IntroductionThere are many Science colleges in Bangalore offering UG degrees in Science. They are having different facilities and different fee structures and it becomes difficult to choose a college for one's pursuing of B.Sc. degree course. Out of all the colleges, there are some top-rated and reputed colleges and we have selected two of them for making a comparison between them so that the student can decide to take admission in one of them based on this comparison.
There are many factors on which we can compare two colleges including the B.Sc. course delivery in this case. Some of the important parameters to be considered are the faculty, campus facilities, placement, competitive environment, fee structure, guidance, placement, and counselling etc. There are some other factors like awards won by the institutes or accolades received from the regulatory and certification authorities like UGC, ISO, and NACC, which also have their own importance in selecting a good institution for studies.
The two colleges that we have chosen for this comparative study are - St Joseph's College (SJC), Bangalore and Kristu Jayanti College (KJC), Bangalore in respect of their respective B.Sc. course. Let us go through the salient features of these two colleges before we attempt the final comparison between them.
St Joseph's College, BangaloreSt Joseph's College, Bangalore is an autonomous higher education institution founded in the year 1882. It is affiliated with Bangalore University. In addition to the UG Science degree courses, it offers various other UG courses like BCA, BBA, BSW, B.Voc. etc. UG Science courses are available in various combinations covering subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Electronics, Computer Science, Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Biology, Biotechnology, Economics, Statistics, and Environmental science. Incidentally, the college also has many other UG/PG courses in Arts, Science, and Commerce streams.
It has got A++ accreditation by NAAC and has also been granted College for Excellence'(CE) status by the UGC. The college has also got an appreciation award as 'Best degree College in South India' during the National Educational Excellence Awards and Conference 2021.
The website of the college is not well designed and though the admission menu is alright and the detailed information for the process of admission is available in the PDF documents given on the site but the detailed information about the college facilities is not available there. Students seeking admission in this college have to get the details about facilities etc from the leading educational portals or directly from this college.
The college is having two sessions for the UG programs which helps the students to plan their time accordingly. Though in the morning session the limited number of subjects are covered still one can have some choice there. The morning session is from 7 AM to 12 Noontime and covers subjects like Biochemistry, Botany, Zoology, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics while the day session having timings from 10 AM to 5:30 PM covers all the subjects.
The institution has a thrust in the placement and internship arena and as per the reviews available on the internet, the college is able to place 60 to 70% of students through campus recruitments in various companies like DE Shaw, Deloitte, Cognizant, TCS, WIPRO etc. The college gets many internship opportunities in different domains for its students through SIMMI foundation.
For UG Science First year, the course fee is Rs 32960.
Kristu Jayanti College, BangaloreKristu Jayanti College, Bangalore was established in the year 1999 under the management of Bodhi Niketan Trust. It is affiliated with Bangalore North University. The college offers UG Science courses as well as many other UG/PG courses in various streams like Management, Commerce, Computer Science, Life Science, Journalism, and Humanities.
It has got grade 'A' accreditation by NAAC. It was recently given the Clean and Smart Campus award by MDRA survey 2021. The college is having good facilities for the students like a Library, well-equipped Laboratories, Seminar Halls and Auditoria, Green and Smart Campus, Sports & Games, Hostel, Common Facilities, Cafeteria, Guest House, Emporium, Usage of SmartBoard, Wi-fi facilities, and ATM.
The website of the college is very user-friendly and the process of registration and application is very smooth. So, the student can make an application for admission in a hassle freeway. Based on the merit of the applicants, they would be called for interview and final counselling where document verification will be carried out before allowing them admission.
The college is having a good placement record and every year companies like Wipro, Tesco, South Indian Bank, Hudson's bay, Concentric, Thomson, Northern trust, Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd., Amazon, Cargill, Coca-Cola, CISCO, Cult. Fit, Deloitte, and KPMG visit their campus for interviews. Their placement is quite impressive around the placement of 75 to 85% of the students who try for it. The college also offers many internship facilities to its students in association with the industry and organizations wherever such opportunities arise.
There are many activities and opportunities in the college giving a platform to the students for their overall development in various areas. Some of these are - Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre(EIC), Value Added Syllabus, Counselling Center, Scholarship, Health Care, International Student Forum, Coaching Center, Student Welfare Committee, SC/ST Harassment Prevention Cell, Capacity Development & Skills Enhancement Activities, and Women Empowerment Cell.
For UG Science First year, the course fee is Rs 50000.
Relative merit On the course delivery, faculty, and syllabus side and basic infrastructural facilities that is the well-equipped laboratories, the two colleges appear to be almost at the same footing, Based on the various other parameters, these two institutions vie neck to neck for becoming the better of the two but considering the overall reviews of these colleges on the internet sites and the comments and reviews made by the students and the past students, the Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore is considered as the better of the two colleges as brought out in this analysis. In addition to the academic facilities and other facilities, it is found that the Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore is able to place its majority of the students in the jobs in good companies through its aggressive placement drive and that is something very important in the present scenario of the tough job market.