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St Xavier’s College has a 150-year-long tradition in educational expertise. Regarded widely as one of the best colleges in the country, especially for the arts stream, the college was recently declared autonomous.

education Updated: Jun 26, 2012 17:37 IST

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St xavier’s college

St Xavier’s College has a 150-year-long tradition in educational expertise. Regarded widely as one of the best colleges in the country, especially for the arts stream, the college was recently declared autonomous.

A special honours programme has been implemented, where students are encouraged to earn extra credits by way of independent research, projects, or seminars.

The college has qualified faculty to match In 2007, it was awarded the highest rating (A+) in the re-accreditation by the NAAC, an autonomous body linked to the University Grants Commission of India. The campus buzzes with cultural activities, including one of India’s biggest college fests, Malhar.

It offers courses in mass media, management studies, economics, history, psychology, sociology, political science, anthropology, ancient culture, and statistics, among others.

The St Xavier’s tradition would be incomplete without a hands-on social sensitisation programme and an extra-curricular activity component - Frazer Mascarenhas SJ, principal

Sophia College for women

Nurturing all-rounders
Located between Breach Candy and Peddar Road, Sophia College for Women, known for its discipline, was founded in 1941. It is affiliated to the University of Mumbai and comes under the governing body of the Society for Higher Education for Women in India.

The college has been given an ‘A’ grade by NAAC (The National Assessment and Accreditation Council) in both 2003 and 2009. A green oasis in the heart of a congested metropolis, the college has well-designed, airy buildings set around a beautiful central lawn, a terraced garden and a herbal garden. The main building, which is a heritage structure, has been enlarged over the years to accommodate lecture halls, library and an audio-visual room.

The Sophia campus has excellent infrastructural facilities and is always alive with activity-academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular and sports.

The mission of the college has always been commitment to women’s education, which is perceived to be the means for both personal and societal transformation (Sr) Anila Verghese, principal

Game for more
The Fell Gymkhana provides badminton, table tennis, carom, chess and other recreational facilities. The college has a basketball court too

Masti dhamal
The Department of Inter-Religious Studies, the Indian Music Group and the Social Service League, are popular among students

Book nook
A technologically-equipped XRCVC (Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged) has a vast collection of books

A drink and a bite
Foyer is a popular hangout for students. The food from this counter of the canteen is a hot favourite among most

History
St Xavier’s was declared autonomous in 2010, which allows it to formulate its own syllabus