Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous College, as an institution, a culture, and a community, has carved out an impressive position for itself in the field of education in India.Through a determined effort to create an environment that fosters the holistic development of its students, Ruia College aims to be a space for the celebration of creativity, the rediscovery of tradition, and the encouragement of innovation.
To fully understand the system of principles on which Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous College is built, it is important for us to trace some of the milestones in its ascent. Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous College was established in 1937 by the Shikshana Prasaraka Mandali of Pune — a Mandali founded by four visionary school teachers in 1888 with the aim of 'Education for All'.
S. P. Mandali’s Ramnarain Ruia College was the first educational institution in the city of Mumbai to be run by a private body, and is now one of 63 institutions under its umbrella.
The College gained Autonomy in the academic year 2017-18 along with being awarded the 'A+' GRADE with CGPA 3.70 by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
Ruia College’s coveted Autonomous status falls in line with a long record of achievements. An event that shapes the history of the institution is the former President of India, Smt. Pratibha Patil's visit during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2012 and her appreciation of the institution’s impressive contribution to Higher Education. In 2014, Ruia College was adjudged a 'College of Excellence' by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi, and is the first College in the country to have received this status. Furthermore, Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous College is the only college affiliated to University of Mumbai to start B.Voc program, in operation since 2014, under the DDU KAUSHAL Kendra by UGC, New Delhi.
Now in its 81st year of encouraging innovation in education, the College notes with pride that the seed sown in 1937 with 267 students & 11 departments has grown to comprise about 6600 students and 25 Departments in 2018-19.
We at Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous College recognise the necessity of an inclusive approach for a qualitative as well as quantitative magnification in the Indian education system.
Our institution, with an awareness of India’s linguistic diversity, is the only college to maintain a separate Marathi medium division in the Arts faculty. In addition, almost 70 percent of the student population of the College is female. Ruia College has also established a special Self Vision Centre that facilitates the education of about 80 visually challenged students every year.
Our Autonomous status is significant in the realization of our motto to "Explore. Experience. Excel." The freedom of designing courses that are shaped by contemporary trends in education is conducive to Ruia College’s vision of an environment that fosters innovation. By prioritizing skill-based learning and entrepreneurial development alongside value based education, the College attempts to equip its students with knowledge that is both experiential and theoretical.
As a part of our effort to enhance the skill development of our students, Ruia College has started skill-based programs in Green House Management, Pharma-Analytical Sciences, and Tourism and Travel Management under the DDU Kaushal Kendra.
Complementary to such exercises in skill enhancement is the College's 'Ruia Cell for Innovation, Incubation, and Entrepreneurship', established to guide and assist students in their research or business ideas. By presenting students with a chance to explore viable business ventures at an early stage and understand market-related practices, the College actively cultivates an entrepreneurial culture that enables ideas to metamorphose into reality.
Along with paving paths for the students’ professional lives, the community at Ruia College upholds and acts upon the elemental requirement of mental health and well-being in the holistic development of young individuals. With this objective in mind, the College has set up a 'Centre for Mindfulness and Well-Being' to enhance emotional management skills and improve interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships.
We at Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous College recognise the power we hold and the responsibility we have in laying the building blocks of our nation. We are committed to facilitating the growth of creative, innovative, well-adjusted, and happy citizens who are capable of building a better life for their community.
Our fulfilment lies in the creation of individuals who are institutions in themselves.