L. S. Raheja College Of Arts & Commerce: Imparting Education That Enables Stakeholders To Face The Challenges Of Future

By Dr. Debajit N. Sarkar, Principal
L. S. Raheja College Of Arts & Commerce: Imparting Education That Enables Stakeholders To Face The Challenges Of Future
Dr. Debajit N. Sarkar,Principal Set-up with the vision to engender and nurture values that enhancing knowledge, wisdom, skills and humane values, L. S. Raheja College of Arts and Commerce is a Mumbai based institute that cultivates creative and productive talents of students, faculty, and staff. It empowers the youth to scale the peaks of excellence and pinnacles of glory by imparting quality through education. It seeks ways to contribute to the nation, communities, and strives to enhance the quality of life. The institute promotes ways that facilitates development of its students and faculties.

The idea was to spread the cause of education. “In July 1961, four donors, namely, Kapilaben Khandwala, G. L. Raheja, C. L. Raheja and Malti Jayant Dalal along with other 49 founder members from various fields came up the noble idea of starting an Education Society to establish educational institutes of repute that would facilitate a wide array of learning faculties at different levels. The Education Society was christened as The Sadhana Education Society.

L. S. Raheja College of Arts and Commerce was conceptualized and initiated under this banner. With the vision of conviction, the founding pioneers, aimed to transform the budding young population into educated and employable citizens of India”, briefs Dr. Debajit N. Sarkar – Principal, L. S. Raheja College of Arts and Commerce.

L. S. Raheja College offers various aided – BA and BCom and unaided – B. Com in Accountancy and Finance, B. Com in Financial Markets, B. Com in Banking and Insurance, Bachelors in Management Studies, B.Sc in Information Technology apart from the BA in Multimedia and Mass Communication programme. The College also offers master’s programme in Commerce and a Ph.D. programme in Commerce. With media being an ever-evolving industry, Raheja College believes in matching its pace with the industry developments. Apart from offering specializations in both advertising and Journalism at undergraduate level, some other courses that it offers are graphic designing, digital media, content writing and more.

“At L. S. Raheja College of Arts and Commerce, we realize the growing and changing landscape of the field of media and communication.
To provide a competent learning experience to our students, we at L. S. Raheja College keep upgrading ourselves. We ensure timely quality checks and have established mechanisms to ensure value-based learning experience. Our students are our primary stakeholders and to cater to them we ensure only the best in the fraternity make their way into our classrooms.

Since media-based courses are practical oriented, we ensure our faculties possess adequate and course-suitable professional experience. Timely feedback is collected from the students and is shared with the faculties so that they can improvise and connect effectively with the students”, shares Dr. Debajit.

Ready for Future
L. S. Raheja College of Arts and Commerce boasts of stateof- the-art infrastructure facilities. The campus has smart classrooms, projector enabled lecture rooms, well equipped IT lab, Audio Visual room, camera facilities, surround sound enabled auditorium, an atrium, an amphitheater, an airconditioned fully automated library, sports ground, basketball, and football courts with 24X7 facility, Gymkhana, an airconditioned canteen and more.

The institute facilitates training in collaboration with industry bodies and professionals that provide an edge to the students and helps in bridging the gap between the theorical concepts and practical know-how. L. S. Raheja College of Arts and Commerce organizes periodic industrial visits to provide industry interface.

Students have visited National Museum of Indian Cinema, News channels, Press office, Film City, and more. The institute facilitates many experiential activities that includes, but not limited to, hands on experience in handling a video camera, documentary making, research activities, event management, newspaper designing, content writing and photography.

Besides, every year, students of our media department have been seamlessly organizing, Retake, an intercollegiate Mass Media festival. The festival that was conceptualized in the year 2014-2015, is today a renowned national level media festival that many colleges look forward to participate in. It helps students in practical implementation of classroom theories. They learn, they grow, they network and gain immense experience in organizing an event right from its inception.

At the institute, scholarships are also very important. Since the inflation is at an all-time high and the cost of living has gone up, unfortunately many deserving students miss out an opportunity to their basic right of education.
To combat the same, the College facilitates provisions for all state government scholarship schemes.

“We also organize and takes part in many workshops, seminars and training activities. Industry backed workshops on videography, Public Relations, Graphic Designing, Film screening and more are continuously organized for the students to benefit from.

Apart from it, the faculties are also encouraged to participate in interdisciplinary symposiums, conferences, workshops, and development programmes in order to ensure incessant enhancement of their profile and caliber”, says Dr. Debajit.

Plan Ahead
Over the years, L. S. Raheja College of Arts and Commerce has won several laurels in diverse fields ranging from academic to extracurricular and co-curricular activities. To add to it, the College supports research culture and our students have received acknowledgments at Avishkar, a state-level inter-university research competition. College regularly undertakes activities like tree plantation, beach clean-up drive, orphanage and old-age home visits, blood donation drive, thalassemia check-up, road safety drive, etc. to sensitize students about the social causes.

L. S. Raheja College’s NSS unit also received the best College Award under the category of the ‘Best Social and Community Service’ during The Progress Global Awards 2021. “Our campus has opted for the zero plastic model and the NSS unit has also received appreciation certificate for Animal Rights Awareness Drive. We have won several performing arts and fine arts events at Mumbai University’s Youth festival”, adds Dr. Debajit.

"L. S. Raheja College of Arts & Commerce plans to offer more verticals under its media department offering varied specialization under the UG & PG facilities"

Just in the year 2021-2022, 10 best college trophies and 38 other prizes were won by the College at various intercollegiate academic and cultural festivals. The institute, committed to the cause of education, will continue to remit industry ready and responsible citizens in the diverse professional fields.

In the years to come, L. S. Raheja College of Arts & Commerce plans to offer more verticals under its media department offering varied specialization under the UG & PG facilities. Apart from it, the institute also plans to develop its own media lab and offer customized courses to upgrade the skills of media professionals.
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