The weather, I could say, is Bangalore’s USP. It’s pleasant and welcoming in a city which also comes out tops when it comes to education, cultural activities and a thriving nightlife. Over a period of time, Bangalore has been called Garden City; Silicon Valley; IT capital and now education hub. In a decade, thousands of institutions and IT companies have come up here. With high-quality education and some of the best companies in Bangalore, it’s hard for people across the globe to ignore the opportunities available in the city.
It’s not only that. Bangalore has produced some of the finest talent in the world, be it sports, music, dance or literature. This is possible as the institutions strongly believe in holistic education.
Consider any of the top institutions such as Christ University, St Joseph’s, Mount Carmel and Jyoti Nivas. They have tried their best to meet world-class standards and at the same time contribute to society. These colleges have compulsory programmes under which participants have to work towards upliftment of the underprivileged.
Ragging is a big no-no. Violators are punished and in some cases, will be handed over to the police. However, no ragging cases have been reported from most colleges.
Another highlight is the placements. Most of these colleges have recorded 100% placements. At the same time, the colleges encourage students to become entrepreneurs.
What’s interesting is the encouragement given to sports. Some of these colleges give credits to students who actively participate in sports and extra-curricular activities. In some colleges, sponsorships are extended to exceptional talent. Most of the colleges also give out innumerable scholarships to deserving candidates.
There are fee waivers for poor meritorious students and disabled ones as well.
One thing stands out in most colleges — research. Be it pure science, commerce, arts or even engineering, there is a lot of encouragement for research activities. Last but not least, colleges have made detailed information available at the click of a mouse. With most colleges being Wi-Fi-enabled, students can log into their laptops/computers anywhere on campus. Also, the majority of colleges have adopted newer teaching/learning methods and set up well-equipped laboratories and computers in classrooms. Colleges also have biometric attendance systems for teachers; computerised attendance for students and above all, the latest developments which can be followed on Youtube and Facebook.
Amardeep, Student, BTech (computer science), Jain University
This computer engineering aspirant from New Delhi took a couple of tests. He secured a good rank in the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental college-Karnataka (Comed-K) entrance and decided to study in Bangalore.
Amardeep couldn’t join classes at his chosen institution, Jain University, immediately due to personal problems. He joined after a week. Like many others, he was nervous on the first day. But when he saw a few familiar faces he was relieved. “It took me nearly three days to feel comfortable,” says Amardeep (who uses only his first name), a second-year BTech (computer science) student.
Talking about studying here, he says, “Teachers are really good. It’s not just teaching a subject. It’s much more than that. It’s about skill-based teaching. Here, they see how an individual student progresses.”
It was a new culture altogether for Amardeep. “I liked the weather here as compared to Delhi’s. What I don’t like is the roads — they are very narrow. However, Bangalore is developing. I like it more than Delhi. The city is clean, less polluted. Bangaloreans don’t interfere in others’ business,” he says. Later on, he plans to work in the Garden City. Food has not been an issue so far. However, he admits that it is not easy to get authentic north Indian fare on campus. “There is a south Indian flavour in north Indian food,” he says.
Amardeep is happy with hostel life. “The first one month the seniors were not allowed to talk to us. Later, we introduced ourselves to them. It was good. The management is strictly against ragging. So, we didn’t get ragged,” he says.
Since Amardeep is not someone who parties or goes to pubs, night is mostly restricted to chatting with friends or playing some games. —Shruthi Balakrishna Christ University, Hosur Road
Dynamic and holistic
Covered with lush green, Christ University has had robust growth. Established in 1969 as Christ College with only 300 students, it now has around 10,000 students. It became the first college in south India to be re-accredited with A+ by NAAC. The college updates its website regularly. Students can find it on Twitter, Flickr, Youtube and Facebook. They can also catch up on the latest happenings on its blog.
Game for more
The varsity has courts for major games like basketball, football, tennis, volleyball, throwball and hockey. It has fitness centres as well
Among all events, the favourite of Christites is the Ethnic Day
The library has more than 2.5 lakh books, 27 newspapers etc
A drink and a bite
The university has a cafeteria, a Fresteria, a kiosk, a snack bar, and a food court
Christ University was established in 1969 as Christ College
Programmes & cut-off
There is no cut-off for degree courses except BCom (regular and F&A) which is based on qualifying exam performance and merit based on cut-off scores. For BBM, BBA, etc, academic performance, entrance test, micro presentation and interview are considered. Details on christuniversity.in
There are total of 460 teachers in the University. Of these, 126 have doctorates
See ‘Programmes & cut-off’
Students are attracted towards the ‘Christite culture’ which is dynamic and holistic (Fr) Abraham Vettyankal, CMI, PVC