Widely known by sobriquets such as the Garden City, Silicon Valley and Byte Basket, Bangalore is also one of India’s finest educational hubs. Apart from world-famous institutions such as the Indian Institute of Science, Indian Institute of Management, Indian Institute of Information Technology, and the Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology, the capital city of Karnataka boasts of first-rate centres of undergraduate and post-graduate non-medical, non-engineering studies such as Christ College, Mt. Carmel College for women, Jyoti Nivas College as well as St Joseph’s College.
Unlike in Delhi and several other parts of the country, undergraduate modules in Karnataka are based on a combination of three subjects and not just one. Therefore, a student completes his degree in all the three subjects. Apart from the specialised subjects, there are two languages, one of which has to be English. Most colleges offer Hindi, French, Gujarati etc. as the second language. All courses are also divided into semesters. The evaluation comprises internal assessment tests as well as the semester finals.
Jyoti Nivas College
Popular courses: B.A. in History, English, Sociology; B.A. in Psychology, Economics, Sociology. B.Sc in Mathematics, Electronics, Computer Science; B.Sc in Physics, Mathematics, Electronics; B.Sc in Biochemistry, Genetics; Biotechnology.
Hostel: One hostel.
Weightage to CBSE, ISC: N/A
Phone no: 080-25530137
Interesting facts: Established in 1966, Jyoti Nivas for women ranks among one of finest colleges in the state. The University Grants Commission granted it autonomous status in 2004, while the Karnataka government declared it autonomous in 2005.
In 2006, the government declared it a College with Potential for Excellence. Thanks to the efforts of the college’s placement cell, alumni of the college have been recruited by renowned companies such as Infosys, Reuters, IMB, Wipro and MTV. It also has a Centre for Social Action to create social consciousness among students to provide them with ample opportunities to work for the less privileged in the society. The center incorporates various programmes on community development.
St Joseph’s College
Popular courses: Bachelor of Computer Application; B.Sc in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics; B.Sc in Physics, Electronics, Mathematics; B.Sc in Chemistry, Botany, Zoology; B.Sc in Environmental Science, Chemistry, Botany; B.Sc in Microbiology, Chemistry, Botany; Physics, Maths, Computer Science; B.Sc in Electronics, Maths, Computer Science
Weightage to CBSE, ISC: N/A. A score of at least 50 per cent in Class XII exams required to be eligible for any course.
Phone no: 080-22211429/222
Interesting facts: Declared autonomous in 2006, this 126-year-old institution has earned a name in providing top-class learning on traditional subjects and subjects belonging to the ‘sunrise sectors.’ A dedicated cell organises placements at the end of the third year of graduation. Students are provided training during the first year as part of a programme in human resource development. Aptitude testing facilities have been provided for students of the college. The cell has a collection of data on careers and higher studies both within and outside the country.
Mount Carmel College
Popular courses: B.A. in Journalism, English Literature, Psychology; B.A. in History, Economics, Political Science; B.A. in Communicative English, Literature, Psychology.
B.Sc in Physics, Chemistry and Math;
B.Sc in Chemistry, Zoology, Microbiology;
B.Sc in Biotechnology, Chemistry, Zoology.
Bachelor of Business Management.
Weightage to CBSE: N/A
Phone no: 080-22261759
Interesting facts: This college for women has an A+ ranking from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. Over the years, it has received several accolades for quality teaching and student development. One of the things that make it special is its Student Government. The members of the government are elected through a free and democratic election. The body ensures ‘communication and control’ and organises cultural fests. As for extra-curricular activities, 29 associations and clubs provide a spectrum of competitions ranging from dancing, singing, painting, clay-modelling and jewellery designing, to public-speaking, acting, quizzing and elocution.
Popular courses: B.A. in Communicative English, English, Psychology; B.A. in Economics, Politics, Sociology; B.A. in History, Economics, Politics; B.A. in Journalism, Psychology, English; Bachelor of Business Administration; Bachelor of Business Management; B.Com (Regular); B.Com (CA); B.Com. (Professional); B.Sc. in Biotechnology, Chemistry, Botany; B.Sc in Biotechnology, Chemistry, Zoology.
Hostel: Two hostels available for boys outside the campus. The college website maintains an updated list of accommodation facilities for girls as well.
Weightage to CBSE, ISC: N/A
Phone no: 080-40129100
Interesting facts: One of the oldest and the best-known seats of education in Karnataka, this college has partnership programmes with universities in the UK, USA, France and the Netherlands for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Students from all over the country and also from abroad come to this college.
It also has a list of about 100 certificate courses during each semester. The courses are on varied subjects ranging from finance, management, technical skills and personality development to languages. Each course is designed to add value to students’ specialisation and employability.
Besides, it has health clubs, laptop labs, libraries, counselling centers and a prayer hall. The Bangalore Urban Arts Commission has been awarding it the best campus award for the past five years for environment, aesthetics and overall maintenance.