SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Sion (West), was inaugurated on June 20, 1960 The college has been reaccredited with an ‘A’ grade by the NAAC and also been awarded the Best College award, the Best College Magazine award for ‘Dakshinayanam’ and the Best garden award by the BMC. The college gives high importance to academics and churns out toppers year after year. However, an equal importance is also attached to extra curricular activities, such as sports, athletics, community service, street plays etc. The college offers courses such as BA, BCom, BSc, BMM, BMS and BSc (IT)and this year newer courses such as TV journalism (certificate and diploma) has been introduced. Besides, SIES also offers MSC in all science sucjects and doctoral programmes in Hindi and politics. Under the ‘Earn while you learn’ programme, the college offers certificate courses in candle making, foreign languages, chocolate making, etc. The diploma and certificate courses are open to outsiders as well. The college also offers training to students for UPSC (Union Public Service Commission), MPSC (Maharashtra Public Service Commission) and other competitive examinations. The college is situated at a walking distance from the Sion railway station on the central line and Kings Circle railway station on the harbour line.
On the campus
The 49 year old library issues approximately 225 books / CDs daily. It is divided into two full units, each having a circulation area, a section for reference of books pertaining to competitive exams and a section for photocopying relevant materials.
The College has a well equipped gymkhana for table-tennis, carrom and chess. And a sports ground is hired for football, cricket, badminton and for the annual sports meet.
Students’ Welfare Centre
The college ha a computer resource centre for the visually challenged, named ‘Prajnya Vision, offering facilities such as audio aids and computers, readers and Braille books, scribes for exams, free lunch, remedial English classes and counselling.
The college has a placement cell where companies are invited on the campus. Last year, companies such as Wipro, Infotech, Patni Computer Services, ICICI Tech Mahindra, Tata
Cells and Clubs
The NSS and NCC departments of the college are very active and regularly send students for NSS camps. One of the NCC cadets from the college, Monisha Nair, participated in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, last year. Besides, there is Ecosophy, an envieronment association, the film club where movies get screened and discussed, the debating society, etc.
‘Visions’ is the annual inter-collegiate festival wherein all departments of the college organise events. Besides, there are also events organised by different departments such as Genograzia by the biotechnology department, Kalpavriksha by botany department, Phoenix by the IT department and Xzooberance by zoology department. The BMM department organises its own festival- Copyrights in December.
1. Students can have free access to internet services using 8 computers in the reading hall.
2. The colleges is very actively involved in exra-curricular activities.
3. A number of courses are offered at the postgraduate and doctorate levels.
4. The college imparts coaching for competitive exams.
5. International seminars and conferences are held in collaboration with foreign institutes.
6. The information and library network centre (INFLIBNET) helps students to download and read a vast catalogue of books and journals online.
Watch out for
1. The college quadrangle is a famous hang out place in the campus, say the students.
2. Nestle Corner: Situated in the campus, where hot and cold beverages from Nestle including cappuncino, fine teas, soups, noodles and a lot more is available.
3. Various eating joints such as Café Coffee Day, Subway, Gurukripa, an Iranian restaurant are available at walking distance from the college.
Student: Ruchika Natarajan, TYBMS
“I really like the college and what I like is that the lectures are interesting and there is an open interaction in the classes and we can give our ioinions and discuss. We are encouraged to take initiatives like the Rotaract club for SIES Sion started by us, and completekly handled by us. gymkhana is good as there are facilities for varuious games, The visions fest is fantastiv ad I participated both the years, The strict attandance does not bother me as I have beeen regular for all my time..they call your parents if a student is very irregular. We don’t have a strict dress code.
Fabfive, Bhumi Jakharia, TYBMM, SIES College 5 favourite Outdoor Games
1. Badminton: This is the game I play really well and have been playing since my childhood and it’s very easy and can be learnt very fast.
2. Cricket: It’s an interesting team game and I like to bowl and find it cool.
3. Swimming: I love being in water and its refreshing and keep you toned.
4. Dodge ball: It keeps you alert, active and is requires high amount of energy. .
5. Lawn Tennis: I like the game as its world known and has been associated with renowned players such as Rafeal Nadal who is my favourite.
First, FYBMM students should be allowed to browse books in the common library. Second, the college must have a wider range of co-curricular activities, in terms of debates and model United Nations. Third, class schedule should be made keeping in mind the number of classrooms available, so that the timings do not coincide for any two classes. Fourth, I really feel that the college authorities must allow students to wear three fourths and shorts to college during the monsoons, keeping in mind convinience and comfort.