Apart from other attractive elements, SRCC boasts of its problem-solving academic approach. The institute goes beyond the given curriculum when it comes to teaching. Though an old academic institution, SRCC has taken initiatives to reinvent its way of teaching, a way that meets the new age career demands. Through an interview with Dr Anil Kumar, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Global Business Operations Programme, SRCC, Delhi, Meha Mathur explores several facets of the education system at SRCC.
Careers360: SRCC is the leading commerce college of the country, and there have been 100 percent cut-offs. But how does the college keep itself abreast of new-age career demands? And being an old college how have you been able to reinvent yourself?
Dr Anil Kumar: The curriculum is the same across the University. But the way it is taught in SRCC makes all the difference. Our teachers give more than what is there in the curriculum. They come up with problem solving approach in class. Faculty members discuss real-life cases also. In Commerce and Economics, if theory is connected to practical application, it adds value to teaching-learning. Students retain better this way.
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Then, we have students who are toppers from all over the country. They interact with each other and peer learning also takes place. We have given them free hand to organize themselves in cultural societies. We have more than 40 societies in the college. Students conceive the events, raise the blueprint, raise the funds and organize the events. That gives a lot of confidence to them. They get leadership skills and learn how to work as a team.
All this is very useful when they go for placements. It’s not surprising that we have very good placements. The highest go up to 35 lakh. This is not a small achievement considering that in some B-schools the pay package is in the range of 8 to 10 lakh.
This is on account of the dedicated efforts of the faculty. The faculty is known all-over the country because of their writings and research which are read throughout the country.
Careers360: What industry linkages do you provide and what role does the alumni base play in this regard?
Dr Anil Kumar: We have a very strong alumni base. Again this is driven by students. They keep on inviting people from the industry and industry leaders also.
We have a Youth Conference in which we invite leaders from all walks of life—politics included – and they interact with students, share their experiences with them. Then we have all the societies inviting speakers from relevant fields. Speaker session is a regular feature throughout the year.
Careers360: You mentioned toppers from all-over the country converging in SRCC. But the other perspective is that quite a few students who manage to top might not have had an overall personality growth at the time when they come to college.
Dr Anil Kumar: I would say that is the USP of this college. When they get admission, they are from different backgrounds. Some are from very small towns. One might wonder how they will cope with the culture of the college. But the culture of the college is such that good amount of intermingling takes place and within six months they open up. And they become very career-focussed. In the first year itself they decide which path they will take and start working towards that.
Careers360: Besides the course content, what specific skill-oriented programmes do you offer?
Dr Anil Kumar: Now we have Choice-Based Credit System. So certain skill-based courses are inbuilt in the curriculum. So for B-Com students we have Computer Applications and English Communication. Besides that we have add-on courses, and specific workshops like SPSS.
Careers360: How has the college upgraded its infrastructure?
Dr Anil Kumar: All the rooms are air-conditioned and have LCD projector. Some of the rooms have smart platforms, where all the facilities are in-built in the platform itself. We have one of the best libraries in the country where more than 90,000 books are stored.
Careers360: Regarding NIRF rankings, do you think these rankings are reflective of the reality?
Dr Anil Kumar: Not always, because ours is basically Commerce and Economics College. NIRF has certain parameters and we may not be good in those parameters but if you see the perception, and that perception is based on certain foundations, we are at the top, because students of SRCC are doing best after passing out from here. You can find our alumni in all the fields – be it judiciary or civil services. Some of our students have risen up to be Supreme Court judges. Some students have become CEOs within five years of graduating. Many students have been selected to Harvard Business School. It is the first choice for Commerce and Economics students throughout the country. This must be reflected in the NIRF ranking. Meanwhile, the college is also realigning itself to these parameters.
Careers360: Finally, one viewpoint is that some of the new colleges have got their act right from the word go, and are performing better than established colleges, including SRCC.
Dr Anil Kumar: I would say just one thing. There cannot be a second SRCC anywhere. Whatever they do, like infusing money into the system, they cannot replicate SRCC. Why? Because the SRCC faculty is best, we get the best students, we have best placements and best of the alumni base. It’s a 95-year-old institution and we have a certain legacy which we are still carrying forward.
Careers360: Can you also elaborate on Global Business Operations?
Dr Anil Kumar: It’s my favourite area and I am in charge of this. This course was introduced in 1999 and 20 years old. We offer a postgraduate diploma. Admission process is very rigorous. We have all-India entrance test which has become online now, which is followed by group discussion and interview. We have a batch size of 65 students.
The beauty of this programme is its industry orientation. Fifty percent of the faculty is drawn from the industry. Every fortnight we have an industry visit, like our recent visit to the Kandla Port and a visit to Kedarnath to show to students the reconstruction work after 2013 floods.
Then there is language component. German language is compulsory for GBO. We also have special workshops and add-on courses for R, Supply Chain Management and Communication.
Our placements are excellent. All students appearing for placements have multiple offers.
Careers360: What is the rub-off effect of GBO on undergraduate programmes?
Dr Anil Kumar: So, for example, in the industry visits, some percentage of participants is undergraduate students. And we keep some add-on courses open to undergrad students. And there is constant interaction between undergrad and postgraduate students.
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No there's no management qouta provided in Shri ram college of commerce Global business operations post graduate courses.The admissions in the college for PG courses is purely done on the basis of online examination, group discussion and personal interview.You won't be able to avail management qouta seat in college for any of the courses.
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As the exam carries a marks maximum of 100, the ACET exam passing criteria 2019 is 50% of the maximum marks and therefore is equivalent to 50 marks.For mathematics and statistics part, i the study material provided by IAI (ACTED Study Material - FAC and STATS PACK), it is sufficient.
For vocab refer, Word Power Made Easy - by Norman lewis.For quant and DI Arun Sharma book is good.
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