Today the world is flooded with information & the sources through which one could get the information one is seeking. The trouble is how one would classify the information & the source itself.
This is peculiar as when we start researching on a subject we are (well for the lack of a better word) “lazy”, we want to find what we are looking for on the first search page & that to in the top 2 listings. Well it’s time we started using our head!
So how is all this relevant to today’s students & their parents, most students & parents have figured out that they have to think life beyond their local university for the upcoming admission, they turn to Google to search for the best fashion design colleges in Delhi, or the best graphic designing colleges in Mumbai, the challenge is that they seem to get so desperate that they would go to first 2 listings & chase these colleges to attain a seat using whatever means.
Through my personal experience & that of people I know one cannot outsource decision making of my life’s calling to a Search Engine, I have to go personally and make an effort in experiencing the Admission process, the college, meet the faculties, & see how do I feel overall at the campus where I would be investing the net 2-3 years of my life.
Things to consider when choosing an institution:
1. The history of the institute
How long have they been in the marketplace, a minimum 15-20 years is a good solid foundation, how many storms the institute has withered, are they new kid on the block or they know what they are doing. Any institution should be judged based over 4-5 batches not just in the initial few years
2. Student Teacher ratio
The global standards today in all creative courses & specialised course is not more than 10-15, however in India we find that there are 40-50 & in some cases even more students in a batch.
It’s anybody’s guess would a learner get more from the faculty when there are 10 peers or 50.
It is noticed that post 20 learners in a batch only about 30-40 % are actively learning, & as much as 50% are actively disengaged with no fault of the faculty or the curriculum, but the basic design.
3. Awarding Qualification – Industry doesn’t care
I know in India we worship Degrees for many decades, however we must enlighten ourselves to global education standards, most global employers & academic institutions do not see much difference in a Diploma or a Degree when it comes to hiring & a lot of reputed institutions offer Diploma’s as well. What one has to be vary of is fake institutions, however one way to find out is that if there are any students who have got jobs post qualifications or have gone for some higher studies in India / abroad, if they have then you should jump right in, however don’t be lured by the nomenclature of the program, be lured by the experience you would get or does the course, the lineage of the institution, credit transfer arrangements with international colleges etc.
So from now you must imbibe one thing that your search begins when you find the listing best mass communication college in India,
The writer is an expert in understanding learning behaviors, has been well placed in the business industry & has taken over 800 sessions for over 15000 learners across geographies.