Surana College: To Mould Characters and Careers
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A renowned and highly regarded college of psychology that has bagged more than 40 university rankings, promotes research, responsibility and discipline as well as encouraging entrepreneurial spirit, and has an annual output of nearly a thousand students – this is the Bangalore-based Surana College!

Established in 1995 under the GDA Foundation Trust, Surana College is affiliated to Bangalore University (u/s 53(5), and under Karnataka State Universities Act 2000) and is also included under section 2(f) & 12(B) of the UGC Act 1956. The institution has been catering to all sections of society on need-based quality education. The college has sixteen undergraduate departments and four postgraduate courses spread across two campuses in Bengaluru.

With an annual output of nearly a thousand students, Surana college has bagged more than 40 university ranks since its inception. The PG Department of Psychology has bagged 18 university ranks to date. State-of-the-art libraries, well-equipped laboratories and optimal student-teacher ratio along with industry-academia connect make Surana College one of the most favourable educational destinations not only for students across Karnataka but also students across India.

Students at the campus have due freedom coupled with responsibility and discipline. The college encourages research to challenge life and knowledge concepts by out-of-box and lateral thinking. There is also encouragement to entrepreneurial activities. No donation at the Surana’s; with affordable fee against quality, the curriculum is embedded with pro-community practices. Offering co-education has been an advantage with the institution.

Student involvement is the key function at the college even in extension activities, community services and sustenance of the academic environment. Parental and public acceptance have been of immense support towards the college functioning. Scholars, veterans, experts and prominent citizens as visitors pat on the back with suggestions and motivation. The corporate sector, service industry and socio-cultural institutions look up to Surana College to hire its students for their organizations.

The staff are aware of the importance of identifying and training different levels of leadership with a 360-degree perspective. A healthy academic relationship between faculty and students has enhanced and secured strong learning outcomes. An effort to maintain and preserve the joy of learning has augured well for the institution. Immense support from the management and good interdepartmental coordination makes the institution stand proud.


To be the educational institution of preferred choice by ushering convergence of knowledge, skills and values through holistic education.

Mission Statement

To mould character and careers.

Core Values

At Surana College, the core values are a set of principles that guide the practice and development of the curriculum, faculty, students, and staff. They are as follows:

  • Students are the primary reason it exists as an institution.
  • Relentless pursuit of excellence.
  • Diversity and inclusion.
  • “We teach… we learn… we interact… we mentor…”
  • Internalizing, empowering and evolving to use full resources for the nation.
  • “We gear up ourselves to the changing needs of the society.”
  • Continuously evaluate and improve programs, services, systems, and policies.
  • Practice a shared decision-making process.
  • Recognizing the expertise of all members of the college community.
  • Promote trust through professional courtesy and fair treatment.
  • Recognize and support employee and student contributions.
  • Exhibit quality in staffing, facilities, programs, and services.
  • Promote continuous improvement.
  • Anticipate needs and respond accordingly.
  • Encourage creativity, innovation, and risk-taking.
  • Encourage interdepartmental collaboration.
  • View setbacks as learning experiences.
  • Demonstrate social responsibility.
  • Recognize, appreciate, and celebrate the strength of diversity.
  • Foster a learning environment that promotes responsible, principled behaviour which respects the dignity of all members of the community.
  • Conduct all activities in an ethical manner. Commit to practices that are fair, honest, and objective in dealing with students, faculty members, staff, and stakeholders at all levels of the community.
  • Strive to ensure that curriculum, delivery, and support services respond to inquiries, requests, and concerns in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • Provide educational programs that lead to the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary to achieve information literacy, career advancement, personal enrichment, leadership, and service to the community.
  • To ensure program quality on the basis to strengthen the overall effectiveness of curriculum, instructional delivery, and operations.

The Academic Rollout

The Masters of Science Program in Psychology is a two-year program affiliated with Bangalore University. The program offers specialisations in organisational, clinical and child psychology. The curriculum focuses on enabling the students to be successful as counsellors, teachers, clinical practitioners, psychometricians, trainers and researchers. The curriculum focuses on equipping the students to clear NET/SLET, M.Phil. and other competitive examinations. It also provides them practical and hands-on training in developing psychometric tools and industry/clinical exposure through internships and dissertations.

In addition to the regular curriculum, value-added courses are delivered to enhance employability and entrepreneurial skills in students. These programs are specifically designed to keep the students updated with the recent developments in the field.

Surana college believes in an integrated learning approach and blends classroom learning with experiential learning.

The Scholarly Leader – Dr Archana Surana, Managing Trustee, SEI

The driving force behind the Surana Educational Institutions (SEI), Dr Surana is a passionate educationalist striving to bring quality education to everyone. She has been awarded India’s Most Valuable Women Educationalist and Reformist award for the year 2015 by Network 7 media house jury. She is an educationist, philanthropist and social worker.

Mrs Surana began her professional career as a ‘director’ in the pharma industry, contributed immensely to the strategic and financial growth of the organization for over a decade. She is the Managing Trustee of the GDA Foundation – a charitable trust, and a member of Bhawribai Surana Charitable Trust. She has served for several orphanages, participated in rural development efforts of Nation Service Scheme (NSS), and supported the cause of the ‘Social & Eco’ movement.

Bolstering the Learning Mentality

The Manoshrutha club of psychology prepares the students for NET, research and industry connect on a weekly basis. The weekly program comprises rigorous training for NET, as well as activities aimed at improving the soft skills and research competency of students. Special lectures and extension activities are regular activities of the club.

The postgraduate department focuses on learner-centric methods like flipped classroom, student presentation and research-oriented learning like case reviews and research studies. Student presentations and industry immersions are integral parts of learning. In addition, blended learning through videos, online platforms like MS Teams are used on regular basis.

Key Milestones

  • Reaccredited by NAAC with A+
  • 18 University ranks.
  • MS Subbalakshmi voice of the year 2019 Ms. Kaldhari Bhavani.
  • Over 20 students M.Phil qualified from NIMHANS and other RCI recognized institutes.
  • Alumni placed as distinguished faculty members.
  • Students pursuing PhD from prestigious institutes like IITs across India.

Looking to the future

The college plans to go Autonomous and evolve into one of the leading educational institutes in India for research and academic excellence. The college will shortly be starting M.Sc. psychological counselling and PG diploma courses in Psychology. For the coming decade, the college intends to become a full-fledged university.

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