Things to be kept in mind before choosing the college

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Pavan Mahajan is the Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer at Aspire Human Capital Management. He has over 16 years of management experience, presently he is Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer at Aspire Human Capital Management. He did his B. Com honors from Hans Raj College, Delhi University.

A Chartered Accountant by qualification, he worked with HB Portfolio leasing Ltd., after completing his articles from Price Waterhouse. His most recent assignment was with BELDEN INC, where he headed their Enterprise business in India & SAARC.

Prior to this, Pavan was the Director Sales & Marketing at ATM Fibrecom Pvt. Ltd. ATM an IT Infrastructure company was founded by him and thereafter become a part of ABS India (Formerly known as Alcatel Business Systems).

Pavan has been a visiting faculty in Management schools, apart from being a patron of education himself.


Students largely decide or are guided towards career preferences from the tenth grade onwards. Completing their high school in their chosen discipline leads the students to two pertinent questions, what course in the chosen discipline to pursue further and where to do it from. Higher education, whether pursued in India or abroad, must be done so with a career goal in mind and after due advise from parents, mentors & counsellors.

Just as choosing the right academic course is very important so is the institute where one wants to pursue if from.  Though at times one may not get the college of one’s choice, however there are a few basic parameters which should be considered for selecting a college.

Reputation: Education is a lifelong asset and where you pursue if from is going to be in your Curriculum-vitae forever.  How the universal academia, prospective employees and prospective clients in case of professional degrees, perceive the college to be is very important.

Authenticity: With the mushrooming of the private sector in education, especially in India, one must scrutinize the private college’s authenticity and statutory approvals. Some colleges may be autonomous and in such case one must do a thorough check of the back ground of the promoters, faculty and their academic associations. Students should not be fooled by academic advisory boards of private colleges and should question the board’s involvement and fiduciary capacity.

Continuing Education & Placements: The course provided by the college must be recognized as necessary education years, for pursuing post graduate education in India and abroad. Should one be pursuing graduation in India and be wanting to go abroad for post graduation, credits which the college’s course offers is always an advantage. Should the student wish to take up a job after graduation, the college must provide good placement opportunities. Here the student’s should not get carried away by what the college says and should do their own due diligence.

Admission Propaganda: Colleges tend to glorify their achievements during the admission season. One must remember that a good college’s reputation is by word of mouth and not by what necessarily by what they advertise. However students might not find much information on new colleges, in which case they should base their decision upon, the Promotes reputation, reputation of the academia, the industry associations the college and its physical infrastructure.

Apart from these imperative factors the students must also consider their budgets, geographical location of the college, college’s environment and infrastructure, before selecting the college. It is always prudent to take ones time, get and cross check advise from counsellors & industry experts and  talk to the prospective college’s alumni, before choosing a college.

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