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KC College

Over the last decade, Kishinchand Chellaram College (or KC College as it is popularly known) has carved a reputable niche for itself, especially in the mass media department.

education Updated: May 18, 2011 16:49 IST
Pankti Mehta
Pankti Mehta
Hindustan Times

Over the last decade, Kishinchand Chellaram College (or KC College as it is popularly known) has carved a reputable niche for itself, especially in the mass media department. The college also prides itself in its research programmes and is the only institution in Mumbai to offer research in radio chemistry.

Kishinchand Chellaram College was established in 1954 under the aegis of the Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board. The RD National College was the first of the board's institutions and KC was the second. The plot for the construction of K.C. College was leased from Mrs. Ratanben Fauzdar for a period of 99 years. Under the plan of architect K.M. Gidwani and the management of Principal Kundnani, the building was completed in record time of six months after the foundation stone was laid by Shri Dinkarrao Desai, then minister for Education.

Students had been admitted from June 1, 1954 but a formal inauguration of the inception of the college was performed by Morarji Desai,on August 15 of the same year. Its first batch comprised 1800 students and within three years the numbers swelled threefold.
KC College has tie-ups with international universities, including the Deaking University in Australia and the Blue Bridge International network for student exchanges. The college also has the K.M. Kundnani lecture series, with previous visitors such as Shashi Tharoor and Boman Irani.

The campus has an air-conditioned auditorium with nearly 600 seating capacity, a parquet indoor badminton court and a community hall.

Programmes offered
KC College offers BA degrees in English, Hindi, economics, commerce and statistics, psychology and sociology and a BCom in accounts. You can also pursue a BSc in physics, chemistry, biochemistry, life sciences, computer science, biotech, statistics, microbiology or an MSc in IT. Recent additions to the courses bouquet include the Bachelor of Mass Media, Bachelor of banking and insurance, Bachelor of financial markets and Bachelor of accounting and finance. The college plans to offer a Masters in communication and journalism once the course is approved by the University.

Cells and clubs
KC college has various activities such as the nature club, culture club, Marathi mandal, E-circle (economics department) etc. It has been reaccredited A Grade by NAAC. The college festival Kiran has events such as drama, dance and other activities where students are allowed to display their talent. The college also has an a special Talent Parade which hosts fashion shows, drama, debates and other cultural activities.

The Tech Renegade festival is organised by the IT department. It usually displays robotics and other creations by the students. The BMM festival is called Blitzkrieg-Au Contraire. The BMM department also has regular film screenings with industry professionals who come especially to judge them.

KC college’s usp
1. KC College allows you to choose your own combination to major in, offering a vast list of options.
2. The campus is set in a prime south Mumbai location, with easy access to other prominent colleges such as HR College, Jai Hind college and St. Xavier’s college.
3. KC offers an Honours programme for the science students, where they are enocuraged to conduct independent research.

Principal speak: Manju Nichani, principal
Principal: Manju Nichani: “At KC College, we push both the student and faculty bodies to innovate to add that extra to their experience. For instance, we offer additional certificate courses in videography and photography for BMM students. We have also adopted a village near Virar where students have helped with medical testing, organic farming and marketing. KC encourages individual research and is the only centre for radio-chemistry research in Mumbai.”

On the campus
Canteen: The college’s open-air canteen serves various cuisines. In addition, they are also allowed to stray over to the HR college rasta-style food court and have their pick of food. What’s really famous here in the fruit juice counter that serves fresh juice mixed with a little ice and glucon-D.

Sports Room: A place where sports groups hand out and elocution practice takes place.

Steps: You’ll find most of KC College’s students mulling around the front steps, which make for easy chats.

Culture room: A room where you’ll find students practicing for various fests and hanging out.

Facilities around the college:
Churchgate Station: The College is ten minutes walking distance from Churchgate Station.
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.

Student speak: Harsh Badheka, MA in Hindi literature
“I’ve studied at KC College right from junior college till the MA level, so that’s six years I’ve been here! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my college years here and I will miss this place terribly once I finish.

The great thing about KC is that there’s a lot of flexibility in the subject options you can choose. The college offers a lot of specialisations and various streams are available at all levels. The staff is friendly, not formal, which makes for closer student-teacher relationships.

There are a number of fests that go on through the year as well, so each department has a platform to showcase their talents.”

For the net:
In addition to having a great faculty body, KC has the infrastructure to back it. Our classrooms are of good quality, some air-conditioned and all of them have projectors for presentations. The canteen serves all kinds of cuisine and is open-air, so nice to hang out in. Then there’s always HR College’s famed Chinesewala that we can hop over to! The college’s location is also an advantage, right in the heart of Mumbai and so easily accessible from the station. While I have no real complaints from the college, I do wish sometimes that there was more opportunity to meet students from different streams.

Alumni: Bhakti Mehta, founder, Little Food Co
“I studied the BMM programme at KC College, a year after the University introduced the course. Since the beginning, I think KC has taken a special interest in fine-tuning their BMM course - from impressive faculty names to interesting projects.
The facilities, too, are of good quality. The BMM department had the whole of the 6th floor to themselves, at least while I was in college.”

Hear what Manju Nichani, principal, KC College, has to say about the institution. click here

First Published: May 17, 2011 16:00 IST