Mood is upbeat at Sri Ram College of Commerce.
With air-conditioned classrooms equipped with LCD projectors, tiled floors, matching blinds, polished furniture and wall-mounted fences for better air circulation, the college now boasts of world-class infrastructure.
And all this has been made possible by some well-placed alumni of the college.
“SRCC alumni have donated Rs 6 crore to help us get state-of-the-art equipment and renovate classrooms. Each alumnus has adopted one classroom and paid Rs 6 lakh for the revamp,” said P.C. Jain, principal of the college.
“SRCC gets the best students from all over the country. After studying in reputed public schools, they are disappointed by the poor infrastructure in our colleges,” said Jain. “We understand that the government cannot fund everything and decided to get the help of the college alumni,” he said.
The alumni have also pledged more help to renovate the college library and construct a centrally air-conditioned block.
“SRCC is a terrific institution. However, for our colleges to become truly world class, we must have the best tutorial and research facilities. Colleges should be allowed to tap into many other sources of funding and, as alumni, we are willing to do a lot more for our college,” said Pramod Bhasin, president and CEO, Genpact.
The college has also provided laptops to 60 of its permanent faculty members.
“In order to retain the best, faculty should be properly rewarded and given incentives to stay back,” said Bhasin, who has adopted one classroom.
Students are excited about their new-age classrooms.
“From a dull and boring classroom, we have graduated to a much brighter and cleaner environment. Presentations can be made in every classroom now. But the best part is that we don’t have to sweat it out during summers anymore,” said Urvashi Gupta, second year BCom (H) student.
Unlike the IITs, which have actively sought the help of their distinguished alumni to sponsor chairs and fund infrastructure, universities in India are 100 per cent dependent on government fund.
“SRCC has the best intake of students and faculty. But good colleges cannot be merely dependent on UGC funds,” said Arun Jaitley, class of 1973 and BJP general secretary.
“The governing body of SRCC and the alumni are working in tandem. Classrooms have been improved and next in line are the auditorium, cafeteria and hostels,” he said.
“There is no point in cribbing about what the government cannot provide. A little imagination has enabled us to tap into a huge reservoir of not only funds, but also contribution in terms of ideas, industry exchange and curriculum input,” said Jain.