Beyond the Iron Gate-Choosing the right college

The choice of college should be the collective decision of students and their guardians. Students should not be attracted only by big buildings and state of the art infrastructure, but also by the educational values that are imparted inside those structures.

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The SLC results are out and along with celebrations, also come the anxiety about the future. The Iron Gate was closed but what next? The answer to this might be clear cut for some, while for some, this might be a topic of confusion and sometimes, even frustration.

When it comes to pursuing higher education, there are a lot of options in terms of courses, colleges and the field of study. Surendra Shrestha, the founder chairperson of Nobel Academy in New Baneshwar and Lok Bhandari, the CEO of Xavier’s International College in Kalopul both stress on the fact that the college one decides to study in, should be an established one.

“There have been cases where, when students come back to their college after graduating, for recommendation letters, they’ve found out that the college is no longer there,” shares Shrestha of Nobel Academy. “Hence, rather than looking at whether the college is hi-fi or not, students should look for colleges that are already established,” he says.

Shrestha believes that the plus two phase is a sensitive one. “This is the time when most students fall into wrong paths. Students feel that they are adults now and do what they want while parents also feel that their children have grown up. However, parents need to be careful and counsel their children properly during the high school days,” says Shrestha.

When it comes to the subject field, Shrestha believes that the science field has a lot of scope. “Not just in medicine and engineering, but there are other options to explore as well,” he says.

When choosing the field, students also need to consider the financial situation of his or her family, says Shrestha. “Although one can get scholarships, studying a particular subject might mean that it needs more finances that studying something else. “Also, if the student might be required to work after high school, then perhaps a consideration one can make is in choosing a field of study that would allow him or her to work immediately,” he continues.

The choice of the faculty of study should also depend on what the student wants to do in the future. Although, no subject is any less than the other,” shares Shrestha who, congratulating the students on passing their SLC, says that because the generation today lives in a technologically facilitated world, they don’t have to be very worried about high school. They can easily research on the background of colleges and subject matters, and make the decisions.

Stressing on the fact that being aware of the history of any college is important, Lok Bhandari of Xavier International College also says “Currently, there’s a trend of new institutions entering and exiting from the education field.” Hence, before joining any college, Bhandari suggests that students do an analysis of the background of the college and then decide.

As for the faculty of study Bhandari, who has been in the education field for the past 13 years, says, “That is entirely up to the interest of the student, regardless of the percentage secured by the him/her.” He also says that although students don’t have to decide right now about their career choice, they should still have a vague idea and choose the subject field according to what they see themselves doing in the future, career wise.

“The role of the guardians in this phase is then to confirm the choice made by the students and to also do some research themselves about whether the choice made by their children is an appropriate one,” he adds.

“Before joining any college, students should do a background search on the team that is running the institution,” says Hari Singh KC, Vice Principal of Southwestern State College in Basundhara. Southwestern State College has completed its third year now, while KC’s experience in education dates back to 14 years.

The teaching faculty, college environment and the academic result history of the college should also play a part,” he adds. KC emphasizes on the need of practical and value based education at the moment. “Students should be able to choose colleges which provide all three important elements of teaching, research as well as social activities,” says he adding that in the 21st century, the education that one gets, must capacitate the student to meet international standards.

Students should choose subjects that they think are best for them,” suggests KC who believes that the misconception that those who score high percentage in SLC, should study science and those who have relatively low percentage should study management while those with very low percentage should study humanities, should be removed. “This problem is also there in the mindset of the guardians,” says KC.

 “The subject choice should be made according to the interest of the student and the scope of the subject, not the percentage secured,” he adds. The choice of college should be the collective decision of students and their guardians. Students should not be attracted only by big buildings and state of the art infrastructure, but also by the educational values that are imparted inside those structures.

source:BAJRACHARYA,YUKTA(2013),"Beyond the Iron Gate-Choosing the right college", republica,13 June 2013
photo courtesy: republica

2013-06-13 | EducateNepal


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