The involvement of students in college activities is a common sight. But a more unique feature now is to see a milieu of students during college admissions.
Sydelle Estibeiro, the treasury assistant of the student council of H R College of Commerce and Economics, takes pride in the students’ contribution to the admission process at the college.
The council forms an admission’s committee with student volunteers who are present daily from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm.
Every visitor is guided efficiently throughout the whole procedure. Whether be it sale of forms, fees payment or sorting of applications, the students work diligently to finish their day’s work leaving no possibility for a delay or lag.
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The parents coming to the college have a positive response as they are very happy with the hospitality. Sydelle adds that the students would not be able to carry this out without the support of the staff — both teaching and non-teaching.
The friendly and cooperative relationship between the students and the staff makes the work easier. “Students are the face of admissions and the faculty is the backbone,” feels Sydelle.
Praising the system, Navin Mukesh Punjabi, the faculty in charge, said their Principal Indu Sahani is very encouraging when it comes to student participation. “The admission procedure is of the students, by the students, for the students,” says Navin.
The students take up the responsibility voluntarily with no expectations and are rewarded by their beloved faculty with ‘Hats-Off Certificates’ and special treats for their hard work.
The student council of the Kishinchand Chellaram College sets up a help-desk every day to ensure that all enquiries of parents or applicants are successfully looked into. The preliminary stage of the procedure from collection of forms to checking the documents before passing them on to the faculty for verification is carried out by students.
Anjali Bhanot, a council member, sees this as a learning experience. “We learn more about managing things and get a chance to prepare ourselves for the practical world,” she says.
According to her, the authorities supervising the entire procedure are very supportive. Manju J Nichani, Principal of K C College, is very satisfied with the entire system. “We have volunteers to guide the parents. This gives students exposure, helps with manpower and makes teachers comfortable. It is systematic,” she says.
These colleges have formed a laudable system with the involvement of the students’ body, besides the administration taking a step towards making the admissions period hassle-free for parents and prospective students.