Com­mer­cial hit

Here are your great com­merce col­leges op­tions out­side Delhi. From in­dus­try-in­te­grated, in­no­va­tive twin­ning cour­ses to weav­ing value ed­u­ca­tion into the syl­labi, most of these in­sti­tutes are giv­ing more than just de­grees to their Bcom stu­dents

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - HT Ed­u­ca­tion Correspondent

There are some col­leges in the coun­try striv­ing to break new ground in com­merce ed­u­ca­tion. Many of them are Col­leges with Po­ten­tial for Ex­cel­lence (a recog­ni­tion by the Univer­sity Grants Com­mis­sion) and some de­rive strength from their au­ton­o­mous sta­tus.

Chen­nai in­sti­tu­tions such as Loy­ola, Stella Maris, and Ethi­raj fo­cus on the “good qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion, ex­pe­ri­enced fac­ulty, and au­ton­o­mous sta­tus which gives a lot of ad­van­tage to stu­dents to get up­dated ed­u­ca­tion in com­merce and eco- nomics,” says Jayaprakash Gandhi, a Salem-based ca­reer con­sul­tant and an­a­lyst.

Stu­dents and alumni of many of the col­leges give the thumbs-up to not only the qual­ity of in­struc­tion at their in­sti­tutes but also to the ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties they could dab­ble in.

Two Ethi­raj Col­lege alumni talked about how the in­sti­tu­tion pre­pared them for ad­vanced ed­u­ca­tion and ca­reers. “The way the cour­ses are struc­tured in the se­mes­ter sys­tems and the fact that we were taught bank­ing in the later part of the BCom course (so it’s fresh in your brain when you grad­u­ate) pre­pared me very well for my ca­reer,” says Shoba Avula, BCom (1984), now as­sis­tant vice pres­i­dent of a Euro­pean bank in Chen­nai.

“I, for one, was a huge ben­e­fi­ciary of my teach­ers’ ded­i­ca­tion, as the base for my sub­se­quent char­tered ac­coun­tancy pro­gramme (in which I se­cured all-In­dia rank 1 in the CA In­ter­me­di­ate and rank 2 in the fi­nal ex­am­i­na­tion) was al­ready well­laid,” adds Deepa Se­shadri, BCom (class of 2001), cur­rently man­ager - gov­er­nance, risk man­age­ment and com­pli­ance so­lu­tions at Price­wa­ter­house­C­oop­ers in Ger­many. She adds, “The in­sti­tu­tion is founded on the high­est stan­dards of in­tegrity, eth­i­cal be­hav­iour, so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal sen­si­tiv­ity and, most im­por­tantly, em­pa­thy and com­pas­sion. These val­ues build char­ac­ter and have trans­formed us into the in­di­vid­u­als we are to­day.”

“Study­ing at Loy­ola was an en­rich­ing part of my life,” says BH Kothari, BCom (1982), cur­rently the pres­i­dent of Loy­ola Col­lege Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion and chair­man of the HC Kothari group of com­pa­nies. “Not only in aca­demics, with the ex­cel­lent fac­ulty but also the di­ver­sity of stu­dents and ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vided me a com­plete, all-round ex­pe­ri­ence. Loy­ola Col­lege was a mile­stone in my life as I learnt to im­bibe the Je­suit val­ues at the same time valu­ing and mak­ing last­ing friend­ships.”

Ban­ga­lore’s Jain Univer­sity has pack­aged the BCom course with many pro­fes­sional cre­den­tials. So, you can take up, for ex­am­ple, a BCom plus CA/CS plus a diploma in gen­eral man­age­ment or a BCom plus a fel­low pro­gramme in in­sur­ance plus ap­plied risk and wealth man­age­ment.

To read the de­tailed col­lege pro­files, go to

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