|The College, way back in 1946, started in military barracks on a lush green campus measuring nearly 45 acres, got its first building, in 1947. The foundation stone was laid by Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the man who placed Indian Philosophy on the World Map and the College was inaugurated by the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The College has been a witness to the growth of the campus through the decades. Today, the Campus houses in addition to the College, a number of educational institutes under the same management, namely Bhavan’s A. H. Wadia High school, Sardar Patel College of Engineering (S.P.C.E.), Sardar Patel Institute of Technology (S.P.IT) and S. P. Jain Institute of Management Research (S.P.J.I.M.R.). From the humble beginnings of the College in a single storey structure, the College has developed its physical facilities remarkably. From time to time, the management has provided facilities to keep pace with the academic growth of the College, and at present the College has four academic blocks: Main Building, Chemistry Wing, Library Building and the recently constructed six storey structure, ‘The Palanji Sadan’. Along with the building space, other learning resources have also been enhanced and augmented to facilitate all round growth of the students. Throughout the period of the development, infrastructure facilities have matched the needs of number of students to create the ambience of a Live Center of Learning envisaged by Kulapati Munshiji.
The policy of the institution for infrastructure development is well planned upgradation, modernization of facilities and learning resources, while still retaining the heritage and legacy to combine old world charm in the form of main building.
The large spacious classrooms, with high ceiling constructed with acoustic considerations in all the buildings are well ventilated and well lit, naturally. The ground floor of the main building houses the office and administrative block for easy access, without disturbing the classrooms and laboratories. The examination committee rooms and examination strong rooms are situated on the ground floor in the vicinity of Office of the Principal. A ladies common room is also housed on the ground floor.The main building accommodates classrooms, and laboratories of Departments of Physics (on the first floor), Botany, Zoology and Microbiology (on the second floor). The Chemistry wing accommodates the Chemistry laboratories on the ground floor; seven classrooms and one laboratory each for Departments of Statistics and Chemistry on the first floor, while the second floor houses nine classrooms and one laboratory each for Departments of Mathematics and Zoology. Each of the Science Departments has a separate staff room. Each floor has adequate washrooms for students and staff. In the Chemistry wing, mainly the lectures of Science and Commerce faculty are conducted. In the Library Building, the ground floor accommodates the stacking area, circulation counters of the library and a classroom. The first floor has a large, spacious well lit, well ventilated reading room with a seating capacity for 200 students. Parallel to the reading room is the staff common room and a classroom. The second floor of the Library Building has four large and three small classrooms, mainly for the Arts faculty. All the science laboratories housed in the main building as well as new building, exemplify combination of traditional and modern designs. The science laboratories are provided with modern scientific equipment and are ICT enabled.
The construction of Palanji Sadan, which commenced in 2008, has added a floor space of about 66,000 sq.ft. of area and it is being developed for conducting academic sessions of mostly self-financed programmes, laboratories of Computer Science, IT and Biotechnology, the BRC (Bhavan’s Research Center) and research laboratories for Botany and Zoology. It is planned to develop state of the art facility for the BRC.
All the buildings have wash rooms, drinking water facility in the form of water coolers receiving water from aqua guard and water purifiers. At strategic locations fire-extinguishers are mounted and the staff have been trained to use them. Also available are first-aid kits in the laboratories and office, as well as a pair of stretchers for medical emergencies.
In addition, there is a complex called Kulapati Sadan which has six rooms for student’s activity. The Complex has offices for NCC-Girls wing and Boys Wing, office for NSS, a boy’s common room, a small multipurpose room catering to the requirements of a classroom. In the vicinity of all the students’ activity rooms, a small platform is constructed which doubles up as a stage for students’ activities like debates, competitions and informal interactions. Students use this ‘Kollege Katta’ (K2) for practice of cultural events. The Cultural Committee is housed in a unit of two rooms with independent access away from academic block.
The College has a huge playground and a volley ball court to provide opportunities to the students and staff who have inclinations towards various outdoor sports. Indoor sports facility is available and so is a small gymnasium. A basket ball court is shared with Wadia School. The BMC owned sports complex in the vicinity provides opportunities for conduct of sports-events of the College, especially those related to swimming.
At present, the ground floor of the main building is under renovation to accommodate separate rooms for UGC-NAAC-IQAC committee, along with a large committee room to provide space and facilities for all the statutory committees like Unfair Means Inquiry Committee, Grievance Redressal Cell, Women Development Cell, Career Counseling and Placement Cell.
The College Canteen is housed in a separate bungalow, easily accessible from all the buildings. It has a seating capacity of about 150 and is always populated by the students during the working hours. The canteen is popular with other institutes on the campus also. It has a separate cooking area, serving counters and large place for students to eat, enjoy and create memories of their Campus life. BMM students have designed the menu-card of the Canteen and on some occasions canteen doubles up as a place for recreational activities for the students.
Available as a shared facility for the campus is an open air auditorium, with a backdrop of the small lake called ‘The Pranganga’. An air-conditioned auditorium at SPJIMR, with a seating capacity of 304, is a place where many of the College functions like orientation of newly admitted students, annual prize-distribution function, seminars and workshops, cultural programmes and screening of movies for film-festival are organized. SPCE and SPIT also offer shared facilities in the form of conference rooms.
The Bhavan’s Cultural Center Andheri (BCCA), established in 2007 organizes a variety of cultural programmes like musical concerts, book release, theater and classical dance. Other units of the Bhavan on the Campus are: Bhavan’s Nature and Adventure Center that offers opportunities to be close to nature and participate in adventure activities, Bhavan’s Yoga center which offers training in Yoga, The Nursery, the Bhavan’s Botanical Garden and a Holistic Health Center. The campus also houses Post Office, a Book Store, and Indian Bank. Services of private security are provided for the College as well as the entire campus of 45 acres. A unique feature of the Campus is Lord Shiva temple at the heart of the Campus. Thus, all in all, the campus can be looked upon as a mini village.