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LS Raheja College of Arts and Commerce, Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra
Address:Juhu Road, Santa Cruz (West)
Mumbai (Bombay) (District Mumbai (Bombay))
Maharashtra, India
Pin Code : 400054


LS Raheja College of Arts and Commerce, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college. LS Raheja College of Arts and Commerce, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra is managed by Society: Sadhana Education Society. LS Raheja College of Arts and Commerce, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra was established on / in 1980 or 2007-08.


LS Raheja College of Arts and Commerce is situated in Mumbai (Bombay) of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Mumbai (Bombay) comes under Mumbai (Bombay) Tehsil, Mumbai (Bombay) District.

Fax # of LS Raheja College of Arts and Commerce, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra is +91-22-26606806.

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Contact Details of LS Raheja College of Arts and Commerce, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra are : Telephone: +91-22-26609320, 26609230, 26606806



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LS Raheja College of Arts and Commerce, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra runs course(s) in Arts, Commerce, Information Technology, Business Management stream(s).
B.A., B.Com, B.M.M, B.M.S, B.B.I, B.A.F, B.Sc(I.T.)

Approval details: LS Raheja College of Arts and Commerce is affiliated with University of Mumbai (UoM), Mumbai (Maharashtra)

Profile of LS Raheja College of Arts and Commerce

The Sadhana Education Societys L. S. Raheja College of Arts and Commerce is located at a vantage point at Santa Cruz (West) and has virtually become the cornerstone for academic excellence. The building is well equipped with large lecture halls, tutorial rooms, library cum-reading room, canteen, health centre, audio - visual room, a full-fledged computer centre and an auditorium.The College also has a gurukul-a unique open classroom.

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NAAC report of LS Raheja College of Arts and Commerce

SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION
L. S. Raheja College of Arts and Commerce, Mumbai, volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore and submitted the Self-Study Report in August 2003. NAAC constituted a Peer Team to visit the College and validate the Self-Study Report. The Peer Team comprised Professor P. Ramaiah, Rector and Director-Academic, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh as the Chairman, and Professor S. Indumati, Chairperson, Department of Studies in Economics and Cooperation, University of Mysore, Mysore, Karnataka as a Member. The Peer Team visited the institution on 22nd and 23rd December 2003. Mr. B. S. Ponmudiraj, Assistant Adviser, NAAC ably coordinated the Peer Team visit to this institution of higher learning.

L. S. Raheja College of Arts and Commerce was established in June 1980 by the Sadhana Education Society, a premier socio-cultural organisation in Mumbai. The College 'will strive continually to impart quality education to enable its stakeholders to face the emerging challenges of the future' has been the basic mission of this institution of higher learning. The College is a co-education institution and is affiliated to University of Mumbai. The College is admitted under grant-in-aid by the Government of Maharashtra. The institution is recognized by the University Grants Commission under Section 2(f) and 12-B on 13th October 2000.

The College is housed in a well-planned and neatly maintained spacious building with an impressive infrastructure. The College offers courses leading to B.Com., B.A., B.M.S., M.Com., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees. The institution has a well-qualified and experienced teaching faculty strength of 27 members (of which 2 on Clock Hour Basis) including 6 Ph.D. holders, 11 teachers with M.Phil degree, 4 C.As, and 1 Company Secretary, besides a large number of visiting and guest faculty of which one faculty member belonged to the IES. There are 23 members on the non-teaching staff. The College has student population of 1632 (295 B.A.; 1030 B.Com.; 176 B.M.S.; 119 M.Com.; 12 Ph.D.). B.M.S. Course is a self-financing degree course offered by this College. The College is catering to the needs of students in and around the surrounding area. The institution is a recognized Research Centre of the University of Mumbai for M.Com. (by Research), M.Com. (by Papers), M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes in Commerce.

The Peer Team meticulously analysed the Self-Study Report submitted by the institution. During the two-day visit to the College, the Team went through the relevant documents as well as visited the departments and the facilities - academic, co-curricular, sports, infrastructure and extension service centres of the institution. The members of the Peer Team also interacted with the Management Council, Principal, Faculty, Non-Teaching Staff, Representatives of the Students, Parents and Alumni of the College. Based on the above exercise and keeping in view the seven criteria identified by NAAC, the Peer Team has given its concerted and objective assessment of the institution in the following pages.

SECTION 2: CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
As an affiliated College of the University of Mumbai, L.S. Raheja College of Arts and Commerce follows the Curriculum and regulations of the University. The syllabi incorporates multi-disciplinary components with a certain amount of flexibility. The institution is permanently affiliated to the University of Mumbai for B.A., B.Com., B.M.S., M.Com., M.Phil., & Ph.D. In addition to this, a variety of new courses which are career oriented, viz., Computer Applications to Economic Analysis, and Industrial Relations in India, at the TYBA level, Computer Systems, and Direct-Indirect Taxes, & Export Marketing at S.Y.B.Com. and T.Y.B.Com. level are offered. Three papers each in Accountancy and Business Management (Optionals) at the T.Y.B.Com. are conducive for future career development of the students. Keeping in view the interest of the students, Econometrics, Operation Research, Computer Applications, International Finance, Special Studies in Finance / Marketing, courses are offered for B.M.S. students. There are three options for M.Com. students viz., M.Com. with Accountancy, M.Com. with Management and M.Com. with Quantitative Techniques.

The Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) Degree course is well-structured with good elective papers at the T.Y. Some Teachers of this institution are the members of the Board of Studies in different subjects in the University of Mumbai and they do have a role in restructuring and re-designing the curriculum. The Principal of the College is among a host of high-level committees such as the member of the Academic Council, Senate, Research Recognition Committee and Board of Studies in Commerce; Trade, Transport and Industry; and Management Studies. A variety of academic programmes are offered by this institution keeping in view the interest of the younger generation and socio-economic-educational changes that are taking place in the country. The curriculum design and transaction focuses on teaching as well as over-all development of students. The institution has a genuine concern in the holistic development of students, taking care of their psychological, social and educational needs. Associations in respective subjects, Clubs and Forums, have been providing ample opportunities for co-curricular activities. The College also conducts classes for F.Y.B.Com. students of the Distance Education Programme of the University of Mumbai. A certificate course is offered in 'Colloquial Marathi' for non-Marathi speaking employees.

Criterion II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
Teaching-learning and evaluation are carried on in a satisfactory manner in this institution. Students are selected for admission to various courses strictly on the basis of merit as per the Guidelines of the University and Government, and also by interviewing students. In addition the college conducts a test for students who intend to take Computer Science as one of the optionals at the T.Y.B.Com level. The College adopts annual examination system for all the undergraduate, postgraduate and B.M.S. Degree courses. The B.M.S. students are selected (every year) strictly on the basis of the centralized Common Entrance Examination conducted by University of Mumbai.

Learner-centered teaching is achieved through assignments, projects, seminars and quizzes. Visits to financial institutions and industries are part of the internal components in the course programmes. Bridge and remedial courses are conducted in the College.

Teaching is made more learner-centred through the use of Multi-Media, Computers, VCD and OHPs. Use of Audio-Visual aids in the classroom has made learning process more interesting for the students. The College has a well-equipped air-conditioned Audio-Visual room with sophisticated instruments viz., Onida Visual Presenter, Multi-Media LCD Projector, DVD, VCD, VCR & Computers. Specific programmes have been designed by each department for advanced learners. These programmes are motivating programmes for higher education/research.

The syllabus is divided as per the term in every department and are completed in time. Tutorial sessions are also held. Teachers are encouraged to adopt innovative methods to motivate the students to achieve academic excellence. There are adequate and experienced teachers in the College. Twenty-five full time teachers and 2 Clock Hour Basis teachers are handling the classes. Besides, a large number of visiting and guest faculty are invited for lectures in specialized fields. The recruitment of teachers is done as per the norms prescribed by the University of Mumbai and the Government of Maharashtra.

A good number of teachers have attended the State/National and International level seminars, Orientation and Refresher courses, as participants / Resource Persons. The college follows both student evaluation of teachers and self-appraisal report system for evaluating the performance of teachers. Teachers take remedial measure based on evaluation. The Peer Team is pleased to note that the Principal of the College Dr. R. A. Heredia, has received the Best Teacher Award - 1997, Global Award - 2002 and also a couple of other recognitions (besides from the University of Mumbai) for his outstanding contribution in the field of higher education.

Students' performance is being tested periodically through internal tests, assignments, seminars, group discussions and final examinations. The performance of the students in the final examination of B.M.S., B.Com., B.A. and M.Com. programmes are highly commendable.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The Research and Extension work are given major consideration by the faculty of the College. There are 6 teachers with Ph.D. degree and 11 with M.Phil degree out of 27 permanent teachers. Four teachers have registered for Ph.D. The College is recognized as a Research Centre for M.Com. (by Papers), M.Com. (by Research), M.Phil. in Commerce and Ph.D. in Commerce. The Principal has substantial publications to his credit. He has guided 15 Ph.D. and 13 M.Phil. students successfully. The teachers from the Departments of Commerce, Accountancy, Economics, Sociology have published textbooks and research papers. One member of the faculty is a freelance writer for the last decade and a half on issues of social concern. The Principal is well-known management consultant and a orator.

A Research Project entitled 'Words of Assent in Indian English' financed by University of Mumbai is recently completed. Research activities needs to be encouraged further. The management is providing financial support to organize seminars, workshops, guest lectures and other academic events. This has motivated teachers to pursue research and turning the focus of research on socially relevant problems and also local problems has helped to initiate consultancy work in collaboration with industry.

The teachers from the Department of Accountancy are doing consultancy free of charge. In addition to these, they have their own private consultancy firms, since they are Chartered Accountants. Teachers do provide counseling to students free of charge which would help them in shaping their careers.

L.S. Raheja College is doing commendable extension through its NSS Volunteers and in collaboration with NGOs. There are 60 NSS volunteers (38 girls and 22 boys) doing commendable work. The College has a clear vision of the type of extension work that is to be undertaken every year. The College is involved in extension activities like Environmental Awareness Programme, AIDS Awareness, Eye camp, traffic patrolling, visit to orphanage and old age homes, Adult Education and Literacy, Educating street children, Blood donation camps, Community Development, Social work and so on. Faculty members coordinate the extension activities of the College by rotation.

The students collected and distributed grains and clothes in drought hit areas in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh during 2001-2002. Funds were collected and sent to earthquake areas and Kargil victims during the same period. Students adopted Dilkhush Special School, Juhu in 2002-2003 to help mentally challenged and underprivileged children. These are some of noteworthy extension activities of the College and this clearly indicates its outreach programmes.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College is strategically located in the heart of the City of Mumbai with a total built area of 29,595.06 Sq.feet. The building accommodates various departments, library and general administration. Classrooms are adequately equipped and furnished. The College has a canteen, vehicle parking shed and good facilities for sports particularly for indoor games in the gymkhana room, and a state-of-the-art auditorium. The premises of the College is well-maintained. The parent body viz., Sadhana Education Society, contributes towards the maintenance of the campus and buildings. The existing infrastructure facilities are optimally utilized.

The Library has around 11,199 books, 51 CDs catering to the needs of 1632 students and teachers in the College. In addition to books, the College also subscribes to a number of periodicals/journals. The Library is kept open between 7.30 A.M. and 7.00 P.M. from Monday to Saturday and between 8.30 A.M. and 4.30 P.M. on Sundays and Holidays. A number of audio and video lessons are also available to give additional information to students. There is a library Advisory Committee comprising of the Principal, the Librarian and the Heads of various Departments. The Library is well kept.

The Peer Team is happy to witness the fine infrastructure facilities available in the College. However, in view of the growing and diversified needs of the student population, the infrastructural facilities need to be strengthened further. More books and journals need to be added to the library. The library is fully computerized. The librarian and the other staff are doing excellent job in upkeeping the library and very supportive to the faculty, research scholars and students. The College is an institutional member of the British Council Library resources.

The College has a main computer laboratory consisting of 24 advanced computers with multi-media projectors, CD writer, linguaphone, a scanner, 2 printers(one laserjet and the other inkjet) and all necessary accessories with internet connection.

The College also has a sophisticated network resource centre with internet connection, funded by the UGC. In addition to this, the departments, library, office, principal's room, principal's office are all well-equipped with computers and printers.

The College has a well-equipped communication gallery with photocopying, binding, lamination and internet browsing facilities.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The College has adequate facilities to provide support services for the students. The student support services include scholarships and educational concessions from the Government and philanthropic agencies. Financial aid available to students in this College include Scholarships viz., Scholarships from State and Central Government. Financial support is also extended to Economically Backward Class, Non-Teaching Staff's child, Ex-Servicemans child, Freedom Fighter's children, handicapped students. The facilities available for extra-curricular activities such as arts and culture, social work and sports has helped the personality development of the students.

The updated prospectus of L. S. Raheja College is published every year. The prospectus contains the profile of the college, details about the programmes offered, courses and options, rules and regulations and the facilities available in the College.

The students have participated in sports events at the State and National levels and won prizes to the College. One student has excelled at the National level competition in sports(Malkhamba). Outstanding sports persons are encouraged by giving sports kits, mementos and certificates by eminent sports personalities on Sports Day of the College.

Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are encouraged through 'Nisarg Nature Club', Women's Development Cell, Students Council, Free-Thinkers Club, Publication of College magazines, and also through various associations like Planning Forum, History Association, Manas Psychology Association, Gujarati Sahitya Mandali, Marati Literary Association, Alumni Association(Shrunkhala), Accountancy Association, Hindi Yuva Manch. These opportunities would help the students for their allround development of personality.

The Heads of the Departments and teachers do guide the students regarding the job prospects. Vertical progression of the student of this college is good. Quite a few students join MMS and M.Com courses after their graduation. The Peer Team is pleased to note that many of the Alumni of this institution are holding prominent positions in different walks of life. Record regarding the progression of students to higher studies / employment needs to be maintained by the institution. Campus interviews are conducted for students in the College.

The pass percentage of the students in BMS is cent percent. The pass percentage for B.A. and B.Com on an average is above 95%. Two students of this college have obtained 100% marks in Accountancy and Computer Applications in T.Y.B.Com. The dropout rate is reasonably low.

The college has a Placement Cell which organizes regularly campus interviews. A teacher is in-charge for sports activities, and another is in-charge for cultural activities and there is a separate teacher to coordinator NSS. A teacher who has been trained as professional Counselor helps the students through the Counseling and Guidance Centre.

Criterion VI: Organization and Management
The Sadhana Education Society's L.S. Raheja College of Arts and Commerce is an aided private educational institution of higher learning managed by a Council of Management. The Council comprises of many reputed personalities as its members and is headed by the well-known Industrialist and Philanthrophist Shri. C. L. Raheja. The Management is efficient, transparent in the administration and development of the institution. The financial and administrative records of the College are well maintained and up-to-date. There is a prudent management of finances and accounts are audited by competent agencies. The Council of Management meets from time to time for the purpose of resolving matters relating to administration of the College.

The day-to-day administration of the College rests with the Principal. For the purpose of assistance in academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, a number of committees are constituted involving all the teachers, students and non-teaching staff. This particular approach helps the college in planning and implementing various activities in the institution from time to time. The College has an inbuilt mechanism to check efficiency of the teaching and the non-teaching staff. Self-appraisal method is adopted to assess the performance of the teachers.

The institution has welfare programmes for the benefit of the teachers as well as non-teaching staff. Loans are arranged by the College through banks to cater to the needs of its employees. Staff members can also avail of loan facility from Provident Fund Account. The Management provides financial support to handicapped students.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
L. S. Raheja College of Arts and Commerce has noteworthy healthy practices to its credit.

Contribution of the management for the development of the institution and autonomy given to the principal.

Using of hologram for authentication of all important documents.

Providing open cubicle facility for researchers.

Masking and Coding of examination answer books for internal examinations.

Existence of a Grievance Redressal Cell /Suggestion Box and a Health Centre.

Encouragement given to non-teaching staff to pursue higher education.

Value based education is emphasised in this institution through seminars, workshops, lectures and visits to slums, hospitals, etc.

Organizing visits of Students to industries and financial institutions.

Teacher student interaction, and involvement of students and faculty in various activities of the college.

Efforts made by the college towards all-round personality development of the students by encouraging them to achieve distinction in curricular, co-curricular and sports, cultural activities, besides honouring the achievers.
Support extended to economically disadvantaged section by way of part payment of fee.

Well-established and equipped computer laboratory and audio visual center.

'Gurukul' set up to create awareness among students on environmental issues.

First Aid training programme given to non-teaching staff.

SECTION 3: OVERALL ANALYSIS
The Peer Team, after perusing the Self-Study Report and assessing the various academic and infrastructural facilities of Sadhana Education Society's L.S. Raheja College of Arts and Commerce is very much impressed by the vision and goals of the institution in the cause of promoting higher education in the surrounding area. The College has made significant progress in enlarging its academic activities by offering a variety of courses in Arts, Commerce and Management faculties. It is commendable to note that the Institution is recognized as a Research Center for M.Com. (by Research), M.Phil and Ph.D. in Commerce. A career oriented B.M.S. course is also offered in this institution for the benefit of students. Teachers shoulder the responsibilities by adopting appropriate teaching-learning methods to students. The method of evaluation of students and teachers adopted by the college is quite satisfactory. Research and Publication Culture is prevalent in the institution. Extension activities carried out by the College is appreciable.

The College has impressive infrastructure facilities. Organization and Management are efficient, democratic and transparent. The College has earned a good reputation for imparting quality education.

While appreciating the progress of the institution, the Peer Team would like to suggest the following for the future development of the College.

There is a need for induction of new courses such as Psychology as a major paper at T.Y.B.A. level, Taxation and Computer Applications for T.Y.B.Com. level students in addition to some Diploma and Certificate courses along with regular programmes.

The College can offer some more innovative and job-oriented courses viz., Retail Marketing, Nursing, Hotel Management, Financial and Marketing Management, International Trade and Finance.

The College may think of introducing Master's degree programmes such as M.A. in Economics, and M.B.A.

Teachers need to be encouraged to improve their research qualifications under faculty improvement programme.

Greater use of audio-visuals in the classroom is recommended for effective teaching-learning process.

There is further need to expand the accessibility of the computer laboratory to keep in tune with the demand.

More number of research journals may be subscribed in order to cater to the needs of growing student population and research needs of the faculty.

L.S. Raheja College of Arts and Commerce has earned a good reputation in Mumbai for imparting quality education and a sense of discipline to the younger generation since its establishment in 1980. The College has been fortunate to have committed management, Principal and staff for its continued advancement. The Principal has the necessary traits of good leadership and is enthusiastic in the all-round progress of the institution. The College should continue to strive hard to sustain the reputation earned through the collective efforts of the Management, Principal, faculty, non-teaching staff. The College will be entering the Silver Jubilee year very soon. The Peer Team wishes all the best to this promising L. S. Raheja College to reach new academic heights in the years ahead.

Prof. P. Ramaiah (Chairperson)

Prof. S. Indumati (Member)

Corruption in college

Staff accuses suburban college of corruption
Aug 5, 2010
MUMBAI: In a letter to the management, teaching as well as non-teaching staff of the popular L S Raheja College at Santa Cruz have made allegations of cash-for-admission and listed instances of corruption at the institution. These include acceptance of fees for which receipts have not been issued to students.

"Fees have been collected from junior college students without issuing receipts. Lakhs of rupees have been collected without accountability in the name of special subjects like math and IT, reads the letter. The staff had written a similar letter complaining of corruption over a year ago. "The letters were unsigned and delivered by hand as we are afraid we may lose our jobs, said a staffer.

But when contacted two senior members of the college management, they said they were unaware of such "occurrences''. They also denied receiving any letter.

A few staff members said they were forced to collect money from students without issuing receipts. A student even admitted to paying a hefty sum of money for a seat. "My father is a government servant, and I am entitled to a refund. But the college refused to give me receipts for a large part of the fees,'' said one student.

Both students and staff say that while the fee for subjects like IT works out to Rs 1,200, the college collected an additional Rs 5,800 per student. "You're asked to cough up money at the drop of a hat, another student alleged. Some even got their parents to the college to protest. "Our parents started getting suspicious especially when we were unable to show them receipts, added the student.

"The corruption doesn't end in junior college. There have been students admitted to the first-year degree college in highly coveted self-financing courses such as BMS as late as September-this, despite the fact that the first semester exams are held on September 15. These students have scored less than 50% marks. Why were better candidates ignored? asked a teacher.

In the previous letter to the management, staffers complained that there was no external audit of self-financing courses, and that the money collected from students as fees were parked in fixed deposits worth over Rs 6 lakh. This is in violation of University rules, which stipulate that money collected as fees from students under a particular head must be spent on that head.

Students have also complained of poor infrastructure and lack of security, despite the high fees.

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