Coders’ Club

A rig­or­ous all-round fo­cus and an eye on the next big thing in com­puter ap­pli­ca­tions has stood Christ Univer­sity in good stead

India Today - - BEST COLLEGES - By Vishnu Nath

AS A FOR­MER STU­DENT, it was a proud mo­ment for me to see Christ Univer­sity com­ing out on top once again as the No. 1 col­lege in the coun­try for a Bach­e­lor of Com­puter Ap­pli­ca­tions (BCA) de­gree. If there’s one thing the univer­sity has taught me, it’s that life is filled with op­por­tu­ni­ties just wait­ing to be grabbed. The three years I spent in the col­lege not only in­stilled in me a solid foun­da­tion but also equipped me with all the tools one needs to face the chal­lenges life throws at you.

If there was a word to de­scribe the 2014 BCA batch, it would be ‘colour­ful’. We were a tal­ented batch from all over the coun­try, and var­i­ous other parts of the world as well. In my first year, I was in­tro­duced to the world of pro­gram­ming (as well as the world of Christ Univer­sity). Our lec­tur­ers put in a lot of ef­fort at ev­ery ses­sion to help us un­der­stand the fun­da­men­tals of their sub­ject. The fac­ulty were all highly ap­proach­able and un­der­stand­ing.

Col­lege life is not all about aca­demics, so I joined the stu­dent wel­fare of­fice as an an­chor for univer­sity-level pro­grammes. In fact, my pro­fes­sors en­cour­aged me to par­tic­i­pate when I got a chance to be an an­chor for ‘In­bloom’, the na­tional-level in­ter­col­le­giate fest at Christ

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Univer­sity (even though I had to miss a few classes for it).

My sec­ond year was quite a chal­lenge as more sub­jects were added to the syl­labus. It in­cluded ones from other streams such as Fi­nan­cial Ac­count­ing and Tech­ni­cal English. In fact, the univer­sity puts a lot of fo­cus on in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary stud­ies (even psy­chol­ogy), which has made us bet­ter pre­pared for the out­side world. And on top of that, as sec­ond-year stu­dents, we had to take on the re­spon­si­bil­ity for or­gan­is­ing de­part­men­tal events, which in­cluded our very own na­tion­al­level fest, ‘In­ter­face’.

This was an in­cred­i­ble learn­ing op­por­tu­nity for all of us, as we got to meet stu­dents from col­leges across In­dia and hone our tal­ents. We also got op­por­tu­ni­ties to visit col­leges within Kar­nataka as well as out­side the state to par­tic­i­pate in var­i­ous IT fests.

As part of the course, we had to ded­i­cate two to four hours a week to work­ing on our own re­search projects. On a per­sonal level, I felt the third year was the best as we man­aged to take In­ter­face to a whole new level. I also gained a lot of clar­ity about ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in this cho­sen field of mine as well as op­tions for a post­grad­u­ate de­gree thanks to the var­i­ous place­ment ac­tiv­i­ties.

An­other mem­o­rable event I was part of was ‘Daksh’, the col­lege’s ca­reer fair. It was a unique ex­pe­ri­ence get­ting to in­ter­act with the pre-de­gree stu­dents and help­ing them with their ca­reer choices. With that, the aca­demic year ended, so af­ter an amaz­ing farewell party thrown by our ju­niors, my class­mates and I bid farewell to B.C.A and Christ Univer­sity.

Look­ing back, I re­alise that I will for­ever cher­ish all the won­der­ful mo­ments I had at Christ Univer­sity, whether it was eat­ing hot mo­mos in the col­lege cafe­te­ria or once even be­ing rep­ri­manded in the coun­sel­lor’s of­fice for some mis­chief mon­ger­ing. I guess that’s the beauty of col­lege life. It stays in your heart for­ever, long af­ter you’ve climbed those dizzy­ing lad­ders of suc­cess.

Vishnu Nath was part of the 2014-’17 BCA batch

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