'Autonomy has improved quality of education'

'Autonomy has improved quality of education'

The NMKRV College for Women wore a festive look on Sunday with as many as 482 students from graduate and postgraduate courses being awarded convocation certificates .

Delivering the convocation lecture, N S Rame Gowda, former vice-chancellor of Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) said that prior to 1997, the quality of education in degree colleges was just about average as most of the colleges were affiliated to a university and had no freedom to upgrade the syllabus or include curricula of their choice.

 However, he said, numerous colleges were declared autonomous after this period, which has given them the freedom to choose the syllabus. This has improved the quality of education.

While the system of affiliated colleges is a bane to the education system, autonomous universities have the choice of offering add-on courses, which enhances value of the courses available, he said.

Rame Gowda said that opportunity can be given to professors of private institutions to head universities. “Usually, the vice-chancellor of a university is chosen from the university itself. But there are many brilliant professors in private colleges who deserve to be at the helm of affairs,” he pointed out.

Rubia Banu, topper of the college in BBM, said students must look out for add-on courses before applying for any college. Speaking in particular about students interested in Business Studies, Rubia Banu felt that there are hundreds of colleges offering BBM and students will find themselves without career opportunities if they do not research about the college before applying.
Browsing the website of the college and studying the past results of the college is a must, said the student who is interested in research analysis. There is no dearth for job opportunities right after BBM and most of her friends have been placed through the college placement cell, said Banu. Her word of advice to students interested in the subject was to pursue postgraduation which would take them that extra mile in their careers later.