Girl power

So­cial com­mit­ment and fo­cus on stu­dents’ wel­fare gives this col­lege an edge over com­peti­tors

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Shruthi Balakr­ishna

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

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