Loyola College has a faculty that shows no attitude
by Kishan Prajapati
As a student, I was glad when I got admission in Loyola College Chennai. Basically, I enrolled here for BA honors in Economics in 2016, with the notion of appearing for TANCET and MBA colleges on graduation. Loyola has strict rules regarding timings as well as a strict dress code in place. I found these a little hard to get used to, but that lasted only for the first few months. Apart from the wide, tree canopy-filled paths, infrastructure, and sports pavilions, and more, it took a while to 'fit' in. There’s a lot that Loyola has to offer students, as I had come to realize. Here's some background info on the college. Loyola College is a private, Catholic institution – one that was established by 1925. Since then, it has been able to establish itself as one of the premier educational institutes in Chennai. Today, it offers several UG and PG courses, with affiliations to the University of Madras, and happens to come with a NACC rating of A.
When it comes to academics, Loyola is the best. The college is quite strict when it comes to grades, rankings, etc. As an undergrad, I had to maintain a certain grade point average, at all times. So I had to prepare for each exam, submit my reports on Time and ensure all my assignments were done on schedule. What's more, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the college changes its syllabus every three years. Apart from this, the management adds both vocational and allied courses regularly. It is an autonomous college and one that's affiliated with the University of Madras. Loyola currently offers degree programs in Commerce, Arts, Natural Sciences, and Social sciences. I had enrolled for the BA Honor. Needless to say, attendance is mandatory. And the same holds true, for other UG streams as well. Currently, my college ranks 8/10, as far as academics are concerned, and with good reason. Apart from this, the classrooms are spacious, well designed and so are the labs.
The college ranks as one of the best in Chennai today. From personal experience, I can vouch for the faculty and would rank them 8/10, for their skills, character, and their easygoing attitude. Today, Loyola ranks as one of the top ten institutions in India and that's mainly on account of the faculty here. Moreover, some of the famous personalities, from the likes of Vishwanathan Anand, Vishal Krishna, Mahesh Babu, Jayaram Ravi, and more had graduated from here. In fact, from the time I had been admitted here, I have had my life turn for the better and the faculty was a big part of the reason, 'why'. The faculty is one of the best. The professors go out of their way to connect with the students and to help them learn, with examples, case studies, etc.
As far as placement is concerned, the college ranks quite high, at 87%. Loyola College is quite good as far as placements are concerned and it generally starts from the 4th semester. I was required to maintain a 60% grade point average to get placed.
While the college provides hostel facilities for both men and women, I can definitely confirm that the hostel block and the rooms are clean, mid-range as far as space is concerned, and are maintained hygienically at all times. Each block contains a mess, sick room, guest room along with solar water heating facilities, and a college parking lot.
I would have to rank the college quite well as far as the infrastructure is concerned. The institution is not that old as it was established in Chennai, by the Jesuits around the 1920s. Since then, it has undergone several stages of development. I found the grounds to be quite extensive. Even though my main interest was Cricket, I could play sports like Football, Tennis, Table tennis, and other sports as well. Apart from the sports complex, the college has the requisite lab facilities, canteen, Library, hostel facilities, parking lot and more. The college also comes with Wi-Fi, medical facilities, and more. From personal experience, I can tell you that nothing beats Loyola when it comes to infrastructure. The library is stocked with more than 10,000 books, and it can be quite handy when developing research papers, as I had come to realize.
As far as the campus was concerned, Loyola happens to be the best. The modern infrastructure, set amidst rich topiary, sure impressed me. The college sure stands out for all the right reasons, and one that certainly changed my life for the better. The various student clubs from AURA, Entrepreneurship development cell, Loyola brass band, Rotaract club, Robotics, Chess club, etc. Certainly made my life here easy. One of the first things that I recognized as I entered the campus on the first day is the vibrant atmosphere, the easy-going attitude of the faculty as well as the culture prevalent here. The induction ceremony at Loyola by itself was quite remarkable. It's something I would always recall, with fond memories.