Choosing the right college can be a nightmare for the brightest of Class 12 passouts. However, if you listen to the right experts and get the right help, it becomes easy. We bring you expert advice on how to go about it.
Course should be the first priority
Experts say that choosing the right course can be half the battle won. “Students can go in for an aptitude test after Class 12. Most times, however, teachers can be their best guides as they are usually well-versed with the talent of students,” says Priya Chadha, head, jour nalism department, SD Colle ge, Sector 32.
Consider job opportunities
Job opportunities available after the course should be an important f actor. “It is a competitive world. Rather than doing graduation for the sake of doing it, students must be proactive and know how the course will influence their career graph and the job opportunities available,” says JS Raghu, principal, Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11.
Shortlist colleges based on your cut-off
Now, shortlist colleges where you can be eligible for admission. Since most colle ges do not hold entrance exam for graduation courses, the cutoffs of previous years can help one shortlist the college as per requirement.
Of the shortlisted colleges, find those with best faculty
Finding colleges with the right faculty remains the challenge. “The faculty needs to be interactive and qualified. With advances in technology, a lot of information is available online; so teachers who help students understand things are needed. We don’t need talking computers in classrooms, but real teachers,” says BC Josan, principal, DAV College, Sector 10.
Students must speak to seniors pursuing the course to understand the kind of faculty the college has and problems being faced, if any.
Check the infrastructureSome of you might think that checking the infrastr ucture should be the first ste p, but this can wait. However, nothing needs to be left to chance. T he libraries, labs, hostels and even the basic infrastructure in classrooms needs to be verified before zeroing in on a college. "A student must ensure that there is proper infrastructure in the colle ge or studies will suffer unnecessarily, " say s Dalip Kumar, associate professor, Government College for Girls, Sector 42.
Know the fee charged and scholarships offered
There is a tendency among students to opt for government colleges solely because of the low fee . Conversely, a private colle ge is chosen as it of fers more facilities. Both decisions are shortsighted, say experts “For courses like BCom, both government as well as private colleges charge the same fee.
Students must know this. Then, there are scholarships available with private colleges. A student must know the ins-and-outs of the cost before deciding on a college,” says Manohar Lal, principal, Government College for Arts, Sector 10.
“Students should shortlist a couple of colle g es and then compare them based on their location. The location should not be the sole criterion. Going an extra mile for quality education should never be an issue,” says Ramneek Shar ma, dean, college instructions, Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11.
Look at extra-curricular activities
Experts claim that before finalising a college, it pays to enquire on the extracurricular activities offered.
HOW AND WHERE MUST YOU LOOK FOR INFORMATION?
Correct information on colleges can be found on their websites, but do remember to consult seniors. A prospectus remains the most trustworthy document available on the options a college offers.
Photocopy of Class 12 marksheet
Character certificate from the institute from where the student passed Class 12
Documentary proof for students applying under sports /SC/ ST/Defence/ handicap/single girl child or any other such category
Passport size photographs
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Aditi Kaith, Economics (honours) MCM DAV College, Sector 36, Chandigarh
Faculty helped swing decision
For Aditi Kaith, it was the availability of faculty for a difficult and technical subject like economics that swung the decision in favour of her college. “I opted for economics and zeroed in on the MCM DAV for its faculty,” she claims. She consulted several seniors before taking admission.
Rajat Rawat, First year, BSc (Biotechnology), DAV College, Sector 10
Choice of course, college overrode all else
For Rajat Rawat, it was the opportunity that the college afforded to him to study other subjects that made him choose DAV-10 Chandigarh. “I wanted to study bio-technology along with other subjects. The DAV has a good reputation for sciences and provides me with an environment, where I can do other things, besides studies,” he claims.