Ramnarain Ruia College
|Motto||Explore, Experience, Excel|
|University of Mumbai|
|Principal||Dr. Suhas Pednekar |
|Location||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Ruia College is located in the central part of Mumbai close to Hindu colony, between the Dadar and Matunga railway stations. It is one of the most highly reputed colleges in the country. It comprises the Ramnarain Ruia College of Arts and Science and the Ramnivas Ruia Junior College of Arts and Science. The college has been awarded a five star rating by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council of India. Also the National Assessment and Accreditation Council accorded it the A Grade. The college earned a CGPA of 3.65 out of 4, which is the highest in Maharashtra. Ruia College has become the first college in the country to achieve the 'College of Excellence' status by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The college was given the Potential for Excellence status in 2010-11.
The students and alumni of Ruia college are colloquially known as Ruiaites. The katta (literally meaning meeting place, in Marathi) is a popular meeting point for Ruiaites, present and past.
The College was established in June 1937.
Ruia college won the award for the best college given by University of Mumbai for the year 2006. It has been winning the trophy in the youth festival organized by Mumbai University for the last six consecutive years.
With its varied experience and diligence, the Ruia faculty was in a position to innovate and experiment soon after the college started functioning. Considerable emphasis was placed on development of the instructional programme and evaluation procedures. Under several programmes, such as COSIP (College Science Improvement Programme) and COHSSIP (College Human and Social Science Improvement Programme), Ruia has successfully implemented several innovative and experimental academic programmes that won wide acclaim.
The senior college library has a large reading hall which accommodates about 400 students and the reading hall in junior college building accommodates about 200 students. Special facilities to borrow books and exam papers are available in these reading halls. The Open Shelf Library is an important unit of the library for Graduate students, with about 30,000 books readily available to students. The sub-sections are well categorised and meticulously laid out, and book selection is such as to be of great use to students specialising in different subjects. The college also provides instructional material on audio and videocassetes to the students through the audio-visual centre and AV library.
The Information Technology Centre is a fully equipped IT centre, with 60 computers for students and 9 specially for staff members, offers a variety of courses very useful to the students and faculty. The Electronics Laboratory is a very well-equipped electronics lab, with multiple power supplies and a den containing all the necessary components for the students, it is well known throughout the state as one of the best electronic labs.
The Postgraduate Study and Research Centre is the only Centre of its kind to be established in a college in Mumbai, it provides comfortable accommodation, books, periodicals and bound copies of learned journals to postgraduate and research students. It is housed in the Ruia college library, which has a large collection of about 1,50,000 books, several of which are rare and not available elsewhere.
Another feature that distinguishes the college from others in the state is the Marathi Medium Unit. This unit of the college was launched to tackle a problem faced by several students coming from state board and university students: inability to understand what they are taught in English (medium of instruction) as they have done their schooling in Marathi.
The Vidyarthi Pratinidhi Mandal (VPM) was founded to enable students of the college to be in close touch with the teacher and members of the management, the VPM was constituted as a student body in 1969. It has been highly successful in encouraging in student participation in a variety of co-curricular activities.
Numbering about 20, there are different Co-curricular Associations which enable students with varied interests to participate in intra- and inter-college activities and beyond, to tap their potential to the maximum. Ruia also has an excellent audiotorium that can accommodate about 400 students. Another well-equipped 150-seat auditorium, with video projection facilities, has also been set up recently.
The Ruiaite (college magazine) has been published annually since 1937, earning for itself a reputation far beyond the aspirations of most other college magazines. It has won several prestigious awards over the years. The Gymkhana is fully equipped with badminton court, shooting range and highly sophisticated exercising equipment, made available for use by the students and faculty of the college.
Various annual inter-collegiate festivals are organized which have a special place in the students' hearts. "Utsav" and "Aarohan" being two such festivals. Apart from those two, various departments have their own festivals. These provide great opportunities for students to network, showcase their talent and learn from the experience.
Support for disadvantaged students
The Students Mutual Aid Fund (SMAF) was started in 1948 with the intention of helping out those deserving students who required financial assistance. It now extends benefits to the economically disadvantaged students through lunch coupons, paying fees and issuing sets of books on loan. It arranges exhibitions and other programmes to augment its funds.
There is also a Cell for Visually-Challenged Students (known as SVC by the Ruiates) in which the college has provided excellent facilities for the visually challenged - Robotron to read for the students, computer to translate as well as give printouts of Braille into English and a computer to talk to these students are great assets.
Undergraduate degree courses
- Bachelor of Science (BSc) (Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Botany, Zoology, Life Science, Microbiology, Computer Science)
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (Economics, Political Science, Philosophy, English Literature,Sanskrit Literature, Hindi Literature, French Literature, Marathi Literature, Psychology, Mathematics & History)
- Bachelor of Mass Media (B.M.M.)
- Master of Science (MSc) (Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Life Sciences, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Information Technology)
- Master of Arts (M.A.)
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Chemistry, Physics, Botany, Zoology, Life Science and History
- Diploma in Information Technology
- Diploma in Bioinformatics
- Diploma in Travel and Tourism
- Diploma in Community Radio and Community Media Technology
- Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Analytical Chemistry.
- Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations and Communication
- Post Graduate Diploma in Business Journalism
- Certificate in Soft Skills and Personality Development
- Certificate in Entrepreneurship Development Skills
- Lord Meghnad Desai – Economist and politician from Labour Party of the UK
- Dr. Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan – Former Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation; Member, Planning Commission; Former Member of Parliament
- Manohar Joshi – 13th Speaker of the Lok Sabha; 12th Chief Minister of Maharashtra; Former Mayor of Mumbai
- Dr. Narendra Jadhav – Economist, Social Scientist, Writer and Educationist; Member, Planning Commission; Former Member of National Advisory Council; Vice-Chancellor of University of Pune
- Dilip Walse-Patil – Politician, Former Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly and Former Minister of Finance, Government of Maharashtra
- Sonali Bendre – Actress and Model
- Dr. Medha Patkar – Social Activist and Reformer; National Convener of National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM); Founder Member of the Narmada Bachao Andolan
- Dilip Chitre – Poet, Critic, Painter and Filmmaker
- Nandu M. Natekar – former National Badminton Champion and the First Indian to win a title abroad, in 1956
- Isha Koppikar – Actress and Model
- Raju Kulkarni – Former Indian Cricketer
- Pandit Vidyadhar Vyas – Indian Classical Vocalist
- Shilpa Tulaskar – Actress
- Justice H.L.Gokhale – Judge of the Supreme Court of India, Former Chief Justice of the Madras High Court & Allahabad High Court
- Bharati Achrekar – Actress
- Ajit Wadekar – Former International Cricket Player
- Shruti Sadolikar – Indian Classical Singer
- Dilip Prabhavalkar – Actor
- Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande – Indian Classical Singer
- Swati Chitnis – Indian Classical Singer
- Smita Talwalkar – Actress, Producer, Director
- Lalchand Rajput – Former Indian Cricketer
- Justice V. P. Tipnis
- Spruha Joshi 
- Kranti Redkar
- Ila Arab Mehta, Gujarati novelist