Kishinchand Chellaram (KC) College, located in the heart of south Mumbai, provides a combination of academic excellence, good infrastructure and student empowerment. KC is also known for its three-year unaided programmes started by the Mumbai university - Bachelor of Mass Media, Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology, Computer Science and Information Technology) and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounts and Finance, and Banking and Insurance).
On the anvil this year is another professional three-year course: BCom in Financial Markets.
"The BMM department has consistently produced university rankers. We place a lot of emphasis on research culture," said Principal Manju Nichani.
"Last year, as part of our college project on Contemporary Issues, we toured various parts of India - Nandigram, Dharamsala, Uttarakhand - to shoot films on issues like Tibet, human rights, and malnutrition," said Bansi Mehta, third-year BMM student. Film director Sudhir Mishra saw one of the films, Naxalite, and took one of the students involved in the project on as his assistant.
The BMM department also regularly ropes in industry experts like Boman Irani and Cyrus Bharucha to lecture the students, and as part of the Late Vidyasagar Principal K.M. Kundnani lecture series - a much-awaited event on the campus - students from the entire college get to interact with star speakers. Infosys Chief Narayan Murthy and supercop Kiran Bedi have come to the campus in the past as part of the lecture series.
The college also has an in-house placement cell and companies like Wipro, Accenture and TCS have employed students from the college. It also boasts of an active National Service Scheme (NSS) cell. The cell adopted a village called Karwale, which is beyond Virar, three years ago and developed the village for the villagers.
Amenities include a well-equipped air-conditioned library which has over 60,000 books, and a state-of-the-art auditorium. Thirteen classrooms in the campus are equipped with ACs and LCDs. The college also hosts a popular inter-collegiate festival in July, Kiran, in which about 60 colleges take part.
Favourite student hangouts are Kidosh Corner, which is adjacent to the college building inside the premises. Outside the campus, students frequent the
nearby or visit Nariman Point or the Mocha outlet at Churchgate.
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The past: K.C. College was established in 1954 by the Hyderabad Sind National Collegiate Board, which also established other leading colleges such as, Jai Hind, and National. The college's philosophy at its inception was "earn while you learn", because many of its students used to study and work at the same time. The college stared by offering courses in arts and science and introduced commerce in the late '70s.
Best known for: Emphasis on research, the mass media department.
Number of seats: Arts: 240, Science: 580, Commerce: 240.
Last year's cut-offs (FYJC):
Science - 86 per cent
Commerce - 76 per cent
Arts - 68 per cent
Alumni: Industrialist Anil Ambani, filmmaker John Matthew Mathan, actors Rajesh Khanna and Shafi Inamdar.
Alumni Quote: "I did BSc in statistics in 1980-83. KC was one of the few colleges that offered that specialisation. It tells you something about the college. Many of the qualities people now associate with me go back to my KC College days, when I was the president of the Students' Council. It gave me an early start, a great learning environment and also gave me a wonderful set of friends I cherish to this day.
- Paritosh Joshi, president, ad sales, Star India
Expert Quote: "One of the premier colleges affiliated to the Mumbai university, KC College imparts good education and encourages research culture, especially in biology and chemistry."
- Dr Vijay Khole, vice-chancellor, Mumbai university