Social commitment and focus on students’ welfare gives this college an edge over competitors
Jyoti Nivas College (autonomous) or JNC for women has remained steadfast to one central commitment – to provide a balanced, comprehensive education in liberal arts, science, commerce and management. What makes it stand out among women’s colleges in Bangalore is social commitment besides academic excellence.
The college — which started with just 47 students and two classrooms in 1966 and today boasts of 2595 enrolees — is sharply focussed on students’ welfare. “We have good facilities. The libraries have good collections and are updated. We have an audiovisual room, where we get to see a lot of documentaries. Student-teacher rapport, too, is really good. The teachers are very approachable. Also, we are encouraged to participate in sports,” says Kavya Balakrishnan, a third-year BA communicative English student.
To contribute its bit to the environment the college has a unit where waste paper is recycled and reused.
“We conduct a lot of exams and tests. Instead of discarding the answer scripts, we recycle them. The paper is reused for answer scripts, letter pads and invitation cards,” says Vasanthi Moses, registrar, JNC.
She adds, “We want to cre- ate an atmosphere where students feel at home. We want to encourage and support them in all their activities.”
The college also stresses on six distinctive characteristics of the campus culture (see box) with the major one being “truly Indian”. Quiz Moses on this and she replies, “We want to highlight more of India’s culture. We celebrate all the regional and national festivals. This will help the students know about their roots, their leaders and traditions. We encourage students to go on trips across India so that they learn about different states and their histories.”
USP: In 1999, the Nation Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) first accredited JNC with a five star status and later graded it ‘A’ in 2005. The college also received a certificate of appreciation from Australia’s Deakin University for cooperation and effective partnership in India. The University Grants