Every year millions of students face a tough task when trying to select the right college which provides quality education. Typically, most of the students apply for the few-odd colleges they know, with hope of zeroing in on the best known college. The main criteria for students to consider these colleges are the previous year's placements and the median of the salaries offered to them.
You will have to consider these parameters, to keep yourself informed about the choice of college, as the decision you make will influence your entire career.
The following are the parameters to find out which college provides quality education:
- Some colleges have a high brand image because of the quality of education which is reflected by the achievements of their alumni and also their research programmes.
- Various other colleges have a brand name due to their large-scale advertising.
- The colleges which are smaller and newer and cannot afford advertising and do not attract enough recruiters.
How qualified is the faculty?
- Note the number of faculty members with or without a PhD. Also, look into the highest qualification of the faculty members.
- If the faculty members are prominent in their field of study, it might enhance the quality of education.
Activity of the teaching faculty in research
- A faculty member who is active in research is likely to have a better knowledge of the latest development in the area and hence can explain better.
- Pay attention to the activities happening in the department of your interest.
The number of faculty members
- The student to teacher ratio is an important factor that affects the quality of education.
- Learning is always better in smaller sized class which can happen with higher faculty strength.
- Poor student-teacher ratio results in teaching load on faculty and thereby teachers cannot pay individual attention to students.
Infrastructure is an another important aspect. The quality of labs in the discipline of your choice, the equipments, laboratory space, common infrastructure, number of books in the student library, various other equipments and sports facilities are some of the aspects you might want to consider while choosing a college.
These are factors that are of lesser importance than faculty and infrastructure, but these are factors that also count for the best educational environment.
- How often is the curriculum updated.
- Number of courses being taught.
- Electives offered in the curriculum.
- Performance of students in competitive exams.
- Campus placements.
- Accreditation by NAAC or NBA.
- Student activities.
Acquiring all this information might be a tough task. However, there are colleges that focus on these factors. Most of the information is available on their websites. Also, most of the colleges are present on social networking sites, where you can connect to people to obtain information.