan Hostel and Sahni's Hostel at Timarpur and Aparna Girls' Hostel in Kamla Nagar are some famous names. Most hostels provide basic facilities along with a library, gym, and a recreation room. 'The rented rooms range from Rs 4000-Rs 6000 and PG facilities cost Rs 5,000 per person on twin sharing basis. The rate covers facilities like a chair and table, TV, cooler, common bathrooms and dining rooms, but one has to pay Rs 1,000 more for food,' says Rohit Chahal, state joint secretary, ABVP, and a student of MA, Buddhist Studies, in the Faculty of Arts, Delhi University. 'Girl students willing to spend a little more can also opt for Manik Niwas, a girls-only PG accommodation. Built two years back, it is located in Kamla Nagar. 'We have 20 air-conditioned fully-furnished and wi-fi enabled rooms. We provide breakfast, lunch, dinner, evening tea and snacks and a common reading room,' says 30-year-old JP Singh, the owner. Singh owns another PG unit for girls, Simran Niwas, situated in Jawahar Nagar. In both places rooms are available at Rs 8,000 per month on twin sharing basis. Safety is of utmost importance for girl students staying away from home. 'We have installed CCTV cameras in our building and security is available 24X7. Also, we do not allow girls in after 9 pm,' adds JP Singh.

As there are only three University hostels in the south campus, PG options are available in areas like South Extension, Greater Kailash and Sarojini Nagar. Of late, Satya Niketan has emerged as a hotspot for PG units and is very popular among students from the Northeast. These localities offer accommodation ranging from Rs 3000 to Rs 8000 a month.

PG units and rooms on rent are also available in east Delhi and these are much cheaper. Single rooms in Laxmi Nagar, Shakarpur, Mayur Vihar-I and Patparganj are available for as little as Rs 3,500 or 4,000 a month. The owners provide students with a host of facilities ' from daily meals to 24-hour power back-up.

Pune, too, has emerged as an education hub and is a hot favourite with the student community. The city also pulls in students from abroad. If you are looking for PGs in Pune, you can choose from areas like University Road, Shivajinagar, Sadashiv Peth, Karve Nagar, Koregaon Park, Erandawane and Viman Nagar. If you stay in Fergusson College Road or Deccan Gymkhana, the monthly rates per person range from Rs 2500-Rs 3000, in Model Colony the range is Rs 3000-Rs 5000 and on Law College Road PGs cost Rs 3000-Rs 6000.

Most students do not opt for college hostels because of the high fees and also because preference is given to NRIs and foreign students. Sanjivani Thakur, a former student at Symbiosis, shares her experience, 'I stayed in a PG called Shantiniketan on Senapati Bapat Road as our college hostel was expensive. We were eight girls staying together in a two-room apartment. We had four cots in one room, a steel cupboard and one table and chair. We paid Rs 4,000 per month and extra for electricity that was shared by all of us. We had to pay six months' rent in advance and we availed tiffin service from outside.' But Sanjivani had a bitter experience staying there as her landlady was very dominant and the lack of security led to some unpleasant incidents.

Renting flats in Pune might not be a favourable option. For 1BHK you have to pay Rs 8000 to 10000, for 2BHK Rs 9000-12,000 and for 3BHK the price varies from Rs 12,500-Rs 15,000. A furnished flat might cost you around Rs 20,000.

Bangalore is home to prestigious institutions such as IISc and IIM. Excellent climate, a charming ambience and wide-ranging facilities for leisure activities are the other advantages the city offers. Students who prefer a PG unit over a college hostel can look for options in areas like Kammanahalli, CV Raman Nagar, Rajarajeshwarinagar, Indiranagar and Adugodi. Koramangala, although a little expensive, is favoured by many. Priyanka Sen went to Bangalore to study at the Christ University, located on Hosur Road, which is adjacent to Koramangala. She stayed at a girls' PG named Aishwarya near her college. 'My PG is well-known and accommodates girls only from Christ University. The timings were pretty lenient and a security guard was always present in front of our building.' But her stay cost her lot. 'For a bedroom shared by four, I paid Rs 4,700 per month. It included the facilities of a washing machine, a microwave and a fridge along with two meals a day,' says Priyanka.

Preeti, another student of Christ University, opted for the college hostel because it was a new, spacious and clean building. But she was soon disappointed as she had to go without the promised kitchenette facilities and even had to forgo hot water in the winters!

'During my one year in the hostel, every single month I had to see a doctor for some illness or the other. Also, with the lack of cooking facilities, my eating habits became terribly unhealthy, and expenses soared too,' says Preeti. Ultimately, she chose to rent an apartment along with a friend as she was shocked to see the condition of some PGs. Although PGs would cost around Rs 6,000-Rs 7,000 for small tiny rooms, Preeti spent Rs 4,000 every month for the rented place, including electricity, food and Internet.

In Koramangala, one can stay at Aruna Paying Guest that offers one room with attached bathroom on sharing basis at Rs 2500 a month but one has to make one's arrangements for food. One also needs to deposit Rs 10,000 as security money. The other PG unit for girls is Tara Manjunatha Girls Hostel in Yelahanka Bazaar.

Bhubaneswar is another city that is fast emerging as an education hub. There are more than 50 engineering colleges and management institutions here. Most students depend upon college hostels or private facilities. Students residing in private hostels have to shell out Rs 1000-Rs 1500 per bed per month and make their own arrangements for food. The college hostels charge Rs 1500-Rs 3000, including water and electricity. An AC room can cost Rs 7000-Rs 8500 per student. Hostels here are, as a rule, situated near the institutes that they cater to.

In Bhubaneswar, girls and boys can stay in PGs in Laxmi Sagar and Rasulgada respectively. Laxmi Sagar area is near the Bhubaneswar main railway station. They provide all facilities, food, security, water and electricity at prices starting from just Rs. 1100 per bed. A five-minute walk from Infocity, IT Park, Patia, there are fully-furnished boys' hostels that also provide mess, laundry, parking and security. Sailashree Vihar and Ravi Talkies Square are other places where you can rent a room.

In Chennai, the educational centre of South India, many private colleges are located on the outskirts of the city. Therefore, areas like Porur, Poonamallee, Tambaram, Pallavaram, Chromepet, Kattankulathur and Guduvanchery are swarming with students. Like in other cities, students prefer PGs.

However, Muhammed Yasin, a second year MBBS student at SRM Medical College, Kattankulathur, resides in his college hostel as he likes to stay with fellow students. He pays Rs 65,000 per annum, including food and room rent. For AC rooms, the fee is Rs 95,000 a year.

There are around 2000 private hostels in and around Chennai where students and working women stay. It includes only accommodation and no food. Amoz Raj, warden of Holy Angels Hostel in Zamin Pallavaram, a Chennai suburb, says, 'Our hostel has 26 girls. Many are from north India. We charge Rs 3000, including room rent and food, and also provide facilities as per their needs.' For electricity, an additional Rs 3000 is charged.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU): Students' Unions can not be banned

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If a move to bar students from college-level politics succeeds, Indian democracy will be much the poorer in the long run

Student politics has for decades been the breeding ground of future leaders. And not just in India. Historically, students and youth brigades, just as much as workers and intellectuals, have fuelled revolutions and popular movements all over the world. From Sorbonne to Soweto to Tiananmen Square, the story has been much the same. But if some bureaucrats and university administrators have their way, 'democracy' in Indian colleges could soon be a thing of the past.

It all began in 2006, when, under the aegis of the Supreme Court of India, a committee was constituted under the chairmanship of the then Chief Election Commissioner JM Lyngdoh to recommend ways to improve the functioning of students' unions and their elections.

After much dilly-dallying, Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) office-bearers were granted ten minutes to present their case to the Lyngdoh Committee. Mr Lyngdoh asked them point-blank: 'Why not ban students' unions?' In response, the then DUSU president Jaivir Singh Rana narrated the story of a student of a private engineering college in Delhi who had committed suicide.

The student killed himself for his future had been ruined by administrative negligence. Instead of helping him, the whole system stood by the college administration. A clerical error showed that he was absent in a subject test. The student kept insisting that he had appeared for all his exams, but the college administration paid no heed. The student failed.

He was from a poor family and had taken an education loan to study engineering. Rana pointed out, 'In his suicide note, the student mentioned not only his helplessness, but also wrote that if his college had a students' union, he would not have taken the extreme step. He suggested that a students' union should be mandatory in every college.'

Having heard the story, Mr Lyngdoh and his committee held a detailed discussion with DUSU on how to improve students' unions and make them more effective. It is a common notion that students' unions are today criminalised, having been overrun by hoodlums and antisocial elements. Mr Lyngdoh was also probably under the same impression.

Today the Lyngdoh committee's recommendations are being implemented across the country. Some of the recommendations seem impractical and have resulted in weakening of the student movements. The reality is that despite their obvious drawbacks, students' unions not only work to safeguard the interests of the students, they also from time to time serve as a pressure group by actively intervening in local, regional and national matters.

Given the way private universities and educational institutions are mushrooming in the country, student unions are an essential part of campus life. Former student leader Srikant Sharma says, 'A student union protects students from the whims of the college administration.' It is a fact that some unions have seen an infiltration by undesirable elements. They need cleansing, not banning. A students' union is a platform that raises its voice against arbitrary governance of colleges and universities and highlights their wrongdoings. That is why teachers and university bureaucrats do not want to promote student politics on the campus.

Two examples would be enough to demonstrate the power of students' unions. In 1999, Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) went on strike for 21 days. This strike affected the students in a big way as it cost them precious study hours. DUSU president Jaivir Singh Rana ran a movement demanding at least 180 days of study time and forced the university administration to complete all syllabi before the examinations. For the first time in the history of Delhi University, classes were held on Saturdays and Sundays.

The second event also created history in Delhi University. Rana says, 'In Delhi University, 75 per cent attendance is mandatory for students. But this rule does not apply to teachers. We did a survey and found 71 teachers who were not regular in taking classes in colleges. We complained to the VC. When no action was taken against the errant teachers, we displayed their names on a hoarding at Kranti Chowk. The teachers resumed taking classes from the very next day.'

Students' unions are not just a means for solving problems that students face. They are the first step in the nation's democratic process, through which students not only learn the intricacies of politics but also take active part in elections. When Emergency was clamped in India, the first sparks of protest emanated from university campuses. Young BJP leader Kuljit Singh Chahal, who joined active politics after a stint in a students' union, says, 'Student politics helps in understanding the pulse of the country's youth. How can one talk about banning students' unions in a country where two-thirds of the population is made up of youth? There are uneducated and criminal leaders in today's politics. If you want to eliminate such leaders, student politics should be encouraged. The nation will get educated and young leaders will be groomed on university campuses.'

Jayaprakash Narain's student movement is testimony to this. Many leaders from that agitation are playing an active role in the Parliament today. Who can forget the late Chandra Shekhar, former Prime Minister and a Young Turk who emerged from the hurly-burly of student politics. Arun Jaitley, Ajay Maken, Sitaram Yechury, Prakash Karat and Lalu Prasad Yadav, among many others of their ilk, did likewise, leaving a mark on national politics. In order to understand the importance and strength of students in a democracy, we must mention former Assam chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta. As a student leader, he led an agitation against infiltration by foreigners.

Mahanta's party, Asom Gana Parishad, ran its electoral campaign from hostel rooms and the university campus. From a ramshackle university hostel room to the citadel of power, in Assam the transition for student leader Mahanta was phenomenal. National president of Socialist Students' Meet, Dr Sanjay Latharar, raises a legitimate question, 'When our university can produce doctors, engineers. scientists and bureaucrats, why not political leaders? Today, the nation needs good leaders. So instead of banning students' unions, teachers and universities should encourage students to go into politics.'

A sharp dichotomy is inherent in our general attitude towards politics. While most parents would wish to see a drastic improvement in the quality of political discourse in the country, they are usually highly reluctant to let their sons and daughters enter politics. Political activists on college campuses believe that the growing societal bias against students' unions stems from this anomaly.

A student leader at Hyderabad's Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University, T Mohan Chari, says, 'Student politics not only creates awareness, but also helps in understanding different issues of the world. It helps develop leadership qualities.'

Says student activist Madukeshwar Desai, president of the Young Leaders Collective, 'In the best colleges and institutes of India, students play an active role. On these campuses, everything from the disciplinary committee to the mentorship programmes is run by students. Bodies are elected and, with the guidance of the management, are run efficiently. The merits of allowing students to help build an institution lie in front of us. If autonomous colleges and deemed universities want to reach the highest standards, they have to accept that student empowerment is the only way forward.'

In the past two decades, students' unions have seen a definite decline all over the country and there is a need to reverse the trend. Yet, the relevance of the participation of students in college-level political activity cannot be denied. But now the university administration and bureaucrats are conspiring to end students unions. The Lyngdoh Committee recommendations are largely to blame.

Youth Congress national general secretary Nadeem Javed says, 'The Supreme Court constituted the Lyngdoh Committee to improve students' union elections. This committee gave extremely impractical recommendations regarding election expenses, methods of selecting candidates and publicity. University and college administrations, under the guise of these recommendations, are working to eliminate student politics. Jawaharlal Nehru University and Allahabad University have had no students' union elections in the past two years.' Coming to think of it, JNU and Allahabad University were once centres of active student movements that had a nationwide impact.

Lathara gos to the extent of suggesting that 'colleges should necessarily run a course on the subject of democracy so that students can understand the nation's political system'. He adds: 'This will help us in creating better leaders for the future.' Unfortunately, that does not seem to be in sync with the view held by those who have the power to decide.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Indian universities and higher education institutes seem to be caught in a time warp teaching things

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As the world moves ahead at a maddening pace, many major Indian universities and higher education institutes seem to be caught in a time warp' teaching things that became irrelevant ages ago

Subhash Kumar, an MCA student at Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal, woke up to the bitter reality that the academic degree for which he had sweated out day and night, was not going to be of much help, as soon as he got his first job as a programmer in a software company. The huge disconnect between what is being taught and what is required in the industry made life difficult for him and though he managed to save his job, he got average annual performance review.

He did not know Java, a computer language, because it wasn't included in his curriculum. This despite the fact that three-fourth of programming in the software industry in India is done in Java. 'I fail to understand the logic behind teaching things such as neural network or compiler designing when a minuscule percentage of students work on these domains. On the other hand, programming languages are not taught in the colleges while 95 percent of jobs in the market demand these skills,' says a discomfited Subhash. Tribhuvan Kumar echoes similar sentiments. 'How many computer science teachers in these reputed colleges even know the name of technologies such as Hybernet and SAP?'

Prateek Kumar, a law student at ICFAI law school says, 'We are taught everything from criminal procedure code to business and corporate law. It means there are more than 600 sections that have to be finished in just 44 classes. The teacher is able to explain only 250 to 300 sections.' The students are left to fend for themselves for the rest of the sections. For smaller law colleges in the country, it is very difficult to subscribe to those online sites which provide latest live case studies and judgments. 'Law is an evolving field and many new subjects are coming up such as Cyber Law, Environmental Law etc. There are very few teachers who can properly teach these subjects. Very few law colleges in the country have mock courts to teach proper way of pleading in a case,' adds Kumar.

The problem in India is at many levels. The syllabi are decided by the affiliating colleges and the curricula are prescribed by the universities. 'This leaves little room for quality control because syllabi are not revised frequently,' says Fr. Ambrose Pinto, Principal, St. Joseph's College, Mangalore.

Rajkumar Falwaria, a political science assistant professor at DAV college, Delhi University, says, 'The Delhi University is trying to revise the syllabi of many subjects. But there are hardly any books for the revised or newly introduced curriculum such as globalisation. I teach 'Reading Gandhi' for which there is no proper book in the market except for some cheap examination oriented guides.'

The college education scenario in the developed countries such as the USA is altogether different. Jesse Marks, a student at Yale University, sheds some light on the system while speaking to TSI, 'The curriculum is updated every semester (our classes are taught in spring and fall semesters)... and must be approved by the directors of each faculty. As for the content, many courses reflect current events and trends, whether it is a political science course on terrorism and counter-terrorism or a foreign correspondence course on the Iraq war reporting. Of course, others, especially in mathematics and history, may be taught in the same manner for decades.' Now, compare this situation to the one back home. The physics (Hons) syllabus of Magadh University in Bihar has not been revised since 1962, the year the university was established! Students here are still taught diode and triode in electronics. Rajesh Ranjan Prasad (name changed on request), head of the department of Physics at a college affiliated to Magadh University says, 'The world has moved to microprocessors that can do a billion calculations per second and we are teaching diode and triode. Frankly speaking, if the curriculum is revised and I am asked to teach those things, I will fumble in all likelihood.'

Except for commerce and a few other subjects, the curricula of most of the subjects are outdated, outmoded and obsolete. But the problem is not confined to the obsolete curricula. Many colleges have revised their course structure and curricula but in those cases the teachers are not able to handle the newly introduced syllabi. For example, Patna based National Institute of Technology has completely updated and revised its engineering syllabus two years ago, but this has created problems for both students and teachers. Rajeev Kumar, a fresh electrical engineering graduate from the institute says, 'Electrical power system problems are completely based on Matlad software and hardly any teacher is equipped to handle this. The college should have given them a proper training before they introduced such advanced things.' Kumar is currently employed at Power Grid Corporation of India.

The asphyxiating dominance of universities over the affiliated colleges is the primary reason why colleges are not able to revise the curricula as per the needs of the changing times. Political interference in universities has created an unhealthy atmosphere and this has added to the problem of the plummeting standards of education in the colleges.

Suvro Kamal Dutta, a political and economic analyst, has had opportunity to study both in India and at Cambridge University. He shares his experience with TSI, 'The big gap between India and other western countries in terms of educational standards seems very difficult to bridge. For example, see the history syllabi. We are not ready to move beyond Ashoka, Babar, Akbar and the independence movement. Even the students doing post graduation do not know about the technology of carbon dating and the use of remote sensing technology in the analysis of pre-historic locations.' He further adds, 'It is good to teach about our past but the education should be backed up with reality. It is more important to know what is happening at WTO and the impact of privatisation, liberalisation and globalisation on the Indian economy than what an emperor did a few hundred or a few thousand years ago.' The compartmentalisation of subject matter with no linkages in between and very few curricula linking the theory with application in the real world around render students wanting for motivation. Graduates should require minimal training before becoming productive, but typically there is an immense and inevitable need to retrain when on field ' waste of resources and time. 'The undergraduate syllabi are almost irrelevant, de-linked from the rest of the world. Educators and those responsible are usually apathetic and indifferent. Lack of refresher courses for teachers and infrequent syllabi revision leaves no room for innovation and creativity due to the smothering system of examinations conducted by universities,' says Archana Sharma, an eminent physicist and staff-scientist at CERN.

Some of the topics taught in Indian economics in the old syllabus as well as the new are totally irrelevant. There could have been interesting debates on topics like globalisation and liberalisation. It could have contained the economic backlash of the recent Iraq war. But sadly, our undergraduate curriculum has no scope to deal with contemporary topics.

Similarly, in journalism what is the use of teaching lithography when it is a junk technology? At most of the government universities, Hindi teachers have been assigned to teach journalism. Brijesh Mishra, a senior-producer in a leading business TV channel says, 'Most of the teachers who are teaching journalism have not seen newsroom in their life. They teach obsolete things which do not help students when they join industry. Instead, they should have taught how to write a good newspaper or television report, how to prepare rundown for the bulletin and most important how to cope with the immense pressure in a TV newsroom when news are bombarding you every second.'

The disconnect between the industry and academia is evident with report of Confederation of Indian Industry which clearly says that only 39.5 per cent of graduates in India are employable and that if India wants to sustain its pace of development, nothing less than a radical surgery will help.

The quality of teachers is another problem plaguing our universities and colleges. Vishesh Ranjan (name changed on request) says that the majority of the faculty in the MCA department at MANIT, Bhopal' where he is studying' is run by ad hoc teachers who are totally incompetent. 'They teach wrong concepts and even bring their own notes. The MCA course demands good computer lab. However, only 30 out of 60 computers work. There is no student feedback system. We are in a way forced to be taught by such teachers,' says a disappointed Ranjan.

India is a country gifted with large talent base and time has really come to change the outmoded education system in order to tap the creative energy of Indian students. This can only be done by revamping the curricula, and incorporating students' feedback so as to be informed of their needs and demands.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

When foreign shores beckon

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In post-liberalisation India, the dreams of the youth have probably become too big to be contained within the geographical or cultural boundaries of the nation. So in their quest for recognition in the global arena, Indian students are going places

There is something about an academic degree from a foreign university. From the perspective of Indian students, that is. The higher education infrastructure in India is quite good, and by any measure it is far better than it is in other South Asian countries. Going by the standard and quality of education, India is clearly the leader in the higher education realm in the region. However, all that does not seem to steal the lustre away from a foreign university (read a Western university) stamp, no matter how little known the university may be. The UK, the US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand are generally the hubs of such universities where every year thousands of students from across the globe land to realise their dreams. Of course, institutes like Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard are not being discussed here. Our focus is on universities that border on anonymity.

Every year thousands of Indian students sign up to study abroad. If the mushrooming consultancy-for-studying-abroad firms across the country and their blooming business is anything to go by, the craze among the students to head to foreign climes is on the rise. That takes us back to the opening line of this piece: Do students go for foreign universities and institutes just because it sounds glamorous? The answer to this question can't be a simple yes or no. A number of things go through a student's mind before he signs up to study abroad. Remember that the cost involved is pretty high.

People who aspire to study abroad can be broadly categorised into three sections. First, there is the elitist section consisting of people who have a lot of money, and despite having made their money in India, do not consider the country good enough to trust it with their pampered children's education. So they send them abroad to acquire a 'good education'. And it helps them in more ways than one.

Second, there are students who excel in academics but somehow fail to make it to the top academic institutes in India such as the IITs and IIMs. They mostly seek, and get, admissions in good foreign universities. The third category comprises students with low percentages in board/university examinations. They usually do not get the courses of their liking in India and settle for a little known foreign university instead because there is not much difference in the cost involved. A one-year post-graduate programme in a university in Australia, UK, US or Canada costs about Rs 10-15 lakh, including the boarding and lodging expenses, which is almost equivalent to a two-year programme in India in a good private college. There are other factors to reckon with. 'In India most post-graduate degrees are two-year programmes while in Australia or New Zealand you get the same degree in just one year,' says Neha Khurana, admission manager, Fateh Education, a consultancy firm based in Delhi. 'Besides, in India education is more theory-based while in a foreign university the curricula are more activity-based and you get more exposure,' she adds. And then there is another advantage ' you can hardly fail in the exams there. 'I have never heard in my five-year career that anybody flunked in a foreign university,' says Khurana.

The working visa one gets in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada after procuring a degree from a university there is a big lure for many. It paves the way to settling abroad. 'One of the strong positive points of studying abroad is that you get a chance to work simultaneously. This kind of work-and-study culture that gives you a practical grip over the subject you are studying has not quite developed in India as yet,' says Chandigarh-based Navdeep Kaur, who is currently working in New Zealand after completing her MBA (Human Resources) from Mt. Albert University.

Navdeep plans to permanently settle in New Zealand if she gets a good job there. But not all want to settle abroad, especially those who have well-settled family businesses here. Some actually do not want to leave their native places. V. Madhan Gorky is an example. After completing his M.S., followed by a Ph.D from Queensland University, he got a decent job with good remuneration in Australia. But he had his own dreams. So he returned to India and is working as a professor in Anna University.

Sometimes, certain study options are not available in India. Syed Asim Ali, a working journalist based in Delhi, wanted to go for research on conflict resolution in Kashmir. But he did not get a guide for the subject at any of the universities in India and had to go over to the UK to pursue his M.Phil on the subject. 'I tried in a few universities in India that were offering higher studies on this topic. Pondicherry University flatly said no after they came to know of the topic. At JNU, a professor was interested but she also backed out after her department discouraged her,' says Ali. Recognition of a foreign degree is another issue. T. Saravana Kumar from Tamil Nadu went to Russia a few years back to study medicine after he failed to make it to a medical college in India 'because of the reservation policy'. He did MD from St. Petersberg University and is currently a physician in a government primary health centre in Maraimalai Nagar.

Although the Medical Council of India recognised his medical degree, he had to undergo a test before that. Besides, his post-graduate degree is treated here as equivalent to an M.B.B.S. 'I want to do post-graduation in medicine and would have to do an MD here all over again. I am preparing for it,' says Saravana Kumar.

However, few care about the recognition part. Ranjith Krishnan, a young Keralite who did his M.Sc. (called M.Tech here) from Paisley University, Scotland, says he does not know if a degree from Paisley University is recognised in India or not. 'Students going back to India after completing their studiies somehow get placements there,' he says. P. Thampi, the father of a student, Vineeth Thampi, studying MSc at the Dubai campus of Hariot Watt University (Scotland), holds similar views. In post-globalisation India, parents and students by and large are for quality education. The question of recognition arises only when you go for government jobs. But these days people are not that crazy for government jobs,' he says. Fat salaries and opportunities in the private sector are driving forces behind the craze for foreign degrees. Private firms these days are not too bothered about the recognition part of foreign certificates. If you can deliver, there is no dearth of employment opportunities. The grass is greener...

Navdeep Kaur, MBA (Human Resources), Mt Albert University, New Zealand

'I had completed one-year diploma in business management (Human Resources) in the year 2007 from Symbosis Institute, Pune. After that I got job in a consultancy firm in the HR department at Chandigarh. Although the salary was good for a beginner like me, but somehow I was not satisfied with the job. Then I decided to go for a masters degree in the same field. As I searched for good management schools in India and looked at their fee structure, I found out that the fee was very high. Then I thought why I should spend so much money here? Instead, I decided to go abroad for higher studies. I chose Mt Albert University, New Zealand. According to the immigration policy of New Zealand, after completion of the degree, you get a two-year working visa. I think students run after foreign degrees because of these reasons:

Firstly, they get the chance to work while studying there. As in India this kind of work and study culture is not very developed.

Secondly, they get the chance to establish themselves there.

Thirdly, there is no reservation, corruption, and favouritism in the admission process in these universities, and later in the job market.'

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