RD National College is the first college of the Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board. The college was re-constructed after it was affected by the communal fires of the partition of India in 1947. Established originally in 1922 by Dr. Annie Besant and Rishi Dayaram Gidumal, the college saw a shift in its location from Hyderabad (Sind) to Bombay in 1949. This was brought about through the efforts of the founder Principal KM Rishi Dayaram. National College was born on Linking Road, Bandra, in June 1949.
In the mission statement, the college has emphasised a “liberal, secular and an open- minded education”. The college stage has been the launching pad of many creative talents. Amjad Khan, the dacoit of ‘Sholay’ learnt and developed his acting talents in this college. Jaaved Jaffri put on his dancing shoes first on this stage. The college has a dynamic faculty and has had stalwarts like Prof.Sadanand Varde, former education minister, professor Vasant Bapat, the Marathi playwright professor. Lila D’Souza, former principal at St.Andrew’s College, imparting education to students.
The college offers courses in BA (bachelor of arts), B Com (bachelors in commerce), B Sc (bachelors in science) and BSc (IT). Recently the college opened a new wing for BMM (bachelors in mass media) studies. BMS (bachelors in management studies) has recently been introduced this year. The college also offers some post-graduate courses such as M Sc in chemistry, physics, and computer science.
The college has a library, a computer laboratory, an IT laboratory, and laboratories for physics, chemistry and biology. NSS (National Service Scheme) has a cell on the campus. There is also a women’s development cell, a vocational and career guidance cell and a placement cell. The career guidance cell organises career fairs and seminars each year. There is also an air-conditioned auditorium in the campus. A conference room is available for audio-visual presentations.
The annual intra-college festival is called Blowfest, which is held in December and sees many sports as well as cultural events. The BMM department organises an inter-college festival called Cutting-Chai, which has media related competitions. Some departments such as psychology and economics organise their own events.
For sports, the college has a basketball court, a badminton court, a table-tennis installment, and carrom-boards. The college has a Sports Day every year with various track and field events.
There is a nature club that organises treks and nature trails and a college magazine is also brought out every year. The college canteen got re-constructed last year and is now better looking, more spacious. It also offers more variety in its food menu.
Facilities around the college:
. Linking Road, famous for shopping is opposite the campus
. Bandra station and Khar station are close by
. Candies, Ravi Rice and Jay Sandwich are popular eating joints near the college