About L.D. Sonawane College
Kalyan Wholesale Merchants’ Association is playing a very significant role in the social, cultural and educational life of Kalyan city. The Association has created a sound goodwill in the vicinity of the Kalyan by actively participating in various welfare and socio-economic activities. The Association has generously donated lacs of rupees for Bhiwandi Riot Relief Fund, Roha-Nagothana Flood Relief Fund, Kargil Fund, Latur –Earthquake Relief Fund, Kutch-Gujarat Earthquake Relief Fund, etc. The Association also organizes free check-up medical camps, religious programmes and social activities.
The Kalyan city has changed quite a lot in the last decade and observing progress in different fields. The ever increase in student population and insufficient centers for Higher Education are the main causes of motivating our Kalyan Wholesale Merchants’ Education Society to start the new Degree College in this area. The Society made efforts to start Arts and Commerce Degree College in the academic year 2002-2003. The Government of Maharashtra granted the permission to the Society to start Laxman Devram Sonawane Degree College of Arts and Commerce on “Permanently Non-Grant Basis” vide letter no. NCG 2002 NMV 01,2002 from the Higher and Technical Education Division, Mantralaya, Mumbai-400032 dated 15th July 2003. The University of Mumbai issued a formal permission letter to enroll the students on 22nd August, 2002, vide letter no. Aff/Recog/4031 dated 22/8/2002.
In the subsequent year, we started the Junior College of Arts, Commerce and Science. In the same year the Society was given permission to introduce three years Degree Course of Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS). During the academic year 2008-2009, we started B. Sc. in Computer Science and Information Technology. In the academic year 2011-2012, we have introduced Post –Graduate Courses; M. Com in Advanced Accountancy and M. Sc. in Information Technology. We also offer plain science subjects as Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Botany, Zoology and Microbiology in our degree college. We started MA in Economics & History in 2013 -14. In 2019-20 we started BAF and BBI considering the increasing demand for such courses.
We are proud to inform you that in the last 13 years our College has established and developed as per the norms given by the UGC and University of Mumbai. In January, 2006 our College has been shifted to our own, new premises located in the prime location of Kalyan City. The new spacious building has been constructed on a land of 2.26 acres with a play-ground. The College Building provides all the necessary facilities as per UGC norms with spacious, well-equipped laboratories and air-conditioned laboratories for Computer Science and Information Technology.
Our spacious Library on the third floor occupies 1050 sq. ft. area with separate reading rooms for staff, boys and girls measuring 600 sq. ft area. The total book collection is 17182 with reference books, periodicals and journals. The journals include Case Folio, Global CEO, Journal of Managerial Economics, H-R Review, Journal of Applied Economics, Marketing Mastermind etc.
The Audio-Visual Room with TV, DVD Player, OHP and 4 LCD projectors are available for students. 14 newspapers are being subscribed, Inflibinet N. list programme is also available to staff and students where more than 3800 e-journals and 80000 e-books are available. Book-bank scheme is provided for students from backward classes.
In 2015 in our pursuit for quality higher education we went for accreditation by NAAC and were awarded with ‘B’ Grade.
In 2016 on college was permanently affiliated to the University of Mumbai and in 2017 we got ISO certification. In 2017 our college became eligible for getting grant under 2(f)/ 12 (B)