Contributor: Gunjan Satija (2005-07 Batch)
Honestly speaking, the two years at JNU were the best time of my life! First of all the fun part- lots of freedom, dhaba hang outs, long strolls and above all the beautiful campus…. All this made my experience mesmerizing. For those wondering about their M.A., this is just a sub-set of the entire package, and a good one indeed!
Coming to padai, JNU gives you one of the most chilled out environment to study. Its faculty is its USP with graduates/phd from Cambridge, Oxford, MIT and what not. The best part about them is that, they not only teach quite comprehensively but also give you tons of freedom to pursue your way of studying. By this I mean firstly there is no attendance issue, secondly there is a grading system and finally they won’t expect you to mug up and write in exams. For that matter, they would be glad if you can refute some of the existing economic theories and come up with your own logical arguments. Also, if you want to pursue further studies or carry out some research then will be of a great support!
The course structure for M.A. is quite ok, though not too mathematical. It’s more inclined towards theories while practical application receives less importance here.
However, if you really want to score well then you have to be self-motivated… as there would be nobody to push you with regular tests or assignments. Also, since there is no compulsion to attend classes you might end up missing some good lectures, so keep that in mind.
The most important thing which everyone looks forward to is placements- from 2007 onwards JNU has been visited by some good companies. This bunch includes companies like McKinsey, GE, Grail Research, Absolute Data, etc. totaling around 25-30 and more good ones have been added in 2008. The placement cell is quite active and more and more companies are coming back to our campus. These firms are mainly into analytics, research (both economic and marketing), writing, and similar stuff…
Over all, this institute serves you a bouquet of offerings, of which some have exceptional standards while others are on their way to build the same. My experience at JNU was exhilarating and hope the same for you J.