Maria Fernandes | NT KURIOCITY
Of the fifty odd colleges in Goa today, only a handful can be considered ‘good colleges’. Good colleges can be defined as those that impart education of excellent quality, have the right infrastructure, churn out leaders and hence are worth joining. It is difficult for a student to make the right decision regarding the selection of an institute when the choice is large. To help students and parents know more about the different institutes in the state and then evaluate and differentiate between them so that they can arrive at a decision, NT KURIOCITY visited Rosary College, Navelim.
With a mission to empower young women and men, specially the underprivileged as responsive citizens through holistic education, Rosary College of Commerce and Arts, Navelim was established in June, 1990, by the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman. The college is affiliated to Goa University, managed by the Diocesan Society of Education and is a minority institution under article 30(1) of the Indian Constitution. A forerunner in providing quality education, the college has made strident progress in the last twenty-six years in terms of quality education imparted and professional success of its alumni. The college has been reaccredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with an A-grade and CGPA of 3.21 on a 4-point scale; the college was also awarded the Best College in sports award by Goa University for four years.
Besides humanities and commerce, the college specialises in BCA, BBA, BBA (travel and tourism) and post graduate programmes in MCom. There is also a plethora of certificate courses: short-term skilled based courses, career-oriented programmes, SAP ERP (systems, applications and products) – AMI TECH, Common Proficiency Test (CPT) coaching classes for CA, UPSC and IAS and bank exams which are conducted by TIME institute.
Hundreds of students have passed through the portals of this institution during the last twenty-six years and the list of alumni includes police inspector, Goa Police, Sagar Ekoskar; associate professor, department of psychology, Carmel College, Nuvem, Lynette D’Silva; assistant registrar (UG/PG Section) – Goa University, Kedar Naik; joint mamlatdar, Nathan Afonso; associate professor, department of sociology, MES College, Zuarinagar, Jessy Crasto; assistant professor, department of commerce, CES College, Cuncolim, Tina de Santa Teresa besides others.
“Rosary College is the reason behind the very confident, knowledgeable and bubbly person that I am today. It has been a force driving every student in the college to improve their personality and develop a creative mind,” says Griselda Mendes, who has just appeared for her TYBCA examination.
One of the important things required for an institute to function satisfactorily is the availability of necessary infrastructure in terms of state-of-the-art laboratories, high-speed internet connectivity, well-stocked library, playground, conference hall and classrooms that are spacious and furnished with audio-visual aids to name a few.
The facilities on the campus include thirty eight classrooms with multimedia equipment/overhead projectors, fourteen laboratories, faculty and administrative blocks, a state-of-the-art library, modern computer labs and a well stocked canteen. Besides these there is a seminar hall, conference room, counselling room, common rooms for girls and one common room for boys.
The campus is WiFi enabled and students also have access to the well-stocked computerised library and departmental libraries which house in total 21,287 books, 55 journals, 41 magazines and 7 e-journals. In addition the library also subscribes to INFLIBNET resource that has access to over 2000 e-journals and e-books. It also has a very good collection of books for various entrance and competitive examinations.
Speaking about the infrastructure a TYBCA student says: “The college has good infrastructure which is well maintained, the teaching staff too is qualified and helpful. However the campus is very contained and could do even better with a bigger complex.” “The college is fine and like all colleges has a few drawbacks but then which college does not? I would say overall it is good and very conducive to learning,” says a student from the Arts stream.
About the canteen most students are of the opinion that the food is average but could do with a little more variety. “Since we are not allowed to go home for lunch, the canteen menu becomes very limited and we long for something different,” says a BBA student. Another student is of the opinion that they should be allowed to leave the campus for lunch which will solve this problem.
In any college the quality of education imparted depends entirely on the quality of the faculty. Rosary has a judicious mix of full and part-time faculty members. The full-time faculty team provides the continuity and monitoring that is needed and guides and supports students. The part-time faculty give students the much-needed external exposure. Many points about the faculty – their tenure at the college, research contributions, etc, along with the number of faculty with doctorates – provide students with an overview of the quality of faculty at the college. Rosary has six of its faculty holding doctorates in different subjects.
It is not just books for students of Rosary as they are encouraged to participate in a variety of projects, inter-collegiate fests and technical seminars. Annual Day, Sports Day, Founder’s Day, Graduation Day, International Student’s Day, Passonic, Asmitai, Entrada and Noesis are some of the annual events organised by the college. In terms of publications, inter-disciplinary journals and department-wise newsletters are an integral part of college activities. Gyana, Aryana, Navoday and Rosary Compass are the magazines of the college and some of the department-wise newsletters include Phoenix, Sahityachand, Bits and Byte, Rosary Geeks, Commerce Canvas, Seasons and others.
Industry experts also visit the campus regularly to interact with students. “We have many visiting faculty and all of them are very experienced. As students we benefit greatly from this exposure as they give an insight about the ground reality in the industry and prepare us to tackle various situations that may arise,” says Roger Kurian, a student of TYBBA.
The college has a strong industry connect with corporates like Infosys BPO, Caculo Group, Tata Consultancy Services, Job Expert, Ensign Capital Markets and Investments Private Limited, Bull’s Eye Investment, HDFC Life and others and organises campus interviews for its students. Past recruiters include Bain, Citibank, Google, JP Morgan, Ernst and Young, Mahindra and Mahindra and more.
“If I am what I am today, it is greatly due to my time in Rosary. The level of discipline inculcated in me certain values that are very deep-rooted. We had faculty that were approachable, friendly and extremely supportive in all our endeavours,” says Joshua Antao, ex-student and proprietor, Funky Heads (event management company), Panaji.
Quotes from teachers
Rosary is a wonderful place to work and learn. Teaching here has also been a learning experience and the freedom for innovative teaching makes it unique. Our teaching/learning is participatory and we strive at achieving academic excellence along with extra and co-curricular activities.
assistant professor, commerce
I have been with the college since its inception and the development has been tremendous. The infrastructure is one of the best and we ensure holistic development of students with discipline playing a very important part. The ambience here is friendly and vibrant with teachers taking a keen interest in students and their activities.
associate professor, geography
We are one of the best colleges not only in the state but probably in the country in terms of what we provide with regards to infrastructure, activities, programmes and more. At Rosary we go beyond academics which makes us unique and our records are proof of the same.
-Savio Falleiro, vice principal
and head of department, Economics
Quotes from students
Rosary has been a platform for my talents which I did not know existed. The college is an institution that gives the best facilities, has very good teachers and where academics and other activities go hand in hand.
-Vencila Sequeira, TYBA
Rosary College has been the wind beneath my wings. It has empowered me to soar and achieve greater heights in the arena of not only academics but also co-curricular and extracurricular activities. It is not just a college but much more than that.
-Swimburne Fernandes, SYBA
Quotes from ex-students
Rosary always had a well maintained system for education and discipline. Right from the beginning, holistic development was the main objective of the college and everyone from the principal to the teaching staff worked towards it. My teachers not only guided me but also instilled in me values that are relevant even today.
sales executive, Planet Hollywood, Utorda
Since the last few years, the facilities have improved drastically. The principal has done a commendable job in making Rosary what it is today. It is not just a recognised college in the state but has also made a name for itself on a national platform.
manager, Axis Bank, Margao branch
We had amazing teachers who were our mentors. Their vast experience which they shared with us helps us even today in our various professions. To be in Rosary was indeed a privilege.
-Liston Barreto, deputy manager,