“Conventional Courses Hold Relevance for All Times” - Rev. Fr. F. Andrew, S.J.
Meha Mathur, 26 Jun 2019, #Loyola College, Chennai

To keep up with the changing employability scenario, Loyola College has been constantly implementing curriculum to fit the requirements of the current age skill set. The curriculum and courses at the college are prepared by Board of Studies that include academicians, students, alumni and industrial experts. The consolidation and integration of knowledge and employability skills is consistently happening at the academic institution. Rev. Fr. F. Andrew, S.J., Principal, Loyola College takes us through the academic bylanes to tell what the institution is upto.

Excerpts from the Interview:

Careers360: What is the relevance of B.A., B.Com and B. Sc. at a time when more and more students are opting for professional and vocational courses after school?

Rev. Fr. F. Andrew, S.J.: Conventional course like B.A., B.Com. and B.Sc. are generic undergraduate programmes. They provide varied knowledge over various subjects under each discipline and such knowledge gives the graduates the exposure to different fields, acquisition of soft skills and exposure to the realities. The development of cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains help graduates to become employable with numerous job profile options and career prospects. Hence, the conventional courses B.A., B.Com. and B.Sc. are relevant for all times.

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Careers360: How should students approach these courses and how to make this experience meaningful and add value to these degree courses?

Rev. Fr. F. Andrew, S.J.: Students at the college level should give greater time for preparation on their own with the help of teaching and material supports that are available in the classrooms and beyond. Extensive reading on subject matters, developing required skill sets and exposing to the realities with internships will greatly help the graduates to become highly valuable and sought after for various jobs and self employment opportunities. Students have to pursue as many online courses as possible in addition to the regular academic commitments to become highly relevant. Creativity and original thinking instead rote memory should be given more emphasis.

Careers360: How best to combine employability and knowledge acquisition need in a given undergraduate course? From employment perspective, to what extent do you think these courses have helped the students?

Rev. Fr. F. Andrew, S.J.: The curriculum, courses, content of the subjects are all prepared with the help of Board of Studies consisting of academicians, students, alumni and industrial experts. The contribution of board of studies ensures the consolidation and integration of knowledge and employability skills as an essential component of the course.

Out of varied exposure to soft skills, hands on experience at laboratory and internship, make the graduates readily employable, provided they have acquired the skill sets through their sincere efforts. Most of the aptitude, attitude, logical, reasoning and subject knowledge tests that are conducted for employment, admission for higher education, usually test the basic exposure on the above that are primarily available in the curriculum of UG programmes. Hence, these courses have helped students to get placed. Industry institute interaction makes syllabus more relevant and vibrant.

Careers360: How do you see the entry of private universities in this domain and students also opting for overseas education after class XII?

Rev. Fr. F. Andrew, S.J.: The need for quality education with fulfillment of quality learning with wider choice of subjects and assurance of skill development for employability need massive investment in Higher Education to create access, equity and excellence in Higher Education. The entry of private universities undoubtedly would fulfill the above mentioned objectives to a greater extent. These universities can be more flexible with varied choices of programs, courses and specialization. They can play a significant role in the demand and supply gap. They can make significant difference in research. By creating MOUs or networking with corporates, varied facilities, opportunities can be brought to the students. At the same time the capitalistic approach may tamper the very purpose of education.

When the foreign universities and private universities cater to the creamy layer and the affluent group, Indian universities and colleges can pay attention to the socially disadvantages, rural populations and the economically weaker section of the society.

Careers360: To what extent has technology made a difference in pedagogy and learning outcomes in typical degree courses?

Rev. Fr. F. Andrew, S.J.: ICT has enabled remarkable impact on Teaching, Learning and Evaluation. The presence of online programs, courses, provide opportunities to students at their convenience to pursue the program with a great value addition. MOOCs play a vital role in integrating technology into pedagogy and learning outcomes. Usage of ICT in the classroom, help the teacher to impart knowledge effectively and efficiently. The usage of ICT in evaluation reduces usage of paper and the management of examination system efficiently with reliability and objectivity. Most of the institutions have adopted integration of ICT into teaching, learning and evaluation of all UG and PG programs that enable the institutions to serve the student community and society at the best possible extent.

Careers360: Would you say that distance-mode degree courses have the same significance as campus courses?

Rev. Fr. F. Andrew, S.J.: No, the reasons are:

  1. A teacher can never be substituted by a computer or a book.

  2. Class room teaching imparts formation besides subject knowledge.

  3. In-campus teaching learning imparts values to the students.

  4. Insufficient contact classes.

  5. Inadequate study materials.

  6. Lethargic attitude and preparation of students undergoing the correspondence program.

  7. Non-acceptance of degree of distance mode in par with regular mode.

  8. In most of the cases, a degree from correspondence mode is considered for promotions only.

Careers360: Do you think the NIRF ranking of colleges reflect the true picture?

Rev. Fr. F. Andrew, S.J.: NIRF Framework gives an opportunity to subject the institutions for a comparison on a parameter and get ranked. It is more data and technology driven, hence the authenticity of the data is a matter of concern that raises a doubt over reflection of true and fair ranking.

This framework greatly favors institutions that are located in metropolitan cities with massive enrollment, provisions of sufficient funding from various sources of funds, proven track record of research and having a long existence in higher education.

Having a framework with a standardized benchmark for the entire higher education system of India which is very diverse in nature is practically not possible. The framework should take into account the very philosophy of existence of higher education institution, nature of the programs, courses offered, the type of student community served and the geographic location of the institution to objectively evaluate and rank the performance of the institution based on their specific strengths and best practices.

Careers360: Your college ranks among the top 100 colleges of the country. What factors make it one of the leading colleges of the country?

Rev. Fr. F. Andrew, S.J.: The college has been ranked among the top 10 in the last two NIRF Rankings, with 2nd and 6th Position in 2017 and 2018 respectively, because of its great feat on research excellence, infrastructural facilities and the greater perceptional value addition. The college also maintains a significant track record of graduation outcome with the provisions of campus placement, promotion of entrepreneurship and creating curious mind for pursuing higher education. These are the USP of Loyola College to get ranked by NIRF and also from the Media at top positions.

Careers360: What are the strengths of your college?

Rev. Fr. F. Andrew, S.J.: The college is committed to give priority to first generation, socially and economically marginalized and minorities.

Focus on holistic formation of students as men and women for and with others.

Able and committed administration.

Excellent infrastructure for teaching, learning, evaluation and research.

Excellent infrastructure and opportunities for co-curricular and extra curricular activities.

Competent and committed faculty.

Presence of an active Alumni Association.

Networking with Industries, Corporates and NGOs.

Choice based credit system.

Regular restructuring of curriculum.

Well conducted student community.

Curriculum designed with provisions of forming the values, consent for humanity and environment.

Presence of quality measures through robust feedback mechanisms.

Careers360: What are the most sought-after courses?

Rev. Fr. F. Andrew, S.J.: The most sought after courses are B.Com., B.B.A., B.Com. Corporate Secretaryship., B.Sc. Computer Science and Bachelor of Computer Applications, B.Sc. Visual Communication, B.A. Economics, M.Com., M.A. English Literature, M.Sc. Mathematics and M.Sc. Statistics.

Careers360: What are the challenges before the college?

Rev. Fr. F. Andrew, S.J.: Funding continues to be a major challenge to cater to various requirements of the college.

Bureaucratic procedural compliances from various higher education institutions.

Too many agencies like NIRF, Accrediting Nation NAAC, AICTE and UGC, University, compels the institute to spend more time on documentation and clerical work than the real purpose of Higher Education.

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Is Andhra Loyola college good for MBA through apicet?

Era Madaria 2nd Sep, 2019
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Placements :Loyola College is known for its placements. The best companies in the world including Google visit the campus for placements. The college stands among the top 5 colleges as well-reputed companies visit the campus for placements. Goldman Sachs hired one of my friends from the 2nd year for a 1-month internship in May 2019. The recruitment process was tough, and only the best students get selected from our college.

Infrastructure :Classrooms are good and they can accommodate more than 90 students. Each classroom is equipped with a 3D projector. There are mikes available for teachers, and each class also has 4 speakers. There is an amazing canteen available in Loyola college. It's one of the best colleges in India. It's a heritage college with a good reputation and a history of 100 years.

Faculty :Faculty members are not up to the mark considering the reputation of our college. There is too much of politics going on in each and every department. The badge holders are completely unworthy of the posts. They can't even speak proper English, and also the leaders have stage fear. The course curriculum is amazing, but the main issue is with the faculty members. They teach more than 36 subjects in a span of 3 years.

Other :The campus crowd is not that good, and there is also discrimination towards north Indians. Extracurricular activities and other activities give you a lot of exposure if utilised well.


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Era Madaria
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sir i got 4800rank.I belongs to the OC category...can i get st.josephs college or loyola college

Ipshita Chakraborty Student Expert 29th Jul, 2019

hi,

since the competition is very tough and a huge number of students all over the country take the entrance exam for both St. Josephs college and Loyola College, Chennai, as these two are very esteemed and few of the most sought after colleges. A rank of 4800 will probably not be able to help you secure a seat in either of these two colleges.

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When is the last date of online registration for MA Sociology for the academic session 2019- 2020

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Hello Salam Ronald. You can check all the information regarding admission 2019-20 on the official website of the college as that will be more appropriate rather than the tentative dates on different websites. The link of the official website is given below.

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i secured a rank of 10700 in tsicet is it possible to get a seat in loyola college or AV college for mca and i belongs to oc category

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Hi Vamshi,

You have good chance of getting into AV college of Arts Science and Commerce  for Masters of Computer Application. The college cut off fot OC Girls is 17355 and as per the score provided by you, you meet the cut off requirement, therefore you can get admission in AV college.

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