Kishinchand Chellaram College

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
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Mumbai, 400020,

Other nameKC College
TypeJunior and Degree College
MottoSalvation through knowledge [1]
TrustHSNC Board
PrincipalHemlata K. Bagla[2]
Grades"A" by NAAC with CGPA of 3.48 out of 4
Mascot"Kiran" The Phoenix
PublicationThe Kiran
AffiliationsHSNC University


The college campus is located in the locality of Churchgate and can be accessed by the station terminal. Incidentally, the college is much closer to Mantralaya than Churchgate railway station.

The College shares its campus with two other eminent institutes; namely H.R. College and KC Law College, which are also run by the same Educational trust - H(S)NC Board.


KC College

Kishinchand Chellaram College was established in 1954[1] 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.[citation needed] [3]

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.[citation needed]

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.[4]


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.[5] 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.[6]

Campus layout and facilitiesEdit

K.C. College campus
Campus library

The building had an area of 70,000 sq ft (6,500 m2)[citation needed] 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.[6] The Department of Mass Media now operates through its new Colaba campus building.[citation needed]

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".[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[7]

Some of the notable speakers who have given the lectures are:

Extra CurricularsEdit

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[9]

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)[10]

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[11]

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[12]

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.

College festivalsEdit

Kiran,[13] one of the most popular college festivals in the city, is hosted by the students of KC College.[6] 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.[14]

These festivals held at K. C. College, Churchgate are usually a perfect combination of active participation, excitement and sportsmanship.

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "About KC College". Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Principal's Message". Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  3. ^ History Official website.
  4. ^ Mahamulkar, Sujit (12 June 2020). "Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray's aide Aadesh Bandekar is frontrunner for MLC post | Mumbai News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  5. ^ "India Today | Top 10 Mass Communication Colleges in India". Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "KC college known for student empowerment". Hindustan Times. 13 June 2008. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  7. ^ "LATE PRINCIPAL K.M.KUNDNANI LECTURE SERIES | KC College". Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  8. ^ "LATE PRINCIPAL K.M.KUNDNANI LECTURE SERIES | KC College". Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  9. ^ "SCoPE | KC College".
  10. ^ "RCKC official".
  11. ^ "Health Care Committee | KC College".
  12. ^ "Gender Cell | KC College".
  13. ^ "Kiran | KC College".
  14. ^ "KC College Festivals".
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  16. ^ "The Story of Rashesh Shah the CEO of Edelweiss Group". Times Applaud. 22 December 2020. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  17. ^ "KC College pays tribute to superstar alumnus Rajesh Khanna". DNA. 24 July 2012.
  18. ^ "Did you know Aishwarya Rai wanted to impress her Physics professor during college days?". Asianet News Network Pvt Ltd. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  19. ^ "Meet Ajay Devgn's love in Singham – Movies". 13 July 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  20. ^ "Why Bigg Boss 11 Winner Shilpa Shinde is Controversy's Favourite Child". MidDay Newspaper.
  21. ^ Bhatnagar, Shuchi (15 January 2018). "10 Lesser-Known Facts About Bigg Boss 11 Winner Shilpa Shinde That Her Fans Would Love To Know". RVCJ Media. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  22. ^ "R Madhavan: Kangana in my opinion is extremely educated". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  23. ^ "R Madhavan reveals he got 58% at board exams, shares inspiring note for students". OnManorama. Retrieved 24 February 2021.

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