Kishinchand Chellaram College
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Kishinchand Chellaram College, better known as KC College, is a prestigious higher educational Autonomous institution in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It is affiliated to Hyderabad (Sindh) National Collegiate Board. It was the first college to be awarded an "A" grade by The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in Mumbai (and Maharashtra).
|Kishinchand Chellaram College|
124, Dinshaw Wachha Road,
|Other name||KC College|
|Type||Junior and Degree College|
|Motto||Salvation through knowledge |
|Principal||Hemlata K. Bagla|
|Grades||"A" by NAAC with CGPA of 3.48 out of 4|
|Mascot||"Kiran" The Phoenix|
Kishinchand Chellaram College was established in 1954 under the aegis of the Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board. It was the second institution that the Management set up in Mumbai after it relocated itself in the city, following the aftermath of Partition. The onus of the task was taken up by late founders, principal K.M Kundnani and barrister HotChand Advani, who helped set up K.C. College as well as several other educational institutions. Kundnani and Advani were the pillars of that board. 
The R. D. National College was the first of the board's institutions and K.C. College was the second. The latter came to be reckoned[by whom?] as its flagship institution from where the board's activities were conducted. The plot for the construction of K.C. College was leased from Ratanben Fauzdar for 99 years. Under the draught plan of architect K.M Gidwani and the management of principal Kundnani, the building was completed in six months. The foundation stone was laid by Dinkarrao Desai, the Minister Of Education.
Students were admitted from 1 June 1954 but a formal inauguration of the inception of the college was performed by Morarji Desai, the then-Chief Minister of Bombay State (later, Prime Minister of India) on 15 August of the same year. Its first batch comprised 1800 students and, within three years, the numbers have consistently increased.
As of 2020, HSNC University has come into existence. It is a cluster university consisting of three prestigious colleges of the board; namely, KC College, HR College and Bombay Teacher's training Institute (BTTI). The university was officially launched on 11 June by Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Governor of Maharashtra, in presence of Chief minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray.
In addition to science, arts and commerce degrees, the college offers professional and vocational courses such as Bachelor of Mass Media (B.M.M), Bachelor of Arts in films television and new media production, B.Sc computer science, B.Sc. in information technology, Bachelor in accounts and finance, Bachelor in banking and insurance, computer applications, and biotechnology and industrial chemistry.
It is ranked in Top 10 institutes of India from where students can do their B.M.M. The College's Dept. of Mass Media has a reputation of regularly hosting interactions between students and veterans of the Media & Entertainment industry such as Boman Irani, Cyrus Bharucha, Sudhir Mishra and many more.
Campus layout and facilitiesEdit
The building had an area of 70,000 sq ft (6,500 m2) and was built in the restrained art-deco style that dominated the architectural design ethic in the city since the 1920s. The college today has an air-conditioned auditorium with nearly 600 seating capacity, a parquet indoor badminton court and a community hall. The Department of Mass Media now operates through its new Colaba campus building.
STAR College StatusEdit
The college was awarded with Star College scheme by DBT (Department of Biotechnology) Govt. of India, in 2016, where the infrastructure of laboratories were improved and various activities and seminars were organised with the fundings provided by DBT under this scheme, to generate interest in students for pursuing science as well as motivating them for pursuing research in future. On completion of the three years under this "Star College scheme", the college was awarded with the "Star College" status in 2019 with funding provided doubled from the previous funding of "Star college scheme".
The college is funded with FIST program by DST (Department of Science and Technology) Govt. of India, with '0' level grant of 80 lakhs in 2016 for progress in science courses and developing infrastructure of laboratories.
Principal K.M. Kundnani Memorial LectureEdit
This lecture series is a flagship event of the college where distinguished guests are invited as speakers. They give a lecture about their respective fields or their journey. The lecture ends with a round of Q&A.
Some of the notable speakers who have given the lectures are:
- Rajat Sharma, television personality and journalist
- Arun Jaitley, Indian parliamentarian & cabinet minister
- Narayan Murthy, founder and chairman of Infosys
- Shashi Tharoor, Indian parliamentarian and former international diplomat
- Kiran Bedi, former Lt. Governor of Punducherry and first female IPS officer
- Swati Piramal, Indian scientist and industrialist
- Jayant Narlikar, Indian astrophysicist
- Prakash Baba Amte, Indian social worker & medical doctor
- Mandakini Amte, Indian doctor & Social worker
- Vijay Bhatkar, Indian computer scientist
- R A Mashalkar, Indian Chemist
- Subir Raha, Chair & MD of ONGC
- Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Indian Entrepreneur & Chair and MD of Biocon
- Srikumar Bannerjee, Indian metallurgical engineer
- Chanda Kochhar, MD & CEO of ICICI
- Dada JP Vaswani, Indian spiritual leader
- Deepak Parekh, Chair HDFC Home loans
- Ram Jethmalani, Indian lawyer & politician
- Ratan Kumar Sinha, Indian nuclear physicist & Chair of Atomic Commission
KC College's students, "KCites", maintain a good interactive relationship with peers from other institutions & colleges by participating in many inter-college competitions and by organizing college festivals.
There are a number of clubs and associations that are present in the college. These occupy a very special place in the college life as a college is not just a place of learning but also a place to grow (as a person), and these clubs help students achieve the latter. Some of the clubs & associations in KC College are;
S.Co.P.E: The Cultural club of KC College
This club is responsible for all the cultural activities that take part in the college as well as college representation in other College festivals. They are responsible for hosting/organising the college's flagship festival – Kiran – which hosts a massive influx of students from all over. This club plays a major role in enriching the socio-cultural atmosphere of the club.
The Rotaract Club of KC College (RCKC)
This RCKC is perfect for those who believe in the philosophy of community service and "Giving back to the society". They have been awarded as the "2nd Best Rotaract club" in the city. They host a large number of events whose main objective varies from community service to personal or professional development.
The Spectrum is also a cultural club in KC College which is responsible for enriching the atmosphere. The difference between this & SCoPE is that, this is purely for the Junior College students.
Health Care Committee
This is an important committee of the College which plays a proactive role in promoting health care among students & persons in college & outside. They regularly organize free health check-ups, health camps, workshops & more for promoting a good & healthy lifestyle.
Gender Issue Cell
The college has a Gender Issues Cell that is proactively involved in raising awareness on issues of gender discrimination and in providing a nuanced understanding of gender issues through multifarious activities like workshops, interactive lectures, film screenings, debates, elocutions and group discussions, collaborative ventures with advocacy groups. The primary intent is to subvert and shatter common sense perceptions of culturally prescribed gender roles and to get the students to reflect and introspect on their gendered experiences and to understand the interconnected nature of oppressions.
Kiran, one of the most popular college festivals in the city, is hosted by the students of KC College. It is an inter-collegiate youth festival held usually in August during the rains and involves teams from more than 60 other colleges in Mumbai and elsewhere, with around 30 cultural contests in the Literary, Performing Arts, and Fine Arts categories, along with a number of Workshops on different themes.
Apart from the main Kiran Fest, there are some sub-fests that are also hosted such as 'Kiran Spectrum'; this refers to the part of kiran fest hosted by the Junior College students' association called 'Spectrum'.
Blitzkriegeg is another annual media festival organized by the Mass Media department of the college. It is usually held in November. There are more than 22 Creative Events ranging from topics of advertising, journalism, photography, radio, television, band and sports apart from the Flagship Events which included fashion shows, dance tournaments, drama and mock band.
Then, there are other short yet recognised events such as Joule, Bio-Gene, Bio-Ethica, Parnassus, Tech Renegade & Systematic Chaos.
These festivals held at K. C. College, Churchgate are usually a perfect combination of active participation, excitement and sportsmanship.
- Anil Ambani, chairman of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (Reliance ADAG Group)
- Rashesh Shah, chairman, CEO and founder of Edelweiss Group; former president of FICCI.
- Zakir Naik, Islamic preacher
- Rajesh Khanna, film actor.
- Jeetendra, film actor
- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, film actress and winner of Miss World
- Meghan Jadhav, Television and film actor
- Kajal Aggarwal, Film actress
- Shilpa Shinde, TV actress and winner of Bigg Boss
- R. Madhavan, film actor
- Vipul Shah, Gujarati film director
- Mrunal Thakur, film and TV actress
- Jai Pratap Singh, Indian politician and cabinet minister in the Government of Uttar Pradesh
- Shafi Inamdar, TV actor
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