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Top Arts Colleges In India For 2013
If you are like me and have an innate love for the study of Humanities (or Arts as is most commonly known in India) and to top it all, you have also managed to pass your 12th Board exams with ‘flying colours’ (which means you should have scored much above the 90% cut out), then you have every reason to rejoice. Your passion and your marks can guarantee you a seat in one of the top Arts Colleges in the country.
In India, Arts Colleges have always attracted not only a much larger crowd of students but also those who are willing to explore newer dimensions in their studies. It is for this reason that many students who take up science or commerce as their branch of study at the plus two level, often identify their true calling and enrol into an arts college. Fortunately for them, most undergrad arts colleges allow admissions across all branches, though some of them may have a slight variation in the eligibility criteria for non-Humanities students.
What it takes to be a Top Arts College?
With the number of educational institutions on an epidemic rise in the country today, we need to clearly define why the colleges we are going to talk about have achieved the top rank.
The foremost reason is the courses they offer and the syllabus they follow. When we talk about the syllabus, please do note that these colleges follow an updated course structure, bringing in changes, modifications and improvements at regular intervals. Also, project work and academic discussions are intrinsic here. These colleges house the best teaching brains in the country, a faculty that is not only highly qualified itself but is adept in understanding the specific needs of the subjects and students.
Some other considerations include the opportunities provided to students to explore their talents beyond studies by providing multiple extra-curricular activities, a well stocked library and reading room, placements, overall personality development etcetera.
Top Arts Colleges in India
Loyola College, Chennai
A premier institute under the University of Madras, the Loyola College was established in 1925. It offers B.A, M.A. and M. Phil. as well as PhD courses to students. One you have the required percentage (dependent on the college), you will be called for an extensive interview along with your parents. Admission is dependent on how you fare in that.
You can pursue your graduation in English, History, Sociology, Economics, French and Tamil from here. At the master’s level, apart from other subjects, it offers a unique degree in Social Work and Human Rights and Duties. Apart from providing education to those who can afford it, the Loyola College also prides itself in helping students belonging to the economically weaker sections pursue higher education through suitable fee concessions and scholarships.
St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi
One of the oldest colleges in Delhi, set up in 1818, the St. Stephen’s College is perhaps the most coveted and prestigious institute in the country. Run under the University of Delhi, the college was founded primarily to augment higher education for children, especially Christians.
You can pursue your B.A in English, History, Philosophy, Economics, Sanskrit and Mathematics from here. It is best known for its English course though. The cut off percentage at St. Stephen’s is sky-high and you also have to be able to impress the faculty during the interview round with your knowledge of the subject you want to pursue, your attitude and a right aptitude.
Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi
This is undoubtedly the best Arts College for women that the country has today. Each alumna of this institute is an epithet of intellect as well as personal and professional glory and success. Affiliated to the University of Delhi, it was founded by Sir Shri Ram in 1956, named after Lady Shri Ram. Again, this college too has a very high cut off for admissions as well as written tests for subjects like English and Journalism.
The subjects offered at the undergrad level include English, History, Political Science, Economics, Hindi, Sociology, Philosophy, Journalism, Psychology, Sanskrit and General Pass. The unique feature of LSR, as it is widely known, is the importance the college gives to the pursuance of extra-curricular activities by students.
St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata
Set up in 1860, primarily for the education of the Christian community, the college is affiliated to the University of Calcutta. Admission is basically on merit for general category students. It offers B.A in Political Science, Sociology, English and Bengali. You can also pursue your Master’s from here.
Presidency College, Kolkata
Established in 1817 as the Hindoo College, the Presidency College (renamed in 1855) is one of the oldest educational institutions in India.
Affiliated to the University of Calcutta, it offers studies in English, Bengali, History, Philosophy, Hindi, Political Science and Sociology, admission being dependent on your grades/percentage (merit basis). Its age old library has a rare collection of archival records, journals, old books, reference materials and CDs.
St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
This college dates back many centuries, having been set up as early as 1540. Its library houses some rare 16th century books and records. Admission is primarily on merit though there may be an interview as well which the institute will notify. You can opt from one of the many subjects offered here like History, English, Hindi, Psychology, Economics, Political Science, Economics and French. It has also very good M.A and PhD courses.
Benaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi
BHU is a central university set up in 1916. To qualify as a student of this institute, you not only require a minimum of 50% marks in 12th, but also need to pass the entrance test. It offers a variety of course options to students, including, English, Political Science, Geography, History, Bengali, Hindi, Journalism and Mass Communications, Philosophy, Sociology and many more. BHU is a residential institute, housing thousands of students pursuing varied branches of study that even includes engineering and medicine.
A few other good Arts College in India today include the Christ College in Bengaluru, Miranda House in New Delhi, Hindu College in New Delhi, Mount Carmel College in Bengaluru, Presidency College in Chennai, Fergusson College in Pune, Jadavpur University in Kolkata etcetera.