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Sofiya Shahiwala

Sofiya Shahiwala

Writing Intern at Perennial Publications LLP
Sofiya Shahiwala is a young undergraduate in English who excels at multiple levels. At such a tender age she is also a tutor of english language as well as a published writer. One of our youngest interns, she has made her mark with her writing skills and work ethics.
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With the new academic session having already begun, or just around the corner for many students, Sofiya’s article has some general but relevant tips for those who are confused as to which institution should they choose from the gamut of choices available to them.

The article has been co-authored and edited by Ashay Anand.

The new academic year is around the corner and most of the students have either taken admission or are waiting to get into a good college. While the new academic session has already begun in leading universities like University of Delhi or University of Calcutta, there are JEE examinees still finishing their counselling waiting to secure a last minute seat in a good institute. Whether a student secures admission on basis of his/her score in the board examinations or on the basis of an entrance test, everyone wants a good college. But what actually classifies as a good college? Is it about a sprawling campus or the guarantee of placements, a distinguished and reputed faculty or a rank bestowed by one of the leading magazines or dailies? Also, what do I choose? Should I go to a tried and tested government college or opt for a glittery private university?

I am so confused!

Getting Admission is difficult, especially when you’re an average student striving to get into one of the better universities. The fear of being left out, the pressure and anxiety related to merit lists and the tautness of the cut-off can make every other student want to do some research from their side. What should I choose? This or That? What if I make the wrong choice?

So I thought of jotting down some friendly tips for students like me who are confused with the choices they have in front of them. But before I get to the tips, let me tell you that I have actually seen people with poor educational background do extremely well in their lives. Even billionaires like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerburg don’t assign much importance to college education when it comes to succeeding in life. That being said, a college degree is definitely a must for almost everyone if they want to secure a steady job or even to educate themselves or gain some friendly exposure without actually jumping into the thick of things. The importance of college can’t be understated.

Now here are a few tips which might help you decide which sort of a college you want to get into.

Government colleges mostly give admissions adhering to the merit list and obviously, one with higher grades is given the first priority. On the other hand, Private institutions have their own criteria but can be open to  giving you admission on spot, just by paying the admission fee; which is, by default, very high or through management quotas and donations.

Supposedly, if you’re not getting admission in Harvard, you will have to go to Penn State by paying double the amount of fees.

It’s fine if you have no other choice. But does the higher fee guarantee better education?  Do colleges offer education worth the buck you spend? 

Although Private colleges have a comparatively better infrastructure, it is not the sole criteria that makes a college good. To actually rank as a good institution; their academic value, teaching staff, placement and internship opportunities, curricular and extra curricular exposure, doubt solving and most importantly, you, their students are of immense importance. A good alumni, a challenging peer circle and an environment that invokes and  nurtures knowledge is what makes a college actually worthy for your time and money. Usually government colleges get students with better grades due to higher cut-offs and so they’re  the top ranked colleges according to various surveys.

Take the example of two excellent institutions to pursue law in India; The O.P. Jindal Law College and The Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. While Jindal Law school, being a private institution with deep pockets offers excellent infrastructure, an enviable teaching faculty, surplus opportunities for personal growth and campus placements that outshine Delhi University’s dilapidated and outdated government infrastructure, limited co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities and modest campus placements, DU’s Law Faculty is still a pioneering institution which guarantees a secure future to its students at a fraction of O.P Jindal’s fee, an unparalleled alumni network and a brand name any institution of this nation could rely upon. So, it is totally up to you as to which institution you would prefer!

If you are happy shelling out lakhs of rupees, private universities can be a good choice but if you are looking for quality at an inexpensive price, government universities are what you’re looking for!

Also, with Private Universities getting established in every nook and corner today, they present practical challenges like offering dubious certifications which might put you at peril. On the other hand some of these tie up with MNC’s and other companies to get their students secure and lucrative campus placements. One needs to be very careful while choosing a good private college!

Contrasting this, Government colleges have a better reputation and usually have valid credentials but they might lack contacts with great job offering companies and might not ensure  that you leave the college with a job in hand. 

Talking about placements, it’s something you’ve to worry about at the end of your course or even Master’s in today’s age, which is a long way from where you’re looking at.

What I’m saying is, wherever you get into, you’re the one with potential, come what may. You’ve to work hard for all 6 years to achieve what you took admission for in the first place. Good Luck For Your Future and Cheers to the new Academic year.

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