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Embracing ‘maximum city’

Mumbai offers a wholesome experience and ensures that your college life is unforgettable

education Updated: Jun 27, 2012 17:00 IST
Deeksha Gautam
Deeksha Gautam
Hindustan Times


To an outsider, Mumbai is the city of dreams, which attracts thousands of hopefuls every day. For a student, Mumbai, the financial capital, media hub and Bollywood factory, has infinite appeal. Not only does Mumbai have premium colleges, it also has the pizzazz a college student desires from his or her city.

Outstanding institutions
Mumbai is a popular study destination among students and has autonomous colleges such as St Xavier’s and other institutions such as Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women’s University (SNDTWU) which offer a range of courses in major disciplines. Students in Mumbai have the choice of pursuing their Class 12 from school or directly taking admission in a junior college. The latter provides better chance of admission in a good college after Class 12.

The creme de la crème of engineering institutes, the Indian Institute of Technology’s Mumbai centre, is among the top three IITs. Majority of the toppers opt for IIT Bombay because of its acclaimed faculty, vibrant culture and strong alumni base, which is a plus during placements.

Other popular engineering colleges in the city are Don Bosco Institute of Technology, DJ Sanghvi College of Engineering and VJTI. The top science colleges in Mumbai — Jai Hind College, KJ Somaiya College of Science and Commerce and DG Ruparel College of Arts, Science and Commerce have well-equipped labs, specialised courses and innovative clubs.

Students interested in arts and commerce can choose from some of India’s best colleges such as HR College, St Xavier’s College and KC College.

More than just academics
Mumbai colleges are well known for their societies, clubs, workshops and youth festivals. IIT Bombay’s cultural festival, Mood Indigo and St Xavier’s Malhaar, are eagerly awaited in the student fraternity across India. Entrepreneurial cells, robotic clubs, courtroom simulations, social connectivity groups are keenly cultivated by many colleges, thus providing for the overall development of a student.

Outside college, a plethora of fun activities are on offer. Participating in workshops, attending plays, checking out eateries, and dancing the night away in the best clubs are just the right things to do.

If you are done partying and need to relax, just head for Marine Drive, and soak in the beautiful sunset over the Arabian Sea. Many women in Mumbai feel their city is one of the safest in India. Travel is easy and cheap because of thorough connectivity by local train and metered taxis and autos.

The money matters
As long as you stick to your set budget, the cost of living in Mumbai is not too high with cheap-but-good restaurants and small-time shops scattered over the city. Property rates in Mumbai are high, but if you start looking early, many reasonably-priced hostels and paying guest accommodations can be found.

A one-room might cost you anything from Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 10,000 per month depending on the locality and the facilities, but it really is a small price for the overall experience of studying in Mumbai.

Shradha Malik, completed BMS from Jai Hind College

Having spent my initial years in Delhi, choosing a college for higher studies in the Capital would have been an obvious choice for me. But I decided to come to Mumbai for more reasons than one. First, I wanted to get out of my home to experience being independent and see something new.

Another reason for opting for Mumbai for higher education was that unlike Delhi, which has few colleges offering a bachelor’s course in management studies, Mumbai has some good colleges that offer this course. I wanted to pursue management studies at the undergraduate level and, I believe, Jai Hind College is one of the best for this course in the country.

The best part about college life in Mumbai is that all colleges here focus a lot on extra-curricular activities and festivals, which makes learning all the more fun, exciting and holistic.

We get to meet new people, participate in events and interact with students from other colleges across the city. Our college also helped us with placements. I have just been placed with a finance consultancy here and am looking forward to using my knowledge and skills I picked up during college.

Another interesting aspect of college life is that we don’t miss the fact that the colleges here don’t have sprawling campuses. We simply went to college to attend lectures and to meet our teachers. As far as planning for other activities was concerned, we would often go to hangouts around the college. Since our college is located near Marine Drive, we often gathered there to plan and prepare for our fest and other events. The city is like a huge campus for us. The nightlife and several places to hang out in have made my stay in Mumbai all the more memorable. Moreover, the city is also safe for women and you can venture out even late in the evenings without worrying too much. — Gauri Kohli

Since our college is slocated near Marine Drive, we often gathered there to plan and prepare for our fest and other events. The city is like a huge campus for us

KJ Somaiya College of Arts and Commerce

Focussed on values
Reaccredited by NAAC with Grade A with CGPA 3.27, the KJ Somaiya College of Arts and Commerce is a popular destination for arts and commerce education in the country.

Having been conferred with autonomy status beginning from the academic year 2012-2013 to 2017-2018, the college faculty constantly works to empower a cross-section of the society through excellent education based on sound value system.

The college’s strenuous efforts in continuous updation, improvement and achieving appreciable higher education imparting skill standards have finally borne fruit with formal approval from the University Grants Commission. The college endeavours to promote excellence in the students through participation in inter-disciplinary activities, seminars, workshops, debates, group discussions, etc at the collegiate and inter-collegiate level.

A synergy with Somaiya’s sister institutions ensures shared facilities and inter-disciplinary workshops and seminars. There is also a Gandhian study centre on campus, along with a centre for Jainism and Buddhism studies, which makes learning more interesting and holistic. The college also offers financial and other assistance to deserving students. It aims to attain community and social development through education.

Game for more
There’s a football ground, tennis court, basketball ground on campus, as well as a life-size chess board, which is another favourite hangout zone for students. the college also has a gymnasium that is open to both staff and students. Students can also become part of the National Cadet Corps which aims to inculcate a healthy patriotic fervour among students

Masti dhamal
The inter-college fest Hoonar takes place in December every year, organised by the cultural forum. Over 40 colleges participate. The BMM department has a fest called Reflections, the BMS has Ehsaas, BBI has a fest called Udaan and the BFM course has Lakshya

Book nook
The library has more than 72,000 books and subscriptions to e-journals. Inter-institute book-borrowing allows the student to use the sister college libraries as well.

There are a 100 computers with internet facility in the library. The college also has audio-visual facilities

A drink and a bite
There are four canteens on campus, which serve south Indian, Punjabi, Chinese, Italian cuisine, in addition to sandwiches. There’s also a ‘Maggie canteen’ which serves every student’s favourite two-minute snack in different forms and is also a hangout hotspot

The KJ Somaiya College of Arts and Commerce was the first Somaiya college to be established, back in 1960. The entire campus is now being managed by the Somaiya Trust . The college is managed independently, although some facilities are shared with other sister institutions

Programmes & cut-off
The college offers BA and BCom degrees, along with bachelor of mass media, bachelor of management studies, bachelor of financial markets and bachelor of banking and insurance. There are post-graduate centres too

The college has understanding and experienced faculty members who have several published works in the form of books, chapters and journal articles

Admissions are on for first-year BA programme for the academic year 2012-2013

Known for
Stress on value-based education for all-round development

At our college, you will get exposed to various situations for progress of your latent capabilities and skills, which will make you a real successful student Sudha Vyas, principal

DG Ruparel College of arts, science and commerce

Complete package
This college was founded in 1952, and is known for its strong science department and competitive admissions cut-offs. In addition to its undergraduate courses, the college offers MSc courses with specialisations in chemistry (organic, inorganic, physical), physics (electronics), botany (fungi) and marine zoology. In the past few years, three of the teachers of this college have won the best teacher award conferred by the government of Maharashtra.

The college has separate buildings for arts, science and commerce. Students can also access the information technology and computer science laboratories for additional courses like data storage and data management study material. In 2010, it was re-accredited with the prestigious ‘A’ grade by the NAAC.

The college, affiliated to the University of Mumbai, has gathered the reputation and social recognition over the years as an institution second to none, a fact that is more than adequately proven by the commendable performance of our students at the Higher Secondary Board and university examinations; engineering, medical and management joint entrance examinations.

Game for more
The college has a well-equipped Gymkhana, which provides the necessary space and equipment for both indoor and outdoor sports, with the ground being modified for specific sports. The college has a tie-up with external agencies to enable students to avail of their facilities in sports like cricket, swimming, lawn tennis, shooting and badminton. The college also has an in-house shooting range. The open ground is used for volleyball, basketball, football and hockey etc

Masti dhamal
Students can enroll as members of the following associations: National Social Services; Marathi Vangmay Mandal; Hindi Sahitya Mandal; Maanas (department of psychology); Tattvadarshan (department of philosophy); and CASSO (commerce association), etc

Book nook
The college library has a separate building with spacious stock room, reading halls for staff, boys and girls. The library has a huge collection of books and journals on a variety of subjects. Students can use the internet facility on payment of nominal charges

A drink and a bite
Students love the famous Tibb’s Frankie, and coffee joints such as Barista and Oxy Cafe. The college is known for its spacious and a canteen catering to the needs of the students

DG Ruparel College has completed more than 50 years of service in the field of academics, sports, performing arts and other extra-curricular activities. The college’s parent body is the Modern Education Society, Pune, which also manages other institutions in Mumbai and Pune

Programmes & cut-off
The college offers BA, BCom and BSc programmes at the undergraduate level. It also offers a BSc degree in information technology and a bachelor’s of management studies. Subjects offered within these courses include economics, statistics, psychology, geography, history, philosophy, English, Marathi, business communication, business economics, accountancy and financial management, chemistry, physics, zoology, botany and mathematics

The list of departments within the arts, science and commerce faculties include English, economics, geography, history, Marathi, philosophy, psychology, commerce, botany, chemistry, maths and accountancy

For admission to the degree college, those who pass the HSC exam conducted by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education or equivalent exam of any other board, can apply

Known for
The college has active botany and zoology departments

The college has completed more than 50 years of glorious service in the field of academics, sports, performing arts and other extra-curricular activities. We help our students acquire important life skills - Tushar M Desai, principal

First Published: Jun 26, 2012 17:38 IST