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St Andrew’s: More than just studies

If you want to go to a college where everybody is involved in co-curricular activities, head to St Andrew’s. It is located in a prime location in Hill Road at Bandra, Mumbai.

education Updated: Oct 21, 2011 13:30 IST
Sharanya Misra Sharma

If you want to go to a college where everybody is involved in co-curricular activities, head to St Andrew’s. Located in a prime location in Hill Road at Bandra, Mumbai, this institute is visible in many festivals.

On January 1, 1981, Mother Teresa MC, Nobel Laureate inaugurated the St. Andrew’s College of Arts, Science and Commerce. The institute was started when Archbishop Simon Pimenta felt the need for a new Catholic college in the suburbs that would offer courses like BA, BCom and BSc. The first phase of the construction of 18 classrooms of the college was completed in June 1986 and solemnly blessed on St Andrew’s Feast Day, November 30, 1986.

Subsequently the chapel, the library, the administrative block, the students’ common rooms were constructed. Since more rooms were required two new floors with 18 classrooms were added in 2002. The latest addition is the annexe, which was completed in the Jubilee Year 2007-2008.

Programmes: The college offers a course in bachelors of arts, bachelors of science, and bachelors of commerce, along with BMS (bachelors of management studies) and BMM (bachelors of mass media). The BA and BMM departments are specially known for their experienced faculty.

Infrastructure: The library dates back to 1983-84. Approximately 30,000 books are organised subject wise according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System.

The institute also has a counselling as well as a placement cell. There is a chapel where mass is held on the first Friday of every month. Sports facilities include a basketball court, hockey field and a football field. Just two years ago, a new, bigger and airy canteen, called Café Andre was set up. St. Andrew’s College houses the St. Andrew’s Auditorium, which is used not only for college events but other functions, shows and events as well. There is no hostel facility provided here.

Studentspeak: “The best ting about Andrew’s is that it has a lot of co-curricular activities and plenty of sports. We are always engaged in either college festivals or educational outings. In my opinion, we have an excellent and enthusiastic student crowd. When it comes to the professors and the staff, they are more like friends,” says Steffi Pereira, a third-year, BA programme student.

Clubs and societies: There is a choir group, which sings during mass and at other events too. The Andrews choir is very well known and if you make it into the choir, you get a lot of chances to also participate in inter college festivals.

The campus offers spacious places where the students can interact, such as the basketball court and parking lot there, which are favourite hangout spots.

A lot of professional plays and shows are held in the auditorium.

Intune- an intercollege music festival is held in the month of September. It is quite well known throughout Mumbai and the students get to see some extraordinary talent then.
Olio is a dramatics festival that takes place in December. Students of other colleges are invited too.

The college lays much emphasis on co-curricular activities. While sports are really encouraged here, students get together often for dance, music and dramatics practices.

Hangouts: Places to watch out for include, a hotspot for food, Andoras café, situated close to the college. You’ll always find Andrew’s students there.

There are many shopping areas near Andrew’s College such as Linking road and Hill road. Not only do these places have brands but also cheap street side shopping, which ideal for students.

The college is close to Bandra Station and can be reached in about 10-15 minutes by auto or bus from the college. Students living in Mahim, Juhu and Santacruz can easily get buses to college.

Factfile
On 1 January 1981, Mother Teresa MC, Nobel Laureate, inaugurated the St. Andrew's College of Arts, Science and Commerce. The college was started when Archbishop Simon Pimenta felt the need for a new Catholic college in the suburbs that would offer courses like BA, BCom and BSc. The first phase of the construction of 18 classrooms of the college was completed in June 1986 and solemnly blessed on St. Andrew's Feast Day, 30 November 1986

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“There really isn’t much more to wish for. The best ting about Andrew’s is that it has a lot of co-curricular activities and plenty of sports. We are always engaged in either college festivals or educational outings. In my opinion, we have an excellent and enthusiastic student crowd. When it comes to the professors and the staff, they are more like friends,” Steffi Pereira, a third-year, BA programme student