In 2004, a movie named 'Swades' portrayed a story of Indian project manager at NASA returned after 12 years to meet his grandmother who was living in a remote village in India and soon he adapted to the life in the village and endears himself to its people. The movie is raising a voice against the ignorance among the rural folks and virtually showing the importance of social commitment within the educated youth. It is evident that to build a brighter future for this country we need a new generation with a realization of social responsibilities and it should start from the college campuses. College life differs from one person to the other as some look at it as the last bit of fun before "serious life" begins, while others treat it with every bit of professional and earnest work that it deserves. Garden City College, Bangalore tries to balance the two perspectives to allow its students to have fun with a social attachment while they work towards a very crucial academic milestone.
Mahatma Gandhi once said, "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." With a motto of 'Emphasis is on life', this college centers on the fact that students are to develop an attitude to be with people, understand and learn the problems of the society and then contribute to society. "The institution should constantly strive to impart world class quality knowledge that is socially relevant. In our college we have become a breeding ground for various innovative practices with regard to courses, student support and social progression," says Prof. Kalyanasundaram, Vice Principal, Garden City College. The students visit orphanages, old age homes and organize social activities such as blood donation camps and rural upliftment. This helps in creating a horde of young bloods with social responsibility rather than making individuals who are running hard to win the rat race.
Apart from academic and social activities, the management encourages the students to host various cultural and sports activities inside the campus. Annual youth festival of the college named 'Gardenia' spreads over one week and provides a platform where over 200 colleges from all around the country participate in different events. The participation of students from all over the country as well as all over the world while organizing such big events fosters teamwork and this multicultural exchange helps the students to avoid the strange feeling when they move across the world in pursuit of their passions.
Sporting a Massive Campus
The institute houses its students in a built up area of 4,25,000 sq. ft. along with a massive space of 5.5 acres of sports field. The institute houses all the basic amenities such as food court, restaurant, book store, coffee shop, reprographics centre, ATM, travel desk and several other facilities inside the campus. At present, students from more than 70 countries are enjoying their studies under the surveillance of 24x7 CCTV cameras and well functioning anti ragging squad with a huge support of State Police.
Several initiatives have been roped in by the college to promote social-action and good citizenship among its students, which has also proved to be a great learning experience for them apart from their curriculum. By bringing academic, cultural and social activities on a single platform, the life in the Garden City College empowers its students to be proactive in a country that is in need of a young generation with social commitments.
Established in the year 1992, the institute spreads over two campuses: Garden City College of Science, and Management Studies and Centre for Higher Learning. The college has adopted Kithiganur, villages in Kolar District and raised funds for several natural disaster affected places.