It was not for nothing that President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam passed on the responsibility for developing creative leadership of the country to Delhi’s prestigious Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) when he visited the college this March.
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|TOP CLASS: Jubilant students on the SRCC campus |
SRCC has put a final seal on its supremacy in the field of education in business and commerce by securing the top slot in the survey for the 11th year running, ahead of Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi and Loyola College, Chennai. In what was a dramatic shift in the commerce stream this time, the Christ College of Bangalore found itself moving up from No. 11 last year to No. 5 this year, a feat accomplished by improved scores on curriculum and other major parameters.
Veritably, SRCC has proved itself to be a bastion for commerce and business management over the past eight decades. Apart from its 25 modest classrooms, the college is also unpretentious about the kind of power its alumni wield—they are industry captains, senior bureaucrats, journalists and political top dogs. Students from SRCC consistently top at the university level. This year, the first three toppers for Commerce at the university level were from SRCC. Besides, a large number of students cleared the exams conducted by Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) while some of them made it to the IAS as well.
| TOP 10 COLLEGES |
2007 - 2006
1 SRCC, Delhi 1
2 LSR, Delhi 7
3 Loyola College, Chennai 3
4 St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata 4
5 Christ College, Bangalore 11
6 Madras Christian College, Chennai -
7 Symbiosis Society’s College of Arts & Commerce, Pune 6
8 Presidency College, Chennai 9
9 St. Joseph's College, Bangalore 8
10 Hansraj College, Delhi 15
National rankings are derived from a combination of perceptual and factual scores. Colleges that did not provide factual information were not ranked. New entrants in Top 10. (-) Not ranked in the 2006 top 20.
“The difference that we make to students here,” says Principal P.C. Jain, “is to groom them to become global entrepreneurs and not just managers employed in any other organisation.” Not surprisingly, SRCC graduates think of starting their own organisation before they can even land their first job and get results. “We try to inculcate ethics and values because that is what sustains organisations in the long run,” adds Jain.
The stress on values is also reflected in some new ventures being undertaken by the college. PURA or Providing Urban Facilities in Rural Areas is one of them and seeks to change the face of villages. The pilot project launched in Daudpur village of Punjab gives the flavour of things to come. At the other end of the spectrum are programmes like the Global Business Operations that was kicked off in October 2006. It is a two-year, full-time post-graduate programme of Delhi University that focuses on international management studies.
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3. L.J. College
4. Ahmedabad Arts and Commerce College
5. Gujarat Commerce College
1. Christ College
2. St. Joseph’s College
3. Mount Carmel College
4. M.E.S College
5. Shri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College
1. Loyola College
2. Madras Christian College
3. Presidency College
4. Stella Maris College
5. Ethiraj College for Women
1. Sacred Heart College
2. St. Teresa’s College
3. Maharaja’s College
4. St. Albert’s College
5. The Cochin College
1. DAV College
2. MCM DAV College
3. Guru Gobind Singh College for Women
4. Government College for Girls
5. Sri Guru Gobind Singh College
3. Hansraj College
4. Hindu College
5. Jesus & Mary College
2. Deptt of Comm, Osmania University
3. Badruka College
4. Loyola Academy
5. St. Francis College
1. Intl. College for Girls
2. Kanodia Girls College
3. Shri Satya Sai College
4. Subodh College
5. Vedic Kanya College
1. St. Xavier’s College
2. Goenka College
3. City College
4. Shivanath Shastri College
5.Shri Shikshayatan College
1. Faculty of Commerce, Lucknow University
2. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Degree College
3. Navyug Kanya Vidyalaya Degree College
4. National Degree College
5. Shia Degree College
1. K.B.P. Hinduja College
2. Narsee Monjee College
3. K.J. Somaiya College
4. H.R. College
5. R.A. Podar College
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1. Symbiosis Society’s College of Arts & Commerce
2. B.M. College
3. St. Mira’s College
4. Marathwada Mitra Mandal’s College
5. Bharti Vidyapeeth College
|For Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, the rankings are based on perceptual and factual scores. For Ahmedabad, Cochin, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Lucknow and Pune, the rankings are based on perceptual scores only. |
Also on the anvil is an extensive research centre that will exclusively look at research in the field of business, an independent management centre, an upgraded post-graduate programme and a possible introduction of PhD level programmes in the field of commerce and economics, as suggested by the President of India.
SRCC recently received Rs 50 lakh from the Government as part of a Rs 1-crore grant set aside for its heritage status. With this, a new girls’ hostel will be built as girls make up 60 per cent of the student body. The funds will also be utilised for earthquake proofing and overall infrastructure enhancement.
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|ALL SMILES: LSR students make their mark in commerce |
The college is doing well on the sports front as well. The Commonwealth committee, set up by the Delhi Government, has adopted the college for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games and will be revamping its sports facilities to international standards. The existing pool will be modified as an indoor pool along with a cafeteria.
A number of colleges affiliated to Delhi University offer undergraduate programmes in commerce and economics and are neck-and-neck when it comes to performance. However, SRCC’s advantage, explains Jain, is that it can afford to focus all its resources and faculty on one area of specialisation, thereby nurturing it as a core strength.
There are differentiating factors as well. No other college has nine sections of commerce. In no other college is the same subject taught by as many as four teachers. Because of this, there is a sense of internal competition that keeps the teachers on their toes and the faculty ends up bettering itself each time. Says Jain, “It is not what you teach but how you teach that makes the difference.” As many as 15-16 new faculty members were added to the SRCC staff room this year, taking the total to 76 with the student-teacher ratio going up to 12:1. The college is already preparing to notch up its student strength to 2,100 from the present 1,400 over the next three years keeping the implementation of OBC reservations in mind.
SRCC has delivered excellence in management education for as many as eight decades. It was the first college to have been set up at the undergraduate level with the task of developing talent in the field of business. While its faculty has increased 20-fold since then and the student strength gone up from 12 to 1,400, its benchmarks of performance have also risen with each passing year.
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|“We groom students to become global entrepreneurs and not just managers.” |
P.C. JAIN, SRCC
Among other colleges in the commerce stream, the capital’s Lady Sri Ram College (LSR) has moved to No. 2 position this year from No. 7 last year. With impressive alumni like Naina Lal Kidwai and Vinita Bali dominating the world of business and finance, LSR needs little else to assert its position. Says Principal Meenakshi Gopinath, “Surveys show that in the first two decades of this century, women will head a majority of organisations and this calls for a new orientation to management, one that we provide at our college.”
The commerce courses offered at the college provide students with a wider perspective and equip them to deal with the contemporary opportunities and challenges. Visiting faculty comprise some of the best minds in the country, giving students ample opportunity for informative and educational interaction. There is a strong emphasis on practical application and theory is never taught in isolation.
In the third position, the Commerce Department of Loyola College, Chennai, has retained its ranking since last year and given the college the distinction of figuring in the top three slots in all the three streams of arts, science and commerce. It appears that in keeping with its emphasis on the all-round development of its students, the college has also emerged as a top all-rounder.
Following Loyola is St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, in the fourth position. That commerce in this college is the most sought-after stream can be gauged from the fact that the number of seats in this section is more than those of the other two put together. Last year, as many as 454 out of 568 students graduated with a first class. Principal Father Mathews says, “I feel humbled guiding the destinies of so many.”
One of the most dramatic movers has been Christ College, Bangalore— perhaps because of its commerce department’s advanced syllabi through learner-centred teaching methods.
-with Tanvi Saraf in Delhi, Akhila Krishnamurthy in Chennai, Swagata Sen in Kolkata and Stephen David in Bangalore