Kristu Jayanti College, founded in 1999, is run by 'Bodhi Niketan Trust,' formed by the members of the St. Joseph Province of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI). In a matter of 18 years, Kristu Jayanti College has grown exponentially in the number of programs, in the number of students and in the full-time faculty strength, considering that the institute had a humble beginning with one course, nine students and three full time academic faculty members. Today, the total number of students in the institute is 5300, representing all the states in the country with 49.5 percent of girl students and 26 percent of SC, ST and OBC students. Among them, there are 40 foreign students from 22 nationalities, pursuing regular programs in the institution. There are 149 faculty members and 44 administrative staff, contributing to the academic growth of the students.
One of the ways Kristu Jayanti College communicates its belief in the students, its joy in the profession and its desire to create and maintain the most positive and productive academic environment possible, is through the use of an annual theme. The theme chosen for the ongoing academic year is 'Wellness through academic enrichment.' Fr. Josekutty P.D, the Principal, says, "This year's academic programs organized inculcate necessary knowledge, skills and values that promote physical, psychological and Spiritual wellness of the students. Indeed, our educational philosophy envisions wielding in the individual, academic excellence with holistic development. This pedagogy encapsulated in the goals focuses on moulding individuals into integrated personalities who are intellectually competent, spiritually mature, physically strong and socially sensitive."
Being located in the northern part of Bangalore, one of the most thriving tech-hubs in the city, Kristu Jayanti College offers a plethora of opportunities for students who aspire to be an IT professional. "The world of information technology is characterized by constant change and the industry requires versatile and dynamic IT professionals. Master of Computer Applications (MCA) Programme encompasses 36 courses spanning 6 semesters and we provide educational resources to keep students abreast of the recent developments in the field of Information Technology," says Fr. Augustine George, the Vice-Principal.
The institute takes input from stakeholder's academia, Industry and alumni in the process of curriculum development. The Department receives suggestions and directions from AICTE members, Governing Body and BoS. The strategic advice provided by the advisory board has enabled the Computer Science (PG) department to offer recent updation in the curriculum that augment the knowledge and skill of the student's community. "Since we have adopted the Choice Based Credit System with an objective to enable the students towards vertical and horizontal mobility in learning, the students have the option to choose from a list of courses offered by different departments and acquire credits by combining unique combinations. This gives the students an experience of the inter-disciplinary approach to higher education that is broad based and at par with global standards," shares Fr. Josekutty.
"In the era where learning from open sources and advanced technologies have become prevalent, teaching faces more challenges to have an extra edge over the resources available," opines Fr. Augustine George. The campus is Wi-Fi enabled and all the classrooms are equipped with LCD projectors. The Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning priority seeks to identify and scale up innovative approaches to teaching and learning that significantly improve student outcomes. Fr. Augustine George adds, "Open source tools, software and World Wide Web are shifting our access to knowledge. Innovative teaching methods are changing the classroom experience, helping the students to improve their technical skills and communication."
The globally competitive curriculum of Kristu Jayanti College is supplemented by interactive learning platforms. The MCA Programme in its curriculum has added most recent technologies in the domain of Software Testing, Data Analytics and J2EE. These technologies are imparted by experts from IT Industry as Add-on courses, providing hands-on experience to the learners. Along with this the students get ample of opportunities through the "Tech-Talk" Series and Industry Institute Interactions ï¿½ "3i" sessions to interact with industry experts. The department ensures participatory learning methods by arranging seminar session and teaching opportunities for students to teach Undergraduate students. The other teaching ï¿½ learning methodologies adopted in the department are devoted to exploring the ever-evolving world of technology.
The Department of Computer Science (PG) as an inherent part of the Centre for Research and Development of the College actively promotes research and inculcates research culture. It aims to accelerate the research temper of the department through innovative projects, publications and research extension. The College is the first Arts and Science College in South Asia to become the member of IEEE Student Branch. Every year an International Conference is conductedin technical co-sponsorshipwith IEEE, Bangalore Chapter and also the conference proceedings are published with its association.
The Department focuses on the holistic development of the students, strengthening the four pillars of Kristu Jayanti Educational Philosophy ï¿½Knowledge,Skills, Values and Attitudes ï¿½ the drivers of Vision, Mission and Goals. To hone technical skills demanded by today's corporate world, the Department provides various platforms in the form of workshopsand Technical community presentations. These sessions provide hands-on training on latest technologies like JQuery, Python, Matlab, Hadoop, R Programming, Rapid Miner and Selenium IDE.
Besides the regular set of activities the department organizes various co-curricular, extracurricular and extension activities to enhance the holistic growth of the students. Web Designing Lab, VB .Net and C#, ASP.NET, NSDC Certification Programme in Animation, FOSS Certificate courses collaborated with IIT Mumbai are also part of the MCA Programme. "The academic input provided to the students in addition to the regular curriculum along with exposure to industry in the form of the Internship, minor project work, Industrial visits, Interaction with experts, middle and higher management representative are enabling the students of the department to be tech savvy and industry ready," says Prof. Kumar, the Head of the Department.
The college provides soft skill training programs and the experiences gained thorough intra and inter collegiate fests provide confidence, communication skill, leader ship and organisational prudence to the students. The training and exposure provided to the students hone their skills and it has been clearly witnessed in the success of the MCA students in the inter-collegiate events at state and national level. In the year 2016, the students of the department have won 12 overall championship trophies competing against some of the best minds of the India. "The response provided by the employers during the placement processes were great; the highest package received in the last placement season was Rs. 9.25 LPA," claims Fr. Josekutty.
Today, with a well-crafted curriculum that replicates the workplace experience in class, Kristu Jayanti College is leveraging an ecosystem around a large and diverse set of industries and corporate organizations. The institute now aims to create a talented community of students and faculty who can excel in teaching, learning and research, in a creative and stimulating environment. "It is our vision to provide intellectual and moral leadership by igniting the minds of youth to realize their potential and make positive contributions leading to the prosperity of the society and the nation at large. As our mission statement reads, we willstrive to provide educational opportunities to all aspiring youth to excel in life by nurturing academic excellence, fostering values, creating civic responsibility and building global competencies in a dynamic environment," concludes Fr. Josekutty.
Fr. Josekutty P.D, Principal
A postgraduate from the University of Kozhikode, Fr. Josekutty has been serving as the Principal of Kristu Jayanti College since 2000. He says, "We strive to enrich the lives of Alumni, Students and the Community, and spread the good will of the college through a synergy of thought and action driven by Jayantian values. We have a strong community of alumni students who have earned a reputation for excellence and leadership in diverse fields."