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They say there is never a dull week in Jai Hind College as the south Mumbai institution with strong arts and science departments is forever busy with debates, music contests and drama festivals. Nazim Khan has the details...

india Updated: May 21, 2008, 00:18 IST
Nazim Khan
Nazim Khan
Hindustan Times

They say there is never a dull week in Jai Hind College. The south Mumbai institution with strong arts and science departments is forever busy with debates, music contests and drama festivals, many of them judged by Bollywood stars like John Abraham, Bipasha Basu and Boman Irani for an extra dash of popular appeal.

The college offers a string of courses in arts, science and commerce at both plus-two and undergraduate levels and management, mass media, banking and insurance at the undergraduate stage. Jai Hind is also known for faculty and modern amenities. And the college proudly wears its alumni on its sleeves.

There are three computer labs, a spacious auditorium, an air-conditioned library that boasts of rare and unique Sindhi books and Gandhian literature, and a state-of-the-art audio-visual centre.

“Jai Hind seeks to give students enough academic depth to have a broader perspective and enough confidence to take the world head-on,” said Harshil Karia, a third-year Bachelor of Mass Media student.

The college has 20 student committees for various extra- and co-curricular activities like literature and debating, dramatics and entrepreneurship. Major events are Talash, a national inter-collegiate BMS festival; Shoutt, intra-collegiate talent-scouting and a personality contest.

Jai Hind students have routinely excelled at festivals held by other colleges — they have won Malhar, the inter-collegiate festival of St. Xavier’s College, twice in a row now.

“I feel a sense of pride when wherever I meet people spanning over a vast range of professions and generations who tell me that Jai Hind has been his or her alma mater. Our institution has sustained its excellence and credibility over the years,” said Principal Kirti Narain.

B.K.N. Singh, professor, Department of Chemistry, seconded her: “There is an excellent rapport between teachers and students. The college caters to the requirements of all, be it cultural or academic.”

Last year, the college launched an entrepreneurship cell in association with the National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) — a first among degree colleges in Mumbai. It also has a specialised placement cell, and international student-exchange programmes have been started recently.

Students in the college hang out in the canteen, cafeteria, gymkhana, and the Marine Drive promenade. The canteen is known for its special John Ki Chai, a tea supposedly a favourite of actor John Abraham during his student years at the college.

Jai Hind College
A Road, Churchgate, Mumbai - 400 020
Tel: 22041095/0256.

Best known for
Excellence in academics, cultural activities, and sports. A star-studded alumni.

Number of seats
Total number of students: 5,500
Junior college: 1,270 in first year.
Degree college: 1,000 in first year.

The Past
Established in 1948 by a group of teachers working in Sind, Pakistan, Jai Hind College started off as an arts and science college. Through the years, the college has added various other courses to its list. A new building is being constructed on the campus.

Rupa Shah (academician), Ajay Piramal (industrialist), Chanda Kochar, Hafeez Contractor, Atul Kasbekar, Neeta Lulla and Anjali Mukherjee (professionals), Jayant Patil (minister), John Abraham, Aishwarya Rai, Shaan, Ishaa Kopikkar, Malaika Arora (from the entertainment industry)

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