BANGALORE: Established in the year 1963, KLE's S Nijalingappa Degree College is one of the 240 institutions under KLE Society. The inception date goes back to 1916. Over the years, there has been dynamic progress in all academic and research activities and a parallel improvement in facilities and infrastructure, to be at par with the best institutions in the country, says Dr Suresh C Hegadi, Principal, KLE Society's S Nijalingappa college. He speaks to City Express about the achievements of the college and the institution's unique aspects.
Tell us about the achievements of the college..
The college has the rare distinction of having been accredited at 'A' level by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in 2004 and reaccredited at 'A' Grade by NAAC in 2010 with a CGPA of 3.82 on a 4 point scale, the highest in Karnataka. The college received the status of the 'College with Potential for Excellence' (CPE) in 2010 by UGC. In April 2014, UGC approved for the second time the status of the CPE and has granted it `1.5 crore. It is a rare distinction given to only top colleges in India.
Apart from that, we have two ongoing major research projects funded by UGC, nine completed minor research projects and four ongoing minor research projects also funded by UGC. The college received 24 university ranks and two gold medals and 975 students were placed through college placement cell. Six NCC cadets participated in Republic Day parade at New Delhi and we have been the runners-up in Bangalore University youth festival consecutively for the past three years.
The college has seen phenomenal growth in terms of courses offered, quality enhancement, students and staff strength besides development in infrastructure. The college offers higher education to 2,567 students from all sections of the society. We are proud to celebrate the Golden Jubilee this year 2014.
What are the courses offered by the college?
The institution offers a variety of conventional and need-based courses in arts, commerce, science and technical fields keeping globalisation in view. We offer courses from undergraduate to postgraduate levels. We have maintained an atmosphere ideally suited to the all-round development of the student. Academics are pursued with the goal of igniting the curiosity of the student. To help students with this we provide well-equipped laboratories, library and a set of dedicated enterprising staff.
The college also conducts certificate courses under career oriented programs of UGC on plant tissue culture, NGO management and development, networking with Net-sim, radio production and programming (Radio Jockey), personality development, foreign languages like German and French, animation and visual effects, anchoring, voice acting and personal financial management.
The college has the credit of having organised 12 UGC sponsored state/national level seminars, conference and workshops. It has also entered into MOU with CLHRD Mangalore, Tally India Pvt Ltd, IFX Chennai, Kensington College of Business, London, Ehime University Japan, E-Parisaraa, Bangalore and others for teaching as well as research.
Which courses have seen a lot of demand?
We offer 16 UG programmes and six PG programmes. Commerce and management courses get a lot of response. BSc admissions are also good compared to other colleges.
What is your view on the education system? What is being done by your college to ensure that the loopholes are addressed?
I feel, there are changes required in the education system. There is lot of impetus on theory rather than practicals. The need of the industry and the output from colleges has a huge gap which needs to be filled.
At our college, we offer a lot of value added certificate programmes which enhance the employability and capability of the students.
Last year we offered 28 value added certificate programmes and while designing these programmes, we ensure that the industry is also in the loop. So, these programmes are designed according to requirements of the industry and it has definitely helped a lot.