KC college dazzles at 60

Feb 08, 2014, 08:07 IST | Jeet Dalvi

The institute, which is celebrating its diamond jubilee year, started its month-long celebrations with a slew of events yesterday; President Pranab Mukherjee to inaugurate today’s events

To commemorate its diamond jubilee year, Kishinchand Chellaram (KC) College, Churchgate, commenced its month-long celebration yesterday. Some of the events include a vintage car rally from the college to Girgaum chowpatty, and ‘wall of fame’ on which pictures and bios of some of the prominent alumni will be kept on display on the college premises.

Students rehearsing for one of the several events in the celebrations
Students rehearsing for one of the several events in the celebrations

Some of the dignitaries attending today’s events are Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Ambani (alumnus), Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Governor Kateekal Sankarnarayanan and the President of Hyderabad Sindh National Collegiate Board (HSNC) Niranjan Hiranandani. President Pranab Mukherjee will be inaugurating the function. Dimple Kapadia was felicitated on behalf of late Rajesh Khanna (alumni) yesterday.

With the “The ‘60s” as its theme, the celebration will comprise screening of an in-house feature film ‘The Diamonds of Rough’, followed by a launch of the book ‘Our universe celebrating 60 years’. Also launched would be KC’s official college anthem, composed and sung by college students and professionals.

In addition, national conferences on the Sindhi language (Feb 14 -15), Media and Globalisation (Feb 20-21) and a national-level seminar on Hindi language (Feb 28-Mar 1), sponsored by the state government, are part of the diamond jubilee celebrations.

Birth of KC
Barrister Hotchand Advani and K M Kundnani came to Mumbai from Pakistan as refugees in 1950. Sensing that there was a need for an educational institution to uplift the Sindhi community, as well as others, they sought donations from the community members and built R D National College in Bandra.

Wanting to establish a similar institute, they leased a plot for 99 years from Ratanben Fauzdaar in Churchgate and constructed KC College in 1954. The very first batch of students were admitted to college, designed by K M Gidwani, on June 1, 1954. Later, they purchased the land from Fauzdaar. Refusing to stop there, they established the HSNC Board.

Beyond education
Known for taking social initiatives, the college recently adopted the entire village of Karavali in Sapahale district near Virar. The institute supplied solar lamps, raw material for handicrafts and initiated ‘Kanyadaan’ wherein every married girl, who is over 18 years, is given household items on behalf of her maternal side.

Principal speaks
“Each one of us is excited to celebrate the diamond jubilee of our college. Every year, a new set of students start their life here. This brings hope to the college and the country, because youth can change the face of India. I believe India won’t be built in Rajya and Lok Sabha, but in schools and colleges. We at KC College, make a humble effort to prepare our students for life,” said Principal Manju Nichani.

‘We are family’
“Every batch is blessed with interesting students and they leave a benchmark for forthcoming students. I am looking forward to the conference on Media and Globalisation. Being a part of KC has overwhelmed me. We, as teachers, will continue the hard work so that we celebrate the platinum jubilee,” said Manjula Shrinivas, BMM coordinator and professor.

“I believe that diamond jubilee celebrations are not just about having fun, but will also educate and develop personalities of our students,” said Dr S P Dubey, Hindi professor

Students speak
“At KC, I feel bestowed with the liberty of being who I am. It’s not only academics-oriented; it allows you to explore things beyond the bookish world. The recent expedition to Kerala, exploring malnutrition issues, made me 10 times wiser after I came back,” said Karishma Venkateswaran, a TYBMM student.

“KC holds an important place is my life. It’s the reason I found my desire to become a photographer. During a fest held for BA, I came across a professional photographer who inspired me to take up photography. And it helped me discover myself,” said Ameya Kele, a TYBA student.

Alumni speak
>> “When I first came to Mumbai from a rural area, I was unaware of its urban lifestyle. But god bless KC for making me the successful person I am today, ” said Ranjeet Singh Mohite-Patil, an NCP leader and former MP.

>> “Simply the most fabulous college to study in. Great faculty, excellent teaching, elite alumni and good fun,” Dr Keiki R Mehta, surgical chief and medical director, Mehta International Eye Institute, Colaba.

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