Rizvi College of Architecture, Bandra
Very few colleges in Mumbai can beat the location of Rizvi College of Architecture. It’s off the plush Carter road promenade and behind Pali Hill, home of many celebrities. One might often bump up with a celebrity or someone popular. It’s a little far from the railway stations though. It’s closer from Khar though it can be accessed from Bandra as well (both the stations lie on W. Rly and Harbour Rly). You can reach college in an auto for somewhere around 20 bucks or take bus no. 220 from Khar or Bandra stations. 51 & 56 are other buses from Dadar and Santacruz.
It is in the same campus as the engineering, management, hotel management, law colleges and school. There is a 7 storeyed building of which top 2 floors are dedicated to architecture department. Classrooms and studios are well maintained and washrooms are clean. There’s no wi-fi but internet can be accessed from labs and there’s no restriction on usage of internet. The hostels are provided by the college in Mahim for boys and in Vile Parle for girls. Charges for which are Rs 3000 a month plus food extra.
Rizvi College of Architecture has very good faculty. All teachers are highly qualified and have at least done their Masters in architecture or interior designing. They’re good in communication and you easily understand what they’re teaching. They’re also flexible about medium of instruction and teach in either English or Hindi as per students demand. Apart from permanent staff there are also many guest faculties to conduct seminars.
Very strict. You have to have 75% attendance.
Even though there is 50% quota for muslims, the principal is very open minded in accepting students from all parts of India. And so crowds are a changing in the college. There is great interaction between seniors and juniors. This rapport really encourages the extra curriculars that the college pariticpates in.
As Rizvi College of Engineering is located in Bandra there are myriad places to go out to. CCD, Barista, Sheeshas, Candies are the closest to the college, less than a minute away. You can reach hill road or linking road in minimum auto fare to find famous hangouts like Yokos, KFC, McDonalds, Falafels, American Bakery, J.Hearshe, Mumbai Times Cafe, Hukkah n Tikkah and many more. There are dozens of Frankie, sandwich and dosa stalls just outside the college offering you with excellent and cheap options, most famous of being “Anna’s Dosa Corner”. Many LAN gaming centres have also turned up here and have become a big adda for the bunkers. Also the famous tambe gulli is there for those who like to smoke and dope.
The Rizvi College of Engineering canteen is a paradise for non - veggies. It’s really big and mostly very crowded. You can get some of the tastiest food here. It’s airy and well ventilated. The prices won’t be heavy on your pocket and yes no one brings TIFFIN in Rizvi, so good is the canteen. The seating is very comfortable. Food available varies from Chaat to Chinese, traditional thalis and what not. Don’t forget to try the Bhurji-pav here.
Performance at NASA:
Rizvi college is one of the envied colleges of Bombay at NASA cos it always manages to make a mark at the competition (not bragging). The 2010-2011 NASA won Rizvi the Le Corbusier Award (all rounder) and hence the final winner of the competition. The 2011-2012 NASA had Rizvi share the Le Corbusier award with Rachana college of architecture.
Rizvi College of Architecture,
New Rizvi Educational Complex,
Off. Carter Road, Bandra (W),
Phone: 022 26052070
Rizvi is one of the top private colleges in Bombay for Architecture. Although a small campus, it more than makes up for it in the academic and extra curricular front.