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Mumbai offers courses with an eye on industry

india Updated: May 18, 2008 02:59 IST
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Yet again, it’s that time of the year when students are busy making career choices — either reading up on the web or visiting education counsellors.

Those who have zeroed in on what stream or course they want to pursue are also faced with the choice of moving to a different city in the hope for a better education. And like Delhi, Mumbai is a city that has been considered as an education hub for many years.

With about 200 colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai spread evenly across the city — western, eastern and central suburbs — these colleges are constantly innovating and re-inventing themselves by offering courses according to industry needs.

While NM College of Commerce and Economics and RA Podar College of Commerce and Economics may not have hostel facilities, they are in perpetual competition and reputed for producing a steady stream of chartered accountants and cost accountants. If it’s microbiology and biotechnology, then it is DG Ruparel College or Ramnarain Ruia College, known as centres for science education.

“We give preference to our in-house students. So the chance to admit outside students for commerce and arts streams is very less. Seats lie vacant for the science stream since many students opt for professional courses. So outstation students have a better prospect as science students,” said Principal Suhas Pednekar of Ruia College.

But it’s not all study. Mumbai colleges also have their in-house clubs and societies — nature club, writer’s club, theatre groups et al. St Xavier’s College, for instance, is known for serving the perfect combination of academics and extra-curricular activities, with ‘Malhar’, the annual inter-collegiate festival being the number one fest even today.

Ramnarain Ruia College of Arts and Science:

Popular courses: Arts, BSc (Microbiology), BSc (Biotechnology)
Seats available: B.Sc-330, BA-440 (110 for Marathi Division), Bachelor of Mass Media – 60
Cut offs: B.A.: Above 66 per cent, B.Sc. Above 50 per cent, B.Sc in Biotechnology: 90 per cent
Outstation quota: N/A. In-house students preferred.
Hostel facilities: Nil
Entrance exam: Admission based on Class XII results
Students other than those from the Maharashtra Board must obtain an eligibility certificate from the University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari, Kalina Campus, Mumbai - 400 098, prior to their seeking admission to First Year
Admission details: No Entrance Exam. Admission on the basis of Class XII marks.
Students other than those who take the Maharashtra Board exams have to obtain an eligibility certificate from University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari, Kalina Campus, Mumbai-400 098, before seeking admission to First Year
Interesting facts: A multimedia centre that provides interlinking via satellite has been set up for Bachelor of Mass Media students. There is a well-equipped studio that allows students to produce documentary films. The college has introduced a first-of-its-kind Bio-Analytical course. There is also a centre for visually-challenged students that includes a Braille books library as well as typewriters that convert Braille into English directly.
Famous alumni: Social activist Medha Patkar, former cricketer Ajit Wadekar
Campus life: What is most memorable is the katta – a two-feet high boundary wall of a playground across the college where students chat and have chai. Hangouts include the famous DPs, a juice centre and, of course, Café Coffee Day. A WIFI-enabled campus, airy classrooms, surrounded by greenery, excellent teachers. The college also has a Slum Studies Centre that teaches underprivileged slum children in the college campus itself.
Website: mail@ruiacollege.edu
Tel. no.: 24143098, 24142480, 24143119, 24161540

Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics

Courses offered: Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (B.Com), Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS)
Most popular course: B.Com
Last year’s cut off: 87%
Seats available: (per course): 960
Outstation quota: N/A
Hostel facilities: No hostel facility
Weightage: No separate weightage to CBSE. Admissions on the basis of marks obtained in Class XII examinations. No entrance examination. In-house students preferred.
Interesting facts: Three new state-of-the-art computer laboratories and six new lecture rooms. The library, which has over 48,000 books and some rare Gujarati literature, has been renovated and is centrally air-conditioned. The college has 1,723 associations including a Planning Forum, Speakers and Writers Club, Wildlife and Nature Club as well as Hobby Centre. The college’s annual festival, Umang, attracts over 30,000 students. The hangout joints outside the campus are also very popular. From the vada pav stall to Deeraj’s, a zunka bhakar shop that serves everything from lasagne to chocolate mousse, students have a lot to do during lunch hour.
Famous alumni: Actors Aamir Khan and Paresh Rawal, director Vipul Shah as well as theatre and TV personality JD Majethia.
Website: : http://nmcce.svkm.ac.in/
Tel. no.: 26143157/26146681

St Xavier’s College, Mumbai

Courses: B.A., B.Sc., B.Com, Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS), Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) and B.Sc. in Information Technology
Most popular courses: Popular courses: Accountancy, Economics; English, Mass Communications; Physics, Microbiology and five-years’ integrated M.Sc in Biotechnology.
Seats available: (per course): B.A, B.Sc 360 seats each; B.Com. 240, Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS): 60, Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) 60.
Outstation quota: N/A
Hostel facilities: Boys’ hostel accommodates 60.
Admission details: Admissions on the basis of marks obtained in the Class XII examinations. There is no entrance examination. Separate cut-offs for CBSE, ISC and HSC students.
Weightage: No weightage to CBSE. In-house students preferred.
Interesting facts: Institutes of Management, Communications and of Counselling on the campus which run degree and diploma courses. Malhar, the Xavier’s festival, is arguably the biggest of its kind in the city. The college also has a Social Service League and houses the Indian Music Group.
Famous alumni: Eminent jurist Nani Palkhivala, Rusi Lala (Director of the Dorabji Tata Trust), ad guru Alyque Padamsee and actress Vidya Balan.
Website: www.xaviers.edu
Tel. no.: 91-22-22620661, 22620662, 22620665.

RA Podar College of Commerce and Economics

Popular courses: B.Com, Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS)
Seats available: (per course) B Com: 840; BMS-60
Last year’s cut off: 85%
Outstation quota: N/A
Hostel facilities: None
Admission details: No Entrance Exam. Admission on the basis of Class XII marks.
Students other than those who take the Maharashtra Board exams have to obtain an eligibility certificate from University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari, Kalina Campus, Mumbai-400 098, before seeking admission to First Year
Weightage: No weightage to CBSE. In-house students preferred.
Interesting facts: During the last decade, Podar, which was the first non-government commerce college in Mumbai, has emerged as the top college on every commerce-aspirant’s wish-list.
Famous alumni: Cricketer Ravi Shastri, actress Shilpa Shetty, actor Sunny Deol.
Website: podcol@vsnl.net
Tel. no.: (022) 24141964


DG Ruparel College of Arts, Science and Commerce

Popular courses: Science
Seats available: (per course) Science 600 seats, Arts 300, Commerce 300, Bachelor of Management Studies 60
Cut offs: Science 90 per cent, Commerce 78 per cent, Arts 65 per cent.
Outstation quota: N/A. The college gives first preference to in-house students.
Hostel facilities: Boys hostels (70-80 students)
Entrance exam: Admissions based only on Class XII results. Students other than those from the Maharashtra Board must obtain an eligibility certificate from the University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari, Kalina Campus, Mumbai - 400 098, prior to their seeking admission to First Year
Admission details: No Entrance Exam. Admission on the basis of Class XII marks.
Students other than those who take the Maharshtra Board exams have to obtain an eligibility certificate from University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari, Kalina Campus, Mumbai-400 098, before seeking admission to First Year
Interesting facts: It was the first college to undertake usage of well water and recharge the same for campus purposes. Recent achievements include completion of Rain Harvesting Project, along with Member of Brotherhood, a non-government organisation.
Famous alumni: Chairperson of Atomic Energy Commission Anil Kakodkar, actors Urmila Matondkar, Amrita Rao, Antara Mali, senior politician Pramod Navalkar
Campus life: Though it is situated in Mumbai, which is known for being congested, the college campus with a lot of greenery around, is a treat for the eyes.
Website: Ruparel@elecom.com
Tel. no.: (022) 24361139, 24303733, 24303081, 24379671

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