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Ramnarain Ruia College was established in 1937 under the Shikshana Prasaraka Mandali, Pune. Known as one of the finest academic institutions with high standards

education Updated: Apr 27, 2011 09:43 IST
Pooja Biraia

If you are looking for the right mix of academics and activities, Ruia College may be for you. Here, your performance in extra curriculars, is taken as seriously as your performance in the academic space.

Well known for its Arts faculty, Ramnarain Ruia College was established in 1937 under the Shikshana Prasaraka Mandali, Pune. Known as one of the finest academic institutions with high standards, Ruia College is affiliated with the Mumbai university and was reaccredited with grade ‘A’ by the NAAC in 2007.

The college offers BA, BSc, BMM (Bacholor in mass media) at the degrree level, and boasts of being the only college in Mumbai to offer a BA in French.

Unlike other colleges, at Ruia, students can choose from a variety of subject combinations.

In the science stream, the college has recently introduced degree courses in bio-analytical sciences, biochemistry, biotechnology and herbal science. At the post-graduate level, the college offers MSc and Phd in sciences, history and Sanskrit.

It also offers PG Diploma in Industrial Analytical Chemistry.

Admissions take place in the month of June, and the new academic year begins in July.

On the campus
The college library, built in 1937, is more than seventy years old. The library has 1,20,000 books, periodicals, national and international journals, magazines etc. and numerous microfilms, CDs, DVDs, audio casettes etc. Apart from this, the library also has an e-learning centre with high speed LAN and free Internet access for students to browse.

The science faculty has UG and PG labs for all subjects, which are equipped with the latest facilities. The college has research programmes in the area of Chemistry, Biology and Biochemistry up to the PG level.

E-learning Centre:
The college also has an e-learning centre which has 30 internet-enabled computers, available to student for half an hour at a time.

Best Room:
The mass media room of the college is - as students claim - one of the best in the city, and consists of all the latest equipments students may need for working on their college projects.

Alumni speak:
Sanika Prabhu, Documentary Filmmaker
“I had a great time in Ruia as a student. Teachers in Ruia are extremely helpful, knowledgeable and teach with a lot of interest. The library is so well stocked that we never had to look for a book outside. And if a student showed genuine interest in a subject or in an activity, the professors would go out of their way to help him. In Ruia, a student has full freedom to be as creative as possible.”

Ruia’s usp
1. ‘Self Vision Centre’ lets visually impaired students record their lectures and take print outs of the same.
2. The annual cultural festival, Utsav, is the most popular event for Ruiaites, organised by the Vidyarthi pratinidhi Mandal (student representative organisation)
3. The science faculty has UG (undergraduate) and PG (postgraduate) labs for all subjects, which are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities.
4. Almost ten classrooms are equipped with audio visual facilities.

Famous Alumni:
. Dilip Chitre (literary person)
. Bharat Kumar Raut, (MP and Editor, Maharashtra Times)
. Manohar Joshi (MP, former CM of Maharashtra)
. Sonali Bendre (Film Actress)

Cells and Clubs
The college has a number of different clubs and cells which organise events through the year. These are the Career Guidance Cell, Dramatic Circle, Quiz Club, Le Cercle Francais, Film Society etc. The college also has a Gymkhana club and NSS and NCC cells.

Vice Principal:
Devayani Ganpule: “Ruia is one of the best colleges in Mumbai. We give equal importance to studies as well as to co-curricular activities. We strike a balance between teaching and learning. Our NSS and NCC departments are well known, we have well stocked libraries and we have 24 academic departments and more than 30 associations for extra curricular activities.”

College Festivals
The annual cultural festival named ‘Utsav’ is the most popular event of the year. Besides, ‘Aarohan’, an intra college festival is also a very well known event Ruiaites look forward to. The Ruia Natyalaya is the college’s famous theatre club comprising lovers of performing arts, who showcase three best plays every year.

Suggestion box:
Student: Swapnil Rane, SYBSc, Ruia College
“I hope we have more discussions and debates in the class pertaining to our subject of study and also. It would be nice if the college can have many more games like table tennis as well. Although I enjoy spending time in the canteen with my friends, after the lectures are over, I really feel that the food in the canteen should be improved and made more tastier. Also they should inlcude a variety of cuisine.”

Campus Journalist - Ishani Sule, 16, FYJC Arts, Ruia College

Everyone here, is down to earth and very friendly. You will hardly find a snobbish student in our college. Also, Ruia is located at such a place, from where it’s very easy to have excellent food from well known joints outside, like Gulshan restaurant for instance. Also, I like the kind of activities that go on in the college, we always have something or the other happening, and this makes it very lively and interesting to be in the college.

The atmosphere in Ruia is very comfortable and feels like home. Most of the time I’m outside my class and I love to spend time on the quadrangle outside the college. Also, I love cats and Ruia has plenty of them in the campus. The auditorium is really very good and big enough for exhibitions and competitions to be held there. The library is big and well stocked. And I also like the location of the college with regard to accessibility, and convenience. I would advise students to come to Ruia, as this is a college for different type of students - the studious, the smart, the fashionable, the shop-o-holic, the sporty, - and this diversity is gripping. Also, we have a great time during the fest, and other competitions. There a lot one can do here, - from participating in numerous competitions to starting new clubs and groups – and everyone is very supportive.

Listen to Devayani Ganpule, vice-principal, tell you why you should consider Ruia college. Click Here