More than just stud­ies

St An­drew’s at­tracts young peo­ple with a wide range of in­ter­ests who want to go be­yond aca­demics in ar­eas like dra­mat­ics and sports

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Sha­ranya Misra Sharma

If you want to go to a col­lege where ev­ery­body is in­volved in co-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, head to St An­drew’s. Lo­cated in a prime lo­ca­tion in Hill Road at Ban­dra, Mum­bai, this in­sti­tute is vis­i­ble in many fes­ti­vals.

On Jan­uary 1, 1981, Mother Teresa MC, No­bel Lau­re­ate in­au­gu­rated the St. An­drew’s Col­lege of Arts, Sci­ence and Com­merce. The in­sti­tute was started when Arch­bishop Si­mon Pi­menta felt the need for a new Catholic col­lege in the sub­urbs that would of­fer cour­ses like BA, BCom and BSc. The first phase of the con­struc­tion of 18 class­rooms of the col­lege was com­pleted in June 1986 and solemnly blessed on St An­drew’s Feast Day, Novem­ber 30, 1986.

Sub­se­quently the chapel, the li­brary, the ad­min­is­tra­tive block, the stu­dents’ com­mon rooms were con­structed. Since more rooms were re­quired two new floors with 18 class­rooms were added in 2002. The lat­est ad­di­tion is the an­nexe, which was com­pleted in the Ju­bilee Year 2007-2008.

Pro­grammes: The col­lege of­fers a course in bach­e­lors of arts, bach­e­lors of sci­ence, and bach­e­lors of com­merce, along with BMS (bach­e­lors of man­age­ment stud­ies) and BMM (bach­e­lors of mass me­dia). The BA and BMM de­part­ments are spe­cially known for their ex­pe­ri­enced fac­ulty.

In­fra­struc­ture: The li­brary dates back to 1983-84. Ap­prox­i­mately 30,000 books are or­gan­ised sub­ject wise ac­cord­ing to the Dewey Dec­i­mal Clas­si­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem.

The in­sti­tute also has a coun­selling as well as a place­ment cell. There is a chapel where mass is held on the first Fri­day of ev­ery month. Sports fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a bas­ket­ball court, hockey field and a foot­ball field. Just two years ago, a new, big­ger and airy can­teen, called Café An­dre was set up. St. An­drew’s Col­lege houses the St. An­drew’s Au­di­to­rium, which is used not only for col­lege events but other func­tions, shows and events as well. There is no hos­tel fa­cil­ity pro-

vided here.

Studentspeak: “ The best ting about An­drew’s is that it has a lot of co-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties and plenty of sports. We are al­ways en­gaged in ei­ther col­lege fes­ti­vals or ed­u­ca­tional out­ings. In my opinion, we have an ex­cel­lent and en­thu­si­as­tic stu­dent crowd. When it comes to the pro­fes­sors and the staff, they are more like friends,” says St­effi Pereira, a third-year, BA pro­gramme stu­dent.

Clubs and so­ci­eties: There is a choir group, which sings dur­ing mass and at other events too. The An­drews choir is very well known and if you make it into the choir, you get a lot of chances to also par­tic­i­pate in in­ter col­lege fes­ti­vals.

The cam­pus of­fers spa­cious places where the stu­dents can in­ter­act, such as the bas­ket­ball court and park­ing lot there, which are favourite hang­out spots.

A lot of pro­fes­sional plays and shows are held in the au­di­to­rium.

In­tune-an in­ter­col­lege mu­sic fes­ti­val is held in the month of Septem­ber. It is quite well known through­out Mum­bai and the stu­dents get to see some ex­tra­or­di­nary tal­ent then.

Olio is a dra­mat­ics fes­ti­val that takes place in De­cem­ber. Stu­dents of other col­leges are in­vited too.

The col­lege lays much em­pha­sis on co-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties. While sports are re­ally en­cour­aged here, stu­dents get to­gether of­ten for dance, mu­sic and dra­mat­ics prac­tices.

Hang­outs: Places to watch out for in­clude, a hotspot for food, An­do­ras café, sit­u­ated close to the col­lege. You’ll al­ways find An­drew’s stu­dents there.

There are many shop­ping ar­eas near An­drew’s Col­lege such as Link­ing road and Hill road. Not only do these places have brands but also cheap street side shop­ping, which ideal for stu­dents.

The col­lege is close to Ban­dra Sta­tion and can be reached in about 10-15 min­utes by auto or bus from the col­lege. Stu­dents liv­ing in Mahim, Juhu and San­tacruz can eas­ily get buses to col­lege.

Ac­tive life: Stu­dents at St An­drew’s take part in sports like bas­ket­ball and also par­tic­i­pate in many ed­u­ca­tional out­ings

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