The KJ Somaiya College of Arts and Commerce was the first Somaiya college to be established, back in 1960. As it celebrates its golden jubilee year this year, 34 other institutions have come up on the 60 acre campus, as part of the Somaiya Vidyavihar family. Each college is managed independently, although some facilities are shared with each other. Of the total 27,000 students on the campus, the KJ Somaiya College of Arts and Commerce houses 6,500.
The college offers BA and BCom degrees, along with Bachelor of Mass Media, Bachelor of Management Studies, Bachelor of Financial Markets and Bachelor of Banking and Insurance.
There are post-graduate centres, too, for MA degrees in Hindi, economics and Sanskrit and an MCom in accountancy. The management is waiting for approval to start research centres for Gujarati and commerce, which is expected soon.
Placing importance on value education, KJ Somaiya incorporates education from scriptures into the curriculum. In addition to academics, the college has an active cultural forum with an annual inter-college fest called ‘Hoonar’ and other fests for each department. They organise inter-college singing and elocution competitions as well. There’s a football ground, tennis court, basketball ground on campus, as well as a life-size chess board. On-campus hostel facilities are available.
1. Synergy with Somaiya’s sister institutions ensures shared facilities and inter-disciplinary workshops and seminars.
2. The college offers Japanese as a language study option for junior college.
3. Students are taught from Indian scriptures. Lecturers from ISKCON are brought in to hold workshops on ethics.
4. There is a Gandhian study centre on campus, along with a centre for Jainism and Buddhism studies.
5. The college has tied up with the University of Vasa, Finland for student and faculty exchanges.
6. It was ranked No. 1 in commerce in the west zone by The Week magazine.
The inter-college fest Hoonar takes place in December every year, organised by the cultural forum. Over 40 colleges participate.
The BMM department has a fest called ‘Reflections’, the BMS has ‘Ehsaas’, BBI has a fest called ‘Udaan’ and the BFM course has ‘Lakshya’. These are organised parallelly, under Hoonar.
Cells and Clubs
The NSS department has adopted a village called Nareshwadi and set up an ashram school for adivasi children, where KJ Somaiya students go to teach. The NCC organises adventure camps and other activities.
Other clubs include the social sciences club, environmental club, science association, English association, Hindi parisabha, Sanskrit sabha and others.
On the campus
Library: The library has over 72,000 books and subscriptions to e-journals. Inter-institute book-borrowing allows the student to use the sister college libraries as well. There are a 100 computers with internet facility in the library.
The gym is open to both staff and students.
Has audio-visual facilities for presentations and video streaming.
This is used for cultural events and also lent to communities free of cost for their programmes.
A life-size chess board, surrounded by steps, is the students’ favourite hangout.
There are four canteens on campus, which serve south Indian, Punjabi, Chinese, Italian cuisine, in addition to sandwiches. There’s also a ‘maggi canteen’.
Watch out for
1. Maggi canteen: Serves every student’s favourite 2-minute snack in different forms, a hotspot for hanging out.
2. Basketball court: A large, full-size court, surrounded by buildings, which you will find students milling around.
3. Sunil sandwichwala, dabeli and frankie stalls within walking distance of the campus, which the students swear by.
4. Vidyavihar station is minutes away.
Principal: Sudha Vyas
“As an alumnus of this institution, I can speak for this college both from a student and the principal perspective. This college concentrates on languages strongly, being the only one to offer Japanese as an option. Sanskrit is compulsary for students. We also place emphasis on value education and have yoga sessions and lectures from Indian scriptures. Our faculty is understanding and experienced and the quality of students speaks for itself. The placement cell has got students jobs in companies like HDFC, Reliance, ICICI and Deloitte.”
Alumni: Dr. Vijaya Wad, president, Marathi Vishwakosh
“I think very highly of the college. I remember having to learn from the Gita at age 16, and I didn’t understand why. But I’ve realised now that it purifies your mind.
There’s a lovely simplicity around the college. I was a Marathi-medium student but the college gave me all the confidence that English could be an acquired language. The teaching was never bookish.”
Student: Mayur Sachade, TYBMM
“The best part is the co-operation between teachers and students. They treat us like their own children. When we asked the principal for one camera for the BMM department, she gave us two.
There’s greenery all around the campus, which is rare in Mumbai.”
For the wesite
We also have a Maggi canteen which is really off-beat, and such a great idea! They serve different types of Maggi. The chess board is a really fun place to hang out. It’s a very pleasant campus with superb quality of teaching. The BMM festival ‘Reflections’ has different inter-college media activities, which we learn a lot from.
Ashwit Shetty, TYBCom 5 favourite bands
1. Greenday: The lead singer and guitarist are among the best. My favourite song of theirs is Boulevard of Broken Dreams.
2. Metallica: Great rock band. Nothing Else Matters is almost a classic.
3. Black Eyed Peas: They play good alternative pop, very current. Meet Me Halfway is my favourite track from the band.
4. Red Hot Chilli Peppers: Their music is just so much fun, with great lyrics too. Californication remains my favourite.
5. Band of Boys: A promising Indian rock band. Meri Neend Ud Gayi Hai is a really awesome song.
‘Bigger gymkhana for more sports’
Student: Dhaval Shah,TYBCom
“While we have really good outdoor sports facilities, it would be nice to have a bigger gymkhana which can accommodate more indoor sports.
Other than that I don’t have complaints. We have a suggestion box in college where we can leave ideas for the management, which has been very effective.”
Interview: principal of KJ Somaiya College of Arts and Commerce click here