This is for the thousands of DU hopefuls who have already submitted their forms and are curious to know more about the colleges they’ve applied to in order to arrive at an informed decision. HT Horizons presents college report cards designed by the students for the students.
Exactly 3840 students were interviewed at their college premises by HT Horizons and research partner Ipsos for these report cards of over 40 colleges and 14 courses. The institutions were examined through the lens of teaching environment, resources and infrastructure, brand and management environment, intellectual climate and personal development and social opportunities.
Teaching environment factored in competence of the teaching staff and how they made studies interesting, the commitment and enthusiasm displayed by the staff, including the advice and support provided by them and accessibility. The academic staff was also judged by students on the basis of their exposure to current trends, research in field of both national and international studies, their emphasis on academic achievement through coursework and project work and exposure to practical applications beyond the classroom.
Resources and infrastructure took into account the quality of library resources, including range of journal subscriptions, archival facilities, quality of IT resources available, including e-enablement, quality of specialised facilities such as equipment and labs required for the course, quality of the campus, quality of boarding and lodging facilities, including the quality of canteen and mess. Students also judged their college facilities on the basis of resources provided for sports and other extra-circular activities like dramatics / music etc, the quality of security provided on campus and effectiveness of placement services.
The parameter of brand and managenent environment looked into aspects such as discipline among students, academic and support staff (strikes, work politics, criminalisation etc.), the emphasis on student led activities like college festivals, creative activities and development activities, the overall social responsibility displayed by the college such as taking the lead in issues of national / local interest, participation in development work etc and the overall repute and history of the brand.
Students also judged their college based on the intellectual climate pervading their campus, the academic involvement of the student community, the emphasis on all-round exposure for students and faculty and the range of seminars or events held as part of day-to-day academic schedule.
The report card also ranked institutions on the basis of the opportunities provided for personal development — whether it offered clubs and societies such as debating, dramatics etc or not, the quality of opportunities available to socialise etc.