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Social commitment and focus on students’ welfare gives this college an edge over competitors

education Updated: Nov 02, 2011 10:43 IST
Shruthi Balakrishna
Shruthi Balakrishna
Hindustan Times

Jyoti Nivas College (autonomous) or JNC for women has remained steadfast to one central commitment – to provide a balanced, comprehensive education in liberal arts, science, commerce and management. What makes it stand out among women’s colleges in Bangalore is social commitment besides academic excellence.

The college — which started with just 47 students and two classrooms in 1966 and today boasts of 2595 enrolees — is sharply focussed on students’ welfare. “We have good facilities. The libraries have good collections and are updated. We have an audio-visual room, where we get to see a lot of documentaries. Student-teacher rapport, too, is really good. The teachers are very approachable. Also, we are encouraged to participate in sports,” says Kavya Balakrishnan, a third-year BA communicative English student.
To contribute its bit to the environment the college has a unit where waste paper is recycled and reused.

“We conduct a lot of exams and tests. Instead of discarding the answer scripts, we recycle them. The paper is reused for answer scripts, letter pads and invitation cards,” says Vasanthi Moses, registrar, JNC.

She adds, “We want to create an atmosphere where students feel at home. We want to encourage and support them in all their activities.”

The college also stresses on six distinctive characteristics of the campus culture (see box) with the major one being “truly Indian”. Quiz Moses on this and she replies, “We want to highlight more of India’s culture. We celebrate all the regional and national festivals. This will help the students know about their roots, their leaders and traditions. We encourage students to go on trips across India so that they learn about different states and their histories.”

In 1999, the Nation Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) first accredited JNC with a five star status and later graded it ‘A’ in 2005. The college also received a certificate of appreciation from Australia’s Deakin University for cooperation and effective partnership in India. The University Grants Commission (UGC) gave it the status of ‘College with Potential for Excellence’ in 2004.

The current staff strength is 118. The number of sanctioned teaching posts is 77.

IT quotient:
It is the first college in Bangalore to have introduced a software called ‘Mathematica’, which comprises formulae, equations and all mathematical techniques in math lab, BCA lab, BSc lab, MBA, and MCA courses. In addition to this, the college has language labs and various softwares to support research.

The college offers BA, BSc, BCA, BCom, BBM, MA (English), MSc (organic chemistry), master of finance and accounting, MCA and MBA degrees.

Six key features
* Truly Indian
* Simplicity of lifestyle
* Respect for life
* Equal opportunities for all
* Environment conducive to learning
* Peace, joy and harmony

Jyoti Nivas College, a Christian minority institution for women, was started by the Sisters of St Joseph of Tarbes in 1966. It’s affiliated to Bangalore University

“I wish our college becomes a deemed-to-be-university, so that there is more flexibility in choosing a single or a combination of courses,” says Aditi Singh, a third-year BA communicative English student

First Published: Nov 01, 2011 11:23 IST