Elated by the newfound status

Proud moment

It’s a proud moment for the management and students of Kristu Jayanti College for they have finally, after more than three years of hard work, got an ‘autonomous status’, which means the college now has the freedom to frame its own curriculum, fee structure and make sure the results are declared on time.

Sharing his excitement with Metrolife, Principal Fr T A Sebastian says that the college has done well to meet two of the main criteria for the autonomous status. “The college applying for autonomy status should have completed ten years and should have got an ‘A’ grade from  National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). Our college is a 14-year-old institution and we have been working hard towards getting an ‘A’ grade for the last three years,” says Sebastian.

He explains that the college will now have to draw up a new curriculum and get the same approved from Bangalore University and the Government of Karnataka.
Fr Augustine George, head, department of computer science, thinks that the autonomous status has given the college ‘freedom with responsibility’. “This will strengthen and boost the many international exchange programmes by the college,” reasons Augustine. He feels that the results can also be announced on time.

The student community at the college is just as excited as the management is. They say, in one voice, that they can now be confident that they will be evaluated based on what they write and this autonomous status is sure to do away with a lot of long-drawn, unnecessary procedures.

Kezhia S, a student feels, “The evaluation of answer sheets will now be free and fair. We can expect to get our results on time without any complications.” Akash, another student, pitches in, “We will be marked on what we write and the many loopholes can be plugged. We will now have the freedom to include more practical aspects into the curriculum.”

Geethu V, a student, is excited about the inclusion of yoga as a separate category. “We didn’t have any way to de-stress and now with so much pressure on academics, the inclusion of yoga will make a big difference to us — both at college and at a personal level.” 

Prathik Raj, a senior student, is looking forward to the seminars, workshops and talks that will now be an indispensable part of the curriculum. “These seminars will supplement the regular, structured courses which is good,” he states.

Justin George, another student, dreams of seeing the college attain a ‘university status’ a few years down the line. “We are proud that we are only a 14-year-old institution and have already got our autonomy,” he concludes.

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