A few steps away from a fantastic Marine Drive location, and another few in the opposite direction from bustling Churchgate station, stands Jai Hind College. It’s an institute that prides itself in its constant search for innovation. Rated consistently with an ‘A’ grade accreditation, the college offers a considerable choice in study programmes, extra-curricular activities, and involves students in organising related seminars, conferences and projects. Over the last year, dignitaries including Martin Luther King III, Ruth Padel (Charles Darwin’s great great granddaughter) and RK Pachauri have visited the campus to speak on relevant issues in their fields.
Jai Hind College, located on ‘A’ Road, Churchgate, was established in 1948 by a small band of teachers who worked in D. J. Sind College, Karachi.
The college initially started as an arts and science college. Many new courses and subjects were offered later.
The college was formally inaugurated in September 1948 at the Elphinstone College Library Hall. In early 1949, Principal T. M.
Advani arranged for a bungalow named ‘Goolshan’ on Peddar Road to serve as a nucleus for a science college. At this stage, Bhagwansingh B. Advani, the sole trustee of the Basantsing Anil Dharmada Trust, stepped in with a donation of Rs 1,25,000, a princely sum in those days. In response to his wishes, the college was named Jai Hind College and Basantsing Institute of Science.
It was proving to be inconvenient that the arts and science faculties of the college were five miles apart. Morarji Desai, who was then the Home and Revenue Minister of Bombay, finally sanctioned, in a prime location, a plot for the Jai Hind College building on ‘A’ Road, Backbay Reclamation. Being close to Churchgate Railway Station, students from the suburbs now found the college easily accessible.
The director of the college is Professor N W Shivdasani, now oversees the working of the college that caters to over 5,000 students.
USP :The college offers Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, BAF, BFM, BBI, BMS and BMM degrees. The college also has tie-ups with universities abroad, like a twinning programme with Bournemouth University for media students and a tie-up with Canadian universities as part of the OMG programme. Students can pursue these and can go abroad to complete their degrees.
The college has made sustained efforts to modernise its infrastructure, upgrade its facilities, and offers amenities, which are relevant to a modern and developing institute. The college has always had a spacious auditorium. A couple of years ago, it was renovated with improved acoustics and a sophisticated sound system. Its air-conditioned and computerised library (with internet and multimedia facilities) and its audiovisual centre exemplify the management’s attempt at keeping up with the changing needs of students.
An annex building is under construction at the moment, which will have seven floors with state-of-the-art facilities. When this building comes up, new courses will be added to the college, including an MBA programme.
The college provides water coolers on every floor, and offers inexpensive facilities for photocopying to students and staff.
It has recently set up new computer and biotechnology laboratories. It has added a new open-air cafeteria to supplement the older canteen, and provided facilities for seating in its small but pleasant campus.
Cells and Clubs
While each department has a society, such as the English Society, History Association, Psychology Society and so on, there are also cross-departmental societies that are very active. These include the Literary and Debating Society, the National Entrepreneurship Network e-cell and the Social and Dramatics Union, among others. These societies organise seminars, conferences and other related activities for students to explore.
On the campus
Study Room: This is an air-conditioned room adjacent to the library for quiet study.
Canteen: A well maintained canteen where you get a variety of food items to choose from. The menu includes popular favourites like dosas, sandwiches and frankies.
Cafeteria: Another between classes hangout for the students.(For a virtual tour of the campus, log on to www. hindustantimes.com)
Get on to the inside track of Jai hind College
Principal: Dr. Kirti Narain, Principal: “We make theoretical subjects practical – our methods are project-based and field-study based. Students learn a lot through frequently-organised seminars.”
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former vice chancellor, SNDT University
“The greatest thing about Jai Hind is that while they mean business as far as attendance and discipline goes, the teacher-student relationship is comfortable to the point of casual corridor chats. There’s warmth around the college, and you can tell that the teachers feel for the students – it’s not just a last-resort job for them.”
Henna Mirchandani, FYJC Arts
“What I love about Jai Hind is that it’s very alive – there’s always something happening on campus, a festival, a seminar, a conference, something to participate in. The talent quotient here, too, is very high, gauging from the number of trophies we bring back from inter-college fests!
Moreover, the crowd here is friendly, and you don’t really feel like a newcomer when you come into college. Everyone is here to rein you into some activity or the other, which gives you a great platform to make the most of your interests. Since the college offers so many different streams of study, the crowd is diverse.
The teacher-student relationship is almost informal, and the teachers are well-qualified, teach well, but are open to suggestions and debate. You can go up to any teacher in the corridor and talk to them about any doubt that you may have, or just something you find interesting. They’re very approachable.
Jai Hind also offers a lot of facilities for a small building. There’s a huge library, and fully-equipped laboratories. Some of the newer classrooms are air-conditioned, and all classes have projector and conferencing facilities. There’s lots to do around the college as well, so you’ll never be bored! Even though it’s a small campus, there’s so much buzz around the place that you never miss the space.”
‘It would help to have a bigger campus’
Mustafa Dohadwala, TYBCom
There’s a lot of activity on the Jai Hind campus, with so many extra-curriculars and clubs holding events, which is a great thing. However, it would be nice if we had more space for that and to hang out in, because it tends to get a bit crowded.
Hopefully, that problem should be solved once the new building is up and running.
Priyanka Rajpal, Jai Hind College on her
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