The HR College of Commerce and Economics was formed in 1960 under the Hyderabad (Sindh) National Collegiate Board. It has received an ‘A’ grade by the National Accreditation and Assessment Council twice, in 2002, and in 2008.
Touted as one of the best colleges in Mumbai to study commerce in, it offers BCom, BAF (Bachelor of accounting and finance), BBI (Bachelor of banking and insurance), BMS (Bachelors of management studies), BComFM (Bachelor of commerce-financial management) at the graduate degree level, and MCom at the post- graduate level. The college also offers vocational courses such as advertising, sales promotion and sales management, tourism and travel management and tax procedure and practice. The HR College Placement Cell maintains constant contact with recruiters and alumni and has so far helped to place students in companies such as HLL, P&G, Reliance Industries, HDFC bank and Oberoi Hotels among others. It has conducted many events in the past such as maths and statistics quizzes, and open forums where students are allowed to share their grievances, suggestions and compliments about the college. The Students’ Council has recently established an Anti- Ragging Squad, which monitors and reports any unruly activity in the college.
Watch out for
1. Churchgate Station: The College is a ten-minute walk from Churchgate station.
2. Oxford Book Store: The bookstore is adjacent to the college and has a wide collection of fiction and non-fiction books as well as a popular coffee shop.
3.Gaylords: This restaurant is quite popular with students looking for reasonably priced food, snacks and desserts.
On the campus
HR College is equipped with the latest technological labs and study centres. Apart from having computer labs on each floor, the college also has an ICICI Matrix cell installed by ICICI bank where students can learn about and test themselves on banking, insurance, finance and other related subjects online. The college also has a research cell for both faculty and students to conduct their research work. The conference and seminar room are used both by the students and faculty for conducting workshops, forums, meetings as well as assessments. The college library stores more than 43,000 books, periodicals, multilingual newspapers as well as audiovisual material for the benefit of the students. The college has a gymnasium for sports related activities and has tie-ups with various leading clubs in the area to provide students with a swimming pool, badminton and tennis courts and a cricket ground too.
Cells and Clubs
Apart from this, the college has several clubs and societies that students can be a part of, such as the Commerce Club, the Planning Forum, Nature Club, Rotary Club of HR, Sports Council, Hostilities Association and CHOICE (an association which is in charge of inter-collegiate events). The college also has a Student’s Council, which is in charge of all administrative activities.
Though very active in other inter-college festivals, HR does not have its own inter-college festival. However, three years ago, the HR Fest was introduced as an intra-college festival in which cultural programmes are organised. It takes place in July every year. The Rotaract Club also organises Octave.
1. The college holds a ‘Distinguished Lecturer Series’ where industry experts share their experiences with students
2. The college holds a MUN (Model United Nations) every year, where students from both within and outside the college participate.
3.A few years ago, all the hawkers outside the college were given legitimate spaces inside the college premises. This was the Principal’s attempt to curb class bunking.
4.The college has a Ladies Common Room, which has a seating area, bathrooms and locker facilities.
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Alumni: Vivek Shukla, a financial analyst
“My years at HR College are very memorable-because I participated in many extra-curricular activities related to culture and academics that gave me a lot of confidence. I am now in the field of commerce and it and it always helps to say that I am from one of the top institutes in commerce and economics.”
Student: Aniket Jotwani, FYBCom
“HR College has a history of having and producing great students. And that is because our college is mainly student dominated. Various clubs, activities and seminars are all organised by students themselves. And it is our principal Dr Indu Shahani who wholeheartedly supports this. The crowd and student interaction is pretty much outstanding. In college the freshers blend in so well with the rest of the college that one wouldn’t even know that they’re new on campus.
As a student who joined this college two years ago I can verify this from personal experience.
Principal: Dr Indu Shahani
“HR College is not just about academics and extra-curricular activities, we also focus on community service. This is because we want our students to become responsible citizens. They should be able to use the good standard of education they receive to involve themselves with what’s happening around them in the world.”
Yash Muthiyan, SYJC Commerce, HR College
5 favourite running spots in Mumbai
1. Marine Drive: A cool track thanks to the sea breeze and it’s not too crowded.
2. Race course: Perfect to blast your iPod in and run with no fear of cars. Good for your knees too, since it isn’t concrete.
3. Kemps Corner: The slopes around are very challenging.
4. Sanjay Gandhi National Park: An 18 km-run in the heart of nature.
5. Chowpatty Beach: A very trying but energy-building run on the sand.
Student: Sharang Dhaimade, SYBCom
In order to make attending lectures a more fun, to mark the end of a lecture, instead of ringing the traditional 'bell', colleges can play the new hits from Hollywood and Bollywood. You wouldn’t mind listening to ‘Sheila ki Jawani’ after a taxing economics lecture. Taking this concept of suggestion box, colleges should start a mega-suggestion box where students can put in suggestions of infrastructure, studies and extra-curricular activities.