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Commerce with a techno glint

Hassaram Rijhumal College of Commerce and Economics, better known as HR makes the best of mind and space, reports Nazim Khan.
By Nazim Khan | None, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2009 01:21 PM IST

A whole legion of hi-tech systems quietly works in the wings as one of best commerce colleges in Mumbai, Hassaram Rijhumal College of Commerce and Economics, better known as HR, goes about its business. The campus is fully wi-fi enabled, and each class is equipped with sound systems, microphones, LCD projectors, screens, desktop computers and green boards.

The hard-to-beat list of amenities includes a well-stocked library, which is open round the clock and also serves tea and coffee, a gymnasium, a rooftop café, in-house placement cell headed by students, an international initiatives cell, In July, when admissions begin all over the city, one thing will be conspicuously absent at HR College: the long, winding queues.

"Our college is famous for its handling of the admission process. Members of the Students' Council take it upon themselves each year and line up to dispense forms, collect documentation and put up lists," said Ruzbeh Raja, third year BCom student and general secretary of the Students' Council.

If a student's name has appeared on the merit list and all documents are in place, all it may take for a student to get through the admission process is a breezy 45 minutes, he said. As a goodwill gesture, the college's Rotaract Club sends SMS to each student on the merit list.

The charismatic Indu Shahani now also the sheriff of Mumbai is the principal.
"Anti-ragging squads comprising seniors patrol the campus and a km radius of it," said third year student Yashraj Jain, president of the HR's Rotaract Club. The club is preparing for a Live Ghazal Concert by Pankaj Udhas on June 6, and ticket sale proceeds will go to the aid of thalassemia patients.

"The college strives to create future managers and emphasises on academic excellence coupled with extra-curricular activities," said Rekha Bahadur, vice principal, HR College. Under the revised National Assessment and Accreditation Council grading, the college received an A grade and secured a 3.46 rating on 4, second highest in India among all institutes/universities under the new scheme.

It is also the first college under the Mumbai University to be granted autonomy by the University Grants Commission. Popular events include Numero Uno, a maths and stats competition; HR Model United Nations; Shot Cuts, a filmmaking competition and inter-school talent hunt 'We are the World' organised by the Rotaract Club. The campus does not have the luxury of space (it shares the campus building with KC Law College), and so utilisation is necessary.

The Butterfly Café on the ground floor was once a garage, staircase walls double up as notice boards, and an underutilised space was converted into a photocopying centre. Students' favourite hangouts are Butterfly Café, known for its Indipop Raju Chinese, the rooftop café and the three computer labs.

HR College of Commerce and Economics
123, Dinshaw Wachha Road, Churchgate, Mumbai 400020.
Phone: 22876115 / 22042195 Web: www.hrcollege.edu, info@hrcollege.edu

The past: The Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board started the HR College of Commerce & Eonomics in 1960. HR College is exclusively a commerce and management college.

Best known for: Its commerce courses, first and second-year junior college, BCom courses and BMS. Technology and infrastructure are a huge plus. Student empowerment. Members of the Students' Council and the Rotaract Club of H.R. College are given considerable free hand to manage and execute events and learn in the process.

Number of seats: 800 to 900 seats, both at the junior and degree college levels.

Last year's cut-off: 80 per cent - FYJC, 77 per cent - FYBCom

Alumni: Industrialists Kumarmangalam Birla and Gautam Singhania, filmmaker Karan Johar, actors Suneil Shetty, Aftab Shivdasani, Sagarika Ghatge, Tanaaz Currim Iraani and DJ Suketu.

Expert quote:
"In the last 10 years, HR College has developed rapidly and has undergone a major facelift thanks to the efforts of its visionary Principal Indu Shahani. Students are encouraged to think and understand rather than rote-learn."says Snehalata Deshmukh, Former vice chancellor, SNDT University.

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