An Interview with Prof. Annie Anthony, BMS Co-ordinator, L.D. Sonavane College
by Sandeep Singh, Content Writer, BMS.co.in
- Tell us something about yourself.
I have been in teaching profession from around 15 years, though I joined this college only in 2002. I have completed my graduation from RKT College in B.com and B.A. and then I did my Masters in Arts from the same college. I wanted to study more so I did B.Ed and M.Phil then.
Previously I used to teach in BNN College. I am working as a Co-ordinator of this college from the past 6 years.
- Tell us something about your college.
Our college was founded in year 2002 with commerce and arts stream and a petite strength of 84 students only. Now we have various courses like BMS, BSc(C.s. and IT) , BA, B.com, MSc (IT), and M.com and a whooping strength of 5000 students!! We also conduct Junior college classes. BMS course was introduced in the year 2003.
- When did you join this profession? What inspired you to choose this line?
I always wanted to become a teacher and was fortunate to get in this line. I started teaching 15 years back in BNN College and then joined this college in 2002 since its foundation.
- As a coordinator, do you also teach any subjects? Which subject do you love the most?
After I did my B.com, I opted to do M.A in Economics as it has been my favorite subject ever since my college days. I teach Managerial Economics to BMS students.
- How are the roles and responsibilities of a coordinator different from that of a faculty? Do you like being a faculty or a coordinator? Which helps you to connect more?
A teacher’s responsibility gets over after 50 minute of lecture whereas a coordinator has to check every faculty, every student, class discipline, Industrial Visits, student’s projects and other things throughout the whole college hours. I find it easy to communicate and connect with students as a coordinator and try to solve their problems.
- Who in your life has influenced you the most?
My Father Dr. Joseph Arracken has influenced me the most in my life; he is a doctor by profession and likes to teach. Secondly my School Economics teacher has played an integral part in developing my love for economics.
- What should BMS/ Management education mean to a student?
A student should understand that only the cream of commerce is selected in BMS (the cut off’s remain quite high). They shall not stop after doing BMS, rather they should carry on with MMS or MBA. They all have potential for becoming future managers and shall not stop just after graduation.
- Tell us something about your college’s fests/events and extra co-curricular activities.
Our annual festival is conducted in January and this time we conducted KARMA 2012, which is our BMS festival. Around 8000 students from 32 different colleges attended the 2 day festival. Our whole ground was jam packed and we had various events.
- Do you think that it should be made compulsory for the students to manage both studies and be a part of college fests/events?
Every student should participate in college festivals so as to develop their skills and personality and moreover to enjoy themselves. KARMA 2012 was a total venture of BMS students and help of only 3 teachers were taken. Rest all was done by students from managing the crowd to organizing the events.
- Tell us something about your college student’s performances.
In the initial years of our college 100% students tend to pass the exams, but with more students coming in the passing % has been reduced to 85% which is still far much better than many colleges.
- What are your future plans for the college?
We have been planning to expand our infrastructure and developing our playground. AICTE approval for MBA is awaited and meanwhile we will be adding 4 more add on courses.
Our Gymkhana facility is very good.
- As a person, your mission and aim in life?
To mould as many students as good human beings and moreover good citizens of India.
- Does your college provide any placement assistance to BMS students?
We have a placement cell and placement sessions are conducted in December. VGN provide summer jobs to the students while Seed InfoTech and various other companies provide regular jobs. Our college’s BSc (IT) students were placed in Infotech and TCS this time.
- What are the prospects after BMS?
A student can either take job experience and move to a good MBA college then or can directly do MMS or MBA after graduation. It totally depends on the student’s financial background.
- Any message to BMS students?
You all are the privileged ones, and are always above the general commerce and arts stream students. The exposure that you all get through presentations, group discussion and other activities truly makes you better than any other ordinary graduate.
The way the site is developed and designed is very helpful to BMS students and faculties all over the city.
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