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In need of a makeover

When Vanya Bisht, 15, was researching junior colleges after her Class 10 results, she was at a loss as the college websites failed to provide her with useful information.

mumbai Updated: Jul 04, 2011 01:03 IST
Sucharita Kanjilal

When Vanya Bisht, 15, was researching junior colleges after her Class 10 results, she was at a loss as the college websites failed to provide her with useful information.

“I wanted to find out about the application procedure, the syllabus and the choice of subjects I would have to take up. I browsed the websites of Narsee Monjee (NM) College and Mithibai College, but was unable to find anything I wanted,” said the Powai resident.

As the online admission process for junior colleges is well underway, students are frequenting college websites in search of information.

While students have been able to understand the application procedures through government booklets and websites, many are finding it difficult to get more information on courses, faculty and college activities. The website of KC College, Churchgate, for example, merely lists courses by name, but does not provide any details about coursework, syllabi or papers.

Freshers aren’t the only ones who find college websites inadequate. Nandini Rao, 19, a student of SIES Nerul, said, “Our website is useful for information on admissions, but it is not always updated.”

Prajakta Bhide 19, who echoes Rao’s sentiments, was unable to find her timetable on the Ramnarain Ruia College site. “Our website is not updated often, so a lot of the information is outdated. Very rarely are student notices put up on the website.”

Bhide, who is a second-year student of economics added, “It is futile to make a website if students cannot use it to find out what is going on. Most importantly, websites should be systematic and user-friendly.”

Prasanna Chandrasekar, 21, a student of KJ Somaiya College of Engineering, Vidyavihar, said, “It would be great if our website had a forum where students and teachers could discuss a particular topic and address grievances, something which we do not currently have.”

The information technology student also said that aesthetic appeal is definitely a criterion that Mumbai colleges overlook. “I think that most college websites look dull, and perhaps more people would visit them if they were nicer to look at.”

Vice-principal of NM College, Sangeeta Kher, insisted that there was nothing amiss in the NM website. “Our website is the only site which is so interactive and up-to-date. We put up every list that comes up on time and any information that a student may require is available. Many colleges do not update their websites often enough though,” she said.

When asked about the lack of information on KC College’s website, principal Manju Nichani said, “If we start giving course details for every subject, the website will run into too many pages. However, if students need more information, we will provide it to them.”