A college, a prestigious seat of learning, a producer of luminaries, a Romanesque transitional style building, a grade 1 heritage structure, a symbol of British Raj Heritage. The famous Elphinstone college has to its names various such important tags that make it one of the best known in the city.
Affiliated to the University of Mumbai, this college is home to some of the oldest memories of the city education system and stands alongside the most coveted institutes during the British rule. It is difficult to say whether this college adds to the wow factor of this part of the city or the neighborhood contributes to the attractiveness of the institute.
Accessibility and neighborhood – Well equipped and superiorly designed with contemporary architecture, the college is easily accessible from Churchgate and CST stations with connectivity of taxis. Occupying an enviable location in Kala Ghoda area, home to one of the best cultural festivals in the city, this college from southern Mumbai has several landmarks, business districts and waters of the Arabian Sea at close proximity. Just on the other side of the road, the institute overlooks the famous Jehangir art gallery.
Noteworthy Alumni connect – With a vision to kindle the spirit of learning among the youth, this college has a long history of notable alumnus with Homi Bhabha, BR Ambedkar, Manish Malhotra, Shernaz Patel to name a few.
Courses on Offer – The college offers a complete blend of senior and junior colleges. The junior college offers HSC courses in Arts, Commerce and Science with facilities to match any other junior college in the city under the state board. The senior college offers a few selected specialized courses like B.SC., B. A., B.Com., and B.B.A. with many internal specializations which are made available to students based on their merit. The internal departments are a huge mix of almost all fields of study that the students of the above mentioned course may be interested in pursuing.
The life of the college, its ‘ Fests’ – The prestigious and one of the most identified buildings with its gothic architecture, attracts masses to its annual national level festivals. Maharashtrotsav, one of the noted ones in the city, attracts a crowd from over 150 colleges and over 7000 students across the country. It is a launch pad for numerous new talents as has been the case in past many a times. It promotes culture and harmony amongst the fellow student community. TechTsar with a late start relatively compared to other festivals is a eventful happening with technology exuberances at display informs of games, events etc. and this festival is heavily sponsored by notable big companies. PRIMERS, the fest from the biotechnology department of the college is also witnessed by famous personalities working in varied fields from across the country.
Library and Infrastructure –
Home to a huge library consisting of over one lakh books the study area is situated on the first floor of the building. It has subscriptions to many journals and magazines and is fully automated. The place in physicality is serene and quiet. There are some extremely old works present in this library. Various other marvelous modern day facilities including labs, hostels, gym, cafeterias, sports fields etc provide a provision of excellent opportunities to budding students. Carrom, table tennis and chess are some of the indoor activities provided for refreshment of the students. The infrastructural facilities are given for the ones ready and motivated enough to do miracles.
‘Earn and Learn’ – Especially for the financially weaker sections, the college runs an unorthodox program in Indian ways called the Earn and Learn program that helps the students financially as well as the college in activities like library record updating, information collation etc. As a result of this scheme the manpower gap for the college is filled and gives a sense of self esteem to the students.
With a crew of dedicated teachers and a range of courses for junior and senior education, the epitome of architectural beauty has been nurturing the hunger of knowledge for many a generations now and has been a sight of excellence ever since its inception. It has been and would continue to amaze and entertain many more rising citizens of this city with its beauty and academic excellence.
This temple of knowledge has British roots and always would remind the city of the past culture and the Indian history. Also for the enthusiasts who are in awe of this long standing marvel, it is a chance to follow the footsteps of their idols in a exact same fashion as they did. Imparting richness and culture to the citizens of this city, is a landmark associated with the name and recognized by various national and international institutions.