Shankar Narayan College of Arts and Commerce, Bhayandar
Shankar Narayan College isn’t too far from Bhayandar railway station, and most students choose to take the 20 minute walk to college, because it’s always easy to find agreeable company. However, for those who are perpetually running late, share-rickshaws can get you there in about 5 minutes for just Rs.5 per head.
It’s not too bad, but that doesn’t mean it’s excellent either. But everything is quite well maintained. They have nice computer labs, a good gymkhana, auditoriums and AV rooms, and really good sporting facilities in a nice, spread-out complex. Fortunately, the students are pretty satisfied with whatever the college has to offer, and that’s all that really matters, isn’t it?
Junior College of Arts, Science and Commerce
Bachelor of Commerce (B.COM)
Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS)
B.COM in Accounting & Finance (BAF)
B.COM in Banking & Insurance (BBI)
B.COM in Financial Market (BFM)
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A)
Master of Science (M.Sc)
They also have MBA in the same complex, but that is covered separately under the name Rohidas Patil Institute of Management.
In spite of being experienced and quite senior (which is a good thing, by the way), professors are really friendly and share excellent relations with students. Although the lectures are conducted primarily in English, professors go the extra mile and elaborate in Hindi/Marathi for students from vernacular-medium schools. Communication with professors otherwise can be in any language you’re comfortable with; the professors are sympathetic towards problems students face.
Shankar Narayan College is quite strict about attendance. Students are expected to maintain at least 75% attendance, failing which they are blacklisted and their parents are called. Oh and if you think you’re too smart and can get ‘fake parents’, think again. This college has all bases covered – they take photos of parents during admission time itself to avoid such nuisance. Students whose attendance falls well below 75% are sometimes not given their hall tickets, which means big trouble.
Although the college has 70% ‘vernacular’ crowd, this doesn’t stop the students from being highly united and highly active in many kinds of activities. In fact, you can see the enthusiasm as soon as you enter the college gate, when you see students playing a number of sports and games together. There are drama clubs and sports clubs, NSS and NCC, and a variety of other associations that students happily get involved in.
The campus itself is a common hangout for most students, but when they feel like they go to the beach (‘Bhayandar khadi’), or the nearby Maxus Mall. Cinemax is another place where you’ll always find a number of students catching up with movies (and each other). Right opposite the college, next to Datta Mandir, you have a little place called Khoja, where you allegedly get excellent ‘batata bhaji’ – a student favourite, especially when it gets too late.
The canteen is small and tends to get congested, but it isn’t too bad, although students do complain a bit about the hygiene (or lack of it). Some of the crowd favourites are the very weird Manchurian Pav, and Pizza Burger. On the bright side, the canteen is pretty cheap; to give you an idea, a plate of fried rice would set you back by Rs.30.
They celebrate a festival called Maharashtra Darshan in August and September, and other one called Udaan sometime in January. Both are cultural fests and are very enthusiastically participated in. There is also an intra-college sports week, which students prepare for weeks in advance.
One thing you can say about placements is that the college does whatever it possibly can. Professors are helpful, giving tips for aptitude tests and good recommendations to students. A few companies like Kingfisher, NIIT, ZICA, etc come and pick up a few students on merit. Sometimes companies hire students for small-term internships as well.
Shankar Narayan College of Arts and Commerce
Mahavydyalaya Marg, Navghar Gaon
Mumbai - 401105.
Tel: 91-22-2804 6564
The students are really pleased to be in the college, and have only words of praise for it. We think that’s a good thing.