Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board is a 70-year-old educational Trust of Mumbai catering to higher education and school education, providing a holistic platform for teaching, learning, research, sports, culture, community outreach, learning resources, and focused training for careers and employment. Since its inception in 1949, it has produced generations of an educated and skilled workforce which has been at the forefront of national development. Starting with one College in 1948 at Bandra, today, it has 14 Colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai, 1 selffinanced Institute of Management, and 1 Technical Diploma Institute. These institutes are spread over Colaba, Churchgate, Cuffe Parade, Bandra, Worli and Ulhasnagar, and they stand as proud edifices to the contribution of the H(S)NCB towards distinctive, quality education. In addition, the 9 schools situated at Nana Chowk, Mumbai and Ulhasnagar cater to the education of children from the preprimary to the junior college levels.
The Board caters to more than 45,000 students per year, honing them into professionals capable of contributing their best to industry and society, the human resources of the H(S)NCB include the 3500+ strong workforce. On a modest estimate the HSNC Board has provided higher education to more than 3.5 lakh persons in its 70 year journey.
The idea of the H(S)NC Board originated in Hyderabad, Sind.
With the blessings of Dr. Annie Besant, and the efforts of Rishi Dayanand Gidumal, the D G College was established in 1921. With the independence of India and the dislocation and migration of the Sindhi community as a result of Partition, the educated members of the community including academicians, lawyers, businessmen, doctors, dreamt of establishing a major educational network in Mumbai. It was with the efforts of Principal K M Kundnani, who was a lecturer and subsequently Principal of D G College, and Barrister Hotchand G Advani, R D National College was established in Bandra in 1949, and the H(S)NC Board formed. It was the consistent patronage of philanthropists like Advocate Nari Gurshahani, Mr Lokumal Kishinchand and Mr T Murli of M/s Kishinchand Chellaram, Mr J Watumull, the Mansukhani family, the Hissaram Rijhumal family, and Dr L H Hirnanadani, that the Board made its presence strong in the educational development of Mumbai.
With the new Executive Board in command since the turn of the Century, the emphasis now, is on co-operative and joint leadership and the focus has been to work out a roadmap with a view to keep pace with the newer challenges in education, thrown up by the winds of globalization and the sweep of the IT revolution in the 1990s. Along with the increase in the number of Colleges, new initiatives like international linkages, internships, academia-industry
Provost, HSNC University, Mumbai Trustee, HSNC Board
70 Years of Educational Journey & Service to The Nation reads Well and sounds Good in any milieu. However, in the life of an Educational Institute it is good to reflect upon it as the First Leg of a Marathon Race as aiming for Excellence, our avowed objective, is a Marathoner Effort! For me, and our family, the past is indelibly connected with the history of HSNC Board. Besides serving the Board since 1974, and as Trustee for the past 15 years, my familial link witnessed the zeal with which Vidyasagar Khushiram Kundnani searched for and purchased the 2 acre plot of land where our Bandra campus stands today. My uncle, Karamyogi Gangaram Mansukhani, a lifelong supporter of the HSNC Board, toiled and generously acquired the 15 acre land, and invested in the first building, of our CHM campus at Ulhasnagar. My extended family of uncles and aunts have continued to readily contribute to several facilities in HSNCB institutions: colleges, libraries, hostel, laboratories, auditoriums, named after them, in recognition. Our family's desire to serve the interests of HSNCB remains paramount.
Someone rightly said that 'Perfection is Impossible, but if we aim for Perfection, we will achieve Excellence'. Our task ahead, therefore, is to bring about this resolve in all our working ways: the Education we Impart to our Students; the Services we engage in for the Nation; the Mentorship we are charged with Faculties and Staff that are a treasured part of our extended family; the Societal, State and National Obligations we are privileged to fulfil. The Challenge of transitioning of three of our colleges, into the HSNC Cluster University, Mumbai will be a Prime Focus area for the HSNC Board and we are excited to lead this effort.
It is the hope and resolve of our Board that we pursue these aims: some, personified in “Centre of Excellence influencing the future – promoting values, social responsibility, respect for environment and ethics – in our Mission, as we advance towards our next milestone in 2025.