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10 points to consider while choosing a College in India

It’s really important to choose a right college as it’s going to help you in shaping your career and achieve your Goals. I have listed 9 points to think about before making your decision. You need to prioritise these points as per your circumstances and career goal.

1) University Affiliation 
Some colleges are fake and they are there just to make money. For short term profits they take affiliation of some unknown university or in some cases even affiliation is not there. Students of these new colleges sometimes could not even complete their degree course. And even if they complete their degree is not valid ( not accepted in market). We read such cheating /fraud colleges news every year, but still ever year some new college starts to fool students. So be aware of such new colleges and their attractive courses. Don’t even fall in their trap of discounts in fees.  Make sure that the college you are choosing is affiliated to some recognised university which is known to companies for placement and to entire world if you are planning to go abroad for higher studies.

2) Teaching Quality
It’s really difficult to get good teachers in colleges. In some colleges teaching faculty include freshers who do not have much teaching experience, some of them work on contract basis with low salaries, some don’t have the will to develop next generation. Sometimes teachers are not even able to solve student’s doubts. Some reputed colleges have experienced staff but many a times they act very strict and don’t help students to improve their drawbacks. In Some colleges they focus only on scholar students and ignore weak students to showcase their results. That’s the reason in a country like India Coaching classes are popular.

So join that college which has good teachers who know how to teach and are willing to help students. Otherwise join coaching classes for knowledge and  some average college which is nearby your home, not strict on attendance and gives good marks.

 3) Placements 
That’s the ultimate goal for most of the college students. Some colleges take extra efforts and arrange campus placements for students. Campus in college is the best and easiest way for students to get the job. Later on it becomes difficult to search and get job on your own. Students of other colleges, that do not provide placements, have to struggle to get job. There are placement agents  and websites which will help you to get the job. But it’s better to get it in campus and sooner is better. So take admission in that college which has good placements.

4) Marks
In over populated country like India it’s really a rat race. Marks have become more important than knowledge or skills. It’s really  sad that students have become marks oriented rather than knowledge oriented. They will pay attention in class only if it’s important for exam.  Some colleges are very strict on giving marks to students as they don’t want to give marks easily. On the other hand some colleges give good marks( better than what student deserves) to maintain their college results. Marks are important for taking admission to higher studies and sometimes even for Job.  Most of the multinational companies demand first class from students during placements. So colleges giving more marks in internals and practical exams are preferred.

5) Attendance
Some colleges are strict about your lecture attendance. When teachers don’t teach well, students feel it’s a waste of time to attend their lectures and thus bunk classes. But then these strict teachers will not allow you for practical if you don’t attend their lectures or they will deduct your marks in internal / practical exam. Whereas some colleges are lenient on this matter. They don’t mind students remaining absent. Such colleges are preferred by students as it saves their college time which they can invest for their self study or other activities.

6) Fees
Though University mentions standard fees for every course, it has been observed that colleges vary in their Fee structure. They charge you extra for laboratory, placements or it’s preparation, uniform, extracurricular activities, compulsory study trips, building fund, etc. Everybody may not be financially sound to pay for all those additional things. At the same time some colleges do give instalment facility for paying college fees. The time when children go to college most of their parents are in retirement phase, also there can be siblings who are studying for which they will also needs funds. So choose college as per your financial conditions. It’s not matter of 1 year, it’s 3 to 5 years depending on your course. Circumstances in family change over period of time and college fees may increase every year.

7) Course conduction
University gives syllabus and guidelines for conducting the course but then it all depends on colleges how to implement it. In some colleges they don’t even teach complete syllabus but give marks to keep students happy and maintain results of their college. On the other hand in some colleges teachers/department go out of way and conduct lot of activities for students to develop student’s abilities.

Colleges in India have become a good business. They focus on only giving education (Quality? ) and least bothered about products they are creating. What about huge crowed passing out every year from these numerous colleges? Do they get Jobs?? 80% don’t as these students are not employable. There are some good colleges who try to make students job ready. They arrange extra sessions for aptitude, interview practice, improving communication skills,etc. These sessions really help students in getting job. Very few colleges or departments even encourage students to start their own business. Teachers of these colleges go out of way and help students in achieving their  career goals.

And What about Extracurricular activities ? Only books or teachers don’t teach you. The personality of student develops in college environment. In Some colleges teachers don’t want additional responsibility so apart from teaching syllabus they don’t encourage any extracurricular activities. Whereas some colleges arrange annual social gathering, trips, days n parties for students to mix with each other and learn to handle social responsibilities. Such colleges even share responsibilities with students and ask them to manage these events.  To develop student’s personality in 360 degrees, join that college which offers lot of extracurricular activities. Mix fun with learning and create memories to cherish in your old days.

8) support from teachers
To solve their financial problems, some students earn and learn. For them Job or their business is most important for their life. Sometimes it’s a survival issue. Due to their job they may not be able to attend lectures or sometimes even practicals. In this scenario you should talk to teachers before taking admission and check how flexible they are on attendance and how they can support you. Another possibility is what if you are hospitalised for long time and due to which you missed college. Are teachers willing to give you extra time to teach you what you missed?
So, Don’t choose strict college, instead Prefer a college which is willing to help you.

9) Distance / location of college
New colleges open in new areas which are usually far from city Considering traffic in your city, check how much time you will be spending in travelling? Everyone gets 24hrs in a day and we need to make best use of it. Though your college is good but if it is far, you will spend more time in travelling, in turn you will get less time for self study, assignment completion, preparation for exam/job,etc. You might lag behind and to cope up you might have to bunk college, which might affect your internal exam marks.

10) Crowd
Last but not the least it’s important to know how’s the crowd in that college where you will be spending golden period of your life. crowd defines the standard of that college. Based on how’s your personality, financial condition, academics; you need to check is that college compatible with you? Will you be able to easily mix easily with others and learn, perform and excel in that college? Think !! Will you really get what you want from that college or will you be just wasting your time in bothering about some unnecessary things.

So, Does College really matter?
If Placement is your goal then remember it totally depends on individual ( skills, abilities, knowledge, aptitude,etc..) College can at the most give you a platform for placements.

Now before choosing college meet seniors or current students of that college and take their feedback on all above points and then decide your college.

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Should I take Admission to Autonomous college ??

The Final year Results are out !! Like every year students started asking me questions related to their career and higher education. This year, a frequently asked question by my students is “Should I take admission to FC or MIT for post graduation?”

A current trend in education is that famous colleges under Pune University are becoming autonomous and are taking freedom to design their own syllabus and way of implementing it. It’s not new concept as Bharti was the first in Pune then Symbiosis and then COEP did it. Following their footsteps now Ferguson and MIT are going on same track.

For admission it’s difficult to take a call at the moment as this is their first year. According to me those who wish to take admissions to these autonomous colleges FC or MIT should go ahead because of following points :
– Compare their syllabus with Pune University. It’s better than Pune University.
– Their placement will be same as it was due to efforts taken by the college and brand created in market.
– Another thing is because it’s their first year, they will have to give their best to prove their quality and get more admissions in future.

The only hitch is, these colleges(now Universities) may not be famous internationally or may not have world ranking like Pune University. Pune University is famous all over the world and is known as Oxford of the east.

After all Quality of education depends on how that college delivers it and it mainly depends on their teachers. I hope colleges like Ferguson and MIT will maintain their quality of education.
Last but not the least, it also depends on that student as a individual How much s/he has interest in learning, willing to study and develop his/her abilities and skill set to match with industry requirements.
Remember !!  college or educational institute alone can not do anything.
Good Luck !!

Waiting for Job Call ?

ConfusedSituation : Got an offer letter from Company but waiting for their call to Join !!
Recently such students met me and were discussing their problem with me to find out what they can do?
When they came, I found they were Panic, so I thought of writing this post for all such fresher students who are in same situation.
Guys, First thing is Don’t Panic!!
Since 1st Standard U were into scheduled life and suddenly after so many years U r facing this blank period of Life, where U have nothing to do.
Some students are tensed as their friends have gone ahead on their track. Some have started their jobs,some have joined their family business and others started their higher education. what about me ????
Seating Idle 😦
Pls try n understand the situation, God has given U something that U will crave for in future…… the time.
U don’t have to Run because others are running!! isn’t it?
Now the question is how do I fill this undefined blank period?
I m suggesting U few options :

option A)

Once U start working, U will never get holidays till U retire. So do whatever U wanted to Do in ur life that U couldn’t do it earlier due to ur busy academic schedule. I am sure once ur job will start again U will become busy and will not get enough time for ur things. Go for long trip, learn guitar, work out( build ur body), go for trek, read books which U wanted from long time, learn cooking (will be really useful for whole life), play sports, learn swimming, photography, etc… do what U love to Do.

option B)

Go for Higher Education if U really want to study. U can take admission to Post Graduate course at any college where U will be allowed to remain absent (when ur job starts) and appear directly for exam. Do that course sincerely till U get ur job call. Once the job starts, complete this course externally in ur own pace along with ur job. Advantage of this option is U will not feel left out as U r studying with ur friends, U will eventually complete ur Post Graduation. And most important thing, in case if U don’t like ur job profile or company location then U can leave that Job and continue ur education. U can try for other job during ur PG

option C)

In case if U don’t want to do post graduation or invest so much time of ur life then U can do some small course like web development or mobile app development(android). You can either do it from some institute or u can learn on ur own from books or internet. The risk side is whatever you are learning might go waste as it may not be required for ur job and if u don’t use it, eventually U will forget it. But if u r tech savvy then U will at least get a happiness of learning something new.

option D)

 In case if U don’t wish to invest money or time in any course then U can try getting job in other company. Go for their test and walk-in interviews. If U like new company/location/job profile, U can continue with new company and forget waiting for old job call. If U don’t like new company, U can leave it as soon as U get a call from old company. In this option U will not loose money, rather U will earn money, gain more knowledge while working and get experience of work environment.

So, now it’s up to U, How would U like to spend ur blank time.

Don’t Worry!! One day, U will get ur job call and then ur life will become busy again.

Be +ve, think +ve ( Don’t listen to any rumor or believe on their negative statements)

Be Happy 🙂

Failed in First year of Graduation?

fail exam

Now what ? 1 year break
Should I change course or should I repeat first year? Should I change college?

You need to understand, What are real reasons of failing?

– Failed in choosing course?

if you misunderstood your current course or now if you realize that you are not liking your current course then better change it as you will not succeed if you do not have interest in it.

– Failed in understanding subjects?

What efforts have you taken? did you attain college lectures? did u read books ? did you join classes for extra coaching if you are not understanding in college? In spite of taking all these efforts if you have failed then better change course. If you honestly feel that you have not taken those efforts then join good coaching class and build your foundation strong. Alternatively change your college and take fresh admission to better college where you will get better teaching and you can create your fresh new image.

– Failed in preparation of Exam?

Some times you treat first year as rest year and enjoy your new college life too much as a result you study less and when exam comes it’s too late to realize that you have very less or no time to prepare. In this situation you can repeat first year either in same college or fresh admission in other college and focus more on studies.

– Failed in writing papers?

Refer to EQPS or answer papers of scholar students to understand how to score good marks. Practice writing papers with time limit and ask your subject teachers to check and give their feedback on improving your scores.
Request University/college and get photocopy of your papers and find out where you went wrong. If possible also get some scholar student’s help and get their answer paper photocopy to compare their answers with yours.

– Are you outsider (hostelite student)?

You need some time to adjust with new city, people, climate, food style(mess), responsibilities,  etc…
if you are leaving away from home for the 1st time then normally you tend to enjoy your freedom as it’s new city for you and mostly no body knows them, so freak out, Enjoy Life ,  party !!. Eventually you Study very less and result is FAIL in academics.

– Failed because of Medical or exceptional problem? you could not prepare or give papers.

Better repeat 1st year, study hard, score high and make best use of your break time.

Now what ?   what now

If you are year down then now you have to think of Whether to repeat 1st year in same college or take fresh admission to 1st year in different college?
it’s up to you. If you are self driven and if you think you really did not study last year then use this year and study hard. If required get coaching from good class to build your foundation strong.
If you take admission to college then again you will have to attain college compulsory (lectures and practicals) which will leave you very less time for studies. instead I will advise you to join classes. Further if you are really weak then try to get some personal tutor to help you personally.
If you take admission to same college for 1st year for same course then it won’t make much difference as most of the things will be same. Instead you can think of changing college and create your fresh image. Take college that has good faculties / placements / near by your home.

How can I make best use of year?

– study in depth of failed subjects, practice earlier year question papers, score high, get good percentage which will help you in getting job.
– In Pune university backlog exam will be in October, so till October exam focus only on ur failed subjects and make them strong. After your backlog exam start studying 2nd year syllabus on ur own (from books, Internet, private institutes) so that you will shine in 2nd year and give you more confidence.

Remember!!

“First year is not a Rest year, it’s  a Test year”.

You need to test whether you are in right course. If it’s not suitable to you then better change course instead of just dragging your self for another 3 years and get paper degree which will be of no use.

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