The pros and cons of studying in a government college!


A question like whether a student should join a government college or a private one becomes a ‘no brainer’ in most scenarios. The cut off marks in most government and premier private colleges are so high that students have even stopped dreaming of joining such reputed colleges.

Only students with top class marks or students who fall into some special category really have a ‘choice’ – so to speak.

Most students end up compromising on a line of their preference for a college of repute.

Kinds of colleges:

Basically there are three kinds of colleges in India – Government colleges, private aided colleges and private colleges.

Private aided colleges are run by trusts but get a grant from the government, so have to allot a certain quota of seats to students seeking admission in this quota.

Private colleges are run by private trusts.

Just to reemphasize: Not all private colleges will have a management quota, but most parents and students are not even aware of such things because they are so focussed on simply getting admission in a ‘good’ line and a ‘good’ college. (I was one such parent too!J !)

Pros of studying in a government college:

Government engineering colleges obviously are run by the government of that particular state.

The fee structure in such colleges is extremely low compared to private colleges.

Students can gain admission into private aided colleges too under the government quota, but the number of seats that are available will be small.

All colleges may not have this quota. This is something we need to be aware of and check out on a college to college basis.

The lecturers in Government College are highly educated and experienced because they are selected on specific criteria stipulated by the government (AICTE norms).

They are paid handsomely for their expertise by the government; hence they are committed to their work.

Medical students gain a lot of exposure if they study in government colleges. All the unclaimed cadavers (dead bodies) are used for educational purposes in government colleges. Moreover, people who cannot afford the charges of a private hospital will always go to government hospitals – thereby providing great practical learning opportunities to their students studying in government colleges.

Cons of studying in a government college:

The infrastructure in government colleges can never be compared to private institutions.

The curriculum is rarely even tweaked or updated to cater to the demands of the ever changing market scenario.

Students may not have very many options regarding their elective subjects.

Advanced technology is rarely ever used in lectures.

Basic amenities and equipment like computer labs, hostels, libraries etc are not updated and maintained properly.

Lecturers are unable to infuse any modern education techniques into their lectures because they have to make do with minimum facilities and equipment. They are unable to impart their knowledge and expertise effectively.

This may adversely impact the quality of education that the student ultimately gains.

It may also put him at a disadvantage over other students studying in private colleges because they gain more exposure and confidently use advanced technology to their advantage.

The placements scenario in government colleges is not very exciting. The students are helpless to do anything in this regard because they need the permission of government to take any kind of initiative in this regard.

As mentioned earlier, most students do not have the flexibility of picking and choosing a college and a line of their interest. But at least we are aware of both sides of the scenario. We know what we are getting into – and that is what this entire article is about!



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