There are some colleges in the country striving to break new ground in commerce education. Many of them are Colleges with Potential for Excellence (a recognition by the University Grants Commission) and some derive strength from their autonomous status.
Chennai institutions such as Loyola, Stella Maris, and Ethiraj focus on the “good quality of education, experienced faculty, and autonomous status which gives a lot of advantage to students to get updated education in commerce and economics,” says Jayaprakash Gandhi, a Salem-based career consultant and analyst.
Students and alumni of many of the colleges give the thumbs-up to not only the quality of instruction at their institutes but also to the extra-curricular activities they could dabble in.
Two Ethiraj College alumni talked about how the institution prepared them for advanced education and careers. “The way the courses are structured in the semester systems and the fact that we were taught banking in the later part of the BCom course (so it’s fresh in your brain when you graduate) prepared me very well for my career,” says Shoba Avula, BCom (1984), now assistant vice president of a European bank in Chennai.
“I, for one, was a huge beneficiary of my teachers’ dedication, as the base for my subsequent chartered accountancy programme (in which I secured all-India rank 1 in the CA Intermediate and rank 2 in the final examination) was already well-laid,” adds Deepa Seshadri, BCom (class of 2001), currently manager - governance, risk management and compliance solutions at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Germany. She adds, “The institution is founded on the highest standards of integrity, ethical behaviour, social and environmental sensitivity and, most importantly, empathy and compassion. These values build character and have transformed us into the individuals we are today.”
“Studying at Loyola was an enriching part of my life,” says BH Kothari, BCom (1982), currently the president of Loyola College Alumni Association and chairman of the HC Kothari group of companies. “Not only in academics, with the excellent faculty but also the diversity of students and activities provided me a complete, all-round experience. Loyola College was a milestone in my life as I learnt to imbibe the Jesuit values at the same time valuing and making lasting friendships.”
Bangalore’s Jain University has packaged the BCom course with many professional credentials. So, you can take up, for example, a BCom plus CA/CS plus a diploma in general management or a BCom plus a fellow programme in insurance plus applied risk and wealth management.