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Study commerce at these great colleges

Here's all you want to know about commerce colleges across India.

education Updated: Oct 12, 2011 16:27 IST
Hindustan Times


Loyola College


This college was started in 1925. It became autonomous in 1978 but is still affiliated to the University of Madras

Programmes: Shift I — BCom (commerce), Shift 2 — BCom (corporate and secretaryship), BCom (commerce); MCom - 40 (shift 1)

The thumbs-up:
Francis Jose, head, department of commerce, says, “The UG courses in particular, impart intense and rigorous training in a wide spectrum of areas like accounting, management, law, marketing, etc, all of which are connected with real life commerce, business, management and entrepreneurship”

The courses have been also designed to focus on the overall development of students, with specific exposure to languages, personality development and world religion subjects. In campus placements, the highest pay package so far has been Rs4.8 lakh a year.

Notable alumni: Diwan Arun Nanda, CMD, Redifussion Y&R; Narayanan Vaghul, former CEO, ICICI

Aspiring students would benefit from the famed rigour of education at Loyola, through its two continuous internal assessment tests and assignment, final-semester exam for each subject, an internship, and highly-focused specialisations in the final year
-Francis Jose, associate professor and head, department of commerce

Stella Maris College for Women 044-28111987

Founded in 1947, Stella Maris College is an autonomous, minority institution affiliated to the University of Madras

Programmes: Shift I — BCom; Shift II — BCom, BCom (corporate secretaryship) - 70; MCom

The thumbs-up:
The BCom course is application-based and allows students to specialise in a chosen area. Students can take certificate courses offered in collaboration with industry bodies. The course “exposes students to latest trends in business, commerce and entrepreneurship through workshops, seminars, case studies, guest lectures and updated syllabi; facilitates hands on experience through industrial visits, internships, projects and surveys and provides an opportunity to have an international exposure through a foreign exchange programme,” says Sr Jasintha Quadras, principal.

“They gave me the choice to put in the effort that I wanted to put into my studies and attend cultural activities like debates around town,” says Deepti Bajaj, a BCom and a CA, now a tax consultant at an accounting firm in Chennai. In campus placements, the highest pay package is Rs3 lakh a year.

Notable alumni: Rose Nirmala, assistant VP, Citibank, Chennai.

Our BCom degree is focused on finance, HR, marketing, office management... It is also designed to provide expertise in specific areas.
Hence, we propose to establish a research centre to meet the requirements of the industry and to foster greater interaction with it. We propose to start a state-of-the-art training centre which would be of benefit to the institution and the organisation
-Sr Jasintha Quadras, principal

Ethiraj College for Women 044-28279189

The college was set up in 1948. It became autonomous in 1999 and is still affiliated to the University of Madras

Programmes: BCom (commerce), BCom (corporate secretaryship) and BCom (bank management), MCom (commerce) and MCom (corporate secretaryship).
The college plans to launch a BCom honours course next year.

The thumbs-up:
“I, for one, was a huge beneficiary of my teachers’ dedication, as the base for my chartered accountancy programme (in which I secured all-India rank 1 in the CA Intermediate and rank 2 in the final exam) was already well-laid,” adds Deepa Seshadri, BCom (2001), currently manager - governance, risk management and compliance solutions at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Germany. “The institution is founded on the highest standards of integrity, ethical behaviour, social and environmental sensitivity and, most importantly, empathy and compassion. These values build character and have transformed us into the individuals we are today.”

The highest pay package was Rs4 lakh a year.

Notable alumni: Swetha Reddy, executive director, Raintree Hotels, Chennai.

The department of commerce focuses on strengthening concepts and recent developments in commerce, finance and accounting. The quality of education provided and the
reputation of the course ensures that students have an edge over others in selection for jobs...
- V Ponmudi, head, department of commerce


HR College of Commerce and Economics 022-22876115 / 22042195

HR College was established in 1960 under the Hyderabad (Sindh) National Collegiate Board

Programmes: BCom, BCom-financial management and MCom.
The thumbs-up: With a cut-off score of 90.18% for commerce, it is one of the best Mumbai colleges. The college has an ICICI Matrix cell where students can learn about and test themselves in banking, insurance, finance and other related subjects online. It also offers vocational courses such as sales management, tourism and travel management and tax procedure and practice. It holds a Distinguished Lecturer Series where experts share their experiences. It hosts a Model United Nations every year.

A few years ago, the principal gave all hawkers outside the college legitimate spaces in the college in a bid to curb bunking. Aniket Jotwani, a first-year BCom student, says, “HR College has a history of producing great students. That is because various activities are organised by students.” The placement cell has so far helped place students in companies such as HLL, Reliance Industries, and Oberoi Hotels.

Notable alumni: Actors Akshay Khanna and Neil Nitin Mukesh.

HR College is not just about academics and extra-curricular activities. We also focus on community service. Students should be able to use their good education to involve themselves in what’s happening around them in the world
-Indu Shahani, principal

RA Podar College of Commerce & Economics 022-24141964, 24143178

Its history began in 1940 when a trust sought the then Bombay University’s permission to start a commerce college

Programmes: It is a single faculty college, offering eight academic programmes, including BCom in accountancy, management, MCom in accountancy and management and a PhD in banking and finance.

The thumbs-up: It has highly-distinguished alumni, a very active placement cell, a noteworthy gymkhana and victories in many tournaments.

BCom student Sarayu Rajgopalan says, “Podar has an excellent faculty for the senior college of commerce. All the teachers are very helpful and take a keen interest in the subjects. I never like to bunk lectures. Also, the college is too good when it comes to extra-curricular activities.” The placement cell sends student profiles to companies such as JP Morgan and Deloitte and conducts job interviews.

Notable alumni: Gurudas Kamath, Member of Parliament.

Podar is the oldest institution in Mumbai, with an immaculate academic track record for over 65 years. The institution believes in imparting value education to students. Podar is not just about getting a degree. We believe in the overall development of a student and we nurture intellect and ultimately create personalities
-Shobana Vasudevan, principal


Jain University 080-43431000

Started as Jain College in 1990, it is now a deemed-to-be-university

Courses offered: BCom packaged with professional qualifications such as chartered accountancy, company secretary (CS), entrepreneurship, banking and finance, and insurance, for example, BCom + CA/CS + diploma in general management; MCom, PhD.

The thumbs-up: The university has managed to bag some of the top ranks. BT Venkatesh, centre head, Jayanagar campus, says, during the time when the institute was affiliated to Bangalore University, out of the top 10 ranks, at least five were bagged by Jain College. According to Dr Easwaran Iyer, director and dean, School of Commerce, JU, Jayanagar campus, their major strengths are the dual/triple qualifications and an industry-integrated curriculum. JU is, for example, an accredited centre for the CS programme.
The highest pay package for commerce students is Rs5.5 lakh a year.

Notable alumni: Pankaj Advani, world billiards champion and Robin Uthappa, cricketer, both from BCom 2004-07.

We provide industry-integrated courses along with BCom, for example, CA, CS, banking and finance, insurance…These (professional) courses give students opportunities for good placements, higher education, entrepreneurship and family business
-Easwaran Iyer, director and dean, School of Commerce

Jyoti Nivas College 080-25530137

Founded in 1966, this women’s college gained autonomy in 2005

Programmes: BCom and BCom (tourism management)

The thumbs-up:
The curriculum is designed such that students can get industry exposure too. The college runs allied short-term courses in human resource management, banking and finance (online course) in association with ICICI Bank and Tally Software version 9, which are optional. “At our college, especially for commerce, we take utmost care to ensure industry relevance in the curriculum as well as exposure to the students through internal assessment, for which we give assignments including field and industry visits. This way, the students will get a first-hand experience,” explains Lalitha Raman, head, Department of Commerce and Management. Some students take part in the college’s Entrepreneurship Cell, run in association with the National Entrepreneurship Network.

The pay packages of commerce graduates range from Rs1.44 lakh to Rs2.16 lakh a year.

Notable alumni: Elizabeth Venkatram, VP, Kotak Life Insurance, Mumbai; Sushma Gurudev, entrepreneur, Quick Bites, fast food chain in Chennai; Anu Ravi Moses, resource specialist, Telecom New Zealand.

We have very intelligent, research-oriented teachers who keep abreast of market trends which enables them to strike a balance between academic and business knowledge
-Sr Elizabeth CS, principal


DAV College 0172-4640988, 4008214

Part of a famous family of institutions, DAV College, Sector 10, was founded in 1958

Programmes: BCom (general), BCom (hons); MCom.

The thumbs-up:
Pardeep Kumar, head, department of commerce, says, “We have teachers with good experience. I always encourage students to participate in more extra-curricular activities.” The college has a full-time placement officer. The graduates’ salary is about Rs2 lakh to Rs2.4 lakh a year.

"In the past we have been churning out gold medalists. There has been deterioration in other colleges but we are still able to maintain that. We still producing good results in BCom."
-Pawan Kumar, principal

Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma College

Popular as SD College, this institution was started in 1973

Programmes: BCom, BCom hons in e-commerce, business economics, business finance and accounting, MCom.

The thumbs-up: Recently, SD College got the highest grade by National Accreditation and Assessment Council. Earlier the UGC had named it as a College with Potential for Excellence.

"I am glad to be a part of this college and I want to strive towards making it better than the best which it is. My aim is to add to the infrastructure and provide more facilities to the students. I want to build more classrooms to give access to more students"
-Meena Prabhakar, principal

Govt. College of Commerce and Business Administration 022-22876115, 22042195

GCCBA, Sector 42, started the first batch of BCom and BBA in 2007. The college is going to move into its own campus in Sector 50

Programmes: BCom and BCom (hons) in e-commerce and business finance and accounting.

The thumbs-up: While Government College of Commerce and Business Administration started a few years ago, it has attracted companies for placements. The pay package has been between Rs2lakh and Rs3.5 lakh a year “which for a new college with first-batch graduates is good,” says Rosy Walia, placement in-charge.

Notable alumni: Not available (the college started in 2007 and held the convocation in 2011).

"We are the only college that caters specifically to this field. The students love the environment here as we cater to every student, listen to them and give them extra attention. We are glad that we know the names of all our students. They are friendly with the teachers as the teachers motivate them to participate in various events to develop their personalities"
-Manjit Brar, principal

First Published: Oct 11, 2011 12:19 IST