How nicely are those in the front rows in a class treated? That might be a benchmark in choosing a college for admission.
Much talk has been gone on about attendance of students, particularly about colleges insisting on compulsory attendance and universities imposing fines for poor attendance.
Let us take a look at a typical class in many engineering colleges: A lecturer teaches; a few front-row students try to listen to him; there are some apathetic students in the middle rows and there is chaos in the last rows.
Not only have I seen it from outside but I have also experienced this personally as a faculty. Here we are not discussing the pains of the faculty but we will concentrate on the students in the first few rows.
We know that these are the people who try and get most out of the class. The unruly behaviour of a small portion of the class disturbs them to the hilt. In the process, they feel tired. As this happens over and over again during most of the classes, the perseverance reduces and the effort is not there as they reach the final years of the course. This is not the rule, but there are many colleges in our country where this happens. A society has a culture and therefore the culture needs to be examined very clearly by individuals before they finalise whether they can settle into that culture. This is true for all citizens around the world. The paradigm remains the same in the field of education and this emphasises the need to know the culture of the college where you are going to join before you opt for that place.
This article has information to process for the front-row students. Rarely have their concerns been looked at by society. It is taken for granted that they are self-motivated and will perform their duties to the best of their abilities always regardless of the surroundings. This is true. But if you are one, will it not suit you if you are in a group where more people are willing listeners in a class rather than troublemakers?
In the modern make-up of colleges, this is one concern that the self-motivated individual needs to address. It generally happens that you become part of a mixed group and then lead a quiet transformation from the front row to the back, which is a loss for you as an individual and society at large.
This should serve as a warning to those who feel that proximity to a college or other such factors are more important than such serious issues.
You are putting your life in line and therefore make the best choice by considering the most important parameters and not the trivial ones. For that you need to be proactive and find out the most important reasons to join a college. Getting an understanding of how a college works is one of the first steps to climb.
Krishna Swamy A.