Wondering which college to go to after your board exam results? Here’s a look at one of Mumbai’s better-known colleges and all you need to know about its history, infrastructure and facultyeducation Updated: May 11, 2011 16:48 IST
Located between Breach Candy and Peddar Road, Sophia College for Women, known for its discipline, was founded in 1934. 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 staff of the college comprises the sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus as well as other lay staff. The college has been given an ‘A’ grade by NAAC (The National Assessment and Accrediation Council) in both 2003 and 2009.
Study programmes offered
Sophia College offers several courses at the junior college, graduate and postgraduate level. At the degree college level, the college offers three main courses – BA, BSc and BMM (Bachelors in mass media). At the post-graduate level, the college offers an MSc in life sciences with specialisation in neuroscience, microbiology and biochemistry. The college also offers a post-graduate diploma in quality assurance in the food industry and the pharmaceutical industry, a post-graduate diploma in clinical analysis (DCI) apart from several UGC approved courses. Among the UGC approved courses is a certificate course in women’s empowerment, a certificate course in cooking and baking. These courses fall under the Sophia Centre for Women’s Studies and Development (SCWSD).
Watch out for
1. The Breach Candy Park where students go after classes is at walking distance from the campus. There are snack counters and plenty of space by the sea-side.
2. Under The Banyan Tree or UTBT as it’s called by the student is a popular spot for Sophiaites to meet their friends.
3. Chowpatty- a number of buses from Sophia College stop at Chowpatty which is ten minutes away.
4. Students can go shopping or for lunch to Sobo Central Mall near the Haji Ali junction.
On the campus
Library: Sophia College for Women has a large, well-lit and airy library with a large collection of books, periodicals, encyclopaedias, art books and maps. The library also has audio-visual material in the form of CDs, DVDs, filmstrips, slides etc. Syllabi for all classes from the year 2000 have also been stored in the library. Teachers can avail of the overhead projector facility for teaching purposes. Internet facilities are available to both, students and staff.
Other facilities: There is a well-equipped computer centre with 65 computers and a tri-band internet connection that is available at a nominal fee. The computer centre offers short-term courses in windows, office automation, animation and design.
The JN Heredia Centre for value education offers guidance and counselling. Here, a fully trained counsellor provides consultancy services in the form of counselling, talks, workshops, aptitude tests, etc.
Apart from these, the college has a well-managed hostel facility, a gymkhana that provides the latest equipment, instructors as well as a nutritionist. The college also has a canteen, a bookstore and a photocopying centre.
Cells and Clubs
The college has several clubs and associations such as The Sophia College English Dramatics Association (SCEDA) which puts up a play at the end of every academic year, Western Music Club, Elocution and Debating Society, Sophia Sports Association and the National Service Scheme.
Kaleidoscope is an annual inter collegiate youth festival with more than 10,000 students from colleges all over Mumbai and outside participating in it. The festival is managed entirely by students, from start to finish. Ananya is an inter-college festival organised by the National service Scheme cell of the college.
Politicians Priya Dutt and Vasundhara Raje are from Sophia College.
Actress Shahana Goswami of the ‘Rock On’ film fame studied here.
Dr (Sr) Anila Verghese: “We teach women to become independent and socially responsible at Sophia. We ensure that our students be at their jobs and also be good human beings with sensitivity towards environment and society. We have a very committed faculty and we encourage our students to discover their true potential through the various activities held in the college throughout the year. Women from all walks of life study here.”
Jenanne Chabiwala, businesswoman (36)
“It has always helped me when I tell people at job interviews that I’m a Sophiaite. But that is of negligible value when compared with how much I have learnt about time management and discipline at Sophia. Even now I remember my professors fondly and call them up once in a while. Also, I am a member of SCESA, the Sophia Alumni Association, and through the club I try to keep in touch with my friends and classmates.”
Dhvani Doshi, SYBA
“To me, Sophia College is a land of opportunities. It's like a blank canvas where girls from all walks of life can splash colours and leave behind their imprint. When I first came to the college, I was a frightened 18 year old - one who couldn't even imagine doing things that I have done in the last two years. This includes being a part of a town-hall meeting with President Obama, being sub-editor of the college magazine, being the head, public relations, for Kaleidoscope, being the club secretary of the international relations club and a part of the excellence in arts programme. At Sophia there are opportunities galore, you just have to stretch your hand to reach them.
Divya Das, SYBA, Sophia College
“I have noticed that students don’t engage much in political discussions. Mumbai students especially don’t know much about Indian politics. Delhi students seem to be more aware. I feel guest lectures and eminent personalities should be invited to colleges, to open up such discussions.
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