Institutional Distinctiveness 2020-21
“Holistic and inclusive approach to the growth of students as global citizens” is the distinctive feature of the College.
- Students come from diverse backgrounds including a sizable number of visually challenged students who are catered with special aids
- Interdisciplinarity and holistic education across sciences, social sciences and humanities is the cornerstone of College
- The College promotes all round development of students. Departments have incorporated research in their regular curriculum inculcating research culture among them, especially the undergraduates.
- Alumni involvement and industry linkage enables students to connect well with societal needs and global opportunities.
- College conducts Induction Programme for freshly joined UG and PG students and sessions to bring the best within the students by improving their mental health and help in better acclimatization to campus
- Natyavalay encourages budding actors to explore and showcase their talents in Hindi and Marathi drama and to enhance their leadership abilities
- College supports economically backward students through special schemes like scholarships, financial concessions, Earn While Learn and Each One Adopt One Schemes
- Emergence of College brand is endorsed by our multifaceted and talented Ruiaites who bring laurels to the College by their outstanding achievements in Academics, Research, Sports, Cultural and the Corporate World
Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous College envisions itself to emerge as a distinguished Centre for knowledge creation, innovation and research that contributes to nation-building by transforming students into life-long learners who can meet the challenges and adapt to varying opportunities of the global society. Ruia College has always strived to provide the best opportunities to the students for their overall development by encouraging activities that are educational, co-curricular and extracurricular.
Ruia College has a strong research culture which dates back to 1940. So far the College has successfully produced more than 600 research scholars. Ruia College takes pride to be a pioneer in establishing, at an affiliated Institution, Animal Testing Centre, Herbal Research Laboratory and a sophisticated common Instrumentation Facility to support high-end research activities. The College continues its efforts to enhance the quality of research by actively encouraging and fostering research culture amongst the teachers and students. Ruia College has been inculcating research at the UG level by incorporating Research methodology at the UG level and also in the Science department through the DBT-STAR College grant (12 Departments). To support innovation and research, the College has set up the Cell for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship and the Intellectual Property Cell
The college has a legacy of talented artists from various fields like theatre, cinema, and music. The encouragement and opportunity that students get for inculcating and honing these skills, is the driving force that brings students to Ruia College.
Natyavalay is one of the centres which encourages budding actors to showcase their talents in the form of Hindi and Marathi drama and aims at exploring students’ acting potential, enhance their leadership abilities and performing and excel in the field of dramatics. In 2018-19, Ruia college organized many appreciation workshops and classroom production and reached the finals of a very reputed IPTA competition. In the same year, Marathi one-act play ‘Ekadashavtar’ won the first prize for Best One-act play, Best Writer, Best Director, Best Music, Best Light arrangement, and the certificates for acting at INT Competition. Ruia one-act play won the second Prize at the Sawai Competition this year. Dronayan was based on Arun Kolatkar’s Marathi Poem Dron. The adaptation was done by students. Also, the technical aspects viz direction, sound, music, lights were supported by students only. ‘Dronayan’, theatrical experiments technical aspects viz direction, sound, music, lights were supported by students and was bagged the first prize at the Zonal round and got the third prize of Rs.1,00,000/- at State Level Rangvaikhari Competition organized by Maharashtra State Sanskrutik Sanchalanalay. Along with a one-act play, Ekadashavtar had qualified for Mata Sanman and Zee Gaurav. Also, it got nominations at the META Festival, New Delhi. Mr Shreenath Mhatre got a prize for the Best Supporting Actor (Prayogik) at Zee Gaurav Award Ceremony. In 2020, the one-act play ‘ Budrukwadicha Maruti Batla’ won a Best one-act play at two renowned intercollegiate competitions, namely, INT and Loankika. It also won second prize at Sawai Competition. Students also won prizes at Mumbai University 52nd Youth Festival in a range of events. Students were selected for the Inter-collegiate competitions such as Malhar, Kshitij, Enigma, Inferno, Brouhaha, and Mumbai University Youth Festival. Ruia Students’ Council organized the annual cultural festival Aarohan in which 20-25 intercollegiate competitions were organized.
Sports Activities: Students are trained in sports too and year after year our students have excelled in various sports events, nationally as well as internationally. Our students participated and won many medals and prizes in various sports competitions like “Khelo India Championship”, All India Inter-University Tournaments, Intercollegiate Tournaments and World Championship.
Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous College envisions itself to emerge as a Centre of higher learning and innovative research to meet the challenges of a global society and has laid down ‘fostering global competence and support career building of students through various courses, workshops, seminars, events, competitions and industrial visits’ as one of its mission. The College has always strived to provide best opportunities to the students for their overall development and to broaden their horizons and make them industry ready.
The ‘Higher Education Academic Partnership’ with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania formed in 2015 has then materialized into a very fruitful collaboration that has given students a vast expanse of exposure to academic avenues in the global scenario. This year 24 students from the College visited eight reputed institutions like Valley Forge Military College, Montgomery County Community College, York College of Pennsylvania, California University of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg University etc. in Pennsylvania this year during which various sessions on Forensics, Security Studies and Public Safety, Psychology of Serial Killers etc. were organized.
The College continued with the 3rd RUIA-IUP Summer Exploration program conducted from in Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA.16 students and 2 staff members were trained in advanced techniques in biotechnology including Stem cell gene expression, Viral proteomics, Nanotechnology, Epigenetics, geospatial technologies etc. Two students participated in the 8 weeks International Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (iSURI) program as Visiting Research Scholars of the West Chester University, USA. To open up new opportunities for nurturing global competence of our students, the college representatives visited Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg University and Montgomery County Community College in April 2019 and explored areas for collaborations for research opportunities, student exchange, tie ups for credit transfer, specially designed certificate programs. This visit has materialized in a MoU signed between Ruia College and IUP.
Along with these global partnerships, Ruia College has also conducted several workshops in areas like Techniques in Molecular Biology, Analytical Techniques in Genomics and Proteomics, Robotics, Digitalization in Tourism, Dynamic Website Development using Wordpress & PHP, Introduction to Arabic -Persian Script on Indo-Islamic Coins', Modern Approaches For Detection Of Biological Agents, Foldscope, Emotional literacy, Unicode Training, Text Mining using R etc. that have equipped students with skills that make them competent for academic progression at reputed institutions. Additionally, lectures and talks by eminent scholars were organized by all the departments. Distinguished personalities that visited the colleges include Justice HemantGokhale, Journalist- Author-RajaniBakshi, Astrobiologist- Dr.TonyJia, Expert in regulatory affairs Dr. Mamta Naidu from Boston, USA, expert linguist Dr Esterino Adami, University of Turin.
A major outcome of this distinctive feature of our college and the efforts of our faculty is the Gold Medal and the Best integrated human practices award won be a team of 8 students and four faculty members at the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition iGEM held at MIT, Boston for their project Catechewing Coli. The College thus continues to ride on its path of achieving excellence by fostering, training and supporting students to make them globally competent.