"If You are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people" - Chinese Proverb
Today, the economic success of a country is directly determined by their education system. Undoubtedly, a developed nation is an educated nation. Higher education is the touchstone by which the progress of a nation is measured in today's times. And, with the Indian education system being the third largest in the world, next to the United States and China, the country stands poised on the brink of an exciting future where higher education is as important as administrative policy. Today, the society, the academia and the industry need to stand together and share their commitment, enthusiasm and expertise in order to create a responsible, progressive and skilled citizenry. Keeping up with this very spirit is Oxford Institution. Based out of Nagarabhavi and Ullal in Bangalore, Oxford Institution is a group of institutes set up with the vision to provide the best possible education to its students. Recognized by the Bangalore University, Oxford Institution's primary aim is to develop within its students' qualities of integrity, honesty, trust, tolerance and compassion; to promote a spirit of inquiry; to foster a scientific temperament within the bonds of humanism; to help the students become a meaningful part of the environment and to see courage and industry have their due reward.
"The courses offered at Oxford College not only enable the students to develop a gamut of skills but also allows them to apply the skills to real-world problems"
"Whenever I am asked to define education, the following quote always comes to my mind - 'The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows'. Education is the fountainhead of growth, progress and development in any part of the world. Its contribution has been responsible for upliftment of the society, in shaping the moral fiber of the student community and contributing to the nation's wellbeing by producing the bright minds of tomorrow. We at the Oxford Institution are focused on providing allround, relevant and comprehensive education to students for the last three decades in an environment that impresses upon ethics, values and mutual respect," says Dr. B. R. Supreeth, Principal, Oxford PU & Degree College - Ullal.
Established in the year 1989 under the visionary founder Dr. M.C. Ravindra Nath and its Co-Founder, Mrs. H.N. Usha Ravindra Nath, the dedication and efforts of the duo are well-reflected through the unique offerings of the institute. Oxford Institution has structured an effective and holistic education system in a way which prepares the students to be an effective and efficient workforce, allowing them to make the best use of the opportunities that the industry sends their way. Oxford Institution Trust comprises of numerous institutes like Oxford Kids (Pre School), Oxford English High School (Karnataka State Board), Oxford Universal Public School (ICSE Board), Oxford Independent Pre University College, Oxford Degree College (Affiliated To Bangalore University), Oxford Pg Center (Affiliated To Bangalore University) and Oxford Evening Degree College (Affiliated To Bangalore University). The curriculum of these educational institutes are designed to keep pace with the ever-evolving and dynamic trends and challenges of the industry today.
"The courses offered at our college not only enable the students to develop a gamut of skills but also allows them to apply the skills to real-world problems, thus fast-tracking their careers. The processes of teaching, training and evaluation follow the modern Gurukul system which makes the education system at Oxford Institution in sync the latest trends in technology and commerce. Education, thus, rather than being lecture-oriented, didactic and traditional, is more student-driven," utters Dr. B. R. Supreeth.
The Right Place to Prosper
Oxford College not only believes in providing quality education to its students as per the University syllabus but the institute also works relentlessly in making its students employable and placement ready through pre-placement training activities spread over three years of under graduation program. The pre-placement activities comprise of Soft Skills training (KWEC) in I year, Leadership Development Program, Specific Domain Value Added Short Term Certificate Courses in II & III Year like Tally ERP 9 (B.Com Students), Project Work, Grooming Sessions and Guest Lectures from Alumni and Corporates. The Career Guidance & Placement Cell (CGPC) of Oxford College acts as a finishing school which emphasizes on enhancing the employability of Oxford College students and making them placement ready. "Placements play an important role in meeting the career aspirations of each student enrolled in the program. In its endeavor to assist students in meeting his/her career goals, the institute has a well-equipped and organized Placement Cell which is in constant touch with the industry so as to create better placement opportunities for students," mentions Dr. B. R. Supreeth.
Apart from its in-house corporate training, Oxford College also organizes compulsory industrial visits each year. These trainings provide students the insight into how industries operate. The students visit different types of industries like FMCG, Service and manufacturing industries. Such sessions allow the students to get an opportunity to see things practically with respect to accounting, finance and business administration.
Oxford Institutions, Nagarabhavi and Ullal, Bangalore constantly encourages its students to participate in different activities at Campus Clubs where the management organizes a variety of programs like educational, social, cultural, recreational and entertainment programs. These programs give an opportunity to the students that enable them to develop their interactions among groups, thus helping them enhance their creative and leadership skills. Adding to this, Dr. B. R. Supreeth says, "Our Annual Cultural competitions prove to be an ideal forum for students to showcase their creative talents in fine arts, dramatics, music and dance. Talent, once spotted is properly nurtured and enough opportunities are provided to the students to compete at higher levels. Students are encouraged and given guidance to take part in inter-college competitions, seminars and more."
The teachers also take utmost care in building up the career of every student who involves in their day-to-day curricular and co-curricular activity. The relationship with teachers at Oxford Institutions is a parental relation-ship with the students.
Delivering Opportunities to Destination from Oxford's O to D, the institute's motto is "We carve stones, we not only polish them, we make monuments out of them". Focused towards academic excellence with maximum individual attention and timely counseling for the students, in the years to come the Oxford Institutions plan to add up new Technical courses along with Engineering Colleges and Pure Science colleges with a research institute in the name of their Founder Dr. M. C. Ravindra Nath.
A Cut Above the Rest
Located in Bangalore city the Silicon Valley of India, the Oxford Institution campus is endowed with state-of-the-art infrastructure rendering a suitable academic ambiance which is conducive to nurture creativity and innovative instincts amongst the students.
The Central Library consists of various subjects and International and National journals along with several E-journals. The library provides ample space for students and teachers with comfortable seating arrangements along with digital library and reprographics section.
Every department has excellent laboratory infrastructural facilities and the students are trained in the laboratories to enhance their practical skills. New and updated equipment are regularly incorporated in labs with the latest technology, which gives the students an added advantage.
Oxford Institutions, Nagarabhavi and Ullal, Bangalore has a well-equipped auditorium with a seating capacity of over 350 people. The auditorium is spacious, well ventilated and has well-furnished halls. A regular venue for conferences, workshops and seminars, this auditorium has all the facilities to enhance the learning process and is a vast space that serves the varied requirements of quality education.
Oxford Institutions, Nagarabhavi and Ullal, Bangalore has excellent recreational facilities for sports including gymnasium, basket-ball court, volleyball court and a spacious ground for sports such as football, cricket and hockey. Its teams have participated in many tournaments inside and outside Bangalore and have won many prizes. A well laid out playfield annexed to the College Campus provides the facility for various games.
At Oxford Institutions, every care is taken to provide the best facilities for students who stay away from their homes. The hostel provides hygienic food and clean surroundings so that the inmates can live in a congenial atmosphere at affordable prices. A warden living in the premises ensures discipline and prevents any untoward incidents like ragging and other offenses. The hostel also has a tie-up with a health care center located nearby so that students can avail the medical facilities provided therein.
Dr. B. R. Supreeth, Principal, Oxford PU & Degree College - Ullal
A confident and versatile social worker, Dr. Supreeth is a highly respected and well-known server of the nation who started working for the society since teenage college days. His passion for social justice, tangible social problem-solving capabilities has been the highlight of his personality. He received a Ph.D. Award from university of California, San Francisco, the USA from the department of computer science in 2005. His research work on "Crucial Role of Management Information System in Today's World of Globalization" earned him international recognition and he was selected by West Coast University (WCU) of United Kingdom, where he was appointed as program director to represent WCU in India in 2005. In his illustrious career, Dr. Supreeth has received several awards like "Gowthama Shree" award from government of Karnataka for his service in education, "Karnataka Bhushan" award from the Minister of IT and BT, Government of Karnataka, again for the education. He received "Kempegowda Award Ward Wise" from the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike for his enormous contribution to the society and "Karnataka Vishwamaanya Kannadiga Award" from Mysore Sahitya Academy for his rendering services as a writer of Kannada biography, "Raviteja - A Glow of Sun".
Mrs. Usha Ravindra Nath, Co-Founder, Oxford Institutions
She is also the principal of Oxford School. Started her career as a teacher at a very young age of 24 years, she always dreamt of starting her own school. Finally giving limelight her dreams, Usha incepted oxford Institutions in 1989. She did her masters in economics and education from Bangalore University before stepping into the professional world. Her charming personality has made her connection more special with the kids and she calls the school her second home. The major recognition she received is from the department of education of government of Karnataka for achieving 100 percent result in the SSLC board examination.