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Thursday, Dec 12, 2019

Sathaye College lives up to its tradition while embracing the new

Sathaye now enjoys being the only college in Mumbai to offer a BA degree with a specialisation in education, reports Megha Shah.

india Updated: May 29, 2009 13:17 IST
Megha Shah
Megha Shah
Hindustan Times

Sprawled over three and a half acres of land, Sathaye College at Vile Parle boasts of a robust science department, renowned for the impressive number of science toppers it churns out every year.

The college comprising both of junior and Degree College with courses in arts, science and commerce offers +2 vocational courses in electronics technology, maintenance and repairs of electrical domestic appliances, accountancy and auditing and banking and office management as well. After an addition this year, Sathaye now enjoys being the only college in Mumbai to offer a BA degree with a specialisation in education.

The new academic year will see a brand new information technology laboratory with added computers. To beautify the campus, the botanical garden has been renovated with a pond with lotuses, fish and a fountain. The campus also has a butterfly garden with several species of butterflies, which the college has been documenting for the last one year.

Sathaye College is the pioneer in organising academic festivals. "We are the first in the Universiy of Mumbai to organise Gravity, an inter-collegiate science festival," said Principal K.S. Rege. The festival comprises quiz competitions, essay writing, seminars, debates, memory tests and a science exhibition, all with the aim of bringing science students under one roof.

"We are one of the only colleges in Mumbai that feel that festivals should be more than just dance and drama," said Rege. Another such endeavour is the annual festival, Byte IT, an intercollegiate festival dedicated to information technology.

Every year in December, the college puts up several exhibitions as an extension of the learning process. Apart from fine art and science, many unconventional departments participate in these exhibitions including accountancy and commerce and BA in Education.

"The best part of the college is the rapport that students share with the teachers," said Puja Pedenekar, an ex-student. "They were extremely helpful and went out of their way to help out, sometimes even giving us their mobile phone numbers, saying we could contact them whenever we really needed to, especially during Standard XII Board exams," she said.

Along with a well-stocked library, the college has handicap-friendly toilets and ramps. It also provides for a separate canteen for girls, if they wish to eat separately.

Sathaye College is also a centre for the Indira Gandhi National Open University, the only one in Maharashtra to conduct practical classes.

PTVA's Sathaye College
Dixit Road, Vile Parle (east), Mumbai - 400057
Tel: 2614 1149, 2613 0608

The past:
Catalysed by the wish to provide the suburbs with an avenue for pursuing higher education, philanthropists like Shri Baburao Paranjpe and others established the 'Parle College' on 20th June 1959.

R. Nargund, doyen of organic chemistry, spent his post-retirement days there, guiding scores of MSc and PhD students.
Junior college was attached to the degree college in 1976-77. To meet the needs of the changing times, vocational courses in banking, Office management and electronics were introduced in 'Junior College' between 1979 and 1981.
Generous contributions from the Sathaye foundation in April 1993 led to Parle College being renamed Sathaye College.
K.S. Rege was appointed as the Principal in 2001.

Best known for:
Sathaye College is best known for its strong science stream. Since the past two consecutive years the 1st rankers in science, have been from Sathaye College. Its junior college is better known than its degree college and the cut offs for junior college are extremely high. Sathaye college students have also been known for being in the top 10 rankers in the IIT, JEE examinations.

Cut off:
Junior college- 88.5 per cent

Degree College:
Science - 60 per cent
Commerce - 75 per cent
Arts - 50 per cent

Alumni speak:
"I remember there being a very academic atmosphere and yet there was a sense of freedom. The teachers were very easily accessible and knew the names of all the students in their class. It was a very unusual sort of relationship that one does not see in many colleges. Another aspect that I remember with great fondness is the library. It was one of the best libraries that I have seen in any college. I did my M.A. in Literature without buying a single book.", says Joyce Sankaran, Additional Chief Secretary, Higher and Techincal Education, Maharashtra

Expert speak:
"It has an extremely good junior college and a decent degree college as well. It is one of the oldest colleges and still maintains several old traditions, which is why it is highly sought after by parents. Its Vile Parle location enables it to cater to a large population. It has been able to maintain good discipline and fine routine teaching. However, it needs to gear up in the area of research, which is what the college became famous for, initially.", said A.D. Sawant, pro-vice chancellor, Mumbai university.