NOT JUST LECTURES Colleges are introducing cocurricular programmes for first year students
MUMBAI: Orientation programmes that give new firstyear degree students an idea about what to expect beyond academics have become a common feature at Mumbai colleges.
The programmes, which highlight what the colleges are planning to introduce for the students in this academic year, including new cells to engage students, workshops to better prepare those interested in higher education as well as focus on social work, have been there for some time but colleges are looking at the ideas with new vigour.
Jai Hind College in Churchgate plans to start an Entrepreneurship Cell to help turn students’ business ideas into reality with the help of industry experts. “Students have some very bright ideas and we want to help them the best way possible. The college will try and bring industry experts to help students understand the work that goes into launching start-ups,” said Ashok Wadia, principal of the college.
He added that the college will also start workshops and courses from the first-year of the degree courses to prepare students for competitive exams for higher education courses, post their graduation.
Since the academic programme is taken care of with regular lectures, more focus is being given to co-curricular activities that can help students in the long run. Many colleges also conduct a host of add-on certificate courses to help build a better Curriculum Vitae for students when they leave college.
At R A Podar College in Matunga, emphasis will be on introducing value education among other things, including academics. “Value Education is a subject for junior college students and we hope to take this subject a notch higher for the degree students. Academics cannot be the whole and soul of college education, and we want to ensure we are teaching the right values to our students, to make them better human beings when they step into the real world,” said Sobhana Vasudevan, principal of the institute.
She added that the college has already asked their staff to come up with ideas that could be introduced in the upcoming academic year, starting mid-June.
Social work has always been given high regard by colleges and students too have found out the importance of the same. At UPG College in Vile Parle, the institute hopes to introduce students to more forms of social work in order to raise more responsible citizens.
“For any higher education degree abroad, the education institutes demand that we participate in social work and the fact that our college encourages us to do so, it comes as an advantage to us,” said Akriti Patel, a second year student.