Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai, adjudged as 'COLLEGE OF EXCELLENCE' by UGC, New Delhi in 2014,is the first College in the country to have received this status. The former President of India her Excellency Smt. Pratibha Patil visited Ruia College during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2012 and appreciated our singular contribution to Higher Education.
Established in 1937 by Shikshana Prasaraka Mandali, Pune, Ramnarain Ruia College was the first educational institution in Mumbai run by a private management educational body. S P Mandali is one of the premier educational societies in Maharashtra State . Established by four visionary school teachers in 1888, the Mandali has made a phenomenal contribution in providing quality education at the Primary, Secondary as well as Higher level . With its vision of ‘Education for All’, the Mandali has consciously reached out to different parts of the State including Pune, Mumbai, Solapur, Chiplun, Nagothane and now, even out of Maharashtra to Bangaluru . Currently, it has 63 institutions under its umbrella.
Ramnarain Ruia College has been promoting the cause of value-based Higher Education with total commitment for the last 80 years. What started in 1937 with 267 students & 11 departments, expanded to comprise about 4000 students and 25 Departments in 2017-18. In keeping with its inclusive approach , Ruia has almost 70 per cent girl students and is the only college to have a separate division in the Arts faculty in Marathi Medium. Also, we have a special Self Vision Center that takes care of about 80, visually challenged students .Over the years, Ruia has crossed several milestones and produced a galaxy of eminent personalities in every sphere of life. Prof. Dr. D Ramakrishna, Dr. Ajit Phadke, Dr. K Kasturirangan, Mr. Nandu Nateka, Dr. K Ramamoorthy, Ms. Medha Patkar, Pt. Vidyadhar Vyas, Dr. Narendra Jadhav, Dr.Mukund Joshi, Mr. Ajit Wadekar, Lord Meghnad Desai, Justice Hemant Gokhale, Dr. Manohar Joshi, Dr. Snehalata Deshmukh, Ms. Achala Joshi, Mr. Dilip Prabhavalkar, Prof. Dilip Nachane, Prof. Ramani Narayan, Dr. Ravindra Bapat, Prof. Shruti Sadolikar-Katkar, Dr. Rajendra Badwe, Mr. Sandeep Patil, Mr. Ronald Mendonca, Vidushi Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande are alumni who have been honored as Jewels of Ruia.
Our concerted efforts to foster holistic growth in students , fetched us The Best College Award by the University of Mumbai (2007-08); The Inter Collegiate Gurunanak Trophy for excellence in sports for eight years in a row; University of Mumbai’s Cultural Trophy for six years in a row; College with Potential for Excellence' (CPE) conferred by U.G.C., New Delhi; the prestigious 'FIST' grant from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (2010) and selection under 'Star College Scheme' by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India (2011). In 2014, all six departments selected under the Star College Scheme were granted the 'Star College Status’ and six more were selected under 'Star College Scheme'. Furthermore, we are the only college affiliated to University of Mumbai to start B Voc and M Voc programs under DDU KAUSHAL Kendra, by UGC, New Delhi since 2014.
Ruia College became Autonomous from the academic year 2017-18. Also, in the academic year 2017-18, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) awarded Ruia 'A+' GRADE with CGPA 3.70. Our Autonomous status has brought us greater freedom to design innovative, skill- based courses (including Life-skills), following our Logo, 'Explore – Experience – Excel', which sums up our quest for excellence. Ruia’s identity is its research culture, which we now aim to take it to a higher level. We believe in promoting first-hand, experiential wisdom rather than second-hand information gathered from books , the internet, etc.
Driven by our mission of moulding peaceful, creative, well-integrated, responsible and happy future citizens possessing Emotional as well as Spiritual Intelligence, we are looking forward to the dream status of Deemed University.