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College watch

Hindustan Times will be bringing you profiles of reputed junior colleges in the city every day. Today we profile two more institutions: HR at Churchgate, a popular commerce college, and Mithibai, well-known for science.

mumbai Updated: Jul 24, 2010 01:06 IST

HR College

History

HR College of Commerce and Economics was formed in 1960 under the Hyderabad (Sindh) National Collegiate Board.

Infrastructure

Though the college campus itself is quite small, it is equipped with the latest technological labs and study centers. The college has a research cell for both faculty and students to conduct their research work.

The college Library stores more than 43,000 books, periodicals, multilingual newspapers as well as audiovisual material for the benefit of students.

The college recently set up a maintenance and service center, which supplies microphones, music systems, lighting and other requirements for extra-curricular activities.

Activities

The college has several clubs and societies such as the Commerce Club, the Planning Forum, Nature Club, Rotary Club of HR, Sports Council, Hostilities Association and CHOICE (an association in charge of inter-collegiate events). It also has a Student’s Council, which is in charge of all administrative activities. The council has recently established an anti-ragging squad, which monitors and reports any unruly activity in the college.

Alumni

Karan Johar, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Akshay Khanna.

The inside story

The college has etched out a special area for students preparing for inter-collegiate festivals, where they can practice dance, music, and conduct debates. This area, known as the Penthouse, is on the college terrace.

HR College also has a canteen known as The Butterfly Café.

A few years ago, all the hawkers outside the college were given legitimate college spaces inside. This was the principal's attempt to curb class bunking.

Around college

Churchgate Station: The college is ten minutes walking distance from Churchgate.

Oxford Book Store: The bookstore is adjacent to the college and has a wide collection of fiction and non-fiction books as well as a popular coffee shop.

Gaylords: This restaurant is quite popular with students looking for reasonably priced food, snacks and desserts.

Mithibai College

History

Call it Mithibai College of Arts, Chauhan Institute of Science or Amrutben Jivanlal College of Commerce and Economics -- all three institutions are known as Mithibai College to students, parents and professionals alike.

Founded in 1961, Mithibai College comes under the Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal (SVKM) and has about 9,600 junior and degree college students.

Infrastructure

Mithibai library has a collection of over 57,000 book as well as 109 periodicals and journals. The library has a book-bank facility, a reprographic facility along with audio and videocassettes, available to students.

Activities

The college conducts a Talent Search at the beginning of every year, to scout for talent in the college, to be sent to different college festivals to compete. The BMS department also

holds an annual inter-collegiate festival called Colosseum. The college encourages sporting activities through a committee, which provides facilities for table tennis, chess and carom. Swimming pool, badminton and tennis courts, basketball courts and cricket pitch are hired for students whenever required. It also has an active NSS group.

Alumni

Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherji and Kareena Kapoor

The inside story

Maggie service: A special team from the cafeteria is delegated to serve Maggie noodles to students. The servers can be found lingering near the washrooms.

Freshers' party: The seniors of the college hold a special freshers' party with a DJ, dancing and food every year. All first year students to the college are invited to this event

Around college

Stalls outside the college: A huge line of fast food stalls can be found right opposite the college. Grilled sandwiches and dosas are quite popular. But the line is most famous for vada pav, served with onions, garlic powder and a dollop of butter.

Irla: Students often skip classes and venture into Irla for shopping for clothes, shoes and grey market gadgets