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DG Ruparel College of Arts Science and Commerce Matunga, Mumbai, Maharashtra


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DG Ruparel College of Arts Science and Commerce Matunga, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Address: Plot / Street / Area
Senapati Bapat Marg,
Opposite Matunga Road (Western Railway Stn.)
Matunga (West), Mahim
Mumbai (District Mumbai)
Maharashtra, India
Pin Code : 400016


DG Ruparel College of Arts Science and Commerce Matunga, Mumbai Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college. Status: NAAC A Grade. DG Ruparel College of Arts Science and Commerce Matunga, Mumbai Maharashtra is also known as Doongarsee Gangjee Ruparel College Mumbai. DG Ruparel College of Arts Science and Commerce Matunga, Mumbai Maharashtra is managed by Society: Modern Education Society. DG Ruparel College of Arts Science and Commerce Matunga, Mumbai Maharashtra was established on / in 1952.


Principal of DG Ruparel College of Arts Science and Commerce Matunga, Mumbai Maharashtra is Dr.Tushar M. Desa, Dr Shri P.P.Kulkarnii.

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

Fax # of DG Ruparel College of Arts Science and Commerce Matunga, Mumbai Maharashtra is +91 022 24303041, 24303042.

email ID(s) is DG Ruparel College of Arts Science and Commerce Matunga Mumbai Maharashtra

Website of DG Ruparel College of Arts Science and Commerce Matunga, Mumbai Maharashtra is http://www.ruparel.edu/.


Contact Details of DG Ruparel College of Arts Science and Commerce Matunga, Mumbai Maharashtra are : Telephone Nos.
+91 022 24303733
+91 022 24303081

Principal: Dr. Tushar Desai
Vice Principal: Prof. Dilip S. Maske
Vice Principal: Prof. (Mrs.) Neeta S. Tatke
Vice Principal Junior College: Mr. Ashok M. Kelkar


Other colleges of Modern Education Society Group, Pune (Poona)
Cusrow Wadia Institute of Technology (CWIT), Pune
Ness Wadia College of Commerce, Pune
Nowrosjee Wadia College, Pune (Poona)
MES College of Engineering (MES COE), Pune (Poona)


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DG Ruparel College of Arts Science and Commerce Matunga, Mumbai Maharashtra runs course(s) in Arts, Commerce, Science stream(s).
XI Arts, XI Science and XI Commerce, B.A., B.Com., B.Sc.

Approval details: DG Ruparel College of Arts Science and Commerce Matunga is affiliated with University of Mumbai (UoM), Mumbai (Maharashtra)

Profile of DG Ruparel College of Arts Science and Commerce Matunga

The College located on a campus measuring 40217 square metres owes its pre-eminence in the sphere of education to Seth Gordhandas Jadavji Ruparel and his younger brother Seth Narayandas Jadavji Ruparel of Messrs Doongarsee Gangjee and Sons, Mumbai. In grateful appreciation of their generous and profound interest in our institution, it was named The Doongarsee Gangjee Ruparel College. Their father Seth Jadavji Doongarsee and uncle Seth Lalji Doongarsee, who had close association in business with Messrs Nowrosjee Wadia and Sons was continued by Seth Gordhandas and Seth Narayandas by the establishment of The Ruparel College in Mumbai; a sister institution of the Wadia College which the Wadia brothers, Sir Cusrow and Sir Ness helped the Society to establish in Pune.

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SECTION 1: PREFACE
The D.G. Ruparel College of Arts, Commerce and Science, Mumbai 400016 was established in June 1952 in the heart of Mumbai City by the Modern Education Society, Pune. The D.G. Ruparel College of Arts, Commerce and Science is affiliated to the University of Mumbai and has received the UGC recognition under 2f and 12B in 1976. It is a grant-in-aid College, which has 64 permanent and 23 adhoc teachers and 104 administrative personnel. It has more than 2500 students, predominantly urban on its rolls. The College campus is located on 10 acres of land. The unit cost of College education is estimated to be Rs. 13,392 and the temporal plan of academic work is annual.

Courses offered by the College include B.A., B.Sc., and B.Com. with various programme options at the compulsory and optional levels. Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Botany and Zoology offer laboratory facilities for postgraduate programmes. Chemistry, Physics, Zoology and Botany are recognised centres for undertaking Ph.D. research. Besides these, two self-financing courses i.e. Computer Science and Information Technology are also offered by the College. The College has recently celebrated its Golden Jubilee.

Besides this College, the Modern Education Society also runs several other educational institutions which include, Junior College, Degree College, Law College, Engineering College, Institute of Technology and Institute of Management Studies.

The D.G. Ruparel College volunteered to be assessed by The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and submitted a Self-Study Report in December 2002. NAAC has constituted a Peer Team to visit the College and validate the Self-Study Report. The Peer Team consisted of Prof. K.C. Upadhyaya, Vice-Chancellor, the M.S. University of Baroda as Chairman and Prof. N. Sundararajan, Principal, Sri Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain College, Bangalore and Dr. K.L. Miglani, Principal, Arya Post Graduate College, Panipat as members. Dr. K.N. Madhusudanan Pillai, Academic Consultant from NAAC coordinated the visit.

The Peer Team analysed the Self-Study Report submitted and visited the College between 21-23 August 2003 for an on site validation. It held separate meetings and discussions with the Principal, Members of the Managing Committee, Heads of the Departments, Faculty members, Students, Alumni and Parents. It perused all the documents and records made available to the team. The team also visited all the departments, library and other support services. Based on the above exercise, inputs provided during the visit and interaction with various groups the Peer Team assessed the College keeping in mind the seven criteria laid down by the NAAC, the following report is presented.

SECTION 2: CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
CRITERION I: CURRICULAR ASPECTS
The goals and objectives of the College are: a penchant for academics, development of research abilities, an inspiring value system and all-round personality development.

The College offers regular three-year degree programme in Arts, Science and Commerce with different subject combinations. Psychology, Philosophy, History, Political Science, Geography, Economics, English, Marathi are offered in the Arts Faculty. Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, Information Technology, Botany and Zoology are offered in the Science Faculty and the Commerce Faculty offers B.Com.

Departments of Botany, Chemistry, Physics and Zoology are recognised as postgraduate centres for laboratory work. Chemistry, Physics and Zoology (related to Marine Biology) are recognised centres for Ph.D.

As the College is an affiliated one, it follows the syllabi framed by the University of Mumbai. Some of the teachers as members of Board of Studies and various academic committees of the University and have contributed in the formulation of the syllabi in various subjects. Majority of the courses are conventional; but Computer Science and Information Technology are job-oriented courses.

CRITERION II: TEACHING-LEARNING AND EVALUATION
The College publishes its prospectus annually before the admission dates. It contains information about the courses of study, evaluation system, rules and regulations governing admission and fee structure. The evaluation methods are communicated to the students at the beginning of the term. Admissions for various courses are on merit. For the regular and smooth teaching, the College diligently follows the University Calender as regards to the number of teaching days and vacations. The teachers prepare teaching plan and execute it effectively and ensure the completion of the syllabus in time. The teachers prepare laboratory manuals and the printed manuals are supplied to the students for performing the experiments. Extra classes are also arranged and a proficiency course in English under the COHSSIP Scheme is also conducted for the educationally disadvantaged students. The conventional lecture method is supplemented by innovative teaching techniques using modern teaching aids like models, charts and OHP. Students are exposed to current topics through seminars, workshops and visits to places of importance. The College ensures the overall performance of the students by regular tests, annual examinations and projects. An examination committee organises tests and examinations for all classes. The examination committee also provides the feedback about the students' performance.

The recruitments for teachers are made as per the government norms. Whenever need arises, teachers are also appointed on ad hoc basis by the Management. The self-appraisal reports and the feedback from the students help the teachers to improve themselves. The suggestions given by the students through suggestion cum complaint boxes are scrutinised by the Principal and appropriate remedial measures are taken. The results are very good in most of the disciplines. Students from various departments have secured ranks including the Gold Medals in the examinations. Apart from studies, students have won accolades in various cultural events at the different inter-collegiate level competitions.

The recruitment of Teachers is done through a committee constituted by the college as per the rules and regulations laid down by the Government/UGC/University. The College has 64 permanent teachers and 23 ad hoc teachers. The NET/SET qualification is not mandatory for the ad hoc and temporary teachers. Teachers are motivated to improve their professional skills through participation in seminars, conferences, workshops and orientation programmes. Some teachers have also participated in national and international conferences. The College has also established research linkages with BARC, Institute of Science and some foreign universities.

CRITERION III: RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
The College offers undergraduate, postgraduate and Ph.D. programmes. Out of the sixty-four permanent teachers of the College twenty-two hold Ph.D. degrees and nine M.Phil. degrees. From the different departments, a few books and research papers have been published in the last few years. More than ten per cent of the teachers are pursuing research work in the College. Four teachers of the College are guiding research students for their doctoral degree. Forty-three students of the College have been awarded Ph.D. degrees. The teachers of Economics, English, Philosophy, Psychology, Chemistry, Botany, Physics, Mathematics and Zoology have published papers in reputed journals. Many teachers have published textbooks for higher secondary and degree level courses.

Many teachers have participated in national and international seminars. A teacher from the Zoology Department regularly attends international seminars and presents papers and has generated 4.32 lakhs in the form of research project. A teacher from the Economics Department has also been successful in getting a minor research project from the University. A faculty member of Physics Department has obtained one minor research project and he has been awarded Best Teacher Award recently. Six teachers have received awards from various agencies. A faculty member of the Zoology Department is engaged in high quality of research in the area of Marine Biotechnology.

The extension services conducted by NCC and NSS, include Community Development, Health and Hygiene Awareness, Social Work, Blood Donation, AIDS Awareness, Environmental Awareness, Career Counselling, Personal Counselling and Thelassemia awareness. The NCC and NSS units of the College assist various Government Organisations in programmes related to community development. The NSS unit of the College has adopted the tribal village, Vangni situated 75 kms. away from the College and has been involved in running a residential school, primary health centre, organising cultural programmes and mass wedding ceremonies.

CRITERION IV: INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The College has a beautiful, large and spacious campus. The College has three computer labs with 55 computers. There is an open-air auditorium, a student gymkhana, a music room, place for yoga, besides special rooms for Students' Council, NCC and NSS. There is a hostel and a canteen catering to the needs of the students and an Extension Counter of the Bank of Maharashtra.

There are separate blocks for Arts, Science and Library. The classrooms are spacious and ventilated. Laboratories are adequately equipped. Most of the Science departments have their own computers. The computers are provided with Internet connectivity from a main server. Library has over one lakh books. It has preserved a collection of rare books and old manuscripts. The Library subscribes 70 journals and a large number of periodicals and magazines. The library is spacious with separate reading rooms for teachers and students. There is a separate reference section. Librarian is experienced and qualified. Library is partly computerised. Library has provided six computers with Internet accessibility for the use of students and teachers. Book Bank facility and linkage with other libraries with a library committee help in the smooth functioning of the library. The working hours of the library are from 8 am to 5:30 pm. A reprographic facility is available within the college premises.

The Botany Department maintains a small botanical garden on the campus. It has a collection of medicinal plants raised in pots. The College has Hostel facilities for 80 students.

The infrastructure is well used from 7 a.m. in the morning till 6 p.m. in the evening. The physical and infrastructural facilities available in sports are Table Tennis, Chess, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Kabbadi, Kho-Kho, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Softball and Mallakhamb etc. special incentives in shape of Imprints, certificates and medals are being given to the players during the Gymkhana Day Felicitation ceremony. A shooting range facility with a coach has been started from the last year.

The College has a well-maintained canteen catering the needs of the students and staff. The extension of the canteen works in the Staff Room situated in the ground floor and the Girls' Common Room.

The security of the campus is ensured by appointed employees of the Trig Security Systems on daily wage basis. The Institution is offering infrastructure facilities for the conducting classes in Vedic Mathematics, Yoga and Banking.

The College also extends its infrastructure facilities to BrihanMumbai Centre for Talent Search, a centre for Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University and also a centre for Extra-Mural studies of the University of Mumbai.

CRITERION V: STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The College publishes abridged prospectus afresh in the form of a brochure, which is distributed free of charge to candidates seeking admission. Drop out rate is not high. There is no formal placement cell in the College. The College has been one of the first in setting up the Women's Development Cell as per the guidelines of the University. Several freeships and scholarships from the Central and State Government are available to the students. Merit scholarships are awarded to brilliant students. Central Library, Computer Centre, sports facilities, health centre, hostel, guest house, canteen, welfare schemes, student mutual fund, home reading concession in fees for underprivileged students, concessions for the wards of staff members, medical aids to the staff, vehicle parking shed and support services are being provided to the students. It is a good tradition that College gives special attention to visually and physically challenged students. Besides, various prizes/awards have been instituted by the College for sports, extra-curricular activities and other activities. The College provides recreational facilities in the form of indoor games and other cultural programmes. The College has won numerous medals in sports and also participated in cultural activities at the University level.

The College has produced several outstanding personnel during the past. They include Arjuna awardees, Chhatrapati Shivaji awardees, international, national and state level players. The kho-kho team of the College has won the inter-collegiate championship for 21 consecutive years. One of the players has also participated in an international chess tournament. Many of the athletes and the players of the College are in the University and National teams. The Yoga wing of the College is very active and has brought many laurels to the College.

The College has the army, navy and air force wings of the NCC. There is a separate NCC girls' unit. Many cadets pass the 'C' Certificate examination every year. Cadets of the College are regularly selected to attend the Republic Day Parade at Delhi. They also volunteer for duty during Ganpati immersions and disasters and organise blood donation camps and fund collection drives.

Alumni of the College include an array of luminaries like Anil Kakodkar, Chairperson, Atomic Energy Commission, Ajit Agarkar, international cricketer and actresses like Antra Mali.

The NSS unit has been adjudged as the best unit conducting rural development activities seven times in ten years and has received the World Service Trophy for its valuable service.

The College has taken part in music, drama and personality contest and has won the Best College award at the Youth Festival and has been invited to give performances by the audio-visual media and theatre.

CRITERION VI: ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
The College is run by the teacher-managed Society (Modern Education Society, Pune). It operates on the basis of the life member system. Since the College is managed by the teachers, there is a keen awareness of strengths and weaknesses and requirements of the institution. There is a general body consisting of all life members, the senate, the academic council, finance council, the board of life members and the trustees of the Society. The Principal of the College with the help of Vice-Principal and Heads of Departments looks after the day-to-day administration and monitors the teaching in the College. For smooth management and efficient functioning, various committees like time table committee, library committee, examination committee, local management committee etc. are formed. The Local Management Committee is responsible for the overall administration of the College. It also redresses the grievances of the staff.

The College is an aided institution and affiliated to the University of Mumbai and hence it has to follow the rules and guidelines of Maharashtra Government in the appointment of staff. All the teachers are well qualified and the College shows a lot of interest and have developed an inbuilt mechanism to monitor the work efficiency of the teaching and non-teaching staff.

The financial position of the College is sound and the funds are well spent on the developmental activities of the College. Various scholarship facility, book bank and medical aid to students are the few welfare programmes available. As part of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations a Women's Development Cell has been started to deal with the problems faced by girl students and lady staff members and is functioning well.

The College has introduced other welfare schemes like co-operative credit society and loan facilities for its staff. The non-teaching staff have a credit society, which helps them at the time of crisis. Accommodation is provided to some of the non-teaching staff members. In case of an employee dying in harness a provision exists for providing a suitable employment to a dependant of the deceased. Non-teaching staff also benefit from the medical welfare fund by way of regular checkups and financial aid. Wards of staff are given admission and fee concession. Recently medical insurance scheme has been implemented for students through New India Assurance Company.

CRITERION VII: HEALTHY PRACTICES
The College has published a booklet entitled 'Effective Study Habits' and distributed to students

The Principal arranges periodical meetings of parents to discuss the academic performance and attendance matters of the wards.

The excellent alumni of outstanding sportsmen and their continuous encouragement coupled with efficient coaching enable the College to groom national level players in various events such as cricket, shooting, yoga, gymnastics, mallakhamb, kho-kho, etc.

A long list of outstanding personalities as alumni including, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, film actresses, international cricketers, international coaches, business magnets, industrialists, educationalists and administrators who are in constant contact with the College authority is a strength of the College.

Being a teacher-run College, the entire process of decision-making is transparent and execution of plans is decentralised. The College gives opportunities to excellent students of the College to continue their services as teachers.

The recruitment of teachers is strictly on the basis of rules framed by the UGC/University/Government.

Water coolers in all the four floors of the College ensure an uninterrupted supply of potable water to students.

Internet accessibility to students on a nominal fee is provided in the library.

The Biology Department has identified the plants in the Mumbai city and kept a directory of the flora of the city in the department.

The College organised mass wedding ceremony for adivasis by raising funds from the public.

The NSS volunteers have done commendable social and educational activities in the village of Vangni situated about 75 km from the College, which is adopted by the NSS unit.

The regular participation of the faculty members, though in limited numbers, in national and international conferences has developed a research culture in the College.

The Physics department has designed a low cost DC generator and that is being utilised for various practical experiments.

The infrastructure in the College is made available on a non-profit basis, to cultural organisations like Chaturang and support groups like Aavishkar. In a city that is constantly fighting for space, the large and green campus also provides the senior citizens with a safe place to take a walk.

The College has been honoured with awards in a garden competition, for gay and attractive illumination, for excellent management of science exhibition, for the College magazine, for its contribution to the Sarva Dharma Maitri Yatra and maximum fund collection for the Red Cross.

Identity Cards are being used by one and all in the college.

SECTION 3: OVERALL ANALYSIS
The academic atmosphere prevailing in the campus, discipline existing among students and the commitment and dedication of the staff and the positive approach of the Management has earned the College a good name and fame in the Mumbai city.

The College has the rare distinction of being visited by a large number of distinguished personalities including Late Indira Gandhi, Morarji Desai, Y.B. Chavan, S.K. Patil, His Excellency Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy (former President of India), His Excellency Dr. P.C. Alexander (former Governor of Maharashtra) and from other different spheres from Central Services, Police Services, Sports and Education.

The College can boast of number of alumni in various fields like industry, business, education, performing arts, sports etc. giving a social accreditation to the Institution.

The College provides a very good platform for the overall personality development of the students ranging from academics to cultural activities, sports, NSS and NCC.

The campus and the hostel are absolutely free from ragging and thus provide a calm and healthy academic atmosphere.

The interaction of the Management with the Staff and Students of the College is good, which helps in the progress of the College.

The participation of the staff and students in the national/international seminars, workshops and the research activities in the few departments gives an academic outlook to the institution.

The College fosters and nurtures traditional values and inculcates moral and ethical principles in the student community.

The College has geared up for the autonomy, if sanctioned, so that inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary courses can be introduced.

RECOMMENDATIONS
The College can think of introducing more job-oriented vocational courses in the front line areas of Biotechnology, Management Studies, Business Management and Mass Media after collecting feedback from academic peers and potential employers.

The facility in laboratories needs modernisation.

Library needs complete computerisation and modernisation. Recent editions of books in the various Science disciplines should be acquired.

The classroom teaching may be made more effective and efficient by using more modern audio-visual aids like OHP and LCD.

The College should procure more computers with Internet connectivity. The Internet facility in the library may be made available round-the-clock.

The College has celebrated the Golden Jubilee recently but the building requires regular maintenance and repairs and infrastructure needs upgradation.

The staff members may be encouraged and motivated to take up more number of major and minor projects.

Research Committees may be constituted to collect information about various funding agencies to boost up the research activities and to increase the research facilities.

Teachers of all departments should organise seminars, workshops periodically to get the necessary exposure.

The faculty should visit the University Departments and other Advanced Centres of Learning frequently to update their knowledge.

The Research Departments may think of extending their expertise in the form of consultancy services.

The College can make sincere efforts to expand so that it can meet the growing demands of the students seeking admission to the college.

The College can arrange to conduct coaching classes for competitive examinations including the Civil Services, Medical, Engineering etc. as suggested by the alumni.

Better networking of the alumni to tap the resources will further strengthen the progress and development of the college and will provide more job opportunities for the students.

An effort should be made in the recruitment process so that the majority of the faculty members do not constitute alumni of the College

The informal counselling given by the Psychology Department can be formalised into a regular counselling/placement cell with a designated person to establish linkage with the potential employers.

The College should strengthen further the institution-industry linkage.

The College can set up an internal quality assurance cell for the improvement and sustenance of quality in the College.

The Peer Team appreciates all the support and facilities extended to it during the visit and wishes the College success in all its future endeavours.

Prof. K.C. Upadhyaya
(Chairman)

Prof. N. Sundararajan
(Member)

Dr. K.L. Miglani
(Member)

Dr. P.M. Sule
(Principal)

Date: 23rd August, 2003

State to declare 4th list for 5,197 seatless students

Mumbai: The 5,197 students who have not secured junior college admission yet can now take heart. The state education department on Monday announced that it will declare the fourth general merit list on August 12 at 10am.

Around 48,944 students were allotted seats in the third general merit list declared on Monday, but it failed to bring cheer to students as commerce and science cut offs in top colleges came down only by 1% or 2%.

These 5,197 students have been left without a seat because they might have not filled in their preferences correctly or applied for colleges which have high cut-offs, despite securing low marks. They can look forward to the fourth merit list. We will ensure that every student gets a seat, said a senior state education official, requesting anonymity.But, students are worried as many top colleges, such as St Xaviers, DG Ruparel and HR College, do not have vacant seats. There are nearly 53,268 seats vacant in the lesser known colleges, but there is not much demand for them.Commerce and science cut-offs did not drop by much in the third list. In HR College, commerce cut-off dipped by 1.2% from 91.85% to 90%. In DG Ruparel, science cut-off fell by 1% to 92.54 and commerce dropped to 89.09%. While in St Xaviers College, the cut-off for science dropped by almost 5% — from 90.90% to 85.64%.

In some of top colleges, arts cut-offs crashed like never before. In Ruparel College, the arts cut-off fell from 84% to 40%. Principal Tushar Desai said: We were surprised at the shocking drop in the cut-off for arts stream. It could be because we did not receive many applications for this stream.
After the fourth list admissions, offline admissions will start from August 30.

50,000 anxious students wait for FYJC third merit list today

Mumbai: Over 50,000 of 1,99,132 students who applied for online admissions to First Year Junior Colleges (FYJC) in the city, are waiting for the third and most probably final merit list with bated breath. This merit list could be the only chance these students have of securing a seat in the online admission process.

While the online admission process draws to a close, with the last of the scheduled lists being announced, several students have not made it to any of the merit lists declared. If these students are not allocated seats in this round, they will have to try for offline admissions on their own. We will ensure that every student gets a seat in the next round. This could be the last list if most of the students secure seats. We will only declare a fourth general merit list if there are more than 400 students who have not secured admission, said a senior education official.
However, many students who have scored below 80 per cent are still struggling to secure a seat. Abhishek Jadhav, says he has not secured a seat in the college of his choice despite scoring 88.75 per cent.I want to pursue science and aspire to study bachelors in biomedicine, unfortunately even an 80 per cent does not suffice. He said his preferences are Birla College, DG Ruparel or Sathaye College.

Ten boys who had secured admission in the arts section of Burhani College, which only had a girls only quota, due to an online error, have been left in the lurch. But the education officials have promised that they will allocate these students in good colleges offline.Meanwhile, colleges claim to have sufficient number of seats for students to absorb the remaining students. In KPB Hinduja College, Charni Road, nearly 421 commerce seats out of the 11, 020 seats are lying vacant. While in Sathaye College, Vile Parle one of the most sought after college, 173 science, at DG Ruparel College 56 seats, at Mithibai College around 46 seats, at Ruia College around 30 seats, at SIES College 19 seats, are vacant.
These students might have already secured admission in a college of their choice through offline admissions and so might not have taken admission. The provisional admission process does not give us a clear picture of the final number of seats, said TA Shiware, principal, KPB Hinduja College.

MNS ticket aspirants give written test in Nashik

Nashik: As many as 615 Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) ticket aspirants for the Nashik Municipal Corporation polls appeared for the written test conducted by the party on Sunday.The exam was held for 61 wards in NMC, MNS MLA Vasant Gite told reporters.In Mumbai, 1,201 aspirants appeared for the one-and-a-half-hour long exam at Sathe College and Ruparel College in the suburbs, while around 619 appeared in Pune.

The exam had 49 objective questions of 2 marks each, question number 50 was descriptive for 2 marks. Two other questions also required descriptive answers, but carried no marks but grades (A, B or C).

City to face water-cuts from Jan 6-8

Mumbai: In some bad news for Mumbaikars in the first week of the New Year, various parts of the city and suburbs will be facing water-cuts from January 6-8.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has undertaken the task of replacing the trunk mains at the Maroshi-Vakola-Ruparel College tunnel, following which various parts of the city will have to go without water for different days from January 6.Municipal Commissioner Swadhin Kshatriya said, There will be no water supply in few areas of South Mumbai including Cuffe Parade, Colaba, Nariman Point, Fort and Churchgate on January 6 and 8. On January 7, there will be no water supply at Kalbadevi, Girgaum, Thakurdwar, C P Tank and Mumbai Central.

Also, there will no water in Jogeshwari and Andheri (East) areas on January 6, and in Versova, Yari Road, Andheri Vile Parle (West), Santacruz and Bandra (East) and MIDC on January 7. On January 8, no water will be supplied in Andheri (West) and Vile Parle (East), Kshatriya said.The work of fixing the 2,400 mm valve on 2,500 mm Bhandup-Maroshi main as part of the Maroshi-Vakola-Mahim-Ruparel tunnel project is proposed to be executed from January 6 to 9. The line will have to be isolated for 72 hours for this.During the isolation period, parts of South Central Mumbai will have to face 50 per cent water cut. The western suburbs of Goregaon and Malad will face 10 per cent water cut during these three days.
Presently, the city receives 3,350 million litres of water daily (MLD) against the demand of 4,200 MLD.


Colleges go tech savvy

While colleges in the country have taken to technology in more ways than one, the recent move by D.G. Ruparel College in Mumbai has taken it to a different level altogether. Students here will experience a virtual lab, where they can carry out biology, physics and chemistry experiments outside their labs and in their own classrooms, by introducing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in daily learning.

Principal of Ruparel College, Tushar Desai believes it will help students grasp the concepts of science better, since every student has a different level of understanding. Unlike a real laboratory, one can keep repeating experiments in the virtual lab till he or she gets the hang of it. If an experiment involves different levels of gravitational force, it is not possible to recreate an environment like that in the classroom. By introducing ICT one can reconstruct any desired environment and carry out the experiment, he says.

It will also be helpful in carrying out chemistry experiments, which can prove dangerous, if they involve strong chemical reactions or biology experiments, which may involve dissection of living organisms, a concept that is banned in some syllabus. Colleges today have become tech-savvy. They have introduced online libraries and phone chains to keep attendance in check and inform students about change in lecture timing etc, but it s still not enough believes Education counselor Swati Popat Vats. Technology is still underplayed in our system and there is still a lot of scope to adopt new ways. Why not introduce online tests and exams where the student can take it at his or her own pace and convenience? It will save a lot of paper and the cost of hiring supervisors during exams, she says.

Former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has always been in favour of open book exams where you can refer to the textbook as you write. Our system stresses on evaluating the student s memory more than knowledge. Even if you carry your book during the test, it is imperative that you know where to look for that particular answer. Lawyers and doctors don t stop researching when they work as it is a continuous and evolving process, she adds.

Aditi Dalal, II year BMM student

I think this is a fabulous move. Technology is only going to move at a dizzying pace as we grow older, so it s best if we start adapting to it right now. Although one has to make sure that all the necessary software is in place before opening the doors for it. I am not very sure about online test though. There is always a chance of the system crashing down or something going wrong. A student might have to pay a heavy price for no fault of his or hers.

Foram Doshi, I year B.Sc student

It is very important that students are given proper training before introducing anything full-fledged. It will allow students to try out experiments, which are otherwise difficult to arrange for. I am all for open book exams or online tests as well. One must understand that it is not copying. It is more important that you understand what you are writing than simply mugging up the answer.

Matunga college gets ring wells to collect rainwater

For DG Ruparel College of Arts, Science and Commerce in Matunga, a water crisis faced three years ago triggered the installation of a rainwater harvesting system in the premises.

“In 2009, we decided to get a rainwater harvesting system on the college ground to fulfill the demand of water for horticultural purposes,” said Dr Tushar Desai, principal of the college.

The college took the initiative with the help of Members of Brotherhood (MOB), an NGO primarily working on environment-related issues. The entire project was partly funded by beverage giant Coca-Cola, as a part of its corporate social responsibility programme.

“The college lacked sufficient water resources and a rainwater harvesting system seemed as a permanent solution to the problem. Four ring wells were set up to collect water during monsoon that could be used later when required,” said Desai.
During monsoon, 1,40,000 litres of water seeps through the ground of which 50,000 litres can be harnessed daily. The water is used for vegetation, toilets and laboratories, thus reducing the dependence on sources of water.

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